2023 HES Region Champs

 (Harlan, Ky)  Harlan Elementary School wrapped up the 2023 Kentucky Governor’s Cup Academic Team Championships by winning their sixth consecutive regional trophy recently at Wallins Elementary. 

The Green Dragons have been remarkable over the last six years winning both District and Region academic team titles dating back to 2017. The success has helped propel Harlan to new levels of achievement across the district. Superintendent C.D. Morton noted, “We have established what I would call the three C’s. A strong culture that grows success, exceptional coaches, and committed students. When you have those core ingredients, it is a recipe for success. Our students know we expect their very best and they deliver. Our coaches, teachers, and parents are committed to supporting all students and it creates a culture that continues to grow. 

While Morton praised the accomplishments of the 2023 Academic Team, he commented that it is reflective of the entire school. “The student success we see at these competitions doesn’t happen overnight. When we use the phrase “Excellence in Education” this is what that looks like, teachers and staff members all across the schools are dedicated to supporting students to succeed where it matters the most, the classroom.”

Students representing fifteen (15) elementary schools from Bell County, Harlan County, Harlan Ind, Pineville Ind, and Middlesboro Independent participated in Region 26 competition. 

Harlan Elementary School Academic Team recorded a total 47 points to take top honors. Runner-up was Yellow Creek with 14.5 and Page School Center was third with 13.5.

The Green Dragons are coached by Mr. Brent Roy, Mrs. LeAnne Chasteen, and Mrs. Sierra Crow.

Overall Place:                                    Points

1st        Harlan Elementary                  47

2nd       Yellow Creek                          14.5

3rd        Page School Center                13.5

4th        Cawood Elementary               12

5th        Evarts Elementary                  9

6th        Rosspoint Elementary             8

7th        Middlesboro Elementary        5

8th        Wallins Elementary                4

9th        Bell Central                             4

10th      Cumberland Elementary         3.5

11th      Black Mtn. Elementary          2.5

12th      Pineville Elementary              1

            Green Hills                             -

            James A. Cawood                   -

            Right Fork Elementary           -



1st         Thomas Leo Miller (Harlan Elementary)

2nd       Jeremy Jackson (Harlan Elementary)

3rd         Garrett Bolin (Evarts Elementary)

4th         Carah Rose (Rosspoint Elementary)

5th         Kharis Johnson (Bell Central)



1st         Mason Garrett (Rosspoint Elementary)

2nd        Hunter Taylor (Harlan Elementary)

3rd         Elijah Epperson (Cawood Elementary)

4th  tie   Israel Baker (Yellow Creek Elementary)

4 th  tie  Noah Harris (Middlesboro Elementary)

4th  tie   Grant Bolin (Evarts Elementary)


Social Studies:

1st         Mason Freeman (Evarts Elementary)

2nd        Jacob Brock (Wallins Elementary)

3rd tie    Connor Goodin (Page School)

3rd tie    Eldridge Kelly (Black Mtn. Elementary)

5th         Mason Garrett (Rosspoint Elementary)


Language Arts:

1st         Zoe Lawson (Harlan Elementary)

2nd        Natalie Adams (Harlan Elementary)

3rd         Zara Stewart (Page Center)

4th tie    Rayleigh Scott (Yellow Creek Elementary)

4th tie    Shelbee Fee (Harlan Elementary)


Arts and Humanities:  

1st         Natalie Adams (Harlan Elementary)

2nd        Reese Rogers (Middlesboro Elementary)

3rd         Zara Stewart (Page Center)

4th tie    Collin Sherman (Cumberland Elementary)

4th tie    Vivian Smith (Harlan Elementary)



1st         Zina Okwundu (Yellow Creek)

2nd        Alivia Eversole (Harlan Elementary)

3rd         Rayleigh Scott (Yellow Creek)

4th         Kharmen Dixon (Cumberland Elementary)

5th         Caroline Patterson (Cawood Elementary)


Quick Recall:

1st         Harlan Elementary

2nd        Page School

3rd         Yellow Creek

4th         Pineville Elementary


Future Problem Solving:

1st         Cawood Elementary

2nd        Harlan Elementary 3rd        Bell Central