SIDNEY — The 2019 Academia season ended with all Shelby County Schools participating in a tournament. This marks the 44th year for academia. Schools participating were Anna, Botkins, Fairlawn, Fort Loramie, Houston, Jackson Center, Russia, Sidney and Lehman Catholic.
For the 12th year in a row, Sidney High School was named the Champion of regular season competition. Sidney is coached by Brett Bickel. This marks the third year that Academia has held a season end tournament in which all schools compete against each other in an evening event. Sidney High School was named the Champion of the Tournament.
Finishing second in regular season competition was Sidney Lehman Catholic. Finishing second in tournament action was Fort Loramie and Botkins.
Over 200 students compete in academia. At the end of the season, each school awards a scholarship to student(s) which are selected by each school. This year’s winners are Grant Spangler, of Anna; Elliott Goubeaux, of Botkins; Kennedee Gallimore, Rachelle Hiestand and Jaysmyn Phinney, of Fairlawn; Blake Holshaus, of Fort Loramie; Blake Jacobs and Patrick Meiring, of Houston; Christopher Elchert, of Jackson Center; Sarah Pinchot, of Russia; Nobel Zhou and Whitney Petty, of Sidney; and Michael Rossman, of Lehman.