The Washington High School varsity scholar team took first in the GAC Championship Meet held Saturday, Feb. 10, at Orchard Farm.

There were eight total schools represented. The win is the third straight for the WHS team.

In Round 1, WHS beat Francis Howell Central 495-105, and then beat Holt 500-125. WHS then beat Ft. Zumwalt North 325-175. ​The last two matches before lunch were a 550-50 win over Francis Howell North and a 515-40 win over Troy Buchanan.

Round 6 was a 380-145 win over Orchard Farm, setting up Round 7 against the other undefeated team, Francis Howell. Entering the match, WHS was 2-2 this season against Howell.

In Round 7, WHS managed to clinch the win on the next-to-last tossup question, 320-305. In the final match, Washington beat Howell 415-170.

The varsity team is made up of Ryan Hill, senior; Carrie Derner, senior, fifth-place scorer and second-team All-Conference; Jonathan Amlong, senior, second-place scorer and first-team All-Conference; and James Collier, junior.

Prior to the conference tournament, the WHS program sent three teams to a tournament in Hallsville.

The teams placed second, fourth and 10th out of 18 teams at the tournament. Four of the 10 total players left with a top-10 scoring medal.

Washington A won its bracket at 5-0 with wins over Calvary Lutheran B, Helias B, New Haven, Hannibal A, and Lakeland. Washington B won its bracket at 5-0 with wins over Boonville B, Hannibal B, Moberly, Fatima A, and Mexico.

Washington C had two wins in its morning bracket, over Boonville A and Hannibal C, but lost to Fatima B, Helias A, and Calvary Lutheran A. In its afternoon consolation bracket, Washington C went 2-2 to finish in 10th place overall.

The all-freshmen C team was made up of Max Grimes, who took 10th place in scoring, Michael Lampe, and Harsh Patel.

In the playoffs, Washington B carried over its win over Moberly, and beat Fatima B. The team lost to Helias A, Washington A, and Hannibal A to end the afternoon 2-3. Because of tie breakers, the team ended in fourth place.

The B team was made up of Kaleb Burr, Audrey Bush, who placed sixth; Marcie Lampe, and Elise Thierbach.

Washington A went into the last game against Helias A undefeated, and dropped round nine 285-435. Since both of the top two teams had a loss, there was a one-game, winner-take-all final between the same two teams. Helias took that match 495-175, putting Washington A in second place.

A team members were Jonathan Amlong, top scorer; James Collier, and Carrie Derner, eighth-place scorer.

So far this year, WHS has been in nine competitions, with four titles and two second-place finishes.