GOOD NEWS — Trigg County’s Plymale Bound For State Academic Competition


Following a strong showing in district competition at Crittenden County High School, Trigg County High School’s academic team didn’t come up empty-handed in this past weekend’s regional efforts at Calloway County High School.

Answering 34 of 50 questions correctly, senior Rhett Plymale took fifth place in social studies — qualifying him for 2024 state competition.

And after snagging first place district honors, the Wildcats’ Future Problem Solving team also placed fourth overall.

Each podium finish garnered a point, and with two points, Trigg County finished sixth in the region behind McCracken County, Calloway County, Murray, Marshall County and Graves County.

Several Wildcats, however, also made it to regionals courtesy of their district finishes. Mabry Alexander took fourth in Arts & Humanities with a 22/50, Mari Kate Ricks took second in composition, Ellie Redd took fifth in Language Arts with a 16/50, Cooper Brame had 15/50 and Avery Etheridge had 14/50 for them to respectively nab fourth and fifth in Mathematics.

Plymale actually took first with a 31/50 in Social Studies, and was named to the 2024 Paducah Sun All-District 4 Team.

Plymale earned a 28 on his ACT, and a 36 in reading, and he’s already been accepted into the University of Kentucky, where he will study history and join the ROTC program before entering the U.S. Army.