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Trimble junior wins natl. academic award

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Trimble County teen James Line won the National Beta Club Social Studies Competition this summer, beating out contestants from across the nation in the prestigious event held in Nashville, TN.  Line, a junior at Trimble County High School, beat out approximately 50 other Beta Club test-takers who had placed either first or second in their state-sponsored events.  

“When we first arrived at the convention center, I was really intimidated by the sheer number of Betas.  I had no idea how many people were in the Social Studies competition,” Line said.  

While this is his first national win, Line is no stranger to victory, especially on written tests.  As a member of the TCHS Academic Team, Line has outscored his competition in both Social Studies and Arts & Humanities for the past two seasons, earning NCKC top honors in both tests for consecutive years.  This past season, Line also earned Trimble County’s first State Finalist honor as a Social Studies test taker.  

That experience, according to Line, helped him win.  “The test itself wasn’t really anything different than what I had taken on the Academic Team.  After I’d finished, I was glad it wasn’t incredibly difficult, but nervous that it might’ve been easy for everyone.”

James, 16, is the son of Amy Mercer, of Trimble County, and Chris Line, of Louisville.