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Academic Team Enterprises

About us here at Academic Team Enterprises

Richard Carr - President Christopher Manker - Consultant
Chad Money - Question Writer Jonathan Manker - Question Writer

Richard (Rick) Carr - President/Question Writer - I started Academic Team Enterprises as a hobby that has turned into much more. From 2003 to 2007 I coached the Trimble County High School Academic Team. In the first three years I was there we went from a 3-9 team and fifth in our seven team conference, to 12-0 and 4th in state in the All "A" Classic. What I introduced to this team was a sense of importance of what it was they were doing and the concept that if each student would put 100 percent effort into it, they could accomplish goals that were not within reach just a couple years before. Through a lot of hard work, including at least one instance of 3 practices and a match within 24 hours, we were able to achieve every goal we set out to achieve. Now that I am no longer in teaching/coaching, I have tried over the years to find my niche within the academic team community and I believe this is it. I want all users of this site to feel like they can e-mail me at any time with any question they have. If I don't feel I am the best person to answer your question, I have many friends that are still coaching at varying levels to whom I can turn .

Many of my fellow coaches that knew my team well, knew that we did a lot of fundraising and were very good at it. On this front I can say that it was one of my kids' parents that took the lead and helped us raise a lot of money. I could never thank her enough for the time and effort she put in. The methods for fundraising that she used varied greatly and I look forward to being able to pass these ideas onto each of you.

I hope to hear from coaches, parents, and players alike through our Contact Us link, even if it is just to provide feedback on the site as I would love to know what you think.

Christopher Manker - Consultant - Christopher Manker teaches math at Campbell County High School, where he also serves as assistant academic team coach on what has been one of Northern Kentucky's most dominant teams over the past decade with seven regional titles and four top-16 state finishes since 2000.

In 2006 he was hired as a consultant and assistant coach of the Campbell County Elementary School academic team and helped oversee the team's conversion into a perennial regional champion, culminating in a third place finish in the state of Kentucky in 2009. He has also worked with the CCMS MathCounts team in a voluntary role. He has written questions both for state and local-level tournaments since 2001, and served as junior varsity question coordinator for the Northern Kentucky Academic League for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, working both as a writer and editor.

He has continuously been a member of academic teams since 1989, when he first joined his elementary team as a third grader, including five years on the University of Kentucky Academic Team.

Chad Money - Question Writer - Chad Money is a former captain of the Bell County High School (KY) Quick Recall squad (which placed fourth in the 1997 State Governor's Cup Competition) as well as a former president of the University of Kentucky Academic Team. While serving as president, the UK team ranked as high as third in the nation. A professional musician, his hobbies include chess, baseball, and hiking.

Jonathan Manker - Question Writer - Jonathan Manker is a college student who graduated from UK in 2008 with B.A.'s in Classics and Linguistics and has recently finished a B.A. in Music at Northern Kentucky University. As a third-grader in 1994 he began playing quick recall which he continued throughout Elementary school and high school. At Campbell County High School he finished his quick recall career by being the runner-up in the Kentucky State Governor's Cup Language Arts Assessment as well as placing in language arts and arts and humanities in countless other tournaments at the district, regional, state, and national levels.

After graduating from high school he began writing language arts and arts and humanities quick recall questions for the local academic league, and is currently the writer and editor of the JV and Varsity questions. For the past three years he has also been writing the Governor's Cup Language Arts tests for the league, district, regional, and state tournaments.