“I was really concerned that we’d be overconfident,” Corn said. “But you go three weeks when you don’t have any competitions. It’s all practice and you don’t have any other way to compare to other schools and that was nerve wracking. That’s one of the things we really talked about. We were more intense in our studying.”
Corn said coaching the team is a balance of keeping it fun and understanding the goal.
“You don’t want kids to turn away from it,” she said. “We play games during practice and we laugh a lot. There are just some words that we found funny and then you go onto the definitions and we just have these little running jokes about certain words and it’s a commonality.”
The reality that next year the school could have seniors that have won a state title all four years of their high school careers is not lost on the group.
“We’ve talked about it,” Corn said. “After they won twice, they said ‘let’s go for three.’ We won. And one of my students (Thomas Meredith) said I told him when he was a freshman, ‘you could be the first students to be on a winning state championship team all four years of your career.’ I really don’t remember telling him that, but he did. So when we won this year he said, ‘one more year, one more year.’”