Robinson High School Wins the Wells Fargo Cup for Academics

By Virginia State High School League
June 07, 2021

Wells Fargo Cup for Academics Winners Announced

Eastside, Central (Wise), Charlottesville, Grafton, Thomas Jefferson HSST, and James W Robinson Claim 2020-21 Wells Fargo Cup Academic Crowns.


VSHL LogoCHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Four familiar faces and two first-timers lead the way in the 2020-21 Wells Fargo Cup race for yearlong academic activities success. Claiming Cups for the first time, included Eastside in Class 1 and Grafton in Class 4. In Class 2, Central (Wise) won for the fourth time, while in Class 3 Charlottesville, won for the fifth time and first since 2009. In Class 5, Thomas Jefferson S&T won its fifth Cup since 2013, and in Class 6, James Robinson won for the second-straight time.

The highlights: Class 1 Eastside totaled 100 points followed by Galileo Magnet with 85; Class 2 Central (Wise) scored 100 points with Radford in second with 90 points; Class 3 Charlottesville claimed the Cup scoring 145 points, followed by Independence for second with 115 points; Class 4 Grafton ran away with the competition with 170 points followed by Dinwiddie in second with 105 points; Class 5 Thomas Jefferson S&T also stood alone with 200 points followed by Clover Hill with 105; Class 6 James Robinson edged out runner-up Massaponax, 205 points to 180 points.

First awarded in 1990, the Wells Fargo Cup represents 32 academic seasons of excellence, with six Cups awarded for academic activities and athletics in each of the VHSL’s six enrollment classifications.

A point system, based on overall performance in VHSL state championship competitions, determines the winners. In addition, schools earn academic activity points for outstanding participation in magazine, newsmagazine, newspaper, online news, yearbook, broadcasting, theatre, scholastic bowl, forensics, debate, creative writing, and film festival. Complete standings are attached.

For the five activities involving team champions — scholastic bowl, creative writing, debate, theatre, and forensics — points are awarded on the following basis: first place, 50; second place, 45; third place, 40; fourth place, 35; fifth place, 30; sixth place, 25; seventh place, 20; and eighth place, 15.

Scoring for publications is based on the ranking earned in the League’s evaluation service: Trophy Class, 35; First Place, 20; Second Place, 5.

Wells Fargo Cup winners for achievement in academic activities from 1990-2016:

Year Group A Group AA Group AAA
1990 Prince Edward Abingdon Monacan
1991 Prince Edward Abingdon Monacan
1992 Prince Edward Abingdon

James Madison


1993 Saint Paul Abingdon James Madison
1994 Madison County Abingdon James Madison
1995 Madison County Abingdon


James Madison

1996 Galax Abingdon Chantilly
1997 Madison County Abingdon James Madison
1998 Madison County Abingdon Chantilly
1999 Madison County Blacksburg Chantilly
2000 Madison County Abingdon


George Washington

2001 Madison County Abingdon George Washington
2002 Madison County Abingdon Chantilly
2003 Madison County Charlottesville George Washington
2004 Madison County Abingdon Chantilly
2005 Madison County Abingdon Chantilly
2006 Madison County Charlottesville Chantilly
2007 Madison County Abingdon Westfield
2008 Madison County Charlottesville Chantilly
2009 Madison County Charlottesville Chantilly
2010 Madison County Salem-Salem Westfield
2011 Madison County Harrisonburg Westfield
2012 Madison County Harrisonburg Westfield
2013 Madison County Harrisonburg Thomas Jefferson HSST


Year Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6
2014 Radford Madison County Lafayette Harrisonburg Thomas Jefferson HSST Chantilly
2015 Bland Co. Central-Wise Blacksburg Harrisonburg Princess Anne Staford
2016 Radford Central-Wise Cave Spring Woodgrove Princess Anne Clover Hill
2017 Radford Central-Wise Blacksburg Harrisonburg Thomas Jefferson HSST Chantilly
2018 Galileo Radford Turner Ashby Jefferson Forest Thomas Jefferson HSST Chantilly
2019 G. Wythe Maggie Walker Turner Ashby Blacksburg Massaponax Robinson 
2020 None due to COVID          
2021 Eastside Central (Wise) Charlottesville Grafton Thomas Jefferson HSST Robinson