Academic Competitions

Congratulations to the Wyatt Debate League Winners From JCPS!

  • Preeti Tanwani from Manual was awarded the Novice Lincoln Douglas Sweepstakes award for overall season performance.

  • Ben DeLozier from Ballard received the Novice Public Forum Sweepstakes award.

  • Adam Habtemariam from Ballard received the Junior Varsity Public Forum Sweepstakes award.

  • Manual tied for School Sweepstakes 2nd Place.

Congratulations to these JCPS Teams/Students Who Placed at the 2019 State Governor's Cup!

Middle School

Meyzeek—1st place Overall; Quick Recall placed 2nd in the state, and Future Problem Solving placed 5th.

  • Jonah Xu—Meyzeek, 1st place in Math

  • Luke Mo—Meyzeek, 2nd place in Math and 9th place in Science

  • Ishani Tarkar—Meyzeek, 6th place in Math

  • Lauren Jones—Meyzeek, 3rd place in Arts and Humanities

  • Yolanda Xie—Meyzeek, 4th place in Arts and Humanities

Noe—6th place Overall; Quick Recall placed 3rd in the state.

  • Ezra Smith-Pohl—Noe, 9th place in Social Studies

  • Lauren Wood—Noe, 1st place in Composition and 6th place in Language Arts

  • Rob Powers—Noe, 8th place in General Knowledge

Farnsley—Future Problem Solving placed 10th in the state.

  • Christopher Brown—Crosby, 3rd place in General Knowledge and 9th place in Math

High School

Manual—8th place Overall

  • Shyam Ravishankar—Manual, 10th place in Math

  • Justin Xu—Manual, 5th place in Science

  • Aditya Mehta—Manual, 8th place in Science

  • Jake Powell—Manual, 1st place in Social Studies

Robbie Kiser—Eastern, 2nd place in Social Studies

Duffy Oakley—Brown, 5th place in Composition

Information for Schools and Sponsors

From spelling bees to debate tournaments, JCPS students can participate in a wide array of academic competitions. Check with your child's school to see which particular activities it offers. Click the links on the left of this page for information on specific types of competitions.

Keep Your Team Eligible for Governor’s Cup Competition

Middle and high schools that participated in Governor’s Cup this school year have been invoiced by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition (KAAC) for next year’s dues. Please check with your school's bookkeeper to make sure this gets paid. New schools in the program are encouraged to contact KAAC to join the organization. Call (502) 223-0088 for KAAC information, or visit the KAAC website.

Buzzer System Problems?

For help with Inquisitor buzzer systems, contact Bill Luyster. Visit his website.

KAAC Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving (FPS) Training

Training dates for the 2019-2020 competition year can be found here after the KAAC Conference is over (September 19-21, 2019).

2018-19 Rule Changes for KAAC Events

Rule changes for this season can be found on KAAC's website.

Transportation for League Play and Tournaments

Employee and/or Volunteer Auto Insurance Affidavits must be on file in order to transport students in private vehicles. You can get those forms online on the JCPS website or from your school secretary. Fill out the appropriate forms and permission slips requested by the board for travel. See your office personnel for board policy information regarding travel to league host sites or to tournaments.

Academic Competition Funding for Middle and High Schools

Funding for academic competition began in 1986, when school budgets were controlled by the Board of Education. At that time, the board included a $1,000 line-item earmarked for academic competition. When the schools went to site-based management, that $1,000 was included in the total amount allocated to the schools. Now, it is the responsibility of the local school to designate that money from the school's yearly budget for academic competition. The Office of Academic Competition does not give this money to the schools. It should be allocated by your site-based budget committee and set aside in anticipation that it will be needed. If you have a problem, please check with your school's bookkeeper and locate the code from which your KAAC dues have been paid in the past.

What should the $1,000 from your school budget be used for?

  • KAAC dues (Annual expense—Notice is sent to the schools in the spring.)

  • Equipment repairs/replacement

  • Study materials/Practice questions for Quick Recall and FPS

  • Hosting costs (food, custodial services, etc.)

  • Other tournament fees/expenses

  • Other expenses for academic competition as allowed by your principal

Note: Not all of these expenses will occur each year. Hosting is the largest expenditure, but that only gets assigned to a given school every three to four years. Therefore, schools may not need to spend all of these funds each year.

Elementary School Funding for Academic Competitions

There are no fees for participating in the Elementary Mayor’s Cup Academic Competition. The Office of Academic Competition provides the funding for questions, awards, etc.

The Office of Academic Competition provides and maintains the equipment (one buzzer system per school) for elementary Quick Recall as long as the school participates in the league and Mayor’s Cup.
The equipment remains the property of the Office of Academic Competition and should be considered “on loan” to the schools. It is the responsibility of the school to treat the buzzer systems with care and to report any malfunctioning equipment to the Office of Academic Competition for repair.

We provide funds to Saturday host schools to pay personnel for planning and organizing the Mayor’s Cup competition during their hosting year.