Academic teams from Kentucky schools start the annual Governor’s Cup competition season this week.

Middle schools will gather for the first round in district meets on Saturday. High school district meets are Jan. 25 and for elementaries the district competitions are Feb. 8.

In northeastern Kentucky, Ashland, Boyd County and Russell middle schools will compete at Ashland.

McKell, Wurtland and Raceland-Worthington middle schools compete at McKell.

East Carter, West Carter and Rowan County middle schools meet at Rowan County.

The following week at the high school level, Ashland Blazer, Boyd County and Lawrence County meet at Blazer, Greenup County, Raceland-Worthington and Russell meet at Raceland and East Carter, West Carter and Elliott County meet at West Carter.

Top-scoring schools and students will go on to compete at the regional level, and after that the state final competition in Louisville.

Elementary schools compete at the district and regional level but do not go to the state competition.

The competition was founded in 1986 as a showcase for academics and high-achieving students.

Each year, more than 20,000 students from 1,200 students across the state compete in five written assessments — mathematics, science, social studies, arts and humanities and language arts — composition, quick recall and future problem solving.

Quick recall is a fast-paced team event in which schools race against the clock and each other to answer questions in a variety of disciplines.

In future problem solving, teams apply problem-solving skills to solve hypothetical future events.

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