With a strong run in both team and individual competitions, the Johnson County Middle School academic team earned third place at the state Governor’s Cup in Louisville this weekend.

The JCMS team finished in the tie for fifth place in the quick recall tournament, and the future problem solving squad earned a runner-up finish.

“It’s exciting,” Coach Pam Burton said. “We haven’t been out of the top three since 1998.”

In individual assessments, JCMS students Benjamin Moore took fifth in social studies, while Muriel Maeve Tipton took fourth, Destiney Byrd seventh and Taylor Lyons ninth in language arts. Tipton also went on to finish second in arts and humanities.

The overall standings saw them comfortably ahead of fourth-place Calloway County Middle School, and only 3.75 points behind Winburn Middle School for second place. The overall title went to Meyzeek Middle School, of Louisville.

The third-place finish came among 358 middle schools competing, including Johnson County’s own Paintsville High School middle grades and the Piarist School’s middle grades.

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