Johnson County’s reign in Governor’s Cup competition does not stop with a state title for the high school and a third place finish for JCMS — several other Eagles and Tigers are bringing home the hardware, too.

The community problem solving competitions, which do not count toward Governor’s Cup points, saw another outstanding showing by Johnson County schools.

JCHS student Megan Hudnall is an individual state champion in community problem solving. Paintsville High School finished runner-up in team CmPS.

Johnson County Middle School’s CmPS team, called the “Juul Breakers,” have spent the year working with parents, administrators, municipal leaders and legislators to change the story about underage students vaping. They are state champions, too.

In junior division community problem solving, elementary school students band together on a project to make a positive impact on their community. In that competition, Highlands Elementary’s “Warming Warriors,” who crusaded to keep the area’s homeless and underprivileged fed and made sure they had access to coats through the winter, are the state champions. 

Johnson County schools actually swept the top three in Junior Division CmPS, with Central Elementary finishing second and W. R. Castle Elementary third. 

JCMS students Emily Farler and Meredith McNally also took second and third, respectively, in middle grades scenario writing, and Payton Duncan is a state champion in senior division scenario writing. At Paintsville, Paintsville Elementary’s Braley Howard took second in Junior Division scenario writing.

In future problem solving, team competitions are also held for the Junior Division, with Paintsville Elementary School claiming that state title, and Highland Elementary taking fourth place.

In FPS alternate competitions, Trent Cox finished second in the junior division, Zoey Curtis and Cole Butcher took second and third, respectively, in middle grades, and in the senior division, Riley Castle earned third.

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