CADIZ -- Caldwell County Elementary School placed fourth in the Governor's Cup Region 2 competition held Feb. 29 at Trigg County Middle School.
The competition is the highest level of competition in the statewide academic competition for elementary schools.
Southwest Calloway won the regional title with 47.2 points, followed by North Calloway at 20.5 points, Murray Middle's fourth- and fifth-graders at 12.2 points, CCES at 10.2, Central Elementary of Marshall County at 8.7, South Livingston at 6, Sturgis 5.2, Trigg County Intermediate and Uniontown at 4, North Livingston at 3.5 points and Lyon County at 2.5.
CCES student J.D. Adams took second place in the math written assessment test with a score of 26 out of a possible 50 points. He also placed fourth in the science written assessment test with a score of 20.
Elijah Thomas placed fifth in the math written assessment test with a score of 24, while Cale Sears tied for fifth in the social studies written assessment test with a score of 18.
The CCES quick recall team placed third, falling to Murray Middle in the semifinal round.
"They've done well," said academic team coach Jessica Pepper. "We have practice every other Wednesday, and they have study materials that they take home to study. We also do practice tests for the written assessments."
Caldwell County's fourth-place finish was the best the school has done in the Governor's Cup regional since 2016, when it placed third. Since beginning competition in 2007, CCES has only placed as high as fourth two other times, in 2008 and 2009.
Governor's Cup is the state's premier academic event, involving over 20,000 students, nearly 1,200 schools and thousands of coaches, administrators, parents and community leaders who see the rewards gained from encouraging academic performance through properly structured and professionally administered academic competition.
Governor's Cup competitions are held at the elementary, middle and high school level. Middle and high school teams compete at the district, regional and state level, while elementary schools compete at the district and regional level.
The eight events of Governor's Cup competitions are:
• Written assessment examinations for individual students in math, science, social studies, language arts and arts and humanities, each worth a maximum of 50 points. No more than three students from one school can compete in a certain subject, and students cannot compete in more than two subjects.
• Composition/on-demand writing for individual students.
• Quick recall question-and-answer contest for teams.
• Future problem-solving creative thinking competition for teams.