Noah Helphenstine, a senior at Caldwell County High School, advanced to the Governor's Cup state competition after placing among the top five in two written assessment tests at the Region 2 competition, held Feb. 10 and Saturday at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School.

Helphenstine took second in the region in the social studies assessment test, scoring a 39 out of a possible 50, and tied for fourth in the science assessment test with a score of 23. He accounted for all 5.5 points for Caldwell County.

Helphenstine took part in the 2019 Governor's Cup state competition in science. Governor's Cup is a statewide academic competition with two team events -- quick recall and future problem solving -- and six written events: composition and assessment tests in math, science, social studies, language arts and arts and humanities.

In the team events, schools score eight points for first place, five points for second, three points for third and one point for fourth. In written events, students earn five points for first place, four points for second, three points for third, two points for fourth and one point for fifth. Each assessment test has 50 questions to be answered.

At the Region 2 competition, CCHS placed seventh overall with 5.5 points. University Heights Academy won with 29 points, followed by Dawson Springs at 22 points and host MNHHS at 21.5 points.

The top two teams and the top five individuals in the written events advance to the state competition, held March 14-16 at Galt House in Louisville.