Academic Team

Last Updated: 8/29/2019 7:28 PM

The JHHS Academic Team is a club where students are encouraged to excel in specific subject areas and compete against other students and schools at the local, regional, and state level. Our sanctioning body, KAAC, created the competition as a way to “promote, reward, and recognize outstanding academic achievement.”

KAAC Competition Dates

  • District--Location TBD

    • Future Problem Solving and Composition -- Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    • Assessment, Quick Recall, Awards -- Saturday, January 25, 2020

  • Region--Location TBD

    • Future Problem Solving and Composition -- Monday, February 10, 2020

    • Assessment, Quick Recall, Awards -- Saturday, February 15, 2020

  • State Finals--Galt House, Louisville, KY 

    • March 14-16, 2020

Areas of Competition

--Students may compete in up to three areas of academic competition. The areas are:

  • Quick Recall -- what most people think of when they think of the Academic Team. This is like Jeopardy!, but you don’t answer in the form of a question, you play with a team of four, and you can get bonus questions!

  • Written Assessments -- 60-minute, multiple-choice tests given in five different subject areas: Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Art & Humanities. 

  • Written Composition -- in this event, students are given 90 minutes to show off their writing skills on various topics. If you’re great at arguing or coming up with explanations on the fly, this is for you!

  • Future Problem Solving -- four students work together to address a Future Scene, identify problems, and come up with a plan to solve that problem. Scenarios from previous FPS competitions have actually ended up happening, so the critical thinking skills used here will have application in the real world. 

How to Join

--Speak to Mr. Robinson or Mrs. Bird. There is no membership fee required to be on the Academic Team, and students in all grades are permitted to join.


  • Practices -- held weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45--5PM in Room 226 or, occasionally, Room 205. 

  • Heartland League -- as practice for Governor’s Cup events later in the school year, our team holds a two-month long season with other schools from around the region. This is a great way to get experience and learn strategies for District, Region, and State competition. Events are held on Mondays. Begins in mid-October and ends with the Varsity Tournament in mid-December. Team and individual awards will be given at the end of the season.

  • Governor’s Cup -- these are official events sanctioned by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition (KAAC). District competition will be held in January, followed by Regionals in February. State finals are held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville in March. 

  • JV Challenge -- a one-off KAAC event held specifically for 9th and 10th graders. This simulates competing at Regionals, and allows underclassmen, who are otherwise “lost” between 8th grade (top tier of middle school) and 11th/12th grade, a chance to compete. Usually held in November.


--Students are expected to participate in fundraising activities for Academic Team. Transportation, practice materials, and (hopefully) lodging costs at State Finals have to be covered for the team to operate smoothly. Fundraising may include selling items, working concessions at ball games, or other activities as voted on by team members.

Advisors & Contact

Mike Robinson,

Erin Bird,

Google Classroom -- The code is mx6fles

Remind -- The code is @dawgbrains

Other Info


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