JV Challenge

The Junior Varsity Challenge is a competitive opportunity designed for Kentucky’s ninth and tenth grade students, who sometimes are “lost” between the middle grades (6-8) and high school (9-12) Governor’s Cup Competition. Teams compete in “sections” of up to 8 teams each.


  • Coaches Planning Meeting – Nov. 1, 2016
  • Composition – Nov. 3
  • Five Written Assessments – Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and Arts/Humanities – Nov. 12
  • Quick Recall—double elimination bracket when there are fewer than 8 teams—modified pool play for 8-team sections – Nov. 12

Participation guidelines

  • Only ninth and tenth grade students may compete.
  • Each school may have only one team.
  • If a school district’s ninth and tenth graders are enrolled in separate schools, the teams may participate either together or separately.
  • Students taking part in this event may also compete in Governor’s Cup Competition.
  • Each student may take part in a maximum of three events.
  • Each team may enter a maximum of three students in the written events and in Composition.
  • Each school participating in Quick Recall MUST provide TWO Quick Recall officials.
  • Each school participating in Composition MUST provide a reader.

Student Entry Period

Passwords were sent on Oct. 27 and student names must be in prior to the Nov. 1 Planning Meeting.

Practice Questions

JV Challenge Order Form

Register: Off-site Composition

JV Challenge Off-Site Composition

More information

  • Content based on the Kentucky Program of Studies for ninth and tenth grades
  • There is no required reading for the Language Arts exam
  • All coaches will receive a Coaches’ Guide via email


  • Registration is closed, but we will try to get you into the pairings if possible. Contact Brenda Darnell at 502.223.0088.
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