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Hundreds of JCPS students participate in Kentucky Derby Festival Academic Challenge

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The students have practiced all year for the quick recall tournament, hosted by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. The students have practiced all year for the quick recall tournament, hosted by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It may be a weekend, but that didn't stop more than a hundred JCPS students from pushing their brains to the limit. 

12 teams of elementary school students took part in an Academic Challenge at the Hyatt in downtown Louisville on Saturday.

The students have practiced all year for the quick recall tournament, hosted by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. 

They came prepared to answer questions in math, science, reading and writing, and the competition was fierce. 

"This is like March Madness for them," Jeff English, Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation president, said. "They really study, they practice and this is their competition. They are very competitive about it. Much like someone would be on a basketball team."

Other topics of the competition included language arts, social studies and humanities. 

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