The Russell High School academic team was honored on the Kentucky House floor Thursday for its victory in the high school division of the 2011 Governor's Cup.
It was the fifth Governor's Cup championship for the Greenup County school, which also won in 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2006.
"We're very proud of these kids," said Russell Principal Alan Thompson, whose son, Ryan, was a member of the school's 2006 championship team. "I believe we've now won the competition more than anybody outside Lexington or Louisville."
Russell really didn't expect a championship this year because it lacked a "superstar," Thompson said.
"Of the championships we've won, this probably is the surprise," he said. "But when you get a group that's hungry, it pays off. They outworked people."
Russell topped Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar in the overall high school competition; Louisville's Manual was third.
Dunbar won the high school quick-recall competition, while Johnson Central High School took the future problem-solving event.
Louisville's Meyzeek Middle School won the middle school division, followed by Johnson County Middle School and Bowling Green's Drakes Creek Middle School.
Meyzeek also took quick-recall, while Paintsville Middle School won future problem-solving.