Teams from nine schools competed in the “2 Smart 4 Drugs” Academic Tournament held October 11 at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. A total of 214 students and 18 coaches participated.

Big Sandy’s Academic team as well as UNITE provided breakfast (sausage biscuits, fruit, donuts, etc.) and lunch (pizza, chips, cupcakes, cookies, fruit, etc.) and snacks for the students, parents and coaches as well as anyone in attendance.

Pikeville finished first in the overall Varsity meet, followed by Belfry and Letcher Central.

East Ridge earned the Junior Varsity title, followed by Shelby Valley, with Knott Central and Pike Central tied for third.

Perry County Central High School earned top honors in a special video project that encouraged students to resist drugs. East Ridge and Cordia placed second and third, respectively, in that category.

Winning students received certificates signed by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers and teams took home cash prizes. This money helps teams to buy practice questions, buzzer systems and cover the cost of travel to tournaments. Total prize money from all sponsorships was $3,200.

The event was sponsored by the BSCTC Academic Team, UNITE Pike, Community Trust Bank, State Rep. Leslie Combs, City of Pikeville, Karen Kelly, Pikeville City Commissioner Barry Chaney, Tom Wright and UMG.