Danaher completes honors academy
Makensie Danaher, a senior at East Jessamine High School, participated in the Commonwealth Honors Academy during the summer at Murray State University.
Makensie and 94 other students completed the three-week academy June 9-30. Academy scholars took two college-level courses, attended multiple lectures, concerts, field trips and forums, and participated in a tri-weekly personal development seminar. As a successful graduate of the academy, Danaher will receive six hours of university credit, a $2,000-per-year Murray State housing scholarship, and the option to take six additional hours from Murray State tuition-free.
The mission of the Commonwealth Honors Academy, currently in its 12th year, is “to challenge, educate, enlighten, and nurture the next generation of academic, civic, and business leaders in the region.” To qualify, students must have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and an ACT score of 25 (or equivalent SAT, PSAT, or PLAN scores). For more information or to find details on applying to the 2013 academy, please visit the academy website at www.murraystate.edu/CHA.
West band wins Lincoln Days contest
The West Jessamine High School Marching Colts Band won the Class 4A marching competition at the Lincoln Days Invitational Band Contest in Hodgenville on Saturday, Sept. 29. They also were named best percussion in Class 4A. This year’s marching band is under the direction of band director Michael White and field commanders Mikayla Labrillazo and Nick Bernard.
Wilmore boy wins college savings through reading
Lane Hack of Wilmore was one of eight summer-reading participants selected as winners of a $1,000 college-savings account from the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
Madeline Abramson, wife of Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, hosted a ceremony to honor the winners of KESPT’s “Think Big, Save for College” summer-reading program.
Each winner’s library received $500 for programming. More than 5,000 families in the state submitted entries for the program.
KESPT is the Commonwealth’s official Section 529 college-savings plan, which helps parents, grandparents, family and friends save for a loved one’s future college education. It is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc.
For more information, visit www.kysaves.com or call 1-877-598-7878.
FCCLA attends regional meeting
The Jessamine Career and Technology Center chapter of the FCCLA attended the FCCLA fall regional meeting Friday, Sept. 14. The meeting’s purpose was for Region 15 members and officers to attend officer training and leadership workshops, which were taught by regional officers.
Emily Kerns, regional vice president of star events and co-president of the JCTC chapter, and Sarah Smith, regional first vice president and co-president of the JCTC chapter, held workshops for each of their respective regional offices.
The meeting was attended by JCTC chapter members and officers Catherine Graham (vice president of public relations), Peyton Ransdell (vice president of star events), Laeken Ray (vice president of membership at East High), Alexis Snowden (vice president of membership at West High), Cameron Back (vice president of finance), Rachael Hager (vice president of community service), Sarah Hall (vice president of individual programs), Taylor Tomlin (vice president of parliamentary law) and Bo Juett (first vice president).
Bellaire Creative Christian Academy announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Food Program administered by the Kentucky Department of Education. Meals will be served at no separate charge to enrolled participants at the center and are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.