A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Jamie Vaught: Lexington native, Cleveland Browns legend Frank Minnifield building business back home

Remember Frank Minnifield? One of the top players in pro football many years ago, he is a Cleveland Browns legend who grew up in central Kentucky. Minnifield, who now has several business ventures in the Lexington area, played for the Browns during the 1980s and early 1990s. He was a three-time All-NFL choice by the Associated Press. In addition, the four-time Pro Bowl selection has been nominated...

Henry Clay junior Emily Howard elected 2018-19 governor of Kentucky-Tennessee District Key Club

A junior from Henry Clay High School, Emily Howard, will serve as 2018-19 governor of the Kentucky-Tennessee District of Key Club International. She was elected during the March 16-18 district convention, which happened to be in Lexington in 2018. “Because our organization is student-led, I had to speak in front of five groups of club-elected delegates and answer any questions they had during caucusing...

CAC Youth One Eighty high school mentoring program proves especially beneficial to FCPS

While the Community Action Council has a longstanding partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, one of its recent initiatives has proven especially beneficial for high school students. The Youth One Eighty program, which launched in 2013, gives teenagers regular opportunities to share freely about whatever is on their minds in small-group mentoring sessions. It also includes after-school and...

Henry Clay, Dunbar seniors named National Youth Leaders of the Year as part of Youth Salute Program

For the first time in the 37-year history of the local Youth Salute program, two Lexington students have received the top two national awards. Henry Clay High School’s Anne Boggess was selected as the 2017 National Female Youth Leader of the Year and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Zsombor Gal as the National Male Youth Leader of the Year. They accepted congratulations and $1,000 scholarships during an...

Giving Back: Henry Clay senior returns to Hayes Middle School as after-school tutor

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When senior Hunter Frazier isn’t attending classes at Henry Clay High School, conducting research in a neuroscience lab at the University of Kentucky, or working part-time at Rafferty’s, he can be found mentoring students on Wednesday afternoons at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. “It’s whatever you need help with, whether it’s homework or what you’re...

Henry Clay High School gets windfall of sound equipment via unexpected arts donation

High School Nation, the country’s largest secondary school touring music festival, added Henry Clay to its fall lineup along with the promise of a complete recording studio – donated and installed on the Lexington campus. The two-hour celebration of the arts, which enveloped Henry Clay’s soccer field, featured sponsor booths; demos of guitars, drums, and sound equipment; and live entertainment...

Not for the Faint of Heart: Henry Clay Marching Band providing a solid training ground for life

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Marching band is not for the faint of heart. Determined. Talented. Dedicated. Resilient. Those are but a few terms to describe the 112 band members at Henry Clay High School, where they know they are not only valued as individuals but also integral to the group’s overall success. “We use the word ‘family’ since we’re always looking out for each other,”...

Three ensembles from Fayette County invited to perform at Kentucky Music Association conference

Three ensembles to perform at KMEA’s state conference 

Three groups from Fayette County Public Schools are invited to perform during the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2018 professional development conference next winter in Louisville. The three include two band ensembles and one choir. They are: • Henry Clay High School’s wind ensemble, directed by William Kite, on Feb. 8 at...

Henry Clay, Lafayette lead Fayette County high school rankings in U.S. News & World Report review

U.S. News & World Report this week released its list of 2017 Best High Schools. These rankings evaluated data on more than 22,000 public high schools to identify which ones were best at preparing students for college and careers, and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals to more than 6,000. In Kentucky, four schools received gold medals, 35 silver and 47 bronze. Fayette County had two in the...

Henry Clay’s Sports Information class provides students with insight into college athletics operations

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward For the culmination of a Sports Information class project, juniors Noah Gann, Charlie Henry, and Drew Kindy hosted a mock news conference in the library at Henry Clay High School, where they fielded questions about a fictitious star baseball player’s arrest for speeding and marijuana possession. Noah portrayed the head coach, Charlie the athletics director,...

Henry Clay advanced U.S. Government class brings ideas to citywide ‘On the Table’ discussions

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When a ninth-grader suggested her AP U.S. Government class participate in the citywide “On the Table” discussions, teacher Scott Brown was pleased to offer the venue at Henry Clay High School. “This is the genesis of the class – talking about how government shapes the things we do. And this year has generated a lot of talk about how we can make it better,”...

Henry Clay chemistry teacher Ratliff nominated for national LifeChanger of Year Award

Joe Ratliff, a chemistry teacher at Henry Clay High School, has been nominated for a 2016-17 LifeChanger of the Year Award. Fifteen winners from across the country will be chosen this spring and announced in surprise ceremonies at their schools. In addition, a Spirit Award will go to the school and nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their candidate. Joe Ratliff (Photo Provided) The...

Henry Clay senior Jodi Kirkner turns love for language into Korean study abroad opportunity

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Captivated by Asian languages and customs, Jodi Kirkner followed up last fall when her AP World History teacher told the class about a study-abroad opportunity through the U.S. State Department. She applied for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program and received a scholarship that covered this summer’s six-week stay in Seoul, South...

Six Fayette County students post perfect ACT score; 2,437 graduates in Class of 2016

Six students in Fayette County Public Schools scored a composite 36, or a perfect score, on the ACT college entrance exam during the 2015-2016 academic year, when they were juniors. The six are Alec Dupont of Henry Clay High School; Andrew Wachal of Lafayette High School; and Carlo Labianca, Ananth Miller Murthy, Nisarg Patil, and Benjamin Xie, all of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The ACT consists...

Summer Vacation: Henry Clay students working with UK HealthCare through Teen Volunteer Program

By Olivia McCoy Special to KyForward Some teens spend summer vacation doing advanced placement homework while others play video games or find summer jobs. Three students from Henry Clay High School are spending their summer volunteering with UK HealthCare through the Teen Volunteer Program. Lauren Spivey, Emily Spivey and Reagan Smith each spend several hours a week giving back and providing support...

Henry Clay senior Kim named Lexington Youth Leader of the Year

A rising senior at Henry Clay High School, Hye Jee Kim, was named Lexington’s Youth Leader of the Year during a recent awards ceremony at Asbury University. Hye Jee received a $500 scholarship plus an all-expense paid trip, sponsored by Holifield Photography, to attend this fall’s National Council on Youth Leadership conference. Hye Jee has served on the Mayor’s Youth Council leadership team,...

Senior Encouragement: Henry Clay seniors inspire students at Breckinridge Elementary with walk

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Nearly two dozen soon-to-be graduates of Henry Clay High School in Lexington completed a test run when they donned caps and gowns for a Senior Walk through the halls of nearby Breckinridge Elementary. Youngsters there had made “Congratulations” posters for the Class of 2016, and some even passed along individual drawings as they high-fived the older students. The...

21st Century: School Library Month highlights how they’ve become dynamic spaces of learning

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Anyone who hasn’t peeked inside a school library lately might be surprised at the look and feel. No more are they quiet, static facilities where students fumble with dusty old resources or merely check out books. Now, they are dynamic spaces of active student learning. The theme of School Library Month, “Transform Student Learning,” illustrates this new...

Fayette lands four in U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings; Henry Clay 11th

U.S. News & World Report this week released the 2016 Best High Schools rankings, featuring top-performing schools at the national and state level. These rankings evaluate data on more than 21,000 public high schools to identify which ones are best at preparing students for college and careers. Ninety-two in Kentucky made the rankings, with five gold, 29 silver, and 58 bronze medal schools. Henry...

Great Debate: Students may have come out on short end of score, but their enthusiasm won the day

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward This showdown might not have rivaled the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas series, but fifth-graders held their own against teachers in mock debates at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary recently. Citing thorough research, references to quotable experts, and rebuttal tactics, two guest judges from Henry Clay High School’s award-winning debate team decided the ACE teachers won...