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...

Billy Reed: This old Blue Devil feels good about the present and future of high school basketball

“I don’t have plans and schemes And I don’t have hopes and dreams I don’t have anything If I don’t have you.” — The Skyliners, 1958 Last Tuesday morning at the Hyatt-Regency in Lexington, this graduate of Henry Clay High, class of 1961, emceed a press conference where the new inductees to the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, several of them his contemporaries, were...

U.S. News' 'Best High Schools' released, with Fort Thomas Highlands atop state rankings

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best High Schools” rankings, Highlands High School in Fort Thomas was named the top public high school in Kentucky.   Louisville’s duPont Manual High School was ranked No. 2, followed by Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, Brown School in Louisville, and Ballard in Louisville.   Rounding out the top 10 were Lexington’s...

Saying thanks, sharing memories part of fun as FCPS seniors, favorite teachers reconnect

Henry Clay senior Puspa Kafley (left) nominated English teacher David Buchanan for a FAME Award. ‘It was always fun to be in his class. It was strict, but it was fun,’ Puspa recalled. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   When Fayette County’s high school seniors and some of their favorite educators gather for the annual FAME Awards reception,...

Henry Clay HS junior is serving as Senate page for McConnell in Washington, D.C.

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Logan Ziegler of Henry Clay High School is among 29 juniors from across the country serving as U.S. Senate pages this semester in Washington, D.C.   Logan Ziegler (Photo provided) He is sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.   “This internship offers Logan an amazing opportunity to have a front-row seat to observe history in the...

Fayette Co. starts school and principals bring their 'A' game to ensure smooth beginning

Ashland Elementary’s principal Lisa Smith practices all the little things like how to line up for lunch and how to dismiss so they don’t become the big things in children’s minds. (Photo from FCPS)   As more than 40,000 students returned to the classroom in Fayette County Public Schools, principals brought their “A” game to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible...

Nation's 'Best High Schools' include 62 Kentucky schools with gold, silver rankings

Staff report   U.S. News & World Report has come out with its list of the nation’s best high schools, and 62 Kentucky schools were eligible for a state ranking, receiving either a gold or silver medal.   Five schools – duPont Manual High School in Louisville, North Oldham High School in Goshen, Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, South Oldham High School in Crestwood,...