National YoungArts Foundation cites two students in SCAPA program at Layfayette High School

The National YoungArts Foundation has cited two students in the SCAPA program at Lafayette High School among the most promising young artists in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts. Aaron Choate was named a finalist (the top honor) in modern/contemporary dance, while soprano Katherine Copeland received honorable mention in voice. The 2018 winners represent the top 10 percent from a pool...

Lafayette High School students spread pointed message about gun violence in wake of friend’s death

Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When Lafayette sophomore Trinity Gay died last fall, many of her friends could not find the words to express their grief and their outrage at senseless gun violence. However, three of them have since found their voice in spreading a pointed message across Lexington and beyond. “‘Reach for your dreams – not for a gun. Shoot for the stars – not people.’ It’s...

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...

KHSAA sets 2017 state high school soccer tournament at Frederick Douglass, Lafayette

During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Offices, the Board of Control accepted a membership application from Danville Christian Academy and finalized sites for the 2017 State Soccer Tournament. Danville Christian Academy will begin its two-year probationary period with the current 2017-18 school year, and will be ineligible for...

Lafayette educator among state finalists for Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

Susan McLaughlin-Jones of Lafayette High School is among Kentucky’s finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of three science teachers and five math instructors that the Kentucky Department of Education has submitted for national consideration. Susan McLaughlin-Jones (Photo Provided) McLaughlin-Jones will also be recognized during the...

Kentucky native Harry Dean Stanton dies at age 91 in Los Angeles; most recent film about to be released

One of Kentucky’s favorite sons, Harry Dean Stanton, an actor with wide-ranging skills, has died of natural causes at age 91 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Stanton whose big breakthrough to fame was Paris, Texas (written by Sam Shepard) was known for his roles in Twin Peaks, Big Love, Repo Man and Pretty in Pink. He had a high profile role as a manipulative cult leader Roman...

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...

Education Notes: Rosa Parks students honored in Governor’s Cup; Lafayette excels in Japanese Speech contest

The Rosa Parks Elementary team pulled away for a win in the 2017 Governor’s Cup regional contests, which concluded March 4. Meadowthorpe was runner-up overall in Region 22. The Governor’s Cup, which was founded in 1986 to promote classroom achievement, is Kentucky’s premier academic competition. A contest consists of five written assessment exams, composition (on-demand writing), future problem-solving,...

Business community, regional leaders convene for Commerce Lexington annual awards dinner

More than 1,000 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials attended the 2017 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance at Lexington Center on Thursday. This event gave a look back at 2016, highlighted some of the key goals of the organization, and recognized Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers,...

Lafayette students determined to reverse wave of gun violence through new prevention program

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A diverse collection of students from Lafayette High School is determined to reverse the local wave of gun violence that recently claimed one of their own, so a baker’s dozen from the Lafayette Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) met at the Charles Young Community Center on Third Street to plan their next move. “Nothing will happen unless you act. There’s...

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...

Three Fayette schools bring home national Technology Student Association honors

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Under the theme “Building a Legacy,” students from Fayette County Public Schools competed well at the Technology Student Association’s 2016 national conference. Southern Middle’s Michael Alaniz and Tyler Nichols set the pace, placing second in Junior Solar Sprint. Susie Rickert was fourth and Kainat Syed placed sixth in Essays on Technology, and Mason...

Getting Real: Lafayette High School sophomores get real life career advice from diverse panel

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Sophomores might recall attending a career fair in elementary school, but now things are getting real. With only two years until graduation, these students listen a bit more closely when community members offer advice on job skills and insight into fields that interest them. Guidance counselor Shaun Cook, aware of the growing urgency, brought about 60 guests to...

Paying Forward: Picadome teacher instilled confidence her former student needed for learning

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Lexington Lafayette High School senior Andrew Herrmann is following in his favorite teacher’s footsteps. For two semesters, he’s shadowing Susan McQueary at Picadome Elementary, and eventually he wants to lead gaggles of first- and second-graders himself. “It’s been a really cool opportunity since elementary education is what I want to do. Being able to...

Lafayette soccer teams earn national kudos for GPAs; Danville also honored

The Lafayette soccer teams have received the 2014-2015 High School Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, which salutes programs that have excelled in the classroom. The boys’ team, coached by Chris Grimm, posted a 3.97 GPA last year, while the girls’ team, coached by Bryson Perry, recorded a 3.85 GPA.   To qualify for this award, the team must have a...

Tates Creek drama club, Lafayette sponsor earn top state honors at high school festival

Tates Creek drama club students perform the Amish Project during a dress rehearsal (Facebook Photo)   The drama club from Tates Creek High School received first-place honors for “The Amish Project,” and Paul Thomas of Lafayette High was named the state’s Drama Teacher of the Year at the Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2014 high school festival.   The Bryan Station club placed third...

Lending a Hand: Governor’s School for Arts students reach out to Danville community

Governor’s School for the Arts participants Kaleb King, Kenneth Korbar and Emma Collins weed flower beds at Constitution Square State Historic Site in Danville. (Photo by David Flores)   By Caitlan Cole Special to KyForward   Students at the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts at Centre College recently stepped out of their studios and classrooms to take to the streets...

Lending a Hand: Governor's School for Arts students reach out to Danville community

Governor’s School for the Arts participants Kaleb King, Kenneth Korbar and Emma Collins weed flower beds at Constitution Square State Historic Site in Danville. (Photo by David Flores)   By Caitlan Cole Special to KyForward   Students at the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts at Centre College recently stepped out of their studios and classrooms to take to the streets...

Engaging Reading: 'Graphic novels' give teachers valuable tool to reach students

Lafayette High School teacher Holly Wooten discusses using proper terms with a graphic novels – just as you would any other literary device. She and other educators were attending the Let’s TALK conference in Louisville recently. (Photo by Amy Wallot)   By Brenna R. Kelly Special to KyForward   The first time Holly Wooten picked up a graphic novel, the Lafayette High School English...

Engaging Reading: ‘Graphic novels’ give teachers valuable tool to reach students

Lafayette High School teacher Holly Wooten discusses using proper terms with a graphic novels – just as you would any other literary device. She and other educators were attending the Let’s TALK conference in Louisville recently. (Photo by Amy Wallot)   By Brenna R. Kelly Special to KyForward   The first time Holly Wooten picked up a graphic novel, the Lafayette High School English...