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Aaron Thompson: Amid the uncertainty, Class of 2020, you’ll be better off with a college degree

As the head of public higher education in Kentucky, I’m usually asked to deliver at least one commencement address each May. If I were giving one this year, I’d probably start by offering both my congratulations and condolences. I’m certain you never imagined your high school or college career would come to a close during a global pandemic. I’m sorry that your graduation ceremony had to be...

Fayette County Public Schools works with community partners to send seniors out in style

Given that the class of 2020 has had a final semester of high school like none other, Fayette County Public Schools and several community partners are working together to ensure their graduation celebration is one-of-a-kind. Already this spring, seniors at all FCPS high schools and special programs have been feted with social media spots, website tributes and individual deliveries of yard signs. Staff...

Constance Alexander: Here’s to the incredible Class of 2020, may your memories live as long as you do

All over the country, teenagers are missing the pomp and circumstance associated with graduation. When schools closed in March, it was uncertain how long lockdown would last. Soon after, it became clear that staying home and social distancing were essential to prevent further onslaught of COVID-19. For the Class of 2020, school was out forever. No more homeroom, lockers, or lunch periods. Forget the...

Citizen Reporter: Northern Kentucky Photographer goes on ‘drive-by shoot’ to capture Class of 2020

By Tracy Donovan Jones Citizen reporter As we all work on adapting to the new normal throughout the time of COVID-19, we are also finding new ways of helping each other connect and deal with things that are out of our control. Amid the reality of how we are affected in our everyday lives, this pandemic is creating a gap for traditions for High School Seniors across Kentucky and the Nation. American...

Jamie Vaught: Miss Basketball candidate Ally Collett looking forward to senior season at South Laurel

Ally Collett is a very personable athlete who wants to help her team flourish and give opponents a hard time on the hardwood floor. And the prep senior is actually a basketball superstar. Collett is ranked as the No. 1 girls’ player from the Class of 2020 in the state of Kentucky, according to a preseason Top 25 poll by Exposure2.0 and Pure Prospects. Ally Collett (Photo by Jamie H. Vaught) In a...

WKU’s Gatton Academy of Math and Science selects 99 Kentucky sophomores for Class of 2020

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University has selected 99 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2020. “We are excited to welcome the Class of 2020, an exceptional and diverse group of young people. Each year our admissions process reveals a remarkable number of outstanding Kentucky students seeking to challenge themselves in the STEM fields,” said Dr. Lynette Breedlove,...

Size, diversity, preparedness are hallmarks of class of incoming students at U of L

Next week, nearly 2,800 full-time, first-time University of Louisville students will begin their journey toward earning a college degree. The number represents a 3.2 percent increase—or about 100 students—from the previous year. UofL officials say the incoming class is not only one of the largest and most diverse in institutional history, it is also the most academically prepared. “We continue...