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Winners announced for state’s annual ‘Capture the Earth’ photography, video contests

Drakes Creek Middle School eighth-grader Julia Freeman is the winner of the eighth annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Keegan Hennessy, a 10th-grade student at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high school students with...

Lexington student wins ‘Capture the Earth’ videography contest, sponsored by Energy Cabinet

Johnson County Middle School eighth-grader Meghan Grace Ratliff, 13, is the winner of the seventh-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Diana Lila, a senior at Eastside Technical Center, Lexington, Ky., meanwhile, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high...

Eastside Technical Center’s annual car clinic gives students experience with pros, customers

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When students roll out to Eastside Technical Center on a Saturday morning each fall, the payoff is both immediate and long-term. Working alongside professional technicians, they find that the annual Bluegrass Car Care Clinic can provide loads of opportunities. “It’s what I was hoping for,” said sophomore Brandon Burge of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School,...

Eastside Technical Center students team with pros for annual clinic offering free vehicle inspections

Eastside Technical Center students will work alongside some of Lexington’s top technicians at the 27th annual Bluegrass Car Care Clinic, which offers free vehicle inspections for FCPS staff, students, families, and the general public. The first-come, first-served inspections run from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday Oct. 1 outside the school, at 2208 Liberty Road next to the school district bus garage. Eastside’s...

Eastside Technical Center conducting auto auction with proceeds set for transportation department

Students at Lexington’s Eastside Technical Center have notched another real-life project with this spring’s auction of four refurbished vehicles. The diesel mechanics, collision and repair, and two automotive classes pulled together, and all will reap the benefits of the proceeds going back into the school’s Transportation Department. “The classes evaluated (the vehicles) and took turns...

Bluegrass Car Clinic combines Eastside Tech students with Lexington's top mechanics

Eastside Technical Center students will work alongside some of Lexington’s top technicians at the 25th annual Bluegrass Car Care Clinic, which offers free vehicle inspections for FCPS staff, students, families and the general public. The first-come, first-served inspections begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, outside the school at 2208 Liberty Rd. next to the district’s bus garage.   Eastside’s...

Special projects at Eastside Tech help students put 9/11 attacks in perspective

Austin Brooks, a junior at Tates Creek High School, always dresses up on Thursdays. Because this week is the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, he added mirrored sunglasses to portray a Secret Service agent standing guard as students filed in at Eastside Tech. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   William Lynch was in kindergarten on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists...

Two Eastside students earned accolades for film projects, focused on bullying, friendship

  By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward     Two students from Eastside Technical Center have earned kudos from the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which hands out Student Production Awards each spring.   As the PSA’s writer, videographer and editor, Lainey Geddes was tapped a winner in the Public Service Announcement category for her entry...

Eastside Technical Center junior is a finalistin the Great American No Bull challenge

Taylor Tomlin’s video is about labels and how they affect teenagers. (Photo from Taylor Tomlin)   Taylor Tomlin, a junior in the multimedia production class at Eastside Technical Center, is among 15 finalists in the 2014 Great American NO BULL Challenge.   She will be flown out to Los Angeles in early August for a leadership conference and the Teen Video Awards, an “Oscars meets...

SkillsUSA competitions help Eastside, Southside students recognize real-world value

The SkillsUSA regional competition included some three dozen categories such as Auto Service Tech and Diesel Equipment Technology. (Photo from FCPS)   High school senior Cory Townsend has been thinking seriously about a career for more than three years now as a member of Eastside Tech’s SkillsUSA club in Lexington. He just competed in the 2014 North Central Region competition for the learning...

Southside and Eastside technical centers get gold medals in SkillsUSA competition

Students from Southside and Eastside technical centers who received gold medals in the 2013 SkillsUSA state competition will advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo. The state officers, including Eastside’s Patricia Taylor and Dalton Cox, will also attend.   Four dozen Fayette County Public Schools students participated in the state...

Winners announced in state's 'Keep It Real – Don't Drink' campaign video, Internet contest

The winners of the ninth annual – and final – statewide Keep It Real Video/Internet Contest were awarded a total of $3025 in prize money at a special awards program at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington. Included were several students from the Lexington and Central Kentucky.   Who Am I, the top winner, was produced by John Hardin High School (Elizabethtown) student Darius Sessions....

Keep It Real contest features student-made videos educating peers on drinking risks

High school students across the Commonwealth, along with the general public are invited to View and Vote for their favorite student-made commercials during the 9th annual Keep It Real Internet/Video Contest Jan. 7 – 18 at keep-it-real.us.   These teen filmmakers have created 30-second PSA’s telling their peers about the risks of underage drinking. Now it’s time for friends, family...