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Henry Clay graduate Warrick named Horizon League Freshman of the Week for fifth time this season

KyForward staff Northern Kentucky’s Marques Warrick has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season. Warrick averaged 18.5 points while shooting 54 percent (15-of-28) from the floor and 46 percent (5-of-11) from 3-point range during a pair of road wins against Robert Morris. The Henry Clay High School graduate also contributed 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a...

Henry Clay grad Marques Warrick earns Horizon League Freshman of the Week honor for fourth time

KyForward staff Henry Clay High School graduate Marques Warrick has established himself as one of the best freshmen in the Horizon League this season. Warrick, now a starting guard at Northern Kentucky University, earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. It marked the fourth time this season the Lexington native has been selected for the weekly award. Northern Kentucky guard Marques...

‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Netflix film has deep Kentucky connections, most ‘takes place’ in Lexington

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky New Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” is encouraging a new generation of chess enthusiasts – and putting eyes on Kentucky. The show’s ties to the Commonwealth are plentiful. Its leading lady, Beth Harmon, makes waves at the Kentucky State chess championship and has trouble relating to others at her Lexington school – plus its author has a storied history...

Henry Clay graduate Marques Warrick earns Horizon League weekly honor for second time

KyForward staff Northern Kentucky University’s Marques Warrick has been selected as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the second straight Monday. In the eight-year existence of the award, Warrick is the first player to claim the honor in each of the first two weeks of a season. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last week. Henry Clay High School graduate and current NKU standout...

Louisville Mercy defeats Assumption in five-set thriller; Henry Clay advances to state semifinals

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A new volleyball state champion in Kentucky will be crowned on Saturday night. Louisville Mercy made sure of that Friday by eliminating three-time defending state champion Assumption in a five-set thriller at Cardinal Arena on the campus of George Rogers Clark High School. Mercy (20-2) defeated Assumption (16-3) for the second time this season in a battle of...

Assumption attempts to defend state volleyball title this weekend; Henry Clay seeks to make history

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Is this the year that a public school wins the KHSAA state volleyball championship? Or will Louisville Assumption successfully defend its state title? Those are two questions currently being asked, and on Saturday night an answer will be given when the KHSAA crowns its 42nd state champion. Assumption is the epitome of a championship-caliber program and is always...

Fayette County students prepare to watch science experiment launch to International Space Station

This week, two sophomores in Fayette County Public Schools will see the culmination of nearly a year’s efforts as their science experiment launches to the International Space Station (ISS). Kiera Fehr of Henry Clay High School and Rosalie Huff of Frederick Douglass High School, along with three Chicago-area students, are studying the effects of microgravity on methane-producing termites. Sophomores...

Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health names Michael Friesen as 2020-2021 board chair

The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health elected Michael Friesen as chair for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which began July 1. Friesen is a vice president at Traditional Bank in Lexington with 15 years of commercial banking experience. He is a native of Lexington and graduated from Henry Clay High School. Friesen has an MBA from the University of Kentucky and BSBA-Finance from the University of Richmond....

Fayette County Public Schools to host fall session of Family University Saturday at Henry Clay High School

The fall 2019 session of Family University is coming up Saturday, Nov. 9 at Henry Clay High School. Fam U provides informational sessions for caregivers, enrichment activities for students of all ages, and district/community resources to help families stay engaged in their child’s education. Participation is free, and open to the public. “Family University provides amazing learning opportunities....

Two Lexington teachers headed to nation’s capital for ‘White House History Teacher Institute’ in July

Lexington teachers Aaron Cain from Henry Clay High School and Delvin Azofeifa from Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Excellence have been selected to attend the White House Historical Association’s exclusive “White House History Teacher Institute” in July. During their week-long visit to Washington, D.C., the teachers will take a private tour of the White House, learn about new education technology...

Pertussis (whooping cough) case confirmed at another school; highly contagious respiratory illness

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the third confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier cases were at Tates Creek High School and Henry Clay High School.   Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all...

Health Department alerting parents of confirmed pertussis case at Henry Clay High School

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Henry Clay High School of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the second confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier case was at Tates Creek High School. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages but can be most serious in infants...

Bluegrass Greensource to host recycling forum Oct. 24 in response to new challenges facing communities

Earlier this year, China stopped taking many of the materials from sorting facilities throughout the U.S. which has caused some communities to greatly reduce what can be accepted for recycling. On Oct. 24 at Henry Clay High School, Bluegrass Greensource with host a recycling forum in response to public concerns about local recycling efforts after multiple national stories about major challenges to...

Henry Clay High School senior adopts ELL Camp at elementary alma mater, provides needed support

In a clever example of paying it forward, a rising senior helped support a summer program at his former elementary school. When Joseph Craven, who is in the Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay High School, contacted the Family Resource Center coordinator looking for an opportunity to volunteer at The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek, she paired him with July’s ELL Camp. The grant-funded, two-week...

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...