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Lafayette SCAPA students win 10-minute play competition during online regional theatre festival

SCAPA theatre students from Lafayette High School did not miss a beat even though the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s 2021 convention went virtual amid COVID-19 restrictions. Their recorded entry, an excerpt of “Cardboard Stories: Thinking outside the Box,” earned top honors in the Secondary School Theatre Festival, which offered the 10-Minute Play Competition in early March. “We were the...

UK College of Education alumna’s star-studded classroom brightens Zoom sessions for students

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky A school year like no other became the perfect chance for Whitney Walker to take her social studies classroom to the next level at Lafayette High School in Lexington. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Walker’s classroom had been a marvel. Nearly every inch was covered with souvenirs, maps, retro toys, puppets, folk art, kitsch and political...

Lafayette High School theatre students devise pandemic pantomime ‘Cardboard Stories’ play

Playfully stacking boxes with her 5-year-old at home inspired theatre director Amie Kisling to challenge her Lafayette High School students to design a sort of pandemic pantomime performance. The result was an entertaining nonverbal play called “Cardboard Stories: Thinking outside the Box,” which the group videotaped for online distribution. “You made a piece. You created it from nothing! You...

Kentucky American Water awards 2020 Ripple Effect Scholarships to three high school seniors

Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to three Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the 18th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2020 recipients are Fiona Farrer from Lafayette High School, Reka Gal from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Sydney Glenn from Scott County High...

EKU’s Abbott a ‘Jacob’ of all trades on the baseball diamond; has played eight different positions

When Jacob Abbott took the mound on a cool February night in Baton Rouge, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team led 11th-ranked LSU, 2-0, in the bottom of the ninth. There were two outs. And two runners on. Cade Doughty, LSU’s highly touted leadoff hitter, stepped to the plate. He represented the winning run for the Tigers. The atmosphere was tense. Abbott fell behind early – two balls,...

Former Lafayette High School standout Jedrick Wills Jr. becomes first state player selected in NFL draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jedrick Wills Jr. became the first state player taken in the NFL Draft Thursday night when the Cleveland Browns selected the former Lafayette and University of Alabama standout as the 10th overall selection. Wills (6-foot-4, 312 pounds) started the past two seasons at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, including 28 consecutive games. Wills was the second offensive lineman...

Second chances, rediscovered faith and addiction treatment center help save Kentucky man’s life

By Zac Oakes Special to KyForward Frank Knapp is a thankful man. He’s thankful for second chances and opportunity. A recovering alcoholic with 18 months of sobriety under his belt, Knapp, 57, credits a rediscovered relationship with Christianity, his family, and an addiction treatment center in Central Kentucky for saving his life and providing him with an opportunity to live a life that he never...

Fayette schools FCCLA members bring home honors from National Leadership Conference

FCCLA members from Fayette County Public Schools earned recognition at the organization’s 2019 National Leadership Conference, which ran June 30 through July 4 in Anaheim, California, where the theme was “Believe in Yourself.”   From Beaumont Middle: • Chapter Review — gold medal to Allison Clabes, Claire Lee, and Madison Scott; • Chapter Service Project Display — silver medal...

Lafayette High School students garner another invitation to Japan for 10 days this summer

The Japan International Cooperation Center has invited as many as 23 students from Lafayette High School to visit to Japan for 10 days this summer. Key expenses will be covered, such as airfare, hotels, most meals and admission fees. The student travel program, called the Kakehashi (Bridge) Project, aims to promote mutual trust and understanding and to build a foundation for future friendship and...

Community leaders, volunteers honored during Commerce Lexington annual dinner Thursday

About 1,000 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials attended the 2019 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance at Lexington Center on Thursday, January 24. This event gave a look back at 2018, highlighted some of the key goals of the organization, and recognized Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers,...

Fayette County Board of Education Chair Melissa Bacon resigns due to family illness

Fayette County Board of Education Chair Melissa Bacon, who has served on the school board for more than 12 years, said Wednesday she has notified the state commissioner of education that she is resigning effective immediately in order to care for her aging mother. “It is with mixed emotions after much prayer and discernment that I am resigning from my board position,” Bacon said. “My mother,...

Lafayette High School teacher receives Jack Bryden Great Teacher Award from Lexington Rotary

Connie Waespe The Rotary Club of Lexington recently saluted Connie Waespe of Lafayette High School as the 2018 recipient of its Jack Bryden Great Teacher Award, based on essays submitted by scholarship applicants. Waespe has taught most of her career in Fayette County Public Schools, including seven years at Leestown Middle and the past 20 in AP Math at Lafayette. Students describe her as a challenging...

Lafayette High School SCAPA teacher named best director at Southeastern Theatre Conference

Lafayette High School SCAPA teacher Amie Kisling was named Best Director at the 2018 High School Theatre Festival, which was part of the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference convention March 8-9 in Mobile, Alabama. Amie Kisling In addition, Lafayette’s cast of “Alice in Wonderland” received superior ratings, students Walker Cody and Jackson Becker were selected for the all-star cast, and 14...

Lafayette High School, Picadome Elementary team up to promote literacy through REAL Men Read program

(Photo from FCPS) The big fish and the small fry blend well in a vibrant partnership between Lafayette High School and nearby Picadome Elementary as nearly two dozen seniors visit the youngsters’ classrooms once a month to share the importance of reading and advice about doing well in school. Their initiative is part of the districtwide REAL Men Read program, which invites community volunteers into...

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...