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Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

Two Fayette County teachers among 28 selected as 2019 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors

The SETI Institute has partnered with 14 school districts in eight states, including Fayette County Public Schools, for the 2019 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) program. Heidi Anderson of Locust Trace AgriScience Center and Ashley Rosen of the STEAM Academy are among the 28 teachers chosen for the program, which Rosen called a great opportunity to learn about content in a real-world setting...

Pair of Locust Trace students generate a buzz with Alpaca farming project thanks to River Hill Ranch

Kiley Power, left, and Shantel Sturgill with their recently sheared alpacas, Henri and Billy Mae.(Photo by Bobby Ellis) Bobby Ellis Kentucky Teacher At the Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Fayette County, there are two young women doing something that no other students in the state are, farming alpacas. Shantel Sturgill and Kylie Power are only sophomores, but they generated quite the buzz at Locust...

‘A Passion for Animals’: Legacy Equine Academy opening doors for Hayes Middle School students

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward ​The Legacy Equine Academy, a pilot program this year at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, is designed for students like Maya Robinson. “I’ve always had a passion for animals,” she said during a tour of Locust Trace AgriScience Center, noting, “It’s always good to learn new things and have new opportunities.” Maya and some two dozen African-American...

Locust Trace AgriScience’s Jacob Ball selected ACTE national New Teacher of the Year

Jacob Ball, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, has been selected as the ACTE national New Teacher of the Year. He was among five regional winners in the running, and the winner was announced Nov. 30 during the CareerTech VISION conference in Las Vegas. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) award recognizes educators with three to five years of experience...