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Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year during first virtual ceremony in program history

Donnie Piercey, a fifth-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School in Fayette County, is the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year. “I’m never someone who cries. Now I’ve got tears here,” Piercey said from his home during the virtual presentation. “I don’t know what to say. My kids are cheering for me downstairs right now.” Piercey said he has had many...

UK College of Social Work holds virtual ceremony for 24 graduating Army officers in MSW program

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Many students around the country are missing milestones. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, schools and universities are making the tough decision to cancel or postpone commencement ceremonies. Though it’s inevitable that academic celebrations will look and feel different, it’s important to note — the achievements of the Class of 2020 should not be diminished. “The...