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Education Briefs May 1

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OCHS students in summer programs

Three Oldham County High School students have been accepted to prestigious programs that will give them unique opportunities to further their education and deepen their knowledge.

Junior Zach Gabbert has been accepted to the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship at Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky this summer in the Center’s 6th Annual Congress. He is one of just 44 students selected from around the country to participate in this very unique program taking place this year. Gabbert will have a great opportunity to learn alongside students from many different places in the nation and from abroad.

Sophomore Alicia Aebersold is one of 32 high school students that have been selected to attend this summer’s 2014 Louisville Bar Association Summer Law Institute at The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. The Summer Law Institute is a seven day residential program for high school students interested in the law and the legal profession.

And, junior Kyle Smith also found out this week that he was one of 65 students from across the U.S. who was selected for the YES Abroad program through the state department. Smith will study in Turkey at no cost next year. This is a program to promote critical languages and diplomacy.

The U.S. Department of State’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, provides competitive merit-based scholarships for U.S. secondary school students (age 15-18) to study for one academic year in select countries.

Smith is the first OCHS student to receive this award and the only student from the entire Southeast portion of the U.S. selected to go next year. His application process included interviewing with government officials in Colorado.

Archery team makes national tournament

In their third year of participation, Oldham County High School’s Archery team qualified for the National Archery in the Schools Program’s National tournament to be held May 8 - 10 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The archery team’s 24 members will be among 10,000 students from across the United States participating in this event.

Three make national PTA arts contest

Three Oldham County Schools students will have their PTA Reflections entries judged at the national level, according to District 13 Reflections coordinator Bobbi Dewey, who also announced the district’s other state award recipients. District 13 includes Carroll, Henry, Oldham, Owen and Trimble counties.

At the state level, the top three winners in each category and division receive awards of excellence, with the next two receiving awards of merit. From those awards of excellence, one winner is chosen in each category/division to represent Kentucky at the national judging. Last year, only one District 13 entry moved on — but this year, three Oldham County Schools students were selected.

District 13 PTA Reflections national selections:

Hadley Fischer, North Oldham Middle, dance choreography

Emily Skelton, South Oldham High, film production

Alyssa Dewey, North Oldham High, music composition

20 selected for Gov. Scholar Program

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program class of 2014 was announced this week, including acceptance of 20 Oldham County Schools students from all three district high schools.

GSP is a five-week summer program for rising high school seniors. Over 1,000 Kentucky students are selected yearly based on a thorough application process detailing their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, volunteerism, and personal integrity. For the duration of the program, located at three local college campuses chosen through a bidding process, scholars have the rare opportunity to experience college life while attending classes on a daily basis. The Governor’s Scholars Program emphasizes wide-ranging representation of all Kentucky regions, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

Each student that is selected is eligible to receive scholarships to any in-state public university within the state of Kentucky, as well as a handful of private institutions. The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program was established in 1983 as an attempt by Kentucky leaders to keep the state’s “best and brightest” interested in furthering education and potentially starting a career in the commonwealth instead of traveling out of the state to do so.

OCS students selected for the Governor’s Scholar Program:

Nicole Childress, SOHS, Amanda Collins, OCHS, Rachel Curtis, OCHS, Kelsey Daley, OCHS, Grant Hackworth, NOHS, Cody Hawkins, SOHS, Allison Hoey, OCHS, Chirstopher Holton, OCHS, Anne Howard, OCHS, Stuart Jones, OCHS, Bridget Kelly, OCHS, Kelly Klump, OCHS, Cameron Kogut, OCHS, Kendall Ogden, SOHS, Audrey Riggs, OCHS, Mary Rumsey, OCHS, Jasmine Sligar, OCHS, Jordan Sligar, OCHS, Hanna Ziegler, OCHS, Sarah Ziegler, OCHS

Gov. School for Arts

Govenor’s School for the Arts accepts eight OCS students for 2014 class

The Governor’s School for the Arts class of 2014 will include eight exceptionally talented students from across Oldham County’s three high schools. GSA is a three-week residential program that provides hands-on arts opportunities in performing arts, visual arts and music. Students are selected through a rigorous application process, including auditions.

Oldham County Schools students accepted to this year’s program represent instrumental music, visual art, vocal music and creative writing.

“While many schools have reduced or entirely eliminated arts programs, we continue to believe they are a vital part of education,” said Superintendent Will Wells. “We are proud to offer arts opportunities for our students both at their schools and through our Arts Center, a unique opportunity most districts do not have.”

OCS students selected for the Governor’s School for the Arts:

Kyle Burney, SOHS, vocal music, Alyssa Dewey, NOHS, instrumental music, Kristen Dudding, SOHS, instrumental music, Zack Hargrove, NOHS, visual art, Marielle Hug, OCHS, vocal music, Ellie Miller, OCHS, instrumental music, Kennedy Ricci, SOHS, dance, Lexie Stepro, OCHS, creative writing

Home show NOHS fundraiser

Do you enjoy touring home shows? Norton Commons is hosting a Charity Homes Celebration May 10 – 25. The NOHS Athletic Booster is one of 12 charities which will benefit from ticket sales to the show. Tickets can be purchase online at www.nortoncommons.com/charityhomes for $16 or at the show for $15. Please select NOHS as the charity you want to support!