Eight Hardin and LaRue County students attended the Kentucky Youth Seminar held in late June on The University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. The upcoming high school seniors spent three days learning about our economic system and how businesses operate. The students were selected to attend the seminar based on their test scores during the local American Private Enterprise Systems program held last school year.
While representing their respective counties, Reza Haider, Matthew Moreman, Caleb Moore, Skylar Jeffries, Alison LaRue, Paige Nalley, Lorrie Benningfield and Sean Wathen competed for cash awards and college scholarships during the state seminar. The group attended workshops, and mock board meetings along with about 90 other Kentucky youth.
Scholarships were awarded on the basis of individual and group exams and case studies.
LaRue, Nalley, Benningfield and Moreman were included in a group of 20 students earning an all-expense-paid trip to the National Institute on Cooperative Education Conference at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. In addition, LaRue was selected as the Kentucky outstanding female youth ambassador to represent the state at the NICE conference. The Kentucky Youth Seminar is planned and coordinated through the University of Kentucky Agricultural Economics Department. It is carried out locally through the UK Cooperative Extension Service offices. The county programs are planned and implemented by a special committee of business and school professionals.
High school juniors interested in participating in the local APES program are encouraged to visit their school counselor for information on the upcoming seminar on Nov. 1-2.