Panther pride can't compare to LaRue's accomplishments

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By Rebecca Roscoe

 As a Panther, having graduated from Elizabethtown High School only six years ago, I never thought I would appreciate or boast about a rival school system more than the one I grew up in. However, to simply ignore the achievements of LaRue County schools would be ludicrous. 

Looking back on this past school year, the list of achievements is long and the amount of hard work and dedication, from students and faculty, outstanding. 

Hodgenville Elementary had students from their news crew WHES compete at the STLP State Competition, for the first time, bringing back a region title. Sydney Pepper placed first in the Regional Governor’s Cup in Arts and Humanities. 

Abraham Lincoln Elementary is home to the 2013 ExCel Teacher, Mrs. Lisa Hawkins. They also won the District Governor’s Cup for the first time in the school’s history.

LaRue County’s Middle School’s Math Counts and Science Olympiad teams competed at the state level and brought home titles. The BETA club brought back a National runner up title. Eighth grader Symone Whalin won the John W. Harris Leadership Award; and LCMS teachers were honored through Wal-Mart’s Teacher Rewards Program for their achievements.

HES, ALES and LCMS all had students involved with the LaRue Robotics Club, or RoboHawks, which brought home a first place champions title.

As if these accomplishments are not enough proof as to how great the programs are within LaRue County schools, let’s look at the high school’s achievements.

LaRue County High School now boasts several students who have signed to play for college teams, a state champion cheerleading squad and national semi-finalist, speech state champions, third in state marching band, a regional champion wrestling team AND a 2013 Kentucky National Forensics League Coach of the Year, Katy Cecil.

When I attended EHS I was always excited to hear about even one of our teams making it to a state competition – never five! I never had the chance to be so filled with pride in my own school that I actually envy the current students at LCHS.

Not to say that other schools are not good enough but that the school system within LaRue County has simply outdone itself – and many others.

All the state titles literally take your breath away – it is rare to have state competitors, let alone champions, in almost every extracurricular program. 

The districts’ test scores placed among the top 11 percent of 174 districts across the state of Kentucky. There are other achievements that these schools have tucked under their belts, but the lists would be much longer – it’s a guarantee that the lists will continue to grow. 

It is hard to fathom a more productive school year, but the truth is – things can only get better and better for LaRue County schools. It is an amazing feat, something to not be forgotten by LaRue County residents. Take pride in your school system here! 

It’s one of the best.