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Education

  • CATS scratched

    Both houses of Kentucky’s General Assembly have passed without a single dissenting vote legislation that will replace the current state assessment, CATS (Commonwealth Accountability Testing System), during the next three years.

    Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Dan Kelly of Springfield, does away with CATS and mandates the Department of Education create a replacement assessment by the 2011-12 school year.

  • LCMS hosts district Governors Cup competition

    LaRue County Middle School hosted the District 43 Governors Cup competition at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Jan. 20 and 24. Students from New Haven, Lebanon, Washington County, LaRue and St. Charles Middle Schools competed.

    The Future Problem Solving Team consisting of Tyler Skaggs, Sarah Stults, Christian Hensley and Kaelyn Herrin placed second. Tyler Skaggs placed second in math; Raena Hubbell placed second in language arts and third in arts and humanities; Brent Dunn placed third in science; and Zeke Phelps placed fourth in social studies.

  • Problem Solvers advance to state

    The LaRue County High School Future Problem Solving team qualified for state competition after placing second at KAAC Regional Competition Feb. 17 at Marion County High School.

    Team members include Shelby Rogers, Andrew Skaggs, Ryan Howell and Britney Heinbaugh.

  • Litsey named poetry champion

    Twenty-seven members of the Western Kentucky University Forensic Team traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio, and Peoria, Ill., during Feb. 28-March 1.

    Fourteen members of the WKU team swept the Bowling Green State University tournament, followed by Eastern Michigan University and University of Akron.

    Ashley Litsey, a senior from Hodgenville, was tournament champion in poetry interpretation and third in prose interpretation in the BGSU portion; tournament champion in poetry interpretation in the Miami portion.

  • Vazquez accepted in People to People

    Kiara Vazquez, a student at LaRue County Middle School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Vazquez will join groups of students April 6-12 in Washington, D.C., to study leadership and explore some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions.

    Vazquez was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.

  • Girl Power Club supports community

    The Hodgenville Elementary School Girl Power Club meets once a month 2:45-5 p.m. with the coordination of Hodgenville Family Resource Center and Expanded Food and Nutrition Assistant Program. The mission of this club is to have fun while building friendships, learning respect for others and promoting leadership and community spirit.  

  • WKU students place seventh in robot competition

    Western Kentucky University’s electrical engineering juniors and seniors placed seventh in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Southeastern Regional Conference Student Hardware Competition in Atlanta on March 7.

    Eleven students from WKU’s electrical engineering senior and junior class participated in the Student Hardware Competition, which required teams to design and build an autonomous recycling robot. WKU’s robot was awarded the best mechanical design.

  • ALES dedicates conference room

    Students, faculty, and staff at Abraham Lincoln Elementary recently dedicated their conference room to the honor and memory of school council member Sean Gearon who died unexpectedly last fall of a heart attack. Gearon, a six-year member of both the former Magnolia Elementary and new Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Based Decision Making Councils, was known for his passion for children and improving their education.

  • Carmen Drake named pageant queen

    Campbellsville University’s Carmen Drake, a junior from Hodgenville, was crowned Valentine Pageant Queen at the  annual pageant Feb. 13 in The Gheens Recital Hall.

    Drake, who represented Delta Omicron, also won Miss Congeniality. She is majoring in music education.

    Drake sang “O Mio Babbino Caro” from the comic opera, Gianni Schicchi. The aria tells the story of Lauretta, the daughter of a poor man, who begs her father to help her marry her sweetheart.

  • Durham competes in LWC scholar’s day

    A LaRue County resident competed in Lindsey Wilson College’s 2009 Scholars Day Feb. 21 at the college.

    Mary “Betsy” Elizabeth Durham was among 69 select high school seniors from three states who were invited by the college to compete for one of three John B. Begley Scholarships.