• Speech team claims state championship

    The LaRue County High School speech team brought home a state championship this weekend after competing at the Kentucky High School Speech League State Competition. The event was held at Western Kentucky University.

    LaRue County was tops in the Class A division, beating out 22 other schools for the title.

    Four of the 12 students advanced to semi-finals and three to finals.  

  • Hellman to pursue master's degree at Wichita State

    David Hellman, son of Tony and Karen Hellman of Hodgenville, has received a three-year fellowship to Wichita State University where he will pursue a Masters of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics. The MFA is the terminal degree in studio ceramics.

    This degree is focused towards qualified students who plan careers as professional artists, working independently or as artist/ teachers on the college or art school level.

    He is a 2001 graduate of LaRue County High School and a 2009 graduate of Western Kentucky University’s Visual Arts Department.

  • WKU recognizes outstanding students

    Western Kentucky University’s Potter College of Arts & Letters recognized its outstanding students April 19.

    The Student Awards Ceremony recognizes students who have excelled academically or who have demonstrated exceptional leadership or service.

    This year’s award recipients include:

    •English: Caleb Ernst of Buffalo, Earl A. Moore Scholarship.

    •Music: Aleshia Akin of Magnolia, Sylvia Kersenbaum Scholarship.

  • Local students graduate from Campbellsville University

    Several local students were among 311 graduates of Campbellsville University May 8-9.

    SuLynne Oliver of New Haven, earned a bachelor of science in early childhood education. The 1986 graduate of Nelson County High School is married to Larry Oliver and has two children, Derrick Matthew Morris, and Dustin James Morris.

    Andrea Michelle O’Bryan of  New Hope earned a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in environmental science. She is a 2005 graduate of Nelson County High School and the daughter of Pat and Sandy O’Bryan.

  • Books open up a whole new world for kindergarten class

    For the past several weeks, students in Tracy Watson’s kindergarten room at Hodgenville Elementary School have enjoyed book presentations by Debbie Taylor’s LaRue County High School class.

    Topics have ranged from learning about whales and the oceans, penguins and Australia to celebrating May by experiencing the Maypole dance and Cinco de Mayo festivities.

    “We take nine students to the reading experience, and all on different levels,” said Taylor. The first thing her students do is learn the vocabulary for the stories they’ll present. 

  • Campbellsville University Honors’ List

    Campbellsville University has announced the academic honors’ list for the spring 2009 semester.

    The academic honors’ list recognizes students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester with a course load of at least 12 hours.

    Students who achieve a 4.0 grade point average are named to the President’s List. Others who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5-3.99 are named to the Dean’s List.

  • Students assessed on tech skills

    Amanda Reed, instructional supervisor for LaRue County Schools, gave a report at the May 18 school board meeting on the Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessments for Career and Technical Education for 2009.

    She said any school district that receives funds from the Carl D. Perkins Grant is required to give assessments each year.

    Some changes made this year, Reed said, affected the overall percentages, and she said she “doesn’t trust” the data enough to compare results with the state.

  • Pearman receives scholarship

    The 2009 County Homemaker Scholarship recipient is Cortney Pearman.

    Pearman, who graduates from LaRue County High School this month, plans to attend Western Kentucky University and major in early childhood development – eementary education.

  • Lile, Cecil chosen for ALES Presidential Cabinet

    Abraham Lincoln Elementary announced the Lincoln Presidential Cabinet for April. Ashley Lile was recognized as the certified employee and Stacey Cecil was chosen as the classified employee.

    Lile, who teaches kindergarten, was nominated for her “go-getter” attitude and infectious laugh. Known for creating a warm and loving student environment,  Lile is very organized and manages her classroom with daily routines and procedures. She is always willing to go above and beyond to help her students, their parents and co-workers.

  • Mather places third in Rotary competition

    LaRue County High School student Ian Mather placed third in the sectional Rotary speech competition March 26 in Radcliff. He advanced to the competition after winning the Hodgenville Rotary Club speech contest.

    He  competed against other students from the Pennyrile area. He received $100 for his third-place finish. ­