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MAY 2012

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MAY 2012

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The Bridge

May 2012

Graduating Class of 2012

Graduation is at 8:00 pm on Friday, May 18th in the high school gymnasium. Doors to the gym will open at 6:30 p.m.


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Valedictorian – Zachary Jordan Lee

Zachary is the son of Marty and Teresa Lee. He is Captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, President of the BETA club, and a member of the Varsity Tennis Team, LaRue County Rocket Corps, school bank, and yearbook staff. His hobbies include playing tennis, working on his family’s pumpkin farm, and being active in his church youth group. He will be attending John Brown University where he plans to study Electrical Engineering with a minor in Aviation. Zachary’s future plans are to attend graduate school where he will pursue a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He plans to use this degree to become a college professor and develop technologies to bring clean water and power to developing countries.

Salutatorian – John Ross Slack John Slack is the Salutatorian for the Class of 2012. He has been a part of numerous clubs, including Y Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, and more. He is vice president of Student Council, co-president of Beta Club, and was voted Best All Around by his peers. He has also become the manager to the speech team and a member on the Senior Class Committee. His future plans include attending the University of Louisville and majoring in history for his undergraduate studies before moving on to law school. His hobbies include video games, reading, and hanging out with friends, helping to form a club called BWC for that purpose.


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Twelve Years Perfect Attendance Ethan Ryan Hedgespeth

Four Years Perfect Attendance Walter Slade Owens and Benjamin Matthew Tucker

Seniors Visit New York The students and parents that went on the Senior Class Trip to New York City had an amazing time. Activities included going to the Natural History Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Broadway play. The group picture was taken on Times Square.

Photo by www.groupphotos.com


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LCHS Students Chosen for Governor’s Scholars Program

Back Row L-R Marshall Metcalf, Tyler Skaggs, Ryan Hornback, Caleb Canter Front Row L-R Kayla Skaggs, Cole Hughes, Ashley Cottrell

The Governor's Scholars Program has enlisted 7 of LaRue County's brightest. Congratulations to Marshall Metcalf, Tyler Skaggs, Ryan Hornback, Caleb Canter, Kayla Skaggs, Cole Hughes, and Ashley Cottrell. To be eligible for nomination and selection, a student must: *Be in the 11th grade at the time of selection and intend to return to a Kentucky school district for the next school term *Be a current resident of KY *Have taken the ACT, PSAT or SAT in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grades Students must be nominated by their school districts or private schools to be considered for admission. They attend free of charge, needing only "pocket" money for personal and incidental expenses. The 2012 program will be held on the Bellarmine University campus in Louisville, the Centre College campus in Danville, and the Morehead State University campus in Morehead. To learn more about the Governor's Scholars Program visit http://gsp.ky.gov/


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FBLA State Competition The Larue County Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America had six students attend the FBLA State Competition in Louisville on April 23-25. The students won at the Regional FBLA

Competition held at Western Kentucky University in March. Students had to place in the top three for them to qualify for the state competition. The competition consisted of different Business and Marketing events. Ethan Hedgespeth and Zach Lee placed 4th in Banking and Ethan Hedgespeth, Chelsea Blair, Sydney Holt, Lauren Meredith, Haley Financial Systems, Sydney Holt Holt & Zach Lee placed 5th in Word Processing II and Chelsea Blair placed 2nd in Public Speaking. Chelsea will go on to the FBLA National Competition held in San Antonio, Texas June 29-July 2. Also in attendance were Lauren Meredith and Haley Holt. Lauren had placed 3rd at the regional competition and Haley was LaRue County’s voting delegate.

Zach Lee & Ethan Hedgespeth – 4th Place Banking & Financial Systems Chelsea Blair – 2nd Place Public Speaking II Sydney Holt – 5th Place Word Processing II


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Rocket Team Qualifies for National Rocket Competition

Congratulations to the LCHS Rocket Team who qualified for the National Rocket Competition. The team includes:

Team Leader: Ryan Hornback, Brandon Henning, Caleb Canter, Tyler Skaggs, Zach Lee, Jon Firquin, Nate Schaefer, Shan Lin and Tyler Higginson

The team had to build a 3 foot rocket that was to be launched to an altitude of 800 feet in 43 – 47 seconds. The team traveled to Washington DC for the national competition. Be sure to congratulate each of these team members.


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The Community Based Work Transition Program The goal of the CBWTP is for seniors to obtain permanent employment before graduating. This year not only is our senior, Justin Brackett, employed but three juniors participating in the program are employed as well. Other juniors participating in the program have been busy exploring various career options and have chosen their vocational goal. Justin Brackett worked hard his junior year training at Moore Electronics and at State Farm Insurance. His hard work and training paid off; Justin is employed at not one but three different businesses. On Mondays, Justin works at Sonora Farm Supply loading feed for customers, stocking the shelves, and sweeping the feed room. Justin works on Tuesdays at Jones Home Center, keeping the shelves and products clean. Justin works his third job on Fridays at Upton Video where he keeps the sidewalk swept, the tanning beds sanitary, DVD’s dusted, and pizza boxes folded. Justin likes working at the different places and says that he never gets bored.

Ted Jones explains the importance of keeping the products and shelves clean and neat.

Justin works hard keeping the pizza boxes folded at Upton Video.

Justin has no problem lifting the bags of feed thanks to his weight training in Team Sports.

Juniors participating in the CBWTP learned details about the responsibilities and skills required in several different vocational areas. Students interested in animal care visited LaRue Co. Animal Clinic, Tandy’s Pet Salon, Vickery Mini Horse Farm, Heartland Veterinary Clinic, Sam Russell’s Pet Provisions, and The Shaggy Dog. Sonburst Kennels and Best Friends Puppies.Com provided hands on training to students (e.g., bathing, brushing, clipping) Students, interested in childcare, job shadowed at Laugh N Learn, Bullfrogs and Butterflies Child Development, Brightside Childcare and Learning Center, Ms. Smith’s and Ms. Anderson’s KERA Preschool rooms, KY Central Head Start, and Little People’s Child Development Center. Kid’s Crew and The Learning Tree gave Lindsey Gibson and Michelle Hornback the opportunity to gain experience working in a childcare. Lindsey Gibson’s volunteer efforts landed her a paid summer position at the Learning Tree. Lindsey works with both two/three year olds and with the after


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school children! Lindsey commented that she love teaching the children their shapes and colors. Josh Lawes began the program later in the year but was still able to job shadow at several local businesses: Southeast DME, RC Automotive, Lee’s Garden Center, Plug N Play, and DWE Electrical. When Josh job shadowed at McDonalds, he was offered a position and is “lovin it”! Josh’s supervisor commented that Josh receives compliments from customers on his hard work. Another junior who obtained employment this year is Denzell Lewis. Denzell began his junior year exploring various vocations in the area of his interest, law enforcement and art. He job shadowed at the LaRue Co. Sherriff’s Office, Elizabethtown State Police, and met with an artist, Karen Weaver. While job shadowing at Art Smart, Denzell was offered the opportunity to participate in an internship where he gained skills and work experience. Realizing that a career in either profession would be further in the future, Denzell applied at every store in Hodgenville. Through Denzell’s persistence, he obtained employment at Pamida. Ryan Miller, store manager, is pleased with Denzell’s work ethic and customer service.

Josh’s work at McDonalds is never done!

Denzell excels at customer service. (pictured at Pamida)

Lindsey Gibson has a gift for working with children. (The Learning Tree)

LaRue County is fortunate to have a community and school that work together to provide opportunities for students to succeed. Business owners and managers take time out of their busy day to give tours of their facilities and share details of the responsibilities performed and the skills needed. Students would not have these wonderful opportunities without support from Board members, administrative staff, and teachers. The students and I greatly appreciate each and every one. You can view more pictures of students job shadowing on the LCHS Facebook. Any business interested in participating with the CBWTP as an employer or training site, can contact Sue Hines, Student Employment Coordinator at (270) 765-9728.


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Batter, Batter, Swing at ALES Batter, Batter, Swing! Abraham Lincoln Elementary School recently kicked off their state testing emphasis in conjunction with their quarterly Hawk Rally. Senior members of the LCHS baseball and softball team joined in the rally fun and the HAWK mascot and senior cheerleaders pepped up the students as they entered the gym. Two students from each classroom were chosen at the rally for being responsible, trustworthy, and fair. Each received a ticket for either cotton candy or popcorn, and a baseball treat bag.

Mrs. Reed, interim principal, led a student team and teacher team in some test taking trivia as each team worked their way around the bases for a HOME RUN! Mrs. Reed also shared the ALES Good Faith Effort for the upcoming testing. To cap off the event, the school enjoyed singing, playing some ball, and celebrating good behavior. ALES plans to “HIT A HOME RUN� with the testing and BE BLUE IN ALL THEY DO! A big thank you goes to Mr. Paul Mullins, LCHS principal, for allowing the high school students to visit the rally.

Beta Members Assist With Relay for Life Dinner Members of the ALES Jr. Beta and one member of the LCMS Beta Club recently served at the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner. Community service is a vital part of Beta Club membership. Pictured here are (front row): Jake Taylor, Kristen Williams and Haley McDowell. (Back row) Clay Cecil, Maddie Helm, Marissa Marr, Bailey Rogers and Clay Rogers. Club sponsors are Allison McDowell and Teresa Lee. The Rogers children and McDowell are also members of the Living Strong Team of First Baptist Church.


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Intermediate Students Honored at District Science Fair The 2011-2012 Elementary District Science fair was held April 5 at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Penny Cecil, LaRue County Elementary Curriculum Specialist, led the event where third through fifth grade student finalists advanced from Hodgenville Elementary and Abraham Lincoln Elementary. Third grade winners: Tanner Williams (HES)-3rd; Madison Wilmoth (ALES)-2nd; Biven Turner (ALES)-1st; Makayla Lewis (ALES) finalist

Fourth grade winners: Alex Rutledge (ALES)- 3rd; Samantha Martin (ALES)-2nd; Chloe Sisneros (HES)- 1st; Grace Ramey (HES)-finalist; Ryan Ford (HES)- finalist

Fifth grade winners: Kayla Aubrey (HES)- 3rd; Mallary Skaggs (HES)-2nd; Bridget Southwood (ALES)-1st; Joanie Druen (HES)-finalist; Katie Puckett (ALES)- finalist; Morgan Holcomb (ALES)- finalist Judges for the event were Doris Jean Holleran and Andrea Greene of LaRue County Middle School and Elaine Mink, Missie Taylor, and Jessica Smith who are Dow Corning Quality Engineers.


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Mad Scientist Day On Friday, April 6th, students and staff at ALES celebrated Mad Scientist Day. Teachers were encouraged to teach students science all day, all the time. Students were encouraged to read about science, do math with it, study history with famous scientists and their time periods, incorporate science into the arts, and of course DO SCIENCE!!! As a special treat for Mad Scientist Day, the Nolin RECC trailer was here. Employees from Nolin went over important science safety issues and taught students important electrical safety procedures, including why you should never touch a downed power line. ALES would like to say thank you to all who were involved in making this day a huge success.

ALES Students Complete Dance Residency Fourth and fifth grade students and LaRue County alumnus, Jeshua Logsdon, recently teamed with ALES related arts teachers, Penny Akers, Verda Hacker, Pam Glaab, and Cynthia Patterson, for a week long dance residency. Trevor Ervin, a student teacher from Campbellsville University, also assisted in the residency. The purpose of the residency was to expose the students to the music and dance of the four cultures: Native America, Colonial America, African, and Appalachian. Students were involved in daily sessions and presented a short performance for the entire school at the end of the residency. The residency was funded through the school’s Wonderful Wednesday program. Logsdon, a 2011 graduate, in now a student at Savannah School of Art and Design.


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ALES Honors Distinguished and Proficient Students Abraham Lincoln Elementary faculty and staff recently honored 205 students for their outstanding achievement on the 2010-2011 Kentucky Core Content Test. Former fifth, fourth, and third grade students who scored distinguished in at least one category were awarded gold medals while proficient students were recognized with silver medals. In addition, three students, Jake Walters, Mary Gearon, and Skyler Hornback were awarded trophies for distinguished scores in all testing categories. Interim ALES Principal Amanda Reed presided at the ceremony. The culminating event was the traditional 100 money drawing where students selected various bags for 100 dollars, 100 quarters, 100 dimes, 100 nickels, and 100 pennies. Students with all distinguished scores were entered in the drawing three times, at least one distinguished category- two times, and proficient- one time. This year’s winners were Breea Kirkpatrick- $100 and 100 pennies; Kassidy Jarboe- 100 quarters; Zachary Duvall- 100 dimes; Evin Carter- 100 nickels.


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Dwayne Bell …..Playing the Waiting Game Volunteering is a way of life for 40 year old Dwayne Bell of Buffalo. Everyone at Abraham Lincoln Elementary knows Mr. Bell. Whether he is helping Cynthia Patterson, ALES librarian, organize and work the two annual Book Fairs or reading with one of the many children assigned to him for LaRue County Reads, he is considered to be a regular at the school. But now Mr. Bell needs a volunteer. He needs a bone marrow transplant donor. His journey began in May of 1998 when he was 26 years old. He was originally diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish new cells. After several rounds of chemotherapy, Dwayne considered himself healthy and all was well until another relapse in 2004 when he was officially diagnosed with leukemia. He persevered with more chemotherapy and then went on with his life with wife, Amy, and sons Damon and Dalton. Unable to be in the regular workforce, Dwayne found his calling by volunteering at the school several days a week. His tall, lanky figure and good nature made him an instant hit with the children. Second grade teacher, Heather Hynes, says her class has pretty much adopted Dwayne. He even has a “cubbie” for storing his jacket. She fondly remembers a story from a few years ago when the class size grew to the point of no additional cubbies and one student, Victor Helm, readily volunteered to share his space with him. A regular reader in the class with several of Mrs. Hynes’ students, Dwayne even stops by for the 100 Day party or other holiday celebrations. Then in August of last year, while having one of his regular checkups at James Graham Brown Cancer Center, his doctors told him his body was no longer making the cells he needed for a quality life. As Dwayne puts it, “This time it’s all or nothing. I am out of options.” Dwayne must have a bone marrow transplant. Since the school received the news, Family Resource Coordinator, Machelle Durham, has been searching for ways to assist Dwayne. Her first step was to send an email to the entire school district explaining Dwayne’s circumstances and encouraging them to visit the website www.bethematch.org . where they could find out about being a bone marrow donor. Several staff members including Allison McDowell, former teacher of Bell’s son, Dalton, applied for a donor kit. She received her packet last week where she swabbed her mouth and sent the sample back to be a part of the donor registry. McDowell, who knows first-hand about the importance


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of donation as her father needed a heart transplant in 1990, knew this was something she could do. “I may not be a match for Dwayne, but I have to try. If not him, maybe someone else.” Family members have already been tested for Dwayne, but according to the website, approximately 70% of the bone marrow recipients do not have relative donor and if donors are between the ages of 18 and 44 they are ten times more likely to be called to donate. Bone marrow transplants are thought to be a painful process, but the website notes the opposite. It is a surgical procedure, but a general anesthesia is used and donors feel no pain during the needle injection or extraction with the special hollow needle. Donors may feel some pain in the lower back for a few days after the extraction, but those who have donated say it is a small price to pay for giving another person a chance at life. Dwayne has been on the National Donor Registry for about six weeks and is still waiting for his life changing phone call saying he has a match. He says his strong faith and belief that he will get the call any day now keeps him going. Could his match be right here in LaRue County? Check out www.bethematch.org or call 1-800-marrow2 (1-800-627-7692).

HES Jump Rope for Heart Hodgenville Elementary 2nd-5th graders recently completed their Jump Rope for Heart activities. As a school, HES raised over $2,300 for the American Heart Association. Students participated in a Jump Rope for Heart event day during which music and PE classes were combined and students competed in individual and group competitions.

All students who raised at least $1 were able to decorate a heart and place it on a wall for being a “Heart Hero”. One student from each grade level was chosen for having the best decorated heart. Winners were: Rachel Hawkins (2nd grade), Olivia Hazelwood (3rd grade), Alex French (4th grade), and Malerie Skaggs (5th grade). Honorable mention went to Sydney Word, Rebekah Keith, Ashlyn Toher, Kaylee Harris, Stephani Giles, Lexi Hodges, Mercy Williams, Victor Burton, and Allison Bauer.


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Jacob McAdams and Rebekah Keith tied as the top two fundraisers for the school and Bryson Arnette was third. Those three plus 18 other students collected at least $40 or more and are pictured below. Three who were absent are not pictured. Close to 70 students collected money for this event and those who earned “thank you� prizes from the American Heart Association.

Geocaching Adventure

The Geocaching Club led by Mrs. Holt and sponsored by Melissa Pearman and the HES Family Resource Center, used their decoding and map skills to find geocaches hidden throughout Pearman Forest, aka the LaRue County Environmental Education & Research Center. Students first found the geocache information on www.geocaching.com then decoded clues, and hiked and searched using a handheld gps to find geocaches on the 225 acre farm. While it was a cold, rainy day the fifteen who attended trudged through the mud and muck and came out victorious and were treated to a cookout afterward. Pictured are members of the 4th and 5th grade Geocaching Club.


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Award Winner

LaRue County Board of Education Superintendent - Sam Sanders Board Members Price Smith - Board Chairman Ronnie Chelf - Vice Chairman Norbert Skees - Member Joanna Hinton- Member Michael Hornback – Member

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