• Graduation speech is last assignment for some seniors

    Aaron Vance isn’t taking his job as commencement speaker lightly. As Vance put it, he’s spending his last days of high school “thinking about the words that will push us into life.”

    Each of the three Hardin County Schools high schools and Elizabethtown High School choose students to speak at the graduation ceremony. For those students, their last days of high school include the additional component of crafting words that will add meaning to their classmates’ time in school and cheer them on as they move to the next phase of their lives.

  • Planning commencement is both stressful and 'blessing'

    As students study for the last exams of their high school careers, the senior sponsors at local high schools are facing a test of their own — staging a commencement ceremony for hundreds of graduates.

    Planning the graduation ceremony begins months before the ceremony takes place. The process generally starts with ordering caps and gowns, as well as tickets, announcements and programs for the event.

  • Thank a teacher today


    “If you can read this thank a teacher.”

    I have seen this quote on a bumper sticker several times. However, I must admit I haven’t taken the time to personally thank all the special teachers and staff who made a lasting impact on my life. Have you?

    I believe we get so absorbed in the fast pace world and the even quicker pace of our lives that we sometimes take for granted the gifts that surround us. I know I do.

  • ECTC partnerships open doors for EIS students


    Elizabethtown Independent Schools has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. This partnership has increased opportunities for students and enhanced the development of their college and career readiness skills and abilities. When designing their program of study, students have multiple and varied avenues from which to select through ECTC, and each approach has unique advantages that benefit the students of our district.

  • More than Farming: FFA offers lessons for life

    Agriculture education and involvement in FFA doesn’t limit itself to four years of high school. Members often take lessons and experiences into their adult lives and careers.

    The National FFA Organization has some famous names among its alumni. Matthew Fox of television’s “Lost,” Garfield creator Jim Davis, rocker Don Henley, athlete Bo Jackson, former President Jimmy Carter and country music stars Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift are among the noted names of former FFA members.

  • More than farming: John Hardin FFA students are learning to lead

    The National FFA Organization’s creed states “I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others.”

    Leadership is one of the core functions of FFA and John Hardin High School’s chapter is taking leadership a step further.

    Advisor Jeremy Hall has, with the assistance of students, developed an independent leadership growth program to help students evaluate and improve their leadership skills.

  • More than Farming: Central Hardin's FFA stresses community service

    The National FFA Organization’s motto is “learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.” Central Hardin High School’s FFA takes the “living to serve” part seriously.

    Members are active in supporting individuals and organizations in their community through fundraising events and, in some cases, donating their labor.

    “I think it’s good for these guys to get out in the community and really help someone,” advisor Derek Smith said.

  • 'Godspell' provides ensemble experience for students

    Because it is an ensemble play, “Godspell” offers opportunities for actors to develop special skills, as Central Hardin High School students discovered when they presented the play earlier this month.

    CHHS drama coach Sarah Ryan Dakin said developing improvisational skills and taking risks are among the benefits that specific production provided.

  • Students find variety of benefits on journey to 'The Wiz'

    When Dorothy sets off to see the wizard of Oz, she is joined by others seeking a heart, a brain and courage.

    For students at North Hardin High School, being involved in a production of “The Wiz” also has been a journey of sorts to find a variety of traits.

    Appropriately enough, senior Joshua Navarrette found the courage to play the Cowardly Lion.

    “Two years ago I never thought I’d be a lead character,” Navarrette said.

  • Local schools add personal touches to graduation

    When it comes to graduation ceremonies, tassels, mortarboards and the notes of “Pomp and Circumstance” are clear indications — tradition is important in commencement.

    Most ceremonies include traditions commonly found at commencements around the country, but some local schools work to include aspects that are special to their students and faculty.