• Students look to the future after graduation

    Between ordering a cap and gown and the ceremony invitations, senior year can seem to revolve around graduation. But much of the year is devoted to students selecting the next step to take after walking the line.

    With graduation behind many of the local students, now is the time they begin preparing for the next phase of their lives. Graduates will take many paths, including attending college, enlisting in the military or entering the workforce.

  • HCS recognitions, program development hits record level


    I had the opportunity recently to visit with a dear childhood friend. We talked about many of our favorite memories and then she said, “So, tell me how things are going with Hardin County Schools.”

    My response was, “Wow. Where do I begin?”

    I honestly can say that in all of my 30-plus years as an employee of Hardin County Schools, I do not recall this level of energy and excitement. The number of awards is growing and the opportunities for our students increase with each passing day.

  • LaRue students flourish in technology program


    LaRue County Schools is well into its first year of district-wide implementation of a student program designed to motivate all students involved, advance their individual capabilities and at the same time, create leadership opportunities through the use of technology.

  • Brother to Brother program strengthens minority students


    Elizabethtown Independent Schools and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College would like to take this opportunity to recognize and applaud the efforts of our local Brother to Brother Academy.

    The Academy has been in existence for five years and currently has 21 males enrolled, eight of whom are students from Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

  • Stage hands: Production offers benefits with no-strings

    Students active in performing arts might be accustomed to conveying emotion on stage through their body language and facial expressions.

    But when the performance is a puppet show, that body language and those facial expressions must be communicated through an inanimate object.

    That was part of the challenge for drama students at Elizabethtown High School as they presented “Panther Tales,” a collection of short plays in the form of a puppet show. They performed for younger students.

  • A little 'Hairspray' goes a long way

    Like many other students at John Hardin High School, sophomore Christopher Narmi has found the performing arts beneficial in a variety of ways.

    At 15, Narmi already knows he wants to be a professional musician.

    Narmi, who is in choir and speech, performed in the school’s production of “Hairspray” in February. He said being involved in theater, choir and speech has helped him develop rhythm and an ear for music.

    The performing arts, he said, also allow him the opportunity to be creative and expressive.

  • Stephens hoping co-op will lead to mission field

    Blake Stephens knew from an early age that he wanted to be a missionary. Now he’s gaining experience he needs while still in high school.

    Stephens felt strongly enough about pursuing a career in ministry that he created the co-op position at Severns Valley Baptist Church in which he’s now serving. He thought the experience of working in a church would help him accomplish his ultimate goal of becoming a missionary.

    “I feel like I am being called into a missionary field,” Stephens said.

  • Tests show LaRue students on track for college


    Recent scores released on EXPLORE and PLAN tests show LaRue County students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.

    EXPLORE is given to all eighth-grade public school students and PLAN is administered to all 10th-grade students in Kentucky each September. The assessments, precursors to the ACT college entrance exam given to all public high school juniors in the state each March, test knowledge in English, math, reading and science.

  • Highbaugh explores future as veterinarian

    A Central Hardin High School student has turned a love of animals into a career-building experience.

    Shelby Highbaugh heads to Helmwood Veterinary Clinic every afternoon to spend part of her school day working in and learning about the field of veterinary medicine. Highbaugh is a co-op student and a senior at Central Hardin High School.

    She has worked at the clinic since the beginning of the school year. She wanted to pursue veterinary science and the experience would ensure that this was the field in which she wanted to work.

  • Power Pact preps students for success


    Spring in Kentucky brings the promise of March Madness, junior ACT assessments and Elizabethtown High School’s Power Pact.

    Power Pact, an educational partnership, was formed in 2001 between Elizabethtown High School and Kentucky Utilities as an initiative of the Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and College Readiness) grant administered through Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.