• National Merit Scholarship finalists are five of a kind

    Each year, more than 1.5 million students from 22,000 U.S. high schools take the Preliminary SAT to compete for a National Merit Scholarship. Approximately 16,000 – the top 1 percent – earn reach the semifinals as juniors. Fifteen thousand qualify as National Merit Finalists.

    Five area high school seniors have earned finalist recognition this year: T. Robert Bell from Fort Knox, Abby Hinkson from Central Hardin, Rachel Lachut from North Hardin, Jackson Shaw from Elizabethtown, and Evelyn Whelan from LaRue County.

  • LaRue County High School receives national honor

    LaRue County High School Principal Kyle Goodlett never misses a chance to brag on the accomplishments of his students and staff.

    On Tuesday, he was given another reason to smile: The high school was named a bronze level school for U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools.

    “Awards are an opportunity to celebrate success and hard work,” Goodlett said. “None of us come to work to win awards. We come to school to work hard and do the right thing, not because it will win us an award. But we are proud to get it.”

  • Class offers financial literacy

    In an effort to “live like no one else,” more than 90 students at Elizabethtown High School are taking control of their financial future through an elective course.

    The class, financial literacy, incorporates Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace into a semester. The curriculum teaches students how to avoid debt, budget, invest and build wealth.

  • LaRue school board takes no action on superintendent's DUI

    Sam Sanders can continue in his role as LaRue County Schools superintendent, much to the chagrin of residents calling for his termination Tuesday night at the LaRue Board of Education office.

    The board met for nearly an hour and a half in closed session to discuss Sanders’ Saturday arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding, but chose to take no official action against him.

  • Central Hardin FFA students spruce up park

    While some of their classmates enjoy spring break on a sunny beach or other vacation destination this week, 16 students from Central Hardin High School’s FFA spent the first day of their break donating their time to spruce up facilities at University Drive Park.

    A restroom and Peanut league dugout vandalized on Christmas Day, a wooden playground facility and park benches received fresh coats of paint thanks to the volunteers.

  • AVID students ready for higher education

    Drew Morgan plans to double major in psychology and criminal justice and run track at Lindsey Wilson College. He credits the Advancement Via Individual Determination program at North Hardin High School for getting him ready for college.

    Morgan, 18, spent his senior year in the program, which helped him apply for colleges and scholarships and apply for financial age.

    “It really develops you,” he said.

    Morgan joined more than a dozen other AVID students for a ceremonial college signing Thursday in the library of North Hardin High School.

  • Area students compete in region, state Governor’s Cup

    Area academic teams recently competed in region and state Governor’s Cup competitions.

    Elementary schools participated in the Region 11 competition March 22 at Lincoln Trail Elementary School and middle and high school students participated in state competition the same day. Middle and high school regional competition was the previous weekend.

  • Local student places tenth in state math competition

    An area “Jeopardy!” champion recently placed and earned a scholarship at the state competition for Mathcounts.

    LaRue County Middle School student Skyler Hornback, an eighth-grader who set a “Jeopardy!” Kids Week record winning $66,600 in July, placed 10th at the state competition Saturday in Louisville.

  • HCS gets 'fresh' look with new logo

    Changes going on in Hardin County Schools include the district's logo.

    HCS unveiled its new logo from Heartland Communications of Elizabethtown, replacing a design that had been in place for several decades.

    "We wanted something fresh, a new look,'' HCS spokesman John Wright said. "The old logo was close to 40 years old ... it served a wonderful life for us.''

    Retired Hardin County Schools administrator Larry Brawner created the previous design, Wright said.

  • Spelling Bowl turns 50

    The North Central Kentucky Spelling Bowl is sharing a milestone with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College this year.

    The annual bowl is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the oldest academic competition held by ECTC. This year’s bowl will serve as the kickoff event for ECTC’s 50th anniversary celebration, which officially starts in August.

    The competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 11 in the James S. Owen Building’s Morrison Gallery, room 112. It is free and open to the public.