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LCHS senior celebration LCHS senior celebration

 On April 28, Ashland Community and Technical College held a senior celebration for graduating Lawrence County High School students. Approximately 125 students participated in the activities.

ACTC advisers, recruiters and financial aid specialists helped students fill out applications and schedule placement testing and orientation.  Students could find out about career choices and the different programs offered by ACTC.  They also enjoyed corn hole, volleyball, basketball, and a pizza lunch.

Each year, ACTC hosts a senior celebration for high schools in the FIVCO area served by the college. The celebrations mark the end of the students’ high school years and encourage them to think about college as their next step.

LSHS seniors posed for a senior celebration photo April 28 in the high school gym.




Actress Jennifer Garner lobbies Ky. lawmakers for Save the Children work in Appalachia

FRANKFORT—Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (right), speaks with actress Jennifer Garner before appearing at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee to discuss the importance of early childhood literacy programs.FRANKFORT—Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (right), speaks with actress Jennifer Garner before appearing at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee to discuss the importance of early childhood literacy programs.

Actress Jennifer Garner told Kentucky legislators Tuesday that once she became a Hollywood star with the ability to be a philanthropist, "I knew exactly what I wanted it to be. I knew it had to be kids in rural America."

Garner, who grew up in West Virginia, asked lawmakers "to preserve $1 million in funding for Save the Children’s early childhood and literacy programs that serve more than 12,000 Kentucky children," Valarie Honeycutt Spears reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. "She joined Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver at Senate and House committee meetings to discuss the value of high-quality early learning."

Shriver and Garner, who is on the organization's board, had breakfast with new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Bevin has proposed a 9 percent budget cut for most agencies, including preschool services, but his plan has $941,400 for the Save the Children program, and Senate President Robert Stivers, "who held a news conference with Shriver later Tuesday, said, 'I think there is a high likelihood that it would survive' through the legislature's budget process," Tom Loftus of The Courier-Journal reports. "Save the Children programs have shown stronger results in Kentucky than in any other state in helping kids from birth through the third grade, Shriver said."

Written by Al Cross Posted at 2/10/2016 


LCHS JROTC Leadershp, academic teams in regional competition

Congratulations go out to the Bulldog Battalion at Lawrence County High School (LCHS). Their JROTC Leadership Team and their Academic Team both finished in the top 50% of all JROTC to move into the second round of JLAB.

JLAB stands for Junior Leadership Academic is an on line test done in two phases.  In order to move on to the second phase they have to finish in the top 50% of the nation.  The top 3 teams in each class of the second phase wins a trip to Washington DC. JLAB is an on line “College Bowl” broken down into two different subject content.

The Leadership Team test takes questions from the JROTC curriculum with added questions from current events.  Their finish is extremely pleasing to the Senior Army Instructor, Major (Retired) Siembor. Major Siembor is very proud of not only the Leadership Team, but all his cadets who seem to flourish in the JROTC curriculum.

Major Seimbor goes on to explain how his cadets have excelled in local competition in Map Reading, and Orienteering as well, subjects he teaches. Also competing in the JLAB was an Academic Team, which is tested in Science, Math and English.

The Academic Team traditionally hasn’t done as well as the Leadership team however in the last three years they have advanced to round two as well. LCHS Bulldawgs are one of only three schools in Eastern KY (out of 18) that both teams advanced to the second round. The other two schools are Allen Central and East Carter. The Bulldawgs are the only school that did it three years in a row. Even more impressive the Bulldawg Battalion Leadership team is one of the few JROTC’s in Brigade who have advanced 12 consecutive years, ever since it began in 2004.

Special congratulations go to the Leadership Team for moving onto round two, they consist of: Team Co-Captains are C/CPT Aaron Roberts and C/CSM Shelby Taylor, C/SGT Brady Crockett, C/PFC Destiny LaFlesh and alternate C/SGT David McCoy.

Another Special congratulation goes to the Academic Team for moving onto round two, they consist of: Team Captain C/LT Anna Clay, C/SSG Tanner Waugh, C/SGT Shane Skeens, C/PFC Jon Accord and alternate C/SSG Sean Churchwell.

We are very proud of these cadets and wish them best in Round Two starting February 1st. Major Siembor the school’s Senior Army Instructor stated that he is very proud of both teams and has high hopes for them going forward.

Historically speaking the Bulldawgs have always finished in the top 50 % of round two as well, which means they are in the top 25 % of all JROTC in the nation. Major Siembor stated, “We may come from a small town, but we aim high and except no excuses.” He further stated that this type of competition is great for our kids to show them we can stack up to any high school in the nation.