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Ashland Community and Technical College has named 33 Lawrence County residents to the Dean's List for Fall Semester 2010. Dean’s List students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) on at least 12 credit hours in courses numbered 100 and above. The students are listed below by city of residence.

From Adams: Jennifer S. Tackett.

From Blaine: Brittany D. Puckett.

From Fallsburg: Mary A. Oppitz.

From Louisa: Rachel R. Adams, Brittany L. Bellomy, Jessica G. Boggs, Keith D. Boyd, Jonathon S. Branham, Benny K. Brewer, Erin A. Burchett, Jaime N. Bush, Alicia D. Cartmel, Shane R. Chaffin, Donald K. Dixon, Sasha L. Dotson, Alicia A. Gonzales-Hoose, Heather A. Hansen, Justin T. Harper, Robert C. Hughes, LaDonna J. Isaac, Jordon A. Little, Aaron S. May, Judy F. Maynard, Kyla M. McCoy, Michelle L. Mckinney, India D. Obrian, Sagar I. Patagundi, Sarah A. Prince, Jennifer L. Robinson, Ashley B. Sartin, Crystal D. Spillman-Kazee, Rebecca D. Trent, Sharon J. Young.

Also on the Dean’s List were 427 students from other cities in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

LOUISA -- LCHS Chorus director Jane Lowe has sent more than 100 students to All-State Choir in her 25 years in her position, none she is more proud of than this year's seven choir members who made the 'big time' and traveled to Louisville for three days of performing with students from all over the state.

At LCHS the choir department has three divisions, Freshmen, Choir, and Honors Choir. The ones who attend the competition usually come from the honors choir.

Two of this year's All-State Chorus members, have been selected for the honor three straight years. Seniors Katherine Borders, the daughter of Ken and Tammy Borders of Louisa, and Michael Parker, son of Rita and Rodney Parker, also of Louisa, are three time winners in addition to their other activities at LCHS.

"It's a great experience," Michael said this morning. "You really get to perform with the best in the state and that is a lot of fun as well as educational."

Ms. Borders began her singing at church at Louisa First Baptist and has been very successful, Her dad, Ken, was once a radio personality so the voice in perhaps in the genes.

"It's a big thrill to be chosen for the All-State Choir and it's also a lot of fun," Katherine said.

Ms. Lowe explained that the students actually earn the honor in the district competition which was held on the campus of Kentucky Christian University at Grayson, Ky. this year in October 2010, where she took fifteen of her students to audition in front of a distinguished panel of four judges. "At the district the students are asked to perform in quartets, at least one solo line and also they must perform a piece of music they are not familiar with," Ms. Lowe said. "They are judged there and selected to go to Louisville."

Students are categotized into tenor, bass, alto and soprano divisions, she said.

"While we were at the KMEA convention we went to several informative meetings and some wonderful concerts," Ms. Lowe said. "Friday was the best! At 1:45, Sue and I attended a PD that was presented by Annie Adkins Johnson (LCHS '98) and her husband, John. At 2:55, we listened to the Morehead Vocal Jazz Ensemble that prominently features Jessica Keeton (LCHS '07). At 4:55, we were mesmerized by the UK Men's Chorus whose membership includes Tanner Stevens (LCHS '10) At 8:00, we proudly watched our seven All-State singers perform with hundreds of Kentucky's best high school singers. It was an awesome day, and we must be doing something right!"

The proof is in the pudding, and at LCHS the choir program is making some mighty tasty music these days.

LOUISA -- Please congratulate Brandon Leedy for placing 3rd in Region and qualifying for State Governor's Cup Competition March 12-14.

Also, our other Academic Team members competed at a high level placing us 6th overall in a very competitive 13-team region (4 points from 4th place overall). Check out The Independent's front page article from Sunday's edition concerning the Governor's Cup-it portrays our school in a positive light in referring to education.

WE are turning the page!!

Lastly, our Quick Recall Team finished 4th overall after falling short against Ashland Blazer in the Quarterfinals.

To my knowledge, it is the highest any Quick Recall Team has ever finished in Regionional competition. If we could have finished 1st or 2nd, we would have qualified for State! Obviously, that is our goal for next year!! Our Quick Recall team members that competed Saturday were Mark McClanahan, Cody Blevins, Brandon Leedy, Stephen Burke, Dustin Kiser, Kaitlin Lemaster, Kaitlin Skeens, Toby Fraley, Ben Esham, Tanner Bowen, and Jimmy Stark.

Please congratulate the previously mentioned students and the following for their participation on the Academic Team this year:

Rachel Hardin, Ashleigh Thompson, Chelsea West, Morgan Pack, Devan Snead, Taylor McCreary, Larisa Gauze, Krystal Vance, Tyler Wood, Matthew Hammond, Zach Priddy, Jacob Holbrook, Steven Clay

Thanks for everything you do for OUR kids and school!! Once again, we are making progress, keep up the great work!!

Posted by Eddie Dixon