Education news

Published 9:35 am Thursday, December 28, 2017

Danville forensics team brings home awards

Danville High School’s forensics team brought home 22 awards including tournament champions in Extemporaneous Speaking and Storytelling, placing second overall as a team behind Lexington Henry Clay. Bardstown Bethlehem, Bowling Green, LaRue County, and Knott County Central rounded out the top six schools attending (of 12).

Juniors Katie Critchfield (Extemporaneous Speaking) and Charlie Hall (Storytelling) led the team with championships in their events. Additionally, Hall placed in Oratory and Humorous Interpretation. Other tournament award winners were Samantha Sallee (fourth Declamation), Joseth Warner (fifth Dramatic Interpretation), Caroline Bugg (second Extemporaneous Speaking and second Impromptu Speaking), Haley Hopkins (fifth Humorous Interpretation), Emma Merryman (fifth Impromptu Speaking and second Informative Speaking), Becky Mohr (third Impromptu Speaking and fourth Oratory), Natalie Grubbs (sixth Informative Speaking), Claire Strysick (third Informative Speaking), Kyle Dean (fifth Poetry), Paige Glasser (fifth Program Oral Interpretation), Sara Barringer (second Storytelling), and the teams of Haley Hopkins and Joseth Warner (second Duo Interpretation and fourth Improvisational Duo), Sara Barringer and Kelsie Steber (third Duo Interpretation), and Virginia Harp and Samantha Sallee (fourth Duo Interpretation). 

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DHS will next compete at Rowan County January 6.

Meadows wins state award

Steve Meadows, Danville High School forensics team coach who also teaches English, speech and drama there, was recently named National Speech & Debate Association’s Kentucky State Educator of the Year. Meadows has taught at DHS for 24 years. National finalists will be announced in January.

ACT prep sessions

In preparation for the ACT, Danville High School is offering 11 prep sessions for our sophomore and junior students. The sessions will meet at Danville High School for two hours from 2 to 4 p.m. each scheduled Sunday. Sessions will cover test content and strategies. To enroll in a session, please visit the Guidance Office or call (859) 238-1308. Sessions are free and will be held on the following dates: January 7, January 14,  January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11,  February 18,  February 25, March 4, March 11,  and March 18.

McCray receives award from Burgin

Burgin Independent Schools named Carl McCray, pastor of Burgin Baptist Church, the newest recipient of the Village Inn YES! Award, at the December meeting of their Board of Education.

Mr. McCray is an active member on the school’s site based council and volunteers much of his time to many, many activities at the school. He helps coordinate after school programs and is a valuable member of the Burgin community,” states Will Begley, Superintendent.

The YES! (Your Excellence Shows) Award was created by Superintendent, Will Begley to recognize the important role community members play in helping students and schools succeed. Awards will be given to staff, students, and community members that exhibit behavior that encourage supportive, positive environments to promote student and school growth and success. Sponsored by Burgin’s iconic Village Inn, recipients receive a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant.

The Burgin Independent Schools is a Distinguished public school district in Mercer County. Committed to the philosophy that students are best served in a small, structured environment, students benefit from a pupil/teacher ratio of approximately 11:1. The district has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and as a High-Performance College and Career Ready district by the Kentucky Department of Education.