School News April 2015

United Community Bank Winners from Community Egg Hunt

WHITLEY CITY – Children from across McCreary County joined their peers from across the country in celebration of Easter with Easter In The Park, the annual egg hunt.  United Cumberland Bank provided $100 in gift cash for “prize eggs”, along with coloring sheets and pencils. “We are privileged to invest time and resources in activities involving area children,” CEO Gordon Kidd explained. “From events such as Easter in the Park to supporting area student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom, United Cumberland Bank is proud to support the youth in our community.”

McCreary Chamber of Commerce Scholarship accepting applications

The McCreary County Chamber of Commerce each year takes pride in awarding a $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior. The scholarship criteria is based on the applicant’s scholastic achievement, interest in continuing education, participation and leadership in school and community activities and reputation for good citizenship and moral character.

Completed applications due by May 12, 2016.

Please mail your completed application and essay to:

Scholarship Committee

McCreary County

Chamber of  Commerce

P.O. Box 548

Whitley City, KY 42653

McCreary County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Requirements:

The McCreary County Chamber of Commerce is awarding one (1) scholarship in the amount of $500.00 in 2016.

Application packets may be obtained at the guidance office of McCreary Central High School, Revelo Christian Academy, New Hope Christian School and Pine Knot Job Corps Center, Lower Hickory Grove Christian Academy or on the Chamber Website at

Applications should be mailed to: McCreary County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 548, Whitley City, KY 42653 and be post marked no later than May 12, 2016.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Student must be a high school senior and resident of McCreary County.

2. Student must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and must provide a transcript showing that GPA with their application.

3. Students must include 2 Letters of Recommendation; one that is school affiliated (i.e. teacher, counselor, coach, principal) and one from outside of school, that is a non-family member (i.e. church/community leader, employer).

4. Student must return completed Scholarship Application to the address listed.

5. Essay- (300-500 words) If you were a prospective business owner looking to start a business in McCreary County, what would your first impression of the County be? If positive, how would you capitalize? If negative, what would you do to improve it?

Application Procedures:

Applications must be mailed to the above listed P.O. Box and post marked no later than the May 12, 2016. The application needs to be complete with everything that has been asked for in this application. If anything requested has been left out, the application will not be considered.

Selection Procedures:

All applications and supporting documents will be reviewed to ensure that candidates have achieved minimum eligibility requirements.

Applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of the McCreary County Chamber of Commerce.

The top three applicants will be notified and then interviewed by the Scholarship Committee. The successful applicant will be notified and funds will be distributed once proof of enrollment has been shown. The check will be made payable to the applicant.

Winner will be expected to attend our monthly meeting to accept scholarship award and also our annual banquet in October.

REMIX Education


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REMIX Education visited the Pine Knot Intermediate School on April 15, 2016.  The assembly focused on pre testing strategies and healthy eating habits.  The assembly was sponsored by the Pine Knot Intermediate Family Resource Center.

School is Cool


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Former UK player Dakari Johnson visited Whitley City Elementary School for the “School is Cool Tour”.  Dakari encouraged the students to do their best in school everyday. He also took time out to give students his autograph, took pictures with students, and gave every student a high-five as they left the gym.  He was a great role-model for the students.


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Whitley City Elementary completed their second and final round of the 2016 Spelling Bee competition.  Here are the finalist, who   performed and did an outstanding job!  WCE wants to thank Mrs. Lindsey Musgrove for organizing this first annual competition.  From Left to right:  1st place winner was 6th grader Megan Howard, 2nd place was 3rd grade student Jolie Perkins, 3rd place was 5th grader Jaycee Bell, and  4th place winner was 4th grader Audree Shook.   Also pictured is WCE principal, Mr. Jones. Again congratualtions!

Kindergarten classes visits the Public Library to Ring the Literacy Bell


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Mrs. Joyce Barnett’s WCE Kindergarten class visited the McCreary County library to Ring the Literacy Bell and to sign their names in the Literacy book.  Each student received a pin to wear showing that they have read their first book.  The students also climbed on board the Bookmobile and were presented information on how the Bookmobile can bring them fun and education to their own homes.


Drama brings home Runner-Up Finish

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The MCHS Drama Club took home a runner-up finish at the University of the Cumberlands EKDAS competition this past weekend for their production of the play 937. Cast members receiving individual honors were: Lyndsey Pennington for Best Actress, Brooklyn Stephens being named to the All Mountain Cast, and Jerica Meyers and Emily Simpson for Most Energetic Sisters.

Waters Honored


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MCHS History Teacher Joe Waters was honored last week with the presentation of the prestigious Dr. Charles Whitlock Alumni Award from Eastern Kentucky University History Department.

PKI Dental Screenings

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In collaboration with the McCreary District Health Coordinator, Brandy Rowe, and the Pine Knot Intermediate Family Resource Center, the Cumberland Family Medical Clinic visited PKI to provide Dental Screenings for students on March 18th, 2016.  Approximately 30 students participated in the screens throughout the day.

Kindergarten classes visits the Public Library to Ring the Literacy Bell

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The Whitley City Elementary Kindergarten classes visited the McCreary County Public Library to Ring the Literacy Bell and to sign their names in the Literacy book.  Each student received a pin to wear showing that they have read their first book.  The students also climbed on board the Bookmobile and were presented information on how the Bookmobile can bring fun and education to their own homes.

6 short plays by Whitley City Elementary

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The Whitley City Elementary  Gifted & Talented students performed 6 short plays in front of their peers.  They did a fantastic job!  A special thanks to Mrs. Carol Jones for working with these students and allowing them to explore their talents.

Jessica Cox has been named 2016 Rogers Scholar

Photo by Eugenia Jones McCreary Central High School’s Rogers Scholar Recipient, Jessica Cox receives a presidential academics award.

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McCreary Central High School’s Rogers Scholar Recipient, Jessica Cox receives a presidential academics award.

McCreary County student Jessica Cox has been selected by The Center for Rural Development to attend the 2016 Rogers Scholars program.

Jessica, a sophomore at McCreary Central High School, will join 62 high school students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky this summer for the 19th annual Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.

Rogers Scholars—The Center’s flagship youth program—is an intensive one-week summer program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in 45 Kentucky communities to build their skills as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.

“The Rogers Scholars program gives high school students an experience of a lifetime to grow their leadership skills while learning how to become more community-minded individuals,” said youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens. “Each graduate earns access to exclusive college scholarship offers from some of the state’s top-ranked colleges and universities upon completion of a required community service project.”

The 2016 Rogers Scholars program will be held June 26-July 1 and July 10-15 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in Adair County. There is no tuition charge to attend the program and lodging and food are provided free of charge to participants.

Jessica is the daughter of Sherri and Russell Cox of Whitley City.

Since 1998, 1,056 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been offered to graduates by 17 partner colleges and universities.

For more information about the Rogers Scholars program, call youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or visit

Overcoming Challenges

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Gear Up and the Youth Service Center at McCreary Middle recently hosted Mr. Hassan Davis as a guest speaker for the students. Mr. Davis talked to the students about overcoming challenges in life.


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Monday was Square Root Day!!!  According to Scientific American, this day is when “the numbers of the calendar align so that the month and the day are each equal to the square root of the year.” Numerically, April 4, 2016, can be expressed as 4/4/16, or mathematically as 4x4=16 or √16. Square root day happens only nine times in a century.  PKI’s 5th and 6th graders learned about square roots by doing an activity with crackers.  The children worked together to discover “perfect squares”.  Mrs. Gilreath’s homeroom created a visual of the square root and pie signs.

Science Fair Winners at PKPS

McCreary Middle Artists

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McCreary County Middle School is embracing the arts. 8th grade students Elizabeth Hackler (left) and Caleb Spradlin (right) show their artwork.

AR 360


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8th grade student Madison Byrd used her Accelerated Reader Points to get an Xbox 360 in the YSC.

Soccer Lesson

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Ms. Petula  and Ms. Kathy’s preschool classes at Whitley City Elementary spent this week studying balls and sports. Classroom visitor, Lady Raider soccer player Ms. Shayna demonstrated the sport for the kids and after they got to play soccer with her. They also discussed the muscles in the body you have to use to play soccer.

Music in our Schools concert


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Music lovers were treated to performances by school choirs and bands during the Music in our Schools Concert held at McCreary Central.


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The MCHS Symphonic Band performed a pair of pieces composed by Brian Balmages.

MCHS Alumni Day, April 5th and 6th

Photos by Greg Bird

The event was a career fair offered to all high school students, where MCHS Alumni shared information about their career, and the training it took to get them there. Alumni Day is a yearly event during Operation Preparation, designed to assist students with educational and career goals. Hosted at MCHS, the event was organized by Rodney Tucker, Kentucky College Coach, assisted by Lisa Kidd.

Head Start On Science

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McCreary County Head Start showed off the skills of their budding scientists with a science fair last week.

The Dome Theatre 


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The Dome Theatre visited Pine Knot Intermediate School on March 30th sponsored by the PKI Family Resource Center.  The Dome is an enrichment activity of educational programs, designed to enhance student understanding of our vast universe, earth, and various other topics.  We are pleased at PKI to offer these types of programs to broaden student knowledge.

Dental screening at Pine Knot Intermediate

McCreary County Health Dept. Dental Screen

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Cindy Phillips with the McCreary County Health Department, visited Pine Knot Intermediate Family Resource Center March 31st, 2016 to provide dental screening services to 33 students.

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