School News Archives 2015

December 2015

 Lawler Graduates Top in Class


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One of McCreary County’s own Natasha Lawler is making us all proud as she graduated Valedictorian of her nursing class at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Oneida/Huntsville. Natasha was not only the Valedictorian, but she was also the key note speaker for the class graduation ceremony. It is important to note that this was an accelerated and very difficult program where many did not make it through to graduation. Natasha is a graduate of McCreary Central High School, lives in Somerset, KY, is married to Navy Veteran Ian Lawler and trains at the Adversity Training Center (ATC). Congratulations Natasha!

Eagle Child & Family Development Center Field Trip to Bear Wallow Farm

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Preschool children and their families attended a field trip to Bear Wallow Farm in Nancy, Ky. in October.  Families created memories and enjoyed the barn and petting zoo, duck pond, fish pond, Bear Wallow barnyard, the hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin, and the pumpkin chucker.  We are looking forward to another fun filled day next year!

Area Middle School Students Attend Girls Exploring Math And Science Conference

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Somerset - Somerset Community College (SCC) hosted a Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS) recently on the SCC Somerset campus. Students from 13 area middle schools including Casey, Cumberland, McCreary, Meece, North Laurel, Northern, Rockcastle, Russell, Science Hill, Somerset Christian, South Laurel, Southern and Wayne County took part in the conference.

GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. The GEMS program is designed to promote the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) program which promotes a larger and more diverse science and engineering workforce.

Each student participated in workshops focused on five occupations or career areas: 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Robotic Welding, Physical Therapy, Radiography and Coding.

The 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing workshop was hosted by Eric Wooldridge, SCC associate professor. The Robotic Welding workshop was hosted by Karl Watson, SCC associate professor, and Scott Stringer, SCC instructional specialist. The Physical Therapy Workshop was hosted by Dr. Steve Hammons, SCC Professor. The Radiography workshop was hosted by SCC Radiography Clinical Coordinator, Shanda Catron and radiography students, Megan Campbell, Stephanie McCoy, Andrew Clark, Casey Mabe, and William Skaarup.  The Coding workshop was hosted by Teri Stuber, Sr. Integration Architect and Stella Delph, Sr. Integration Architect with Allscripts in London, KY.

After lunch from Fazoli’s and workshops, each student attended a career expo where they were able to meet STEM professionals and participate in hands-on activities at each STEM booth, which included: automotive and diesel technology, aviation maintenance technology, construction technology, cosmetology, medical laboratory technology, machine tool technology, additive manufacturing and 3D printing, electrical and electronics engineering, paramedic technology, pharmacy technology, surgical technology, practical nursing, scholarships and financial aid, college admissions and Barnes and Noble bookstore.

GEMS Team Members include: Carol Calcaterra, Cindy Byrd, Judy Covey, Tanya Cowan, Veronica DeBord, Martha Deitz, Billie DuVall, Carrie Fitzpatrick, Jamie Foster, Alesa Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Ronald Meade, Karen Plagge, DeAnna Proctor, Cecilia Ramilo, and Jennifer Wilson.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website at

Pine Knot Primary learns to dance

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Pine Knot Primary learns about Ceremonial, Recreational, and Artistic dance in P.E. Class. Pictured are Aleigha who plays the part of a flower, in the play Nutcracker, with her Somerset Dance Class. Elianna, Mason, Abbie, and Nate.

2015 TCAT Student of the Year

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida/Huntsville’s nominees for the State’s TCAT Outstanding Student of the Year award are as follows: picture #1 (left to right) TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville director Dwight Murphy, Michael Byrd, Morgan Moore, Jamie Bowling-TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville 2015 Outstanding Student of the Year, Lakeshia Cabbage- one of the top three finalists; Jarod Riggney, Natasha Lawler, Martin Bryant, Tyler Henry, and TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville Coordinator Jennifer Trammell. Not pictured were Jason Hull-one of the top three finalists, Tim Smith, Zac Waters, and Katie Botts.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida/Huntsville instructors have nominated twelve students for the College’s Outstanding Student of the Year award. According to Jennifer Trammell, coordinator for TCAT - Oneida/Huntsville, “The purpose of the Outstanding Student of the Year award is to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world of work and to recognize outstanding achievement by students attending Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. This title is based on excellence in leadership and ability.” Chosen for recognition by their instructors are the following students: Michael Byrd, Administrative Office Technology; Martin Bryant, Automotive Technology; Jamie Bowling, Computer Information Technology; Jason Hull, Computer Information Technology; Lakeshia Cabbage, Cosmetology; Tim Smith Collision Repair Technology; Zac Waters, Machine Tool Technology; Katie Botts, Pharmacy Technician; Jarod Riggney, Power Line Construction & Maintenance Technology; Morgan Moore, Practical Nursing; Natasha Lawler, Practical Nursing; and Tyler Henry, Welding.

A screening committee of local business and industry community leaders interviewed each of the students. The top three finalists were chosen. They were Lakeshia Cabbage, Cosmetology; Jason Hull, Computer Information Technology; and Jamie Bowling, Computer Information Technology. Gift certificates from RaeZacks were donated to each of the three finalists.

In November, another committee of local business and industry community leaders interviewed each of the three finalists and selected Jamie Bowling as the 2015 Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Oneida/Huntsville Outstanding Student of the Year.

Jamie will now be competing in the district competition in January, and then the district winner will compete for the regional award. The finalists from the regional competition will move on to compete for the state title. From this outstanding group of students, the judges will select one student as the State’s TCAT Outstanding Student of the Year Winner. This person will serve as an ambassador for technical education in Tennessee. He or she will travel across the state speaking at various business and industry meetings, community organization meetings, board meetings, and state conferences.

2015 KY Poet Laureate, George Ella Lyon, visits Whitley City Elementary

The 2015 KY Poet Laureate, George Ella Lyon, made a guest speaker appearance at Whitley City Elementary School on Thursday, December 3rd. The award-winning author has published books for readers of all ages, and her “Where I’m From” poem is used as a model by teachers and librarians across the world. Mrs. Lyon spoke to the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes in a "Meet the Author" session held in the WCE library. During the session, George Ella discussed her home and family...where she grew up (Harlan, KY), and where she lives now. She described how her picture books, novels, and poem collections were developed using those family and life experiences. The three most important lessons that the author wanted to leave with the students were:

• We all have stories to tell…We just need to let out what is in our heart and what is in our head. She believes that when your heart and head meet, this creates your “voice.”

• The importance of recording your writing (notes, poems, stories, songs, dreams, pictures, etc…) into a writer’s notebook. This will keep track of all your thoughts!

• When you read a final copy of a book on the shelf, those aren’t the words that the author BEGAN with. They are the words that the author ENDED with. Good authors must continue to revise and edit their work! This is what leads to the author’s final copy.

We were so incredibly excited that our students were able to have an up close and personal encounter with one of Kentucky's most renowned poets and authors! We look forward to working with Mrs. Lyon in the future.

International Festival

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MCHS hosted an International Festival last week where students were able to learn about different cultures and countries. They were also able to sample foods from various countires thanks to the Pine Knot Job Corps Culinary Arts Program and sponsors Kroger and Milton’s Burger Hut.

Photo submitted Rick Kenny and Sharon Privett, principals of McCreary Central High School, serving the students Thanksgiving Lunch.

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Rick Kenny and Sharon Privett, principals of McCreary Central High School, serving the students Thanksgiving Lunch.

Student Art Exhibit Open To The Public At Somerset Community College

Somerset  –Somerset Community College students from all academic programs are currently presenting their art in a SCC student exhibit. The exhibit, held in the SCC East End Gallery,located in Stoner Hall on the Somerset North Campus, will be open for viewing until January 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The East End Gallery at SCC provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting, to use the space for large-scale installations or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.

Students submit works each semester for exhibitions throughout the year and approximately 100 students show their work at four shows.

The current show’s reception, which is open to the public and is free, will be held Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

SCC students with art on display include: Cory Bond, Mt. Vernon; Cora Carter, Somerset; Andre’ Mills, Somerset; Jacob Stringer, Somerset; Dylan Anderson, Russell Springs; Jill Angell, Wayne County; Haylea Barker, Somerset; Sharon Etris, Burnside; Casey Stidham, London; Whitney Viars, Somerset; Amanda Wiggington, Somerset; Sonya Denny, Somerset; K Goodson, Somerset; and Erica Braden, McCreary County.

The SCC Student Exhibition is organized by and curated by SCC Associate Professor of Art Darlene Hensley-Libbey. To learn more about classes and related programming, contact Libbey at or 606-451-1681.

McCreary County Bus Safety Week Oct. 19-23

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Driver Trainer’s Alene Trammell, Tim Lykins and Jeanetta Burdine along with Carolene Shoopman, Bobbie Chitwood, Tim Phillips, Donald Wayne Perry, Craig Goodin. Explained the importance of Bus Safety with Bus Evacuations, coloring sheets, Bus Rules Handouts, and Safety DVD.

November 2015

MCHS Raider Theater shines in “The Audition”

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The Raider Theather Troupe performed “The Audition” at the KTA State Festival two weeks ago. Cast member Lyndsey Pennington was named to the KTA All Cast for her performance.

 vet breakfast

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Whitley City Elementary school honored Veteran’s Day by hosting a breakfast for all the visiting Veterans, by retiring the school’s flag, and by inviting Dr. Michael Colgrove to speak at this honorable ceremony.  Whitley City Elementary would like to thank all the Veterans that attended.  There were 36 veterans that attended and were recognized.

School District attends Data Retreat

image1At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year the McCreary County School District received the results of the 2014-2015 Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP).  A quick glance at the scores reveal that not only did the district make major improvements, the results were also the best scores the district as a whole has posted since the new era of Unbridled Learning in public education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky which began in 2009.

However, as the district celebrated the success with the students and community, plans were already in the works to take advantage of the momentum of the much improved test scores.  Acting Superintendent, Michael Cash, begun discussions early in the school year with David Johnson, the Executive Director of South Eastern South Central Coop (SESC), about the possibilities of holding a working session with a team of teachers and instructional leaders from the McCreary County School District in an effort to set new goals for improvement.  As a result of the discussion, SESC provided the school district with an opportunity for a Data Retreat.  The purpose for the Data Retreat workshop was three fold:  1. Allow each school/district to analyze the last three years of data and set goals for continued improvement that provided a time of reflection, collaboration, and illumination for the leadership team.  2.  To improve and start a positive and reinforcing working relationship between the school leadership and District leadership.  3.  For the first time, allow each school leadership to address the District Leadership and help build the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan.  Moreover, this was the first time that a team comprised of classroom teachers, principals, assistant principals, counselors, special education teachers, school psychologist, and members of central office had collaborated together in such a monumental task.

Educational consultants from SESC including Denise Bailey (Gap Specialist), Angela Bray, (College & Career Specialist), and Connie Brookins (Gap Specialist), began the planning stages of the retreat with a detailed meeting with principals and staff from the McCreary County Board of Education, including, Acting Superintendent, Michael Cash, Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Anderson, Special Education Director, Shirley Surface, and Chief Information Officer, Jeff Terry.  After the initial planning stages with the consultants, it was very clear that this was not a one day event.  In fact, the Data Retreat, which would last four days, did not only assist the district in setting new goals for the students of McCreary County, it paved the path for a year of ongoing improvement.

In addition to the Educational consultants from SESC and the district leadership team, each school along with their principal participated in the Data Retreat.  The data team representing McCreary Central High School included Principal, Sharon Privett, Stacey Musgrove, Shawn Monhollen, Tami Starrett, and Carolyn Dixon.  From McCreary County Middle School their team included Principal, Clint Taylor, Mindy Strunk, Mehelle Tucker, Dottie Cotton, Regina Dismuke, and Roger Daugherty.  From Whitley City elementary their team consisted of Principal, Foster Jones, Eric Corder, Bo Rowe, Kevin Morris, and Cindy Sumner. Representing Pine Knot Intermediate was Principal, Rebecca Blakley, Shane King, Lisa Gilreath, Michelle Stephens, and Sasha Taylor.  Pine Knot Primary’s data team consisted of Principal Stuart Shepherd, Renee Kidd, Angela Loudermilk, Becky Stephens, and Mark Hargis.

By the end of the four day Data Retreat the district as well as each school had desegregated their data, identified strengths and weaknesses, and had completed the initial phases of the school and district improvement plans.

WCE McTeachers Night


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McDonalds helped WCE raise more than $640 by hosting McTeachers Night. WCE staff lent a hand at the busy restaraunt, with proceeds going to the school.

PKI Celebrates success with banners from KESC

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Pine Knot Intermediate was classified as Distinguished school and a school of distinction. PKI was ranked in the top 97th percentile in the state.

Science Fair

KEA American Education Week Proclamation

WHEREAS, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation's precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and

WHEREAS, by equipping young Americans with both practical skills and broader intellectual abilities, schools give them hope for, and access to, a productive future; and

WHEREAS, education employees, be they substitute educators, custodians, teachers, bus drivers, or librarians, work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and

WHEREAS, schools encourage community, bringing together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders, and elected officials in a common enterprise.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judge Douglas Stephens, serving as County Judge Executive of McCreary County, Kentucky do hereby proclaim November 16-20 as the 94th annual observance of American Education Week.

Signed this 5th day of November, 2015.

Douglas E. Stephens

A dose of reality at MCMS

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McCreary County Middle School students got a dose of reality Wednesday - participating in a reality store event. The students got a taste of the responsibilities of managing a household. Each student was given a “salary” and had to decide how to manage their money against real-life expenses like housing, insurance, food, clothing and other necessities.

A Bookmobile Librarian 

Rhonda Kendziorski from the McCreary County Public Library came to McCreary County Preschool WCE Location on Oct. 20th, 2015 and talked to the students about her job as a Bookmobile Librarian and what she does in the community.  She told the students about programs the library offers to children their ages all the way up to adult ages.  She talked to them about the importance of reading and about the different types of books she has on her bookmobile.  The students had a special story time on the bookmobile with Mrs. Rhonda.  Thanks to Mrs. Rhonda and the McCreary County Public Library for visiting the preschool classes.



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Macy Daugherty and Raylee Strunk, students of Whitley City Elementary, were selected by audition to perform in the 2015 Kentucky Division of American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) 5th & 6th Grade All-State Chorus.  The concert was presented at the South Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green, KY on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  Macy is the daughter of Curtis and Holly Daugherty.  Raylee is the daughter of Michelle Strunk.  It is an honor for students and schools to be selected to perform with this prestigious choir.

Fire Safety at McCreary County Preschool

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McCreary County Preschool has been learning about Fire Safety during the week of Oct. 12th-16th.  On Oct. 13th, 2015, Steven King and Nick Wilson with the Pine Knot Fire Dept came to McCreary County Preschool---Pine Knot Primary Location and talked to the students about fire safety and let the students explore a working Fire Truck and their equipment.

October 2015

Literacy Poster Contest at Pine Knot Primary School

Ms. Darla King conducted a Literacy Poster Contest at Pine Knot Primary School. Students who participated in this activity did a wonderful job. They learned about all the components of a book, such as, Title, author, plot/problem, solution, characters, pictures/sketches, originality of an idea, diorama. All of these skills are learned thru being creative, using their imagination to be able to express themselves through the eyes of a book. Thank you to all the students and the families that took part in this fun family project. Please remember you can be expressive through creativity and using your imagination! All students received a Participant Ribbon. PKPS is so proud of each of you! You are all winners!

The Little Red Hen


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Whitley City Elementary school 4th graders performed a Reader’s Theater play in Mrs. Chestnuts classes called The Little Red Hen. The student’s had a fun learning experience while getting to make their own costumes and performing in front of their peers.  The students became very creative in playing their parts.  This was an exciting way for the students in Mrs. Chestnuts class to perform an active role in literacy.

McDonald’s and Whitley City Elementary School Partners up for Education

McTeacher's Night

Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Time: 5-8:00 p.m.

Location: Your Whitley City McDonald’s

Take the night off from cooking and bring the family to the Whitley City McDonald’s for dinner!  And while you are there, you will be raising money for your child’s class at WCE!

On McTeacher’s Night you will get to see a group of teachers from WCE working!  Come on out and see these teachers standing behind the counter!  The best part is that WCE will receive a portion of the sales between these hours and the second best part is seeing the WCE teachers in a McDonald’s uniform! Also, Jax the Tiger will be there!

So meet us at the Golden Arches on October 27th to help raise money for your child’s school at WCE.


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Greg Whitis and Andrea Jones from the McCreary County Extension Office visited Whitley City Elementary School to help all the 5th graders build their very own birdhouse step by step.  Greg and Andrea also took the time to talk to the students about the bird species and how they will use these birdhouses to live and protect themselves.  WCE wants to thank both Greg and Andrea for their time and dedication

Photos by Eugenia Jones

Pine Knot Primary School celebrated the Red Maple Festival with children’s inflatables, music, classic cars, crafts and more.  Fredia Stephens of Noah’s Farms offered up her farm fresh products as part of the event.

County students graduate from Rogers Explorers program

Rogers Explorers University of the CumberlandsMcCreary County students Maryanna Meadows and Aaliyah Ridner graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s 2015 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

The Rogers Explorers program is an educational leadership program that provides hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their math, science, and technology skills. Graduates are encouraged to work toward pursuing careers in these in-demand career fields.

“This year’s class of Rogers Explorers showed that there are many bright, young leaders in our region of Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center. “By participating in this program, Explorers had the opportunity to experience first-hand how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can positively impact our region while also getting a feel for what college life was like.”

The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and the University of Pikeville.

A record 180 middle school students attended this year’s Rogers Explorers program. Participants apply when they are in the eighth grade and attend during the summer before the start of their freshman year. There is no admission charge to attend Rogers Explorers.

Maryanna, daughter of Dan and Cheryl Meadows of Parkers Lake, and Aaliyah, daughter of Monica and Sam Ridner of Parkers Lake, represented McCreary County Middle School.

For more information about Rogers Explorers, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email Visit to learn more about youth programs at The Center.

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.

Pine Knot Primary 3rd Grade students track steps taken for a day for P.E. class!


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Last week Pine Knot Primary received a Youth Literacy Grant from the Dollar General Store.  With this grant the Pine Knot Primary Library was able to purchase 231 hardback books for our young emergent readers.  Pictured above are Pine Knot Dollar General Manager, Betty Bryant, vice principal, Anita Coffey, Librarian, Emily Upchurch and First Grade teacher and grant writer, Sonya Proffitt.


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Pictured with Dr. Anita Coffey is  Mrs. Deidra Morrow, a Special Needs Teacher at Pine Knot Primary School. Mrs. Morrow is being presented a certificate from the Kentucky Center for Mathematics. This past summer she attended 10 days of training and study, did assessments and instruction, had team meetings for student centered problem solving, had weekly on line meetings, completed an assessment project and a case study. This certificate is being presented to Mrs. Morrow in recognition of her commitment to pursue improving professional knowledge and practice to better understand and support student development of early Mathematics. Mrs. Morrow is now a KCM Intervention Specialists. Thank you Mrs. Morrow for your continued commitment to improving education for our students. Pine Knot Primary, The McCreary County Board of Education and your students are very proud of you!

 Guest Speakers at WCE

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Whitley City Elementary School welcomed two guest speakers last week to their school.  The first guest speaker was from the Big South Fork Story Tellers group.  This speaker told folk-tale stories and the  WCE students were all ears as she told her entertaining stories.  The second speaker, comedian Keith Deltano from Freedom Entertainment performed his show “Don’t Bully”. Keith spoke about the importance of respect and leadership as well as how to take a stand against bullying.

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The Whitley City Elementary School 4th graders traveled by train to the Big South Fork Mine 18 last week to learn about the coal mining history and the historical landscape which is still today a popular tourist attraction in our county.  The students spent a beautiful day exploring the park while learning about some of the events that took place during the historical time of coal mining.

McCreary County School District Endorses Kentucky Safe Schools Week

Mr. Mike Cash , Superintendent of McCreary County School District and Judge Doug Stephens  today officially proclaimed October 18-24, 2015, as McCreary County School District Safe Schools Week.

This year’s theme “I WANT TO BE A SCHOOL SAFETY SUPERHERO...” focuses on building-up the self-esteem of the students in schools our while working toward an environment free of Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment and Conflict. From Superman to Captain America most superheroes started with problems or issues and turned their uniqueness into a power or force.  They used their power for the betterment of society.  The campaign highlights the word SUPER and qualities necessary to be a superhero at school.  S-Strong, U-Understanding, P-Powerful, E-Encouraging and R-Respectful, by using these character words to teach and describe our students, they can become School Safety Superheroes!

During this week, all Kentuckians will be urged to improve the safety of our schools by educating students, staff and community members about current issues such as connectivity, social well-being, bullying, cyber-bullying and character traits that describe a super student who is a part of the school safety culture.  Building up the self-esteem of individual students and teaching them to support one another is a basic concept of this year’s theme. Being both strong and understanding incorporates the need to make good choices and to know when to show power or be encouraging.  The respectful aspect goes back to… treating others as one wants to be treated.  Learning to step up and support others who are in need can be as easy as leaving an online tip. Students can be a “Silent Hero” and help without getting involved if they fear retaliation. The Kentucky Center for School Safety offers to partner with schools and provide a “free” online reporting tool, the S.T.O.P! TIPLINE. The tip line encourages students, parents or community members, who know of an unsafe situation in school, to anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using a digital format. Check it out at

For Safe Schools Week our website supplies a variety of teaching aids including an online “Safe School SUPERhero Pledge,” PowerPoint presentations, lessons, interactive websites and much more.  Resources will also be available for school administrators, parents and community involvement at

The Kentucky “I Want to be a School Safety Superhero” campaign is sponsored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. This observance coincides with the national campaign. America’s Safe Schools Week is sponsored by the National School Safety Center. “Embedding self-esteem into our Kentucky Safe Schools Week campaign can empower our students and staff in a positive way which is fundamental to safety and security in our schools. The “I Want to be a School Safety Superhero” campaign calls for our students to be strong, understanding, powerful, encouraging and respectful. These qualities are the hallmark of a student population which will address safety in schools.” said Jon Akers, Executive Director, KCSS.


I pledge to be:

• Strong and make good choices to improve myself and my school.

• Understanding of others and realize everyone is unique with varied talents.

• Powerful when overcoming conflict and report when another needs help; tell an adult, send an online tip or use a bully/tip box.

• Encouraging when a fellow student needs reassurance.

• Respectful of others and treat everyone as I want to be treated.

September 2015

 PKI Career Day Winners


A Kid's Gala Concert

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Whitley City Elementary School’s 4th and 5th graders attended the 23rd Annual “A Kid’s Gala Concert” which was presented by the Eastern Kentucky University Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, September 15th at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY.  This concert performed and presented the WCE students various types of musical pieces and instruments.  The students also got a chance to  participate in the program which allowed them to be student conductors as the orchestra performed the musical selection Stars and Stripes Forever.

First Tee Golf Program Grant Awarded to PKI and WCE

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Pine Knot Intermediate and Whitley City Elementary have been awarded a mini-grant through the Champions for a Drug Free McCreary County/Operation UNITE coalition   This grant provides golf equipment through The First Tee of Pine Mountain Organization. The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people by reinforcing the core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.  The curriculum also includes life skills such as how to manage emotions, how to set goals, how to resolve conflicts, and how to communicate with others.  This program will be utilized through the physical education classes to help introduce the game of golf to students grades K-6 while building interest for further involvement in golf.  Shane King, the MCHS golf coach, will be overseeing the implementation of this program. The pictures are from the first day of implantation at PKI.


Jeffrey Gilreath Selected TCAT – Oneida/Huntsville “Student of the Month” for July 2015

studentTennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida/Huntsville is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Gilreath of the Collision Repair Technology program has been selected as the post-secondary “Student of the Month” for July 2015. Jeff began the Collision Repair Technology program May 2014. According to CRT instructor Wayne Todd, “Jeff has been a pleasure to teach; I would highly recommend him. Jeff’s work ethics and his ability to follow instructions have helped him excel to the top of the class. Jeff is all about competing. For the last seven years, in his spare time he has raced at motorcross competitions. This year Jeff became very active in the college’s SkillsUSA chapter competing at the state level and placing second in the Collision Repair competition. He’s very respectful and trustworthy—I have a lot of confidence in him. He’s going to have a great career in the collision repair field. Jeff is presently participating in the college’s cooperative work experience program with Grant Treado Collision Center in Somerset, Kentucky as a collision repair tech and refinishing technician.”  Jeff comments, “I was laid off from work at the end of 2013. After four months a good friend of mine, a TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville CRT graduate, encouraged me to enroll in the Collision Repair Technology program. I had watched my uncle do this kind of work, but I had never considered a job in this field for myself. Without my friends encouragement I would have never thought about it, but I am definitely glad he informed me about the program and encouraged me to enroll. It’s something that isn’t really work to me; it is like a hobby. I like doing body work and painting - just like art class in high school. If it wasn’t for my friend, I would’ve never been where I am today—and of course—I can’t forget my instructor Wayne Todd. I give Wayne a lot of credit for helping me and believing in me to do great in this field. I couldn’t have met a better person from a teacher to a friend like Wayne Todd. Wayne has become a big part in my life because without him I would not have the opportunities past and present that I’ve had. I’ve always told myself to get a job that I love to do and it will never be a job – it will become a hobby. I look forward to waking up in the morning and going to work making money at what I love to do. If someone is looking for a good field to consider a career in –try enrolling in the Collision Repair Technology program at TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville. I’m sure glad I did!”

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Welcomes Fourth Grade Students Through Every Kid In a Park Initiative

Oneida, Tennessee:  Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area invites all fourth grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.  Starting today, September 1, fourth grade students can now go to to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

“During the National Park Service’s One Hundred Birthday celebration this next year, we want everyone to get to spend time at the Big South Fork, and we’re offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that the park has to offer,” said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas.

Big South Fork offers a variety of activities and special events that fourth graders and their family can enjoy, including the annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival, Ghost Train, Decoration Day at Blue Heron, Spring Planting and Music Festival, Healthy Hike of the Week, Mountain Bike Monday, Campfire Programs at Bandy Creek and Blue Heron, the Kentucky Pentathlon, and a self-guided junior ranger activity book.  There is also a swimming pool, open weekends and holidays, during the summer months.

To receive their free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass.  Fourth graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2016.  The website also includes fun and engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips and other important and helpful information for educators and parents.

In addition to providing every fourth grader in America a free entry pass for national parks and federal public lands and waters, fourth grade educators, youth group leaders and their students across the country will also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences.

The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect fourth graders with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come.  The program is an important part of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.

Every Kid in a Park is an administrative-wide effort, launched by President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s more than 400 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at 

Back to School at WCE


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Whitley City Elementary students and staff have had a wonderful start of school thus far!  Mr. Jones, teachers and staff at WCE are working extremely hard to ensure a successful 2015-2016 school year for their students!  Above, Kindergarten teachers are teaching a lesson to their students which will lay the foundation for their reading skills! The WCE staff is very proud of the students’ hard work and dedication to kick off the new school year!  Go Tigers!


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McCreary County School District 2014-2015  Reward’s Recipient

Whitley City Elementary School 6th Grade  -  Kameron Paige Meadows


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L-R  Haley Johnson and Reagan Kidd. These two McCreary Central seniors recently represented McCreary County and Kentucky at the National Institute on Cooperative Education held at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. They started their journey by participating in the local American Private Enterprise Seminar presented by the McCreary County Cooperative Extension Service.  From there they earned their way to the three day Kentucky Youth Seminar held on the campus of the University of Kentucky earlier this summer.  At the Kentucky Youth Seminar they attended seminars on business related topics and problem solving.  Haley won a $600 Scholarship and was awarded an all-expense paid trip to the NICE Conference. Reagan was voted by her peers the David Sparrow Cooperative Spirit Award winner and also was awarded the trip to NICE.  Reagan went through an interview process where she was named the female representative from Kentucky at the NICE Conference for the Outstanding Youth Scholar competition. She received $250 for this award. Congratulations to these two outstanding students, they represented McCreary County well.


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Girlscout troop 1853 from Pine Knot Intermediate proudly collected certain items over there summer break to put together 102 chemo care bags and the troop presented them to Corbin baptist hospital. pictured below is the troop memebers,Megan Sellers,Jenna Hill,Faith Smith,Baronica Jones also there leaders Lindy Sellers and Teresa Ball and the staff from Corbin baptist chemo center. We would also like to thank Cristy Hill,Abby Hill,Destiny Smith and Makayla Busicnki for helping and supporting us and thank you to everyone else who helped get this project together.

Six students from McCreary County named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2015) — Six 2015 graduates of McCreary Central High School have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

The designation honors the late state Sen. Jeff Green of Mayfield, who served in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1992 to 1997.

Local scholars are Courtney Gilreath, McKayla Hamlin, Stewart Jones, Caitlin King, Dallas Shook and Beth Vanover.

KEES and other Kentucky student aid programs are administered by KHEAA. KEES awards are funded by net Kentucky lottery proceeds and may be used at most colleges and universities in Kentucky. In some cases, the award may be used at an out-of-state school if the major the student is pursuing is not available in Kentucky. No application is necessary for KEES awards.

To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

June 2015

Local Student Receives Scholarship To Attend Somerset Community College 

Somerset  – The following student from McCreary County received a scholarship to attend Somerset Community College for the Fall 2015 semester, which begins August 17, 2015.

To find out more about available scholarships at SCC, contact JR Thompson, SCC financial aid scholarship coordinator, at (606) 679-4369 or by email at

Darron Mykol Perry, of Parkers Lake, is the recipient of the Morris E. and Katherine M. Strunk Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College.

The Morris E. and Katherine M. Strunk Scholarship provides scholarships for residents of McCreary County, who are enrolled in a high wage/high demand or transfer program and have maintained a grade point average of between 2.5 and 3.5.  The scholarship was established in 2006 by Mrs. Strunk.

Perry is a 2015 graduate of McCreary Central High School. He plans to obtain a degree in criminal justice and work in law enforcement. Perry is the son of Daniel and Kathy Perry of Parkers Lake.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website at


30 Rogers Explorers Attend Camp at University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Ky. — Through the leadership program Rogers Explorers, 30 upcoming high school freshmen from across the state of Kentucky participated in astronomy, biology, math and chemistry activities at University of the Cumberlands (UC) on June 10-12. The activities focused on these various subjects using fun, challenging projects led by UC professors designed to open the students’ minds and fuel their interest in learning.

“The projects, activities, and experiments the Rogers Explorers participate in throughout their stay at UC will hopefully get them excited about math and science as they prepare to enter high school,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center for Rural Development, the organization that coordinates Rogers Explorers. “Most of the activities are completely hands-on and show how to apply math and science to the real world. The students get to view numerous constellations inside a mobile planetarium here on UC’s campus, make slime and silly putty, and even extract DNA from strawberries. They are learning a lot and having fun doing it.”

During their three days at Cumberlands students enjoy a packed schedule of fun and learning. Activities included a chemistry session, where students learned how to make silly putty, slime and latex balls, and a session in a mini-planetarium, where students saw constellations, learned how to find a planet in the night sky and did “what if” math calculations as astronauts on Mars who must figure weight restrictions and travel on the planet.

The students held a videoconference with NASA and participated in a community service project, picking up trash along a road in Williamsburg. On the last day of camp, each Explorer received a diploma at a graduation ceremony where parents were invited to attend.

“We have had a lot of fun the last few days here at Cumberlands,” said a student participant.  “I am glad I was chosen for the Rogers Explorers this year and hopefully it will help me in the long run as far as college scholarships that will be offered to Rogers participants,” said a Rogers Explorer. “I love science and my favorite part about camp was getting to see the constellations in the planetarium. I feel that I have learned a lot, maybe gained a little more confidence, and stepped outside my comfort zone when it comes to meeting new people. This has been a great experience for me and the rest of the Rogers Explorers. I enjoyed staying at UC as well—it’s such a beautiful and friendly campus.”

Rogers Explorers is an intensive three day, two night program focusing on developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service. It is developed, coordinated and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with the University of the Cumberlands, Morehead State University, Lindsey Wilson College and Eastern Kentucky University. Students from The Center’s 45-county service area may apply during their eighth grade year. Only 100 students are chosen, and groups of 30 attend the program at one of the universities during the summer before their ninth grade year.

“Rogers Explorers is an extremely competitive program to get in,” said Stephens. “It isn’t just about students’ grade point average, although that is 10% of the criteria we look at when choosing participants. The program wants students who are heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, in and out of the school system. They also want students who participate in community service and exhibit signs of leadership. The upcoming freshmen who are selected each year are well-rounded students and are usually very driven and respectful. We have had an amazing group here this year at UC and it has been a great experience for everyone.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit

McCreary Central High School Nurse Aide Class-- 100% Pass!!


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Students in the nurse aide class at MCHS recently tested to become state registered nurse aides.  All 12 students passed on their first try.  Students test at Somerset Community college. Students must pass a 75 question written exam and successfully perform 5 nurse aide skills to become a state registered nurse aide.  These students have worked very hard to accomplish this and will make a great contribution to health care.

Top 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sellers

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Pictured L-R: Saralyn King, 3rd place, 415 boxes Andrea Perry, 1st place, 653 boxes Taylor Neal, 2nd place, 500 boxes


MCHS Graduation 2015

Best in Our Class 2015

PROM 2015


PKI Downs Derby Day

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The students at PKI had their own Derby Day.  Students decorated hats and horses and even competed in their own race.


May 2015

Pine Knot Primary School Pioneer Days Event

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Pioneer day was a huge success. School dismissed with 273 second and third grade students who participated in school yard games, learned basket weaving skills, made butter, completed an old fashion Spelling Bee, solved Appalachian riddles, visited an old general store, panned for gold, ate lunch in a one room school out of their lunch pails(in their classroom with their food in a handmade pail) and learned how to cook and use what resources were available. It was another awesome, fun –filled educational day at Pine Knot Primary School.


Somerset, Ky (May 19, 2015) – Somerset Community College will be hosting the annual Kids Kollege program this summer for children ages six to 12. Kids Kollege, now in its 36th year, will be held in two sessions. The first session will be June 15 to 18, and the second June 22 to 25, 2015. All classes will be held on the SCC Somerset Campus, located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset. Classes will be Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.Check in will begin at 7:45 a.m. the first Monday of each week in the SCC Harold Rogers Student Commons building.

The purpose of Kids Kollege is to give kids a fun and unique learning experience during their summer break. Participants choose three classes per week to attend. Classes are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Children attending both sessions can take new classes the following week or repeat classes. The registration fee per week is $85. Siblings receive a discount of $10 per week. Pre-registration is required.

The 2015 Kids Kollege classes and instructors include the following:

KREATIONS BY KIDS, Andrea Bower:   So many projects – so little time!  You’ll create rainbow wind catchers!  Did you know brown paper bags can be used for more than groceries?  What about designing your very own marbled butterflies??  Have you ever tried Australian Indigenous Art?  Here’s your chance!  Your ‘kreative’ self will be exposed!

BOIL & BUBBLE, TOIL & TROUBLE, Konnie Massey:  Another fascinating summer of Science with Krazy Konnie!  You’re going to have bunches of fun making things boil and bubble.  And with a little work, create much trouble!   You’ll visit a ski slope and then make something much too cold to touch!    So many science projects … so much fascination!  And to make your week complete, you’ll create your very own BUBBLE t-shirt!!!

TENNIS, Sean Ayers:  You’ll be taught the basic skills of tennis.  The class helps to develop both motor and social skills, sportsmanship, eye-hand coordination and learning the fun and challenge of the game.  If you already possess tennis skills, Sean will use a more intermediate approach to the game.

DIZIOS, STOMPS, STAXIS & SKIPS, Nikki Lucas:  This brain-bending class is all about balance, nerve and risk-taking.  Can you balance 12-inch sticks without causing a crash?  What about beating your partner in a twisted game of Dominos?  Or make straight-line leaps to capture your opponent’s skippers.  They’re all fair game!!!  You’ll test the law of physics by trying to get a rocket 200 feet in the air!!!

TECHNO KIDS, Ashley Johnson:  Technology and engineering come alive! You will explore the emerging and ever-changing world of 3D printing and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).  You’ll design and build a roller coaster to specific engineering specifications, and then compete to see which design has the fastest speed.  Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to create musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, dancing creatures or other playful inventions and program them to react, interact, and communicate through the use of lights, motors, sensors, mini computers, and other devices.

SPORTY PANTS, TJ Bower:  In this class, you’ll participate in a variety of games with friends--breathing the fresh air and getting lots of exercise!   You’ll learn about sportsmanship, competition, winning and losing.  Not everyone can win all the time, but you’ll discover that losing isn’t all that bad either.  It just makes you work harder the next time!

KOMPU-KIDS, Samantha Stykes:  This class will be a fun, project-based experience with neat activities throughout the class.   You’ll create a word document that will include the entire class.  How will your story end?   Create a presentation and win the prize for the most original.  We’ll use the internet for a scavenger hunt.  You’ll love the variety of projects!

To find out more about registering for Kids Kollege, contact Jil Swearingen at (606) 451-6696. You may also visit and click on the “Visitors and Community” link, then “Kids Kollege” to view the entire Kids Kollege brochure and registration information.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website

PKP Bicycle Winner


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Pictured is Wyatt Jones, A Pine Knot Primary School Kindergarten student who won the bicycle that was donated to the school by Milton’s Burger Hut in Whitley City. A great big thank you to Milton’s Burger Hut for the many contributions you make to our students. Wyatt was very surprised and excited to win. When we called his mother she was very pleased and said “THANK YOU”. Pictured with Wyatt is Dr. Coffey, our Interim Principal. We are blessed!

Price Graduates Gatton Academy

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McCreary County’s Kathryn Rachel Price (Rachel) graduated Saturday May 17th from the esteemed “Gatton Academy” at Western KY University. The Gatton Academy has been ranked the number one (1) high school in the nation for the past three years. This is a highly competitive school that allows high school students to live and take college classes at Western KY University that count towards both the high school graduation and for undergraduate college degrees.

While attending the Gatton Academy, Rachel successfully presented research projects at the collegent level on three different occasions. She also studied abroad in England, Hawaii and will be going to China this summer.

Rachel not only competed for and earned a spot at the academy, but was also named a “Lewis Scholar” and awarded a coveted seat in the University of Kentucky Honors program. Rachel will be attending the University of Kentucky this fall to complete her college career with a math major.  Rachel is the daughter of the late Judy Pennington Price and Austin and Darlene Price.

Archives May 2015

WCE Cloud Projects

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Whitley City Elementary 2nd graders recently had a science project on clouds and their many forms.

McCreary Central High School student Aubre Stephens has been named 2015 Rogers Scholar

McCreary County student Aubre Stephens has been selected by The Center for Rural Development to attend the 2015 Rogers Scholars program.

Aubre, a sophomore at McCreary Central High School, will join 63 high school students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky this summer for the 18th annual Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.

Rogers Scholars—The Center’s flagship youth program—is an intensive one-week summer program that provides leadership and 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,” 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 2015 Rogers Scholars program will be held June 21-26 and July 12-17 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.

Aubre is the daughter of Daniel Stephens and Tori Sumner of Whitley City.

Since 1998, 996 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, visit or call youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000.

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.

Pop Tabs!

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The McCreary County Head Start went to fill up the Ronald McDonald House with the pop tabs they collected. The children had brought in approximately 30 gallons of tabs!

Animal Farm Visit


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The children at the McCreary County Head Start went to visit Archie Spradlin’s farm to see the different animals during their farm unit week. A special thank you to Archie, Rusty and Bea Spradlin.


4th Grade Trip to the Capitol

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The 4th grade students at Pine Knot Intermediate took a trip on Monday, April 20, 2015 to Frankfort, KY where they toured the State Capitol.


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The children at the McCreary County Head Start went to the McCreary Park to participate in the county’s PRIDE clean up week.

Whitley City Elementary Career Day 

Whitley City Elementary students enjoyed a whole day learning about various careers within our community.  We would like to thank the following presenters: The McCreary County Voice, McCreary County Federal Penitentiary, RECC, Megh’s Pottery, United Cumberland Bank, North McCreary Fire Depatment, Air Evac, McCreary County Ambulance Service, Sheriff Randy Watters, McCreary County FFA, McCreary County JROTC, and Rite Aide Pharmacy.

Nerds Rule!

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Whitley City Elementary School is getting ready for the upcoming KPREP test. Each Friday the students and staff will take part in a THEME day to show school spirit. This week’s theme was “Nerds Rule” “Show off your smarts and dress like a nerd!”  Be sure to stay tuned for next week’s theme “Rock into the 80’s” “Let’s ROCK those test scores!” Go Tigers!


Somerset, Ky (May 11, 2015) – Students graduating from high school in 2015 and planning to attend Somerset Community College (SCC) in the fall, as well as adults who have a high school diploma or GED, have the opportunity to brush up on reading skills and earn a college credit for free this summer.

Somerset Community College is offering a special summer session June 15 through June 26 with classes being held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The classes will be held on the SCC Somerset Campus.  Classes are completely free and will focus on two areas – reading and general college preparedness.  There is a limit to the number of students and applications must be submitted prior to June 12.

The session, called “Jump Start,” is part of the Emerging Scholars Program.  The goal of the program is to focus on improving reading scores while also completing general strategies for academic success class, which will give participants one college credit hour for their transcript.

Students in the class will have the opportunity to gain confidence in college-level reading, discover campus resources, make new friends, get to know staff and faculty, participate in one-on-one mentoring and tutoring and preregister for fall classes.

To find out more or apply, contact Dorothy Phillips, Student Support Services Director at (606) 451-6816 or Marci Randall, reading instructor, at (606) 451-6875.

The Emerging Scholars Program is being co-sponsored by Transitional Education and Student Support Services at SCC.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website at


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Wanda Monroe (30 years) and Rita Perry (45 years) were presented with their Adult Volunteer Service Pins at the Girl Scout Annual Meeting in Lexington.


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GS troop 7361 would like to take this opportunity to thank our troop leaders, Miranda Perry & Mystie Phelps. They both volunteer their time to plan activities, trips & to teach the girls the values of being a Girl Scout. We as parents want them both to know how very much we appreciate them! We are all so very blessed!


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The Whitley City Fire Department hosted Head Start students and their families for a field day at the station Friday. In addtion to a tour of the facility the students were treated to a visit from a PHI helicopter and lunch.

Music in the Schools

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Pine Knot Intermediate performed in the Music in the Schools on March 30, 2015. The students did a show choir production of the Wizard of Oz and was directed by Mrs. Kristen Phillips.

PKPS Parent Night

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On April 2, 2015 Pine Knot Primary School held our 3rd nine weeks parent night. We began with Parent/teacher conferences at 3:30. Students and parents/guardians were treated to a Hot dog supper compliments of the school’s PTO. Mr. Stone and some of our students entertained guests with a musical.  All of this is happening while a Science Fair is being held in the school gym by Science Teacher, Mrs. Crystal Sims.  We also had a parent volunteer donate her time and animals for a petting zoo for our students, parents and staff to enjoy! We enjoyed a great afternoon of school and community together!

1st Grade Chapter Book Challenge – 2014-2015

1st grade chapter book challenge 2015

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Top Row:  Gracie Shepherd, Ryan Smith, Raylee Wilson, Saralyn King and Maleki Duncan. 2nd Row: Gavin Jones, Mason Bryant, Kevin Brewster, Logan Obermiller, Bryce Hammons, Darrin Vaughn, Calvin Chaney, Tripp Strunk and Palace Stephens. 3rd Row: Hayden Irvin, Jack Williams, Heather West, Tanner Webb, Makenna Hamlin, Maysyn Daugherty, Conner Harless, Caden Harless, Rebekah Perkins and McKenzie King. Bottom: Caden Smith, Madison Taylor, Anastazia Ross, Heavenly Faris, Landyn Miller, Avie King, Luke Foster and James Cooper

Not Pictured: Erin Jones and Christie Garland.

Highland Telephone Announces Annual Scholarship Winners

The Manager and Board of Directors of Highland Telephone Cooperative, Inc., (HTC) presented this year’s scholarships to winning seniors April 28, 2015, at Company headquarters in Sunbright.  This is the fifteenth year the scholarships were awarded by HTC to high-school seniors judged to be the winners of the essay contest.  The deadline for turning in the essays was March 13, and the winners were announced last week.  The essay was entitled “Technology for Telecommunications” and was judged by an impartial panel consisting of local teachers.  Each judge reviewed essays from a county other than their county of residence.

Recipients of the scholarship must present proof of enrollment or incurred fees at the post-secondary institution of their choice in order to receive the scholarship.  Students may use the scholarship at any post-secondary institution.

There were a total of nine (10) $1,000 scholarships awarded.  The winners are as follows:


• Shelby Jones, Sunbright High School, 965/628 exchange, David Freytag, Director

• Brandi Vespie, Wartburg Central High School, 246 exchange, Donald Jones, Director

• Jacob Wilder, Oakdale High School, 369 Exchange, Mickey Bingham, Director

• Zachary Stewart, Coalfield High School, 324 exchange, Max Spurling, Director


• Allison Myers, Oneida High School, 569/286 Exchange, Ms. Dorothy Watson, James E. Terry, Directors

• Cheyenne Roberts, Scott High School, 569/286 Exchange, Ms. Dorothy Watson, James E. Terry, Directors

• Stephens Butts, Scott High School, 663 Exchange, Jan Byrd, Director


• Olivia Perry, McCreary Central High School, 376 Exchange,  Ms. Shelva Jo Jones, Mrs. Loma Denney, Directors

• Darron Perry, McCreary Central High School, 376 Exchange,  Ms. Shelva Jo Jones, Mrs. Loma Denney, Directors

• McKayla Hamlin, McCreary Central High School, 354 Exchange,  Sam Strunk, Director

Also receiving checks were the judges from three area school districts.  Their respective schools received a $500 contribution in appreciation for their time and effort in judging the essays.  The money may be spent as the school deems appropriate.  The judges were the English Department, Oneida High School;

Ms. Kathalene Favella, McCreary Central High School; and

Ms. Lana Hensley, Coalfield High School.  Principal Kevin Byrd was on hand to receive the check for Oneida High School.

The response for the HTC Scholarship Fund continues to be very good.  HTC believes this is an excellent way to promote education among our young people and hopes that even more graduating seniors will again take advantage of this easy opportunity to win a scholarship next year.

HTC thanks everyone for his or her participation and support.

April 2015

McCreary County Student Essay Winner

IMG_0556A Pine Knot Intermediate student was selected the McCreary County Winner in the “2014-2015 Grandparent of the Year” essay contest sponsored by AARP Kentucky and the Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Association (KRTA).

Noah Loudermilk of Stearns, KY is among thousands of Kentucky fifth graders who participated in the 14th Annual Essay competition for 2014-2015.  Students submitted essays answering why “My Grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” to their 5th grade teachers who selected the school’s winner.  Each participating school winner and school received recognition certificates.  McCreary County school winners are Noah Loudermilk of Pine Knot Intermediate and Kendyl Walters of Whitley City Elementary.

As a county winner, Noah Loudermilk, receives a framed certificate for their efforts, and the essay will be submitted for district competition.  He and other district winners then become eligible to participate in the state finals.  In a recognition ceremony, the “Grandparent of the Year” and the stuent are honored at the Annual KRTA Convention in Louisville.  The state winner also receives a $100 award.

Insects & Bugs

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Lonnie Poynter & Stephanie Meadows from South Kentucky Pest Solutions LLC came to visit the children at the McCreary County Head Start on 4-14-15. The children were learning about insects and different types of bugs.

Spanish Showcase

Photo by Greg Bird McCreary Central Spanish Students McKensey Wilson, Dawson Lynch, Kaitlyn Burchett, Kasey Stephens, Ashlee Yancey, Katie Hamlin, Cameron Duncan and Sydney Prewitt competed in the Spanish Showcase at Centre College this past weekend.

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McCreary Central Spanish Students McKensey Wilson, Dawson Lynch, Kaitlyn Burchett, Kasey Stephens, Ashlee Yancey, Katie Hamlin, Cameron Duncan and Sydney Prewitt competed in the Spanish Showcase at Centre College this past weekend.

American Woodmark Grant

Photo by Greg Bird Pine Knot Primary School was the recipient of a generous grant from American Woodmark Corporation. The funding for school supplies was presented by American Woodmark’s Foundation Team out of Monticello. Substitute teacher Sonya Proffitt applied for the grant on behalf of the school.

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Pine Knot Primary School was the recipient of a generous grant from American Woodmark Corporation. The funding for school supplies was presented by American Woodmark’s Foundation Team out of Monticello. Substitute teacher Sonya Proffitt applied for the grant on behalf of the school.

Archives April 2015



The MCHS Raider Theatre attended the 7th annual Eastern Kentucky Dramatic Arts Society Drama Festival in Perry County on Saturday, performing their play – “Betweenity.” The ensemble won the following awards: 2nd place overall performance, Best actress Lyndsey Pennington, All mountain cast Caleb Powell, Best use of props, ‘Oh Snap’ award, Gypsy award for longest distance traveled. An encore performance for the public will be held Friday April 24th, 2015 @ 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Donations accepted.


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7th Grade GEAR Up students at McCreary Middle were treated to a special performance of “Eureka!” an original math play presented by the Chamber Repertory Theater. The play features Sara, a typical teen, struggling with math until she is visited by Albert Einstein, Blaise Pascal, Lady Ada Lovelace and Pythagoras, who teach her how math relates to the real world.

MCHS Career Day 

MCHS students were treated to a special career day last week. Several alumni of the school visited to talk about their careers as well as other potential job opportunities.

Pine Knot Primary School Science Fair

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On April 2, 2015 during our parent night Pine Knot Primary School students in 1st , 2nd and 3rd grades presented their Science Fair projects to the community, other students and staff at PKPS.  We had several very impressive projects displayed. Hats off to everyone who attended and participated. Thank you Mrs. Crystal Sims, Science Teacher and PKPS Students for a great display. We all enjoyed it! You are all winners.

HOSA Excels at 2015 State Leadership Competition

March 12th-14th MCHS HOSA students traveled to Louisville KY for their annual State Leadership Competition.  Students from all over the State of KY gather to compete in a wide variety of Health Science/Care competitive events.  This years was a great year. Five students from MCHS placed and qualified for National Competition. Not only did MCHS students excel academically at competition this year, The school was recognized for donating the most pop tabs to The Ronald McDonald House Charities out of all the schools in KY for the second year in a row,  and for the donation made to HOSA’s National Service Project, The Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  MCHS HOSA would like to send a huge thank their sponsors this year, Winchester Patton and Burgess, PSC ,McCreary Primary Care Center, OVC and Kroger.

Academic team to advanced to Regionals


Whitley City Elementary school had three students which were members on the school’s Academic team to advanced to Regionals. WCE was honored to have hosted the Governor’s Cup back in Feb. 2015.  The students and staff at WCE would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in the Governor’s Cup competition.  Pictured are those students who advanced in the competition and went on to regions.

Front row: Cayden Rowe
Back row, left to right: Kenydall Walters, Ally Sullivan, and Coach Mindy Creekmore.
Not picture is Coach Judy Hamm.

 Annual 2nd grade chapter book challenge

Photo submitted Front Row: Frankie Bowling, Morgan Musgrove, Ayden Wilson and Lucas Strunk. Middle: Keegan Musgrove, Avery Bruce, Brokiah Kilby, Gavin Hailey, Laurel Richardson, Allison Watters and Lilly Howard. Back Row: Caleb Cole, Levi Privett, Jacob Neal, Terra Gaertner, Devon Daugherty, Abbie Roberts, Slade Slaven and Ava Stephens.

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Front Row: Frankie Bowling, Morgan Musgrove, Ayden Wilson and Lucas Strunk. Middle: Keegan Musgrove, Avery Bruce, Brokiah Kilby, Gavin Hailey, Laurel Richardson, Allison Watters and Lilly Howard. Back Row: Caleb Cole, Levi Privett, Jacob Neal, Terra Gaertner, Devon Daugherty, Abbie Roberts, Slade Slaven and Ava Stephens.

Pine Knot Primary’s 2nd grade students were given the opportunity to participate in its annual Chapter Book Challenge.  Students who entered were required to read 5 chapter books on their reading level and pass the corresponding quiz with an 80% or better.  These students have made a tremendous effort to complete the challenge, especially with the amount of school missed during the challenge   A new record was achieved by Miss Ava Stephens, who continued the challenge on her own and read an astounding 35 chapter books.  Also reading beyond the required amount, Mr. Keegan Musgrove read 24 chapter books and Mr. Lucas Strunk read 15 chapter books.

Revelo Christian Academy brings home 31 medals


Six students from Revelo Christian Academy recently traveled to Cookville, TN in a week of competition. They competed with over 280 students in various competitions and were pleased to bring home 31 medals from this years Regional Student Convention.

All 6 students brought home a 1st place medal in Scripture Memory. Kristen Wyatt & Allie Littrell received 1st place Christian Soldier for quoting the books of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians & Romans.

Jordan Gallion, Amber Stephens & Samantha Littrell received 1st place Golden Hay for quoting the book of Psalm.

Samantha Spradlin received 1st place Christian worker for quoting the books for I, II John, I, II Peter, James, Hebrews, I, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, I, II Thessalonians & Colossians.

Kristen Wyatt received 1st place in Social Studies Collections, 3rd place in Scrap booking and 3rd place in Black & White Photography (Plants). She also placed 3rd in power point presentation with Samantha Littrell as well as 5th place in Website design along with Allie Littrell.

Samantha Littrell place 4th place in Dressmaking and 5th place Watercolor painting. She also placed 2nd in Science Research along with Allie Littrell.

Jordan Gallion place 4th in Black & White Photography Still Life.

Samantha Spradlin placed 5th in Scrap booking and 4th in 400 Meter Dash.

Allie Littrell placed 2nd in Clown Act.

Amber Stephens placed 6th in 400 Meter Dash.

Allie Littrell, Samantha Littrell, Samantha Spradlin & Kristen Wyatt place 1st in 1600 Meter Relay.

They will be taking their competition to the next level May 23-28. They will travel to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM to compete at the International Student Convention.


Learning to track steps

Pine Knot Primary School Students learn to track steps during Physical Activity using a pedometer.

February 2015

Miss Somerset Community College Scholarship Pageant To Be Held March 7

Somerset, Ky (February 19, 2015) – On March 7, 2015, the second Miss Somerset Community College Scholarship Pageant winner will be crowned. The pageant, held at the Center for Rural Development at 2 p.m., is an official preliminary pageant for the 2015 Miss Kentucky Pageant, to be held in Lexington this summer.

Last year’s Miss SCC, Ashley Johnson, was a semi-finalist in the  2014 Miss Kentucky pageant and was named the 2014 Kentucky’s Choice contestant. Johnson, a student at both Somerset Community College and Western Kentucky University, will be on hand at the 2015 Miss SCC pageant to crown the winner.
In addition to Johnson, the reigning Miss Kentucky, Ramsey Carpenter, will emcee the event and will also perform.

The pageant is open to current and former SCC students and to high school seniors from Adair, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne or Whitley Counties.
Contestants will be judged in the areas of talent, personal interview, on-stage interview, swimsuit and evening gown.  The winner of the pageant will receive a full two-year tuition scholarship to Somerset Community College, with additional prizes to be announced prior to the event.
Requirements may be viewed in their entirety on the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant website at

The pageant is open to the public. There is no cost of admission, but donations to the Children’s Miracle Network will be accepted.
To learn more about the event, or to discuss competing in the pageant, contact the director at

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website at

SCC Scholarship Deadline Quickly Approaching

Versailles - Applications are currently being accepted for numerous scholarship opportunities available through Somerset Community College.
March 13, 2015 is the priority deadline for scholarships. All incoming and current students are encouraged to apply.
“We encourage all students to apply for scholarships,” said JR Thompson, SCC’s scholarship coordinator. “This includes, but isn’t limited to, current high school seniors, students who have attended other colleges, homeschooled students, or students of all ages, backgrounds and regions of the SCC service area.”
Funding for scholarships at SCC comes from a variety of sources, including external funding, state, KCTCS, institutional and endowed scholarship funds. Last year, the scholarship office at SCC awarded $734,228 in funding to SCC students.
To apply, all interested students must complete the scholarship application that can be found online at A link to “Scholarships” can be found on the “Financial Aid” page of the website and a scholarship application can be downloaded, printed and mailed to the address listed. Students may also visit the SCC Office of Financial Aid, located on the Somerset and Laurel Campuses, for a scholarship brochure. The application submission deadline for the Fall 2015 term is March 13, 2015 and must be postmarked by that date.
Applicants will also need a most recent transcript, a copy of the most recent federal tax return (in order to be considered for financial need scholarships) and ACT, SAT or COMPASS results.
“Through the generosity of donors and other agencies, the scholarship program at Somerset Community College has afforded students with the opportunity to earn their college degree while providing funding that offset the cost of tuition,” said Thompson. “Scholarships provide an excellent way for an individual to supplement their award package and therefore we encourage all students to apply. Although many of the scholarships are based on financial need or academic achievement, we also have scholarships for specific programs, for students from specific geographical regions, and for those who have other qualifications or needs. One former scholarship recipient wrote this in regards to his experience: ‘This scholarship relieved a significant financial burden from my shoulders. It has allowed me to avoid taking out loans that would follow me throughout my education and would have slowed down my progress. I am grateful for the assistance.’”
For more information on applying for a scholarship at SCC, contact Thompson at or by phone at (606) 451-6644.
Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website at

Penny war at McCreary County Preschool

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During the month of January, McCreary County Preschool held a Penny war to help raise money for Fellow Student Chloe Carrick who has been very sick due to a Brain Aneurysm.  The students, families, and staff raised $621.64 to help the Carrick Family with Medical Expenses.  The students want Chloe to know they miss her and send her lots of love

Whitley City Elementary Honor Roll 2nd Nine Weeks


Mrs. Barnett

Super Honor Roll

Justen Collins
Conner Frye
Shelby parriman
Danni Rollins
Kenzi Sunderland
Tanner Wright

Honor Roll

Kylie Bennett
Karisma Loy
Chase Maybrier
Alissa Ridner
Aiden Sumner

Mrs. Canada

Super Honor Roll

Peyton Altimus
Isabelle Canada
Lonnie Hatfield
Allison Meadows
Monica Morgan
Savannah Redmond
Jordian Ross
Aubrey Shoopman
Kaydyn Snyder
Christi Taylor

Honor Roll

Southern Chitwood
Isaac Corder
Damien Davis
Hunter Goins
Hunter Honeycutt
Gregory Phillips
Skylar Watson

Mrs. Coffey

Super Honor Roll

Addison Cecil
Maylee Creekmore
River Horne
Kyler Mason
Isabella Newman
Cadence Owens
Keyonna Perry
Samuel Powers
Evan Troxell
Nicholas Walker

Honor Roll

Riley Crabtree
Chevie Gibson
Eric King
Lillie Sumner

Mrs. Watson

Super Honor Roll

Shelby Adkins
Korabelle Bryant
Cadie Clark
Katielynn Creekmore
Carson Hawn
Kylee Heath
Kynleigh Inman
Brianna Maynard
Alex Strunk

Honor Roll

Meghan Coffey
Haylee Morgan
Natalie Goins
Tyler Godfrey
Devin Pierce

1st Grade

Pam Lawson

Super Honor Roll
Isabella Ball
Malorie Gilreath
Cooper Johns
Taylor King
Abigail (Abby)
Callista Shook
Colton Starrett
Josie Stephens
Cloe Vanover
Honor Roll

Malachi Chitwood
Natalie Corder
Bailie King
Lily McDonald
Nathan Neeley
Andrew Tapley
Cayden Watson

Carol Sumner

Super Honor Roll

Ariah Hatfield
Annabelle King
Hunter Spradlin
Jaxon Tapley
Brady Tucker

Honor Roll

Kason Duncan
Miley Genoe
Hailee Wilson

Mrs. Perkins

Super Honor Roll

Chaston Daugherty
Gabrielle Grooms
Hayley Sheckles
Jamee Stephens

Honor Roll

Noah Cox
Ricky Cox
Trevor Ross

Mrs. Hamm

Super Honor Roll

Ryland Bell
Davon Burke
Piper Greene

Honor Roll

Gauge Coffey
Keegan Helton
Krista Norfleet
Camry Synder
Angel Thompson
Xavier Vanover

2nd Grade

Tonya Corder

Super Honor Roll

Natalie Branscum
RJ Gilreath
Logan Mitchell
Jovannah Neal
Havyn Ridner
Jackson Tucker
Sarah Wilson

Honor Roll

Cambria New
Megan Vanover

Mrs. Barton

Super Honor Roll

Kala Vanover
Mitchell Smith
Joshua Lawson
Michael Cox
Cierra Bass
Brooklyn Spradlin

Ms. King:

Super Honor Roll:

Raymond Hughes
Aleah Lewis
Gene Sharp
Noah Shook

Honor Roll

Cheyenne Delaughter
Bryson Hurd
Ethan Logan
Jeanann Rose
Tyler Taylor

Mrs. Stephens

Super Honor Roll

Kinsley Coffey
Hannah Hamlin
Lilly Martin
Riley Newman
Jolie Perkins
Lexi Stephens
Makayla Stephens
Honor Roll

Drew Corder
Taylor Corder
Sky Perry
Devon Sexton
Koltin Shelton
Kaylynn Stephens
Lacy Taylor
Leah Watson

Mrs. Upchurch

Super Honor Roll

Tessakiah Upchurch
Erica Foster

Honor Roll

Kayden Sexton
Jayden Renfro
Ben Strunk

Mrs. Wilson

Super Honor Roll

Justin Bell
Christian Rodriquez
Channer Cox
Lucas Morrow
Aaliyah Lawler
Lauren Ridner

Honor Roll

Henry Bryant
Kaden Corder
Brynlee Slaven
Whitlee Waters
Bailey Howard
Charles Howard
Madison Gilreath

3rd Grade

Renee Haynes

Super Honor Roll

Jacob Cecil
Waylon Lyons
Andrea Perry
Kennan Vanover

Honor Roll

Trent Helbert
Hunter Vaughn
Alex Jones
Ethan Jones
Gunnar Singleton
Alex Smiddy
Rachel Stephens
Ellie Tucker
Alyssa Tucker

Mrs. Bruce

Super Honor Roll

Jasmine Collins
Jacob Marler
Jada Martin

Honor Roll
Suesanne Dearing
Natalia Delaughter
Ethan Keith
Courtney Meadows
Victoria Murphy
Chantay Pierce
Austin Tucker

Mrs. Hamlin

Super Honor Roll

Audie Shook
Kaylee Corder

Honor Roll

Nathanael Longmire
Josh Murphy
Christopher Patrick
Darrin Ridener
Braden Ross
Hannah Tapley
James Taylor

Mrs. Starrett

Super Honor Roll

Madilyn Carter
Sarah Coffey
Alyssa Honeycutt
Caleb Musgrove

Honor Roll

Brianna Gibson
Ryleigh McDonald
Ashton Williams

4th Grade

Mrs. Baird

Super Honor Roll

Kaleb Baird
Brady Corder
Callie Foster
Caiden Hamlin
Makya Mitchell
Cayden Rowe

Honor Roll

Jacob Bryant
Raven Helton
Drew McKinney
Deavon Shelton
Melody Stevens

Mrs. Chestnut

Super Honor Roll

Lily Young
Jaelynn King
Daniel Johnson

Honor Roll

Brayden Newton
Kaylee Chitwood
Dalton Moses
Heaven Perry
Ryan Perkins
Jayden Lyons
Jodie Smiddy
Justin Castillo

Mrs. Musgrove

Super Honor Roll

Raylee Strunk
Jayci Bell
Wyatt Anderson
Kyley Mitchell
Brooke Sedivi
Cheyanne Walker

Honor Roll

Destinee Delap
Isaiah Foster
Rayna Grant
Riley Horne
Hannah Owens
Emily Swain

Cindy Sumner

Super Honor Roll
Olivia King

Honor Roll

Cameron Burke
Gabby Dishman
Davy Kingsley
Seth Phillips
Shantale Shelton
Isaiah Slaven
Ally Sullivan
Emily Taylor
Hunter Troxell
Michael Wainscott

5th Grade

Mr. Crabtree

Super Honor Roll

Campbell Coffey
Allie Crabtree
Megan Howard
Kendyl Walters
Jordan Watson
Austin West

Honor Roll

Xander Armijo
Ben Barnett
Harley Burke
John Thomas
Trent Conatser
Kyleigh Hollis
Christian Hurd
Sara King
Emma Ridner
Tia Stacy
Casey Stephens
Lindsey Strunk
Jaylin Troxell

Jane Powell

Super Honor Roll

Steven Dixon
Candacey Heath
Kylie Ridner

Honor Roll

Gabe Daugherty
Alexis Shoopman
Tiffany Goodin
Micheal Strunk
Cody Haygood
Cheyenne Walstrom
Caleb Higginbotham
Austin Mitchell
Cheyenna Perry
Courtney Rollins
Makenzie Schrock

Mr. Rowe

Super Honor Roll

Macy Daugherty
Zach Moses
Grace Murphy
Angel Yancey

Honor Roll

Coltan Buster
Ryleigh Coleman
Kayliegh Corder
Bhristian Honeycutt
Gaige Honeycutt
Destiny Laxton
Kameren Patrick
Sadie Patton
Emily Perry
Brandon Ridner
Kylie Sunderland
Wesley Vanover
Sam Worley

Mrs. Stephens

Super Honor Roll

Mallory Canada
Savannah Kink
Charli Pierce

Honor Roll
Lucas Coffey
Garrett Keith
Jasmine Lyons
Caleb Murphy
River Reynolds
Melanie Spradlin
Jenna Yancey

6th Grade

Mr. Corder

Honor Roll

Treyton Walker
Jessica Tucker
Allison Stout
Caleb Higginbotham
Cody Haygood
Tiffany Goodin
Emma Bryant
Brianna Bryant

Mr. Gilreath

Super Honor Roll

Kameron Meadows
Wendy Swain

Honor Roll

Drake Anderson
Aleia Ball
Tanner Kilby
Celya Kiser
Kelli Morgan
Jenna Perkins
Dylan Renfro
William Renfro
Elisha Shepherd
Harlan Shepherd
Jalynn Stephens

Ms. Thomas

Honor Roll

Madison Garland
Dacey Heath
Raven King
Austin Mitchell
Kylie Ridner
Courtney Rollins
Brooklyn Rose
Cameron Stephens
Jacey Strunk
Cole Swain
Kellie Worley

Little League Player Registration

The McCreary County Little League is ready for the 2015 season. Make note of the following dates as we prepare for league play.

February 7 - Coaches Meeting - 2:30 pm at the depot in Stearns. Anyone interested in coaching must attend.

February 14 - Player Registration (all ages) - 10 am - 2 pm at public library in Whitley City.

February 21 - Player Registration (all ages) - 10 am - 2 pm at public library in Whitley City.

February 28 - Player Registration (all ages) - 10 am - 2 pm at public library in Whitley City.

March 7 - Draft Day - Beginning at 10 am. - Lords Gym in Whitley City

April 20 - Opening Day - McCreary County Park

Little League registration will cost $35 and cover league charter fees, player insurance and licensed team shirt and hat.

For more information, follow us on Facebook at McCreary County Little League. Or contact President Donnie Whitehead at 310-9471.

Scrubby Bear and Mr. Molar Visit McCreary County Preschool

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Scrubby Bear and Mr. Molar came to McCreary County Preschool on Jan. 29th, 2015 to talk to the students about the importance of Dental hygiene, germs and handwashing.  McCreary County Preschool would like to thank Cumberland Family Medical Center for providing the Scrubby Bear and Mr. Molar program for our students.

January 2015

Bees at Pine Knot Primary School

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The Big South Fork Beekeepers visited Pine Knot Primary School’s First grade students on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The students were given a firsthand view of the “workings” of a bee hive. The Big South Fork Beekeepers shared with the students about the honey bee, it’s home, the hive, and it’s benefits to us, in addition to the wonderful product it produces, honey. Students were excited to see the beehive and to “dress up” in the protective clothing used to rob the bees to get honey. Pictured from left to right, Vivian Gault, James Foster, Doris June Williams, Greg Whitis, and Ray Gault. Not pictured is Rebecca Heitzman.

PRIDE awards $30,000 for education clubs 

SOMERSET — Student groups that explore nature and serve their communities have received a boost from Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., the nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in southern and eastern Kentucky.
PRIDE announced today that it had awarded $30,277 to PRIDE Clubs across the 42-county region. The PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contracts are worth up to $750 each. They were awarded through a competitive application process.
PRIDE Clubs are student groups dedicated to environmental education. Club members learn about nature through fun, hands-on activities. They also serve their communities by volunteering for local cleanup events and performing their own project to improve the local environment.
For the remainder of the school year, PRIDE Clubs will use their contracts for a variety of activities that show students the importance of a clean environment, personal responsibility and community pride. For example, many PRIDE Clubs will spend their contracts on supplies for recycling programs, gardens and Earth Day events.
“Teachers and students have great ideas for learning and serving projects, and the PRIDE Club contracts will make it easier to put those ideas into action,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.
“Over the 18 years that PRIDE has been promoting environmental education, we have seen the power that students have to change their communities,” Wilson said. “PRIDE Clubs help students discover and use that power.”
PRIDE was founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and Kentucky Natural Resources Secretary James E. Bickford to promote “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment” in southern and eastern Kentucky.
Since 1997, PRIDE has made 1,376 funding awards for environmental education projects, impacting 706,805 students across the region. The funds have been used for a wide variety of stewardship activities, from operating PRIDE Clubs to building greenhouses.
The 2015 PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contracts are the third round of contracts made possible by a $175,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc. Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., agrees and warrants that 66 percent of the program will be financed by federal funding with the remaining 34 percent financed by state and local resources. Total project cost is $266,501, of which $175,000 will be funded by the ARC.
For a list of all PRIDE Club Environmental Education Contract recipients, please visit the PRIDE web site at

SCC Culinary Arts Participate In Retirement Reception For Former Kctcs President Michael B. Mccall

Photo submitted Above: From left, Chef Ed Nazario, SCC Culinary Arts student Betty Doyle, former KCTCS President Michael B. McCall and Chef Michael Wells at the retirement reception for McCall. SCC’s Culinary Arts program provided southern appetizers with a twist for the event.

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Above: From left, Chef Ed Nazario, SCC Culinary Arts student Betty Doyle, former KCTCS President Michael B. McCall and Chef Michael Wells at the retirement reception for McCall. SCC’s Culinary Arts program provided southern appetizers with a twist for the event.

Somerset  – The farewell for former KCTCS President Michael B. McCall was focused on the same thing his 16-year career was – students.
Culinary Arts students and faculty from various KCTCS colleges, including Somerset Community College (SCC), were invited to participate in the event by preparing sweet and savory items common in coastal South Carolina. The McCalls are retiring to South Carolina.
SCC’s Advanced Baking class assisted in the event by researching food items popular in South Carolina, developing a menu that had unique twists on some southern classics and prepping food for the event. SCC Chefs Michael Wells, Ed Nazario and Michelle Farrington were in charge of overseeing the food preparation, transporting and serving. Student Betty Doyle, of Williamsburg, also assisted on the day of the event.
“It is important for students to experience real world scenarios in the culinary industry,” said Chef Michael Wells, SCC Culinary Arts program director. “That is why we are involved in so many functions at SCC, to provide them with those experiences. The students learn key elements about time-management, logistics, organization, planning and execution of events. The student also learns what is like to be under pressure when working with large events and how to deal with those issues. These are elements that are difficult to teach in a lab environment. This particular event was great in that students from all the KCTCS culinary programs could see what each school was preparing and interact with one another. It was a very exciting and enjoyable event.”
The menu items prepared by SCC included the following:
• Oyster shooters with white balsamic mignonette with tomato concasse
• Blackened red snapper with cornbread crouton, caramelized pecan, and lime butter
•  Low-Country hot brown tartlet
• White cheddar grit cake with roasted pork sausage and pickled red onion
• Sweet potato and country ham hash
Other students that participated in the event included BG Burnette, Somerset; Diana Hyden, Somerset; Travis Lester, Pine Knot; Hayley Simmons, Berea; Macayla Sizemore, London; Kevin Stephens, Whitley City; and Anna Toomey, Somerset.
Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website at

Highland Telephone to award scholarships again for the 2015-2016 school year

The Highland Telephone Cooperative, Inc., (HTC) Board of Directors is proud to announce its plans to award scholarships to area high-school seniors again for the fourteenth consecutive year.

HTC initiated a scholarship program in 2001 awarding a $1,000 scholarship per Board Director to a high-school senior in that Director’s electorate.  Any high-school senior with post-secondary education plans may enter and any post-secondary institution meets the requirements of the scholarship endowment.  (Relatives of Highland Telephone Cooperative employees and Highland Telephone Cooperative Directors or relatives of Highland Communications Corporation employees and Highland Communications Corporation Directors are not eligible to enter.)  A total of 11 scholarships are available to seniors throughout the Highland Telephone territory, including McCreary, Scott, Morgan, Campbell and Anderson counties.

Entrants are judged on a typed, 500-word essay on the topic of Technology for Telecommunications.  Impartial judges from local schools serve as judges.  The essays are judged by a teacher outside the said Director’s county of residence and are rotated throughout and between schools each year.  Recipients of the scholarship must present proof of enrollment and incurred fees at the post-secondary institution of their choice in order to receive the funds.

The guidelines are as follows for the 2015-2016 school year, and students may begin submitting their essays anytime.

1. One (1) scholarship per Board Director in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded this year to a high school senior in that Director’s electorate.

2. Any high school senior with post-secondary education plans may enter, as long as they have service with Highland Telephone, regardless of the school they attend.  Relatives of employees and HTC Directors and relatives of HCC employees and HCC Directors are not eligible to enter.*

3. Any post-secondary education institution meets the requirements of the scholarship endowment.

4. Entrants will submit for judging a 500-word, double-spaced essay on the topic of Technology for Telecommunications.

5. Judging will be conducted by an impartial judge (teacher) from a school outside the said Director’s county of residence.  Judges will be rotated throughout the school and between schools each year.  Judges should not be acquainted with the students’ whom essays they are judging.  Schools of the judges will receive a $500 contribution to be spent as the school deems appropriate.

6. Recipients of the scholarship must present proof of enrollment and paid receipts of eligible incurred fees at the post-secondary institution of their choice in order to receive the scholarship.  For liability reasons, funds will not be paid to the institution or any person or organization other than the recipient.  The money must be used within one year of the award.

7. All essays for entry must be received at the Sunbright office by 5 p.m. March 13, 2015.

8. Recipients will be awarded the scholarship by April 15 each year, with the Manager of Highland Telephone making the presentation to the recipient(s).

9. HTC reserves the right to change rules as necessary.  All decisions are final.

Remember, you must have your essay at the Sunbright Office no later than 5 p.m. on March 13, 2015.

*“Relatives of employees and HTC/HCC/HMC Directors’ include spouse, brother, sister, parents, children, stepchildren, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, niece, nephew, grandparents, spouse’s grandparents, aunts, or uncles.

“Pledge to stop bullying”

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​ The 6th Grade Students at PKI participated in a six week Bullying Prevention Program that was conducted by Mary McGarvey and CAP.  Students had weekly learning objectives, lesson plans, , small group sessions, and activities that they completed.  At the end of the course, students signed a “Pledge to Stop Bullying” contract.  A select group of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students were invited to participate in an intense program dealing with bullying, conflict resolution, and making smart choices titled, “The Bully Proof Program” and “Bullying in the Schools.”

Area Students Named To SCC Dean’s List For Fall 2014 Semester

Somerset, KY  (December 29, 2014) – Somerset Community College recently released the fall 2014 dean’s List. The fall 2014 semester concluded in December. In total, 592 students were named to the list.

To be a member of the dean’s list, a student must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and be a full-time student at Somerset Community College. A full-time student must take 12 credit hours during a semester, excluding developmental classes.

Marshes Siding: Jeremy Worley

Parkers Lake: Jennifer Adkins, Allison Winchester

Pine Knot: Darcey Foster, Kaitlyn Keith, Kimberly Ketron, Elizabeth Morgan

Revelo: Brittany King

Stearns: Joshua Bowman, Tisha Jones, Shana New, Amanda Saam, Sarah Wallace, Amber Whalen, Shara Witt

Strunk: Sarah Slaven

Whitley City: Jacob Ball, John Barnedt, Erica Braden, Elva Brown, Jordan Gilreath, Tiffany Hamlin, Tyler Hedrick, Stormi King, Stefani Patrick, Shannon Schram, Emily Stephens, Seirra Strunk, Skyler Troxell, Clarissa Tucker, Nenia Tucker, Michelle Wainscott, Eric Wyatt

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit their website at

For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Somerset Community College, with campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey and Russell Counties, is one of 16 KCTCS colleges on 70 campuses and more than 98,000 students. KCTCS is a critical component to transforming the state’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers. For more information, visit

Application Deadline Nearing For Robinson Leaders Program

The Robinson Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky is currently accepting applications for its high school leadership program through Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 4:30 p.m.

To be eligible, applicants must be in the freshman year of high school, reside in one of the 29 eastern Kentucky counties in the Robinson Scholars service area, and be first generation students with an interest in obtaining a 4-year college degree. First generation students are those whose parents or legal guardians do not hold 4-year college degrees.

Those selected to be Robinson Leaders are eligible to participate free of charge in college preparation activities, leadership development, cultural trips, and summer camps provided by the Robinson Scholars Program. Those accepted will also be eligible to apply for the Robinson Scholarship, which is a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky.

Applicants are selected based on factors such as academic achievement, participation in community service, extracurricular activities, personal enrichment, and need for financial aid. Some scoring preference is also given to low income students but low income status is not necessary if students meet the criteria of high school freshman status, first generation, and residence in the service region.

About 87 Robinson Leaders will be chosen from the 29-county service region for the 2015 cohort. Of the 87 Leaders chosen, 29 students (one from each county) will be awarded a Robinson Scholarship at the conclusion of the junior year of high school.

Robinson Leaders are also eligible for other financial aid provided by Robinson Scholars, such as second tier scholarships to UK, reimbursement for test fees and college classes taken during high school, and waiver of the application fee to the University of Kentucky.

“Students who participate in our novel enrichment program are well prepared for success in college,” said Jeff Spradling, director of Robinson Scholars. “The young people in our program show leadership in their schools, communities, and on UK’s campus, and we are very appreciative of our opportunities to help eastern Kentucky’s first generation students prepare for success in college and life.”

Applications can be made online through the Robinson Scholars Program Web site at Follow the link to the Robinson Leaders Application. Application instructions are provided. Students who do not have computer access may obtain a paper copy of the application and instructions from their high school guidance counselors.

First generation students in the following eastern Kentucky counties are eligible to participate in the program: Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle, Whitley and Wolfe.

For more information about Robinson Leaders, the Robinson Scholars Program, or the application process, visit the Robinson Scholars Web site or contact Jessica Watkins at 606-666-2438, extension 232.

What’s your superpower?

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PKI was named as a distinguished school.  Students were each given a t-shirt that says, “We are distinguished at Pine Knot Intermediate.  What’s your super power?  The pictures above are just a few of the students showing off their school spirit and pride while wearing their shirts.


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PKI students took part in a Christmas play titled, “Humbug”. Pictured top to bottom: Victoria Taylor as Ms. Ebenezer, a school teacher, Victoria Taylor and Samantha Huff, the PKI Honors Choir directed by Kristen Phillips and Ms. Ebenezer’s students: Cameron Helton, Alex Edwards, Evan Wilson, Madison King, Brittany Anderson, Alexus Garland, Grant Stephens, and Jasmine Taylor


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Pine Knot Intermediate is giving away a free iPad to one student each month.  In order to have a chance at winning one, any student who has perfect attendance for the month is placed into a drawing for the iPad.  Connor Ross was the winner for the month of December.

PKI Lunch with Grandparents


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On December 18, 2014, PKI students were able to invite their grandparents to have lunch with them.

Pine Knot Primary School Christmas Program

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Pine Knot Primary School held its Open House, Chili Supper and Christmas Program on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Parents had conferences with their child’s teacher and picked up grade cards. We enjoyed a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause and a great chili supper with family and staff. Our talented students performed a Christmas Concert for our parents. Everyone enjoyed an evening of fellowship and a “Celebration of a Semester of Success” at Pine Knot Primary School.