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County students graduate from 2017 Rogers Explorers program

Stuff the Bus


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Stuff the Bus, Unload the Fines was a big success!!! We would like to say thank you to each and every person that donated. Mrs. Holly spent the evening on Sept. 6th distributing the donated school supplies to Whitley City Elem. Family Resource Center, McCreary County Middle School Youth Service Center, McCreary Central Youth Service Center, and Pine Knot Elem. Building 1 & 2 Family Resource Centers.

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McCreary Central Nurse Aide Class of 2017



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The following students passed their KNAT on April 7th 2017 at Somerset Community College. Students must meet competency in a written test and performance of skills. Theses students have worked hard all year and will be a great addition to the healthcare world! Top row: Grace Bryant, Zachary Starrett, Deidra Overton, Brianna Gibson, Amber Renfro, Mrs. Hamlin. Bottom Row: Kasey Stephens, Shelby Roark, Courtney Butler, Sydney Pruitt, Hayley Douglas

Top Girl Scout Cookie Sellers - 2017


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left to right:  Lily Marnout, Troop 7102 - 1st place, 694 boxes, Josie Stephens, Troop 7101 - 2nd place, 527 boxes, Kelli Strunk, Troop 7102 - 3rd place, 369 boxes.

Pine Knot Student Wins PRIDE Contest


U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers congratulates Caroline Richmond, a sixth grader at Pine Knot Intermediate School in McCreary County, for winning the 2017 PRIDE "Generation of Change" t-shirt design contest.
In celebration of 20 years of service, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE conducted a t-shirt design competition for students across the nonprofit organization's 42-county service area. The winning artwork inspired the t-shirt design for nearly 30,000 volunteers to wear during the annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup month in April.
"Students across southern and eastern Kentucky have been a crucial part to the success of PRIDE. They are truly the leaders of change in our region and I am proud of their continued efforts to keep our hillsides, lakes and streams litter-free, and their innovative projects at school to save energy, promote recycling and increase environmental education," said Congressman Rogers, who helped launch PRIDE in 1997. "Caroline is not only a great artist, but she is an upcoming leader who will undoubtedly help transform our region for future generations."
Caroline's winning artwork inspired the theme for the t-shirts that feature a smart-phone and a clean environment, along with the theme, "Times Change and PRIDE Grows!"
"Volunteers are the backbone of PRIDE and our students are the driving force for innovative new projects and environmental education in our communities," said Tammie Wilson, President of PRIDE. "We're so proud of Caroline and all of the students who participated in the t-shirt design competition. PRIDE students prove each year that you can make a difference in your community at any age."
Wilson and Congressman Rogers presented Caroline with a framed t-shirt with her winning design, alongside leaders from her school district, including: Michael Cash, Superintendent of McCreary County Schools; Rebecca Blakely, Principal of Pine Knot Intermediate School; Page Bryant, Caroline's teacher; and Cindy Moore, a teacher's assistant at Pine Knot Intermediate School. Caroline's parents are Ann and Brock Richmond and her grandmother is Vickey Coffey.
Since 1997, more than 432,000 volunteers have helped PRIDE transform southern and eastern Kentucky by cleaning up litter across the region. They have cleaned up nearly 3,000 illegal dumpsites, picked up nearly 200,000 old appliances, removed nearly one million old tires and collected over 834,000 bags of trash.

P.K.I. Principal's Award Winners

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On April 27, 2017 Pine Knot Primary School's Choir and Dance students, under the direction of Mr. Alex Stone and Ms. Julie Gay,  performed for the Students and Staff at Whitley City Elementary School. Thank you Mr. Jones and all WCE for allowing us this opportunity. We really enjoyed it!

P.K.I. Students celebrate Derby Day  

2017 Congressional Art Competition Winners



SOMERSET, KY -- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District. The winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year, representing southern and eastern Kentucky.
The first place winner is Yedarm Lee, a senior at Somerset Christian School. Yedarm Lee brought a squirrel to life in her pencil drawing entitled, "Squirrel." Her art teacher is Guy Crubaugh and she is an international student from South Korea. She will recieve two airline tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend a national reception in Washington, D.C. for the 2017 winning artists.
"Our region has a number of incredibly talented artists and this competition provides a way to highlight our students' work on the national level," said Congressman Rogers, who hosts the competition for Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District each year. "Yedarm's lively squirrel will captivate thousands of visitors in the U.S. Capitol Building throughout the year."
The second place artwork entitled, "Summer Afternoon" was submitted by Ariel Cline, a senior at Corbin High School. Her watercolor painting featured her and her friends on a raft at a pond on a sunny afternoon. Ariel's art teacher is Brenda Daniel and her parents are Jessica Poff and Michael Cline.
The third place artwork entitled, "Sunshine" was created by a sophomore at McCreary Central High School, Emilie Loudermilk. Emilie's artwork features a woman dancing in a blue dress with bright colorful spots under her feet. Her art teacher is Jackie Watters and her parents are Madonna and Tony Loudermilk.
All of the artists will receive a Congressional Certificate of Recognition and a letter from Congressman Rogers for their participation.

The  Congressional Art Competition,  sponsored by the Congressional Institute, was initiated by Congress in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of young people living in their districts. More than 650,000 students have participated in the competition over the last 30 years. For information about the annual competition, visit .

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Pine Knot Primary School held a Math Challenge Competition between First, Second and Third grades beginning in January and ending in April. First grade students were challenged to learn their Multiplication Facts 0's, 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's. Second grade was challenged to learn their 0's, 1's, 2's, 3's 4's, 5's 10's, 11's and 12's. Third grade was challenged to learn all Multiplication Facts 0 - 12. The overall third grade winners were as pictured, First Place, Madeline Tincher in Mrs. Amanda Wilson's Class who won an ipad air! 2nd Place winner was Palace Stephens from Mrs. Angela Loudermilk's class who won a Kindle fire and the 3rd place winner was David Smiddy from Mrs. Angela Loudermilk's class who also won a Kindle fire. We are so proud of all our students and staff at Pine Knot Primary School

Board Honors Employees

Culture Class


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Whitley City Elementary students were treated to a special presentation providing examples of Spanish culture, music and food.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest at PKI


The Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Contests



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At a special ceremony held at McCreary Central High School on April 27,  prizes were awarded to Bonnie A. Hill and Callie R. Foster. Ms. Hill  is a student at McCreary Central and Ms. Foster attends Whitley City  Elementary School. Both received $100.00 in prize money and a  Proclamation from District 11, Department of Kentucky, Veterans of  Foreign Wars of the United States, for their winning essays in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen contests. The awards were presented by District Commander and National Aide-de-Camp Douglas Dobson, along with  Joe B. Worley, U.S. Army Retired, and Samuel Perry, District Adjutant. District 11 consists of VFW posts located in McCreary, Pulaski, Whitley, Laurel, Rockcastle, and Madison counties. The Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen programs are part of the VFW's attempt to encourage patriotism and civic responsibility in the youth of the nation and participation in the contests is highly competitive. Congratulations to both Ms. Hill and Ms. Foster for jobs well done.

Reading Ranger - Waterfalls and Wildflowers



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One a month McCreary County Public Library and The National Park Service partner together to host a program Called Reading Ranger. This past Saturday, April 29th McCreary County Public Library and the National Park Service hosted a Reading Ranger Story Time  at Yahoo Falls.  Saturday's Reading Ranger was all about Waterfalls and Wildflowers. We had over 40 people join us for this Program.  Ranger Tommy Safranek read the kids the story The Waterfall's Gift by: Joanne Ryder. After Story Time Ranger Tommy lead us on guided hike into the beautiful Yahoo Falls and Ms. Lynda Mills joined us as our very own wildflower expert. Thanks Lynda for educating us on the beautiful wildflowers in our area. We would like to say thanks to Ranger Tommy for taking the time to partner with us on this great program. Be watching for more Reading Ranger dates from your McCreary County Public Library

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Whitley City Elementary Honors Choir performing at The Big South Fork Adjudication; where they received a rating of Distinguished.

K-PREP pep-rally



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WCE's Family Resource Center sponsored a K-PREP pep-rally to motivate and get the students excited about the upcoming K-PREP testing. Remix Education, from Lexington, KY held this fun-filled rally! The students had a blast while getting some very great tips on how to prepare themselves for the upcoming test.

PKP Third Grade Science Fair Winners


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From left to right- 1st Place Ryan Smith, 2nd Place Kaylee Watson, 3rd Place Makenna Hamlin, 4th Place James Cooper.

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For reading a book by themselves, Kindergarten students from Whitley City Elementary were invited to ring the Literacy Bell at The McCreary County Public Library. While there, they got a surprise visit from Ronald McDonald.

High School Students Get A Head Start On Welding College Credits And Careers Through Partnership With Somerset Community College

Students at McCreary Central High School (MCHS) are getting a head start on their career and earning college credit at the same time, all without leaving the school’s vocational shop.

Karl Watson, professor and program coordinator of the Somerset Community College (SCC) Welding program, is the instructor for a dual credit welding class at MCHS that is not only teaching career skills, but is also keeping some students in school.

“Some of these kids say this class is one of the only reasons they show up to school,” said Casey Daugherty, behavior interventionist at the school. “Seeing our students excel in something they enjoy doing, which also offers them a chance at a successful career, is very inspiring. We have been happy to partner with SCC for the program.”


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From left to right – Aaron Tucker and TayShon Yancey, both students at McCreary Central High School, are enrolled in the dual credit welding class, taught by Somerset Community College welding professor Karl Watson.

TayShon Yancey, a 17-year-old junior from Stearns, is enrolled in the welding class.

“This is a great opportunity,” Yancey said. “Not only to learn skills, but also for future jobs.”

Yancey said he wasn’t sure if he would take the dual credit class or not, but after meeting Watson at SCC during a tour, he decided it would be something worth pursuing.

“I knew he (Watson) would be willing to really work with us and try to teach us,” said Yancey.

Yancey now has a certification in horizontal welding and hopes to get multiple certifications before graduating from MCHS next year.

Eventually, Yancey said he plans to attend SCC to further his education and would like to hit the road and travel as a welder.

Like Yancey, Brandon Meece, also plans to work in welding after taking Watson’s class at MCHS.

“This class is something to look forward to each day,” said Meece, an 18-year-old senior. “There’s always something new to learn that opens up future job opportunities.”

Both Yancey and Meece are using skills they are learning in the shop and applying them at home. Yancey said his family and friends enjoy working on old cars, and knowing proper welding techniques has helped him lend a hand to projects. He is currently working on restoring a Jeep CJ5 and welding parts and pieces together has made the job easier. Likewise, Meece and Brandon Watters, also a student in the dual credit welding class, are turning an old Bronco into a buggy, Meece said, and they started from scratch.

“I’m able to do some fabrication at home,” said Meece.

The agricultural education/FFA teacher at MCHS, Cameron Lee, said the class has proven to be very beneficial for students.

“After this class, we already have several students signed up to continue at SCC and weld as a career,” said Lee.

Getting high school students ready to test for a certificate in welding was not a simple task, said Watson, because in order to test, welders must have a blueprint ready class for welders. The blueprint class is taught on SCC’s campus, but isn’t something typically delivered to dual credit students. Watson and SCC associate professor Eric Wooldridge, a manufacturing engineer who also leads the college’s 3-D printing program, worked together to design an online class that was piloted at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester last fall and delivered as an online class.

“In today’s modern manufacturing world, being able to understand drawings both in digital and hardcopy forms, makes a fabricator less like to make mistakes when welding,” said Wooldridge. “Manufacturing, even welding, is so automated that understanding terms like geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, as well as understanding digital design and controls, is essential for success.”

Because of the online pilot model developed in Winchester, and the lessons learned from that experience, other students will soon have the opportunity to enroll in it, which will mean advanced certification availability for students like Yancey and Meece.

“We see the writing on the wall in terms of regulations and requirements in welding careers and we want to give our people a competitive edge,” said Watson. “It’s been a pleasure to work with these students in McCreary County. They’ve learned a lot and these skills will serve them well in the future.”



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Congratulations to ROTC RaiderTeam for their 1st Place in Map Reading at Boonesboro.


Raider Theatre earns Best Scenery at EKDAS.


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Noah Jones & Seath Blakely named to All Mountain Cast at EKDAS

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Whitley City Elementary Kindergarten got a visit from the Easter Bunny!


Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is recruiting teachers to participate in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program this summer.  The TRT program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado Denver (CUD).  The participants spend between four and six weeks in an NPS unit developing a major educational project and participating in an online graduate course from CUD.  The goal of the program is to train teachers in the resources and themes of the NPS so that they can return to their schools in the fall and incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities.  NPS aims to especially reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1, urban or rural schools and from tribal schools to participate in the TRT program.
The projected dates of the assignment are June 5 through July 17, 2017.  The selected TRT will receive a stipend of $3,000 upon completion of program and graduate course requirements.  The TRT will also receive three graduate credit hours of effort resulting from approximately 160 hours working on a major educational project, 45 hours of online coursework, discussion, course readings, and 25 hours of NPS operational experiences.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is looking for teachers with experience in lesson plan development and who can help create educational experiences in a variety of subject areas.  Some possible projects may include creating virtual field trips, informational packets for teachers and on-line lesson plans and curriculum.
In addition to the major educational project and course work, the TRT will be trained in the field of interpretation.  The TRT will have access to online courses about interpretation and have the opportunity to develop and present an interpretive program to visitors.  The TRT will also learn the basic job duties of operating a visitor center, be involved in special events, and understand the concepts of managing an NPS site. As a TRT, your summer will be filled with new and exciting experiences that only the National Park Service can provide.
For an application or additional questions, please contact Education Specialist Daniel Banks,, (423) 286-7275.  All applications must be submitted by e-mail and are due Friday May 5, 2017.  For more information about the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program at Big South Fork, or to download an application, please use the following link:


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On Thursday, April 6th, the PKI Honor's Choir participated in the First Annual Big South Fork Choral Assessment hosted by McCreary Central High School. Each choir was judged based on vocal tone quality, vocal techniques that include: pitch accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, diction, and musicianship, and vocal interpretation including: tempo, performance style, and attitude/stage presence. Following their phenomenal performance, the Honor's Choir that consists of students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th were given a distinguished score in all areas yielding and a Distinguished overall score. Some comments from the judges included: "Ambitious music that was performed beautifully," "Overall, great presentation with confident singers who enjoy what they are doing," and "You all look great with very good poise and group/individual participation!" Choir students include: (row 1) Slade Slaven (4th), Alexis Burke (6th), Jordan Gregory (5th), Lilly Howard (4th), Morgan Musgrove (4th), Deserae Clark (4th), Andrea Bruce (5th), Isabella Hammons (5th), Gracie Canada (5th), Hannah Baird (5th); (row 2) Chloe Stephens (6th), Allie Hansford (4th), Terra Gartner (4th), Daniel Johnson (6th), Shelly Owens (6th), Raiden Blakley (6th), Kayla Smiddy (5th), Lacey Watters (5th), Jada Martin (5th), Summer Ross (5th), Kaydence Duncan (6th), Caroline Richmond (6th); (row 3) Gavin King (6th), Michael Trammell (6th), Hallie Spradlin (6th), Autumn Smith (6th), Tasha McTaggart (6th), Evan Wilson (6th), Gloria Bryant (6th), Halle Davis (6th), Jenna Dobbs (6th), and Taylor Smiddy (6th). The PKI Honor's Choir is under the direction of Ms. Megan Chitwood.





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Some Whitley City Elementary School students got a big surprise as they earned a cash prize from the Lake Cumberland Health District for their work on creating a non-smoking campaign. The first-place students split $2,000 and second place split $500. The Health District will work with the winning team to further develop their campaign and film an official commercial based off their ideas.

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Superintendent Mike Cash recognized Pine Knot Intermediate School's Students of the Month: Peyton Keith, Gracie Canada and Kristen Hollen.

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An Easter Bunny event was held at Pine Knot Primary with over 90 children and adults participating. The local supporting organizations were The McCreary County Health Department Hands Program, represented by Whitney Jones, Donna Farrington, Tammy King, Melissa Lawson and not pictured, Sandra Yadon. Marisue Cartwright, the Early Steps to School Success and Melissa Littrell, the Pine Knot Primary Resource Center Coordinator.


W.C.E 3rd 9 Weeks
Super Honor Roll & Honor Roll



Super Honor Roll: Danielle Aley, Khloe Bryant, Kourtney Bryant, Blake Corder, Sarah Corder, Nicholas Cox, Emily Crabtree, Talya Ferrier, Liam Frye, Brooklynn Garland, Oliver Owens, Liam Miller, Raylen Ridner, Skyller Sumner, Connor Foster, Ryleigh Hellweg, Maddox King, Addison Mason, Kampbell Mason, Addilyn Phillips, Teri Sheckles, Caroline Thompson, Savannah Thompson, Maddie Vanover, Jaxon Walker, Jaeven Watts, Allison Wilson, Jordyn Bryant, Ethan Catron, Desireah Cox, Kaylee Gilreath, Shaelyn Watters, Baylee Garland, Simeon Garland, Liam Greene, Johannah Hamlin, Raleigh Head, Kaison Phillips, Annzlee Ridener, Tate Sampson, Abigail Shook, Kolton Vaughn

Honor Roll: Desirae Brunck, Amanda Gibson, Justin Hatfield, Kevin Johnson, Eriabella Ross, Ava Baker, Cora Anne Clark, Connor Goins, Kinley Hayes, Zoey Huff, Klayston Martinez, Braylon Stephens, Will Stephens, Elisabeth Sumner, Gracelynn Braden, Weston Coffey, Bentlee Lay, James Marler, Cody Rose, Joshua Baird, Bentley Garner, Ellie Jones, Kallen Morgan, Carson Phillips, Brylee Rose, Xadriana Taylor

1st Grade

Super Honor Roll: Katelyn Bryant, Dylan Fultz, Kassidy Garland, Robert Hatfield, Jerry Kelly, Dixie Miller, KayLee Parriman, Jaden Phillips, Ivann Singleton, Adreanna Miller, Kenton Murphy, Madison Smith, Addison Tucker, Matthew Salla, Kristina Slaven, Carra Murphy, Isaiah Perry, Tucker Strunk, Gracie Swihart,  Kenzie Bryant, Tihanna Dixon, Kevin Hatfield, Guy Kidd, Elijah Perry, Darius Ridener, Myla Watson, Aaron Jayden Watts

Honor Roll: Tate Cordell, Kamryn Dishman, Harlie Garland, Mason New, Kaylen Troxell, Alyssa Vanover, Carlena Coffey-Barnett, Tristan Corder, Hunter Gleason, Jaxson Higginbotham, Mackenzie McCoy, Kaylee McKee, Kadyn Perry, Alexis Spradlin, Brianna Sumner, Silas Worley, Abby Geyer,  Southern Chitwood, Allyson Crabtree, Kendra Foster, Sidney Slaven, Knox Wilson

2nd Grade

Super Honor Roll: Korabelle Bryant, Allison Meadows, Danni Rollins, Brandon Sexton, Kaydyn Snyder, Kenzie Sunderland, Addison Cecil, Tyler Godfrey, Kyler Mason, Evan Troxell, Nicholas Walker, Tanner Wright, Isabelle Canada, Isaac Corder, Litzy Cruz, Chevie Gibson, Lonnie Hatfield III, Kynleigh Inman, Isabella Newman

Honor Roll:  Peyton Altimus, Riley Crabtree, Hailey Fee, Gregory Phillips, Nevaeh Ross, Lucian Thompson, Kaydee Heath, Tanner Wilson, Kaylee Taylor, Karisma Loy, Johnathan Lay, Shadara Dixon, Katielynn Creekmore, Maylee Creeekmore, Caylyn Daugherty, Natalie Goins, Kylee Heath, River Horne, Cadence Owens, Keyonna Perry, Tanner Bowsher, Shaylee Caldwell, Hunter Honeycutt, Shelby Parriman, Hallie Queen, Jorge Rodriguez

3rd Grade

Super Honor Roll: Taylor Kingsley, Colton Starrett, Jamee Stephens, Andrew Tapley, Jordian Ross, Malorie Gilreath,  Kaytlen Patrick, Aubrey Shoopman,  Isabella Ball, Noah Cox, Alex Ellison, Ariah Hatfield, Annabelle King,  Lillie Canada Caitlyn Corder, Piper Greene, Cooper Johns, Hayley Sheckles, Hunter Spradlin, Jaxon Tapley, Brady Tucker

Honor Roll: Nixmari Catalan-Dominguez, Malachi Chitwood, Allyson Jones, Lily McDonald, Kellie Phillips, Courtney Pratt, Dakota Vanover, Cloe Vanover, Tanner Taylor, Camry Snyder,  Garric Singleton, Andru  Ridener, Chaston Daugherty, Ryland Bell, Davon Burke, Kason Duncan, Miley Genoe, Taylor King, Abigail Musgrove, Callista Shook, Josie Stephens, Autumn Tucker, Oceanna Wilson,  Brayden Mitchell, Carlos Wyatt

4th Grade

Super Honor Roll: Natalie Branscum, Joseph Meadows, Hannah Hamlin, Riley Newman, Jolie Perkins, Alexa Stephens, Kaylynn Stephens, Makayla Stephens, Justin Bell, Gene Sharpe,  Kinsley Coffey, Channer Cox, Lilly Martin, Lucas Ellison, Lucas Morrow, Tessa Upchurch

Honor Roll: Darah Buis, Cambria New, Kailynne Phillips, Havyn Ridner, Jeanann Rose, Noah Shook, Jackson Tucker, Sarah Wilson, Haley Duncan, Trenton Helbert, Sky Perry, Maleah Watson, Jayden Renfro, Bethani Rollins, Deziray Schram, Trestan Stephens, Tyler Taylor, Madison Woolum, Tackett Bowsher, Bryson Hurd, Aleah Lewis, Emmaleigh Stephens, Tristan West

5th Grade

Super Honor Roll: Madilyn Carter, Jacob Cecil, Kennedy Creekmore, James Jones, Joshua Murphy, Victoria Murphy, Caleb Musgrove, Chantay Pierce, Chesney Shepherd, Connor Stephens, Madison Strunk, Ellie Tucker, Keenan Vanover, Jasmine Collins, Alyssa Honeycutt, Garrett Jones, Nathanel Longmire, Waylon Lyons, Audrie Shook, Austin Tucker, Allison West, Kaylee Corder, Lillian Fee, Brianna Gibson, Christian Johns, Hannah Tapley, Alyssa Tucker

Honor Roll: Lacey Abbott, Kylee Chitwood, Bode Dobbs, Coty Fuson, Michael Jones, Gunner Singleton, Lilly Stout, Brandon Catalan Dominguez, Hunter Cordell, Kloe Cummins, Colton Foster, Gavin Genoe, Emileigh Goins, Ethan Keith, Diamond McDonald, Courtney Meadows, Darrin Ridener, Makenzye Ridner, Braden Ross, Trinda Strunk, Jazmine Terry, Brooklyn Bryant, Jordan Burdine, Tiffany Cox, Kaitlyn Crabtree, Natalia Delaughter, Alex Jones, Savannah Kennedy, Hallie Lay, Alex Maynard, Truman Neal, Christopher Patrick, Reily Patrick, Cloe Rose, Dylan Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Autumn Terry, Olivia Wilder, James Yancey

6th Grade

Super Honor Roll: Jayci Bell, Justina Castillo, Rayna Grant, Caiden Hamlin, Jacob Marler, Cayden Rowe, Shantale Shelton, Raylee Strunk, Austin West, Kaleb Baird, Jacob Bryant, Sadie Bundy, Connor Cordell, Brady Corder, Callie Foster, Jaelynn King, Olivia King, Makya Mitchell, Jayden Renfro, Bethani Rollins, Deziray Schram, Trestan Stephens, Tyler Taylor, Madison Woolum, Wyatt Anderson, Sarah Coffey, Brayden Newton, Deavon Shelton, Jodie Smiddy, Ally Sullivan, Michael Wainscott, Cheyanne Walker

Honor Roll: Haley Irvin, Mary Keith, Dylan McCoy, Libby Sumner, Addison Vanover, Megan Campbell, Raven Helton, David Luke, Destiny Ridener, Anthony Ridner, Melody Stevens, Kalynn Tucker, Emily Swain, Bradley Sumler, Houston Shepherd, Ashlyn Patton, Neatina Neal, Jayden Lyons, Logan Lovitt, David Kingsley, Chloe Kidd, Caden Jones, Cameron Burke, Aaron Allen, Starr Coffey, Mariah Curry, Destinee Delap Gabby Dishman, Dalton Moses, Asher Pompell, Chole Stout, Mathew Tucker, Brock Watson



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Pine Knot Intermediate School held its Family Reading Night on Wednesday, March 29.  Parents and students were invited to come out and read with their child and let them take a test on their book.  Our guest speaker was Newberry Award Winner author of “Paper Boy,” Mr. Vince Vawter.  Mr. Vawter discussed with us his reasons for writing “Paper Boy” and how the plot in this story reflects on his own childhood.  “Paper Boy” is currently published in nine countries.  Students that are pictured with Mr. Vawter are Kyle Huddleston, and Kaleb Ellis.

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McCreary Central to compete in annual Spanish Competition 


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McCreary Central students from Mrs. Favella’s class will be competeing in the annual Spanish competition this weekend at the University of the Cumberlands. Competing are: Caitlyn Strunk, Macey Welchel, Daniel Perry, Sierra Whalen, Taylor Sumner, Kallidora Bowlin, Emily Manning, Alex Holbrock, Kristen Kilby, Molly Phillips, Erin Wilson, Kelsie Harrimon, Rebecca Trammell, Emily Tucker, Sydney Pruitt, Logan Stephens, Emily Bryant, Zoey Jameson, Hunter Hohnson, Noah Burchett, Deidra Overton and Andrew Hackler.

2017  HOSA Students Excel in State Competition



Students from McCreary Central High School HOSA student organization, recently competed at their annual State competition in Louisville, KY in a variety of health Science related events.

1st place: Human Growth and Development: Grace Bryant

1st place: Extemporaneous Health Poster: Emily Simpson

2nd Place: Medical Photography: Kristen Kilby

3rd Place: Pharmacology: Kasey Stephens

McCreary Central HOSA 3rd place in the state for most pop tabs collection of 239 lbs

Top 5 in State

Pathophysiology: Dacey Shook

Healthy Lifestyle: Shelby Roark

HOSA is Health Occupation Students of America. Any student enrolled in health science courses at MCHS is eligible to become a part of the student organization. Not only do HOSA students excel in the classroom and state competition, but believe in giving back in several service projects such as American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities and KODA-Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates.


Annual SCC Open House To Be Held March 25

Somerset Community College (SCC) will host the fifth annual SCC Open House on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. on both the SCC Somerset and SCC Laurel Campuses.
Attendees will receive a free SCC T-shirt and be entered in a drawing to win one of two tuition waivers for a free semester of tuition. The waiver is for new or prospective students, is non-transferable and must be used within two years.
In addition, those that pre-register will have a chance to win an iPad Mini. Pre-register online by visiting One registration per person is accepted.
SCC faculty and staff will be available at both the Somerset and Laurel Campuses to discuss academic programs, financial aid, admissions, transfer and numerous other topics. Tours will also be available and refreshments will be served. Parent and student workshops are planned on the Somerset and Laurel Campuses at 2 p.m.

Somerset Campus
808 Monticello St.
Somerset, KY  42501
(606) 679-8501

Those visiting the Somerset Campus should begin at the Rogers Student Commons on the Somerset North Campus.

Laurel Campus
100 University Dr.
London, KY  40741
(606) 877-1421
Those attending the Laurel Campus should begin at the Laurel North Campus, Health Sciences Building (#3).
For more information, visit

All-State Children's Choir Participant

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Jada Martin, a 5th grade student at Pine Knot Intermediate School, was selected, based on her audition, to participate in the All-State Kentucky Children's Choir on February 8-9, 2017 in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference. She along with other 5th and 6th grade students from across the state joined together in a phenomenal performance. She was chaperoned at the event by her mother, Mystie Phelps, and grandmother, Myrtlene Phelps.

Wildlife, Energy Conservation and Line Safety

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The Southeastern RECC and the KY Fish and Wildlife brought the fourth-grade students at Pine Knot Intermediate a program on March 13, 2017 about line safety and energy conservation. They also brought in wildlife for the students to learn about. Energy conservation and wildlife go hand in hand because the more energy that humans use reflect how much wildlife and their habitats are affected. The more lines that are needed the more land that must be cleared.  The students enjoyed the different types of amphibians and reptiles. They learned to classify them based on traits and needs. The students and staff rotated the animals giving everyone a chance to explore. We very much enjoyed the program and look forward to any future visits from them.   The program was coordinated by the Family Resource Center and Principal at Pine Knot Intermediate School.

Strunk awarded Distinguished Student of the Year award 


Pine Knot Intermediate student, Lucas Strunk was the recipient of the Kentucky Association of Gifted Education’s 2016 Distinguished Student of the Year award at the KAGE Annual Conference in Lexington on February 28, 2017. He was nominated for this award by his Gifted and Talented teacher, Carol Jones because of his "Art for Everyone" project.  After attending Camp Explore at Western Kentucky University’s Center for Gifted Studies where art was integrated into every subject, Lucas had the desire for all children to be able to have the materials to create art whenever they wanted.  Lucas developed a plan to collect new art supplies and to donate them to local schools to be given to children who do not have art supplies at home.  According to Lucas “Learning is more fun when you can include some kind of art in it”.

The KAGE Distinguished Student Award is presented yearly to one Kentucky student from grades 3 – 6 who has distinguished achievement not only in academics, leadership, or the arts but who has also made a contribution to the community at a level beyond what is expected of a child in the student’s age group.  In addition to a Certificate of Excellence from KAGE, Lucas received a College Entity Account from the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust.

Academic District Tournament at Southwestern


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Front row: Jasmine West and Audrey Shook Back Row: Conner Stephens, Kennedy Creekmore, Caleb Musgrove, Chantay Pierce, Coach Mindy Creekmore and Koltin Shelton.

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Whitley City Elementary Academic Team received the Sportsmanship Award, placed 2nd in Future Problem Solving and placed 3rd in Quick Recall. ( L-R) Caleb Musgrove, 2nd place in Social Studies and 2nd place in Arts & Humanities, Audrey Shook, 3rd place in Math, Kennedy Creekmore, 3rd place in Social Studies and 4th place in Language Arts and Connor Stephens, 1st place in Social Studies.

Children’s All-State Chorus

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Raylee Strunk, a sixth grade student from Whitley City Elementary, was selected by audition to perform in the 2017 Kentucky Children’s All-State Chorus.  The concert was presented at the annual Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Conference in Louisville, KY on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  It is an honor for students and schools to be selected to perform with this prestigious choir.  Raylee is the daughter of Michelle Strunk.

TSA Rocks Central KY Regional Competition


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McCreary Central TSA Rocks Central KY Regional Competition at Eastern KY University with Impressive Results. Lauren Williams, 1st place flight endurance, Jonah Warman, 2nd place flight endurance, Lauren Williams, 1st place dragster design, Kassidy White, 3rd place dragster design, Noah Burchett, 3rd place CAD Architecture, Lucas Worley, Caleb Jones and Jonathan Ball, 2nd place Technology Bowl. (1st place was Dupont Manual), The TSA Team is Coached by Casey Whitworth and is a component of CTE Engineering.

2016-2017 Whitley City Elementary Boy’s Basketball Team



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Front row from left to right: Tristian West, Christopher Patrick, Peyton Higginbotham, Hoss Watters, RJ Gilreath, Cameron Burke, Caleb Musgrove, Ayden Morrow, and  Michael Curry.

Back row from left to right: Jackson Tucker, Cayden Rowe, Alex Jones, Jacob Cecil, Davey Kingsley, Caiden Hamlin, Kaleb Baird, Riley Patrick, Noah Shook, and Brady Corder. Coaches from left to right: Bo Rowe, Lucian Musgrove, Garredd Corder, and Wendell Higginbotham.

SCC Dean’s List Announced

Somerset Community College recently released the Fall 2016 dean’s List. The Fall 2016 semester concluded in December. In total, 607 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.

Dean’s List honorees include the following:

Jessica E Morgan, Parkers Lake, Associate in Arts

Darron Mykol Perry, Parkers Lake, Criminal Justice

Kaitlyn Renae Keith, Pine Knot, Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist

Christian Brice Burress, Pine Knot, Agriculture Equipment Technician

Megan D Spradlin, Pine Knot, Associate in Science

Tony Ray Hurd, Pine Knot, Computer and Information Technologies

Allie Renee Keith, Pine Knot, Cosmetologist

Sarah-Allie Elizabeth Corder, Stearns, Associate in Arts

Chelsea J New, Stearns, Associate in Arts

Matthew Ryan Wright, Stearns, Associate in Arts

Madison Leigh-Anne Marlow, Stearns, Associate in Science

Chelsea Leshay Stephens, Stearns, Associate in Science

Lindsey Garrett Tucker, Stearns, Associate in Science

Tisha Jones, Stearns, Practical Nurse

Amanda Ball, Strunk, Associate in Arts

William Richard Nolan, Strunk, Industrial Maintenance Technology

Jeanette Bolin, Whitley City, Associate in Arts

Sara Danielle Sullivan, Whitley City, Associate in Science

Kirsten Gabrielle Taylor, Whitley City, Associate in Science

Kayli S Vanover, Whitley City, Cosmetologist

Courtney Paige Walker, Whitley City, Cosmetologist

Bronica Latasha Singleton, Whitley City, Culinary Arts (Integrated)

Jason A Staley, Whitley City, Industrial Maintenance Technology

Joseph Henry Myers, Pine Knot, Computer and Information Technologies

February 2017 Archives

District Governor's Cup

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Top left to right, Adrianna Gibson, T.J. King, Cody Taylor, Jacob Neal, Brokiah Kilby, Isabella Hammons, Jada Martin, Chelsey King, Caleb Ellis. Bottom left to right, Summer Ross, Ava Stephens, Morgan Musgrove, Keegan Musgrove, Lucas Strunk, Tanner Watters, Gracie Canada, Cadence King, Lily Howard On February 11, 2017 the Pine Knot Intermediate Academic team competed at Southern Elementary for the district Governor's Cup.  PKI finished 1st place in the overall competition. Quick Recall Results-  2nd Place. Future Problem Solving- 3rd Place. Mathematics- 2nd Place- TJ King , 5th Place- Kaleb Ellis. Science- 1st Place- Lucas Strunk, 3rd Place- Keegan Musgrove. Social Studies- 5th Place- Bella Hammons. Language Arts- 1st Place- Jada Martin, 4th Place- Gracie Canada. Arts and Humanities-1st Place- Jada Martin, 3rd Place- Bella Hammons, 5th Place- Ava Stephens. Composition- 1st Place- Summer Ross, 2nd Place- Chelsea King, 3rd Place- Gracie Canada.


On January 22, 2017, McCreary Elementary Wrestling participated in Regional Competition for Kentucky Youth in Lexington, Kentucky.  The Youth team is made up of young people between the ages of 5 and 13.   This group is coached by Danny Flick, Jeff Strunk, Todd Strunk and Billy Watters.  This was the first large tournament that many of these young people had attended.  Of the 36 students who participated 25 were able to place in the 1st-5th place in their age group and weight class. The group looks forward to attending state competition in Louisville, Kentucky on February 5, 2017.

1st Place: Devon Daugherty, Jared Kidd

2nd Place: Chase Bowlin, Chandler Bryant, Damon Coffey, Carter Gabbard, Caden Hill Caden Hines Keegan Musgrove, Luke Anderson.

3rd Place: Rylan Kidd, Collin Sexton, Jackson Strunk, Tuff Waters, Blake Botts, Cayden Genoe.

4th Place: Kyle Coffey, Blake Partin, Kaden Phillips, Bayleigh Thompson, Elijah Baird.

5th Place: Cayden Duncan, Ian Heineman, Tanner Watters, Trenton Cox.


Fourth Grade Student Art Contest

Oneida, Tennessee:  Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area invites students in the surrounding school systems of McCreary and Wayne counties in Kentucky and Scott, Fentress, Morgan, and Pickett counties in Tennessee to earn their Every Kid in a Park pass.

As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Every Kid in a Park initiative allows fourth graders nationwide to go to and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year.

To enter, students may complete any activity to learn about the Big South Fork NRRA.  On an 8½ x 11” sheet of white paper or cardstock, draw a picture of something they learned about.  Artwork can be completed using paint, crayon, marker, color pencil, or pencil.  Then visit and print a voucher for a free pass.  Submit entries of artwork along with the voucher to the park by April 3, 2017.  Entries may be dropped off at or mailed to the Park Headquarters Office at 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, Tennessee 37841, Attn: 4th Grade Art Contest.

Entries will be displayed during the 17th annual Spring Planting and Music Festival on April 29, 2017, where visitors may vote on their favorites for “People’s Choice Award”.  All fourth grade students submitting an entry will earn an Every Kid in a Park pass!

For more information, visit the park’s website at or contact Daniel Banks at (423) 286-7275.

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

Taylor named to Campbellsville University's Fall 2016 Dean's List

CAMPBELLSVILLE -  The academic honors' dean's list for the spring 2016 semester has been announced by Dr. Donna Hedgepath, Campbellsville University's vice president for academic affairs.

The following local students have been named to Campbellsville University's Dean's List for spring 2016:

Darcey Renia Taylor, a senior from Parkers Lake, Ky.;

The academic honors' list recognizes students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester with a course load of at least 12 hours. The Fall 2016 academic honors' list includes a total of 690 students, with 300 named to the President's List for achieving a 4.0 grade point average, and 390 named to the Dean's List for achieving a 3.5 to 3.99 GPA.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 4,500 students offering over 80 programs of study including 19 master's degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro, and Summersville and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is

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The fourth grade student’s in Mrs. Wilson’s science class at PKIS modeled potential and kinetic energy by planning, building and identifying the sources of energy in roller coasters. The students planned one day and modeled the next. We had a very productive learning experience.

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The Franklin & Twain Literature Reading Club from Pine Knot Intermediate school visited the local Signature HealthCare of McCreary facility to read to the residents.  Mr. Yancey has been working with these students to provide enrichment to those who have a love for reading!  On January 21st the students and members of this club spent their Saturday morning entertaining the residents of Signature Healthcare by reading several books and performing live music!


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On January 22, 2017, McCreary Elementary Wrestling participated in Regional Competition for Kentucky Youth in Lexington, Kentucky. The Youth team is made up of young people between the ages of 5 and 13. This group is coached by Danny Flick, Jeff Strunk, Todd Strunk and Billy Watters. This was the first large tournament that many of these young people had attended. Of the 36 students who participated 25 were able to place in the 1st-5th place in their age group and weight class. The group looks forward to attending state competition in Louisville, Kentucky on February 5, 2017.

M.C.H.S. Scholarship Opportunities

Any Sophomore with a 3.0 or higher GPA interested in the Rogers Scholars program may apply at or stop by the Cabana for more information.

Any Junior that has at least a 3.5 GPA and received at least a 25 ACT, Murray State University has application packets for the Commonwealth Honors Academy.  Stop by the Cabana office for more information.

Any Senior interested in applying for the 2017 Kimberly Merritt “Achieve Your Dreams” $500 Scholarship must apply online at<> by February 17th.

Any Senior whose parent is a member of KY Farm Bureau and has a 3.5 GPA or 23 ACT score may apply for the KY Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship Application.  Applications are available in the Cabana.  All applications and materials must be postmarked by Feb. 28th.

Any Senior who is a current Bluegrass Cellular customer (or legal guardian) my apply for the Bluegrass Cellular Scholarship online at www.bluegrasscellular/scholarship or pick up an application in the Cabana.  Applications and materials must be submitted no later than April 1st.

Highland Telephone Scholarship applications for Seniors are available in the guidance office.  Your parents/guardians must receive phone service through Highland in order to apply.  Deadline to apply is March 17, 2017.

Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship applications for Seniors are available in the guidance office.  Your parents/guardians must receive phone service through Highland in order to apply.  Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

South Kentucky RECC Scholarship applications for Seniors are available in the guidance office.  Your parents/guardians must receive electric through RECC in order to apply.  The deadline to apply is March 24, 2017.

The Cumberland Valley Electric Scholarship may pick up an application in the guidance office.  Your household must be served by Cumberland Valley to apply.  Applications due to guidance office by April 20th.

Washington Youth Tour applications for Juniors are available in the guidance office.  Your parents/guardians must receive electric through RECC in order to apply.  The deadline to apply is March 6, 2017.

Any 10th or 11th grade student interested in the Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) at the University of Pikeville (June 3 - 16) may pick up an application in the Cabana.  Applications due Feb. 28th.

Any 10th or 11th grade student interested in the summer AHEC program through UK may apply online at  Deadline is March 6th.

Seniors with a 2.7 GPA or above cumulative GPA interested in becoming a student athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky, should apply by February 28.   See the Cabana for more information!

NEW!  UNITE Scholarship, $1500.  Apply by March 17th.  Applications in the Cabana!

NEW!  KY Bar Diversity Pipeline Project for Juniors & Seniors interested in the legal profession.  Application deadline is Feb. 15th.

NEW!  Environmental Science Scholarship, $1000.  Application deadline is April 1st.  See the Cabana!

NEW!  Blue Grass Community Foundation for Eastern KY students who choose to major in Business as undergraduate students!  See the Cabana!

Raider Academic District Governor's Cup Competition

University of Pikeville '16 Dean’s List

PIKEVILLE – Thomas R. Hess, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard Roberts, Ed.D., dean of the Coleman College of Business, and Mary Rado Simpson, Ph.D., dean of the Elliott School of Nursing, have released the names of the top students at the University of Pikeville for the fall 2016 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must be full-time and receive a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.9. Students earning a 4.0 grade point average are named to the President’s List.

College Of Arts And Sciences: Johnathan Christopher Yancey of Whitley City.

Patton College Of Education: Johnathan Christopher Yancey of Whitley City.

January 2017 Archives

W.C.E. Super Honor Roll and Honor Roll

Super Honor Roll


Jordyn Bryant, Ethan Catron, Kaylee Gilreath, Kayden Jones, Cody Rose, Shaelyn Watters, Allison Wilson, Jaeven Watts, Jaxon Walker, Maddie Vanover, Savannah Thompson, Caroline Thompson, Brooklyn Strunk, Teri Scheckles, Addilyn Phillips, Kampbell Mason, Addison Mason, Maddox King, Ryleigh Hellweg, Connor Foster, Ava Baker, Baylee Garland, Simeon Garland, Johannah Hamlin, Raleigh Head, Kallen Morgan, Annzlee Ridener, Tate Sampson, Abigail Shook, Kolton Vaughn, Danielle Aley, Khloe Bryant, Kourtney Bryant, Blake Corder, Nicholas Cox, Liam Frye, Brooklynn Garland, Oliver Owens, Raylen Ridner

1st Grade: 

Dylan Fultz, Kassidy Garland, Jerry Kelly, Kevin Hatfield, Guy Kidd, Elijah Perry, Darius Ridener, Aaron Jayden Watts, Carlena Coffey-Barnett, Adreanna Miller, Kenton Murphy, Abigail Geyer, Carra Murphy, Isaiah Perry, Kristina Slaven, Madison Smith, Tucker Strunk, Gracie Swihart

2nd Grade: 

Addison Cecil, Caylyn Daugherty, Tyler Godfrey, River Horne, Kyler Mason, Nicholas Walker, Tanner Wright, Korabelle Bryant, Kaydyn Snyder, Kenzie Sunderland, Shadara Dixon, Isabelle Canada, Isaac Corder, Lonnie Hatfield III, Kynleigh Inman, Isabella Newman, Shelby Parriman

3rd Grade: 

Cooper Johns, Hayley Sheckles, Jaxon Tapley, Brady Tucker, Isabella Ball, Miley Genoe, Ariah Hatfield, Anabelle King, Abigail Musgrove, Callista Shook, Hunter Spradlin, Oceanna Wilson, Jordian Ross, Aubrey Shoopman, Camry Snyder, Andru Ridener, Malorie Gireath, Chaston Daugherty, Taylor Kingsley, Colton Starrett, Jamee Stephens

4th Grade: 

Justin Bell, Deziray Schram, Gene Sharpe, Kinsley Coffey, Channer Cox, Bryson Hurd, Lilly Martin, Lucas Morrow, Emmaleigh Stephens, Tessa Upchurch, Hannah Hamlin, Jolie Perkins, Lexi Stephens, Makayla Stephens

5th Grade:

Jordan Burdine, Kaylee Corder, Lillian Fee, Brianna Gibson, Maddie Tucker, Madilyn Carter, Jacob Cecil, Kennedy Creekmore, Victoria Murphy, Caleb Musgrove, Chantay Pierce, Chesney Shepherd, Connor Stephens, Ellie Tucker, Keenan Vanover, Alyssa Honeycutt, Garrett Jones, Nathanael Longmire, Audrie Shook, Austin Tucker, Allison West

6th Grade: 

Wyatt Anderson, Deavon Shelton, Jodie Smiddy, Chloe Stout, Ally Sullivan, Cheyanne Walker, Alexandria West, Kaleb Baird, Brady Corder, Callie Foster, Jaelynn King, Makaya Mitchell, Megan Campbell, Olivia King, Melody Stevens, Jayci Bell, Justin Castillo, Rayna Grant, Caiden Hamlin, Cayden Rowe, Shantale Shelton, Raylee Strunk, Libby Sumner, Seth Phillips, Kyley Mitchell, Grace Powers

Honor Roll


Desireah Cox, James Marler, Coleman Neeley, Klayston Martinez, Zoey Huff, Connor Goins, Joshua Baird, Peyton Braden, Jasmine Clark, Zoey Crabtree, Bentley Garner, Liam Greene, Ellie Jones, Carson Phillips, Brylee Rose, Xadriana Taylor, Emily Crabtree, Talya Ferrier, Amanda Gibson, Liam Miller, Eriabella Ross, Skyller Sumne, Chloe Taylor

1st Grade: 

Tate Cordell, Harlie Garland, Robert Hatfield, Dixie Miller, Mason New, KayLee Parriman, Jaden Phillips, Ivann Singleton, Alyssa Vanover, Kenzie Bryant, Tihanna Dixon, Kendra Foster, Myla Watson, Tristan Corder, Hunter Gleason, Jasmine Goins, Mackenzie McCoy, Kaylee McKee, Kadyn Perry, Mariah Staten, Brianna Sumner, Addison Tucker, Treyven Calhoun

2nd Grade: 

Maylee Creekmore, Natalie Goins, Keyonna Perry, Lillie Sumner, Evan Troxell, Peyton Altimus, Allison Meadows, Danni Rollins, Brandon Sexton, Karisma Loy, Kaylee Taylor, Lucian Thompson, Litzy Cruz, Chevie Gibson, Hunter Honeycutt, Hallie Queen, Jorge Rodriguez

3rd Grade: 

Lillie Canada, Kylie Crabtree, Caitlyn Corder, Piper Greene, Hailey Helton, Brayden Mitchell, Brayden Perry, Skyler Taylor, Davon Burke, Noah Cox, Kason Duncan, Taylor King, Josie Stephens, Autumn Tucker, Cloe Vanover, Tanner Taylor, Garric Singleton, Katlyn Patrick, Natalie Corder, Ryland Bell, Allyson Jones, Kellie Phillips, Andrew Tapley

4th Grade: 

Logan Mitchell, Ayden Morrow, Jayden Renfro, Lauren Ridner, Bethani Rollins, Trestan Stephens, Tyler Taylor, Whitlee Waters, Jasmine West, Madison Woolum, Natalie Branscum, Taylor Corder, Joseph Meadows, Kailynne Phillips, Jeanann Rose, Koltin Shelton, Noah Shook, Sarah Wilson, Cheyenne Delaughter, Tackett Bowsher, Aleah Lewis, Tristan West, Haley Duncan, Trenton Helbert, Riely Newman, Sky Perry, Kaylynn Stephens, Leah Watson

5th Grade: 

Christian Johns, Alex Jones, Hallie Lay, Alex Maynard, Christopher Patrick, Reily Patrick, Cloe Rose, Dylan Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Hannah Tapley, Autumn Terry, Lacey Abbott, Kylee Chitwood, Coty Fuson, Chrislyn Huling, Ethan Jones, Evan Jones, Cloe Keith, Josh Murphy, Gunnar Singleton, Lily Stout, Madison Strunk, Ashton Williams, Brandan Catalan Dominguez, Jasmine Collins, Cloe Cummins, Colton Foster, Gavin Genoe, Emileigh Goins, Ethan Keith, Waylon Lyons, Courtney Meadows, Darrin Ridener, Bradon Ross, Jaznine Terry

6th Grade: 

Sarah Coffey, Starr Coffey, Destinee Delap, Caleb Goins, Drew Mckinney, Dalton Moses, Brayden Newton, Emily Taylor, Mathew Tucker, Michael Wainscott, Jacob Bryant, Sadie Bundy, David Luke, Destiny Ridener, Anthony Ridner, Conner Cordell, Spencer Hamilton, Ravin Helton, Aireonna Higginbotham, Hailey Irvin, Jacob Marler, Dylan McCoy, Natalie Trammell, Addison Vanover, Austin West, Christian Williams, Jayden Lyons, Chloe Kidd, Caden Jones, Emily Swain, Brooklyn Sedivi, Hannah Owens, Kaylee Chitwood, Heaven Perry, Kalynn Tucker, Houston Shepherd, David Kinsley, Angel Burdue, Riley Horne

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Students at Pine Knot Intermediate School entertained family and friends with a great Christmas performance titled "Crazy Christmas Carols".


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The PKI 6th grade academic team participated in the KAAC 6th grade Showcase at North Laurel Middle School on Saturday, December 3rd.  (Above) Caroline Richmond placed 2nd and Shelly Owens placed 4th in Composition. We are very proud of our Academic Team. Front Row: Mary Duncan, Caroline Richmond, Shelly Owens, Landon Brown Back Row: Gavin King, Chelsey Jones, Evan Wilson, Seth Taylor Coaches: Vicky Coffey and Lisa Gilreath

Drop your drawers drive


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During the month of December the McCreary County Public Library and McCreary County Community Early Childhood Council Chair held a drop your drawers drive to collect NEW children's underwear  to help our local family resource centers with their need for new underwear for children at their schools.  577 pairs of underwear were collected and donated to Whitley City Elementary and Pine Knot Primary Family Resource Centers on Jan. 5th.  Each Family Resource Centers received roughly 288 pairs of NEW underwear.

Community Service Effort Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Pine Knot Job Corps Center Gymnasium, Pine Knot, Kentucky; Tuesday morning, 8:00 a.m., January 17, 2017 - Students from the Pine Knot Job Corps Center will participate in a Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and as part of the national Job Corps student-led anti-violence initiative, Youth 2 Youth: Partners 4 Peace.

Y2Y Ambassadors and Y2Y student members will be presenting a reenactment of the Sanitation Workers Strike and Martin Luther Kings Jr's last speech.

Students started Youth 2 Youth, or Y2Y, with three basic aims: to talk about violence and aggression in their communities, to empower one another to promote peace, and to share their stories and talk about solutions.

A Y2Y Student Ambassador's favorite quote given from Martin Luther King, Jr.; our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.

Founded in the spring of 2015, Y2Y is a violence-prevention initiative created by Job Corps students nationwide. This initiative is the first national, student-created, and student-led effort to curb youth violence on Job Corps centers, in their surrounding communities, and in the hometowns of students and graduates.

Students recognize that violence - online, in the workplace, and at home - is a critical issue that young people must be equipped to understand, avoid, and address. By engaging the community of Y2Y, student hope to further their efforts to promote peace following Martin Luther King Jr.'s example.

Born Learning Academy



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The Born Learning Academy recently completed its fourth session of the year.  All families who attended the December meeting received a Kindle Fire, gifts for their children, and a catered dinner.  Staff members at Whitley City Elementary and Pine Knot Primary have put forth great effort to make the Born Learning Academy a huge success.  The goal of Born Learning is to bring about Kindergarten readiness and collaboration between schools and the community. There will also be meetings in January and February, so if you have a child in preschool or younger and are interested in attending, please contact the McCreary County Board of Education at 606-376-2591.



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WCE Mrs. Barbara Thomas' 6th grade drama team performed an amazing Christmas play for all of Whitley City Elementary students. They did a fantastic job!

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Mrs. Jane Powell's 5th grade class from Whitley City Elementary school conducted a Native American group homes project. Each student built their own model of the homes that the Native Americans lived in during their lessons of study. The students did an excellent job creating their models.

Two County Residents Receive Degrees From Lindsey Wilson College


Two McCreary County residents recently graduated from Lindsey Wilson College.

The 2 area residents were among 407 students who received undergraduate or graduate degrees at the college’s 104th commencement ceremony, held Dec. 10 in Biggers Sports Center.

The 2 area residents who received degrees from Lindsey Wilson were:

Holly Lockhart of Stearns earned a master of education degree in counseling and human development; Mary Ridner of Whitley City earned a bachelor of arts degree in human services and counseling;

Somerset Community College (Ky.) President Jo Marshall delivered the winter commencement address.

Dr. Jo Marshall has served the Kentucky Community & Technical College System for 16 years. Under her leadership, Somerset Community College has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ten times named one of the “Best Places to Work in Kentucky.” Dr. Marshall was named 2011 Business Woman of the Year by the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce. She serves a number of community organizations promoting the arts, health and community development. An advocate for leadership development, Dr. Marshall spends time teaching and developing programs with an emphasis on leadership. In 2013, the Marshall Leadership award was established in her honor by the Phi Theta Kappa organization.

Marshall received an honorary doctorate from Lindsey Wilson. The college also bestowed a posthumous honorary doctorate to Nancy Sinclair of Summersville, Ky., who served LWC for nearly 30 years.

Art for everyone


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Pine Knot Intermediate student, Lucas Strunk, recently completed a service project by gathering art supplies to give to children who might not have access to art materials.  Lucas, who loves art, wanted to share his passion for art with others.  He is pictured above giving boxes of art materials to Pine Knot Intermediate Family Resource Director Kevin Tucker and Pine Knot Primary Director Melissa Littrell.  The directors will distribute the art supplies to children who need them.  Lucas would like to thank all who donated and Sandra Cundiff at Krogers for letting him set up his collection boxes.

Students adopt a solider



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Pictured are a few 1st grade students from Whitley City Elementary school that participated in the Adopt a Solider for Christmas program. These students gathered up items in which they thought a United States solider that is currently deployed would like and need. These students brought in enough to fill up nine big boxes to send over seas along with letters and cards. The students in the 1st grade classes learned the importance of spreading cheer and supporting our Unites States soldiers.

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