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 The Bright Side - By Hannah Coffey


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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