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February 17, 2018

Elementary, middle and high school students from five counties showed off their creativity and ingenuity during the sixth annual ACTC/FIVCO Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 2.

The fair, coordinated by Ashland Community and Technical College, showcased science projects throughout six different categories of science. Those categories were Biomedical and Behavioral Health Sciences; Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences; Engineering and Mathematics; Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy; and, new to this year’s fair, Robotics and Computer Science.

Participants were judged on five criteria — originality and creativity; scientific method or technological design; thoroughness; skill and clarity; and approval forms and data notebook.

“I am amazed at the students who came and exhibited their fascinating and innovative projects at the fair,” said Mia Brown, fair director. “This part of the region has some of the most talented and brilliant students. I believe this year our students reached a little deeper into areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We saw interests in our newest category, Robotics and Computer Sciences, as well as a continued inquisitiveness in categories like Biomedical and Behavioral Health Sciences and Engineering and Mathematics.”

First, second and third place awards were given in each category during a ceremony on Feb. 9. First and second award winners in the middle school categories and all winners in the high school categories, as well as the elementary grand prize and grand prize runner-up are eligible to enter the Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 24 at Northern Kentucky University.

“Our fair is growing by leaps and bounds,” Brown said. “This year, 70 high school students participated in the fair. This is record number and we expect this population to continue to grow, mostly because students have found an avenue to apply what it is they are learning within their Career and Technical Educational (CTE) pathways. We see great teamwork from high school students as they tackle scientific problems together.

“As fair director, it is my mission to empower our students to be better today than they were yesterday,” Brown said. “I am a product of the science fair and I know the benefits it brings. I am grateful for the many mentors in my life who helped me along this journey and it is my purpose and desire to give unto others as it was given unto me. It is truly an honor to be a part of our student’s life journey. My hope is that as a community we continue to believe, support and encourage our students to be the best they can be and more.”

This year’s fair sponsors were Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., King’s Daughter Medical Center, Clark’s Pump-N-Shop and other anonymous donors.

Award winners are listed below by grade level and category.

Middle School Awards

Physics Astronomy winners Physics Astronomy winners

Physics and Astronomy: first, Molly Howard and Kiley Whitt from Elliott County High School; second, Samuel Sherrard and Nathaniel Duncan from East Carter Middle; third, Maggie Johnson from Louisa Middle.


Engineering and Mathematics: first, Emma Perkins from East Carter Middle; second, J.T. Staton from Lakeside Elementary; third, Jadon Gordon from McKell Middle.

Biomedical Winners Biomedical Winners

Biomedical and Behavioral Health Sciences:  first, Jazsequa Fountain and Kaylee Lester from Blaine Elementary; second, Ryleigh Campbell and Jade DeGiorgio from Holly Family School; third, Abigail Lycans and Victoria Penix from Louisa Middle.

Animal Plant and Envrio winners Animal Plant and Envrio winners

Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences: first, Brylee Holden Blair and Kassi Burke from Louisa Middle; second, Carter Abshire, homeschooled; third, Anna Fraley and Regan Phillips from East Carter Middle.

Chemistry: first, Anyah Tuhy and Heavenly Mays from West Carter Middle; second, Joseph Hardesty, homeschooled; third, Molly Perry and Garrett Jenkins from West Carter Middle.

First and second place middle school winners in each category will advance to the regional SEF.

High School Awards

Physics and Astronomy: first, Kash Stevens and Molly Lewis from Elliott County High; second, Cameron Walker and Zachariah Tussey from Greeup County High; third, Christopher Adkins and Nathaniel Buckner from Elliott County High.

Engineering and Mathematics: first, Nathan Gillispie from West Carter High; second, Jayde Holbrook from West Carter High; third, Dylan Harr and Tristan Vanderpool from Greenup County High.

Robotics winners Robotics winners

Robotics and Computer Science: second, Dawson Wyatt and Willard Ferguson from Lawrence County High.

Biomedical Winners Biomedical Winners

Biomedical and Behavioral Health Sciences: first, Andrew Gregory Preston and Kinsey McDaniels from Boyd County High; second, Paulina Walker and Emily Vance from Lawrence County High; third, Libby Smith and Marianna Hernandez from Holy Family Collegiate High School.

Animal Plant and Envrio winners Animal Plant and Envrio winners

Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences:  first, Katelyn Pauley and Zayla Granillo from Lawrence County High; second, Lincoln Rose from Lawrence County High; third, Roger Wheeler and Hunter Morgan from Boyd County High.

Chemistry: first, Ryan Griffith and Abigail Frazier from Boyd County High; second, Evan Greene and Terence Oney from Elliott County High; third, Luke Ellis and Katie Barnwell from Boyd County High.

First, second and third place high school winners will advance to the regional SEF.

Talent Night is Feb. 23

ACTC will host a Talent Night at 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 23 at the J.B. Sowards Theatre on ACTC’s College Drive Campus. This showcase gives amateur talent in the Tri-State a chance to share their talents in music, song, dance, poetry, comedy and drama.

The event is open to youth and adults and there is no contestant entry fee. To register, contact Al Baker, ACTC Director of Cultural Diversity, at 606-326-2422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ACTC campuses closed for President’s Day

In observance of President’s Day, all ACTC campuses will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19. ACTC will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 20.


February 16, 2018

Lawrence County Board of Education

Regular Meeting Agenda


Tuesday, February 20, 2018; 6:00 p.m.

Lawrence County High School Media Center

Louisa, Kentucky




Mission:  Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed

The Pledge to the United States Flag




4.A. Superintendent’s Update

4.A.1. Fallsburg Elementary Firecast

4.A.2. Impact of Governor’s Budget

4.A.3. 17-18 Calendar Adjustment

4.A.4. Personalized Learning Work Group

4.A.5. Local Planning Committee Update

4.A.6. KEAP and KPEGG Opportunities

4.A.7. KSBA Annual Conference

4.B. Public Comment


5.A. Approve Minutes of the January 18, 2018 Special Meeting in Lieu of January Regular Meeting and the January 29, 2018 Special Meeting and Draft Budget Working Session

5.B. Approve Claims and Orders of the Treasurer

5.C. Approve the Monthly Financial Report: Finance Officer Brandi VanHoose

5.C.1. Bank Reconciliation Report

5.C.2. MUNIS Balance Sheet and Monthly Financial Report

5.C.3. Finance Update


5.D. Approve Consent Agenda items:

5.D.1. Per diem and expenses for members present

5.D.2. Contracts & Services:

5.D.2.a. Louisa East Elementary with Y is for Yearbook: $2,949.34

5.D.2.b. Ashland Tennis Center clinic agreement: $2,000

5.D.2.c. 2018-2019 Contract for Nonresident Pupils from the Paintsville Independent School District

5.D.2.d. 2018-2019 Mountain Comprehensive Care Center (MCCC) School-Based Therapy Contract

5.D.2.e. Royalty Agreement, a non-exclusive licensing agreement, between Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. and Lawrence County High School

5.D.2.f. Lodging contract: Fallsburg Elementary School with Great Wolfe Lodge for 8th Grade Trip; April 12-14, 2018; Wrendi McDavid

5.D.3. Requests:

5.D.3.a. Fundraisers:

5.D.3.a.1. Louisa Middle School

5.D.3.b. Trip Requests:

5.D.3.b.1. Out-of-State: LCHS Baseball to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Spring Break Training; March 31 to April 6, 2018; Travis Feltner 

5.D.3.b.2. Out-of-State: LCHS Softball to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Spring Break Training; March 31 to April 6, 2018; Kenny Horn

5.D.3.b.3. Out-of-State: LCHS Senior Trip to Cincinnati, Ohio; April 13-14, 2018; Kim Shirkey

5.D.4. Counter Resolution Proposal to Division of Enforcement

5.D.5. For Review/FYI: (no action required)

5.D.5.a. School Activity Fund Reports: January

5.D.5.b. SBDM/Advisory Council Minutes (LWES, LCHS)

5.D.5.c. Energy Report

5.E. Discussion of the District Calendar Committee’s recommendations and the Superintendent’s recommendation for the 2018-2019 School District Calendar

5.F. Approve Revised 17-18 Adult Education Budget

5.G. Approve for KEDC to provide Adult Education services and to serve as the Fiscal Agent

5.H. Approve grants for FRYSC continuation pending SBDM approval

5.I. Approve to accept bid on surplus property: milling machine

5.J. Discuss/Approve after-school program for Blaine Elementary

5.K. Approve to enter Executive Session for the purpose of Student Discipline/Expulsion Hearings pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(f)

5.L. Approve return to Open Session

5.M. New Business


6.A. Approve creation, abolishment, and/or changes regarding positions for 2017-18

6.B. Approve updates to the 2017-18 Salary Schedule from previous board action

6.C. Superintendent Professional Growth and Evaluation System (SPGES): Monthly Update

        Dr. Robbie L. Fletcher, EdD   

6.D. Approve to acknowledge receipt of Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update



February 16, 2018

Subject: Early Dismissal

Lawrence County Schools will be dismissing early today (02/16/18) due to concerns regarding flooding.

Dismissal will begin begin 3-hours earlier than regular schedule.

Students transported by bus should arrive home 3-hours earlier. Parent pick-ups will begin 3-hours earlier.

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