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GCHS Principal Selection - Stakeholder Input

Garrard County High School Stakeholders

As you may know, Mrs. Diana Hart has accepted the position of Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP), leaving a vacancy for the principal position at Garrard County High School.

The Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council, chaired by the superintendent, received the mandatory Principal Selection Training on Monday, July 9, 2018 as a part of a specially-called meeting.   Last year, there was an extensive process used to determine the selection criteria which included the opportunity for stakeholders to respond to an online survey and attend forums at the school.  With that in mind, we decided to use the same selection criteria that were used one year ago: School Climate, Expectations, Curriculum and Leadership.  However, we do want to give you the opportunity to give us suggestions if you wish.  You may do that by following this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlTXkhOW6vKwxbIz88K6wTUuboeKmXycs8QBNnz_Iy3xRwfQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

As we move forward with the process, here is the tentative timeline with tentative topics:

Monday, July 16, 2018, 5:00 PM – Special Meeting to: Review any additional stakeholder input, finalize processes and questions, review applications and reference checks, select interviewees, schedule interviews

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 9:00 AM – Special Meeting to: Conduct interviews, consider merits of candidates, select a principal

We are working hard to be diligent in our search for, and selection of, the next principal of Garrard County High School.

Graduation Stream

Tonight 2/25/18 at 7PM Garrard County High School will Hold Graduation for the class of 2018. if you wish to watch via live stream we will have two options this year. the first is a 360 camera view available at the link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyD1TOtMG_E

Second is a more traditional static shot at the link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJptOqqKMOo

 Both stream will record and be available on our YouTube page if you miss the live stream

2018 45th District All-Tournament Baseball Team

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Congratulations to Garrard County's Trevor Jones for being recognized as a member of the 2018 45th District All-Tournament team.  Trevor pitched and played short for Garrard. (Photo courtesy of Gallery 45)

Senior Walking the Halls of the Schools @ GC!!

2018 GCHS Valedictorians * Salutatorian*Welcome Greeting

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Congratulations to the 2018 GCHS Valedictorians Savannah B. Dodson, Kennedy Morgan,  and John T. Fitzpatrick!!  Congratulations to the 2018 GCHS Salutatorian Elliot K. Mongtomery!! Congratulations to Morgan F. Miracle for being selected to present the Welcome at graduation!! Congratulations to the Class of 2018!!

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U.S. News & World Report Bronze School * GCHS

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GCHS was recognized at the board meeting because we were awarded Bronze status by the U.S. News & World Report!  The recogniztion places GCHS in the top 20% of all high schools in the state of Kentucky.

Cheyenne Grow*QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship

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Congratulations to Cheyenne Grow on earning a spot in the QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program!

State Bass Fishing

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Congratulations to the GCHS Bass Fishing Team for finishing in 62nd and 65th out of 80 teams!

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Softball Senior Night*Olivia Saylor*Elle Montgomery

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Morgan Miracle*Midway Female Student-Athlete of the Year*Bass Fishing

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Congratulations! Morgan Miracle for being named 2018 Bass Fishing Female Student-Athlete of the Year by Midway University.
This award is presented to an athlete who exemplifies outstanding athletic performance, community service, leadership, and academic achievement.
 

KINDERGARTEN READINESS*CDR*LES*PLE

Kindergarten Readiness

 

The Family Resource Center & Garrard Early Childhood Council are providing a Kindergarten Readiness Event for all three Elementary Schools.

This is for any child going into Kindergarten for the school year 2018-2019!!

June 14th, 2018 anytime between 2:00—6:00 pm at Garrard County High School, 599 Industry Road, Lancaster

A free meal & inflatables will be available!

We will have Kindergarten teachers there to show you and your child things to work on through the summer to get them ready for Kindergarten!

We have free gifts for your attendance!!

If you have any questions please call Angie or Kim at the Family Resource Center at 859-792-4756

Garrard Central Record Athletes of the Year*Olivia Saylor & Trevor Jones

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Congratulations to Olivia Saylor and Trevor Jones for being selected as Garrard Central Record 2017-18 Athletes of the Year.  This award goes to two outstanding Golden Lions that have shown commitment and excellence on and off the field.  

Beautification Project*GCHS Agriculture Classes

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Students working on the grounds at the high school.  Landscaping to enhance the appearance of our building and grounds.

2018 Teacher of the Year

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               Amy Jennings, PLE                   Kim Young, LES 
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           Janice Johnson, CDR             Christy Flowers, GMS      

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                                         Christen Roseberry, GCHS      Page Smith, ATC                                               

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Congratulations to all the nominees for Garrard Central Record "Teacher of the Year."  Mrs. Christy Flowers won from a wonderful pool of nominees. (School prinicpal is with each candidate.)

Grease * Presented by GCHS & GMS

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GCHS National Day of Prayer*FCA

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FCA observed the National Day of Prayer at the GCHS flagpole.

National Day of Prayer Theme for 2018

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

Prayer brings people together. Prayer builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God's image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go. Prayer brings UNITY. In 2018, our theme will be Pray for America - UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/theme_and_verse

GCHS Art II Class * Service Learning * CDR Outdoor Classroom

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Art Classes at GCHS volunteered to design and decorate wire spools to upcycle as outdoor classroom tables for CDR's new playground space. Senior art students chose the final designs and led the design and execution of the tables. Some of the tables are interactive with checkers and tic-tac-toe game boards or fairy gardens and roads for imaginary play. The high schoolers had a lot of fun creating the tables and reminiscing about their elementary school days. Tree stumps will be added for seating around the tables. (Gear-Up sponsored supplies for this Senior led project.) 

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Site Base Parent Nominations & Elections

If you are the parent of a student that will attend GCHS next school year and would like to nominate yourself or someone else to serve as a parent representative on the Site Base Decision Making Council, please send an email to Bridget.moss@garrard.kyschools.us by Tueday, 5/1/18.

Elections will be in the GCHS office on May 2 from 7:30AM-5:00PM. 

Diana M. Hart

Principal

Garrard County High School

Distinguished High School

GO LIONS!

Junior Achievement @ LES

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Demonstrating global connections with all the countries in the world to produce products.

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Ky Crime Lab & GCHS Students

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Microbiology students went to KY Crime Lab, KY State University and the State Capital.

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Workers Memorial day Grants Fight Live Stream

Presentation is at 2 PM 4/28/18 click the link below to whatch live or recording

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCusuGacA3OOXWx4lOR0h_g

 

 

2018 Senior Signing

2018 Prom * Ashley Inn

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2018 Prom Queen - Olivia Saylor
Prom King - Shane Montgomery

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Prom Court * King-Queen Dance

Olivia Saylor * Kentucky State University

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Congratulations!! Olivia Saylor signed to play softball for Kentucky State University.  Olivia has been a standout in softball and basketball in her high school career at Garrard.  Olivia was selected as All-District in basketball in the 2017-18 season.  Olivia plans to major in Finance.
Pictured from left to right - Roger Saylor (Father), Olivia, and Jackie Saylor (mother), Standing: Todd Montgomery (coach) and
Ronnie Saylor (Brother).

2018 Rogers Scholar * Kennedy Bruner

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Congratulations to Kennedy Bruner for being selected for Rogers Scholars 2018.  The Center for Rural Development’s flagship youth program—provides leadership and college scholarship opportunities to help rising high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky develop the skills they need to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders. During this intensive week-long program, Rogers Scholars work on building their leadership skills, participating in a series of team-building exercises; receive hands-on instructional training from professional experts in engineering, healthcare, and video production; and interact with nationally recognized business leaders and entrepreneurs.
(http://centertech.com/leadership/rogers-scholars/)

FBLA State Conference * Ethan Baker

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Congratulations to Ethan Baker on his State FBLA Victories!  Second place in Intro to Business Communications and 2nd place in Human Resource Management. 

GCHS STLP & Multimedia * KET

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Students from STLP and Multimedia visited KET on Tuesday.  Cynthia Warner presented a class on video and led students on a tour of the KET facilities. This field trip was sponsored by GEAR UP.  Kentucky Educational Television is a state network of PBS member television stations serving the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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2018 Governor's Scholar Recipients

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Congratulations!! Brynne Galloway and Georgia Dawahare for being selected for the 2018 Governor's Scholars Program. The Governor's Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders.  The program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience.  Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. (gsp.ky.gov)

2018 Lyndel Potter Memorial Invitational Tournament

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The Garrard County High School  softball team won the 2018 Lyndel Potter Memorial Invitational Tournament this past weekend in Pikeville! They beat Lawrence County 14-4 in the championship game. The team went 4-0 for the weekend.

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Also, Summer Ray, Katy Pozutto, Kelsey Perkins, Olivia Saylor and Elle Montgomery were named to the All-tournament team. 

FCCLA State Winners

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Congratulations to Alex Canada for being a STATE WINNER in Fashion Construction & Emma Warren for finishing in 3rd place at the State FCCLA Convention!  Headed to Atlanta -  National Conference in June!

Congratulations Cheryl Hooper* Outstanding High School FCCLA Advisor

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Congratulations to Cheryl Hooper, the recipient of the Outstanding High School FCCLA Advisor for the state of Kentucky.

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STOP Tipline is Active

Garrard County Schools announces the availabilty of the STOP Tipline.

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FFA Regional Competition Winners

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Congratulations to Alex Miller for winning FFA Regional Talent!  He now advances to State Competition! (L)
Congratulations to Dylan Driskell for receiving a Superior Rating in Speech. (R)

Inter-County Washington DC Youth Tour*Brynne Galloway

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Congratulations to Brynne Galloway for being selected to represent GCHS on the Inter-County Washington DC Youth Tour!
Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour is an annual week-long, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., where 6 high school students from our service districts will meet students from across Kentucky as well as 45 other states. 
In mid-April, students spent one day in Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital, learning about their state government, touring the capital and meeting with elected officials.  While in Washington, D.C., students will visit many of our nation’s memorials, the U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery and meet with Kentucky’s national representatives in Congress.

Job Fair

Gear Up sponsored a Career Fair @ GCHS on March 22.  Students had the opportunity to look at many local job opportunities.

All-Area Team*Boy's Basketball

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Congratulations to Brayden Sebastian for being 2nd Team All-Area and Justin Preston for Honorable Mention to the Boy's Basketball All-Area Team. (Pictures courtesy of Gallery 45--Tyler Davis)

Big Fish* Lake Cumberland

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Congratulations to Paige Eckler and Emelia Lear for winning Biggest Fish and Kevin Dailey for winning Captain's fish!  Way to go GCHS Bass Fishing team!

Annual Community Egg Hunt

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Youth Leadership*Frankfort*State Goverment

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The February Youth Leadership outing was a trip to Frankfort to learn about state government and its impact on Garrard County.   Below - Visiting the Governor's Mansion and Commissioner Pruitt and Deputy Commissioner, Legal Counsel and GCHS graduate Kevin Brown, talking with Youth Leadership in Frankfort.
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Youth Leadership in House and Senate Chambers (below)

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45th District All-Tournament Team

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Congratulations Brayden Sebastian and Olivia Saylor for making the 45th District All-tournament Team.  

Olivia Saylor- Well deserved award for this young lady- all heart and hustle- refuse to lose attitude. Got the most out of her abilities this season averaging over 10 rebounds per game. Provided great senior leadership. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments on and off the court. 

Brayden had a terrific season for us, and is really a terrific kid off the court as well.  He averaged 16 Points and 8 Rebounds per game as a Sophomore.  He played really hard the other night, and gave a great effort.  We look forward to having Brayden in the program for two more years. 
(Photos courtesy of Gallery 45-Tyler Davis)

Jesse Parson*Boyle County Sheriff's Explorers Winterfest

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Congratulations to Jesse Parson for placing 2nd in Officer Down, 3rd in Warrant Service, 5th in Drug Identification with the Boyle County Sheriff's Explorers Post 1730.

FCCLA Week Celebration Breakfast*"Thank You" Teachers

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This week FCCLA is celebrating FCCLA week.  On Thursday, members  prepared breakfast for faculty and staff in the Foods Lab.  The breakfast was a "Thank You" for everything teachers do!

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Appalachian History*Mrs. Johnson*Quilt Making

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Mrs. Johnson's Appalachian History class studying and making quilts squares.  Many pieces of scrap cloth was made into a beautiful quilt by the appalachian settlers.  

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National Board Certified Teachers*Recognized @ February Board Meeting

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Very proud of teachers Emily Lane, Shannah Garner,  and Kim VonWechmar for becoming Nationally Board Certified Teachers!  Congratulations on this professional Achievement.

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GCHS National Beta Winners

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Congratulations to the following Beta Club Members who placed at state and will compete at the national conference in Savannah in June.
Agriculture l-10th Grade- 2nd Place—Garrard County High School – Dylan Driskell
Speech l  3rd Place—Garrard County High School – Emma Warren
Spanish II-12th Grade- 3rd Place—Garrard County High School—Anna Kluesener

Dalton Sebastian*Brayden Price Signs with UPike

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Congratulations!  Dalton Sebastian signed to play football for UPike.  Sebastian was a standout for the Garrard Golden Lions.  He finished out his senior year of football at GCHS, playing both offense and defense.  Sebastian also excelled in the classroom.  Standing: Coach Lamont Hocker, Coach David Hoskins, Billy Sebastian (father),  Breah Sebastian (mother), Coach Gordon Crowe, Seated:  Coach Jerry Perry and Dalton Sebastian.
(Photo courtesy of Gallery 45)

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Coach Allen Holland, Jr., Stephen Price (father), Brayden Price, Michelle Price (mother)

Congratulations!  Brayden Price signed to play football for UPike.  Brayden was a standout for the Garrard Golden Lions. Brayden played tight end and kicker for the Golden Lions as a junior and senior. He will be joining fellow Golden Lion Dalton Sebastian at UPike.  

Josh Warren Signs with Union College

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Congratulations!   Josh Warren signed to play football for Union College. Warren was a standout for the Garrard Golden Lions.  He had a big year running the ball for the Golden Lions and was named to the 2017 All-Area team.  Josh excelled both on and off the field while at GCHS.  Standing: Coach Lamont Hocker, Coach David Hoskins, Tonya Warren (mother), Bill Warren (father). Front Row:  Josh Warren, Coach Jerry Perry, Coach Gorden Crowe. (Photos courtesy of Gallery 45)

Cooking with Kids

 

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Mrs. Lane's Culinary Class invited young children to come to the school and prepare some special dishes with the help of her Culinary students.

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Pre-Nursing Class @ Garrard ATC

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Mrs. Smith's pre-nursing students have been going to clinicals this week, great partnership with Landmark of Lancaster.

Region Bowling

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Congratulations to Dillyn Twisdale, Alicia Logan, Shelby Ballew, and Alexus Hocker for placing 8th in the region for Bowling!

Congratulations to Ethan Lamb, Mason Bowman, Nathan Dailey, Sawyer Cornett and Leks Acosta for placing 10th in the region for Bowling!

Governor's Cup Winners

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Congratulations to Colin Carver (3rd Place Math) and Michael Holcomb (5th Place Social Science) for winning in the Governor's Cup Academic Competition.

FCCLA Star Event Winners*Headed to State

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Congratulations!!  Emma Warren, Alex Canada, and Brynne Galloway for winning FCCLA STAR EVENTS!

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Youth Leadership Outing

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"Health and Human Services" is the topic for the January Leadership outing.  Students visited and toured Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

"Senior Night" Bowling

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Dillyn Twisdale*Nathan Dailey*Mason Bowman*Ethan Lamb*Sawyer Cornett

GCHS Seniors celebrated "senior night."  Senior bowling team members received a banner and were recognized with their parents

ATC Carpentry Class

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Applied Math in Carpentry, learning to use a laser Transit Level.

All-Regional Band

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Five members of the GCHS Band participated in All-Regional Band at Madison Central High School in Richmond, Ky.  From left to right:  Alexus Lowery, Brittany Beedy, Reece Clough, Lauren Woolums, Anna Kluesener.

Board of Education Adopts 2018-2019 School Calendar

2018-2019 School Calendar

Austin Willoughby & James Ward * Eagle Scout

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Austin Willoughby            James Ward        

Congratulations to Austin Willoughby and James Ward on their Eagle Scout Court of Honor on December 9.  They are members of Lancaster Troop 180.  
Jame's Eagle Project was at the Camp Nelson Interpretive Center.  He erected a 30 foot flag pole and installed a light for illumination.  His project cost about $2000 which he was able to raise through donations.  
Austin's Eagle Project was restoring a bridge on the walking trail around the city reservoir behind the extension office.
 

Ethan Ponton*3rd Team All-State Football

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Congratulations to Lion Senior Ethan Ponton.

Ethan was named to the 2017 Courier Journal Kentucky All-State Football Third Team as a defensive lineman.  Selections are made on votes.

William Srsic - LES Assistant Principal William Srsic
Happy Holidays!

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We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday.  Students Return to School on January 3, 2018.

Wayne County Winter Blast*Second Place*Miracle Team

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Congratulations to Morgan and Logan Miracle for finishing 2nd place at the Wayne County Winter Blast!

Archery*1st Place*Rebekah Keith

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Congratulations!! Rebekah Keith placed 1st for high school female at a Somerset Christian School Archery Tournament.

Cake Decorating*Nutrition and Foods*Mrs. Hooper

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Mrs. Hooper's demonstrated cake decorating to her Nutrition and Foods class.

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GCHS Marching Band*4th @ State

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Congratulations to GCHS Marching Band for finishing 4th at state.  We are so proud!!  Thanks to our dedicated band directors-Mr. Green and Mr. Vance! (Pics courtesy of Chris Woolums)

Red Ribbon Week*Adam Argullin & Jason Owens*Stay Tuned

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Adam Argullin presented an assembly program, "Stay Tuned", for Red Ribbon Week. Adam is a full time police officer, a private drum instructor, a recognized public speaker/ trainer, a mallet maker, business consultant and can be seen playing out and about with bands or local churches. His mission at GCHS and GMS was to educate students about using drugs and the fatal effects they have on people.  This program was sponsored by Youth Service Center.

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Virginia Eldridge*Del Leda Johnson*Jason Owens*Adam Argullin

Youth Leadership Field Trip to Asbury Challenge Course

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The Youth Leadership Group from GCHS visited the Asbury University Challenge Course.  The Asbury University Challenge Course has been offering high quality leadership development, team building, and professional adventure education experiences for more than twenty years.

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FBLA Regional Leadership Conference

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The Garrard County High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America attended the Region 6 Fall Leadership Conference at Eastern Kentucky University.  THe students attended officer training and workshops.  This year's theme is "Our Future Starts Now."

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Meet the Lions Night

 WHO: MEET THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

 

WHAT: A NIGHT FULL OF FUN AND BASKETBALL- GAMES AND CONTESTS FOR THE KIDS, PRIZES, DRILLS, COMPETITIONS, SLAM DUNK CONTEST, 3 POINT SHOOTING CONTEST, AND MUCH MORE

 

 WHEN:  NOVEMBER 6TH, 20171

 

WHERE: GARRARD COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

TIME- 5:30PM- 6:45PM- CHILI SUPPER- $5.OO- CAFETERIA   

 SILENT AUCTION-UNTIL 8:00- WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 8:15

            7:00PM- 8:30PM-  MEET THE LIONS           

GCHS Marching Band*Advance to State Semi-Finals

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Garrard County Marching Band finishes as Regional Runner-Up and advances to the State Semi-Finals next weekend! (Photos courtesy of Chris Woolums)

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Team Miracle*3rd Place*Burgin High School Tournament

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Congratulations Team Miracle on a third place finish out of 68 boats on Lake Cumberland in the Burgin High School Series!

Garrard Board Honored Outstanding Students @ GCHS

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Jeremy Stinnett, Julie Reynolds and Samantha Conn were honored at the board meeting for being outstanding students!

Wendy's High School Heisman School Winner*Elliot Montgomery

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Congratulations Elliot Montgomery for being selected as a Wendy's High School Heisman School WinnerThere are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Today, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes Elliot Montgomery from Garrard County High School and her dedication to never cutting corners by naming them School Winners.

 

Whitaker Bank * $5,000 Donation

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Lisa Sebastian (Marketing President @ Whittaker Bank) presenting check to Diana Hart (Principal)
Wilma Floyd*Michael Anderson*Robyn Fayne*Elizabeth Geers*Jeff Scott*Jessica Fyfe

Thank you Whittaker Bank for the generous donation..

GCHS * Welcome * Assistant Principal * Jeremy Todd

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 Welcome Jeremy Todd, Assistant Principal

Mr. Todd comes to us from Boyle County Middle School where he most recently taught Computer Science.  Prior to working at BCMS, he spent 12 years as an engineering technology/ Project Lead the Way teacher at Lincoln County High School. During his tenure at LCHS, he had a variety of leadership roles and was an intricate part of leading LCHS out of PLA status. Mr. Todd looks forward to being a servant leader and getting to know the students, staff and community in Garrard County!  

Eclipse

We are live stream the Eclipse from the board office. video is available on our YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/FvZNyBtF0_E

 

NTI day 1

Monday, August 21st is an NTI/Golden Lion Day for Garrard County Schools.  Students were given work and instructions by their teachers. Teachers will be available for contact by phone or email from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM and from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM to provide assistance and answer student questions.

 Online versions of the packets are available here 

Parents, Students and Guardians, It is not the expectation of Garrard County Schools that students must view the solar eclipse on Monday, even if an assignment may imply otherwise.  The decision to view the solar eclipse is completely up to parents and guardians. 

Farmer's National Bank

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Christopher Davis, Market Manager and Loan Officer at Farmer's National Bank, presented Garrard County High School with a check for $5,000 to support education.  (Pictured above:  Michael Anderson, Assistant Principal; Chris Davis, Farmers National Bank; Diana Hart, Principal)

Brynne Galloway * Ambassador * Rogers Scholars

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Congratulations Brynne Galloway for being selected by her peers as one of the Ambassadors for the Rogers Scholars Class of 2017.

Michael Anderson * Assistant Principal * GCHS

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We proudly welcome Mr. Michael Anderson as assistant principal at GCHS.

Welcome to GCHS

GCHS Welcomes:

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Wayne Back, Spanish

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Adam Hardwick, Music/Band

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Pamlia Lyons, Special Ed.

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Barbara Nantz, Math

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Lauren Oliver, Spanish

 

Kalem Grasham * Kentucky Association of School Administrators * Administrator of the Year

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Congratulations to Mr. Kalem Grasham who was named Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.  

Garrard ATC * Gold Status

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The Garrard County ATC was recognized at the Career and Technical Education Conference with a Career Readiness Gold Statys Award.  (Pictured: Mr. Troy Watts, Principal ATC)

GCHS * Mrs. Diana Hart * New Principal

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GCHS welcomes Mrs. Diana Hart as the new Principal!!

Tax Hearing Notice

The Garrard County Board of Education will hold a public hearing at the Garrard Education Center, located in Lancaster, Kentucky on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 5:30 PM for the purpose of hearing public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 67.5 cents on real property and 67.5 cents on personal property. 

All-District Soccer Team

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Congratulations to Emma Warren and Dillyn Twisdale for being named to the Girls Soccer 45th All-District Team!

Congratulations to Carson Grecco and Zach Sparks for being named to the Boys Soccer 45th All-District Team! (Zach's picture not available at this time.)

2018-2019 calendar survey

The School Calendar Committee will prepare and recommend a school calendar for the upcoming school year to the Board of Education for adoption [required by KDE on or before May 15 of each year]. The committee shall consist of one district principal; one district office administrator other than the superintendent; one local Board member; two parents of students; one district elementary teacher; one district middle or high teacher; two district classified employees; and two community members. The committee will review calendar drafts, consider suggestions received on the survey, and make an effort to implement recommendations from school principals in developing a school calendar that reflects what is in the best interest of students. The committee will determine what is most appropriate in placing the four [4] professional development days, opening day, closing day, make-up days, four [4] holidays, and other days the district must be closed such as election days. The Board of Education has the final decision-making power in establishing the school calendar.

If you would like to make suggestions for the calendar committee to consider, please complete the following survey.

The committee members are to consider all input in developing the school calendar.

 

If you would like to complete the 2018-2019 calendar survey please click here

 

New Immunization Requirements

There are a couple of significant new immunization requirements for next school year that may require action from parents by January 31, 2018.

Friday, March 16

This Friday (March 16) was originally a staff work day but it has been changed to a regular school day with students.

Garrard County Schools will be closed on Friday, April 13, 2018

Garrard County Schools will be closed on Friday, April 13, 2018 as many of our staff members will travel to Frankfort to advocate for our children and for public education.  The House and Senate will be in session and are expected to consider whether or not to override vetoes issued by Governor Bevin.  There are three key bills that are critical to public education. 

 

Two of those are the budget and revenue bills for the upcoming biennium (HB 200 and HB 366).  These bills allocate the state’s resources and set revenue structures to fund them.  The Governor’s initial budget proposal included drastic cuts to education.  Specifically, for Garrard County Schools, the cuts and increased costs would amount to an $850,000 loss.  The Senate’s proposed budget was slightly better and the House version was by far the friendliest to public education.  The budget compromise reached by the House and Senate could still be a small net loss for Garrard County Schools but is far better than the Governor’s proposal.  The Governor vetoed the compromise reached by the House and Senate.  We will urge the House and Senate to override that veto and the veto of the accompanying revenue bill.  If no budget is passed, it is uncertain what would occur during a potential special session.

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GCHS Marching Band * Laurel County

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Great performance by the GCMS!! We placed 2nd in AA, 1st in percussion and 2nd in colorguard.  (Pics courtesy of Chris Woolums)

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Mrs. Hooper*Nutrition & Foods*Food Safety

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Mrs. Hooper's Nutrition & Foods Class preparing chicken stir fry and practicing food safety lessons.

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Making S'mores in Science Class

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Making S'mores in Science class. Celebrating the holidays with a little holiday treat.

Michelle Hoskins*Campbellsville Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations to Michelle Hoskins for being selected as this year's Campbellsville Teacher of the Year!  This is Mrs. Hoskins third year at GCHS.  Mrs. Hoskins teachers English and Drama.

Sawyer Cornett * Cleveland State * Fencing

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Congratulations!! Sawyer Cornett signed to do Fencing for Clevelend State.  Cornett has done fencing for about nine years and practices in Lexington.  Sawyer was selected for the All-American Team in Fencing.  Sawyer plans to major in phycial therapy.
Pictured from left to right - Stephanie Cornett (mother), Sawyer, and Nathan Cornett (father).

GCHS Homecoming 2017

Senior Queen Homecoming Candidates

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Kennedy Morgan * Grace Stinnett * Hannah Dunn * Hannah Kearney * Trinity Visconti

Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Homecoming Attendents

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Isabel Dunn (Freshman) * Brittany Butner (Sophomore) * Brynne Galloway (Junior)

GCHS Marching Band*Casey County*1st Place

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Congratulations to Garrard County Marching Band for winning 2A best guard, best percussion and first plalce at their competition at Casey County Marching Classic.

Morgan Miracle * Female Student Athlete of the Year for Bass Fishing

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Morgan Miracle has been named as the 2017 Midway University/KHSAA Female Athlete Student of the Year for Bass Fishing.  Morgan is a finalist for the overall Female Student Athlete of the year which will be awarded in May of 2018.

Del Leda Johnson*Retirement

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Congratulations to Del Leda Johnson on her retirement.  Del Leda worked as Youth Services Director at GMS and GCHS.  We wish her the very best!

Food Around the World

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Ms. Lane's Culinary class studied food around the world.  They created brochures and then prepared an authentic dish from the country they researched.  Countries studied included Japan, Mexico, India, Afghanistan, Italy and more! 

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FBLA Regional Leadership Conference* State Bound

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FBLA Success:  These students will participate at State in April.

Oceana Scott 2nd-Publication Design
Alexus Lowery 2nd-Accounting I
Ty Sharp 2nd-Public Speaking
Jared Brogli 1st--Name Tag Design
Colin Carver 1st-Coding & Programming
Reece Clough 3rd-Securities and Inventments
Ethan Baker 2nd-Business Communications (Not pictured)

Tim Bertram*Speaker*Artist

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Mr. Tim Bertram held a school assembly program for the middle and high schools on Thursday.  Using Art as a blending tool--Tim delivered an important message about character building to students.  His artwork was amazing. The program promoted the arts and practical living.

GCHS Homecoming 2017

Friday:  Spirit Day

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Thursday:  Patrotic Day

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Wednesday:  Beach Day

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Bass Fishing Team 1st Place * Browning/Wagoner

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Steven Browning * Noah Wagoner

Congrats to Team Browning/Wagoner for their win at the Bradley Roy High School Open!! They punched their tickets to the 2018 Bass High School National Champtionship.  This will be the 2nd year in a row the Garrard County Fishing Team will send a team to the Nationals!!

Mrs. Lane's Fashion/Interior Design*Wool Production

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Dorothy Murphy talked to Ms. Lane's Fashion/Interior Design class about wool production.  Students got to see examples of raw wool and were able to shear a sheep. 

Hyster*Welding Program*Garrard ATC

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Thanks Hyster for your donation to our welding program.

Young Engineers Design Challenge Recognized at Board Meeting

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Jordan Young*Stevie Morgeson*Colin Carver*Troy Watts, Principal Garrard ATC
(Not Pictured:  Robert Foster*Jonathan Burkhart*Charles Jones)

The GCHS students that participated in the Young Engineers Design Challenge were recognized at the December Board Meeting. The team placed 2nd out of 10 YCC teams. Mr. Troy Watts, Principal Garrard ATC presented certificates.

Skills USA Winners

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Congrats to the following students who were Regional Skills USA competition winners. (Pictured L to R)
Brent Moore 2nd place Welding.  Johnathan Parson 3rd in Welding 1.
Pamela Carman 1st place Cabinetmaking 
Shane Montgomery 1st place architectural drafting CAD
Jordan Young 1st place Technical drafting
They will be competing at State in April. 

Sammy Smith*2017-18 DAR Good Citizen

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Congratulations Samuel Smith for being named the 2017-18 DAR Good Citizen!!  The award recognizes and rewards high school seniors who possess citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities.  They are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.  After high school Sammy plans to attend the University of Kentucky and work towards a B.A. in Economics.

Homecoming 2017 GCHS

Tuesday:  Jersey Day

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Monday:  Camo Day

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FCCLA Leadership Meeting

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Garrard County FCCLA officers attended a Regional Leadership Meeting to become better leaders as officers of their club.

Pinnacle Scholar Award of Excellence * Elle Montgomery

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Elle Montgomery * Mrs. Hart, Principal

Congratulations to Elle Montgomery for receiving the "Pinnacle Scholar Award of Excellence!! This award goes to an outstanding senior in the field of science and service that deserve to be honored for their academic and extracurricular achievements.

Animal Science*Mrs. Roseberry*School Farm

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Animal Science students learning how to check cows on the school farm.

GCHS Senior Elliot Montgomery Honored by Berea College

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Congratulations to Elle Montgomery for receiving the 2017 Berea College Pinnacle Scholar Award of Excellence for accomplishments in the field of Science.  The Pinnacle Scholar award program recognizes outstanding high school seniors for their work in the field of science, music, or service.  Students are nominated by a local teacher or guidance counselor, with only 40 top students in each category selected to receive the award.

Garrard Baseball Team * Spring Break

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Garrard County Baseball @ Panama City Beach, Florida
We had a great week at the beach. 
Golden Lions Victory over N. Hardin 6-3 (April 1)
Golden Lions Defeats Hillwood 14-9 (April 5)
Golden Lions Downs Mayfield 4-2 (April 2)  
Golden Lions Couldn't Catch Harrison 0-4 (April 2)

GCHS Band * Bourbon County High School

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Garrard County placed 1st in Class AA-2 during the prelims. Best Music, Best Visual and Best Effect!! They went on to place 5th out of 12 bands in finals competition.  Way to go Garrard County High School Golden Lions!!  (Pictures courtesy of Chris Woolums) 

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GCHS Marching Band * Madison Southern

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GCHS Marching Band placed 3rd overall in finals  Color guard took second place overall.

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Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award * Colin Carver

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Congratulations Colin Carver on being selected as the outstanding 10th grade leader from Garrard County High School to attend the HOBY Kentucky Leadership Seminar. 

The 3-4 day seminar weekend is filled with interactive activities and workshops that allow students to discover their personal leadership strengths. After understanding leadership from three different perspectives, students then learn to cultivate their skills to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.

Ag Construction * Welding * Mr. McDonald

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Students learning to weld in Agriculture Construction Class with Mr. McDonald.

2017 Advocate-Messenger All-Area Football Awards

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Congratulations to the following GCHS football Players:

2017 Advocate Messenger All-Area Team

Offense:  RB Josh Warren, OL Daylan Logan 

Defense:  DL Ethan Ponton

All Area Honorable Mention:  WR  Anthony Justus

YCC Young Engineers Design Challenge

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Charles Jones*Brice Burkhart*Stevie Morgeson*Jordan Young*Colin Carver*Blake Foster

Congratulations to the YCC Youth Engineers Design Challenge team for winning 2nd place in the "Big Ass Solutions" competition.  They were challenged to create a Rube Goldberg design.  This is a complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect.  One device triggers the sequence.

Michael Halcomb Honored @ Board Meeting

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Michael Halcomb was honored at the board meeting for advancing to state in Social Studies with the Academic Team.

Scholastic Ball Report*Garrard Softball

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Todd Montgomery, head coach of Garrard County High School Softball team, and Seniors, Olivia Saylor and Elle Montgomery, were recognized last week on the WKYT/The CW's Scholastic Ball Report program. The Garrard County Softball team was recognized as the Team of The Week and is only the second softball team to ever be featured on the show as it is in its 15th season on air.

2017 Homecoming GCHS

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Hannah Dunn crowned 2017 Homecoming Queen 

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2017 Homecoming Court

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Microbiology * Mrs. Reynold's Class * Dr. Hirsch, UK

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Dr. Hirsch from the University of Kentucky Department of Plant Pathology came to work with Mrs. Reynolds' microbiology class on identifying and distinguishing between fungal and bacterial cultures from plate streaks completed by the students earlier in the week.  This project helps students understand the diversity of microbiota found in certain environments.

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Reality Store

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The Youth Service Center sponsored a Reality Store for GMS Students.  The Reality Store is designed to help students learn basic skills in financial planning, goal setting, decision making and career planning.  This program is designed to be a learning experience for money management and motivate students to examine their future career plans and expectations. High school students, local community members, and school staff helped with the simulation.
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All-Region Band

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Congratulations to the following band students on being chosen for All-Region Band.  Anna Kluesener-Symphonic Band. Alexus Lowery, Lauren Woolums, Reece Clough, and Haylie Preston-Concert Band.

Board Recognizes FCCLA Students Going to State

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Alex Canada, Emma Warren, and Brynne Galloway were honored at the board meeting for advancing to state with FCCLA.

STLP*GMS Safety Program

 

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STLP students participated in Garrard Middle's Safety Program on Thursday.  Students showed videos and presented ways to stay safe on the internet.

Nutrition & Foods*Hooper*Appetizers

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Mrs. Hooper's Nutrition and Foods Class preparing appetizers.

GCHS See You at the Pole

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Wednesday (September 27) marks the See You at the Pole global day of student prayer. Thousands of students around the nation and world will gather around flagpoles on campus to pray before the ring of the first bell.  GCHS students participated in See You at the Pole.

Integrated Science*Biomedical @ GCHS

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Mrs. Brogli's Biomedical ll class dissecting a sheep's brain.

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Mrs. Fielder's Integrated Science Class working with gravity and orbits.

GCHS Theater Department*Hamlet Hears A Who

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STLP * Junior Achievement * 2nd Grade PLE

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STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) started teaching Junior Achievement, Our Community, at Paint Lick Elementary  We will be doing a series of five lessons in the second grade about people in a community working together, workers producing goods and services to earn money for their work, business and government jobs, voting, and how money moves in a community.  Our Community is an interdisciplinary program that supports social studies and economics through reading, writing, and mathematics.

Recognized @ March Board Meeting

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The following teachers were honored for being selected for the Campbellsville Excellence in Teaching Award.  Elementary-Heather Shepherd,  High School-Michelle Hoskins, and Middle School-Nathan Carrier.

Advocate-Messenger All-Area Girls Team

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Congratulations to Madisyn Neeley and Olivia Saylor for being selected to the girls baskeetball Advocate-Messenger All-Area Team.  (Pictures courtesy of Gallery 45-Tyler Davis)

GCHS*Brynne Galloway*Board Recognition*Rogers Scholar

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Mrs. Diana Hart, GCHS Principal, recognized Brynne Galloway at the September Board Meeting for being selected as a Rogers Scholar.
 

 

Gear Up Trip to Hanover College (Indiana) and Xavier University (Ohio)

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Gear Up sponsored  college visits to Hanover College and Xavier for GCHS Seniors.  

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GCHS FFA * National FFA Convention

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Garrard County FFA officers attended National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last week. They attended sessions, career tours, leadership development, and the college and career expo. Also, while there Randa Morris received her American FFA Degree

GCHS Veterans Day Program

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Veterans Day was celebrated at GCHS by students, staff, veterans and guests.  The Veterans enjoyed breakfast served by student council and the GCHS cafeteria staff.  The GCHS band, directed by Chris Vance, played the National Anthem followed by Sammy Smith leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mrs. Diana Hart, Principal, welcomed our students, staff and special guests.  Lt. Col. Ronnie Barnes was the guest speaker, and he spoke of America's true heros.  Elle Montgomery recognized the veterans with the band playing the Marches of the Armed Forces.  Ms. Lauren Oliver sang a medley of patriotic songs honoring our flag, country and veterans.  Steven Shearer and Savannah Dodson did Roll Call of Garrard County deceased veterans.  We would like to thank all who attended.

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FBLA * TItans in Nashville

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FLBA students attended the Tennessee Titals sixth annual Learning Lab in Nashville, Tennessee.

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GCHS KHSAA Cheer Competition * Runner-Up

 

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Congratulations to the GCHS Cheer Team!!  They received runner-up for the 2017 Competitive Cheer Girls Super Large Region Runner-Up Team.

Dakoda Wagoner & Rebekah Keith * State Bound Archery

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Congratulations to Dakoda Wagoner and Rebekah Keith for advancing to the 2018 NASP State Archery Tournament.

Garrard Preschool/Head Start Screening

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Gear Up Trip to Centre College Fair

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Gear Up sponsored a field trip for Seniors to visit the Centre College, College Fair.  GCHS Seniors were able to talk to college representatives about applying to college, financial assistance etc.

STLP teaches Internet Safety * Kindergarten

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Students from GCHS Student Technology Leadership Program teaching Internet Safety to CDR Kindergarten students.

 

Trunk or Treat* LES * Garrard Youth Cares

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Garrard Youth Cares, a service club at GCHS, joined LES for trunk or treat. This club is sponsored by Marissa Bushnell.

College Fair @ GCHS

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Garrard County High School hosted a college fair on Friday.  Students visited 20+ college representatives to help with their decisions on where to continue their education.

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Scrubby Bear * Family Resource Center

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Noah Wagoner, Steven Browning, and Kelsey Perkins traveled with Angie Wagoner and Kim Dailey to the elementary schools for the Scrubby Bear Program.  Scrubby Bear and his friends made a presentation for students to teach them to wash their hands properly to keep germs away.  

GCHS Senior Gear UP Send-Off Celebration

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The GCHS seniors attended the official Senior Send-Off Celebration for the Berea College GEAR UP grant.  The event was at the Arena in Corbin, KY.  The celebration of their original "Commit Not To QUIT" movement started in 8th grade.  Thousands of seniors from Eastern Kentucky gathered to celebrate this stage of their journey.

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Garrard County Chamber of Commerce * Students of the Year

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Congratulations!  Savannah Dodson (Female Student of the Year) and Dalton Morris (Male Student of the Year) for being selected by the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce as Students of the Year.  They were recognized at the Farm-City Banquet.

Garrard Pension Reform Forum

A pension reform forum was held at Garrard Middle School on November 2, 2017. Panelists included Representative Jonathan Shell, Senator Tom Buford, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler. The recorded video is posted below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8evJBL7-Nk

 

2017 Day of Action

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GCHS Beta Club participated in the 2017 Day of Action.  Students helped clear the hiking trails, painted and picked up trash around the lake. 

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