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Garrard County High School FCCLA has 4 Regional Champions in STAR Events Regional STAR Winners

GCHS FCCLA has a great showing at Regional Competition.

Garrard Middle Academic Team Wins First Ever District Title GMS Academic Team

Garrard Middle School Academic Team had a strong day in winning the District 64 Governor's Cup Title on Saturday, January 19.

NTI Day 2

Garrard County Schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 due to dangerous wind chill temperatures that are forecast. This will be NTI Day #2. Students should complete the appropriate assignments. 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.Everyone please stay safe.

 Online versions of the packets are available here 

NTI day 1

Due to slick road conditions Tuesday, January 22nd 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 


2019-2020 School Calendar

Garrard County Board of Education Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar

Diana Hart Selected to Participate in Prestigious Leadership Program Hart Family


Frankfort KY – After a competitive application process, 24 female educators have been selected for the 2019 cohort of the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL). Applicants were chosen based on specific leadership criteria. These leaders, along with some of the state’s top female executive educators, will convene January 17-18, 2019 in Louisville for a leadership forum and induction ceremony.

GEAR UP Grant Will Benefit Garrard County Schools GMS Students

Garrard County Schools will benefit greatly from a grant received by Partners for Education at Berea College. Specifically, through involvement with the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Opportunity Grant, Garrard County Schools will be able to employ two Academic Interventionists and two College and Career Navigators.  Additionally, funds will be available for college visits and a host of other activities that will be designed to break down barriers to college success.  Altogether, it will mean nearly $2,000,000 in funds coming into Garrard County Schools over a seven-year period.

Superintendent Corey Keith is incredibly excited by this opportunity.  He says, “Partners for Education at Berea College has been a wonderful supporter of Garrard County Schools.  With the funds and resources provided by this new grant, we will be able to offer students additional services.  The utilization of academic interventionists will be another safety net for our struggling students.  Also, the college and career navigators will benefit our students in a number of ways.  Notably, students will have a heightened awareness of opportunities and of what is necessary to be accepted to college and successfully earn a degree.  We are so grateful to have Garrard County Schools included in this wonderful program.”

Garrard 2019-2020 Calendar Survey

The school calendar impacts students, families, and staff so it is important that we gain your input. Work is about to begin on the 2019-2020 school year and we would like some data to help us make the best decisions for our district as a whole. We know it's not possible to accommodate everyone's preferences, but your input will be taken into consideration and provide a solid starting point to begin developing the calendar.

Click Here to participate

GCHS Veterans day stream

Stream will start just before 9AM Monday


GCHS - Police Academy Graduates Police Academy Graduates, Evan Preston and Michael Wilson

We are extremely proud of two recent GCHS graduates, Evan Preston and Michael Wilson, for graduating from the police academy! #GarrardShines

Garrard County High School Farm Garrard Farm New Calf

GREAT job by @GarrardFFA! 


School farm happenings...weaning the spring calves and welcoming the 1st of the fall calves in the same day. #GARRARDshines

Garrard County High School Cross Country Team GCHS Cross Country Team

GREAT job by GCHS Cross Country! Congratulations to James Ward for his first place finish! #GARRARDshines

Two New Resource Officers Resource officers

We are excited to open the school year with 2 additional school resource officers to provide safety measures for our students & schools! Welcome Jameson Flynn & Wanda Shelton! #GARRARDshines

GCHS Principal - Michael Anderson Michael Anderson

We are pleased to announce that Michael Anderson has been selected by the GCHS SBDM Council to be its next principal. Mr. Anderson has served Garrard County Schools for 20 years in multiple capacities including teacher, coach, guidance counselor and assistant principal.

Emma Warren on Hey Kentucky Emma Warren

GCHS Junior, Emma Warren, represented Garrard County again on Hey Kentucky tonight.   The episode aired on August 15th at 7:30.  Emma said she had so much fun hanging out with Matt Jones and Lee Cruise.  #GarrardShines

Back To School/Open House



7/30/2018  12th grade 12:00-3:00 P.M.

                  9th grade  4:00-7:00 P.M.

7/31/2018  11th grade  12:00-3:00 P.M.

                  10th grade  4:00-7:00 P.M.


7/30/2018  6th grade 4:00-6:00 P.M.

7/31/2018  7th & 8th grades 4:00-6:00 P.M.


8/02/2018  5:00-7:00 P.M.


8/02/2018  5:00-6:30 P.M.


8/02/2018  3:30-5:00 P.M.


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:


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


Second is a more traditional static shot at the link below


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

2018 45th District All-Tournament Baseball Team


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!!

What's Happening @ LES

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We were fighting Mother Nature to give our students the best field day/ leopard reward day/ good faith effort reward day EVER! Thank you to the Lancaster Fire Dept for being apart of our amazing day. Our kids said it was “The best day ever.”

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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


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


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

First Annual Stem Day @ LES

Today at Lancaster Elementary we had our first annual STEM (Science *Technology *Engineering *Math) Day! Mrs TUNGATE planned and coordinated a great time for students Preschool to 2nd grade to participate in learning some really neat hands-on activities. We were excited to be able to incorporate such a fun learning experience to our end of the year activities.

State Bass Fishing

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


Softball Senior Night*Olivia Saylor*Elle Montgomery

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


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


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                                               


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


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."

GMS Rogers Explorer Program


Congratulations to the following 8th grade students for being accepted in the Rogers Explorer Program: Kyrin Norris, Timberlie Cook-Leslie, Karli Kirkpatrick, Amber Denton, Kelsey Beedy, Carrie Bruce, and Sarah Flynn.

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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LES Leopard Spotlight

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Watch DOGS * CDR

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CDR would like to thank two first time Watch DOGS for helping keep our school safe today! A big thanks to Mr. Barker and Mr. Clark for all thier help. We loved having you at school!

Lilly Adams * DAR Award *CDR


Congratulations to 3rd grader, Lilly Adams! Lilly won regional, state, and honorable mention at the national level this weekend at the DAR awards ceremony in Bardstown.  Way to go, Lilly!

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





Happenings @ LES

Character Trait of April - COURAGE 

JIMMIE CANADA - 5th Grade Grand Prize 


4TH Grade Grand Prize Winner    KASEY GREGORY


PORTER SIMPSON 3rd Grade Grand Prize winner




Happenings @ LES

2017-18 Pep Club

5th Grade Academic Team

April Happy Camper Award Recipients

                               2017-18 LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS 

         These kiddos have exhibited the 7 Habits of Happy Kids on a daily basis. 

CDR * K-PREP Dress Up Days April 30-May4


2018 Senior Signing

GMS KUNA Delegation Honored at Board Meeting

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On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the GMS KUNA Delegation was honored at the Board Meeting for their accomplishments at the KUNA Conference in Louisville on March 25-27.

The GMS KUNA Delegation won the following awards: Delegation of Excellence and Outstanding Country Sign. Individual awards were given to the following students: Murron Karras (Outstanding Delegate Award); Kelsey Beedy (Outstanding Speaker Award); and Sydney Ousley/Kelsey Beedy/Destinei Hutchison (Resolution Endorsed by Secretary General). 

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GMS Field Trip * Legends Game

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Students at GMS attended a Lexington Legends game on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Thank you to Mrs. Edgington for organizing this awesome field trip!

LES Student Spotlight

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2018 Prom * Ashley Inn


2018 Prom Queen - Olivia Saylor
Prom King - Shane Montgomery

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Prom Court * King-Queen Dance

Chris Bailey @ LES

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Back in the winter, we made a parody to Gangstas Paradise where we had Chris Bailey star in our video. To thank him we had shirts made and sent him a picture of us. Then, the students made a video asking him to come for a visit. He aired a portion of it on the nightly news and promised a visit. We were glad to finally find a day that worked for all of us. It was a great visit and the kids loved having a local celebrity come and hang out for a while.

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Olivia Saylor * Kentucky State University


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


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.

FBLA State Conference * Ethan Baker


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

Annual Community Egg Hunt



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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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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GMS Students of the Week: 02/05/18-02/09/18


Each week teachers at GMS select students of the week. These students go above and beyond in the classroom! The winners for this week are as follows: Marylen Ortiz (Colonels), JT Parsons (Hilltoppers), Sydney Travis (Eagles), Jackson Mills (Knights), Abigail Nicodemus (Panthers), Wrigley Fryman (Racers), and Daniel Godber (Tigers). Congratulations to these amazing students!

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


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)


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


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)

Watch DOGS at CDR


Double Watch DOG members--Mr. Hart and Mr. White.  We appreciate the watch DOGS for giving their time to help CDR students!

High Attendance Award for January


Congratulations to Mr. Bisher's class for winning the high attendance award for January!

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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LES "102" Days of School

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LES "100" Days of School

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Operation Learning LES 1st Grade

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LES Leader Spotlight

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Watch DOGS at CDR

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Thanks to two another awesome Watch DOGS members, Mr. Travis (L) and Mr. Cocanougher (R), for spending thier day with the CDR students.  It was great having you all.

CDR Archery Team


CDR Bobcat Archers with their medals and team trophies.  We are very proud of our archery team!

Students of the Month @ CDR


Preschool January Students of the Month, Ashtyn Fleckinstein and Levi Noorani.

Pre-Nursing Class @ Garrard ATC


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

Region Bowling


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.

LES Student Spotlight

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CDR*100th Day of School Celebration


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100th Day of School Celebration @ CDR


Watch DOGS at CDR

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Mr. Bolin               Mr. Anderson                  Mr. Grasham

Some addidional  awsome members of our Watch DOGS community helping at CDR.  We really enjoy having the parents and grandparents helping out with our students.

CDR January Perseverance Winners


Congratulations to the January CDR Perseverance Winners.  They were given an ice cream party with Mrs. Fitzpatrick.

GMS January Cougar Character Award Winners


Each month every team at GMS selects a student who embodies the four core qualities of ROAR (Respect, Organization, Attitude, and Responsibility).  The winners for January 2018 are as follows: Vansh Patel (Colonels), Tavy Quisenberry (Hilltoppers), Kody Snowden (Eagles), Kody Snowden (Panthers), Emily Gettler (Knights), Connor White (Racers), and Bella Bruner (Tigers). Congratulations to these awesome students!

FCCLA Star Event Winners*Headed to State

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


GMS Spelling Bee Winners


Winner Kelsey Beedy, Runner-up Alexandria Carroll and 3rd Place Kady Montgomery

Congratulations to these amazing students.  Good luck in the District wide Spelling Bee!

What's Happening @ LES!?

All A's Honor Roll @ LES

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3rd Grade                                                                  4th Grade         


5th Grade

What's Happening @ LES!?

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Leopards with Character-Perservance          Habit 5 recipients (Begin with the End in Mind)

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Happy Camper Awards                                                3rd Grade A/B/ Honor Roll

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4th Grade A/B Honor Roll                             5th Grade A/B Honor Roll             






 Annual GCHS Softball 5K Resolution Run

Saturday-January 6th @ 1:00 PM
Garrard County High School

This will be a great way to start the new year and support your local softball team! I am including a registration form and we will also have forms available the day of the run. Come and register early to guarantee your 5K Tshirt! We look forward to seeing you Saturday!

Thanks in advance for your continued support!

Kelly C. Montgomery
GCHS Softball Coach
Garrard Middle School

Download Flyer to Register



Happy Holidays!


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

6th Grade Academic Showcase

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Alesys Patrick-5th Composition*Presley Applegate-2nd Composition*Brodie Calihan-1st Science-Tied 4th State 

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Vivianna Weaver-2nd Science*Eleanor Srsic-1st Language Arts-Tied 5th in State* Elise Culross-1st Arts & Humanities


The 6th grade academic team participated in a tournament at Bate Middle.  

Whitaker Bank * $5,000 Donation


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


 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!  

House Day @ LES

FIrst Houseday @ Lancaster Elementary for 2017-18.  






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



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


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


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


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

Welcome Ms. Liz Erwin * PLE Principal

Ms. Erwin is a very talented person and comes with a wealth of educational experience.  She has worked at Woodlawn Elementary School in Boyle County as an Assistant Principal and prior to that at Danville Independent Schools as Curriculum and Assessment Coach.  She spend five years with the Kentucky Association of School Coucils as an Education/Training Leader. Other experience includes 9 years as an Elementary Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at Tolliver Elementary and two years at New Haven School.  Ms. Erwin is excited to get to know the students, staff and parents of Paint Lick Elementary School.  Welcome to Paint Lick Elementary!!

Retiring Staff


Larry Sparks (PLE), Susie Browning (LES), Beth Bolton Prather (LES), Susan Elam (PLE), Deb Hopkins (GMS), and Debbie Swinny (LES)

The Garrard County Retiring Staff was honored at Thursday's board meeting.  Mr. Corey Keith, Superintendent, thanked the staff members for serving the students of Garrard County and wished them the very best as they begin retirement.

LES Happy Mother's Day*Mr. Jim*Kindergarten & 1st Grade



LES students celebrated Mother's Day making and painting flowers for their mothers.

GCHS Salutatorian*Mary Katherine Oberman***GCHS Valedictorian*John Cameron Carver


Congratulations to Mary Katherine Oberman for being selected as Class of 2017 Salutatorian. Mary Katherine plans to attend Centre College in the fall and major in BioChemistry and Molecular Biology. Congratulations to John Cameron Carver for being selected as Class of 2017 Valedictorian.  Cameron plans to attend Williams College in the fall and major in Economics. The Salutatorian and Valedictorian are chosen based on Weighted GPA. 

State Runner-up Automotive Service Technician*Skills USA*Josh TIrey


Congrats to Josh TIrey for being the State Runner-Up in Automotive Service Technician at the State Skills USA competition.

2017 Prom King and Queen * Dustin Butner & Maddy Day


Maddy Day and Dustin Butner were chosen by popular vote of the student body as the 2017 King and Queen at the Prom Saturday, April 22.


College Signing @ GCHS * April 26


Garrard Middle School Drama*Aladdin Jr


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Garrard Middle School Drama sponsored by Brandi Saylor, performed Aladdin Jr as a reward for the GMS students on April 21.



Emalee Young Signs*Band*Lindsey Wilson University


Congratulations to Emalee Young for signing with Lindsey Wilson College to play in the Lindsay Willson College Blue Raider Band.  Emalee was a member of the GCHS award winning band. Pictured:  Chris Vance (GCHS Band Director), Amanda Shinn, Emalee Young, Tim Allen (Band Director-Lindsey Wilson), Kalem Grasham (Principal). 

Garrard/Lincoln Recycling Center*Logo Winners*Nick Abernathy & Nevada Carlisle


Nick Abernathy & Nevada Carlisle won the Garrard/Lincoln recycling logo competition.

2017 Prom Court

Dustin Butner*Drew Delili*Parker Dailey*Mason Delili*Garrison Montgomery
2017 Prom King Candidates

Charity Browning*Darbi Clark*Maddy Day*Shelby Major*Alexa Slone
2017 Prom Queen Candidates


Garrard Middle 6th Grade * Safety Fair

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Garrard Middle 6th graders participated in a Safety Fair sponsored by GCHS.

Kentucky Bluegrass Award Book Winners

Front Row:  $10.00 Gift Certificate winners Kendall Cloud (8th), Melanie Durham (6th) & Deanna Alberts (7th).
Back Row: $5.00 GIft Certificate Winners Sydney Travis (6th) & Michael Tuggle (8th). Absent Kady Montgomery (7th).

GMS Rogers Explorer Recipients


Rebekah Keith *  Abigail Isaacs *  Macy Abney

The Rogers Explorers program is an intensive three-day, two-night program focused on cultivating skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.  It is developed, coordinated, and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, University of Pikeville, and The Center’s newest partner, Union College.

Kendall Cloud, Alternate

Preschool * 1st Visit to LES Library


LES Preschool is learning their way around.  This is their first visit to the library.  They are getting ready for kindergarten.

2017 Governor's Scholar Recipients

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The 2017 Governor's Scholar Recipients are Savannah Dodson, Elle Montgomery and Kennedy Morgan.

The Governor's Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders. Established in 1983, 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. Those selected attend the program free of charge.

GCHS Theater * The Ever After A Musical


Congrats to the GCHS Theater on their Musical Production:  The Ever After A Musical on a great performance.

Design & Engineering Team * U.K. Engineering Competition 1st Place

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The Design and Engineering Team won 1st place at U.K. Engineering Competition!!

Bass Fishing Team

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Congrats to Team Miracle for another Top 10 finish today in the KBN Tournament at Lake Cumberland! They finished 6th out of 78 boats!  Congrats to Team Browning/Hamilton for their top 5 finish Saturday in the KBN Tournament at Lake Cumberland!

Morgan Kennedy * Washington DC Youth Tour


Congrats to Kennedy Morgan for being selected by Inter-County Energy for the Washington DC Youth Tour!
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Alex Montgomery * Passed Oral Aviation & Flight Exam


Congrats to Alex Montgomery for passing his oral aviation & flight exam for his private pilot's license! Alex will be attending EKU in the fall to continue his quest to be an airline pilot.  Alex is one of 258 17 year old pilots in the USA!!

Engineering Students * Rube Goldberg Machine


The Garrard Vocational  Engineering Students were recognized at Thursday's board meeting.  They did a wonderful job with their Rube Goldbert Machine. Great Job Jaeth, Jordan, Parker and Dalton!!

GMS KUNA Delegation * Recognized by Board of Education

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GMS KUNA Delegation was recognized at Thursday's board meeting.  Proud of this group. They represented GMS well.
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LES Academic Team * Recognized by Board of Education


The LES Academic Team was recognized at Thursday's board meeting.  They had another strong season.  Proud of Students and Coaches!!

Alexa Slone*Tennis*Asbury University


Congratulations to Alexa Slone for signing with Asbury University to play tennis.  Alexa is a regional winner for the Lady Lions Tennis Team. (Pictured: Jarred Miller, Asbury University Coach, Alexa Slone, Robyn Slone, Mother, Sydney Arnold, GCHS Tennis Coach)

Colton Barker* Union College Football


Congratulations!  Colton Barker signed to play football for Union College.  Barker was a standout for the Garrard Golden Lions.

Brynne Galloway*2017 Rogers Scholar


Brynne Galloway has been named a 2017 Rogers Scholar.  Rogers Scholars—The Center for Rural Development’s flagship youth program—provides leadership and college scholarship opportunities to help upcoming 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.

McKenna Newman 3rd Place Sculpture * Bluegrass Regional High School Exhibition


McKenna Newman 3rd Place Sculpture at The Bluegrass Regional High School Exhibition 


GCHS Bass Fishing team hosting Tournament


Garrard County Bass Fishing Team hosted a terrific tournament on Saturday, March 25.

Regional Skills USA Competition

Congratulations to Brent Moore for finishing 1st place in Welding 1 at the Regionsl Skills USA competition.  Congratulations to Scott Brammer for finishing 1st place in Architectural CAD and Congratulations to Josh Tirey for finishing 1st place in Auto Service Technology.c

Archery Tournament*Garrard Middle


Garrard Middle hosted a successful Archery Tournament on Saturday, March 25.

Garrard Middle KUNA*Delegation of Excellence Award

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Congratulations to Garrard Middle for winnning the Delegation of Excellence Award at KUNA.


HOSSA State Conference


Garrard County Vocational Students attending the HOSSA state conference in Louisville.

GCHS Central Record Teacher of the Year


Congrats to Mrs. Kristin Long for being the GCHS Central Record Teacher of the Year!

B.A.S.S. All-Honorable Mention-Morgan Brogli


Congrats to Morgan Miracle.  She is a 2017 B.A.S.S. All-American Honorable Mention for Kentucky.

2017 All-Area Boys Basketball Team

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Congrats to Parker Dailey for being named to the All-Area Boys Basketball 1st Team.  Congrats to Justin Preston and Trevor Jones for being recognized as Honorable Mention for the All-Area Boys Basketball Team.

2017 Advocate-Messenger All-Area Girls Basketball

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2017 Advocate-Messender All-Area Girls Basketball*Second team: Sam Adams     Honorable Mention:  Maddy Day, Sis Logan

Garrard County FFA


Proud of Garrard County FFA members Charity, Dylan and Lauren. Charity Browning finished 2nd at the FFA Regional Competition in Sheep impromptu Speech. Dylan Dryskell finished 1st in Creed Speaking. Lauren Patrick finished 2nd in Dairy Impromptu Speech. All will compete at state.

Mrs. Zoliner's*Introduction to Computer Science


Mrs. Zoliner's Introduction to Computer Science students presented the apps they had created for a class project.  The app was 
designed to solve a problem that a family member, friend or educator suggested. Mr. Grasham, Principal; Mr. Keith, Superintendent; Mr. Hoskins, YCC, Mrs. Hart, Asst. Principal and Mrs.Thomas, Technology Coordinator were invited guests. 
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FBLA Regional Competition @ EKU


FBLA was very successful at Regional Competition at EKU with the following winners:
Dillyn Twisdale-1st Place Accounting; Colin Carver and Cade Irvin-2nd Place Game Design; Ethan Baker-1st Introduction to Business; Matt Morris-3rd Place Job Interview; Ty Sharp-2nd Public Speaking; Oceana Pruden-Scott-2nd Place Sales Presentation and Lauren Patrick-3rd Place Agribusiness.


2017 Elementary Governor's Cup Competition

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Garrard County was very well represented in Regional Elementary Governor's Cup Competition.  FIfteen teams make up the region including Camp Dick Robinson Elementary, Lancaster Elementary and Paint Lick Elementary.
 In Quick Recall, Lancaster finished 3rd and Paint Lick was 4th.
In Mathematics, Lancaster's Mason Seagraves was 2nd and Paint Lick's Vivianna Weaver was 5th.
In Science, Lancaster's Jordan Viele and Brodie Calihan were 1st and 2nd,  Paint Lick's Sydney Putman was 3rd.
In Social Studies, Paint Lick's Elise Culross was 4th.
In Language Arts, Lancaster's Presley Applegate was 1st, Camp Dick Robinson's Abigal Meyer was 5th
In Arts and Humanities, Paint Lick's Elise Culross was 2nd.
In the overall standings, Lancaster was 3rd and Paint Lick was 5th.
Congratulations to our students and coaches-we are proud of you!

2017 GCHS Campbellsville University Teacher of the Year * Matt Chamberlain


Congratulations to Mr. Matt Chamberlain for being selected as GCHS Campbellsville University Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Chamberlain teacheres Social Studies. Teachers are honored for excellence in teaching.

Dalton Smith * U. S.Navy


Dalton Smith signed with the U. S. Navy as a  Special Warfare Combat-Craft Crewman.  He will ship out on July 10.

GCHS Fishing Team Kicks off 2017 Spring Season

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Congrats to Team Hamilton on their 4th place finish, as well as, BIG fish honors.  They bagged over 9 lbs as the GCHS FIshing Team kicks off the 2017 Spring Season! (Clay Hamilton & Steven Browning)

Congrats to Team Miracle for a 5th place finish to kick off the GCHS 2017 spring season! (Morgan & Logan Miracle)

Rebekah Hume * Midway College * Soccer


Rebekah Hume signed with Midway College to play soccer and continue her education.  Rebekah played for the Golden Lions this past season.  Rebekah parents, Jeff and Kathy Hume, along with GCHS coach Erin Owens and Midway's coach Sherrill Smith were present for the signing.
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Glitter and Gold Fashion Show

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Mrs. Lane's Fashion and Interior Design Class and Mrs. Whitworth's Marketing Class pressented Glitter and Gold-2017 GCHS Fashion Show.  Students were entertained by Alexa Slong, Hannah Dunn, Brooke Gooch, Chloe Zeznanski and Mr. Akin.  Fashion and Design Students modeled thier design pieces.  All proceeds were donated to the leukemia and lymphoma society

Maddy Day * 1000 Point


Maddy Day was recognized at Friday's game for 1000 points.

GCHS 2017 Homecoming


Sebastian Ritter was crowned 2017 Homecoming King between the Boy's and Girl's Varsity games against Lincoln Friday night.(Pictures courtesy of Hannah Johnson)

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GMS * Regional Governor's Cup



Our students really represented us well in Regional Governor's Cup Competition.  The team placed 4th overall and is sending 4 individuals to the state competition.Rebekah Keith is the regional champion in Composition. Meggie Morrow placed 4th in Arts and Humanities. Connor Fitzpatrick placed 4th in Math.Abby Keith placed 5th in Math. The Future Problem Solving Team placed 3rd. The Quick Recall Team tied for 5th. And, I am proud to say that the team won the Sportsmanship Award!  Thanks to Coaches Jonathan Martin, Zach Simpson, Shannah Garner, and Hillary Vanoy. Also thanks to all who have supported this group.

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Basketball Homecoming @ GCHS

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GCHS celebrating homecoming this week.  Monday – Country vs. Country Club  Tuesday – Athlete vs. Mathlete
Wednesday – America Day  Thursday – Tacky Tourist Day  Friday – Spirit Day  A homecoming king will be crowned between games-- BB & GB vs. Lincoln County on Friday, February 3.

GMS Spelling Bee


Winner: James Michael Tuggle     Runner-Up: Kady Montgomery

Garrard Middle School held their annual Spelling Bee on January 26, 2017.  We had participants from all ELA Classes. The Winner, James Michael Tuggle & the Runner-Up, Kady Montgomery will represent GMS at the County Wide Spelling Bee on February 10, 2017 at the GMS auditorium with a Snow Date of February 17, 2017. 

Pictured Front Row: Matthew Smith, Gabriel Adkins, Jake Hurt, Derrick Sexton, Caleb Johnson, Trevor Nicholson, Kelsey Beedy, Hannah Barrett, Alexandria Carroll, Rebekah, Heaven Dotson & Emily Howell.

Back Row: Makaylie Allen, James Michael Tuggle, Maahi PAtel, Jasmine Deubner, Kady Montgomery, Alison Stiles, Meggie Morrow, Laci Flannery, Austin Hounshell, Ashton Cheek, Claeb Slone & Brayden York.

Mrs. Lane's Culinary *Cooking w/Kids

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Mrs. Lane's Culinary Class invited kids to come to their class to learn some culinary skills.  The children prepared treats with the students in culinary class.

Zoe Lester * 1st Place * Poetry


Congratulations to Zoe Lester for placing 1st in the Poetry event at the Kentucky State Beta Convention.  Zoe will go to Orlando this summer to compete at Nationals and representing G.C.H.S.

Mrs. Hooper's Nutrition and Foods Class * Dessert Pizza

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Mrs. Hooper's Nutrition and Foods class making dessert pizza.

GCHS * Project Lead the Way * January Board Meeting

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Mr. Grasham recognized GCHS Biomedical students: Rebecca Campbell, Georgia Dawahare, and Madeline Jordan at the January board meeting.  Mrs. Morgan Brogli presented a short video clip from the University of Kentucky that showcased the Biomedical students while visiting the university. Students shared some of the things they enjoyed in the class.

Mr. Grasham also recognized GCHS Computer Science Students: Ethan Baker, Colin Carver, Nicholas Denton and Cade Irvin.  These student shared apps they had created in class.  Mrs. Mary Zollner talked about the Computer Science program.

The Biomedical and Computer Science Programs are part of the " Project Lead the Way" grant.

GMS * Kentucky Youth Assembly * January Board Meeting


Mr.Andrew Pickerill recognized the GMS students that were part of the delegation that participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly.  GMS students did an outstanding job and received many individual and group awards at the conference.  They celebrated with cake after their presentations at the board meeting.

Mrs. Lane's Culinary * Wok Around the World

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Mrs. Lane's Culinary classes celebrated foods from several differenct countries through a lesson "Wok Around the World."  Each group of students chose a country and prepared a food popular in that country.  Guests were invited to sample the food as they rotated around the stations.  Students had brochures and talked about the preparation of their food items.  They did an excellent job!
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STLP teaching Junior Achievement @ CDR

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STLP is teaching Junior Achievement lessons "Our Nation" to Mrs. Fyfe's fifth grade students.  Lessons include:  Free to Choose Your Work or Business, Innovation Nation, Career Quest, Get and Keep the Job!, Global Connections, and Business Organizations.

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Engineering Club * Club Day * Making Snowflakes

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Engineering Club making snowflakes during January's club meeting.

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Meet the Lions

GCHS recognized FFA Students and Eagle Scout Jonah Pfeifer


GCHS was honored to recognize our FFA students involved in the Farm Safety program and Jonah Pfeifer was recognized as an Eagle Scout at the November Board Meeting. 

Scrubs Day @ Garrard Vocational * Medicaid Nurses Aide


Garrard County Vocational class, Medicaid Nurses Aide, wore their scrubs on Tuesday, November 15th in preparation for clinicals at Christian Care Center. Students will start working at Christian Care in December. 

Veteran's Day Celebration * Garrard County High School


Garrard County High School held its annual Veteran's Day program on November 14th.  Mr. Kalem Grasham, Principal welcomed the students and guests.  Katherine (Smith) Pollock, Aviation Logistics Officer and GCHS Alumni, was the guest speaker.  The program opened with the Posting of Colors and concluded with Taps and Retiring of Colors.  Mr. John Wilson, Judge Executive, recognized Mr. Jacob Wix, a veteran from Garrard County, with plans to present him with a Kentucky Colonel Award.  Student council members and the GCHS band (featuring Emelee Young with Taps) participated in the program. Refreshments were served prior to the program.


Trump Wins GCHS Mock Election


In an overwhelming victory, GCHS students show their support for the Republican nominee Donald Trump. The students had a 39% voter turnout. They were able to choose from 5 candidates consisting of Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Evan McMullin, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. Mr. Trump received a total of 237 votes, Secretary Clinton received 37 votes, the independent Gary Johnson received a surprising 21 votes, and the independents McMullin and Stein received 8 and 6 votes respectively. We are glad to see our student body actively participating in politics and look forward to the real election on November 8th.

GCHS * Mrs. Johnson's A.P. Government * Mock Presidential Election


Mrs. Johnson's A. P. Government class at GCHS held a "Mock Presidential Election."  Students voted for the candidate of their choice while in the cafeteria during lunch.  Winner will be announced tomorrow.  Stay tuned!!


Jared Brogli won Region 6 Logo Design

Jared Brogli won the Region 6 Logo Design for the FBLA Fall Leadership Conference.

Cameron Carver * Fashion & Design Class Recognized at Board Meeting

GCHS was honored to recognize Cameron Carver for GSP and National Merit Semifinalist at our board meeting last week!

GCHS was honored to recognize Ms. Lane's Fashion & Design students at last week's board meeting!  They donated 20 blankets to 
 Central Baptist NCU.   

All-District Volleyball Team * Neek Hocker

Congrats to Neek Hocker for being selected for the All-District Volleyball Tournament Team!!

GCMB *Distinguished Rating at Bourbon County Regional Competition


Congratulations to GCMB for scoring a Distinguished rating at Bourbon County  Regional Competition.  The band received 2nd place out of 10 bands.  The band will compete in State Prelims and hopefully advance to the State Finals next Saturday Night. (Pictures and Information courtesy of Chris Woolums) Special thanks to Teresa Baker-Clough.


Red Ribbon Week * Garrard Middle * "Stay Tuned"


Garrard Middle had Adam Margullin do a "Stay Tuned" presentation to kick off Red Ribbon Week.  Adam is a seasoned police officer of over 14 years, a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and an accomplished drummer.  This assembly was sponsored by the Youth Service Center.

Mrs. Hooper's Advanced Nutrition and Foods * Crepes with the "Egg Lady"


Mrs. Hooper's Advanced Foods class made crepes with the "Egg Lady."  Cassinda Bechanan from the Kentucky Poultry Federation demonstrated how to prepare crepes in the Advanced Foods Classes.  


Blood Drive * Garrard County High School FCCLA Club


FCCLA sponsored a blood drive which gave students and staff an opportunity to donate bloood to the Kentucky Blood Center.  Our goal was 33 pints.  The Kentucky Blood Center provides a scholarship to one student for our participation in the blood drive.  Cheryl Hooper and Emily Lane are the FCCLA Club sponsors.

Adam Argullin * 2015 Kentucky DARE Officer of the Year * GCHS Students


Adam Argullin was a guest speaker at GCHS in a school wide assembly.  Adam is a seasoned police officer of over 14 years.  He is also a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor.  Adam spoke to our student body about the drug epidemic and how to not become part of the problem.  He discussed different types of drug addictions and how they impact people.  He is also an accomplished drummer and entertained us with several selections. This assembly was sponsored by the Youth Service Center.

GCHS Marching Band Competition @ Tates Creek Commodore Classic


GCHS Marching Band came in 2nd during Prelims, Best Percussion, Best Guard in Class AA.  The GCHS band placed 5th in finals.
(Photographs Courtesy of Chris Woolums)

All-District * Demarcus Bowman & Carson Grecco

Congrats to Demarcus Bowman and Carson Grecco for being selected for the All-District Boys Soccer Tournament Team!!

Educational Commitment

Lancaster Fire Department visits Mrs. Fielder's Science Class


Mrs. Fielder's physical science class had the pleasure of a visit with Chief Sebastian from Lancaster Fire Department. Chief Sebastian demonstrated the various uses of the electromagnetic spectrum within his department. Students investigated infrared imaging cameras, night vision cameras, and ultraviolet flashlights.


Internet Safety Lessons-PLE Kindergarten

STLP visited Miss Oliver's and Mrs. Powell's Kindergarten classes to talk about internet safety.  Topics covered: Personal Safety, Cyber Commuity, Purpose of the Internet, Unsave Behavior, Bullying and Ask a Trusted Adult for Help.

Roar Students on a Canoe Trip

Board Recognition - GCHS Students

GCHS was honored to recognize McKenna Newman, Mary Katherine Oberman, Hannah Keith and Alex Montgomery at Thursday's board meeting.  McKenna attended Governor's School for the Arts at Centre College; Mary Katherine Oberman attended Morehead State University and Hannah Keith attended Murray State University for the Governor's Scholar. (Not pictured:  Cameron Carver attended Northern University for Governor's Scholar.)

Alex Montgomery was recognized for his accomplishments in aviation.  Alex is a pilot and a drone instructor.

Alex Montgomery demonstrates Drone to STLP

Alex Montgomery, pilot and senior at GCHS, demonstrated flying a Drone to some of the STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) students.
Alex is a licensed pilot and a Drone instructor.


First Day for Students

First FULL Day of School for Students

 Wednesday,  August 10

Riley Anderson-Lusher*Fashion Design GOLD*FCCLA


FCCLA Nationals*San Diego, California

Riley Anderson-Lusher received a GOLD rating in the category of Fashion Design at the FCCLA National competition in San Diego, California. Mrs. Cheryl Hooper and Mrs. Emily Lane are the FCCLA sponsors.

School Superintendent Selection Process

The process for electing a superintendent Screening Committee is underway.  By statute,   a committee is to be formed within 30 days of a superintendent vacancy occurring.   This Selection Committee will consist of one board member, one principal, one parent, one classified staff member, and two teachers.  The board member representative is appointed by the Board Chairman.  The principal representative is selected by the principals. The parent representative is selected from parent nominations by the active PTO Presidents.  The classified staff representative is voted upon by paper ballot from nominations.  The two teacher representatives are also voted upon by paper ballot from nominations.

Nominations will be received until 5 pm on Friday, July 8th, 2016.   Voting for the Selection Committee members will take place Wednesday, July 13th at the Board of Education from 10 am to 4 pm.  This will be a paper ballot that does require a sign-in.

Classified staff members may stop in on this day to cast their vote for the classified staff representative.  Teachers (Certified Staff) may stop by to cast their vote for the two teacher representatives.

Parents and district staff have all been notified by phone that nominations for the representatives will close at 5 pm on Friday, July 8th.  Any parent or district staff member can nominate or self-nominate.  You may nominate yourself or someone else by contacting Mindy Morrow at the Board of Education (Phone:  792-3018). 


School and community input are valued, and participation is encouraged in this process.

ROAR Summer Program @ GMS


ROAR Summer Program doing Service Learning Projects at the GEC, Board of ED, and CDR buldings to improve landscaping by pulling weeds and raking mulch.

Corey Keith named Acting Superintendent in Garrard County

Mr. Corey Keith, Assistant Superintendent, has accepted the position as Acting Superintendent of Garrard County. Keith is excited to continue the work that Mr. Paul Mullins began.  Mullins accepted a position as superintendent of Logan County Schools. Keith will take the position of Acting Superintendent on July 1.

All-Area Awards

Baseball Player of the Year:  Phillip Pozzuto     

Phillipp Pozzuto was named The Advocate-Messenger All-Area Player of the Year.  Other Lions being recognized on the 2016 Advocate-Messenger All-Area teams in addition to Pozzuto (Infielder) were Bradley Hammers (Catcher), Brandon Pingleton (Honorable Mention), and Nick Lark (Honorable Mention).

Softball Pitcher of the Year:  Kenlea Norton

Kenlea Norton was named The Advocate-Messenger All-Area Pitcher of the Year.  Other Lady Lions being recognized on the 2016 Advocate Messenger All-Area Teams in addition to Norton (Pitcher) were Sis Logan (Designated Player), Liz Padgett (Infielder), Sam Adams (Outfielder) Chyna Dyehouse (Outfielder), Randa Morris (Catcher), Maddy Day (Honorable Mention), Hailey McCulley (Honorable Mention), and Olivia Saylor (Honorable Mention).

Retirees Recognized at Board Meeting
GCHS: Karen Richardson*Diana Hart, Principal*Barb McGlone
GMS: David Hoskins*Andrew Prickerill, Principal

CDR:  Ann Naylor*Scott Bolin, Principal*Leslie Camic (Not Pictured)

Nancy Holland*Tracy Bottoms, Prinicpal*Rhonda Oliver

PLE:  Larry Sparks, Principal*Leona York*Teresa Riley, Food Services

Congratulations to our retirees - we appreciate your service to Garrard County Schools.





Day 1, 7th grade is working on a Service Learning Project this week.  Day 1 we packed bags for Family Resource Center for Kindergarten Readiness


Day 2, We started out pulling weeds at CDR, then raked mulch on the playground.  We ended the day going throughout the community passes out water to people working and serving our community. 


2016 Kentucky School Resource Officer of the Year * Dave Amon

Contratulations Dave Amon - 2015 KY School Resource Officer of the Year!!

GMS Beta School of Merit

Garrard Middle was selected as a 2016 Beta School of Merit.

Garrard County FFA

Kentucky FFA State Convention - Garrard County FFA received a Gold Chapter Rating again this year.

Boy's Basketball Camp


Boy's basketball camp @ GMS.  Fun times!!



Painting bird houses, lock relay games, shark dissection, Birds of Prey 




GMS Camp - ROAR is sponsoring a GMS Summer Camp to help fifth graders transition into middle school plus lots of fun projects.


Kindergarten Readiness

Nick McCollum signs with Berea College

Congratulations to Nick McCollum on signing with Berea College to play Basketball and Football. Nick played basketball and football for the Garrard Lions.  Pictured: Kiersten McCollum (sister), Nick McCollum, Christina McCollum (mother) - Standing: Josh Henderson and Jerry Perry

2016 Earth Day Festival @ GCHS

Craft Academy for Excellence - J. T. Fitzpatrick

Congratulations J. T. Fitzpatrick on being accepted to the Craft Academy at Morehead State. The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students.  The Craft Academy will meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth.  A college-level curriculum will allow students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework.  In addition to being accepted to the Craft Academy, J. T. was accepted to the Gatton Academy at Western KY University. (http://www.moreheadstate.edu/craft-academy/)

GMS Library-Coloring Contest

8th Grade Winners

7th Grade Winners

6th Grade Winners

The GMS Library is pleased to announce the winners of the coloring contest. Students participated through their advisory while coloring a coloring sheet that promoted reading books as a way to say "We Love To Read at GMS" Candy Prizes were awarded by the GMS Library.  Thanks to all students and staff who participated. (Click on Read More for Individual Winners)

Best in the Show for 3-D Sculpture-Kayla Tuggle- Heart

Bluegrass Regional Art Exhibit Winner

Kayla Tuggle received Best in Show for 3-D Sculpture with her ceramic piece Heart. She will be representing Garrard in the All-State Art Exhibit and Competition.  Attached is the list of participants and schools we dominated. As you can tell, when I play- I'm very competitive. 

HS Awards 2016

Mrs. Lindsay's Spanish Class Celebrates Spring - Breaking Pinata

Students in Mrs. Lindsay's Spanish Class celebrated the coming of spring by breaking a pinata.  In Spain, the Spanish adopted the pinata tradition now referring to the first Sunday of Lent as "The Dance of the Pinata."  The participant, who is blindfolded, represents good opposing evil by having faith which was blind. They are spun around and try to break the pinata which is filled with treats. Traditionally,the Spanish used clay pots but with modern pinatas, paper mache and tissue paper are more popular.


District Basketball

Wednesday Boys vs LCHS @ 7:30 @ LCHS

Friday Girls championship @ 6 @ LCHS--Boys championship @ 7:30 @ LCHS

CDR Winter Program Livestream

Camp Dick Robinsosn will Livestream ther winter program at 1 PM 12/16/2015

to view please click on the link below



Garrard County High School Veterans' Appreciation Ceremony

The Garrard County Hgih School Student Council honored veterans with an Appreciation Ceremony on Monday, November 9th.  Student Council members participated in the program.  Kalem Grasham, Principal of Garrard County High School, welcomed our guests.  Mr. Bret Baierlein (Student Council Sponsor) introduced the guest speaker Representative Jonathan Shell, Kentucky House of Representatives and former GCHS graduate.  Greg Hammond and Mr. Baierlein participated in a Wreath-Laying in honor of veterans killed in action.  A roll call of World War I, World War II, Korean War and VIetnam War recognized those veterans killed in action.  Breakfast was served after the ceremony.



GCHS Drama - "The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery"

GCHS Drama department performed "The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery at the GMS auditorium.  The drama was enjoyed by all!!

State Runner-Up in Class 2A

GCHS Band going on the field.  State Runner-Up in Class 2A!! Way to go Marching Lions!! (Picture: Vicky West Abrams)

GCHS Send Off--GO GCHS BAND!!--State Bound


GCHS Students and Staff gave the GCHS Marching Band a nice send off as they will be competing at State Saturday.


STLP - Internet Safety 3rd Grade CDR

Student Technology Leadership students taught internet safety lessons to the 3rd grade at Camp Dick Robinson.  Topics included:  Cyperbullying, E-mail etiquette, Virus and Acceptable Use Policies.  STLP Students are Shiloh Mastin, Jackson Moss, Clay Shuey and Barry Rich.

FFA Officers Attend State Convention

FFA Officers visiting Churchill Downs while attending the FFA State Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

12th All-Region Girl's Volleyball Team

12th Region Girl's Volleyball - All-Region Team!!
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2015 Garrard Leadership Against Drug Community Forum


    On October 22, 2015 members of the Garrard Leadership Against Drugs (GLAD) coalition held the annual community for at the Grand theater.   One of the speakers was the GLAD Youth Club president Amanda Arbuthnot "I was very honored to be able to represent our club and be able to share what great things we are doing. It was great to meet the people who originally created GLAD back in 2012."   Two recovery centers , Liberty Ridge and The Isaiah House, provided details concerning rehabilitation services close to our community. Bluegrass.org was also present to offer information about recovery services within Lancaster.   The keynote speakers of the night represented the UNITE coalition. The CEO of UNITE, Nancy Hale, stated that GLAD was "doing all the right things" to work towards changing attitudes about drugs in our community. While speaking she emphasized the need for all members of our community to join in the fight.   For more information on how to find resources to help those struggling with addiction please visit GLADcoaliton.com or Bluegrass.org.

Mrs. Lane's Culinary Class - Ethnic Food

Mrs. Lane’s Culinary 1 class has participated in a Wok-Around the World activity.  In this activity the students researched a country and prepared a popular dish from the country they picked and presented it to visitors. Phillip Pozzuto, Hayley Hamilton, and Kacie Dotson chose Japan. From this country they decided to prepare a Grilled Shrimp and Chicken Kabob. Caitlin Powell and Kayla Hockensmith chose Ireland and chose to prepare Corned Beef Hash.  


Homecoming 2015

Blackout Day


Business Entrepreneurship


Business Entrepreneurship crew working hard today on the volleyball warmp ups with Mrs. Tina Brogli.

GCHS 2015-16 Marching Band

GCHS 2015 Marching Band.  This year's show is "You Don't Know Jack."


FFA @ KY State Fair Competition


GCHS FFA Talia, Samantha and Brittany judging dairy cows in the state competition at the KY State Fair. (R) Lauren Patrick judging the grade of some slaughter steers at the KY State Fair. (L)

Garrard County FFA Calves born on the farm this summer.



Proud of Our Fred Finalist - Mr. Jim Oliver


Mr. Jim Oliver received a $250 prize and a plaque for being a FRED finalist from KASA.  We are very proud of Mr. Jim.  He is a special man and we appreciate him very much.  Mr. Jim is very dedicated to the students at Lancaster Elementary.  Scholastic books gave Mr. Jim a basket full of books as a gift for being a FRED finalist.


Welcome Bryan Flachbart-Assistant Principal LES

Bryan Flachbart is excited to be the new assistant principal at Lancaster Elementary School.   Bryan has earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in special education and holds masters degrees from Eastern Kentucky University in Gifted Education as well as Instructional Leadership.  Bryan has served as a teacher in both regular and special education classrooms and has been a behavior coach, assistant principal, and district curriculum and assessment director before joining the LES family.   Bryan looks forward to being back with students each day.  Bryan and his wife, Mary, live in Danville.  

Garrard Softball and Baseball Top Seed in District

Senior night for Garrard Softball and Garrard Baseball put Garrard Lions teams in the top seed for district. District play starts Monday night at 5:30.  Softball is at Veterans Park and Baseball is at Lincoln County High School.

Mr. Jim Oliver-Fred Finalist at Lancaster Elementary


Mr. Jim Oliver was selected by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators to apply for The Fred Award.  His hard work and dedication as a volunteer is being recognized by this state award.  Today (May 6) Mr. Jim is going through the interview process.  The Nominee and his associates have a schedule of around ten interviews including videos with the film crew. (Pictures from Mrs. Sharon Hurt's classroom.)


College, Career, Elective Fair

3rd Grade Science Fair





Science Fair Projects from CDR 3rd Grade.

12th Region Tennis Champs! - Slone & Dotson Runner Up Doubles

GC tennis doubles Alexa Slone and Kacie Dotson Runner-Up in Region.

12th Region Champions!!

Harlem Wizard fundraiser for Project Graduation Harlem Wizard fundraiser for Project Graduation

The Harlem Wizard will be here at the Garrard Co Middle School Monday May 11 door opens at 5:30 and game starts at 6:30. Tickets can be bought in advance for 10.00 either online @ www.Harlemwizards.com or by calling 8593398842. You can also purchase them at the door for 12.00 children 4 and under are free.

Proceeds benefit project graduation.

Teacher Appreciation Week Teacher Appreciation Week
FFA Regional Winners


Erin Hoskins won 1st place in the FFA Regional competition in the American Institute of Cooperation Contest. (Left)

James Hounshell won 2nd place in the FFA Regional Ag Mechanics Speech Contest. (Right)

Egg Lady Visit's Mrs. Hooper's Foods Class


Cassinda Bechanan from the Kentucky Poultry Federation spoke to Ms. Hooper's and Ms. Lane's Nutrition and Foods and Culinary classes.  She spoke to students on the quality, nutrition, buying and storing of eggs and the different ways they can be used to prepare foods.  Cassinda then demonstrated the Helmer method of preparing omelets.  He made it to the Guiness Book of World Records by preparing 427 ometets in 30 minutes.  Each student then got to prepare their own omelet using this technique.

Dr. Donald Frazier visits Mrs. Vanhook's Anatomy & Physiology


Dr. Donald Frazier Visit

     On Friday, February 13, 2015, students enrolled in the Anatomy & Physiology class as well as interested students from the AP Biology class got the unique experience to participate in a presentation led by Dr. Donald Frazier, director of the University of Kentucky Outreach Center for Science & Health Opportunities.  The Outreach Center was started in 1993 because Dr. Frazier wanted to motivate kids to take an interest in science.  Frazier is a professor emeritus in the College of Medicine & Biomedical Engineering.   

     Mrs. Jane Vanhook and her students would like to thank Dr. Donald Frazier for taking the time to visit our school and giving a very enthusiastic and inspiring presentation. Hopefully, this presentation will motivate a few more of our students to consider a career in the medical field as well as demonstrate why wearing seat belts, helmets, and other safety equipment while keeping healthy is so important for us all.

Winter Break Winter Break

We are on Christmas break and will return to school on Monday January 5, 2015.

CDR Christmas Program (Live Broadcast)

The CDR christmas program at 1PM will be broadcast Live on the districts Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/garrard-county-school-events

Wyatt's Warriors-UK Children's Hospital w/GCHS Gear Up Leadership Team


Garrard County students are making an impact by demonstrating Lion Pride and serving others.  GCHS Gear Up Leadership Team, along with Wyatt Fielder, CDR student, delivered Wyatt's Warriors toy chest to UK Children's Hospital Monday, Dec 15th.  The toy chest was a collaboration between Wyatt's grandfather, Danny Cable who made the chest, the GCHS National Honors Art Club who helped paint the chest, and the Leadership Team, who organized the toy drive to fill the chest, and ultimately deliver it. The students were recognized by Dr. Wagoner, chief of Pediatric Oncology, along with the Pediatric Oncology nurses for their work to better the lives of children receiving treatments. 

Jason Roop speaking to the GLAD club. We had 64 students attend. It was awesome!

GCHS Lions Book Club

The GCHS Lions Book Club has two purposes—to encourage student involvement in the GCHS community and to discuss books. At the December 10, 2014 meeting, students wrapped Christmas gifts and put together a food basket for a child they sponsored through the FRC & YSC. They continued discussions of the 2015 9-12 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee books begun at the November meeting. Several students dressed as their favorite book characters and gave clues so others could guess who they were. Pictured are Jina Larsen as Katniss (from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins), Mrs. Nugent as Jane Eyre (from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte), and Jordan Tuttle as Newt (from The Maze Runner by James Dashner).?   ---Barbara Nugent, Librarian

All-Region Band Awards

Coty Sanford, Anna Kluesener, Bradley Dalton:  All-Region Symphonic Band

Nathan Johnson, Emalee Young, Dalton SMith:  All-Region Concert Band


Reality Store - GMS


Garrard County Youth Services Center, UK Extension Office, Garrard County 4-H Council and Garrard Middle School hosted Reality Store for 8th grade students.  Reality Store is program that simulates the REAL WORLD for students. They are given a monthly income and visit various booths to purchase their utilities, clothing, food etc.

Art Classes - Fashion Classes Create Quilt Blocks



Mrs. Long’s Sculpture class in addition to an Independent Study in Ms. Lane’s class participated in creating quilt block squares for the annual School Block Challenge competition and exhibit at Paducah’s National Quilt Museum sponsored by Moda Fabrics. Our high school students used their math skills and creativity to create quilt blocks. Some designs used  traditional quilting patterns, while most created their own original designs. The quilt blocks will be on exhibit at the museum during the 1st quarter of 2015. Winning blocks will remain on exhibit until September.

2014-15 GCHS Bowling Team

1st Row:  Maddie Hulett, Molly McCall, Hayley Baker, Courtney Wooldridge, Hannah Grimes, Katie Marcum

2nd Row:  Coach Chelsea Denny, Shaker Ezaizat, Seth Murphy, Matt Wilburn, Sammy Galloway, Sam Robinson, Lucas McCane, Jerred Perry


Basketball Tonight - December 1

Lions Basketball

Lady Lions Basketball

Lions Place Five on All-Area Football Team

Five Garrard Players on Advocate-Messenger All-Area Football Team - Four Honorable Mention

Congratulations Jerred Perry (G-Sr.), Justin Sparks (G-Sr.), Davian Logan (DL-Jr.), Clay Suey (LB-Jr.) and  Slade Crutchfield (P-Jr.) for being named to the Advocate-Messender All-Area football team.  Jacob Foley, J. T. Lyon, Nick McCollum and Jarrod Poynter were Honorable Mention.

Garrard's Perry named Area Coach of the Year

Congratulations Coach Jerry Perry for being named Area Coach of the Year.  Coach Perry second stint as Garrard County's football coach went 9-3 and won the school's fourth district title. That helped him become this year's Advocate-Messenger Area Coach of the Year.  (Advocate Messenger)

Marching Band Celebration-Board Recognizes Marching Band Seniors

The Board of Education recognized our Marching Band seniors at the November board meeting.

The GCHS Marching Band would like to invide everyone to the GCHS Marching Band community celebration at the GMS cafeteria Friday night (Nov. 14) at 6:00 p.m.  The band boosters will be having a chilli supper.  Donations will be accepted to help pay for State Championship rings.


FCCLA in New York City

Thirteen students attented a FCCLA cluster meeting in New Brunswick, New Jersey this past weekend.  The students, with advisers Mrs. Emily Lane and Mrs. Cheryl Hooper, toured New York City on Friday while visiting the area.  Times Square, The Emipire State Building. Ground Zero and shopping were some of  the things the students enjoyed. 

GCHS Marching Band - #1 in STATE


Congratulations GC Marching Band!!

garrard marching band live stream

We will attempt to broadcast  the garrard marching band performance at 7:45 at the lync below



KY Manufacturing Innovation Conference - Garrard Youth Career Connection

Seven Garrard County High School students recently had the honor of attending the KY Manufacturing Innovation Conference in Lexington, KY.  The inaugural event was hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.  The conference featured entrepreneurs, and CEO's from some of the state's most innovative buisnesses.

Picture: Back LtoR Jareth Davis, Andrew Delili, Parker Dailey,  Front: LtoR Angie Fielder, YCC Academy Teacher, Morgan Miracle, Anthony White, Dylan Mullins, David Wright, Josh Henderson, YCC Youth Career Counselor

AP Environmental Science & Chemistry Classes--Guest Speaker

AP Environmental Science and Chemistry classes had a guest speaker from Blue Grass Army Depot.  Richmond Siobhan Adkins from BGCAPP explained the history of the depot and described the storage and eventual neutralization of chemical weapons.  Her detailed presentation included the chemistry of the weapons along with the descriptions of future job opportunities in the field of science and engineering.


GCHS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week



The G.L.A.D. club sponsored a Drug-Free Assembly program on Thursday, October 30th.  Several distinguished guest were in attendance.


"The Butler Did It" --- GCHS Drama Department

GCHS Drama Department will be performing "The Butler Did It" at GMS.   Show Times---Saturday Nov. 1 @ 6:00 p.m. *  Sunday Nov. 2 @ 2:00 p.m.


All Region Volleyball-Kacie Dotson

Congrats to Kacie Dotson for being selected on the 12th Region Volleyball All-Tourney Team!

Youth Leadership Garrard County History Day


The Youth Leadership visited the historic places in Lancaster.  Two locations of great pride are The Grand and the Judicial Center.

Dave Amon Receives Drug Identification Bible

The Agency for Substance Abuse Policy/Prevention presented Dave Amon with a Drug Identification Bible. The Local Garrard County A.S.A.P, represented by Coroner Daryll Hodge, presented the bible.

Congratulations - Football District Champs

Congratulations to the football team for being the District Champions for only the 4th time in school history!  The Golden Lions finish in a 3 way tie with Estill County and Bourbon County.

GCHS Marching Band--Regional Champs

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS!!! Band wins it's first ever Regional Championship today!  The band will be participating in the State Quarter-Finals on Saturday in Danville.  The Finals will be at EKU Saturday night!

District Champions--Volleyball

District Champtions!!  Great effort volleyball team.  Proud to be a LION!  We are GC!

District All-Tourney Team:  Kacie Dotson, Randa Morris & Shamanika Hocker


Whole Foods Store Field Trip

          Yesterday on the advanced nutrition and foods field trip we got the chance to tour the Whole Foods store and even sample some of their products. We learned that Whole Foods only sells organic food and they won’t sell anything that has certain kinds of chemicals in it. Some of the items we sampled were apples, guacamole, homemade peanut butter, freshly squeezed orange juice, pizza, cheeses, and sushi. After we finished touring the store, we went and ate at Asuka in Danville which was delicious.


Youth Leadership @ Asbury Challenge Course

 The Youth Leadership Group from Garrard County High School visited the Asbury Challenge Course.  The Asbury University Challenge Course is an experientially-based outdoor program focused on developing greater leadership, communication, trust, and initiative in teams.


Meet You At the Pole

Garrard County High School students participated in Meet You at the Pole Wednesday, September 24th.  Mrs. Lori Duggins, FCA advisor, sponsored the event and Mr. Stephen Brogli (Youth Minister) led the program with a devotion and prayer.
What is See You at the Pole, or SYATP? See You at the Pole is a completely student led event in which students meet at their school’s flagpole before school on the fourth Wednesday of every September to pray for your school, the students, teachers, government, and our nation.

GCHS Marching Band-Reserve Grand Champion


Congratulations GCMB! First Place, Best Percussion, Best guard in class AA,  best Percussion Overall, and RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION!!  Eighteen bands competed in the North Laurel competition.

Collin Gay - 2nd Team All-Central KY Bluegrass Conference

Congrats to Collin Gay for being named on the 2nd team All-Central KY Bluegrass Conference Golf Team.

GCHS National Art Honors Society-Pediatric Cancer Awareness

GCHS National Art Honors Society is going GOLD for Pediatric Cancer Awareness month with Wyatt's Warriors' toy chest.  Wyatt Fielder, a pediatric cancer survivor, wanted to find a way to cheer up children undergoing therapy. His dream was to create a treasure chest for kids to be able to choose prizes from after receiving shots or other  procedures. 

STLP Teaches French Lessons @ CDR

The Student Technology Leadership Program taught French lessons at CDR this week.  The lesson included numbers, colors and a few basic words.  The students did a great job participating in the lesson.  Anna Abrams and Shiloh Mastin are the STLP students in the picture.

United Way Day of Caring



Mrs. Vanhook's science classes participated in the United Way Day of Caring.  They were joined by the Mercer County Girl Scouts and several classes at GCHS.  Their project was to clean and plant the garden boxes in the back of the high school.  We can already see the change in the beautification project but look forward to the flowers in the spring.

STLP Reads to Students @ PLE


Mr. Larry Sparks, principal at PLE, invited the Student Technology Leadership Program students to read to the fourth and fifth grade students. 

Internet Safety Lessons - STLP @ LES

STLP students at Garrard County High School did an internet safety lesson with the fifth grade classes at Lancaster Elementary.  Topics included personal safety and online behavior (predator identification-privacy-cyber security-using online resources-digital health and wellness).

2014 Homecoming Queen - Breonna Hocker


Breonna Hocker was crowned 2014 Homecoming Queen at Friday's game.  Breonna's escort was Zac Jeffries.  Breonna is the daughter of Jamie and Lamont Hocker.

Homecoming 2014 - Spirit Day




Homecoming 2014 - Bonfire



Homecoming 2014 - Super Hero



Homecoming 2014 - America Day

Homecoming Week @ GCHS - Decade Day



Sophia McWilliams-Releasing Sixth Book

Lucas and Sophia McWilliams showcased their book series Wielderat at the 2013 Kentucky Book Fair, held at the Frankfort Convention Center. The father-daughter duo from Garrard County will soon be releasing the sixth book in the series, just in time for this year’s book fair.  Lucas and Sophia McWilliam's books can be found at http://lucasmcwilliams.com.  They are available for purchase through Amazon.com.  

Homecoming Week @ GCHS

Queen Candidates

Breonna Hocker, Amanda Rollins, Brittney Rousey

McKenzie Robinson, Bethany Major


Madeline Ballew, Shelby Major, Amanda Arbuthnot


Monday's Theme - Nerd Day





GCHS Marching Band - 1st Place in Class Bourbon County



Anna Abrams, GCHS Marching Band Field Commander, representing the GCHS Band at Bourbon County.  First place in class, best guard, and best percussion. Placed 5th overall.


STLP - French Lesson - 2nd Grade PLE Students


The STLP Students at GCHS taught a French lesson to second grade at PLE.  The lesson included an introduction to colors and numbers and included a coloring activity in French.

Roseberry's Middle School Ag Class - Jay Hettmansperger Guest




Middle School is now offering some Agriculture classes.  Our agriculture extension agent, Jay Hettmansperger, came to help the middle school class today learn about tomatoes and cabbage. The students helped to plant the tomatoes and cabbage and put them in the middle school greenhouse. Mrs. Christen Roseberry Agriculture teacher for the class was the photographer.

Guest Speaker from Sullivan Culinary Arts - Mrs. Hooper's Food Classes



Physics - Eggdrop - Mr. Rush



Emily Major - Pigskin Classic

Congrats to Emily Major for being crowned Queen at the Pigskin Classic.  Emily is a Senior at GCHS and her escort was Kyle Best.

2nd Grade Field Trip

Our second grade  classes at LES went on a tour of the Garrard Judicial Center, First Southern National Bank of Lancaster, and The Lancaster Police Station. This is a cumulative project for the end of our Community Unit. We would like to give special thanks to Mr. Kenny Hurt, Arnie Akers, Jeannie Carrier, and the Lancaster City Police Department. 

$3000 for AP Score

GCHS students earned $3000 for a qualify AP score in Math, Science & English!
These checks were incentive checks from Advance Kentucky.

State Champion - Morgan Colvin

Congrats to Morgan Colvin for winning State Champion at the Kentucky State Fair in Dairy Holding!!

School Leaders Meet With Farm Bureau Board



School Leaders Meet With Farm Bureau Board

There was definitely an air of positive excitement about Garrard County Schools last Thursday evening, August 7, 2014 at the Garrard County Farm Bureau Board of Directors meeting.  A group of relatively new district and school leaders were invited to be introduced to the Farm Bureau Board, and each person spoke briefly of their vision and passion for education in Garrard County.                               





Board Recognizes Governor's Scholars - Emily Major & Sawyer Wilson


Superintendent Mullins recognized Emily Major & Sawyer Wilson at the Garrard County monthly board meeting as Governor's Scholars.  Both students attended the six week long program on a college campus this summer. 

Claudia Lucas -FRAN Award Recipient

Mr. Paul Mullins, Superintendent, presented Claudia Lucas with the FRAN Award on opening day with faculty and staff for Garrard County Schools.  Claudia works with the Migrant Program for Garrard County Schools.  The FRAN award is given to a staff member that is outstanding in recognizing the needs of our school community.  The person receiving the award is chosen by the faculty and staff.

New Teacher Orientation - Garrard County Schools

Support the GCHS Band

Scotty Merida - Kentucky Transportation Director of the Year

Congrats to Mr. Scotty Merida for being recognized as the KY Transportation Director of the Year.

Russell Aulman-4th Place National Winner

Garrard County student recognized! Kentucky students were among some of the top finishers at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Conference and Skills Competition held in Kanasas City, MO this summer.  Russell Aulman tied for the highest finish (4th) of any HS student from Kentucky in the Contest Technical Drafting in this national competition.  Great work by our staff and leadership at the ATC! Congrats to Russell!

Paul Mullins, GC Superintendent, Attends Bill SIgning Paul Mullins, GC Superintendent, Attends Bill SIgning

(Frankfort, Ky.—) Garrard County Schools Superintendent Paul Mullins was recently invited to be present at the office of Governor Steve Beshear to observe the signing of House Bill 75, legislation enacted by the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly.The legislation, sponsored by House Education Committee Chairman Derrick Graham of Frankfort, enhances the quality of the training and assessment center for new school superintendents in Kentucky. All first-year superintendents are required to participate in and successfully complete the assessment center process.Mullins successfully completed the program during the 2013-14 school year, culminating with his capstone presentation to the Garrard County Board of Education on May 20, 2014.“The training I received this past year as a new superintendent was critical to my ability to carry out the important work our school board and leadership team are undertaking each day on behalf of our students,” Mullins said. “This is a great program, and it helped me tremendously as I took on the many challenges faced by a new superintendent.”

Seth Murphy Commits to EKU

Seth Murphy, Garrard baseball standout, commits to Eastern Kentucky University.  Seth is a member of Garrard County High School class of 2015. He has a fastball (85-89), Curveball (67-69) and Changeup (70-72). Seth's secondary position is SS.

Toddler Art Class


Toddler art classes sponsored by the Family Resource Center.

Scott Bolin Named CDR Principal

The Camp Dick Robinson Elementary School SBDM council is pleased to announce the hiring of a new principal.  Scott Bolin, who has served as the principal at Hogsett Elementary School in Danville for the past year, will begin his duties as the principal of Camp Dick Robinson on July 1. 

"I'm Ready" "I'm Ready"


Double Click to watch Video "I'm Ready"

CDR-KPREP Rally "I'm Ready"
AP Chem/AP Environmental Science Field Trip



The AP Chem/AP Environmental Science classes visiting Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.  Bernheim is one of the largest forest blocks in the Eastern United States managed by a nonprofit organization whose mission includes conservation and education. The clean air and water, wildlife habitat and biological diversity that Bernheim provides and protects make this land truly significant and precious.

Jerolaman's Science Classes Build Windmills



Mrs. Jerolaman’s science classes were immersed into the field of energy resources with guest speaker, Mrs. Kara Sayles.  Mrs. Sayles is from Bluegrass-Greensource, a nonprofit environmental organization in Lexington.  Students learned about coal as a resource and also learned about alternative energy resources.  The culmination of the two day program was designing and building windmills that could lift cups of rocks.

New Boys and Girls Basketball Coaches

A press conference was held at "The Grand Theatre" on Monday, May 12 introducing the new basketball coaches at GCHS.  Mr. Charlie Owens, athletic directer for GCHS, introduced Scott Latham as the new girl's basketball coach (left) and Josh Henderson as the new boys basketball coach (right).

Comedy Caravan

We invite you to attend the GCHS Student Council Fundraiser on Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Garrard Middle School Auditorium.  $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Laugh at Bob Batch who has appeared on Showtime, Good Morning America and the Today Show.  Brad Lanning and Coach Billy Goldsmith from "The Moth Story Slam" will also be part of the entertainment.

Special Guest Comedian Superintendent Paul Mullins

Contact a member of Student Council OR Bret Baierlein for advance tickets.

This event would make a great addition to a date night, family outing, or night out with friends.  All comedians are guaranteed clean and concessions will be available for sale.  Preview at the website below:


Garrard Central Record Teacher of the Year


Please vote for the Garrard Central Record Teacher of the Year. Nominations were received from each school.  School staff members and parent votes will be tallied after the deadline Wednesday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. 

Vote Here


Multimedia & STLP Classes Visit KET

Multimedia and STLP classes visited KET on  Friday, April 25.  The visit included a tour of the facilities at KET and a Greenscreen lesson in their media lab.

Girl's Weight Lifting Class @ GCHS



Miss Erin Klusener has a Girl's Weight Lifting Class this trimester for the girls that want to get in shape for the summer season.

Henry Clay visits CDR


Henry Clay, Kentucky's Great Statesman, visited CDR 5th graders Friday, April 18th.  Henry Clay was one of our Nation's greatest speakers and he was also a Kentucky Legislator.  U.S. Senator, Speaker of the House of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Secretary of the State for President John Quincy Adams.  Henry Clay's estate, Ashlant, is located in Lexington, Kentucky.  First Southern National Bank sponsored the program and Mrs. Marilyn Prewitt was a special guest.


Prom Queen-Misty Walton * Prom King-Bradey Rector

Misty Walton was crowned by Ramie Goldey as the 2014 Prom Queen and Bradley Rector was crowned by Ethan Smith as the 2014 Prom King. The Prom was held at Ashley Inn on Saturday, April 19. This year's theme was "Do You Remember." (Ramey Goldey-Ethan Smith  2013 Prom Queen and King.)

AP Biology-pGLO Transformation Lab


Recently, Mrs. Vanhook and her AP Biology class conducted a  pGLO transformation lab with a procedure known as genetic transformation.  Genetic transformation literally means “change caused by genes,” involving the insertion of a gene into an organism for the ostensible purpose to change the organism’s trait (also known as their phenotype) and most notably used in many areas of biotechnology. 

Junior Achievement Lessons 4th Grade @ PLE

The STLP students from GCHS are teaching Junior Achievement at Paint Lick Elementary.  The lessons provide a strong emphasis on mathematics, reading and writing skills while the primary emphasis is on social studies content.  The lessons help students understand the economic world.  The STLP students serve as role models while serving as a volunteer.

Junior Achievement Lessons

The STLP students from GCHS are teaching Junior Achievement at Lancaster Elementary.  The lessons provide a strong emphasis on mathematics, reading and writing skills while the primary emphasis is on social studies content.  The lessons help students understand the economic world.  The STLP students serve as role models while serving as a volunteer.


Wednesday afternoon the students at Garrard County High School celebrated by 30+ people shaving their heads in support of Wyatt Fielder.  Wyatt is a 2nd grader at CDR and his mother is part of the faculty at Garrard County High School.  Along with support from the community, GCHS under the leadership of Kalem Grasham (Principal) was able to raise $10,000 to help offset medical bills for the family.  (Wyatt was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma in January.)                                         

Calender Survey Calender Survey
Michael Leger's Electricity Class Helps at The Grand

Monday afternoon, February 17th, students from Michael Leger's Electricity Class at the Garrard County Area Technology Center (Vocational School) were picking up chairs and whatever else they could do to help with cleanup following "The American Girl Tea."  The class was doing their part to ready The Lancaster Grand Theatre for "Rhythm of the Dance" on Thursday.  When they had finished helping  they were back to work, as seen in this photo, wiring the theatre's addition.  (Courtesy of Karla Sefcak)


Mike Oakley’s Carpentry Class Helps at The Grand
To help The Lancaster Grand Theatre prepare for February 20th's "Rhythm of the Dance",  Mike Oakley's Carpentry Class from the Garrard County Area Technology Center (Vocational School) did the take-down of the portable stage extension, used for "The American Girl" teas. The 16' wide extension extends across th stage to each side wall and was built specifically to give more seating on the stage.  It was used the first time for the teas and will be available for future events.  Here are the students the morning of "Rhuthm of the Dance", photographed in front of the performance backdrop.   (Courtesy of Karla Sefcak)
2014-2015 Calendar Parent Vote

Please take some time to vote for the 2014 2015 Garrard County Schools Calendar.

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STLP Digital Photography@CDR Finding Shapes



New Web Page Training @ GCHS







Garrard County teachers are currently being trained to use a new webpage.  It is our hope that we can improve our communication with students, parents and community with this new technology.   

PLE St. Jude Math-A-Thon

Row 1: Brennan M., Jaydon N., Eleanor S., Marisa B., Maddie C., Elise C., & Benjamin B.   Row 2: Erica R., Samantha H., Alexis H., Christian F., Kenzie S., Vivianna W., Kelsey A., & Camilla C.  Row 3: Zoey S., Riley M., Connor H., Kylee T., Casey M., Tristen H. & Isaiah A.  Row 4: Mrs. Tonia Middleton, Ashley B., Sydney O., Vanessa H., Brooke B., Karli K., Callie H., & Ms. Crystal Coleman   Not Pictured:  Matthew L.

Twenty nine students from Paint Lick Elementary recently participated in St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon.  The goal for this year was to raise $1,200 for St. Jude.  Students were able to meet this goal!  This will pay for one day of chemo therapy and feed a family of four for a week while staying at St. Jude Hospital.  Way to go PLE! 

LES Veterans Day Poster

Working on poster for Veterans day.

GCHS Band Students Recognized by Board


Some of the GCHS Band seniors were recognized at Tuesday's board meeting for their hard work, dedication, and another final four appearance in this year's KMEA State Marching Band Championship.

LES Veterans Day

Working on poster for Veterans day.

GCHS Veterans' Day Celebration

  Garrard County High School Student Council had a Veterans' Day Luncheon and Celebration on November 8th. Mr. Leonard Smith was the keynote speaker. The program was dedicated to Colonel William Richard Higgins. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his capture leading to his death on June 6, 1990. He is considered the first Marine Casualty of the War on Terror. Student Council officers as well as the GCHS band participated in the program. (Shown above L. Mr. Bret Baierlein, Student Council Advsior and R. Mr. Leonard Smith, Keynote Speaker.)



Student Council Officers


Grecco Finishes 10th at State Cross Country

Cole Grecco finished 10th in the State Cross country meet held at the Kentucky Horse Park on November 10th.

GCHS Cheer Advance to State Finals


GCHS Cheer advances to the State Finals! We'll be competing December 14, 2013 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Law & Justice Final Exams at Judicial Center

Mr. Jeff Moss took his Law and Justice Class to the Judicial Center for a Mock Trial Final Exam last week. They spent the day at the Garrard County Judicial Center doing three separate mock trials.

Proficient and Proud!
These Paint Lick Elementary fourth graders scored Proficient/Distinguished on one or more of the 2013 KPREP Tests.
These Paint Lick Elementary fourth graders scored Proficient/Distinguished on one or more of the 2013 KPREP Tests.
Way to go fourth graders!
These fifth graders scored Proficient/Distinguished on one or more of the 2013 KPREP Tests! Awesome job fifth graders!
inguished on one or more of the 2013 KPREP Tests!
Awesome job fifth graders! 
Cross Country Team State Bound

Boys Cross Country Team advances to state finals.

GCHS Leadership Justice Day
GCHS Band @ State GCHS Band @ State

Congrats to the Band for finishing 4th in the 3A State Finals at the Kentucky Music Educators Association's State Marching Band Championship.

Parenting Class @ GCHS Parenting Class @ GCHS

Mrs. Hooper's Parenting class adopt a baby (Reality Works Real Care Infant Simulators) for three days to simulate what it would be like to have a baby for whose care you are responsible. 

Guidance Class-Halloween Stories Guidance Class-Halloween Stories

Mrs. Shepherd's 3rd grade class working on Halloween stories in Guidance class. 

2013 Red Ribbon Week-A Healthy Me is Drug Free! 2013 Red Ribbon Week-A Healthy Me is Drug Free!

CDR Celebrated Red Ribbon Week by having a daily theme.

STLP Junior Achievement Instruction - CDR 5th Grade STLP Junior Achievement Instruction - CDR 5th Grade

STLP is teaching the Junior Achievement lessons, Our Nation, to the 5th grade at CDR. 


Teens Against Tobacco Use  

FFA Members Attend National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY FFA Members Attend National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY
FFA Members Attend National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY
Captain Roberts with PLE First Graders Captain Roberts with PLE First Graders

Lexington Fire Fighter Captain Maria Roberts, presented a fire department informational program to Paint Lick Elementary first graders Friday.

District Survey District Survey
In an effort to improve system practices, Garrard County School District is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to:



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Mr. Mullins, president of KASA, met with the delegation from Kentucky in Washington, D.C. to try to provide adequate funding for our schools.

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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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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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Congratulations Cheryl Hooper* Outstanding High School FCCLA Advisor


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


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.

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)

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.

Real Elf on the Shelf


Mrs. Bottoms discovered a real life Elf on the Shelf in her office.

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


Archery*1st Place*Rebekah Keith


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

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.)

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. 

Welcome to GCHS

GCHS Welcomes:


Wayne Back, Spanish


Adam Hardwick, Music/Band


Pamlia Lyons, Special Ed.


Barbara Nantz, Math


Lauren Oliver, Spanish


GMS & GCHS National Beta Schools of Merit!

Congratulations to GCHS Beta and GMS Beta for being named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit!!

beta     Let Us Lead by Serving Others

Congratulations * Teacher of the Year * Kristin Long

Jimmy Cox, Kristin Long, Corey Keith, Superintendent

Congrats to Kristin Long for being recognized as Central Record Teacher of the Year!  Also Congrats to all the teachers selected to be recognized from the district.

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       Paula Turner*Larry Sparks*PLE**Heather Middleton*Scott Bolin*CDR

Kristy Marcum*Tracie Bottoms*LES

Golden Lion Day 3

Due to illness, Friday, February 24 will be NTI/Golden Lion Day #3. Students should complete the appropriate assignments that were sent home in the red folders. The assignments can also be accessed from the district webpage. (Follow the "Golden Lion Day" link in the Quick Links section. The password is "garrard")

Online versions of the packets are available here

Infinite Campus Move

KDE and Infinite Campus have recently decided to move all of the district's Infinite Campus servers from Frankfort to the Infinite Campus data center.  

This means two things for staff, students, and parents:

First, Infinite Campus will be unavailable from 12/23/16 until 12/30/16.

Second, once the move is complete the address for the site will change for both the application page as well as the parent portal.

This will mean that bookmarks and icons pointing to the current address will not work after the switch over. You will want to delete these to prevent confusion after we return from winter break.

We will update the district page during that week so the link on the webpage will work.

The new addresses will be:

https://kyede4.infinitecampus.org/campus/garrard.jsp  - PRODUCTION APPLICATION URL 

https://kyede4.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/garrard.jsp - PARENT PORTAL APPLICATION URL 


This will not affect the mobile app.

Veteran's Day Celebration @ Garrard Middle

Garrard County Middle School held its annual Veteran's Day program on November 11th.  Jimmie Arnold and Jacob Wix were the guest speakers.  Many veterans attended the program.  Middle school students, choir and band participated in the program.

All-District Tournament Team * Caity Grimes * Rebekah Hume

Congrats to Caity Grimes and Rebekah Hume for being selected for the All-District Tournament Team!

Corey Keith-Interim Superintendent *** Amber Minor-Director of Finance

Corey Keith
Interim Superintendent

Amber Minor
Director of FInance
Back To School Night & New Student Registration-CDR

Back to School Picnic -Thursday, August 4, 2016-5:30-7:30 pm-Come out and enjoy meeting your CDR Family!

GCHS Graduation Live Stream

Garrard County High School will stream Graduation starting around 6:15 PM EST with the senior video. Graduation Ceremony to follow at 7:00 EST.



The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast

The high school drama department will present "The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast" at GMS auditorium on April 28 @ 6:00 p.m., April 29 @ 6:00 p.m. and May 1 @ 4:00 p.m.  Admission: $7 adults - $5 students  Plan to attend!!

Kacie Dotson Signs with Union College

Congratulations to Kacie Dotson on signing with Union College to play volleyball and tennis.  Kacie plans to major in education and coach in the future.  Her parents are Ervina and Rodney Dotson.

Packets for the Golden Lion Days Packets for the Golden Lion Days

Golden Lion Day folders were sent home with students on Thursday, January 28.  These red folders contain the work that students are to complete in the event that a snow day is designated as a Golden Lion Day.  For more information on Golden Lion Days, please follow the link below.




RFP Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract RFP Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract

The Garrard County Board of Education will receive proposals from Qualified Providers for services to be provided under KRS 45A.352 – Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract involving local public agencies.  The intended project is for the identification, design and implementation of energy conservation measures on a guaranteed energy savings contract basis.

Interested and Qualified Providers can receive a copy of the official Request for Proposals (RFP) by submitting a one-page letter of interest to:

               Garrard County Schools

Attn:  Paul M. Mullins, Superintendent

322 West Maple Avenue

Lancaster, KY  40444

Fax:  (859) 792-4733  Phone 859-792-3018

E-mail:  paul.mullins@garrard.kyschools.us

An authorized representative of Garrard County Schools will receive sealed proposals until 3:00 PM, Eastern Time, on March 30, 2016.  Proposals received after the date and time set for the opening will not be accepted.


Medal Day @ GMS



Garrard Middle School students received a Medal as a reward for scoring Proficient or Distinguished on the May 2015 testing.  These medals will be worn throughout the next semester to reward students for achievement.  Students must have their medals on medal days to receive the award.


16-17 Calendar Draft Vote

The calendar committee has prepared three draft calendars for the 16-17 school year and would like to get input from parents and community members. Please review the drafts below and vote on your preference from the three drafts.

Calendar Drafts


Chick here to vote

"Scholastic Ball Report" - Randa Morris & Clay Shuey


GCHS Students Randa Morris and Clay Shuey were recognized on the "Scholastic Ball Report", hosted by Gary Ball as the "Scholar Athletes of the Week."  The Scholastic Ball Report was on Channel 27 (WKYT).

Scholastic Ball Report 10-24-2015

Fran Nominees and Winners

Congratulations Angie Wagoner and Kim Dailey for being this year's FRAN Award winners.  Kim and Angie work in the Family Resource Center with all three elementary schools.  Their focus is to enhance student's abilities to succeed in school.   We had a great group of FRAN (For Recog. A Need) award nominees.  All nominees work to help students achieve success through various  roles in the schools.

"See You at the Pole"

GCHS Students participated in "See You at the Pole" on September 23.  SYATP is an annual gathering of Christian students at a flagpole in front of their local school for prayer, scripture-reading and worship, during early morning before school starts.  The events began in 1990 in the United States.  It is now an international event.  In 2005 two million students in the U.S. participated.

First Day for Students

August 12

Congratulations on Retirement of Garrard County Board of Education Employees

Terry Sanders (Bus Garage)*Patricia Carey (School Nurse)*Missie Culp (Homebound) Lori Johnson (GMS)*Diane Mink (GMS)* Jill Stevens (GMS)*Lita Leavell (GCHS)

Congratulations to these Garrard County Board of Education employees on their retirement.  We appreciate your service to Garrard County Schools.

GCHS Registration Dates


8/3                                                             8/4

              Seniors 8-11                                         Sophomores 8-11

             Juniors 12-3                                          Freshman 12-3



Region Champions!! Girl's Tennis


Congratulations to the girls tennis team on the Regional Championship!
Congrats to Emily Major for winning the Tennis Regional Sportsmanship award!
Way to go Coach Lita Leavell and Phyllis Swaffar!!  

The last time Garrard girls won the region was in 1985.  The girls head back to Berea tomorrow afternoon to watch Kacie Dotson and Alexa Slone play for the doubles regional title. The girls are undefeated on the year and so very much deserve the title. (Lita Leavell) 



Mike Rutherford visits Garrard County School District



Mike Rutherford, the educational researcher and founder of Rutherford Learning Group, visited Garrard County on Monday, March 23 and Friday, March 24.  On the evening of March 23, he met with principals, district leaders and visitors from the Casey County Schools Central Office to discuss research-based methods for coaching teachers and identifying their talents.  Mike Rutherford’s work and The Artisan Teacher materials will be used as the basis for helping school leaders better support teachers and help them improve their educational practice.




Parent Calendar Vote

Parents please take some time to review and vote on the calender drafts for the 2015-2016 school year. As always your input is much appreciated.

Click to Vote

Local Planning Committee Local Planning Committee

Local Planning Committee

Garrard County Schools are looking for local leaders to serve on our district LPC. If you are interested please contact Garrard County Board of Education. The deadline to notify the district is January 16th.

Business/Community Leader Representative- The local board of education shall select the Business/Community Leaders to serve on the Local Planning Committee.  Advertisement shall be made for business/community leader nominees from whom the local board of education shall select two (2) representatives.  Nominees must provide a letter of agreement to serve. In the event nominations are not received, the local board of education shall select the community/business leaders. The Business/Community Leaders shall not be employed by the LEA or serve on the local board of education.

Winter Break



We are on Christmas break and will return to school on Monday January 5,2014

GCHS Cheerleaders Win Regional Champtionship!!

Congrats to the GCHS Cheerleaders for winning the Regional Championship this weekend!! Cheer advances to the State Championship on December 14, 2014.  The State Championship will be held at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  Tevis Rankin Tuggle is the Cheerleader sponsor (pictured below with Kayla Tuggle).


Fossil Dig- 1ST Grade-Viele


Mrs. Viele's 1st grade class on a Fossil Dig (in school field trip).

K-PREP (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress)


Garrard County Spring 2104 Test Scores

A Letter from Superintendent Paul Mullins – Garrard County Schools identified as a “Proficient” School District by the Department of Education. (Click HERE to Read More)




5th Grade Transition Camp




Roar, 4-H, Family Resouce and Youth Service Center sponsored a week transition camp for 5th graders going into middle school in the fall.  Many fun activities along with some tips for middle school were on the agenda.  Ice breakers for the three elementary school students helped them "get to know" their new classmates. Tanya Watkins, National Guard, Dave Amon and 4-H presented programs and information to make their transition easier.  Approximately 70 students attended the camp.

McDonalds Fundraiser for Cheerleaders

CDR Principal Survey CDR Principal Survey

Camp Dick Robinson Elementary School has begun the process of selecting a principal. Part of this process involves setting criteria of the characteristics and qualities that are the most desirable in an instructional school leader. These survey results will help guide the CDR Site Based Decision Council in making the best selection. Please take a moment to go online and fill out this short survey.  The survey will be open from Monday June 9th thru midnight Thursday June 12th. Paper copies of this survey are also available at Central Office. 

Click Here for online Survey

Cole Grecco-Regional Championship 1600 & 3200

Congratulations to Cole Grecco for winning the Regional Championship in th 1600 and 3200.  State finals are May 24.

Career Day @ GMS

Garrard Middle School held their Annual Career Day on Friday, March 28, 2014. Our Career Day is designed to give students information about a variety of professions. Students will find out the career path to follow for each career discussed as well as information on salary and the type of education/training required for the career. We have 24 guest speakers from our local community as well as surrounding communities speak to our students. Each team of students sees 4 speakers for 30 minute sessions. Careers presented on range from banking to the medical profession to law enforcement.

KSBA Award-Rev. Jerry Browning

Rev. Jerry Browning, Garrard County Board Member, was honored by the KSBA for service hours dedicated to the Garrard District.  He received a certificate for each level that he had achieved:  Level 1, 2, and 3. Mr. Joe Brown, Chairman of the Garrard County Board of Education, presented the certificates.

Humanities Class Mosaics

Mrs. Elkin's Humanities Class made mosaics as a class project.

Happy Holidays

We are on Christmas break and will return to school on Monday January 6, 2014.

Academic All-State Student Athletes
Academic All State 
GCHS is proud to announce we had 29 student/athletes receive Academic All-State Honorable Mention and 34 student/athletes receive Academic All-State First Team.  Student/athletes had to maintain a 3.25 GPA to qualify for Honorable Mention & a 3.75 GPA to qualify for First Team. 

The following students received Academic All-State First Team.

Brook Adams, Spencer Anderson, Riley Anderson Lusher, Dalton Baggett, James Baugh, Charity Browning, Dustin Butner, Cameron Carver, Darbi Clark, Hannah Contini, Viviana Cordova, Shea Davis, Madison Day, Alexis DeBord, Andrew Delili, Brett Elleman, Caitlyn Grimes, Taylor Holman, Hannah Johnson, Nick Lark, Randa Morris, Jaydan Norris, Mary Oberman, Jesse Ray, Bradley Rector, Cayle Reese, Clay Shuey, Evan Smith, Braxton Sowder, Garrett Sparks, Hannah G. Sparks, Hannah J. Sparks, David Turner, Noah Williams, Jacob Worley

These students maintained a 3.75 during the fall sports season.

Brent Moore * Skills USA * Welding


Congrats to Brent Moore who was awarded 3rd place at state Skills USA welding competition.  He will receive a $5000.00 scholarship to Kentucky Welding Institute.

FCCLA State Winners


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!

FBLA Regional Leadership Conference* State Bound


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)

What's Happening @ LES???

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Happy Camper Award          Outstanding Character (February) 


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Weaving a Web to Demonstrate Global Connections w/Junior Achievement


Mrs. Fyfe's 5th grade classes, with the STLP classes from GCHS, demonstrating global connections.  

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LES Student Spotlight

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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.

Winter Bazaar


1st Grade

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3rd Grade

GMS Archery Winners @ Somerset Christian School Archery Tournament


Congratulations!! Logan Speake 1st middle school male, Zach Speake 3rd middle school male, JT Parsons 4th middle school male, Aiden Fathergill 5th middle school male 

At Somerset Christian School Archery Tournament 

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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GMS Welcomes New Teachers

GMS Welcomes:


Ramie Goldey, Science


Felicity Ingleston, Science


Kotey Jones, Special Ed.


Daniel King, Math


Mandi White, Language Arts


Washington D.C .*Inter-County Energy*Kennedy Morgan


Inter-County Energy Washington D.C. trip with Kennedy Morgan.

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. 

Tennis Doubles*Going to State

Courtney Gettler & Alexa Slone      Cameron Carver & Stevie Morgeson
GCHS doubles teams advanced to the Quarterfinals and will play at state next week.

Lexington Legends Bookmark Contest *Winner Aubree McIntosh

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GMS student Aubree McIntosh won the Lexington Legends Bookmark contest.

Beta Convention Winner


Congratulations to Zoe Lester for being a state winner in Poetry!  She will compete in June in Orlando, Florida at the National Conference.

Winning Band Program * Bob Allen Donation

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A BIG Thank You to Bob Allen for the generous donation to support our state winning band program!!

Kentucky YMCA Youth Association*Delegation of Excellence


Garrard Middle School students were given a Delegation of Excellence Award at the 2016 Kentucky Youth Assembly.  Two groups had their bills passed into law.  Kim Cecil, Nathan Carrier, Greg Hammond, and Rachel Russell were the faculty sponsoring the GMSKYA group.
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Veterans Day Celebration @ Garrard Middle (continued)


Gear Up * Harvard *Charity Browning & Jordan Griffin

Charity Browning and Jordan Griffin traveled to Cambridge to tour Harvard University as a Gear Up leader from GCHS.  Harvard is considered one of the top schools in the nation.  

Welcome!! GCHSNew Teachers
Melony Martinez
Michelle Hopkins
Denise Thomas
Credit Recovery
Jimmy Anderson
Career/Cr. Recovery
Tisha Weaver
Sam Whitehead


Back to School Registration-PLE

"Back to School" Registration is Thursday, August 4th, 3:30-6:00 p.m. at Paint Lick Elementary.  Free Ice Slushies!  Check out the inflatable, too!

Lady Lions Softball - 12 Region Runner-Up

Congratulations to Lady Lions Softball Team --12 Region Runner-Up



10th, 11th and 12th grade students visited EKU for the STEM-H Expo on 4/22.  The day was filled with hands-on activities, interesting talks, and stimulating presentations by the faculty and students in Agriculture, Applied Engineering & Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Geology & Geography, Mathematics & Statistics, Natural Areas, Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing, Health Promotion & Administration, Occupational Therapy, and Management, Marketing & International Business.  

Slade Crutchfield signs with Campbellsville University

Congratulations to Slade Crutchfield on signing with Campbellsville University to play football. He will be studying to be a physical therapist. His parents are Chris and Rhonda Crutchfield.

STLP Celebrates Dr. Seuss Week


Students in STLP read books to the primary classrooms at the elementary schools to celebrate "Reading Across America."



Medal Day @ GMS




Volleyball Wins First Round @Region

Congrats to the Garrard volleyball team.  They beat Mercer County 3-0 in the first round of 12th Region Tournament for Garrard's first ever regional tournament win.

HOSA Conference

Kentucky HOSA Statesman Award front row:  Rebecca Jeffries, Amanda Arbuthnot, Alley Dowell, back row:  Meghan Shepherd, Chastin Young, Billie Baker, Eathan Jones.

HOSA officers participaqting in LOVE the Hungry community service event.


United Way "Day of Caring"

Teachers and students at GCHS participated in the United Way "Day of Caring."
Mrs. Long's Art classes worked at Logan-Hubble Park painting on the sidewalk.  Mrs. VanHook and several other classes worked on beautification of the school ground.  




Free Lunch for Elementary Students

When school starts, all students in Garrard County’s three elementary schools will receive free breakfast and lunch as part of a federal program that has expanded. The Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program that started in 2010 as a pilot in Kentucky and other states, will allow schools to provide more students with free meals, regardless of household income. “This will allow us to serve free breakfast and lunches at all three of our elementary schools,” Garrard Superintendent Paul Mullins said. “We are looking at a gain while allowing us to serve lunches for free at our elementary schools. We will get 90 percent reimbursement at Camp Dick, not 100 percent, but the reimbursement is greater than what district charges for lunch so it will level out and even be a gain overall.”
The national lunch program will reimburse the district for the cost of meals at those schools, so the program will not cause a loss in funding for the Garrard County School District. Theresa Riley, who heads the nutrition department for Garrard Schools, explained, “The food and menus will not change."

Prices at the Middle and High School

Breakfast Regular Reduced Lunch Regular Reduced

Middle & High 

$1.75 .30 Middle and High $2.40 .40
Adult $2.25   Adult 3.25  


GCHS FFA @ Leadership Training Center

GCHS FFA members developing their leadership skills at the Kentucky FFA leadership training center.

GCHS Students Paint Up with Youth Building


Great job by our students for giving up a Saturday morning to paint the Up with Youth Building!!

Rutherford visits Schools





College, Career and Elective Fair Postponed-April

The College, Career, and Elective Fair scheduled for tonight is postponed until April.  More details will come ASAP.


Scott Harvey - Cyberbullying Assembly

The 9th and 10th graders heard a National Speaker on Cyberbullying on Friday.  It was a powerful presentation sponsored by our Gear-up program.

GLAD Club (Garrard Leadership Against Drugs)

Congrats to these students for signing the Garrard Leadership Against Drugs Healthy Living Pledge.  On October 15, 2014 the GLAD Club hosted speakers from the GLAD Coalition community group. Mark Metcalf, the Attorney for Garrard County, shared that the purpose of the coalition is to reducing and eliminating substance use and abuse in Garrard County and South Central Kentucky with prevention, treatment, and enforcement programs. Tiffany Whitley, Paula Fox, and Tayna Fogle met with small groups of students to share personal stories of overcoming the personal and familial consequences of addition.  All students were invited to the GLAD Coalition Community Forum on October 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Grand Theater.

Astronaut & Lego Camp - Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center provided a 2 day camp.  One June 10th Astronaut (top) for a Day and June 12th, Lego Creations (bottom).  The Kentucky Challenger Learning Center instructed students at each camp.

Tyler Anderson-Regional Runner-Up - Triple Jump

Track:  Congratulations to Tyler Anderson for being Regional Runner-Up in the Triple Jump.

Blood Drive @ GCHS sponsored by FCCLA


FCCLA sponsored a Blood Drive with the Kentucky Blood Center on Friday, April 18.  Over 30 teachers and students donated blood in support of this school/community project.

Youth Leadership Visits Local Businesses



The Youth Leadership Group visited Copperhead Consulting, Mine Shields and Allison Abrasives on Thursday.  

District All-Tournament Team


Mr. Kalem Grasham, principal at GCHS, recognized Austin Sebastian and Victoria Floyd at the March Board Meeting for making the District All-Tournament Team.

CDR Collection for Humane Society


217 items collected for Humane Society

All-Area Football Team

The Advocate-Messenger 2013 All-Area Football Team.
Defensive Linebacker- Bradley Rector

Honorable Mention

Jacob Simpson                                Jacob Smith

                      Wide Receiver                                 Wide Receiver                   

Noah Williams                          Slade Crutchfield

Running Back                                 Quarterback

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)

CDR Archery Team


Our archery team had another great weekend.  Korben Kimble 3rd; Ricky Marlowe 5th; Abby Fathergill 2nd; Addison Comley 4th; Mya Overstreet 5th. The team won first place.  They will compete at state this weekend.  Go Bobcats! We are so proud of you!

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. 

Garrard County District Spelling Bee

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The Garrard County District Spelling Bee was held in the auditorium at GMS on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1 pm. Students from CDR, GMS, LES, and PLE competed for the winning spot and the opportunity to participate in the state spelling bee. The winner was Alexandria Carroll (GMS), the runner-up was Mason Seagraves (LES), and third place went to Kelsey Beedy (GMS). Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants! Also, thank you to Whitaker Bank for being a community partner and providing prizes to the top three participants! Alexandria will travel to Louisville in March to participate in the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee.

GMS Students of the Week


Each week teachers at GMS select students of the week. These students go above and beyond in the classroom! The winners for this week are as follows: Tate Davis (Colonels), Johnathan Denney (Hilltoppers), Brandon Anderson (Eagles), Blake Swinney (Knights), Bailee Smith.

Ethan Ponton*3rd Team All-State Football


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.

Gingerbread House Contest @ GMS

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Mrs. Mason hosted a Gingerbread House making contest in her Art classes at Garrard Middle School last week. The top 26 houses were judged by a panel of judges in the Garrard Middle School Library Media Center.

The winners were as follows:

Overall Winner: Amy Caldwell, Vishwa Patel, Alexa Dailey, Connor Hacker, Sarah Flynn, and Murron Karas (not pictured)
Most Delicious: Hannah Whitley and Mayson Molen
Most Festive: Paytin Dailey, Aden Fathergill, and Sarah Jennings
Most Creative: Dakota Sears, Anahi Ortiz, Sam Russell, Merrick Graham, and Dustin Payne
Smallest Structure: John Kyle
Largest Structure: Kaelyn Means and McKenzie Justice
Congratulations to all of the winners!

LES Student Spotlight

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Archery*5th Place*Somerset


Congratulations!! Andrew Smith 5th Place elementary male for PLES at Somerset Christian School Archery Tournament. 

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


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.

GCHS Marching Band*Casey County*1st Place


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

GCHS Homecoming 2017

Senior Queen Homecoming Candidates


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

Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Homecoming Attendents


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

YCC Students Nathan Carrier *Steve Morgeson*Alabama Advanced Space Camp


Congratulations to Steve Morgeson and Nathan Carrier!! They are attending Advanced Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.  Advanced Space Academy® explores college- and career preparation through an immersive experience in science, technology, engineering and math. Trainees undergo a variety of astronaut training exercises, engineering challenges, and teambuilding activities, all culminating in an extended-duration simulated space mission

LES Kindergarten*"Fun in the Sun"

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LES Kindergarten classes had a "Fun in the Sun" celebration.


Toyota * Georgetown * BCTC *Himes & Driskell Math Classes


Mrs. Himes' and Mrs. Driskell's math classes visited BCTC Computerized Manufacturing and Maching and Toyota in Georgetown.  Students toured Toyota and got to witness first hand the manufacturing of Toyota's.  Students also toured the new BCTC Computerized Manufacturing and Machining College.  This new facility opened in January, 2017.

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Welding Simulation
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District Governor's Cup Winners

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Congratulations to Hannah Keith for finishing 5th in Science at District Governor's Cup!
Congratulations to Zoe Lester for finishing 4th in ELA at District Governor's Cup!


Christmas Vacation in Florida*Girls Basketball

JV   varsity

The varsity finished in 5th place and went 2-1 for the week. The JV went 2-1 also against teams from out of state!! 

Peter Pan @ PLE

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Paint Lick Elementary presented three excellent performances of Christmas in Neverland!!  Students, teachers, parents and staff all worked very hard to make this a wonderful performance.  

Veteran's Day Celebration * Garrard County Schools


Garrard County Schools * Celebrating Veteran's Day in honor of those that served our country.

Garrard County High School will be celebrating on November 14 at 9:00 a.m.

Garrard Middle School's annual Veteran's Day Program will be on Friday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. 

Camp Dick Robinson's annual Veteran's Day Program will be at 9:00 on November 10.

Lancaster Elementary's Veteran's Day Program will be November 11 at 8:30.

Paint Lick ELementary would like to invite everyone to their Veteran's Day Program Thursday, November 10 at 10:00.



Annual Bradley Roy High School Open * GCHS Winners

Garrard County High School students Devin White (1st Place) and the team Morgan and Logan Miracle (Runner-Up) are winners in the Annual Bradley Roy High School Open. This event is fast becoming "The Tournament" in the state for high school bass fishing.
We are also proud of our own Bradley Roy who is a professional bass fisherman and has just recently qualified for the "Super Bowl" of bass fishing.

Welcome!! GCHS New Teachers ! (continued)
Hubert Schroer

Taylor Akin

Back to School Registration-LES

Back to School Night at Lancaster Elementary is August 4th from 5:00-6:30.

Davian Logan signs with Kentucky Wesleyan

Congratulations to Davian Logan on signing with Kentucky Wesleyan College to play football. Davian played football for the Garrard Lions. Pictured:  Amy Logan (mother), Davian Logan, Sis Logan (sister), and Standing Coach Jerry Perry.

Governor's Scholar Recipients


Congratulations!! Cameron Carver, Hannah Keith, and Mary K. Oberman for being selected for the 2016 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)

Dominoes to model a Nuclear Chain Reaction * Mrs. Putman and Mrs. Reynolds Chemistry Classes


Students used dominoes to model a nuclear chain reaction. They manipulate the arrangement of the dominoes in order to maximize the rate at which the reaction occurred. Students learned that putting your dominoes further apart lead to a slower reaction while placing the dominoes closer together lead to a much faster reaction. The students were also instructed to experiment on their own and try to explore different factors that could affect the speed of the dominoes falling.


Dr. Jenny Putnam-Campbellsville Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Jenny Putnam for being selected as this year's Campbellsville Teacher of the Year!  This is Mrs. Putnam's fourth year in education.  She taught chemistry at Lincoln County High School for two years prior to coming to GCHS to teach chemistry.

Kyle Best - Lion King


Kyle Best was crowned Lion King at the basketball game half time Friday, February 12.

Gear-Up visits Adult Day Care Program

The Gear UP Leadership students had the opportunity to visit the Lancaster Adult Day Care on Thursday, December 10th completing a Leadership Through Service Project.  The students sang, recited poetry, read The Spirit of Christmas, participated in board games and made snowflake ornaments with the residents.



GCHS Band State Bound!!

The Band Received a Distinguished at Regionals!! and are moving on to STATE!!  (Pictures:  Vicky Abrams)


Engineering Club - Josh Land - Bluegrass Performance Diesel

The GCHS Engineering Club welcomed Josh Land owner of Bluegrasss Performance Disel as their guest speaker at their monthly meeting.  Mr. Land spoke to club members about his custom built truck and the applications of physics that are involved in truck pulls.



Internet Safety Lessons @ LES

STLP students from GCHS (Hannah Keith, Adreanna Napier and Austin Bailey) did an internet safety lesson with the 2nd grade at LES.  The lesson included personal information, usernames and passwords, and online safety.


Fall Sports @ GCHS

GCHS Cheerleaders 

GCHS Lady Lions Volleyball

Golden Lion Golf Team

Golden Lion Football Team

Lady Lions Soccer Team

Golden Lions Soccer Team

Pictures by - Danny Elam, Garrard Central Record



2015 Kentucky Baseball All-State Team-First Team Seth Murphy

First Team--2015 Kentucky baseball All-State teams as voted on by members of the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association--Seth Murphy

Skills USA Winners


       Billy Gooden                  Bradley League

       3rd Place Carpentry 1     3rd Place Carpentry



                        Jordan Poirer                      James Hounshell

                        3rd Place Cabinetmaking     2nd Place Architectural                                                                                 CAD Drafting

Dr. Robin Cooper (UK) visits Mrs. Vanhook's Biology Classes


Dr. Cooper spoke about neurology and did several experiments. Students were instructed on EKG and EEG test and were given the tools to practice on each other.


State Bowling- Courtney Wooldridge-Runner-Up

Congrats to Courtney Wooldridge as she finished as STATE Runner-up!

Youth Leadership Health and Human Services Leadership Day



Youth Leadership Health and Human Services Day in the lab and the morgue at Ephraim McDowell.  (above)  Youth Leadership in the ER and Jackson modeling for a CT scan. (below)


Youth Leadership at CESPP and EMS.

Garrard Band Receives $5000 from Bob Allen

Garrard County Band  receives $5000 check from Bob Allen thru the Drive Dodge One program.

CDR Career Day



Live Broadcast of Graduation

Garrard County High School Graduation will stream Live at iHigh.com June 6th 2014 at 6:00 PM (Graduation starts at 7:00 PM) and will be archived on iHigh after graduation.


Click Here to view Broadcast

Womanless Beauty Pageant Winners

The Womanless Beauty Pageant fundraiser for Project Graduation was successful and was able to raise $1010.  Aaron Perez won first place with Lincoln Gay coming in second.  The real winners -- The Audience!!


Floral Design Class - Creates Floral Arrangements for Prom

The Floral Design classes spent part of Friday creating the floral arrangement for this year's Junior-Senior Prom.  The Prom will be held at Ashley Inn. This year's theme is "Do You Remember."

Skating @ LES


Students at Lancaster Elementary are learning to roller skate as part of their physical fitness program.

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Mr. Larry Sparks, principal at PLE, recognized Alex Miller (5th grader at PLE) after his performance at the March Board Meeting.  Alex has a contract with Renfro Valley where he performs.  He loves singing country music and has been performing for several years.  

Youth Leadership Visits Frankfort


Listening to Representative Jonathan Shell 

Superintendent Mullins speaking to Youth Leadership in Frankfort.


Lady Lions Champions of Whitefield Christmas Tournament

The Lady Lions are Champions of the Whitefield Christmas Tournament with a 62-40 victory.  Congrats to Victoria Floyd, Sam Adams, & Maddy Day for being selected on the All-Tourney Team!

GCHS Basketball Season Tips Off

Come out and support the Lions and Lady Lions Basketball Teams.  Coach Dennis Pardue and the Lions regular season opens on December 2 @ Whitley County and plays at home on December 6 vs. Williamsburg.

Coach Don Irvine and the Lady Lions open their regular season play against Pulaski County on December 3 at home and on December 5 vs. Madison Southern. 

LES Book Fair


Thank You Police Officers . . .


Camp Dick Robinson would like to send out a huge thank you to the Garrard County Police, Garrard County Sheriffs Office, Kentucky State Police, and the Lancaster City Police for helping with our practice lock down drill this morning!  We are very thankful for the time they put in to keep our students safe!

Jesse Parson*Boyle County Sheriff's Explorers Winterfest


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.

LES Student Spotlight

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William Srsic - LES Assistant Principal William Srsic
GMS “What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas?”


The Garrard Middle School drama club performed “What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas?” for the school on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. This witty story took us through the original “Night Before Christmas” with a few twists and turns along the way! The cast and directors did an amazing job!

LES Polar Express Float*1st PLACE!!


LES Polar Express Float won FIRST PLACE at the Christmas Parade.  Way to go LES!!

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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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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. 

Bass Fishing Team 1st Place * Browning/Wagoner


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!!

GCHS Homecoming 2017

Friday:  Spirit Day

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Thursday:  Patrotic Day

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Wednesday:  Beach Day

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LES Welcomes New Teachers

LES Welcomes:


Mary Arnold, 5th Grade


Haley Cox, Kindergarten


Carl-Lewis Cummins, 3rd Grade


All-State Honorable Mention*Softball* Sam Adams


Congratulations Sam Adams on being named All-State Honorable Mention in softball.

Baseball All-District Team*Brandon Pingleton


Congrats to Brandon Pingleton for being named to the Baseball All-District Tournament Team!

FBLA*Intro to Business*Ethan Baker*Nationals


Congratulations to Ethan Baker for winning State in Intro to Business at the FBLA State Conference.  Ethan will compete this summer in Nationals at Anaheim, CA on June 29th-July 2nd.

2017 Womanless Beauty Pageant Winners

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1st Place:  Garrison Montgomery
Runner-Up: Derek Milburn
Miss Congeniality:  Dustin Butner

4-H Students Attend Inaguration


Garrard County High School was represented at the inauguration with the 4-H Leadership program called Citizenship Washington Focus.  Elliot Montgomery,Ashlyn Murphy, Maddie Jordan and Sis Logan were the high school students that attended.

GC Board of Education


Congrats to Larry Woods, Harold Best, and Jerry Browning for being sworn in as members of GC Board of Education!
Judge Bill Oliver officiated. 


Peter Pan @ PLE (Continued)

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GMS Archery Team

GMS Archery Team

Garrard Middle Boys Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for Boys Basketball are Oct. 18th and 19th. 

Times are:

8th gr 3:30

7th gr. 4:30

6th gr. 5:30

You must have a current sports physical in order to try out.

GCHS * Relay for Life * A Tribute to Mary Lindsay

GCHS Students and Staff

This past summer a fellow teacher at Garrard County High School, Mary Lindsay, lost her battle to brain cancer. This simple gray shirt represents brain cancer and it shows how we honored her and all that she did for GCHS students and faculty.  Over $1,400 was raised and will be donated in her name on the night of Garrard Relay for Life.

PLE Staff

Welcome!! GMS New Teachers!
Ashley Forlines Brandi Burchfield Katlin Gray Ron Denson
Tim Snyder Boone Goldsmith Mandy Profitt Whitney Mason


GMS Supply List 2016-17 & Back to School Dates

2016-17 Supply List for GMS
Registration dates are:
6th gr Aug. 1   5:30-6:30
7th gr Aug. 2   5:30-6:30
8th gr Aug. 3   5:30-6:30

Collin Gay Signs with Kentucky Christian College


Congratulations to Collin Gay on signing with Kentucky Christian College to play golf.  Collin played Golf for the Garrard Lions.  Pictured: Rita Gay (Mother), Collin Gay, Mike Gay (Father)  Standing:  Coach Charlie Owens, David Gay (Grandfather), Lincoln Gay (Brother), Barbara Gay (Grandmother) and Coach Steve Kennedy (Kentucky Christian College)

Bradley Hammers signs with Union College

Congratulations to Bradley Hammers on signing with Union College to play Baseball. Bradley played Baseball for the Garrard Lions.  Pictured: Bradley Hammers (Father), Bradley Hammers, Kelly Hammers (Mother) and Coach C. J. Lynn.

Governor's School for the Arts

Congratulations!!  Mckenna Newman for being selected as a recipient for Governor's School for the Arts.  Out of over 1,700 students 256 positions were selected.  Students will explore art and gain valuable experiences in this summer art program.  (kentuckycenter.org/education-community-arts/gsa)

Health Science Classes Visited LES & GMS Career Fair


The Health Science Classes visited LES and GMS Career Fair.

Youth Leadership - Frankfort

Garrard Youth Leadership Group meeting with Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of Agriculture. (above)  Parker Dailey modeling proper handshake with Allison Ball, Kentucky State Treasurer. (below)


Mrs. Brogli's Financial Services class visit First Southern

Mrs. Brogli's Financial Services Class visited First Southern National Bank on Friday, February 12. Mr. Arnie Akers, President of Garrard County - Lancaster of FIrst Southern Bankcorp, Inc., spoke to the class and introduced them to some of the employees at the bank.

All-Region Honor Band

Anna Lei Kluesener, Dalton Smith, Bradley Dalton, Coty Sanford, Emalee Young

Congrats to Cody Sanford -  6th Chair, Trombone; Bradley Dalton - Top Chair, Horn; Anna Kluesener - 11th Chair, Clarinet in the All-Region Symphonic Band.  Dalton Smith - 1st Alternate, Trumpet and Emalee Young - Top Chair, Trumpet in the All-Region Concert Band.

2015-16 Girl's Basketball Team

2015-16 Lady Lions Basketball Team

Mrs. Lane's Nutrition and Foods Visits Marksbury-Bluebird


Mrs. Lane's Nutrition and Foods Class toured Marksbury Farms, Pasture and had lunch at the Bluebird.  Marksbury Farm features a small scale butcher & processing facility that partners with local farmers who share a commitment to sustainable, humane & natural production methods.



Foods Classes (Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Hooper) Making Omelets


Kentucky Poultry Promotions Coordinator, Cassinda Bechanan, visited the foods classes at GCHS Monday, October 5.  She demonstrated how to make the "perfect" omelet. Each student made their own omelet after the demonstration.


GCHS Choir Chosen to Sing with Foreigner!!





The GCHS Choir, under the direction of Mr. Joshua Fletcher, was chosen to sing with Foreigner.  They will be performing on October 21 @ 7:30 pm at Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts (Newlin Hall).  (Video-Jackson Moss, STLP)

Homecoming 2015

Monday:  Pajama Day



Tuesday:  Super Hero Day




ROAR Summer Camp @ GMS


Roar Summer Camp * Painting


Rachyl Lyons * All-Region Softball Team

Congratulations to Rachyl Lyons for being selected to the All-Region Softball Team.

Prom Promise

Students at GCHS signed a Prom Promise--
NO Drinking or Drugs Prom Night!!!

Non Traditional School Instructional Days Survey

Many school systems in the state of Kentucky have implemented a plan to use non-traditional instructional days when the weather prevents regular attendance across the district.  School systems are allowed to decide which days would be made up in a non-traditional way and which days would be made up traditionally, by adding days to the calendar or rearranging the calendar.  Non-traditional plans include opportunities for learning to continue regardless of the weather conditions-- (i.e. using technology to read, complete and submit assignments; using already existing learning systems like Lexia and Study Island to complete homework assignments; and using paper packets for students who do not have internet access).  Please complete the following survey to provide our district with feedback on formulating such a plan.


Please click here to take survey



On Friday, March 20, 2015, in celebration of Read Across America Day and Kentucky Literacy Week, GCHS Library held the 4th annual Golden Lion Read-a-thon. After locating sponsors and collecting pledges from March 10-19, twenty-one GCHS students came to the library armed with books and ready to read.  All donations will go to the Family Resource Center and the Youth Services Center to purchase literacy materials.


Lady Lions--2nd Annual "Resolution Run"

Dr. Tommy Floyd, KDE Chief of Staff Visits Garrard District

Camp Dick Robinson               Lancaster Elementary

Paint Lick Elementary

Garrard Middle School

Garrard County High School

Dr. Tommy Floyd, KDE Chief of Staff, visited Garrard County Schools on Tuesday, November 18.  Dr. Floyd was welcomed at each school by a leadership team of students.  The students led a guided tour and answered questions about the instruction at their school.  Mr. Paul Mullins (Superintendent), Mr. Corey Keith (Assistant Superintendent) Mrs. Cindy Rogers (Instruction), Mrs. Mary A. Davis (Instruction) and Mr. Joe Brown (Board Chairman) were also members of the tour group.

Soccer All-District** Dillyn Twisdale & Barry Rich


GCHS Students recognized as All-District:  Barry Rich & Dillyn Twisdale

Floral Design - Fall Decorations


Floral Design class decorated pumpkins with floral arrangements Thursday.  The fall colors of flowers made the pumpkins festive for the fall season.  Mrs. Christen Roseberry is demonstrating the project.



Mr. & Mrs. Garrard County

Mr. & Miss Garrard County

Mr. Austin Sebastian is the son of Rusty and Bridgett Sebastian. He is a member of Lancaster Baptist Church. Austin has participated in Cross Country, Tennis, Basketball and Baseball during his career at GCHS. He is ranked as the 2nd all-time leader scorer in Boys’ basketball and is a member of the 1,000 point club. While at GCHS, he has also been a member of KJHS and the Young Republicans. His plans are to attend BCTC/UK and major in Physical Therapy.

Miss Logan Ellis is the daughter of Doug and Tammy Ellis. She attends Victory Christian Church. Logan has played softball during her career at GCHS. She has also been a member of Beta, NHS, KJHS, IYADA, French and Student Council. At this time she is undecided where she will attend college, but she plans on pursuing a degree in Research Chemistry.

Article and Picture:  Mrs. Sherrie Johnson

Victory Floyd Signs - Asbury Eagles


Congrats to Victoria Floyd for signing with the Asbury Eagles to play basketball today.  

Floral Design Class - Creates Floral Arrangements for Prom

The Floral Design classes spent part of Friday creating the floral arrangement for this year's Junior-Senior Prom.  The Prom will be held at Ashley Inn.

Daniel Boone @ PLE


On March 26 Scott New from Kentucky Chautauqua spoke to Paint Lick Elementary fourth and fifth grade students about Daniel Boone.  He spoke about how Daniel Boone played a crucial role in exploration and settlement of Kentucky which was an important role in America's westward expansion.  In 1820, when Boone died, he had become a well known legend and remains so today.  However, what most Americans have known about Daniel Boone is off the mark since Daniel Boone never wore a coonskin cap. He actually wore a hat like the Quakers wore since his family were Quakers.
   Boone told his son that he could be certain of having killed only one Indian. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia but on the other side of the mountains from the settled areas.
   Students got to see several replica artifacts from the time period and Mr. New was dressed in late 18th century clothing to make his lesson more realistic when he presented the historical facts. The program was funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and First Southern Bank.

Garrard ATC 2104 Regional Skills USA Winners

Afternoon Students:  Caleb Harris, Russell Aulman, Jacob Messer

Morning Students:  (Row 2) Billy Gooden, Zach McCollum, Brandon Dotson, (Row 1) Justin Parson, Gary Rounsifer, Alex Morgan (Absent: David Sparks)

Zack McCollum/Garrard – Job Skills Demo A – 2nd place
Johnnie Hurt/Garrard – Spelling Contest – 3rd place
Brandon Dotson/Garrard – Related Technical Math – 3rd place
Alex Morgan/Garrard – Related Technical Math – 2nd place
Alex Morgan/Garrard – Architectural Drafting (CADD) – 1st place
Caleb Harris/Garrard - Architectural Drafting (CADD) – 2nd place
Billy Gooden/Garrard – Carpentry I – 3rd place
David Sparks/Garrard – Electrical Construction Wiring – 2nd place
Russell Aulman/Garrard – Technical CADD Drafting – 1st place
Gary Rounsifer/Garrard – Technical CADD Drafting – 2nd place
Jacob Messer/Garrard – Welding – 3rd place
Justin Parson/Garrard – Welding I – 2nd place

Schools on normal schedule

All Garrard County Schools will resume normal schedule 1/30/14

School Open

Pending any weather changes overnight, Garrard County Schools will be OPEN and on regular schedule for Monday January 27, 2014.

Paul M. Mullins

Wiring the Grand Theatre

Ten students from Michael Leger's Electrical Technology class at The Garrard County Technology Center (ATC) are wiring the new addition to the Lancaster Grand Theatre.  The partnership was set up by Jason Seybold, electrician for The Grand, giving students the oportunity for on-the-job training from two licensed contractors, Leger and Seybold.  

Cole Grecco committs to NKU

Cole Grecco has verbally committed to NKU.  Cole will be officially signing his letter of intent during the NCAA signing period in February.

Native American Visits PLE

Colonial Day at Paint Lick Elementary was Friday with Native American Susan Mullins Kwaronhia:i spending the day with students. Her presentation included information about the Mohawk culture, storytelling, dances and crafts of her elders to each grade level. All students participated in Native American dances and music making with Ms. Mullins Kwaronhia:i.    Students also participated in many other colonial activities thoughout the day which addressed Core Content in Social Studies as well as in the Arts and Humanities.

LES Student Spotlight

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Tooth Fairy*LES & PLE Preschool

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Tooth fairy presentation by Macie White and Morgan Osborne for the LES and PLE preschool classrooms. Coordinated by the Garrard FRC and YSC. 

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Michael Halcomb Honored @ Board Meeting


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

87th District Governor's Cup Competition


All Participants


LES Governor's Cup Champions

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Our three local elementary schools gathered this past week to take part in the 87th District Governor's Cup Competition, an academic event sponsored by the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition. The students on Paint Lick Elementary's academic team were the recipients of Hume Sportsmanship Award. Lancaster Elementary edged out Paint Lick Elementary by one point for the district championship. Congratulations to all participants!  Also we wish all of those students advancing to regional competition the best of luck!  I have attached a complete list of the results!  Select Read More.

CDR Archery Tournament

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CDR Archer Tournament @ Lincoln County.  Congratulations!! CDR Bobcat archers placed third-place team elementary division in the Lincoln County Archery Tournament!!
Congratulations to Abby Fathergill for taking first place in the girls elementary division in the Lincoln County Archery Tournament!! (above)


Congratulations to Hailey Condon (2nd place) and Addison Comley (3rd place) in the Mercer County archery tournament.

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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Wayne County Winter Blast*Second Place*Miracle Team


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

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)

Pinnacle Scholar Award of Excellence * Elle Montgomery


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.

FCCLA Leadership Meeting


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

Homecoming 2017 GCHS

Tuesday:  Jersey Day

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Monday:  Camo Day

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PLE Welcomes New Teachers & New Principal


Jenny Best, 3rd Grade


Liz Erwin, Principal


Stephanie Gentry, Special Ed.


Ms. Elizabeth Erwin*PLE Principal


Ms. Erwin is a very talented person and comes with a wealth of educational experience.  She is currently the Assistant Principal at Woodlawn Elementary School in Boyle County.  Prior to her three years in that role, she was Curriculum and Assessment Coach for Danville Independent Schools.  She also spent five years with the Kentucky Association of School Councils as an Education/Training Leader.  Other experience includes nine years as an Elementary Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at Edna L. Tolliver School and two years as a teacher at the New Haven School.  Ms. Erwin states, "I am so excited to get to know the students, staff and parents of Paint Lick Elementary School.  I look forward to partnering with the community as we continue the tradition of excellence that has been established in this great school."  Corey Keith, Superintendent of Garrard County Schools, said the following, "We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Erwin to our school family.  She was selected from a very talented group of applicants.  I think the SBDM Council for all of their hard work during the process." Ms. Erwin will assume her duties on July 1.

45th District Team*Sam Adams*Maddy Day*Elle Montgomery

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Congrats to Sam Adams, Maddy Day, and Elle Montgomery for being named to the softball 45th All-District team!  Team Runner-Up.

Corey Keith * Garrard County Superintendent


Congratulations Corey Keith!! Corey Keith has served as Acting Superintendent for the past year, and was chosen by the Garrard County Board of Education to be the Superintendent of Garrard County Schools for the next four years. Mr. Keith is excited about continuing the good work in the district and feels blessed to work with the administrative team and staff.  A reception was held in his honor on May1


Youth Leadership * A Day in Frankfort

Youth Leadership in Filing Room In Capitol.

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The Youth Leadership outing on Friday, February 17th  was a busy day in Frankfort.  Sessions scheduled involved meeting with Representative Shell, Senator Buford, Alison Lundergan Grimes, touring the Governor’ Mansion and the Capitol.

STLP * Junior Achievement * Global Connections

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STLP teaching Global Connections at CDR 5th Grade with a web.  This demonstrates how international trade connects our nation with other countries fo the world.

Ugly Sweater Contest @ GCHS

GCHS had an ugly sweater contest sponsored by STLP Newsteam.  Stay tuned--the winner will be announced on Friday.


Garrard County High School NHS Chapter inducted their new members at their monthly meeting on November 2, 2016.  NHS requires students to have a 3.75 grade point average to join.  The National Honor Society is an American organization with chapters in high schools in all 50 states, several U.S. territories, and Canada. The NHS allows high school students with a dedication to the society's core values - scholarship, leadership, service, and character - to receive recognition, participate in volunteer activities, apply for college scholarships, and more.

4th & 5th Grade PD

              4th Grade PD                                          5th Grade PD
Lancaster Elementary School celebrated with these students who earned proficient or distinguished in at least one area of the KPREP test.  The KPREP assessment given in the spring of each year provides schools with a rating.   LES is a PROFICIENT school.  Our faculty and staff are very proud of the hard work they put in and all they have accomplished.

GCHS See You at the Pole

Garrard County High School students participated in See You at the Pole Wednesday, September 28th.  Mr. Michael Anderson, FCA advisor, sponsored the event with a devotion and prayer.
What is See You at the Pole, or SYATP? See You at the Pole is a completely student led event in which students meet at their school’s flagpole before school on the fourth Wednesday of every September to pray for your school, the students, teachers, government, and our nation.

Welcome!! GMS New Teachers ! (continued)
Jess Oakles


Back to School Registration Dates for GCHS
August 1

Seniors from 8-11
Juniors from 12-3

August 2

Sophomores from 8-11
Freshman from 12-3

2016 Graduates Walk * Present Honorary Diplomas

Because many people in all grade levels contribute to their success, graduates did a walk through of all the schools in the district.  To honor the work of the staff members who have helped these seniors along the way, they presented honorary diplomas to serve as a tribute and a reminder to students, parents, staff members and community members of the commitment we all make to our students when they enter school.  Garrard County "Expects the Best!!"



Cheryl Hooper's Advanced Foods Class visits Whole Foods and Asuka

Cheryl Hooper's Advanced Foods Class visited Whole Foods Store and ate lunch at Asuka.

2016 Rogers Explorers Program Participants Chosen

Garrard Middle School is proud to announce that (Back) Kennedy Bruner, Maddie Jordan, (Front) Emma Warren and Dylan Driskell have been chosen for the 2016 Rogers Explorer Program!

The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program helps rising ninth-grade students interested in science, math and technology start the journey toward careers in those high-demand career fields.  Rogers Explorers spend three days and two nights on campus at some of Kentucky’s top colleges and universities, where experts will guide participants through hands-on assignments, all of which encourage creative thinking and teamwork and build leadership skills.The program, presented tuition-free to students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area, is hosted in partnership with Asbury University, the University of Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University.




Students from GCHS participating in a program at BCTC sponsored by the Department of Defense. Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) encourages students to pursue carriers in industrial computerized machining, and programming. For more information on LIFT visit http://lift.technology/

Junior Achievement Lessons @ CDR

STLP students from the high school are teaching Junior Achievement lessons to CDR 5th grade.  The economic lessons are about Our Nation and include free market economy, entrepreneurship, innovation, careers, and the global economy.

FCCLA Serving Breakfast - GCHS Staff


FCCLA served breakfast to the faculty at GCHS to celebrate National FCCLA Week.

STLP - 2nd Grade - Junior Achievement

Barry Rich, Clay Shuey, Shiloh Mastin, Jackson Moss

STLP (Student Technology Leadership Project) teaching Junior Achievement - Our Community - to the 2nd grade at PLE.  The social studies lessons include:  People in a Community Work Together, Business and Government Jobs, Voting and Making Choices and How Money Moves in a Community.  Activities are included for each lesson.


2015 Advocate-Messenger All-Area Team

        Clay Shuey   Michael Redmon Slade Crutchfield

Jacob Foley      Colton Barker   Jareth Davis

Running back-Jacob Foley, Offensive linemen-Colton Barker, Linebacker-Clay Shuey, Punter-Slade Crutchfield, Honorable Mention-Jareth Davis and Mike Redmon.

Area coaches and media members were supplied with ballots and asked to vote for players at each position.  Coaches could not vote for players on their own team.  

Sophia McWilliams - GCHS Sophomore - Top Ten Best Seller

Sophia McWilliams the youngest author to attend 2015 Kentucky Book Fair made the top ten best sellers list.  Sophia McWilliams, a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Garrard High School, attended the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort last weekend (Nov 13-14).  Sophia was the youngest of 200 authors to attend this year’s book fair.  Sophia’s book Wielders Book One: The Journey Begins was the 8th best seller at the 2015 Kentucky Book Fair. This is an amazing achievement for such a young author. This is the third year Sophia has attended the Kentucky Book Fair and she has seven published books.

To learn more about the McWilliams and their books, head over to: Wielders Book Series on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WieldersBookSeries/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel



GLAD - Garrard Leadership Against Drugs Coalition

On October 22 members of the Garrard Leadership Against Drug Coalition (GLAD) held the annual community forum at The Grand Theater.  GLAD Youth club members created signs to put up in the theater with different facts about drug, alcohol and substance use and abuse to commemorate Red Ribbon Week.

Speakers from the community and around the state presented information concerning drug and alcohol abuse in Garrard County as well as the state.  One of the speakers was the GLAD Youth Club President, Amanda Arbuthnot.  Two recovery centers, Liberty Ridge and the Isaiah House, provided details concerning rehabilitation services.  

The keynote speakers were from UNITE coalition.  The CEO of the United stated that GLAD was "Doing all the Right Things" to work toward changing attitudes about drugs in our community.

Mrs. Fielder's PreAP Physics - Acceleration



Mrs. Fielder's Physics classes did an experiment with a bowling ball rolling down the hallway to measure acceleration.  

GCHS Marching Band-Casey 1st in Class/3rd Overall


The Garrard County High School Marching Band competed in Casey County Saturday, September 19th.  First in Class, Best Percussion, Best Color  Guard and 3rd Overall. 

Homecoming 2015

Wednesday:  Old vs. Young





LES Back to School Night

Back to School Night  @ LES August 6th from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

FFA Gold Rating at State Convention

FFA received a Gold Rating for our chapter at State Convention.

CDR Back to School Night

Back to School Night-August 10 @ CDR

5:00-8:00 p.m.

2015-2016 Supply List

Mr. & Miss Garrard County

2015 Mr. and Miss Garrard County

Sammy Galloway is Mr. Garrard County.  He is the son of Eddie and Angela Galloway.  He plans to attend EKU in the fall and major in History Education

Olivia Morton is Miss Garrard County.  She is the daughter of Josh Morton and Tanya Messer.  She plans to attend UK in the fall and major in Political Science. 

2015 Prom King and Queen



Shaker Ezaizat and Katie Marcum were selected as 2015 Prom King and Queen at the prom Saturday, April 25.


Dr. Robin Cooper (UK) visits Ms. Jerolaman's Environmental Science Class


Dr. Robin Cooper from UK visited several science classes.  Focusing on neuroscience, Dr. Cooper helped students investigate the functioning of the brain.  He also assisted students with setting up heavy metal toxicity experiments.  All students who participated in the activities with Dr. Cooper will be presenting their work at our first Neuroscience Symposium that will take place on Friday, April 3 in the GCHS library.


Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction visits GCHS


Siobhan Adkins of the Bluegrass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office, presented GCHS Engineering Club students with an opportunity to hear how munitions, chemical agents, and explosive components stored at the Bluegrass Depot are being dismantled. In addition, students participated in a robotic simulation designed specifically to demonstrate the need for careers in engineering on a local as well as global scale.


Sophia McWilliams-Kentucky Book Fair

Sophia McWilliams on ABC 36 news at the Kentucky Book Fair.  Check out GCHS 9th grader Sophia McWilliams!  She gets on the air at the 1:05 mark!   


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School Report Card-Checking On Our Progress with One Click

Checking On Our Progress with One Click
Just as parents examine their children’s report card to see how well they are doing, so, too, can anyone with Internet access look at each Kentucky public school or district’s report card to see how they are performing.
School and District Report Cards are posted on the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE's) website. These Report Cards provide information including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement and much more.
To access the site, go to https://applications.education.ky.gov/src/. By scrolling down a list of districts or schools to highlight the one in question and then clicking on “View Card,” a person will see several information-specific tabs, each containing information on one aspect of the school or district.

District & School Report Card


GCHS Art Club at the Grand

The Lancaster Grand Theater enlisted the help of the GCHS Art Club to paint a greeting on the backstage wall to welcome the guest artists. Featured left to right : Ashley Oaks, Brittany Bruce, and Jessica Rodriguez. Photographed by Sidney Wormley.

Career Day @ CDR


Mrs. Overstreet's Retirement Reception

A retirement reception was held at CDR cafeteria on Friday, May 30th in honor of Mrs. Janet Overstreet.  Mrs. Overstreet celebrated 32 years of dedicated service to Garrard County Schools.  In addition to her current faculty and staff, friends and coworkers from  the district, the Administrative staff and board members from the board office and former superintendents were in attendance.  Mrs. Overstreet thanked everyone for a wonderful send off. 



Seniors Sign with UPike

Garrard County's Jacob Smith (Wide Receiver), Jacob Simpson (Lineman) and Bradley Rector (OLDL) signed with the University of Pikeville as part of the 2014 football recruiting class.  University of Pikeville head football coach Dudley Hilton added a strong mix of talent to his team that finished 7-4 last year.

Garrard Middle ROAR - Prevention of Child Abuse

Garrard Middle student with ROAR plant pinwheels in support of prevention of child abuse.

Garrard County High School-Softball Program Fundraiser

Drive to Give--For a new Lincoln test-drive

For every test drive taken Saturday, April 5 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) Lincoln Motor Company will donate $20 to the Garrard County Softball Program up to $8,000.

Stuart Powell Ford (Danville)



MOJO Anti-Bullying Assembly

Kalem Grasham  (GCHS Principal) and MOJO

MOJO presented an Anti-Bullying Assembly to GCHS students.  Bullying can be a major problem and it effects everyone involved.  Bullying hurts and can lead to someone to hurting themselves.  If you see someone getting bullied--Step in and help them out!!


Regional Fencing Champ-Sawyer Cornett

On December 21st, Sawyer Cornett travelled to Ohio to compete in a regional youth fencing tournament.  Cornett competed in a Y14 foil event. In the gold medal bout he competed against a fencer from Ohio and won 15-13.  Winning a regional tournament automatically qualifies a fencer for the National Championship in July.  Cornett will head to Nashville in March for a North American Cup tournament. (Central Record)

FBLA Princess Fundraiser

Garrard County FBLA sponsored a princess afternoon for little girls on December 19.  Everyone dressed in their formal attire.  Every princess had their hair styled, a manicure, a photo shoot  and a sweet treat.

FCCLA Travels to Charlotte, NC-National Cluster Meeting



FCCLA members, with advisors, traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to the national cluster meeting.  Students and advisors attended leadership workshops, listened to inspiring speakers and networked with members from other states.  This year's theme is "Exceeding Expectations."

2018 Lyndel Potter Memorial Invitational Tournament


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.


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

STOP Tipline is Active

Garrard County Schools announces the availabilty of the STOP Tipline.


Board Recognizes FCCLA Students Going to State


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

12th Region Basketball All-Academic Team


Congratulations to Carter Moss, Dalton Sebastian, and Trevor Jones for being named to the 12th Region Basketball All-Academic Team.

"Senior Night" Bowling


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

What's Happening @ LES???

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GMS Students of the Week

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Each week teachers at GMS select students of the week. These students go above and beyond in the classroom! The winners for this week are as follows: Caleb Ellington (Colonels), Rylan Miller (Hilltoppers), Riley Miller (Eagles), Aislinn Ellis (Knights), Aundrea Ramirez (Panthers), Jackson Maxwell (Racers), and Nancy Perez (Tigers). Congratulations to these amazing students!

Red Ribbon Week


Monday 10/30- Hippie Day

Tuesday 10/31- Halloween Costume (full masks not permitted)

Wednesday 11/1- Dress as your favorite TV show character

Thursday 11/2- Preppy Day

Friday 11/3- Disney Day - Dress as your favorite Disney character (includes Star Wars and Marvel Superheroes, again no full masks)

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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Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award * Colin Carver


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.

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


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

Garrard County FFA*Silver Emblem Chapter Award*Dylan Driskell-3rd FFA Creed

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Congrats to Dylan Driskell for placing 3rd in the State FFA Creed Contest.!!  Congrats to Bret Moore for placing 2nd in the state for Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship!! The Garrard County FFA Chapter was awarded the Silver Emblem Chapter Award at the state convention.


Sawyer Cornett*2016-17 USA Fencing All-American 2nd Team


Congrats to Sawyer Cornett for being named to the 2016-17 USA Fencing All-American 2nd Team!

Georgetown College*Drew Delili*Baseball


Congratulations to Drew Delili for signing with Georgetown College to play baseball with the Georgetown Tigers.  Drew is a member of the GCHS Golden Lions Baseball Team. Georgetown is one of the top Christian Colleges in Kentucky.  Pictured:  Mother (Lori), Drew, Father (Mike), Standing:  Brother (Mason) and GCHS Baseball Coach C.J. Lynn. 

GMS * Junior Beta Convention * GOLD Key


Congratulations to the GMS Beta Club for winning the GOLD key award at the Beta State Convention.

GCHS Students attend Beta Convention


Georgia Dawahare, Mary K. Oberman, Viviana Cordova, Zoe Lester, Anna Kluesener and Shea Davis attend the state Beta Convention in Lexington.  Each student competed in an academic test.  All students participated in voting for state officers. We also attended the talent show and general sessions at the state conference.
logo"Let Us Lead by Serving Others"

Ugly Sweater (Continuted)


Camp Dick Robinson Winter program

Camp Dick Robinson will live stream ther 1 PM performance 21/14/16

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GCHS Marching Band * 3rd Place State

The GCHS Marching Band finished in 3rd place at state! So proud of how our Band represents GC!! The  Garrard County Band is pictured on the field as one of the 20 best bands in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  They gave a fantastic performance and we couldn't be more proud! (Thanks Teresa Baker-Clough and Chris Woolums for pictures and information from marching season.)

Lady Lions * Third Annual * Resolution Run
Emily Lane's Fashion and Interior Design Class donates blankets to Central Baptist NICU

Mrs. Lane's Fashion and Interior Design Class donated 20 blankets to the Central Baptist NICU.  This was a very rewarding experience for Mrs. Lane and her students.

2016 Homecoming Queen-Maddy Day

Congrats Maddy Day 2016 Homecoming Queen

2016 Homecoming Court

2016 Homecoming Candidates


Shelby Kyle, Darbi Clark, Maddy Day, Rebekah Hume, Alexa Slone, Ally Johnson

Kia Lamb - GMS Asst. Principal

 I am a lifelong resident of Garrard County and proud graduate of the Garrard County School Systems. I received both my Bachelors Degree in Middle Grades Education and Masters Degree in Instruction Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. During my tenure as a classroom teacher I worked for two years at Science Hill Independent Schools and the past five years at Garrard Middle School. I am very excited to take on a new role at GMS and for the opportunities it will provide for me to have a  positive impact on the students of Garrard County Schools.

Valedictorian*Randa Morris *** Salutatorian*Erin Hoskins


Valedictorian*Randa Morris *** Salutatorian*Erin Hoskins

Randa Morris--Valedictorian of Class of 2016. Randa is the daughter of Daryl and Rhonda Morris. She plans on attending EKU in the fall and major in Agricultural Business Management and Animal Science. She played for the Lady Lions volleyball, basketball and softball.
Erin Hoskins--Salutatorian of Class of 2016.  Erin is the daughter of Davis and Michelle Hoskins.  She plans on attending UK in the fall and major in Prelaw.

Mike Redmon signs with Lindsey Wilson College

Congratulations to Mike Redmon on signing with Lindsey Wilson College in Track and Field. Mike played basketball and football for the Garrard Lions.  Pictured:  TIm Foster (Lindsey Wilson Asst. Coach), Michael Redmon (Mike's father), Mike Redmon - Standing: Josh Henderson and Jerry Perry

"Together United"*GCHS Spanish and French Classes


French and Spanish students at Garrard County High School gave a tribute today for a memorial to those who were victims recently during the latest ISIS terrorist attacks in Belgium.  French students made a trilingual, Belgium flag that stated “Together United” while Spanish students gave famous quotes about the importance of diversity and peace.  All students, then, folded a huge handkerchief using the quote “El Mundo es Un Pañuelo” or “The World is as a Handkerchief,” so when one hurts, we all are harmed for our handkerchief is not as strong.  In other words, the globe is like a handkerchief and we are all part of a fold.  Also, students discussed how all humans share not only language connections, but oneness in many shared foods and traditions.  The World Language Department grieved the loss of our Belgium friends and mourned the lack of peace on our planet. 


Advocate-Messenger All-Area Team

All-Area Second Team

Slade Crutchfield        Nick McCollum     Sis Logan             

All-Area Honorable Mention

Sam Adams          Maddy Day            Randa Morris

FFA Week

In celebration of National FFA week, Garrard County FFA Officers and Sponsor Christen Roseberry met with Representative Jonathan Shell and Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles promoting the Ag Tag program.  The Kentucky 4-H Foundation joined them to help promote this program.

2nd Annual Style Show-Leukemia & Lymphoma Fundraiser

Mrs. Lane's Fashion Interior Design Class with the promotion of Mrs. Whitworth's Marketing Class sponsored a fashion show for students Friday afternoon. Act I featured a variety of different fashion profiles and Act II featured garments created by each model. Students were able to choose the fabric and style they wished to produce.  All proceeds from the show went to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Garrard Middle Spelling Bee

Ashton Cheek-Runner-Up      Michael Tuggle-Winner

Garrard Middle School is pleased to announce our Spelling Bee winner is Michael Tuggle from Mrs. Vanoy’s 7th period ELA class.  The runner-up is Ashton Cheek from Mrs. Edgington’s 2nd period ELA class.  These two students will represent GMS in the Garrard County District Spelling Bee in the GMS auditorium on February 12th with a snow date of February 19.  Rhonda Dotson served as the speaker. Kelly Montgomery & Liz Brogli served as Spelling Bee Judges. 

Front Row: Alex Canada, Kady Montgomery, Aaron Kelly, Ashton Cheek, Ethan Swope, Lucas Moberly, Caleb Johnson, Kaleigh West, Hannah Barrett, Brooke Beauchamp, Amy Caldwell, Connor Fitzpatrick & Michael Diaz.

Back Row: Macy Hester, Marianna Cortez, Chloe Zezanski, Karli Kirkpatrick, Rowan Wardrip, Zander Powell, Hudson Cornett, Anna Lane, Noah Stanton, Caden Adams, Michael Tuggle, Connor White & Makenna Morgan




Celebration of Life for Cindy Logan

January 28, 2016 Garrard County High School held an assembly in honor of Cindy Logan, highlighting the Organ Donor Registry. Cindy was a proud Organ Donor and because of her generosity she may have impacted someone’s life. Students were informed on the process of donating organs and the importance of participating in the Organ Donor Registry.

GCHS Band - Inaugural Parade



GCHS Band at the Inaugural Parade in Frankfort.  (Pics- Teresa Morgan & Teresa Clough)  So proud of our band!!  Band members wore arm bands in memory of Grant Oakley.


2015-16 Boys Basketball Team

2015-16 Boys Basketball Team

GCHS-FBLA - National FBLA Leadership Conference

GCHS-FBLA travels to Charleston, SC to participate in the National FBLA Leadership Conference. Participants toured both the Biltmore Estates and historic Fort Sumter. It was great to participate alongside the over 1,300 FBLA participants from across the country! Students attended workshop to build leadership skills and focused on keeping and making professional commitments. Attendees are pictured here in front of the South Carolina Untied States Custom House and at the conference hotel waiting to hear the keynote speaker,  Alex Sheen. He is the founder and spokesperson for the nonprofit organization “Because I Said I Would”. 

GCHS Vollyball - District Champions

GCHS Volleyball won the district title against Boyle County. Neek Hocker, Kacie Dotson, Randa Morris and Charity Browning were selected for the All-District Team.  Congrats to the Volleyball team for being the District Champions for the 2nd consecutive year!  Volleyball opens the Regional tournament at Southwestern Tuesday night vs. Mercer County at 6.  

Mrs. Long's Art Class - Clay



Mrs. Long's Art classes working with clay.  

Homecoming 2015-Queen Shelbie White

Miss Shelbie White was crowned 2015 Homecoming Queen at halftime Friday, September 18 at Dyehouse Stadium.  Mr. Jackson Moss was her escort.
The homecoming court participated in the half time activities.  Miss Breonna Hocker, 2014 Queen, crowned the new queen. 


Advocate-Messenger All-Area Softball Team * Area Coach of Year

Todd Montgomery let his team to the best record in the area, 24-9, and was named the Area Coach of the Year.

Advocate-Messenger 2015 All-Area Softball Team members from Garrard:

Kenlea Norton, Pitcher
Kenlea went 14-5 with a 2.3

earned-run average and 95 strikeouts.  She also hit .384 with two home runs and 27 RBIs.

Rachyl Lyons, First Base
Rachyl hit .477 with five home

runs and 34 RBIs. She scored 27 runs and had 53 hits.  This is Rachyl's second year on the All-Area team.

Liz Padgett, Second Base
Liz hit .457 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs. She had 56 hits, 15 doubles and scored 45 runs.

Elle Montgomery, Outfield
Elle hit .510 with 29 RBIs and scored 28 runs with a home run and 51 hits.  she went 2-0 with a save and .000 ERA.


PLE Back to School Night

 Back to School Night  - Thursday, August 6th 3:00-5:30

2015-2016 Supply List

Graduates Give Out Honorary Diplomas






May 26th GCHS Graduates did a tour of the schools and handed out honorary diplomas to an adult in the school system that provided encouragement and inspiration along the way.  Seniors entered the building in thier caps and gowns to the tune of pomp and circumstance.  Staff and Students lined the halls as the seniors passed.

Ghost Out



The Garrard County Youth Services Center, Garrard County Coroner Office, GCHS GLAD Club (Garrard Leaders Against Drugs) along with Kentucky Office of Highway Safety worked together to address drug and alcohol abuse among our young people today. Garrard County High School hosted a weeklong program aimed at teenagers entitled GHOST OUT.

Thursday morning, a guest dressed as the Grim Reaper stalked the hallways of the school and selected 11 “victims”.  These “victims” represented the average number of people killed in alcohol or drug related crashes during the school day and are declared “dead”.   An assembly was held during the last hour of school at which a guest speaker, Theresa Martinez from MADD spoke about losing her daughter from an alcohol related accident.  A memorial services was conducted for the 11 “victims” that were selected by the Grim Reaper.


French Mini Lessons at GMS


French students visited GMS to introduce French class at the high school.  The French students introduced names, numbers and letters. 



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Garrard County Board Chairman Joe Brown was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky School Board Association.

Marksbury Farm Market Visits Culinary Class

Richard McAllister from Marksbury Farm Market visited the Culinary class Wednesday.  He demonstrated cutting up chickens and then assisted students while the cup chickens that they will prepare for a lab.

Midwest Equipment & Supply Presents SCAG Workshop


Midwest Equipment and Supply Co., Inc. (under the direction of service technician Zach Lottes) presented a power equipment workshop to members of the Agriculture classes.  Members from the community were invited to attend the service workshop.  Mrs. Hooper's and Mrs. Lane's Foods classes prepared lunch and served the guests.

Veterans' Day Celebration


Garrard County High School held their annual Veterans' Day Celebration on Monday, November 10.  Major General Arnold Fields was the guest speaker.  General Fields has served our nation in various capacities in every major American conflict since the Vietnam War. He also sang two patriotic songs.   The celebration was sponsored by Student Council (Mr. Bret Baierlein).  The GCHS Band played several songs and featured Rhiannon Montgomery with the playing of the taps.  The March of the Armed Forces featured the branches of service.  Ms. Kathy Barlow and the GCHS Cafeteria Staff prepared and served breakfast.  FFA officers were recognized guests.  In addition to his military distinctions, Major Fields serves on the FFA National Board.

GCHS Marching Band - Undefeated Regular Season

GCHS Marching Band Undefeated in Regular Season.



--- Photos Courtesy of Vicky Abrams


Marksbury Farm Manager Visits Culinary Class




Marksbury Farm Manager, Richard McAllister, visited the Family & Consumer Science Culinary Classes on Thursday.  Marksbury is a locally owned butcher shop, farm market and processing facility.  They have high quality, healthy fresh products. 

2014--Valedictorian-Logan Ellis**Salutatorians--Anna Morrow & Jesse Dodson

(L)Valedictorian: Logan Ellis**Salutatorians: (C) Jesse Dodson & (R) Anna Morrow

Carpentry Class - The Grand


     Four beautiful wooden panels that now stretch across the front of the Lancaster Grand Theatre’s stage were built by students from Mike Oakley’s two Carpentry classes at The Garrard County Area Technology Center. Each panel features three tin tiles from the original 1924 construction and is painted to match the theatre décor.
     The Garrard County Area Technology Center (ATC) has been outstanding in its support and help to the Lancaster Grand, working on both electrical and carpentry projects for the theatre. On this project alone, 25 students from Boyle, Danville, Garrard, and Lincoln high schools helped. (ATC also serves Fort Logan High School and Kentucky School for the Deaf.)
      Executive Director Debra Hoskins expressed the theatre’s appreciation when she said, “Everyone did such a fine job.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!! We are so appreciative.”
      For information about ATC, please call 859.792.2144. For the Lancaster Grand Theatre, visit website LancasterGrand.com. 


Nutrition Classes Making Omelets

Cassinda Bechanan from the Kentucky Poultry Federation came to the foods lab and spoke to the students on eggs and the nutrients they provide.  Students also prepared their own omelets after watching Mrs. Bechanan do a demonstration.

Tooth Fairy @ CDR

Emily Major, Bethany Major and Courtney Wooldridge, along with the Family Resource Center Directors, visited CDR on Tuesday to promote dental hygiene with the Preschool and Kindergarten classes.

GCHS Student Art Show




The art students at GCHS, under the instruction of Kristen Long (Art Teacher), had a student art show at Lancaster United Methodist Church on March 1.

CDR - Getting Ready for Read Across America

STLP students shared reading a Dr. Seuss book with Angie Stull's 1st Grade.  The reading was recorded to play back during "Read Across America" week (Dr. Seuss).

Explore Test

The following students reached 4 out of 4 benchmarks on Explore test this fall.

Sophia McWilliams-2013 Book Fair
Sophia McWilliams, a thirteen-year-old 8th grader at Garrard Middle School, attended the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort last weekend(Nov 15-16).  Sophia was the youngest of 200 authors to attend this year’s book fair.  The Kentucky Book Fair is Kentucky’s premier literary event of the year, drawing over 4000 attendees.  Proceeds from the Kentucky Book Fair go to fund school and public libraries and literacy programs across the commonwealth. It was a great honor for Sophia and her author father, Lucas McWilliams, to be invited to attend. Sophia was swarmed with adoring fans, who she inspired with her stories of writing as a young author. Sophia signed nearly 150 books for fans who purchased her books.
Conservation Writing Contest * GMS


Congratulations to the winners of the Garrard County Conservation Writing Contest.  Student winners were Hayden Elleman, Alexys Patrick, and Presley Applegate.

Recognized @ March Board Meeting


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.

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ATC Carpentry Class


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

LES Grinch Day


On Grinch day, we had the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who show up bright and early for a fun day of learning. 

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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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.


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

Ag Construction * Welding * Mr. McDonald


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



GCHS Registration                 Dress Code 2017-18

12th Grade - 8/1 from 8-11

11th Grade - 8/1 from 12-3

10th Grade - 8/2 from 8-11

 9th Grade -  8/2 from 12-3

Charity Browning signs with Lindsey Wilson College*Volleyball


Congratulations!! Charity Browning signing to play Volleyball at Lindsey Wilson College.
Pictured above:  Scott Long, Rhonda Morris, Dennis Custard, Chris Goddard, Martina Whittaker, Charlie Owens (Athletic Director)
Front Row: Robert (Father), Charity, Bobbie (Mother) Picture:  Dickie Gilbert

Preschool Screening


FCCLA Week * Teacher's Breakfast


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FCCLA celebrated FCCLA Week with a teacher's breakfast on Thursday.  They celebrated each day of the week with an event.

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GMS Academic Team * Overall Runner Up * Sportsmanship Award


GMS Academic Team won overall runner up in the district and runner up in quick recall!  For the third year in a row, GMS won the sportsmanship award.

GCHS All-Region Band

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Congratulations!! Coty Sanford, Anna Kluesener, and Emalee Young for being selected for the All-Region Symphonic (top) Band.

Congratulations!! Valerie Sutton and Alexis Lowery for being selected for the All-Region Concert (second) Band.

Jason Roop * GMS Guest Speaker from Campbellsville University

GMS had a guest speaker, Jason Roop from Campbellsville University.  Jason Spoke to students about the fight against drugs.  GMS celebrated Red Ribbon Week which is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It is celebrated in October every year.


Kristen Chandler Long * Kentucky Art Teachers Exhibit


Congratulations GCHS Art Teacher Kristin Long for being selected as 1 of 17 Kentucky Art teachers to exhibit at this years State Art Conference.  The Art will be on exhibit all month at Gallery on Main in Richmond;.KY.  Mixed media piece is titled Life Cycle of a Death Moth.

Farm-City Banquet Female & Male Student of the Year

Mary Katherine Oberman and John Cameron Carver were recognized at the Farm-City Banquet as the Outstanding Female and Male Student of the Year.  This annual event is sponsored by the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce.

2016 Homecoming Attendants

Chloe Zeznanski, Freshman * Anna Leigh Wilson, Sophomore * Hannah Dunn, Junior 

Welcome!! CDR New Teachers!

Scott McCoy
5th Grade

Janice Johnson
4th Grade


Mr. & Miss Garrard County

Mr. Slade Crutchfield and Miss Kacie Dotson were selected as Mr. & Miss Garrard County.  Miss Kacie Dotson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Dotson and plans to attend Union College and major in education.  Mr. Slade Crutchfield is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Chris Crutchfield and plans to attend Campbellsville University and major in physcial therapy.


Regional Girl's Tennis Winners*Kacie Dotson & Alexa Slone

Alexa Slone & Kacie Dotson

Girl's Tennis Doubles State Bound!!  Congratulations Alexa Slone & Kacie Dotson for winning Regional Girl's Tennis. Kacie is a senior at GCHS and plans to attend Union College and major in education.  Alexa is a junior at GCHS. 

Top 10 for ReadnQuiz Book Celebration Store

Top 10 for ReadnQuiz Book Celebration Store

Left to Right: Kendall Cloud 172, Megan Cornett 227, Rebekah Keith 670.5, Beau Schneider 143.5, Gracie Belt 271, Rosie Belt 388, Nicholas Denton 379 & Alison Stiles 253. Absent for picture: Abby Belcher 276 & Kadence Montgomery 433.

Pre-School Meeting Pre-School Meeting

If you have a student who may be enrolled in Pre-School for the 2016-17 school year there will be a meeting Tuesday April 19th at 6pm at the GEC. The meeting will be an overview of the Pre-School program along with discussion of any potential changes.

2016 Rogers Explorer Recipients * Emma Warren*Dylan Driskell*Kennedy Bruner



Congratulations to Kennedy Bruner, Dylan Driskell, and Emma Warren for being selected to represent GMS as a 2016 Rogers Explorer. The Rogers Explorers program is an intensive three-day, two-night program focused on cultivating skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.  It is developed, coordinated, and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, and The Center’s newest partner, University of Pikeville .  Activities throughout the program are both educational and fun.  Classroom projects are very hands-on, so do not expect to be bored!  Explorers are able to actively participate in practical college courses, fine-tune leadership skills, and develop a network of friends and resources throughout our Southern and Eastern Kentucky region. (http://centeryouthprograms.com/rogers-explorers/)

St. Patrick's Day Tradition - Mrs. Lindsay's Spanish Class

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated every year on March 17th, honoring the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. The celebrations are largely Irish culture themed and typically consist of wearing green, parades, and drinking. Another tradition that is celebrated is the game of "Horseshoe."  This American passtime comes to us from Ireland and the horseshoe is believed to bring good luck.


FCCLA Winners to Compete at State in March

FCCLA winners to compete at state in March.  Crystal Lovings, Erin Hoskins, Brett Elleman, Allyson Taylor and Riley Anderson-Lusher competed at Region (above picture).  Four of the five won Superstar and will compete at state in March.


All-State Band-Bradley Dalton

Bradley Dalton was honored at the Board of Education meeting for his participation at All-State Band!  Mr. Joe Brown (Chairman of the Board) and Mr. Paul Mullins (Superintendent) are presenting the certificate.

Grace Shinn honored at Board Meeting-Homeless by Human

Garrard County Junior, Grace Shinn, was honored for her work with Homesless but Human at the January board of education meeting.

GCHS Engineering Club-Mousetrap Car Challenge


GCHS Engineering Club (with Mrs. Fielder) designing their entries for the First Annual Build A Better Mousetrap Car Challenge. 

STLP - French Lessons 2nd Grade LES

STLP Students visited Lancaster Elementary 2nd grade and presented a mini French lesson.  Students were introduced to numbers and colors in French. The lesson began with introductions JE M'APPELLE followed by their name.

Lady Lions--3rd Annual "Resolution Run"

Lady Lions – 3rd Annual “Resolution Run”  5K (3.1 Mile) Run/Walk
Saturday, January 2nd 2016  Garrard County High School  1:00 P.M.
The Course:  Start/finish line at NEW Garrard County High School.  Water will be available on the course.(Race timing and results by Rick Serres)
Non-refundable entry fee:
Entry Fee: By Jan. 1st : $15 ($10 if 18 &under) Raceday $20 ($15 if 18 & under)
Race Day:  Registration on race day will be from 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. 
ProceedsLady Lions Softball program.
Team Spirit Award  - Team Spirit Categories

Entry Form

Cooking with Kids - Mrs. Lane's Culinary Class



Mrs. Lane's Culinary Class hosted a "Cooking with Kids" class.  High school students helped the younger children cook lunch with simple recipes.  Both groups had a good time.


Sullivan University Guest Speaker

Chef Madden from Sullivan University visited GCHS on Friday, October 2.  He talked to the Foods classes (Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Hooper) about preparing for their future and having enough money to retire and be happy.



Internet Safety Lessons @ PLE



STLP students from GCHS (Clay Suey, Barry Rich, Jackson Moss & Shiloh Mastin) did an internet safety lesson with the 2nd graders at PLE.  The lesson included personal information, usernames and passwords and online safety.


Congratulations Nugent and Vanhook

     Barbara Nugent, Librarian      Jane Vanhook, Science Teacher  
Congratulations On Your Retirement!!
It has been a pleasure working with you.  We wish you the Best.  Enjoy!        


Advocate-Messenger All-Area Team

Advocate-Messenger All-Area Baseball Team
Coach of the Year

Logan Teague, Pitcher

Logan went 7-2 with 2.18 earned-run average and 57 strikeouts.  Logan had a great year on the mound.  He has been able to throw strikes with all three of his pitches.

Seth Murphy, Shortstop

Seth hit .440 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs.  He had three triple, eight doubles, a .573 on-base percentage and .935 slugging percentage while posting a .839 fielding percentage.  He is signed to play at EKU.

Phillip Pozzuto, Third Base

Phillip posts a .910 fielding percentage.  He hit  .360 with four home runs and eight doubles with a .5-3 on-base percentage and a .561 slugging percentage.  Phillip is a junior.

Garrard County Coach C.J. Lynn was named the Area Coach of the Year after being named 12th Region Coach of the Year.

Graduates Give Out Honorary Diplomas



Read-a-Thon Participants

The Read-a-Thon Participants presented checks to the YSC and The FRC Tuesday, April 21.  Twenty-one students read 8,159 pages and collected $540.29 ($270.15 each fore the YSC & FRC).  Ms. Barbara Nugent (GCHS Librarian) sponsored this event.

Operation Preparation


Operation Preparation was held at GCHS this week (March 19-20).   All 10th grade students meet with someone from the community to talk with them about their future plans. Students had copies of ILP's (Individual Learning Plans) which includes projected high school classes and plans for the future.  We appreciate community leaders donating their time to support our students at GCHS.



Guest Speaker-Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ritter-Promotes French

Lt. Colonel Mark Ritter spoke to an 8th-grade assembly during Advisory on March 3.  He presented a geo-political map of French-speaking US Command areas in Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Ellen Mitchell (French teacher at GCHS) sponsored the program to promote Foreign Language at GCHS.  Mark Ritter is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and currently Commander of the 373rd Quartermaster Battalion. LTC Ritter has served 32 years in the USAR and had three mobilizations since 9/11/2001. He is retired from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and lives in Frankfort Kentucky with his wife Leah, and children Lucas and Celia, who are students at FCHS.


Keep-It-Real Awards Night--February 24th

You are invited to attend-we have a group of students from GCHS that will be receiving a high award.  The ceremony will be February 24th at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm with a Reception and Viewing of Entries followed at 7:00 p.m. with the Awards Program (214 East Main Street, Lexington, KY) 

Ms. Kluesener's Arts & Humanities-Create "Rose Window."


Ms. Kluesener's high school Arts and Humanities class have been learning about the Cathedral of Notre Dame and its famous Rose Window.  They also made their own beautifully created "Rose Window" to display in the library and the cafeteria for all to enjoy.


STLP Teaches French Lessons @ LES


STLP students teaching French to second grade at LES.  The lesson included numbers, colors and a few bastic words.  The students did a great job participating in the lesson.  Anna Abrams, Keaton Dennis and Shiloh Mastin are the high school students in the picture.

Evening of Excellence-8th Grade Winners
8th Racers Team 8th Tigers Team


Emily Major - State Bound

Emily Major earned a return trip to state by winning three matches straight before falling in the semis at Regional Competition in Berea on Saturday, May 3.

Kentucky Bluegrass Award

     Each year GCHS library promotes the Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominees by having two drawings in March.  This year over 60 students read books from the 294 KBA nominees list.  Twenty-six students read at least two books and were eligible to vote.  Our 2014 KBA drawing winners are Jordan Renner and Haley Mastin.  We would like to thank all student who participated in this year's contest and encourage all students to pick up a copy of the 2015 KBA list in the library.  We would also like to thank the Youth Service Center for providing prizes for the drawings.

Victoria Floyd - All-Area Team

Congratulations to Victoria Floyd for being recognized 
on the All-Area team in basketball 


Arts Show at EKU

 The following GCHS art students will participate in the Regional Art Competition at EKU March 8-9.

Joseph Moyer- Drawing
Brittany Bruce- Mixed Media & Painting
Jordan Renner- Sculpture
Hannah Johnson- Drawing
Sidney Wormley- Photography

Anna Leigh Morrow - National Merit Finalist

National Merit Finalist

Anna Leigh Morrow has been named as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship!

All-Region Honor Band

Coty Sanford, Rhiannon Montgomery, Allyson Taylor, Austin Young, Anna Kluesener (Middle School) and Emalee Young represented Garrard County as part of the All-Region Honor Band in Richmond.

Christmas Program @ LES

Youth Leadership at Ephraim McDowell


The Youth Leadership outing "Health and Human Services" at Ephraim McDowell.

High Attendance * Mrs. Preston * CDR


Congratulations to Mrs. Preston's class for having the highest attendance for the month of March! Great Job!

GMS Safety Fair

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Garrard Middle School hosted its annual Career Day on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Thank you to all of the local businesses and guest speakers who took part in this exiting experience! A special thank you to Kelly Montgomery, GMS Counselor for planning the event.

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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)

LES Student Spotlight

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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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All-Regional Band


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.

LES Parade Winner


Wanda Shelton presented Lancaster Elementary with the prizes for their winning float in the Christmas parade. 

Del Leda Johnson*Retirement


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!

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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GCHS See You at the Pole


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.

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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Back to School


GMS:  Each day will be from 5:30-6:30.

6th Grade:  Monday, July 31st

7th Grade:  Tuesday, August 1st

8th Grade:  Wednesday, August 2nd

Dress Code-2017  Supplies 6 Encore 6

Supplies 7 Encore 7 Supplies 8 Encore 8

East/West Junior All-Star Softball Team*Elle Montgomery


Congrats to Elle Montgomery for being selected as a member of the 2017 East/West Junior All-Star Softball team.

Congratulations to Samantha Long signed with EKU*Cheerleading

Congratulations to Samantha Long for signing with EKU for Cheerleading.  Front: Keith Long (Father), Samantha, Robyn Foley (Mother). Back: Laura Hatmaker & Tevis Tuggle (Cheer Coaches), Sarah Long (Sister)

Graduating Class of 2017*Walk through the schools*Present Honorary Diplomas



Junior Achievement * LES 5th Grade

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STLP teaching 5th grade at LES Our Nation with Junior Achievement. Topics include:  Free to Choose Your Work or Business, Entrepreneurship, STEM skills, Resources, Career Clusters, Getting and Keeping a Job, and Global Connections.

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GMS Dance Team * 1st Place Jazz


Congrats to the GMS dance team who won 1st place in the small Jazz division at the Commonwealth Athletic Conference!

Community Service*7th Grade Eagles*Garrard Middle*Mrs. Sarah Edgington

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Mrs. Sarah Edgington's 7th grade Eagles Team at Garrard Middle School joined the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency's Silver Bells Project. Students brought Christmas gifts and cards to each resident at the Christian Care Center. 

25th Anniversary * Family Resource & Youth Services Center of Kentucky

25th Anniversary of the Family Resource and Youth Services Center of Kentucky
Angie Wagoner, FRC; Kim Dailey, FRC, Virginia Eldridge, YSC; Del-Leda Johnson, YSC


GCHS Marching Band


GCHS Marching Band won thier class, class percussion, class color guard and Reserve Grand Champion at the competition in Corbin Saturday.  Thank you Teresa Baker-Clough. 
 (Photos:  Courtesy of Chris Woolums)




PLE Kindergarten Searching for Shapes with STLP

STLP visited the Kindergarten classes at PLE with a shapes lesson.  Students took digital pictures of shapes they discovered throughout the building and reviewed them for reinforcement.





Cameron Carver * National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist!

Congrats to Cameron Carver for being named as a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist!!

Welcome!! LES New Teachers!
Angela Chambers
Sarah Ison

Sarah Porter
5th Grade

Hannah Davis

  Kathy Clark  



Barry Rich and Mike Redmon Qualify for State Track Finals

GCHS wins 10 medals at the Track Regional Championship. Mike Redmon and Barry Rich both qualify for the State track finals.  Mike Redmon finished 2nd in the Long Jump and Barry Rich finished 2nd in the 400m.

Teacher of the Year Award * Jennifer Viele * Lancaster Elementary

Patti Cox, Jennifer Viele, Jimmy Cox

Jennifer Viele was recognized as the winner of the Teacher of the Year Award at a banquet held on May 9.    Each school had a representative to compete for Central Record's Teacher of the Year.  This is the second year the Central Record has partnered with the local school system to honor and award an outstanding teacher from each school.  For the past eight years the Garrard Central Record has honored Garrard County teachers.

Paul Mullins, Superintendent, Tonda Mullins   Rhonda Keith, Corey Keith, Asst. Superintendent


Congratulations * Drama Department

The high school drama department presented "The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast" at GMS auditorium. Congratulations on three successful performances by the cast under the direction of Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Doak.


State SkillsUSA Winners

Josh Tirey

1st Place

Auto Mechanics

Jordan Poirier

2nd Place


Austin Kobernick

3rd Place

Technical Drafting

State SkillsUSA Winners

Career Day

GMS hosted a career day for their students.  Students learned about different careers and vocations from guest speakers who work in our community. 


Regional Governor's Cup Academic Team Competition


On Saturday, March 12th,  the Regional Governor’s Cup Academic Team Competition was held at Perryville Elementary.  Garrard County’s three elementary schools are in the 23rd region.  There are a total of 15 teams in this region.  They are: Camp Dick Robinson Elementary School,  Crab Orchard Elementary School,  Edna L. Toliver Elementary School,  Highland Elementary School,  Hustonville Elementary School,  Jennie Rogers Elementary School,  Junction City Elementary School,  Lancaster Elementary School,  Mary G. Hogsett Elementary School,  McKinney Elementary School,  Paint Lick Elementary School,  Perryville Elementary,  Stanford Elementary School,  Waynesburg Elementary School,  Woodlawn Elementary School.  Our teams were incredibly successful and represented Garrard County very well.  
(Click on Read More for Individual Scores)

Mrs. Lane's Culinary Class visits Sullivan University

Mrs. Lane's Culinary class at Sullivan University with Cruz and Barry preparing homemade pizza.

STLP Junior Achievement Global Economy@ LES 5th Grade

STLP taught the 5th graders at Lancaster Elementary a Junior Achievement lesson on the Global Economy.  Students used a string to represent the different countries that goods come from to produce a product.  

CDR Academic Team

Camp Dick Robinson Elementary 2015-16 Academic Team

GMS KYA Students Recognized at Board Meeting

 Garrard Middle School KYA Students were recognized by the Board Members.

Lane's Culinary Class-Guest Speaker Richard McAllister-Marksbury Farm Market


Richard McAllister from Marksbury Farm Market was a guest speaker in Ms. Lane’s Culinary classes.  He demonstrated a 10 piece cut up for chickens, and then the students practiced these skills with their group.  The Culinary classes will be roasting and frying the chicken.


2nd Annual Sweetheart Run and Walk 5K
#IAMSOMEONE - Anti-Bullying Presentation - Scott Harvey

 Sgt. Scott Harvey and David Amon, Resource Officer

The middle school and high school attended an assembly program on anti-bullying.  Sgt. Scott Harvey presented ways to prevent bullying and help the person who is being bullied. His presentation centers around personal responsibility.  Using his logo IamSomeone, he stresses that fact that the "someone" you have been waiting on to do something about the problem at hand, just might be you!  It is time to quit waiting on "someone" to solve a problem that is in front of us. Because, IamSomeone....and so are you!

FCCLA Cluster Meeting-Indianapolis

The Garrard County High School Chapter of FCCLA attended the National Cluster Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.  National Cluster Meetings offer leadership and skill workshops and knowledge bowl competition.  We had two excellent motivational speakers in the opening and closing sessions. Students also enjoyed visiting the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.



AP Spanish Students visit PLE


Ms. Lindsay's AP Spanish students taught a mini-lesson with a Christmas and Thanksgiving theme to some of the primary students at Paint Lick Elementary on Monday, November 16.


GHCS Choir on Stage with Foreigner


The Garrard County High School Choir, under the direction of Josh Fletcher, performed with Foreigner at the Norton Center for the Arts.


Video:  Jackson Moss


Garrard Schools Asst. Superintendent Corey Keith Selected to KASA Board

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators membership selected Corey Keith, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer at Garrard County Schools, to serve on their board of directors.  Keith will represent the Red River Region, serving the school districts of Berea Independent, Clark County, Estill County, Fayette County, Garrard County and Lincoln County.  

Business Entrepreueurship Class



Business Entrepreneurship Class crew working hard on the volleyball warm-ups with Mrs. Tina Brogli.

Homecoming 2015


 Haley Carpenter



Kacie Dotson 




Kayla Hockensmith



Allyson Taylor



Shelbie White


2015 Homecoming Candidates


PLE - Jonathan Shell Presents New Flags


Jonathan Shell,  State Representative, presented new American and Kentucky flags to the school's flag team.

12 Region All-Tournament Team


J. T. Lyon                        Logan Teague


Matt Wilburn                   Seth Murphy

12 Region All-Tournament Team

GCHS Baseball 12 Region Runner-Up


12th Region Coaches of the Year

Congrats to CJ Lynn for being recognized as the 12th Region Coach of the Year!

Congrats to Bryan Moberly for being recognized as the 12th Region Baseball Assistant Coach of the Year!!

Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations to Ms. Ashley Meadows for being recognized as the March Staff Member of the Month by Student Council!!

Governor's School for the Arts Recipient

Congrats to Kayla Tuggle for being accepted into the Governor's School for the Arts!

1st Place in State HOSA - Extemporaneous Writing

Congratulations to Katie Werkmeister for placing 1st in the state HOSA for Extemporaneous Writing.  Page Smith is her advisor.

Bethany Major, Bethany Sperry, Katie Werkmeister, Amelia Heckman attended the HOSA Spring Conference in Louisville.


Garrard Middle Academic Team
Garrard Middle Academic Team

District Champion Future Problem Solving Team
Alea Padgett*Georgia Dawahare*Annalee Wilson* Laura Collett*Cheyenne Grow


Mrs. Emily Lane * Staff Member of the Month

Emily Lane was recognized as the GCHS January staff member of the month at the January board meeting. Student Council nominated Ms. Emily Lane as the staff member of the month for January.  Mrs. Lane is a Family & Consumer Science teacher in her fifth year at GCHS.  She teaches Money Skills, Lifeskills, Foods and Nutrition, Culinary and Fashion/Interior Design.  Ms. Lane graduated with a Bachelors of Health Sciences in Family & Consumer Sciences Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2008, and a Masters of Arts in Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2014.  In her spare time, Ms. Lane likes to cook, read, sew and spend time with her five year old daughter, Natalie.


Contratulations to Ms. Lane for being recognized as our first recipient!!

Celebration of Lincoln's Birthday

In Celebration and Recognition of President's Day, Mrs. Sherrie Johnson brought to the GCHS library from the Kentucky Historical Society "Museums To Go."  This presentation showcases Abraham Lincoln's Life and many accomplishments.  This display will remain in the GCHS library for students to enjoy for the month of February.  Above pictured with the display in the background is Mrs. Johnson's AP Governement class.

Garrard County Schools Receives Recognition--Southern Association Accrediation

Garrard County School District was recognized by Southern Association Accrediation as being an accrediated School.  The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the improvement of education in the South through accrediation.



GCHS Cafeteria Crew-100%-Congrats!

The GCHS Cafeteria Staff scored a 100% on the health inspection.

Digital Scavenger Hunt - 5th Information Literacy Skills


The 5th grade at PLE reviewed their Information Literacy Skill with a digital scavenger hunt.  Teams of three students took pictures of different reference items located in the library in books, magazines and on charts.  We shared all the pictures and discussed where each were found.

Evening of Excellence-7th Grade Winners
7th Knights Team 7th Eagles Team


Youth Leadership - Kentucky League of Cities



Youth Leadership Field Trip at Strategic Planning at the Kentucky League of Cities in Lexington. 

State FBLA Winner--Sydney Lavoie

Sydney Lavoie won 2nd place in State FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)  for name tag design.

Operation Preparation at GMS

District leaders served as a mentor with eighth grade students at the middle school to help them prepare for their future.

Hiring of Football Coach Jerry Perry


Friday afternoon a press conference was held to announce the hiring of GCHS Football Coach Jerry Perry.  The press conference was a celebration with the GCHS band, cheerleaders, former and current football players, school personel and community members.  Welcome back Coach Perry!  (Photo: Charlie Owens, Athletic Director-Jerry Perry, Head Football Coach-Kalem Grasham, Principal)

Lexington Children's Theatre Production


Students at Paint Lick Elementary were entertained Friday with the Lexington Children's Theatre production of "Jack and the Wonder Beans." The play is about the classic "Jack and the Bean Stalk" but the story has a twist.  It is set in Appalachia and enhanced by traditional folk melodies including the script and student participation.

The performance was sponsored by the school's PTO.

K-PREP Distinguished

The following students scored Straight Distinguished on the K-PREP test last spring. Cheyenne G., Laura C., Savannah D., Ashley W., and Nicholas D.

Scrubby Bear Visits the Elementary Schools



Scrubby Bear visited the three elementary schools this week to teach students about hand washing and staying well.  The FRC and YSC sponsored the events.  High school students helped the Family Resource Center teach the lessons.

"PAWS" Winners for March * CDR


Congratulations to our March "PAWS Students of the Month" winners!

Inter-County Washington DC Youth Tour*Brynne Galloway


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.

GMS Archery Going to State


GMS Archery is going to STATE March 31st (Tyler Causey missing)

Board of Education Adopts 2018-2019 School Calendar

2018-2019 School Calendar

Lancaster Elementary Spotlight

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Hyster*Welding Program*Garrard ATC


Thanks Hyster for your donation to our welding program.

FBLA Regional Leadership Conference


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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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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2017 Homecoming GCHS


Hannah Dunn crowned 2017 Homecoming Queen 


2017 Homecoming Court


Back To School Bash


CDR: Back to School Bash * August 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m
Pre K Supply List   Student Supply List

All-Region Lady Lions Softball*Kelsey Perkins & Sam Adams

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Congrats to Kelsey Perkins and Sam Adams for being named to the Softball All-Region Tournament Team!

Maddy Day * Lady Lions 1000 Point Club


Congrats to Maddy Day for joining the 1000 points club!!

Recognized @ December Board Meeting *Dylan Driskell*Art Students*Theatre Production

DylanElf   Senior Art 


Congrats to Dylan Driskell for being recognized at the December Board Meeting for his role in "Elf Jr. - The Musical."  GCHS Also recognized our talented Art students and seniors that were involved in the Fall Theatre Production.


Red Ribbon Week * GCHS

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States.

Bass Fishing Team

Devin White finished 1st and Logan & Morgan Miracle finsihed 2nd at the Bradley Roy High School Open.  All three qualified for Nationals!