July 30, 2014

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Outstanding in His Field - A Kentucky Adventure Print E-mail

Chapter 1

“Dogwood, what have you done?” Dad asked as he cleaned green beans off the ceiling fan while Mom wiped mashed potatoes out of my sister Chloe’s hair. “I’m sorry, Dad,” I said after swallowing some baked chicken, “but when Chloe said ‘food fight,’ I had to throw something.”

“Food fight?” Mom, Dad and Chloe questioned simultaneously.

“Yes, sir,” I repeated.

“I didn’t say ‘food fight,’” my sister said sweetly.

Obviously the mashed potatoes had clouded Chloe’s judgment.

“I said ‘gesundheit,’” Chloe added as Mom and Dad stifled a laugh.

“You sneezed so I said, ‘gesundheit.’ It’s the German word for ‘good health’,” Chloe explained.

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2013 Conservation Writing and Arts Contest Print E-mail

With a new school year now underway, the search for Kentucky’s finest youth writers and artists also begins. Students in grades 1-12 are encouraged to submit creative writing and artistic entries for the annual Conservation Writing and Art Contests sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s competition, featuring a Writing Contest for grades 6-12 and the Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest for grades 1-5, is themed “Mission: H20.” While creativity is a key component to the contests, students will be challenged to think about the environment around them and the efforts they can take to help preserve it. Participants are tasked to share their ideas through short essays and artwork, persuading their readers and viewers to take action toward wildlife conservation efforts.

A better understanding of the benefits that water conservation brings to Kentucky’s landscape is something that can be enjoyed for generations to come, but this competition also rewards its participants for the time and effort required to create their entries. County-level winners receive a $25 award, regional winners get $50 and the state winners collect $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $50 for third place.

In last year’s competition (focusing on Kentucky’s forests), students from 99 different counties submitted a total of 17,554 writing entries while creating an additional 45,552 art entries from 91 counties.

Entries for the 2013 competition must be received at the student’s local conservation district office by December 1. To learn more about the contests and download resource materials - including a teacher’s guide, contest entry form and report forms - visit kyfb.com/federation or conservation.ky.gov.

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WKU admissions to visit PCHS Print E-mail

Allie Kerns, an admissions counselor at Western Kentucky University, will be visiting area high schools to discuss prospective students the opportunities offered at WKU.

She is scheduled to stop by Pendleton County High School for two informational sessions at 10:50 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17.

For more information, please contact the WKU Admissions Office via email at admission@wku.edu or by phone at (270) 745-2551. Or visit the Admissions Office online at http://www.wku.edu/admissions.

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Government offers student loan forgiveness Print E-mail

The federal government may forgive all or part of your student loans if you meet certain requirements. The forgiveness options for federal student loans, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), include:

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A good admissions essay may mean more money for college students Print E-mail

Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay as part of their admissions process for college freshmen. That essay may also help when it comes to paying for college, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

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Pendleton County FFA "Breaking a sweat to give 100%" Print E-mail

Front row, from left: Taelor McMillin, Sabrina Sebastian, Missy Combs, Sierra Pfefferman, Christina Herron, FFA advisor Jaimie Antrobus. Middle row: Zach Rogers, Dakota Barnes, Kelly Armor, Shannon Carey, Clay Thompson. Back row: Katie Lawson, Doug Eglian, Robert Hall, Colton Pugh, Mason Taylor, Autumn Pugh, Layne Flaherty.

By Sierra Pfefferman, Pendleton County FFA Reporter

During the week of July 22 - 26, Pendleton County FFA attended the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg, KY. Everyone was breaking a sweat in the hot muggy weather, but the Pendleton County FFA chapter was breaking a sweat to prepare for the upcoming school year. Twenty three other FFA chapters attended during this week as well.  There were over three hundred and twenty people in attendance including advisors, guests, and FFA members.

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West headed to Gatton Academy Print E-mail

Ian West of Butler will be attending the Gatton Academy in Bowling Green.

Ian West, 16, of Butler, will spend the next two years attending the prestigious Carol S. Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. The Gatton Academy, which has been named the nation’s number one high school by Newsweek magazine for the past two years, is housed on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green, Ky.

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NJROTC cadets complete mini boot camp Print E-mail

Pendleton County High School NJROTC unit held a mini boot camp for incoming cadets during the week of July 22. This concentrated one-week course of instruction taught the cadets the basics of drill, marching, core values, and uniform regulations.

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Students should check KEES accounts for accuracy Print E-mail

Kentucky high school students and 2013 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.

KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

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What every parent needs to know about changes in the classroom Print E-mail

Across the country, parents are beginning to notice that today’s classroom looks quite different from what they experienced in their own school days. From personalized learning technologies to new educational standards, teachers and administrators are using a variety of tools to ensure students are better prepared to succeed than ever before.

In this era of innovation in education, this school year will be particularly exciting in part because states will be piloting assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the new set of K-12 educational standards designed to improve students’ readiness for college and future careers.

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