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Calloway County High School senior Ethan King has been named the Area Technology Center's September Student of the Month by the Murray Rotary Club.

Ethan is a culinary arts student at the ATC and is in his third year in the program. He was an instrumental part of the ATC's pop up restaurant event in April and is leading another restaurant event in October. He is also a member of the Skills USA club at ATC.

In his spare time, Ethan works in the kitchen at The Cookout restaurant in Murray. He also spends time working on cars and refining his skills in the kitchen. His culinary specialty is Italian dishes.

Ethan is the son of Anthony and Nikki Davenport of Almo. After graduation from CCHS in May, Ethan plans to attend Sullivan University in Louisville to study culinary arts to become a chef.

 

Calloway County Middle School sixth grader Collin Naber was selected for STEM Squad at WKCTC's Challenger Learning Center as a part of a grant from NASA. Collin is the son of Casey and Jessica Naber.

The CLC, one of only 21 organizations across the nation to win an award from a new NASA grant program, received $23,614 to offer unique STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) opportunities to the Squad over the next 12 months.

NASA's Community Anchor Award grant is designed to help informal education community resources like the CLC implement authentic NASA STEM experiences while reinforcing the CLC's identity as a vital community resource.

"We are privileged to be one of only 21 NASA Community Anchor Award grants in the nation. The student members will learn so much about the many facets of NASA and its missions," said Mellisa Duncan, CLC director. "We look forward to spending a whole year getting to know 30 students who will be the next generation of citizens to pursue STEM careers!"

CLC's "STEM Squad" of fifth-seventh graders will experience various STEM-themed learning opportunities through monthly "STEM Squad Summits," a summer project, and a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. At the end of the project, students will participate in a community experience-sharing session and be encouraged to continue their engagement through the formation of an alumni group. This alumni group will be able to volunteer and serve the CLC in different capacities.

The students chosen completed an application that included an essay portion and reference letter from non-family members. Each essay was scored by four people: WKCTC/CLC staff, Paducah Junior College, Inc. board members and community members using a common rubric.

"All the essays were amazing. It was so hard to narrow down the applications," said Duncan, adding, "each had heartfelt reasons why that person should be chosen."

 

CCHS Academic Team Head Coach Erica Gray was inducted into the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition (KAAC) Coach’s Hall of Fame on September 23. KAAC recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond to provide a brighter future for Kentucky students through Hall of Fame recognition. Coaches, administrators, or officials who have accomplished noteworthy achievements that further academic competition on a local, regional, or statewide level can be inducted into the KAAC Hall of Fame. The 2022 inductees include Gray, Brian Sullivan from Henderson County High School, and the late Mary Ann Beshear Miller from the Kentucky Department of Education.

Gray has served as an Academic Team head coach for 16 years, the last 15 at CCHS, where her teams have earned 12 consecutive District championships, three Regional championships, seven Regional runners up titles, multiple State top 10 finishes, including a 2022 Future Problem Solving State championship. The Lakers have made numerous appearances at national and international competitions, including the Department of Energy National Science Bowl, PACE, and Future Problem Solving International Conference. Gray teaches chemistry at CCHS and is married to Dr. Chip Gray of Murray. They have two daughters, Claire and Laurel.

Calloway County Middle School eighth grade students attend the inaugural SPARK event created by the Murray Works Foundation as a part of the Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce. The event was held in the CFSB Center at MSU on September 21.

Businesses from around the region along with colleges from Murray State and WKCTC gave students hands-on experiences in an attempt to "spark" a career interest for them. 

Ethan Cain has been named the CCHS Rotary Student of the Month for September by the Murray Rotary Club.

Ethan is a senior at Calloway County High School who has recently attended the Governor's Scholar Program this past summer. Ethan has kept a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and is on track to be Valedictorian of the graduating class of 2023. He has achieved a score of 34 on the ACT and is currently a member of the Calloway Academic Team, the Calloway Robotics Team, and the Calloway Tennis Team. Last year, he participated in the Calloway Leadership Tomorrow Program.

On the academic team, Ethan has earned awards at the district and regional levels, as well as qualifying for state many times in the subject areas of mathematics and science. This previous year, Ethan was the regional champion in KAAC science written testing. In addition, he has qualified for the U.S Department of Energy's National Science Bowl twice and has placed first in the KBEA state keyboarding contest five years in a row.

Ethan Cain is the son of Scott and Wendy Cain. After high school, Ethan plans to major in biomedical engineering on a Pre-Med track. He is currently undecided on what college he will be attending.

 

The CCHS Academic Team began their season on Monday night with a trip across our northern border to Carbondale, IL to compete as defending champions in the WSIU Scholastic Hi-Q tournament, which is televised on WSIU and aired on its website www.wsiu.org.  The 32-team, single elimination tournament is in its 31st year and hosts high schools from across Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana.

 

Calloway County High School FFA recently had members compete in the 2022 Kentucky State Fair, including two students who are state champions.

Junior Sayde Lowe was Grand Champion with her project entry in Grass Hay division. Senior Emma Arnett placed first and was named state champion in the Floriculture contest. CCHS FFA now has 74 state champions over the past 18 years.

Additionally, both the Agriculture Mechanics and Floriculture Team finished as the State Runner-up.  The Meats Judging Team placed 5th in the state, and Tyler Ward and Fulton Manning performed well in the 4-H Land Judging Contest as a warm-up to the FFA contest next month.  Finally, Cooper Housden, Ellie Falwell, and Sayde Lowe entered tobacco, hay, wheat, and/or soybean displays. 

Calloway County High School teacher Lane Springer has been selected to participate in an initiative by the University of Kentucky to enhance Kentucky K-12 Holocaust education. Springer is a history teacher in her second year at CCHS and was one of 20 teachers from the state selected for the project.

The initiative is funded by a grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Springer received extensive training during the summer and on-going training throughout the school year on best practice in teaching the Holocaust. Springer will be a leader in the region and will train other history teachers during this initiative.

Instructional materials created by Kentucky teachers through the UK Holocaust Initiative will be professionally peer-reviewed and then shared freely on the Initiative’s website.

“UK faculty will use their expert knowledge to empower Kentucky teachers with extensive middle and high school classroom experience and expertise by educating and collaborating with them and their peers. Through these multiple layers of collaborative work, we will create networks of experts at the local level and a sustainable model for educational excellence,” Project Co-Director Janice Fernheimer explains.

Maria Vincent has been named the September Laker Champion for Kids.

Maria is the guidance secretary at CCHS is loved by her students and our teachers.

She was nominated by CCHS nurse Erin Garland who wrote, “She goes above and beyond to ensure that each student is taken care of not only with their schedules and day to day issues, but she truly cares about each student and their well-being. She greets everyone with a smile on her face and if ever in need of a hug, she is your person. Simply put, she champions alongside each student, staff member and person she comes into contact with. I can't think of a better person that embodies the word CHAMPION.”

The Champion for Kids award recognizes a Laker staff member that goes above and beyond for kids, is always willing to step up and help their colleagues, and someone we are always proud to call a Laker.

 

Congrats to CCMS teacher Kevin Suiter! Mr. Suiter was named the 2022 KMEA First District Middle School Teacher of the Year. Suiter is pictured with CCHS band director Nick Calcamuggio and CCMS principal Jodi Butler.

"Kevin Suiter is an extremely dedicated teacher," said Butler. "He works tirelessly both in and out of school to be sure his students have opportunities to excel.  Congratulations to Mr. Suiter for receiving this award.  It is definitely well-deserved."

Michelle Hansen was named the inaugural Laker Champion for Kids for August during a ceremony for all faculty and staff at CCHS on Opening Day. Hansen is the FRYSC coordinator at North and East. She is pictured with the Laker Championship Belt along with Superintendent Tres Settle.

The Champion for Kids award recognizes a Laker staff member that goes above and beyond for kids, is always willing to step up and help their colleagues, and someone we are always proud to call a Laker.

Hansen was nominated by East principal Monica Boggess who wrote, "Our students are blessed to have her. She is always willing to stop whatever she is doing to meet the needs of our students and families. Our families look to her for support and trust her intentions when it comes to their needs. She is invaluable to our schools."

Calloway County High School Future Farmers of America attended the 93rd Kentucky FFA State Convention on June 8 winning a host of awards, recognitions, honors, over $1500 in prize money, and three new state championships.  The students who attended were able to experience leadership training, networking with fellow members from across the state, and witness history at the convention held in Rupp Arena and the new Central Bank Center in downtown Lexington. CCHS FFA has won 72 state championships over the past 18 years.

CCHS seniors Johnathan Kough, Bella Swain, and Savannah Pittman received a State FFA Degree.  This is the highest degree the state can bestow upon a member.

State Champion Vegetable Production:  Savannah Pittman

State Champion Swine Production Placement:  Johnathan Kough

State Runner-up Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication:  Ella Dodd

State Runner-up Wildlife Management:  Jayden Morris

State Runner-up Agriculture Essay: Sunny Clark

3rd Place in State Crop Impromptu Speaking: Savannah Pittman

3rd Place in State Ag Marketing Plan:  Ellie Falwell, Cooper Housden, and Jacee McKeel

 

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Pictured (L to R) are Jadyn Stark, Jillian Stovall, Connor Pile, CCMS teacher Stacey Butterworth

Congrats to these CCMS students on winning their recent keyboarding contests! 

The 6th Grade winner was Jadyn Stark with 74 WPM, the 7th Grade winner was Jillian Stovall with 81 WPM, and the 8th Grade winner was Connor Pile with 79 WPM. 

Jillian Stovall and Connor Pile were 1st and 2nd in the Kentucky Business Education Association state-wide keyboarding contest. This marks the 7th consecutive year a student from CCMS has won the middle school state-wide competition.

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Pictured are CCHS Chemistry teach Erica Gray and CCHS junior Kerrigan McManus

Calloway County High School junior Kerrigan McManus has won first place nationally in the 2022 American Chemical Society's Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Illustrated Poem Contest. Kerrigan competed in the contest as a part of an assignment in Erica Gray's AP Chemistry course.

The poem had to be 40 words or less and adhere to a specific style and this year's theme of insect chemistry. Kerrigan wins $300 as a part of the award. She is the daughter of Chris and Leslie McManus.

 

 

 

 

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Calloway County High School Esports team, Laker Legends, recently competed in the state finals following their first full season. The inaugural season was cut short in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic.  The team traveled to Lexington to square off in the final-four, where the matches were held at University of Kentucky’s Esports Lounge, a facility dedicated to the university’s Esports program. The Laker Legends brought home the 3rd place trophy and are looking forward to next year’s season.

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Students from each Calloway County elementary school competed on Saturday, May 7 in the inaugural elementary electric car races. Students at each school assembled the electric cars during the school year during an after school club. Students completed time trials at the CCHS track using the cars and scored points for their teams. Congrats to East Calloway Elementary on being this year's race champions!

Full story at Murray Ledger & Times website.

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Pictured are CCMS teacher Katie Pearson and Dr. David Whaley of MSU College of Education and Human Services

Photo credit to Jeremy McKeel, Murray State University

Calloway County Middle School teacher Katie Pearson has been named the 2022 Middle School Outstanding Educator by Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services. Pearson received the award as a part of the Sparks Lecture Series event on Tuesday, May 3 in MSU’s Alexander Hall. 

Pearson is in her 18th year in education, all of them teaching math and social studies at CCMS. She is a two-time graduate of Murray State with a B.S. in middle school education and a M.A.Ed. in reading and writing. She was nominated for the award by Dr. Miguel Gomez, Assistant Professor in MSU’s College of Education and Human Services. In addition to teaching at CCMS, Pearson is also a part of the school’s trauma-informed team and gifted/talented committee. She also is a leader in the Western Kentucky Math Teacher Circle at MSU. 

“I never sought to win an award, but I am thrilled. This is a nice surprise,” said Pearson. “I try to build relationships with the kids, first and foremost. The kids realize I see them as a person, not just a student. They know what I ask them to do is worthy of their time and is important. My class is not just math; it is using math to become a better problem solver. I focus on holding the kids accountable, not just in math, but improving as a whole person.” 

“Ms. Pearson is gifted in building strong positive relationships with her students,” said CCMS principal Amy Turner.  “She is dedicated to growing all students emotionally, socially, and academically. The basis of this growth is that students know without a doubt that she values each of them and appreciates what they bring to her classroom each day. She is a talented instructor with a gift for reaching students.” 

Pearson is originally from Evansville, IN and came to Calloway County as a student at Murray State. She is a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. Pearson lives in Murray with her husband, Todd, and their daughter Anna Grace. 

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East Calloway Elementary students Heidi Mott and McKinley Marshall placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Kentucky Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The awards were given by a panel of judges after they examined over 900 pieces of artwork from K-12 students all over Kentucky. East students Noelle Raspberry and Lilah Hill also received Honorable Mention awards for their submissions.

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Picture above are the CCMS Science Bee team

Seventeen students from Calloway County Middle School Academic Team traveled to Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN on April 9 to compete in both the Regional Science and History Bee tournaments.  They were able to advance to this level based on successful completion of an online qualifier earlier this school year.  The Lakers competed against students from across Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama. 

In the Science Bee portion of the tournament, the Lakers brought home several medals and distinctions. In the 8th grade division, the Lakers had four team members make the championship round of eight students.  Connor Pile brought home the Memphis championship trophy, while Sam Houston finished as runner-up in the event.  Brayan Ventura and Max Champion rounded out the final table. The seventh-grade division found an astounding five Laker teammates qualifying for the championship round of seven students.  Aiden Hooper brought home the championship while Divine Ezinma claimed second place, followed by Sarah Doyle in third place.  The final table also included Lillie Russell and Will Lanier.   In the sixth-grade division, Ella Martin claimed the runner up trophy, while Collin Naber was named the Science Bee runner up in the elementary division.   In addition, Collin also claimed the elementary championship in the Geography Bee.  The Science Bee team is composed of Connor Pile, Sam Houston, Max Chapman, Brayan Ventura, Aiden Hooper, Lillie Russell, Sarah Doyle, Divine Ezinma, Mariana Hughes, Will Lanier, Ella Martin, and Collin Naber. 

In the History Bee portion of the tournament, the Lakers also brought home numerous medals and championship distinction.  In the 8th grade division, the Lakers brought home the championship trophy won by Grant Todd.  He was followed by Tommy Gomez in third place and Sam Houston in fourth place.  The seventh-grade division saw three Lakers make the final table with Aiden Hooper placing third, followed by Sean Williams and Mariana Hughes.  The Lakers also had Molly Pierce make the final table in the sixth-grade division where she placed fourth. The History Bee team is composed of Grant Todd, Tommy Gomez, Sam Houston, Luis Lira, Lillie Russell, Aiden Hooper, Sean Williams, Mariana Hughes, and Molly Pierce.  

At the conclusion of the tournament, the Lakers gathered fifteen invitations to the national tournament to be held later during the summer in Orlando, Florida.  In addition, four Lakers qualified for the International History Olympiad to be held in Vermont. The History Bee team is coached by Mitch Hultman, and the Science Bee team is coached by Scott Pile.     

 

Pictured below are the CCMS History Bee team

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Pictured L to R: TVA specialist Josh Tubbs, North Principal Melinda Hendley, North Media Specialist Laken Falwell, West Kentucky Rural Electric representatives Corey Belcher and Georgann Lookofsky

North Calloway Elementary School has been awarded a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers, Inc., a TVA retiree organization, to develop science, technology, engineering, and math education projects to help spark student interest in future careers in STEM-related fields.

Teachers across TVA’s seven-state region applied for funding of up to $5,000 for projects, and 233 applications were selected.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity to put engaging STEM materials into the hands of our students," said North Elementary Media Specialist Laken Falwell.  "Using the various technology, robots, and learning materials is just one way we are striving to build and grow students who are working toward creating bright futures for themselves. These funds will allow students to further investigate different career paths and fields that they might not have been introduced to without such funding.  Thank you, TVA, for helping make the futures of our students even brighter!”

Schools who are awarded grants must receive their power from a local power company served by TVA. North Calloway Elementary is served by West Kentucky Rural Electric.

The money will be used to purchase materials that will allow for students to further build the school's literacy lessons that connect each week with different themes and concepts. These STEM tools will provide an opportunity for students to use a variety of materials such as robots, architectural design blocks, coding materials, etc. to design and construct projects that tie in with the weekly literacy concepts, lessons, and weekly STEM challenges. 

“TVA is committed to supporting STEM education to help develop today’s students into tomorrow’s engineers, scientists and IT professionals,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “It’s inspiring to be able to contribute to the innovators of the next generation.”

Since 2018, TVA and BVI have awarded nearly $2 million in STEM grants to support local education.

A full list of grant recipients, and information on how to apply for a future STEM grant can be found at www.tvastem.com.

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Southwest Calloway Elementary School Academic Team are the Governor’s Cup Regional Champions. Southwest placed 1st place overall out of 16 elementary schools at the Kentucky Governor’s Cup Regional tournament held on Saturday, March 5th at Morgan Elementary School in Paducah, KY. Among taking home 1st place honors, Southwest placed in all competition areas.

The Quick Recall team swept the tournament with no losses to take home the 1st place trophy. The Quick Recall team consisted of Ava Bogard, Theodore Perlow, Hayden Gilbert, Ryan Poole, Cash Pittman, Rylan Wallace, and Ellie Johnson. The Future Problem Solving team also took home the 1st place trophy. This team consisted of Charlie Barnes, Ally Turner, Ryan Poole, and Duke Burns.

Southwest Elementary also had many individual medals and placed in every academic content area. Theodore Perlow received the 1st place medal in social studies which also ranked him an impressive 2nd in the state. In math, Ava Bogard placed 1st and her score also ranked her 5th in the state. In the area of arts and humanities, Hayden Gilbert took home the 1st place medal, and this score ranked her 7th in the state while her teammate Ellie Johnson placed 5th in the region. In science, Theodore Perlow placed 2nd followed by Ava Bogard with the 3rd place medal. In language arts, Ella Finley took home the 5th place medal. Finally, Leah Hughes placed 1st overall in composition.

Congratulations to these students on an impressive showing at the Kentucky Governor’s Cup Regional tournament!

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