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Calloway County High School senior Ulysses Henry has been named the Murray Rotary Club's January ATC Student of the Month.
Henry is an electrical technology student at the Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center. He was nominated for the award by his electrical instructor, Ron Thompson.
“Ulysses is never in a bad mood. He comes to class every day with a good attitude and works well with other students,” said Thompson. It doesn’t matter who I have him working with, he works well with them. Ulysses has good mechanical skills. He is always learning and picks up things easily.”
Henry is also a part of the Skills USA club at ATC. In his time at ATC, Henry has also acquired carpentry and auto tech skills in other classes. Henry works part-time at a restaurant in Aurora in addition to his studies at CCHS and ATC. He is the grandson of Paul and Rhonda Timmons.
After graduation in May, Henry plans to work full time in electrical technology or construction.
Calloway County High School Academic Team earned its 13th consecutive KAAC Governor's Cup District Championship on Saturday, January 21, 2023. The Lakers took 1st place in Quick Recall, 1st place in Future Problem Solving, and earned 73 total points across eight events. Murray High earned 2nd place with 22 points, edging out Graves County with 20.5 points. Mayfield rounded out the top four with 4.5 points.
In Quick Recall, the Lakers went undefeated, scoring 141 total points in three matches, first defeating Mayfield 48-3, Graves County 41-9 in round 2, and defeating Graves County again 52-15 in round 4 of the double elimination tournament. Seniors Isaac Martin, Ellie Whisman, Ethan Cain, and Cesar Villeda were assisted by Amber Wu, Nathaniel Fowler, Taylor Frantz, Ezra Foote, Kaylee Tharp, Connor Pile, and Addi Pervine and will advance to Regionals.
The Future Problem Solving team of Drake Calhoon, Sidney Lasley, Brooklyn Swatzell, and Vayla Carlisle, wrote the award-winning booklet on Digital Realities and will advance to Regionals.
In individual events, the following Lakers earned points toward the overall team score and advance to regionals.
Arts & Humanities:
2nd: Ellie Whisman and Connor Pile (tie)
5th: Addi Pervine
1st: Ellie Whisman
2nd: Kaylee Tharp
3rd: Aubrey Naber
1st : Amber Wu
3rd: Ethan Cain
1st: Isaac Martin
3rd: Ethan Cain
4th :Elizabeth Lanier
1st: Cesar Villeda
2nd: Ezra Foote
4th: Nathaniel Fowler
2nd: Drake Calhoon
3rd: Sydney Naber
5th: Vayla Carlisle
Front L to R: Taylor Frantz, Drake Calhoon, Addi Pervine, Ellie Whisman, Kaylee Tharp
Middle L to R: Ethan Cain, Sydney Naber, Sidney Lasley, Amber Wu, Vayla Carlisle, Aubrey Naber
Back L to R: Connor Pile, Ezra Foote, Isaac Martin, Cesar Villeda, Nathaniel Fowler
Calloway advances to Regionals, which will be held at Paducah Tilghman on Monday, February 13th and Saturday, February 18th, 2023. The Lakers are coached by Erica Gray, Lane Springer, Margaret Richter, Dan Thompson, Cassidy McAllister, and Jayden Morris.
Purpose Church of Murray visited East Calloway Elementary School on Monday, January 23 to personally deliver a new pair of shoes to every student. Students learned the news during their weekly Monday morning meeting in the gym, and members of the church stayed to make sure shoes were delivered and sized for students.
Thank you to Purpose Church for this awesome donation for our students!
Calloway County High School senior Hannah Nix has been named the Murray Rotary Club's January Student of the Month.
Hannah is an impressive student and holds a 4.0 GPA. She has completed the CCHS Business Administration pathway and is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, National Beta Club, Student Council, Educators Rising, and Leadership Tomorrow. She placed 4th in the state in FBLA in Computer Applications.
Hannah is a standout drum major and soloist in the CCHS Laker Band. She has been first chair in the KMEA All-District Symphonic Band for the last three years. She also has been a KMEA All-State Band member for those three years.
Hannah is the daughter of John Warren and Melanie Nix. In her spare time, she volunteers calling bingo at the Murray Calloway County Senior Citizens Center.
After graduation, Hannah plans to attend Murray State to major in music education to become a music teacher or band director.
Pictured are Rotarian Yvette Pyle, Nix, CCHS principal Steve Smith
Calloway County Middle School Academic Team competed in the District Governors Cup tournament on Saturday, January 14th. After a great day of competition among the Lakers, Murray Middle, North Marshall and South Marshall Middle, the Lakers were named district champions for the fifteenth consecutive year. The Lakers totaled 82 team points, followed by Murray Middle with 23.5 team points.
Calloway County High School Academic Team earned runners up recognition at the 2023 President's Cup tournament held at MSU-Paducah campus on Friday, January 13th, 2023.
Calloway A (Varsity) earned 2nd place in Quick Recall and 2nd place overall, while Calloway B (Junior Varsity) earned 4th place in Quick Recall and 3rd place overall.
Calloway A Quick Recall had a strong day on the buzzers, defeating Mayfield B (39-3), Ballard (33-2), Graves (30-20), Marshall A (37-8), and Murray High (36-5) before taking their only loss of the day to champions McCracken County (17-24). Seniors Isaac Martin, Ethan Cain, Ellie Whisman, and Cesar Villeda were assisted by Taylor Frantz and Ezra Foote.
Calloway B Quick Recall fared very well with two separate wins over Graves (32-13) and (25-20) and a defeat over Crittenden B, taking their only losses to McCracken (16-32) and Murray High (19-23). Nathaniel Fowler, Amber Wu, Aubrey Naber, Kaylee Tharp, Addi Pervine, Tommy Gomez, and Brayan Ventura led the Calloway B squad.
The Laker Academic team had several students earn top 10 recognition in President's Cup written testing:
Amber Wu 3rd (tie)
Drake Calhoon 3rd (tie)
Isaac Martin 2nd
Ethan Cain 3rd (tie)
Connor Pile 3rd (tie)
Elizabeth Lanier 10th
Cesar Villeda 1st
Grant Todd 5th
Ezra Foote 7th (tie)
Levi Dunnaway 7th (tie)
Arts & Humanities
Connor Pile 2nd
Ellie Whisman 4th
Addi Pervine 8th
Nathaniel Fowler 9th
Ellie Whisman 3rd
Kaylee Tharp 5th
Aubrey Naber 7th
Amber Wu 9th
Pictured L to R
Front: Nathaniel Fowler, Ellie Whisman
Middle row: Aubrey Naber, Brayan Ventura, Amber Wu, Kaylee Tharp, Addi Pervine, Taylor Frantz
Back row: Ezra Foote, Ethan Cain, Cesar Villeda, Isaac Martin, Tommy Gomez
The Lakers are coached by Erica Gray, Lane Springer, Margaret Richter, Dan Thompson, Cassidy McAllister, and Jayden Morris.
Calloway County High School Speech Team competed at Paducah Tilghman High School on January 14 and placed second out of four teams. The team had five tournament champions including Elizabeth Lanier in humorous interpretation, impromptu and informative speaking; the improvisational duo team of Landon Carter and Levi Dunnaway and Sarah Gardner in program oral interpretation.
In broadcasting, Levi Dunnaway placed 2nd and Quinlyn Moore placed 4th. Quinlyn also placed 3rd in declamation. In extemporaneous speaking, Amber Wu placed 3rd and Levi Dunnaway placed 4th. In humorous interpretation, Madison Morris placed 4th. In impromptu, Landon Carter placed 3rd and Gracie Fike placed 4th. In prose, Sarah Gardner placed 3rd and Kylee Carter placed 4th. In poetry, Sarah Gardner placed 3rd and Whitney Potter placed 5th. In program oral interpretation, Landon Carter placed 3rd.
The team is coached by Jennifer Dunnaway, Miranda Wilson and Breeanna Maupin.
Carrie Duffy has been named the January Laker Champion for Kids. Duffy works as an instructional assistant at Calloway County Preschool. The Laker Champion for Kids is awarded each month to a Laker staff member who goes above and beyond for students and colleagues.
Duffy was nominated by CCPS principal Leisha Barlow, who wrote:
“She is a tireless worker who goes above and beyond for the kids and parents at CCPS. She is always willing to help out and has a quiet, calm spirit about her. Besides her work in the classroom, she has subbed as a bus monitor and custodian for the school. Additionally, she translates for children and parents who speak Spanish which helps bridge the communication gap enabling us to meet the needs of all of our families."
CCPS teacher Gwenda Wilhelm is also impressed with Duffy's abilities at CCPS.
“It did not take long to know that we had found someone with a heart for educating students when she was hired," said Wilhelm. "When she walks into our classroom, each students face lights up knowing that she is going to make sure she acknowledges every single student in the room. She is constantly listening, learning, and observing teachers and students. She steps up to help without being asked and uses the teachable moment to help students learn and grow. She’s encouraging, always has a smile on her face, and a true Laker for Life. When we had an immediate need for a janitor in the building, she took over the job, keeping the building looking immaculate in just half the hours. Ms. Carrie takes pride in her work and will do anything assigned to her with a smile on her face.”
Pictured (L to R) are Director of PD/PR Ryan Marchetti, Superintendent Tres Settle, Duffy, Barlow, Wilhelm
Ramona Freeman has been named a 2021 School Nutrition Champion by The Dairy Alliance. Freeman is a cafeteria manager at Calloway County Middle School and is in her 20th year working in the kitchen at the school.
Freeman received a plaque from The Dairy Alliance, along with a letter apologizing for the delayed notification. In the letter, she is thanked for her "contribution to ensuring school meals are a vital part of every student's education."
Freeman was nominated by former Calloway County Director of Food Service Pat Lane, who wrote, "Ramona works to help our students. She doesn't back away from a challenge. She is always on the front line. Constantly working on meal components, delivery challenges, or employee issues. She is amazing!"
Calloway County Director of Food Service Megan Adams believes Freeman is deserving of the award.
“Ramona is a dedicated and hardworking employee," Adams said. She is always open to new ideas and always responds with a positive 'We will try it!' She never hesitates to go above and beyond on anything. We are so lucky to have her and her dedication to her students, kitchen, and staff of Calloway County Middle School. She has been with the school for 20 years and we hope we have her for many more! She is an asset to Calloway County Schools!”
Pictured (L to R) are food service assistant Tonya Williams, Adams, Freeman, Lane, and Superintendent Tres Settle.
Calloway County Middle School Speech Team placed 1st at the Murray Middle Tournament on January 7. The team had 7 tournament champions including: Courtney Hargrove in dramatic interpretation and oratory, Addy Lusk in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu, Faith McCafferty in prose and storytelling and the improvisational duo team of Charlotte Haws and Ava Moore.
In broadcasting, Hunter Ringstaff placed 5th and Colin Naber placed 4th. In declamation, Ella Burkeen placed 3rd. In dramatic interpretation, Leah Hughes placed 2nd and McKenna Hopgood placed 4th. In duo acting, the team of Courtney Hargrove and Caden Bumpus placed 2nd while the team of Addy Lusk and Hunter Ringstaff placed 4th. The duo acting team of Serenity Byrley and Ofellia Feezor placed 5th. In extemporaneous speaking, Caden Bumpus placed 2nd, Tyler Sadler placed 3rd and McKinley Marshall placed 5th. In impromptu, Amanda Ezinma placed 5th and Hayden Gilbert placed 6th. The improvisational team of Kannon Bruce and Parker Morris placed 6th. Liberty Fitch placed 2nd in oratory and Amanda Ezinma placed 3rd. In poetry, Zoey Joyner placed 3rd, Charlotte Haws placed 4th and Ally Turner placed 6th. In storytelling, Kannon Bruce placed 2nd, Kensley Hutson placed 4th and Aaliyah Byrley placed 5th.
The CCMS Speech Team is coached by Jennifer Dunnaway, Scott Bonneau and Kaydee Sevilla.
Calloway County High School senior Daniel Puckett has been named the Murray Rotary Club's December Student of the Month.
Daniel is projected to be a valedictorian as he has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has a 31 ACT composite score. He has earned class awards in Honors Chemistry, English, and Geometry.
Daniel is an excellent student at CCHS in and out of the classroom. In addition to his remarkable academics, Daniel is a standout runner on the CCHS cross country and track teams. He is the CCHS record holder in the 3200m run at 9:57 and was named to the Class AA All-State Team. He finished ninth in the state cross country meet in October.
In addition to his academics and athletics, Daniel is also an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America. He also regularly volunteers and works at the Coldwater Church of Christ.
After graduating from CCHS in May, Daniel is undecided on which school he will attend, but intends to major in engineering. He also plans to attend the Memphis School of Preaching after graduating from college. After school, he wants to be a preacher - like his father.
Daniel is the son of Luke and Amber Puckett of Dexter.
Calloway County High School teacher Katy Walls has been named a 2022 McDonald's Outstanding Educator during a presentation at CCHS on December 15. She was presented the award by McDonald's area supervisor Conrad Love and restaurant manager Tim Clements.
McDonald's started this award program three years ago to celebrate educators for exhibiting the ultimate dedication to their students and going the extra mile to contribute to the improvement of education. Walls was one of four in the western Kentucky and southern Illinois region chosen for the award out of over 600 nominees.
Walls teaches English to students with learning and behavioral disabilities at CCHS. She is in her 22nd year of education.
"Thank you so much to McDonald’s for this award," said Walls. "I am humbled to receive so many nominations from the community. I love my job and am blessed to work for amazing administrators. My incredible students and great co-workers make it fun to go to work every day."
"It was an honor to recognize Ms. Walls", said McDonald's owner/operator Mike Love. "The way she motivates her students and treats each individual student with care is inspiring. She truly is an outstanding educator."
CCHS principal Steve Smith believes Walls is very deserving of the award.
"Ms. Walls is an enthusiastic and spirited teacher who puts kids first," Smith said. "During her tenure at CCHS, she has served in a variety of roles outside the classroom, which makes her an excellent 'school person.' I taught side-by-side with Katy in the classroom for years, and I can personally attest to the fine job she does with our students. It’s no wonder she received 16 separate nominations from her peers for this award. We are proud to call her a Laker-4-Life."
Michael Wright, an instructional assistant at the Calloway County Day Treatment Center (DTC), was honored with the 2022-2023 Kentucky Education Support Staff Professional (KESSP) Award on Dec. 12. He is one of two honorees in Kentucky and received his award in a surprise ceremony on December 12. Pictured are KDE commissioner Jason Glass, Wright, Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, and Calloway County superintendent Tres Settle.
For the full article on Mr. Wright's accomplishment, check out the official KDE article on Kentucky Teacher.
Calloway County Board of Education member Mitch Ryan leads the non-profit group "Season's Readings" which gifts books to Kindergarten students at all Calloway County and Murray schools. Mr. Ryan's group lets students pick books of their own interest and gifts each student a bag with the books they have chosen. Mr. Ryan, along with CCHS students and Mr. Settle, visited East Calloway Elementary on December 9. Mr. Ryan plans to visit North on December 12 and Southwest on December 16.
Calloway County Middle School Sixth Grade Laker Academic Team brought home their 15th championship in the past sixteen years at the Academic Showcase. The event was sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Academic Competition and was hosted by Graves County Central Elementary, as it consisted of six other teams from around the region.
After a long day of competition, the Lakers posted an amazing team score of 103 points, while Graves County Central Elementary finished as runners-up with a total of 20 points.
In the written assessments, the Lakers brought home hardware in every competition and a first-place medal in each area! In Science, the Lakers claimed the top three spots as Ava Bogard finished in first place, followed by Collin Naber in second place, and Theodore Perlow in third place. The Lakers also claimed the top three medalists in Social Studies where Mason Falwell was named champion, followed by Kyler McKeel in second place, and Theodore Perlow in third place. The area of Mathematics had Ava Bogard claiming the championship with Emilio Gomez finishing in third place, and Kyler McKeel finishing in fifth place. In Language Arts, the Lakers had Collin Naber claim the championship with Leah Hughes finishing in second place. The Lakers had three students medal in Fine Arts with Hayden Gilbert claiming the championship, followed by Lorynn Russell and Mckenna Hopgood in a tie for third place. The Lakers also had success in composition with Leah Hughes being named champion, followed by Hayden Gilbert in fifth place, and Aubrey Cain in sixth place. In addition, the Quick Recall team won the championship going undefeated throughout the tournament! The Quick Recall team includes Ava Bogard, Hayden Gilbert, Kyler McKeel, Theodore Perlow, Collin Naber, and Mason Falwell. Other competing members for the Lakers include Jacquelyn Lira, Greyson McManus, Emma Lanier, Cash Pittman, and Logan Buck.
A few individuals of the Laker Team brought home some special state recognition from the weekend. Ava Bogard’s science score was the highest in the state while her math score was the fifth highest score in Kentucky. Collin Naber also had two top ten finishes as he placed third in the state in science and fourth in the state in language arts. Theodore Perlow also had a top score in state as he placed eighth in science. This is an impressive accomplishment since there are 218 total schools that compete in the sixth-grade showcase!
Kady Arant was recently named the December Laker Champion for Kids. Arant works in payroll at the Calloway County BOE central office and is the head coach of CCHS softball and volleyball teams. The Laker Champion for Kids is awarded each month to a Laker staff member who goes above and beyond for students and colleagues.
Arant was nominated by Ryan Marchetti, who wrote:
"She is not only phenomenal in our finance department, but she is helpful to everyone in our office. She is an incredible softball coach and has led that team for many seasons. What especially makes her a champion was her willingness to take on the volleyball head coaching position this fall. She accepted the position, gathered support, and her kids had a great season when they really needed someone to step up. She took on this role only because she knew the kids and she wanted to make a great experience for them. And she did all of this while pregnant. Now, she is training someone else to do her job before she's out because she wants to keep things moving in our district. She is a rock star and deserves this recognition."
Pictured L to R: CCSD Director of Finance April Lax, Kady Arant, CCSD Assistant Superintendent Brian Wilmurth
Calloway County High School senior Josh Darnell has been named the Area Technology Center November Student of the Month by the Murray Rotary Club.
Darnell's trade at ATC is in automotive technology, where as a junior he passed the ASE Student Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair industry certification. As a senior, Darnell qualified for a work cooperative and works four hours each day at Ed's Wheel Alignment in Murray, where he is receiving high marks for his work ethic and initiative.
"Josh is very polite and considerate to others and works well with other classmates," said ATC automotive instructor Mitchell McNutt. "He demonstrates good mechanical knowledge and the ability to repair and replace faulty parts."
After graduating from CCHS in May, Darnell plans to continue his work as a full-time mechanic.
In his free time, Darnell enjoys motocross and mountain biking. He is the son of Christie Fryer of Murray.
Pictured (L to R) are ATC principal Dan Hicks, Josh Darnell, and Murray Rotary Club President-Elect Warren Edminster.
East Calloway Elementary second grade student Nick Frame submitted artwork that was selected for the Arts for All Kentucky exhibit, which will travel throughout Kentucky in 2023. Nick's artwork was a watercolor painting entitled "Hands" and is one of only 30 works in the entire state chosen for the exhibit.
Calloway County Middle School Academic Team recently finished first in the mid-season tournament hosted by the West Kentucky Academic Association (WKAA). The tournament included 16 middle schools from all around Region One in Kentucky. After a great day of competition, the Lakers walked away with several individual accomplishments and the overall championship title.
Five students from the choral program at Calloway County High School recently participated in the MSU Music Department Quad-State High School Honor Choir on the campus of Murray State University. Chosen by independent audition, they joined more than 200 other singers from five states in presenting a concert of music from the Romantic era in Lovett Auditorium. Pictured above left to right are, front row, Riot Boggess and Dr. Bradley Almquist, director of Choral Activities at MSU and the Quad-State Honor Choir; back row, Emma Martin, Olivia Lane, and Kylee Carter. Not pictured is Julia Parker.
Calloway County High School senior Cesar Villeda has been named the Murray Rotary Club's November Student of the Month.
Cesar is projected to be a valedictorian as he has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has a 32 ACT composite score. He has earned class awards in Honors Integrated Social Studies, Honors World History, Earth and Space Science, Accounting I, Honors U.S. History, Pre-Calculus, and AP Chemistry. He was also selected as a Governor’s Scholar at Morehead State University where he had the focus area of philosophy.
Cesar is involved at CCHS where he has been elected as a class officer for the past four years, and he has served as class president since his sophomore year. He has also served as a Student Council officer for three years, and he is now the Senior Vice President of the club. Cesar has been a varsity member of the academic team all four years of high school—earning numerous awards in social studies, math, and quick recall. He is also a four-year member of FBLA in which he has competed in International Business—winning the region the past three years as well as claiming state runner-up in 2021. Additionally, he is a member of FFA, the Chemistry Team, the Laker Pep Club, the Tennis team, and the Cross Country Team. Cesar is a 2021-2022 alum of Leadership Tomorrow.
Cesar is involved in the community as a two-year Beta Club officer. He volunteers around the community in events such as charity races and elementary school events. Every morning, he interns at the Calloway County Courthouse Annex under Judge Kenny Imes and Deputy Judge Gina Winchester.
After graduating in May, Cesar is undecided about which college to attend, but is considering Murray State and Louisville. He wants to major in economics and with a minor in political science, history, or statistics. He is unsure of his career plans, but wants to continue to contribute to local government.
Cesar is the son of Javier and Carolina Villeda.
Fourteen members of the Calloway County Schools tech team were recognized with the Stilwell Award by the Kentucky Department of Education. Jody Rose from the Office of Education Technology presented the team with their awards at the board of education meeting on November 10.
The Stilwell Award is named after the late William "Bill" E. Stilwell, a longtime faculty member of the University of Kentucky’s College of Education who worked diligently throughout his career to improve Kentucky K-12 educators’ access to modern technology.
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is recognizing about 2,400 key education technology staff from Kentucky’s K-12 school districts and KDE's Office of Education Technology (OET) for their dedication and support of education technology during the COVID-19 pandemic from March 2020 to March 2022 by selecting them as recipients of the 2020-2022 Stilwell Award.
This award’s two-year time frame recognizes the unique circumstances that came from the pandemic and the crucial role technology staff and faculty played in supporting the Kentucky educational system.
“During those 24 months, Kentucky K-12 education technology staff not only survived but thrived in providing quality EdTech enabled products and services to Kentucky K-12 students, teachers and staff, across this entire state, amongst all the sudden demands, uncertainty and intensity going on during that timeframe,” said David Couch, associate commissioner in KDE’s Office of Education Technology.
Calloway County tech team members who received the award are: Melissa Spiceland, Emily Hearn, Mitch Hultman, Angie Jones, Aymee Herndon, Melissa Bouland, Laken Falwell, Stacy Jones, CJ Dial, Kim Barrett, Michael Haven, Pat Kilby, Eric Payton, and Stephen Conner.
Calloway County High School Laker Chemistry Team took first place at the 52nd Annual Murray State Chemistry Scholarship Tournament on Thursday, November 10, 2022. The Lakers, made up of seniors Ethan Cain, Isaac Martin, Kerrigan McManus, and Cesar Villeda, placed first among fifteen teams from three states, including schools from southern Illinois, northwest Tennessee, and western Kentucky. The Lakers walked away with $500 in cash and $1600 in scholarships.
Rena Pivoras was recently named the November Laker Champion for Kids. Pivoras is a cook in the East Calloway Elementary cafeteria. The Laker Champion for Kids is awarded each month to a Laker staff member who goes above and beyond for students and colleagues.
Pivoras was nominated by Alyson Adams, who wrote:
“She goes above and beyond for the kids at East by taking an interest in each student and making the cafeteria fun and festive with her infectious personality, themed bulletin boards, spirit day participation and decorating skills. She spreads joy across the district with her classroom visits as the Tooth Fairy, and her spot-on impression of Chris Farley’s Lunch Lady character in a food service training. I have seen social media posts where parents proclaim that she is their child’s favorite person at school.
Districtwide she is an avid band booster parent and can be found helping with all events. She has been a big help at past project graduation events, even when she doesn’t have a child graduating.”
“She brings an energy to every room she enters," said Director of Food Service Megan Adams. She is both admired by her fellow staff and students. She puts a lot of effort into her student relationships and has a great way of talking and associating with the students in the cafeteria. She is the master behind our fun bulletin boards at East in the cafeteria! You’ll always catch her enjoying dress up days or holidays! She is a valued member of our team, and we are thankful for her continued service to our kitchen and students of East Calloway Elementary.”
Pictured are Megan Adams, Pivoras, East principal Monica Boggess, and Director of PD/PR Ryan Marchetti.
Southwest Calloway Elementary student Ava Lee was named the winner of the Calloway County Bicentennial Coloring Contest. Her detailed work coloring the historic "Old Post Office" in Murray was the winning selection in the county-wide contest. She was awarded spending cash from members of the Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce. The contest was headed by Randy and Jeanetta McCallon.
Other Calloway County winners included:
East: Abbigail Christopher, Anniston Canerdy
North: Parker Cook, Eliza Hall
Southwest: Adilyn Morrison
Calloway County Lakers cross country teams ran in the KHSAA Class AA State Championship in Paris, KY on October 29 competing against over 40 schools and 480 runners from across Kentucky.
The Laker Men started out the day with a 9th place finish overall for the 2nd straight year. This marks the 3rd year in a row for the Lakers finishing in the Top 10. Senior Daniel Puckett placed 9th individually, earning the highest finish of his career at the state meet with a 16:36. He earned KHSAA All-State honors for his finish. This is his 3rd year being named to the KHSAA All-State Team. Senior Landon McCartney ran a 17:10, finishing 16th overall. Senior Dominic Cashion came in 46th, giving the Lakers three runners in the Top 50 for the 2nd year in a row.
The Lady Lakers finished in 13th place as a team, led by Junior Reese Settle’s 13th place finish, earning KHSAA All-State honors. Settle ran the 5K race finishing with a 20:16, setting a new school record for the Kentucky State Meet at the Bourbon County XC Course. Freshman Sadie Lilly came in 62nd overall at 22:19, with 8th graders Bella Norsworthy and Angie Emery both coming in the Top 100.
Calloway County High School senior Sydney Naber has been named the Murray Rotary Club's October Student of the Month.
Sydney has a 4.0 GPA, scored a 32 on the ACT, and on track to be a valedictorian at CCHS. She is a Microsoft Award recipient, AP Chemistry Award recipient, and an attendee of the Governor's Scholar Program at Morehead State University this past summer. Sydney's extra-curricular activities at Calloway County High School include being a member of Calloway County Varsity Soccer team made it to 2A State this year; a member of Calloway County Track team. She has been regional champion in 300 hurdles and 4x400 and has set several school records on relay teams in high school. Sydney is a member of the CCHS Tennis team, with where she went to regionals last year. She is also a member of the CCHS Future Business Leaders of America, serving as reporter and placed fourth in state in Customer Service Competition. She is a member of Student Council, serving as class reporter. She is a member of the BETA club; Spanish Club, serving as reporter; and a member of Academic Team and KY YMCA. Sydney volunteers her time at Journey Church through the large group weekly meetings and as a volunteer leader for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade youth groups.
After graduating from CCHS in May, Sydney plans attend the University of Kentucky to major in biology to begin her education as a medical student. After UK, she plans to attend medical school to become a radiologist.
Sydney is the daughter of Casey and Jessica Naber.
Jennifer Dunnaway has been named the Laker Champion for Kids for the month of October. The award is for Laker faculty and staff members who go above and beyond for their students and colleagues.
Dunnaway is an eighth grade social studies teacher at Calloway County Middle School. She is also the speech team coach for CCMS and CCHS. She was nominated by CCHS teacher Miranda Wilson, who wrote:
“She is a champion in every sense of the word. She has spent countless hours as a champion for students on the Speech Team. Some join because they love giving speeches, but most join just because they her. I have personally been inspired by her enthusiasm and dedication to the youth of Calloway County (both in and out of school). She brings fun and positivity to her classroom each day and encourages each student to be his or her best self. She deserves the title of Laker Champion for Kids because she loves our school, loves our community, and loves our kids, and shows this in not only her words, but most importantly, her actions.”
CCMS teacher TJ Hargrove also thinks highly of this month's Champion.
“She always goes above and beyond to champion students of Laker Nation. Whether it’s dressing up for Civil War days, staying hours a week for speech practice, planning field trips, modifying assignments to reach each student, or designing countless activities to engage all students, she always has students’ best interest in mind. She’s a team player always willing to help her colleagues and I couldn’t ask for a better Social Studies partner to work with.”
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."
We are excited to welcome back our students! First day of preschool is Monday, August 22!
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
Southwest Calloway Elementary teacher Yvonna Hooper was named the 2022 Educator of the Year by the Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce. She received her award on July 15 at the Chamber's annual dinner.
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!
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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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