Gatton Academy seniors Charvinia Neblett of Russellville and Henry Uradu of Russell have been recognized as semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, an honor that potentially opens the door to college scholarship opportunities.
Alex Downing, the President and Treasurer of the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University, is accepting a new position with Franklin Bank and Trust Company. Mr. Downing will officially leave the University on December 31, 2012.
A school bus full of middle school students overturned when it was hit by a car in southwest Louisville Friday morning, but no students were seriously injured. Louisville police says the bus was headed to Frost Middle School around 7:00 am when a Mustang skidded on the wet road and struck the bus at an intersection. There were 48 children on board the bus and all were transported to Louisville hospitals with what were described as "minor injuries."
A Middle Tennessee school system is apparently not getting a large increase in students, which was a focus in a budget fight. The Sumner County schools delayed opening for 10 days this month as the school board and the Sumner County Commission deadlocked over more education funding.
Automaker Toyota is helping Kentucky schools expand an early childhood learning program. Toyota is giving $115,000 to open 10 more Born Learning programs in the commonwealth. The program is for pre-kindergarten students and their parents and is meant to prepare children to enter school.
Thousands more public high school students in Kentucky are taking Advanced Placement exams, and those numbers have more than doubled for some minority groups in the past five years. The Kentucky Department of Education attributed the rise to a program aimed at increasing both participation and success in the college-level courses.
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science was named the Number one high school in the country earlier this year by Newsweek magazine. In recognition of that honor, a celebration took place on the WKU campus. The ceremony gave many of the leaders who helped to make the Academy possible a chance to reflect on what it means to the university, the students, and the region.
The Office of Scholar Development at WKU is helping students compete for some major, national scholarships. Its a highly competitive field, but University officials say WKU students were awarded more than 500 thousand dollars from such scholarships last year.
Earlier this year Newsweek magazine named the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU "America's Number One High School." On Monday, September 24th, a celebration will be held on the WKU campus, with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear scheduled to speak.