Special Recognition – September
Numerous Wayne County School students went the extra mile this past summer through all kinds of academic enrichment programs enhancing their educations. Locally, the school district offered the 21st Century Summer Camp, which proved to be one of the best ever. Test data proved that the summer program either kept students at grade level or they gained considerable ground ranging from a half a grade to two grade levels. The purpose of the elementary/ middle school camp is to keep students from experiencing the “summer slide” which research shows students can loose up to two years in school if they do not keep their minds active.
On an individual basis, numerous high school students worked hard through application processes to have the privilege of being accepted to special summer programs.
Tanner Thompson attended PEPP, Professional Education Preparation Program, at the University of Pikeville, for two weeks. He observed surgeries and learned from daily lectures at the KY College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tanner is the president of student government, the school mascot, takes all his classes online and will graduate with over 30 hours of college credit. He hopes to become a Cardiothorasic surgeon.
Cas Powell attended the Governor’s School for the Arts as one of twenty-eight creative writing students. She was selected from over 1600 applicants to attend the program at Centre College. While there the students were exposed to performers and students in other art forms as well as their own, furthering the love for the arts as a whole. She currently serves as a student webmaster.
Kyle Skeese attended Governor Scholars Program at Northern KY focusing on Biological Environmental Issues. He has a 31 on his ACT score and is considering attending WKU next year because they have a really good Geology Program.
Hunter Davis attended Governor Scholars Program at Morehead University. His focus was Physical Science. He is a former Rogers Scholar, ELI, and Rogers Explorer participant.
Elsa Dishman attended Governor Scholars Program at Murray State focusing on Germatic Expression. Elsa has a 29 ACT score and was a HOBY Ambassador previously. She plays the Marimba in the WC Marching Band.
Colton Morrow attended Rogers Scholar Program at Lindsey Wilson College. He studied engineering. He previously served as a delegate at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. He is a member of the WCHS Wrestling Team.
Aubrey Weaver is our HOBY Ambassador and was also selected to attend UK’s Rising Scholars Day this summer. He attended the HOBY camp based at EKU. He represented the Junior Class at Rising Scholars and learned about the UK campus. He is a well-rounded student and a great athlete both in football and basketball.
Walker Hancock attended the South Kentucky RECC Washington Youth Tour where he met with representatives and toured historical sites. He had previously been a part of the RECC Frankfort trip. He has a 4.2 GPA and has been playing baseball for 13 years.
Nicole Hesse graduated from the Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI). She was part of the “Community Creators” Team that won the ELI Business Concept Challenge competition for the Econo-Pal business plan.
Ridge Turpin attended Vanderbilt University’s Summer Academy for one week. He was eligible to attend because he qualified for the Center for Summer Studies Program through Duke Talent Search. He is an 8th grader who excels in Math and Creative Writing, is a member of the Academic Team and Gifted Education program.
Junior Cassidy Powell talks about her experience at GSA
Senior Hunter Davis shares memories of his time at GSP
Senior Kyle Skeese speaks about GSP at NKU
Senior Elsa Dishman describes her GSP experience
Junior Aubrey Weaver tells the Board about HOBY Leadership Camp and UK Rising Scholars Day
Senior Walker Hancock gives a description of his RECC trip to D.C.
8th Grader Ridge Turpin reminisces on the Vanderbilt Summer Academy