Students across the Commonwealth auditioned for the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2018 All-State High School Choir. Montgomery County High School had nine students who made the KMEA’s All-State Choir. They all represented MCHS in spectacular fashion at the KMEA conference in Louisville earlier this month. Congratulations to the following MCHS Choir members: Larah Ballard, Micaiah Bishop, Peyton Garrison, Alyssa Jouett, Karisma Keeting, Allen Reed, Tristina Salmon, Rebecca Wallingford, and Katie Webb.
Montgomery County High School recently had three students who made the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2018 All-State Orchestra. Students underwent two days of grueling rehearsal on some very challenging music and had fantastic performances on Saturday. These students represented Montgomery County as members of an elite group comprised of the best high school musicians in the state of Kentucky at the KMEA conference. Congratulations to the following MCHS Orchestra members: Elliott King, Noah Mascle, and Daniel Risner.
The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship presented by Certiport Inc. is a competition that tests students’ skills in Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.The training and testing take place in Angela Barker’s and Cassidy Davis’ Office Administration and Microsoft Office Specialist classes at the Montgomery County ATC.Top students are invited to represent Kentucky at the U.S. National Championship, held in Orlando, FL in June 2018.When the students take an exam in Excel, Word or PowerPoint 2016, students are automatically entered to qualify and compete.
According to Mrs. Barker, Montgomery Co. ATC currently has 33 students that are MOS certified in Excel.Students will be taking Word and PowerPoint exams this spring.
Participants who outperform their peers to qualify for the National Championship generally have perfect or near-perfect exam scores and completion times well below the allotted examination time of 50 minutes. Ties are broken by completion time of the test. Two students received a perfect score of 1,000 in Excel.Congratulations to Kasey Berryman and Matthew Smith! Matthew finished 2nd and Kasey finished 3rd in the state fall qualifier.
The Council for Art Education administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K–12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety.Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.The primary event is the State Flag Program. Each state coordinates a flag design contest, with the winning design made into a flag for display in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art Education Association Convention.MCHS had three students who placed first, second and third respectively in the state high school division. Lauren Donithan won first place, Hannah Fulks placed second, and Maria Al Lawati placed third.Both Lauren and Hannah have placed for three years in a row! This is a great achievement for MCHS and we are very proud of all three students. Congratulations!
Nicholas Madrigal received a 2018 Yes I Can Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
During the last two years, Nicholas has wowed his teachers with his progress in the areas of reading and math. After receiving intense math and reading instruction multiple times per day over the course of a year, Nicholas learned to write a complete sentence, increased his reading level dramatically and improved his math skills.
This school year, Nicholas graduated to less intense instruction and learned to transfer the skills he acquires in his resource classes to his academic work in general education classes. His teacher says he excels in science and has grown to be a leader in that classroom. Meanwhile, Nicholas continues to progress in writing, reading, and math. He can write a focused paragraph and has increased his reading by almost two grade levels. In math, he has begun to add and subtract multiple digits and is just learning to tackle regrouping.
The Yes I Can program recognizes the accomplishment of 12 students with exceptionalities in six categories: academics, arts, school and community activities, self-advocacy, technology, and transition. CEC honored Nicholas with this award in the academics category earlier this month at the awards ceremony in Tampa, FL. We are proud of Nicholas and his accomplishments.Congratulations, Nicholas!
The school spelling bees were recently held in the district, with third through eighth-grade students to determine each school champion. Each school champion has qualified to go on to the Final Local Spelling Bee. The University of Kentucky will host the local bee on Saturday, March 3rd in the Kincaid Auditorium at Gatton College of Business and Economics.Congratulations to the Spelling Bee School Champions: Alexis White (Camargo), Katie Allison (Mapleton), Clara Manning (MSE), Lexi Frazier (MCIS), and Grant Klingenberg (McNabb).
Camargo Elementary Music Teacher, David Fonda, was honored with the Elementary Teacher of the Year award from the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) District 8.Mr. Fonda was voted by his peers, making him eligible for the state award.District 8 encompasses every primary and secondary school in fifteen counties in Northeastern Kentucky.Congratulations, Mr. Fonda!