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Weekly Update [March 6, 2020]
Just a reminder for this weekend:-)
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Girls Basketball game is tonight at Collins High School at 8 pm.  Go Bearcats!!!  Hoping we will win tonight, the next game is tomorrow, Saturday at 7 pm at Collins High School. 

High school Lacrosse has its first home game tomorrow at 1PM at the middle school on the top field.

I wanted to make sure your graduating seniors didn’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for one of the four $1,000 scholarships that we will be awarding this spring.  It is not GPA based.  Rather, it is based on a video submission of the student addressing a particular set of questions surrounding the concept of bettering lives.  Following is an email from the person spear-heading our scholarship process this year.  Please feel free to reach out to Lindsay with any questions.  Hoping we’ll get some applications from Anderson County High School!



Our scholarship application deadline is fast approaching and we want to hear from your graduating seniors!


Hello! My name is Lindsay Orange and along with being the Marketing Supervisor, I serve on the Scholarship Committee at Commonwealth Credit Union. Would your high school seniors be interested in $1,000 to help off-set the cost of post-secondary education? Commonwealth Credit Union can help. We are awarding $1,000 scholarships to four graduating high school seniors. The scholarship application is through a video submission so the students’ personalities can really shine! There are two deadlines:

  1. The student must be the primary account holder on a Commonwealth Credit Union membership on or before March 16, 2020.
  2. Video submissions must be uploaded by 5:00pm EDT, March 31, 2020.


Wouldn’t it be great if one of your seniors was a recipient? Just send them this link and they can apply:


Please let me know if you have any questions. If your students have any questions, they can contact us through to reach one of the Scholarship Committee members.


Lindsay Orange

Marketing Supervisor


We CU Differently

PO Box 978 | Frankfort, KY 40602-0978

(O) 502.564.4775 or  800.228.6420 ext. 5299


Hi everyone!! I'm coming to you on behalf of FCCLA and our local DCBS office and ACE Ministries. Our local clothes closet for DCBS is in DIRE need of new pajamas for children who are taken into protective custody. They need sizes newborn to adult medium. They can only accept new pajamas so we can't take gently worn. FCCLA has decided to partner with them in this endeavor and do a district wide pajama drive. We will be collecting new pajamas from next Monday, March 9th through March 23rd. The 5th period class that collects the most pajamas will win an ice cream party sponsored by FCCLA. ALSO....THE TEACHER OF THE WINNING CLASS IN EACH BUILDING WILL RECEIVE A WEEK OF FREE DRESS DOWN DAYS!!!! I have attached a flyer you can hang in your classroom or show on your screen to promote the drive. Ask your family, your friends, your neighbors, whomever you can to bring you some new jammies to help our local students and families. Thanks as always for your support!

Heather Adams
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
Anderson County High School
FCCLA Advisor
"Be an encourager. The world already has enough critics."

FCCLA along with our Youth Leadership Program are hosting a Mr. Anderson Pageant this year on April 18th. Please feel free to print the attached flyer and promote as you wish. We'd love to have a great turnout. It will be a lot of fun. Thanks  

Any sophomore who would like to attend The Governor's School for the Arts for Visual Art next summer please see Mrs. Champion to receive information regarding the application process. 

All juniors will be taking the ACT on March 10th.  Please make sure your student is here on time that day!

Attention seniors, parents of seniors, and friends of seniors.......
May 12th - Scholarship Night
6:00 p.m. [Auditorium]

May 15th - Senior Final Exams

May 17th - Baccalaureate 
2:00 p.m. [Sand Spring Church]
Seniors just wear gowns

May 18th - Senior Final Exams

May 20th - Senior Day
8:15 a.m. - Commitment to Excellence Ceremony
Graduation Walk
Senior Picnic

May 21st - Graduation Practice
Alltech Arena

May 23rd - Graduation Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Alltech Arena [Board approved in March meeting]
9:45 - load buses
10:00 - buses depart ACHS
10:45 - buses arrive at Alltech Arena
11:30 - ceremony begins

Attention seniors!!!!!
The Local Scholarship packets are ready!  Seniors will need to sign for their own packet when they pick them up.  If you know of any past graduates that want to apply for the Anderson County Scholarship, it is available on the counselors website.

WKU School of Media Open House March 20th
In honor of the WKU Film Program’s 10th anniversary, the School of Media is hosting an open house for potential students to see our recently upgraded facilities in action. Faculty will be on hand to talk about the program and the great things our students are doing!
Tours: 8:30 AM - 12 PM, 1 - 3 PM (CST)
Reception and Remarks: 12 PM (CST)
WKU is the only public institution of higher education in Kentucky offering a major in film.
From RED Digital Cinema cameras to complete sound, grip, and lighting packages, if you see it on a professional set, you’ll see it here at WKU Film.
Our state-of-the-art editing suites are the perfect place to cut your short films, and our color and sound finishing suites will make them look and sound their best.


It's award letter season!

Your students are about to make some big decisions. The counselor-specific section of College Covered, Resources for Counselors has resources you can share to help families evaluate their award letters and make informed decisions.


  • Breaking Down An Award Letter: Since award letters can look different from each school, we broke down each part of the award letter to help families understand what the school is offering. Share this one page award letter handout with your students right from our website. 

  • 2020 Scholarship Award Sweepstakes:  We’re giving away a $5,000 scholarship each month this year! Families can visit to enter today. Also, please share our scholarship flyer with your students and parents. No purchase or loan necessary to enter or win. See Official Rules for details.

Thank you for sharing! If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me. 

Thank you,

Amy D'Arecca
Relationship Manager


Good morning partners!


I just wanted to let you know in case I’ve not got to speak to you directly about our new adventure! We are hosting two “preview days” for our college this spring!


On March 18th and April 15th students can sign up (links below) and get a campus tour, lunch, and then preview the College of Health Sciences at EKU! Each department will have a representative present and our student ambassadors as well! This is a free experience for your students once they are on campus and a great way to explore majors!


I would love it if you would share this with any student interested and encourage them to sign up!




Join us for a campus visit specific for students who are interested in academic majors in the College of Health Sciences. The College of Health Sciences offers degrees in the following programs: Apparel and Design Merchandising, Child and Family Studies, Dietetics, Exercise and Sport Science, Environmental Health Science, Health Services Administration, Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Occupational Science, Public Health, Recreation and Park Administration, and Sports Management.

Dates available for Spring 2020:

March 18

April 15


Thank you for everything you do! Please email me if you have any questions!


Jamie L. Woolery, M.S.

Academic Advisor & Recruiter 

College of Health Sciences

Eastern Kentucky University

Rowlett 206



Learn more about CHS at:


February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

Parents considering a Parent Plus Loan to help your student pay for college??  Read this first!


Freshman Summer Program (FSP)

June 14 - July 17, 2020Freshman Summer Program


Program Description

The University of Kentucky (UK) Freshman Summer Program (FSP) is a five-week residential academic enrichment program designed to assist students with transitioning from high school to college and prepare them for the academic rigor of UK.  The program is targeted to underrepresented minority student groups including, but not limited to African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, Multi-racial, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, first generation and low-income students admitted to UK for the 2020 Fall Semester. 

The program goal is to facilitate building a solid foundation that leads to increased retention and ultimately graduation. FSP participants will enroll in college level courses, engage in activities that allow them to have an understandable introduction to academic expectations through classroom experiences with faculty, learn about and connect to campus resources, i.e. services, programs and people, and begin to develop a sense of belonging and community.  Students will be better prepared to navigate the University.

How do I apply to the program?

Complete your online application and upload your senior year class schedule, teacher or counselor recommendation letter and a one-page self description on or before March 16, 2020.



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Who can participate?


Students eligible to participate in the Freshman Summer Program:

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Blue Paw Bullet PointMust be admitted to UK for the 2020 - 2021 Academic Year and confirm that you will be attending UK.
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Have not yet achieved the required minimum College Readiness Indicator sub-scores as defined by the Council on Postsecondary Education in English (18), Math (19) and/or Reading (20).  For more detailed information click here

Blue Paw Bullet Point

Have a High School Readiness Index (HSRI) score less than 46

  • HSRI score = ACT Composite / 2 + Cumulative GPA (unweighted) x 10  
  • Example:
    ACT of 22/2 = 11 + GPA of 3.0 x 10 = 30
    11 + 30 = HSRI score of 41




Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies (WRD 110)

This class focuses on critical inquiry and research. Students will engage in reflective thinking and analysis. WRD 110 asks students to write and speak effectively about local issues. This course places special emphasis on the skills of conducting primary and secondary research, as well as how to use visuals and online resources to enhance writing and oral presentations. Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics of good writing and the methods for becoming a confident writer in this new environment.

*Students who have earned previous credit in WRD 110 will enroll in STA 210 during the summer.


Academic Preparation and Placement (APP) Math (UK 100: APP Student Success)

APP Student Success is a section of UK 100 designed to help students through engagement with building academic success, fostering growth mindsets, and building fundamental concepts of mathematics. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate mathematics college readiness by taking the ALEKS placement test at course completion. The ALEKS approach allows students to work at an individualized pace in a supportive classroom environment. Students are assisted by their instructor and peer instructor for one on one and small group instruction. This course replaces UK 095, UK 096, & UK 101: APP Student Success.


ALEKS Learning Lab

 This lab is designed to help students focus on their individualized math content need within ALEKS PPL modules (e.g., college algebra, pre-calculus, calculus). Students work to meet their math goals through ALEKS learning objectives, engaging in a math growth mindset, creating an ALEKS math notebook, and setting topic goals. Students are assisted by their lab instructor and peer instructors for one on one and small group instruction. The lab will work to prepare students for individual student success on the ALEKS placement test and focus on mathematics growth mindset.



The goal of this course is to help students develop or refine their statistical literacy skills. Both the informal activity of human inference arising from statistical constructs, as well as the moral formal perspectives on statistical inference found in confidence intervals and hypothesis tests are studied. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding what distinguishes good and bad inferential reasoning in the practical world around us.  (This class is open only for those students who have received credit for ENG 101/102 or WRD 110).


UK 101

This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK's expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.


Interest Groups
The focus of the Interest Groups is to build a peer community of students with similar interests, needs, or from similar backgrounds. Programming will be designed to help students address concerns, learn more about their interest or just establish meaningful networks that allow them to develop a sense of their personal identity. Group topics may be educational, intellectual, related to personal development, cultural or social.   Students who participate in the Interest Groups will build strong networks and develop a feeling of camaraderie.



Cultural, Recreational, and Social Activities

A full program of activities is planned to enrich participants’ summer experience, including educational tours, recreational outings and social events.


FSP participants will:

  • Earn 4-6 College Credits (WRD 110, UK  100, STA 210 and/or UK 101)
  • Attend the first or second See Blue U Orientation 
  • Meet one-on-one with their assigned financial aid counselor to resolve issues before the semester begins or to learn about financial resources
  • Learn study skills essential to college level course success
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with professors and staff
  • Learn about and connect to campus resources
  • Learn the language and systems of their new environment
  • Meet and network with university administrators, faculty, staff and students to enhance their sense of belonging
  • Learn how to get involved on campus through student organizations
  • Tour the Campus and Lexington Community
  • Participate in educational and cultural outings

Fall Semester Activities

  • Academic Progress Sessions with a CARES Counselor
  • Math and Science Study Groups or Monitored  Study
  • Individual Tutoring (as needed)
  • Freshman Focus Workshops
  • Enrichment and Social Activities



The Program will cover the cost for:

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • In-state tuition for required FSP course(s)
  • Some activity fees

Students and Parents are responsible for:

  • $500 Program Fee and $100 activity fee (Please do not mail the fees with your application.)  The fees are due when you check into the residence hall on June 14th. We accept only checks and money orders.  (*A limited number of program fee scholarships are available for pell-eligible students.  Contact the CARES office for additional information).
  • Educational materials and supplies
  • $17 for UK student ID card (cost of ID holder is optional - $5)
  • Out-of-state portion of tuition for students living outside of KY (if applicable).  (The out-of-state portion of tuition that student and parents pay is approximately $4,584 for 6 credit hours and $3,056 for 4 credit hours.  This is based on required course placement). 

Why should I participate in FSP?

  • To earn college credits
  • Opportunity to attend an early See Blue U Orientation
  • Meet students, faculty and staff
  • Learn to navigate campus when it is not as busy as when school is in session
  • Cultural and Educational Outings
  • Jump start your college career!

Inquiries should be directed to:

Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES)
(859) 323-6347


Join a network of young people creating transformative change and exploring potential education and career paths! 
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Social Justice  |  Climate Change  |  Leadership
July 5-August 1, 2020
Now Accepting Students
We are reviewing applicants for this summer's ten slots on a rolling basis between now and April 20. 

The Power of YOU: Foresight Prep is an intensive, pre-college institute for high school students passionate about social justice, the climate crisis and creating change. 

Through our hands-on curriculum, interview real-world changemakers in thevibrant world class city of Chicago, learn to take action on urgent issues, and become part of a year-round network to support your future education and career path.

Explore diverse approaches to creating change, including: 
  • Community Organizing & Social Justice Movement Building
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Urban Design & Planning
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability
  • Policymaking & Electoral Activism
  • The Arts as a Vehicle for Change

…and more!

Visit the program website to learn more, and apply!

My number 1 takeaway from Foresight Prep was a sense of urgency to take action. I was really grateful to be introduced to working professionals that are fighting the good fight.

—Amina Kilpatrick, Cornell University Class of 2021

My son came away from Foresight Prep a better citizen, and also a more directed student. He's since matriculated at his dream college, earned a slot in a selective scholars program, and remained grateful to Foresight. 

—Barbara Jones, New York City

Teaching at Foresight Prep was the most fulfilling and impactful part of my year. The students were eager to better understand the dynamics that shape cities and communities, and I had the incredible joy of watching worldviews expand.

—Lyndon Valicenti, Past Faculty 


Anyone interested in E-Sports???


My name is Alyssa Tinker and I am the esports coach at Midway University.  We are in the process of building our esports program and will be competing in the Fall 2020 season.  I was reaching out to see if you knew of any students that would be interested in playing esports at the collegiate level.  Students would have the opportunity for a lot of playing time and will be an important part of our program.  The games that we are competing in are League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League.  Midway offer academic and athletic scholarship to esports players.  Let me know if there are students interested in learning more about Midway and our exciting new program.



Alyssa Tinker




Sullivan University's Summer Camps cover a wide variety of disciplines. These camps are an experience you don't want your students to miss!


All camps provide hands-on activities that are unique and memorable. Students will be inspired and informed about fields they are interested in and may want to pursue! 


Find out about pricing and dates on our website! 















Registration deadline is MAY 15, 2020 and spaces are filling fast!



Housing is located at Gardiner Point Residence Hall (Excluding Pharmacy Camp)


 All meals and evening activities are included.








Visiting us is the best way to get firsthand information about a Sullivan education. Not only will you learn more about what it means to be a Sullivan student, but you’ll also learn about our quality academics and how we embody experience-based learning.

Sullivan University System | 3101 Bardstown Road | Louisville, KY 40205 | (502) 456.6505


Spring is almost here and with it, testing, college prep, and scholarship season.  The Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute proud to announce its KMHI Scholarship Awards. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to individuals (graduating seniors and older) who are currently attending or will be attending a technical center, trade school, or enrolling in an apprenticeship program, each of which should be centered around the construction industry and should not be free programs. In addition to the five trade scholarships, two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2020 to graduating high school seniors, GED recipients, or students who are currently enrolled in college or tech schools that live in modular, manufactured, or mobile homes. These awards are available for university, college, technical, or vocational programs. 


Teachers, school counselors, and administrators are encouraged to offer the enclosed application to deserving students who will be attending one of the aforementioned schools/apprenticeship programs or currently reside in a modular, manufactured, or mobile home.  One application has been included; however, if you need more applications you can make a copy of the application or contact Logan Hanes at KMHI by phone at 502-223-0490 in Frankfort or by email at  Completed applications must be post-marked no later than April 6, 2020.


We have included a flyer to announce the scholarship for bulletin boards, etc. Also included in this packet is a press release.  You can publish this announcement in a newspaper or school newsletter.  This will increase the awareness of the scholarship availability and increase the number of applicants.


The scholarship program is just one example of how KMHI and the factory-built housing industry are looking toward more progressive ways of increasing public awareness of the industry.  If you have ideas about how we can improve this program and start others, please feel free to contact the KMHI at 502-223-0490.



Thank you!


Logan Hanes, CKD 

Vice President

O 502.223.0490 | C 270.556.3183 |


Good Afternoon Educators,


I hope this message reaches you doing well. Below is information regarding a scholarship application opportunity offered by the Community Foundation of Louisville for students to pursue. We proudly administer more than 100 scholarship funds and awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year!


=        General Scholarship Application – The application features 60-plus scholarships. Eligibility requirements vary, but the application’s technology matches students to all scholarships they are eligible to receive. The application will close Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST.


To learn more about our scholarship program, please visit our web site. To learn more of the eligibility requirements for each one of our scholarship opportunities, please see this printable PDF document. You may provide applicants with this link that takes them directly to the online application’s login page.


If you have any questions, or would ever like for me to speak with students, please let me know. Thank you for your commitment to our students and their education!






P.S. I have mailed fliers and my business card to your school’s guidance/counseling office. Please check the mail and spread the word on these fantastic opportunities!


Emory Williamson

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Scholarship Coordinator

Community Foundation of Louisville


325 W Main St., Suite 1110 • Louisville, KY 40202

P: 502.855.6989 • Follow us on Facebook

We are a force for good and create lasting impact in community so people and place thrive.


This is being sent to Athletic Directors, Principals, Superintendents, and all Guidance Counselors on record at KHSAA member schools as a benefit to membership. This additional reminder is an attempt to ensure all member schools have the opportunity for students to apply.

Shortly after his death, former Commissioner Louis Stout's widow Anna help guide the creation of the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service, and community service. The award process for 2019-2020 is now underway, as was noted in the KHSAA blog post on 11/22/19. Full details are on the KHSAA website at

The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys' state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average, involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities, involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement, and a member of the 2019-2020 senior class.

The application for the scholarships is located at on the KHSAA web site. The deadline for the information to be received by the KHSAA is Feb. 28. There is no limit to the number of applicants from a school.

Stout was named the fifth Commissioner of the KHSAA on July 1, 1994, after serving as Executive Assistant Commissioner for two years and Assistant Commissioner for 21 years. Stout was the first African-American in the nation to head a state high school athletic association and was the fifth individual to serve as Commissioner of the Association. As Assistant and Executive Assistant Commissioner, Stout handled day-to-day management of the sports of baseball, cross country, soccer, wrestling, and softball. He also conducted rules clinics, recruited workers and officials, and managed State Tournament competition in those sports. He served on numerous national committees for the National Federation of High School Association (NFHS), from rules to governance.

Scholarship Application Forms are only available online and may be completed using the link below:



Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. 

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are," Coach John Wooden

Julian Tackett, Commissioner
Primary Sports Event Contact- Boys and Girls State Basketball, Football
Playing Rules Interpreter – Basketball, Football
859-299-5472 (phone)


University of Kentucky CoM/AHEC Summer Enrichment Programs  

Good Afternoon All,


The team in the College of Medicine working on the PEPP registration link has just released the updated link for all UK CoM/AHEC summer programs.  When opening the link, please note, the default page is the “Summer Enrichment Program”.  Individuals or schools interested in the other summer programs simply need to scan the left side of the start page and all programs are listed.  At the bottom of each programs’ start page is an application link.  Also, deadline for both PEPP and UKMED is April 1, 2020.



Please distribute this UK Summer Programs link to all interested students.

Thank  you!


Vivian Lockstead, MS, CHES, Health Programs Specialist

North Central Area Health Education Center


2020 Scholarship Award Sweepstakes: Discover Student Loans is giving away one $5,000 scholarship each month this year! The earlier your college-bound students and parents enter, the more chances they have to win. Families can visit to enter today. No purchase or loan necessary to enter or win. See Official Rules for details.



Your students should be receiving their first semester report cards soon. This is a fantastic time to re-engage students or introduce them to RaiseMe, as they’ll have a lot of accomplishments under their belt and will be able to immediately see how much they’ve earned towards our partner colleges. Students can earn up to $1500 for every A they’ve earned in a course, up to $1000 for every B they’ve earned in a course, and up to $3000 for any AP/IB/dual-enrollment classes they’ve taken.


Good morning,

As was mentioned in the December Monthly Memo, we are excited to announce another free service to help youth quit vaping. This is Quitting is a text-based service for Kentuckians ages 13 to 24. Young people who want to enroll in This is Quitting should text KENTUCKY to 88709.

The Cabinet for Health &  Family Services’ press release about this service (below) went out this morning, so you may begin to see media inquiries about it over the next few days.

It is important to emphasize that This is Quitting does not replace either of our existing free services for quitting tobacco. We still encourage people of all ages to useQuit Now Kentucky and people under 18 to use My Life, My Quit. This is Quitting is just a third option to help us ensure that everyone can find a service that meets their needs. This document explains the differences between Quit Now Kentucky, My Life, My Quit, and This is Quitting.

Feel free to share the press release below, our Quitting Tobacco webpage, or the post(s) on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions about This is Quitting or Kentucky’s other free quitlines, please contact Cessation Administrator Heather Shaw.

Ellen H. Cartmell, MPA

Communications Specialist
Kentucky Department for Public Health




Service Touted as New Federal Law Impacting Tobacco Sales Takes Effect

FRANKFORT, Ky. (1/9/20) — The Kentucky Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, encourages teens and young adults who want to quit vaping to get free help from This Is Quitting, a nationwide texting service. CHFS and DPH officials say cessation services such as This Is Quitting are critical for young people and emphasized that many will be impacted by the recent federal law increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21.

This is Quitting was developed by Truth Initiative and is being promoted directly to Kentuckians through a collaboration with DPH. The service is intended for young people ages 13 to 24, and is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting vaping. It was developed with input from young people who have already attempted to or succeeded in quitting e-cigarettes. Participants should text KENTUCKY to 88709 to enroll in the program, which provides up to nine weeks of coaching.

CHFS Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander said quitting tobacco, nicotine, or vaping products will improve your health at any age, and with the resources offered through DPH and other providers, it takes just a few steps to be on the path toward quitting.

“In light of a recent federal law increasing the age of legal tobacco sales to 21, we know many young people will need support giving up tobacco and e-cigarette products,” he said. “This Is Quitting is a great resource specifically created to help young people quit using e-cigarettes and we are very happy to partner with the Truth Initiative to help more young Kentuckians lead healthier lives.

“Many young people who started vaping now want to quit, but they don’t know how,” said Dr. Amanda Graham, Chief of Innovations at Truth Initiative. “The fact that young people are setting a quit date the day they enroll shows that they are eager to break free from vaping. Our program allows them to get support discreetly and anonymously without having to disclose to an adult that they are vaping.”

Young people who enroll in This is Quitting will receive one support text per day leading up to the day they quit vaping, and for at least 60 days after their ‘quit date.’ For those not ready to commit to quitting but who are still interested in learning more, This is Quitting will send at least four weeks of messages focused on building skills and confidence to prepare for quitting. In addition to their scheduled messages, participants can also receive on-demand support for cravings, stress, and set-backs in their quitting journey.

According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, more than 53 percent of Kentucky’s high schoolers have ever used an e-cigarette. More than half of those students are current users. By comparison, around 30 percent of Kentucky high schoolers have ever smoked a traditional cigarette, and approximately 9 percent are current smokers.

“E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among Kentucky youth,” said DPH Health Promotion Section Supervisor Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland. “While we absolutely do not want any teen to start vaping, we also want to make sure we’re providing resources to help them quit.”

Quitting vaping can be challenging because almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the same addictive chemical found in cigarettes and other tobacco products. One JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. A 2018 Truth Initiative study found that 63 percent of youth and young adult JUUL-users did not know that the product always contains nicotine.

This is Quitting and DPH’s other free tobacco-cessation resources like My Life, My Quit and Quit Now Kentucky are especially important for teens and young adults, for whom nicotine is particularly detrimental. The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that nicotine exposure is particularly dangerous in adolescents because it can “prime the brain for addiction to other drugs such as cocaine.”

This is Quitting also comes alongside DPH and the CDC’s investigation into the nationwide outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI). More than 2,400 people across the country have been hospitalized with serious respiratory issues as a result of using e-cigarettes, though the exact cause of their injuries remains unknown. More than 50 patients have died as a result of this outbreak. Many of those affected are young people, probably because they are more likely to vape than other age groups.

DPH provides updated EVALI information at

Truth Initiative launched This is Quitting nationwide in January 2019 and has since enrolled over 70,000 teens and young adults. Peer-reviewed research on the program has revealed that more than 60 percent of participants reported they had reduced or completely stopped using e-cigarettes after just two weeks. CHFS will be promoting This is Quitting on college campuses and through its social media accounts.

Truth Initiative is a nonprofit tobacco control organization that focuses on helping youth and young adults in America stop using tobacco products. “Quitting e-cigarettes can be isolating for young people,” added Graham. “Text messaging is a proven, powerful strategy to deliver interventions that drive behavior change. We’ve taken input directly from young people and positioned This is Quitting as a supportive, non-judgmental friend, with text messages written in the first person or as quotes from other users.”

Flyers and palm cards with the text code and number will be distributed to schools and other community partners across Kentucky who engage with youth and young adults. For more information about the program or to request materials contact DPH Tobacco Cessation Administrator Heather Shaw at or (502) 564-9358 ext. 4017.

Additional information is available at


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Dear Cynthia,

At the Bill of Rights Institute, we love to ask challenging questions. We also love to reward students who rise to the challenge by tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. For this year's We the Students Essay Contest, we are challenging students to tell us what civil discourse means to them. The students who provide the most thoughtful, meaningful responses to this question will receive scholarship awards of up to $7,500. A total of fourteen students will receive scholarship prizes totaling $20,000.

For this essay, we are asking students to not only share their comprehension of what civil discourse is meant to be but to also relate what it looks like when it works – and when it doesn’t – and why. Perhaps they will choose to include mention of a time when they, themselves, were part of an exchange intended to understand something – how did they go about it? We encourage them to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples (including current events), and well-researched facts into what they write.
We the Students isn't your students' only opportunity to win scholarships and prizes by taking on the important issues of the day. Every two weeks on our Think the Vote debate platform, we ask students to share their opinion on a current events-related question. The students who make the strongest case for their position on both sides of the question win a gift card, swag, and a chance at a $1000 scholarship at the end of the school year. The latest question: Can the federal government find a balance between religious liberty and LGBTQ protections? 


My name is Jerrad Ohr I'm writing to you to announce a scholarship that my law firm is sponsoring for students in 2020. The scholarship is to help any student who has been impacted by being seriously injured (or by a family member being seriously injured).

To apply, students must write a 750-1,000 word essay in response to the following prompt: 

"Write an essay explaining in detail how a serious accident involving you, a family member, or a close friend has impacted your life. This could have been a car crash, a slip-and-fall accident, a work-related injury, or any other serious accident. How has this injury impacted your college plans?"

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is July 20, 2020. Submissions will open on Jan 1, 2020. The winner of the scholarship will be awarded $1,000 to help pay for college-related expenses.

If you could possibly share this scholarship with your students, I'd appreciate it. We are trying to get some more applicants this year.

You can see the scholarship information here:

Hope your week is going great so far.

Thank you!

Jerrad Ohr  

Updates from the web

The U.S. Department of Education recently released updates to the College Scorecard, which is designed to help students as they are weighing education options after high school.

For the first time, students can find important information on potential debt and what they can expect to earn one year after completing their education based on what they choose to study – including for two-year programs, four-year degrees, certificate programs and some graduate programs.

Students also can use College Scorecard’s comparison tool to compare up to 10 school options to see how they stack up.

This video provides an introduction to the updated features of the new College Scorecard:

College Scorecard  




This is Erin Field following up one last time on the project I sent you last week. It is a project I created to help high school seniors and college students become more aware of the risks of alcohol abuse. 

I see many people whose lives have been ruined alcohol abuse in my practice, and my goal with this project is to try to help students avoid abusing alcohol in the first place.

The project explains the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse, how to get help for yourself or a friend, the places on college campuses where alcohol abuse is most likely to occur, the risks of alcohol abuse, and more.

You can take a look at the project here:

If you would consider sharing this with your students, I'd appreciate it. I'm trying to get this out to people who will be helped by it.

Hope your week is going well so far!
Erin Field


Scholarship Search Engines and Resources

DateSportOpponentAway/HomeTypeGame Time
Saturday, March 07, 2020softballHoly Cross- ScimmageAwayVarsityTBD
Monday, March 09, 2020baseballScrimmage @ ParisAwayVarsity6:00
Tuesday, March 10, 2020g. tennisFrankfortHomeVarsity 
Friday, March 13, 2020baseballScrimmage @ MarionAwayVarsity6:00
Friday, March 13, 2020softballLincoln-ScrimmageHomeVarsity6:00
Monday, March 16, 2020baseballNorth BullittHomeVarsity6:00
Monday, March 16, 2020softballFranklinAwayFreshman6:00
Tuesday, March 17, 2020baseballFranklin AwayVarsity/JV6:00/8:00
Tuesday, March 17, 2020softballGeorge Rogers ClarkAwayVarsity6:00
Wednesday, March 18, 2020softballOwenHomeVarsity6:00
Thursday, March 19, 2020baseballBryan StationHomeVarsity6:00
Thursday, March 19, 2020softballHenryHomeFreshman6:00
Friday, March 20, 2020baseballTrimbleAwayVarsity6:15
Friday, March 20, 2020baseballLafayetteHomeJV5:30
Friday, March 20, 2020softballMercerHomeVarsity6:00
Friday, March 20, 2020g. tennisMercerAwayVarsity 
Saturday, March 21, 2020baseballMercer/DunbarAwayVarsity11:00/1:30
Saturday, March 21, 2020baseballOldham/B.StationHomeJV11:00/1:30/4
Saturday, March 21, 2020softballLincoln ShowcaseAwayVarsityTBD

Enjoy your weekend!
Cynthia Miracle
Senior Counselor
Anderson County High School
One Bearcat Drive
Lawrenceburg, Ky. 40342

Phone: 502.839.5118 ext. 2519
Fax: 502-839-3486

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