The Manual Outstanding Volunteer Extraordinaire (MOVE) award was created to recognize the rare volunteer who fills a key role in “Moving Manual Forward In Service To Parents Teachers Students and Staff.” Trish Kline is just such a person, and her impact simply cannot be measured. Read some of the comments shared about Trish below:
submitted by Leslie King and Erica Cooper, Debate Coach
duPont Manual Debaters Prevail in Grievance against Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) over State Tournament Seeding and Bracketing Errors; Debate Club Scores Big with Wyatt Wilson Scholarships
Led by team captains Ria Jain and Mark Raj, five students, five parents, and sponsor/coach Erica Cooper presented and spoke on Saturday, April 21, in Elizabethtown about the grievance filed by duPont Manual High School against the KHSSL, giving students a chance to put their debate skills to use in a real-life experience. The outcome was a unanimous decision by the KHSSL Board of Directors to award dual championship awards to the debate divisions with seeding and bracketing errors discovered by our students at the state championship. Because of the efforts of our school’s debate club members, students from all over the state of Kentucky will receive trophies and National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) points that they did not receive at the conclusion of the state championships. Due to the corrections, duPont Manual Debate Club is proud to announce two new state champion wins:
Book your free appointment for your senior yearbook photo during May and June – this is the only way to see and select your most important picture!
Thanks to all 2,345 of our members that helped earn us the spot at the top as the largest PTA/PTSA in Kentucky! Our membership team did an awesome job with our “Crimson Crew” campaign, which resulted in the 15th District PTA recognizing us with the Outstanding Membership Campaign Award, along with several other membership-related accolades. We also received the Outstanding Website Award (shout out to Mr. Dallmann for helping get it started and being ‘on call’ as needed!).
Twenty-three YPAS/Manual orchestra students took part in the 2018 New York Heritage Festival in NYC from April 4-8. The orchestra received several top honors, including a Gold/1st place award in their division, the Adjudicator Award for their overall score, and Outstanding Orchestra Group for the best orchestra overall. Senior Megan Wang and junior Molly McInnis were also awarded the Maestro Award for their solo performances, which was only given to 10 students in the entire festival (about 1,000 students total).
submitted by Leslie King and Erica Cooper, Debate Coach
The Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL), through the director of the competition and chair of the League, has admitted significant errors in seeding and bracketing during the Kentucky Debate State Championship, Senior Division on March 8-9 in Lexington. The KHHSL Board Chair has apologized and communicated that they are currently seeking legal representation for guidance on the issue and remedy. duPont Manual High School filed the formal grievance after discovering the unexplained errors, including three of our top debaters being unfairly, in error, shut out from competing in the brackets due to a “walkover” situation – Riti Pathak, Mark Raj, and Mihir Kale. All competitors in the divisions of Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas were seeded incorrectly and three of the divisions were bracketed incorrectly.
Despite errors disfavoring our debaters and school points, we do not want to delay further announcing the team and individual “bittersweet” successes at the state championship pending corrected placements and scoring:
duPont Manual High School – Reserve State Champion School
submitted by Keith Robbins
Manual students make up the first squash team from Kentucky to compete at the US High School Championships, which takes place in Philadelphia this weekend.
Henry Robbins, MST Senior
Ryan Kline, HSU Senior
Luke Sheridan, HSU Senior
Spencer Strelsov, MST Senior
Ben Roussell, HSU Senior
Armin Razavi, MST Senior
Clayton Cobb, VA Sophomore
Fons Cervera, J+C Senior
Coach: Lee Scott
Students will be honored at the national high school journalism convention next month in Dallas. On the Record was the first Manual publication to earn a coveted 2016 Pacemaker – the highest award given to student publications by the NSPA.
Good Clothes Good People (GCGP) Corporation is a Louisville-based non-profit organization founded by former and current Manual students working to provide adequate resources to those in need.
With the help of our VA students, GCGP aims to use artistry to reinvent old, donated dumpsters to create colorful, reflective, and attractive bins to collect clothing donations for the benefit of both our school (in partnership with the PTSA CAP committee) and our local community.
According to senior Zebeeb Nuguse, they are seeking donations of paint for the bins. Acrylic paint is preferable, but house paint is welcome as well, so if you have any partially-used cans sitting around that you would be willing to donate, please contact Zebeeb to arrange drop off.
They hope to begin the project next Wednesday, Sept 27, so please respond by then if possible; however, donations will be accepted any time.
If you don’t have paint to contribute but would like to support this wonderful cause, monetary donations or gift cards to a paint store are welcome as well!
Are you interested in serving, but your schedule doesn’t allow you to physically attend meetings/events on campus, or be available at specific times during the day? Do you wish you knew more about what is happening at Manual/YPAS? We have several open positions on the PTSA Board:
- Attend monthly PTSA meetings OR read minutes to learn about school-related news, activities, events, etc.
- Coordinate (with content contributors) obtaining information from magnet programs, school staff, etc. and write/edit/format content as needed
- Alert volunteer photographers of PTSA/school events and ensure photos are stored on PTSA drive and accessible to Historian/4th VP
- Assist Digital News and Social Media Coordinator(s) as needed
- This position is strongly supported by the 4th VP (Executive Board) and will hopefully transition into that role the following year
Digital News Coordinator(s)
- Monitor PTSA E-news Gmail account for submissions and create draft blog posts in WordPress app
- Compile weekly draft of Manual POST e-newsletter in MailChimp
Social Media Coordinator(s)
- Work with Communications Team to post regular updates to PTSA Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram channels in accordance with communications strategy
- Monitor school/club social media posts and share/re-post as appropriate
- Respond to questions posted in Facebook group when possible, or tag appropriate people
No experience is necessary other than a willingness to learn and some level of comfort with technology. If you would like to discuss any of these roles, please contact Delene Taylor.