National PTA Reflections Contest Now Open

Theme: Within Reach

Your entry and artist statement must support your interpretation of the theme.

Categories are: Literature, Photography, Film Production, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Dance Choreography and (504)Special Artist Division.

Entries Due: October 4th in the front office. You many enter as many times as you like.

Official rules and entry forms: kypta.org/programs/reflections

Email questions to: manualreflections@gmail.com or click here for more info.

***Manual had a National Winner in 2015-16 who won a trip to Disney!!!!***

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2017 PTSA Scholarship Award Winners

2017 PTSA Scholarship Awards

In 2015, the PTSA established a program to offer scholarships to graduating seniors; this year the amount was $600 each. There is an application process and a review panel that evaluates the applications. The students who apply are judged on their service to the PTSA and involvement in the Manual community, along with academics and teacher references. 

The PTSA also awards a scholarship to a GAP or ECE student. To be considered, the student must be a graduating senior and member in good standing of the duPont Manual PTSA. There are no requirements (grade point average, etc.) other than having overcome significant obstacles on the path to graduation!

The awards are given annually at the Senior Scholarship Night. This year the recipients of the scholarships were: Sydney Blocker, Caroline Hawk, Richard Wilson, Austin Kline, and Savannah Brooks (not pictured).

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2016-17 Kentucky PTA Reflections Winners

Each year, the National PTA Reflections program offers local, regional, state and national opportunities for young artists in PreK through Grade 12 to be recognized for their creativity in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts. This year’s theme was What Is Your Story?. See our prior post / photo gallery of the school level winners or the video announcement on Manual AM (starts at ~6 minute mark).

Fifteen Manual students received awards at the 15th District PTA Reflections ceremony in December, and the students listed below were recognized at the state level by the Kentucky PTA for their submissions. Alexandria Kinard’s entry was selected to advance to the national level. Click here to view the national winners from the 2016-17 school year.

Akwelle Quaye Youth’s Snapshots High School Literature
Alexandria Kinard Life Behind a Number High School Dance
Jamia Croft My Story is His Story High School Dance
India Smith Recipe for my Story High School Film
Gabrial Smith My life:  An Interview Special Artist Film
Ryan Kline The Rubik Perspective High School Photography
Alyssa Brand Missing Pieces Special Artist Photography
Morgan Betsill Scraps High School Visual Arts

 

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Manual Students Win Derby Art Contests

Ashton Jones won first prize (click for story) in the High School Division of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest, presented by The Fillies, Inc. As a first place winner, she receives a 2017 framed Festival Poster by 2017 Official Poster Artist Ron Jasin, as well as a chance to appear in the 2017 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. All winners receive a medallion, certificate, T-shirt, and a Student Art Contest winner’s pin. Their teachers received special recognition at the awards ceremony. The Festival has offered this opportunity for area students to showcase their creative skills since 1977. The original artwork by area students will be on display at the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2.

Ashton Jones Derby Art

Congrats to the following students who were also recognized:

  • 2nd Place: Jill Gries
  • Honorable Mention: Amy Kim
  • Honorable Mention: Emma Stephens
  • Honorable Mention: Lake Steurer

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YPAS Percussion Ensemble To Perform In Chicago

YPAS Percussion Ensemble

Congratulations to the YPAS Percussion Ensemble for being selected to perform at the 71st Annual Midwest Band & Orchestra Professional Development Conference in Chicago, IL December 20-23, 2017. The Midwest clinic is the granddaddy of all music conferences. Attendees consist of instrumental music educators at all grade levels, college professors, professional musicians, famous conductors and numerous composers from around the world. There are over 400 exhibitors, close to 18,000 participants, 650 exhibit booths, 50+ concerts and 100+ clinic sessions. People from over 30 countries and all 50 states attend this professional development conference. This was a very competitive and rigorous audition process and YPAS was 1 of only 2 HS percussion ensembles in the world to be selected to perform a showcase concert. What a true honor! This is the first ensemble associated with the YPAS Band program to ever perform at Midwest in the school’s 39 year history, and the first percussion ensemble to ever do so in JCPS and the state of KY.

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Manual MST Students Advance to ISEF

State Science Fair Winners

While most Manual families were starting spring break celebrations on Saturday, April 1st, 49 MST students were competing at the Kentucky State Science and Engineering Fair held on the EKU campus in Richmond.

Manual MST won 3 of the 6 slots available to proceed to ISEF (Intel International Science & Engineering Fair), for a total of 9 students going to ISEF.  The other students were selected from the duPont Manual Regional Science Fair held on March 12th at JCTC in Louisville.

Manual students who will represent Team KY at ISEF  are Anjali Chadha, Ben Jiang, Govind Krishna, Emily Liu, Greg Schwartz, Madison Sneve and the team of Harsha Paladugu, Ryan Folz and Abraham Riedel-Mishaan. See the list of all winners at the State Science Fair here.

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Bill Jackson Named to Advisor Hall of Fame

Coach Jackson Advisor Hall of Fame

This year Coach Bill Jackson was inducted into the Kentucky YMCA’s Advisor Hall of Fame. To even be qualified to be nominated you have to have been an advisor for more than ten years and nominated by a Y-staff member, current student, teacher or alum of the program. Coach Jackson has spent more than ten years working with Manual students for both three-day conferences: the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), a mock state government conference; and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), a mock United Nations.

The conferences are held in local hotels and include hours and hours of debate and meetings each day, with students running in many directions. This includes the formation of a Global Village for KUNA, and a trip to Frankfort, KY to debate in the actual House and Senate Chambers, not to mention simply moving one hundred fifty students around swiftly and easily.

One of the neatest things was that this award is a surprise. The lead up to the award ceremony was a hilarious list of missteps. Coach Jackson’s wife and family had been invited to surprise him and he still didn’t catch on because of some quick thinking on the part of his wife. Once it came time to announce the Advisor Hall of Fame winner, Coach Jackson, slipped out to grab something and we had to bring him back in.

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Manual Enjoys Another Successful Mock United Nations at KUNA

Manual KUNA 2017

The Kentucky YMCA (KY YMCA) holds it’s annual mock United Nations (UN) assembly, known as KUNA, every year in the spring. KUNA is one of the two multi-day events that Manual’s Y Club has attended for many years. The KY YMCA actually hosts six of these events, three for middle schools and three for high schools, from around the state. Each host between 1,000 and 1,200 students.

The preparation for KUNA begins well before the three day, two-night event held at an area hotel. The students are assigned countries, and begin to prepare a resolution, cultural attire, a global village, a sign, and a performance for their country. Manual represented eight countries this year. This work begins shortly before winter break and lasts for months as teams within each country tackle each of these areas, meeting at least once a week to work on their projects.

One of the unique things about KUNA is that it is completely student driven. The prior year, there is an election and the students elected serve as presiding officers. At the 2016 KUNA, Lydia Mason was elected Secretary General, the highest position at the conference. Mason is also one of four in the conference’s history to serve as Secretary General at both the middle and high school level. Also representing Manual was Kayla Payne, who served as a Justice in the International Court of Justice portion of KUNA.

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