Manual Alum Named Derby Princess, Reflects on Manual/YPAS Counselors

Derby Princess Morgan Redmond

Morgan Redmond (above, second from right), Class of 2014, was named a Derby Princess and will attend more than 70 events during Derby Festival as an official ambassador. 

See a brief profile of Morgan and the other Princesses, and read more about the responsibilities of being in the Royal Court.

Morgan Redmond mentioned to volunteers of the Derby Festival that she might not be at the University of Chicago had it not been for YPAS Counselor Dennis Robinson. We followed up with Morgan to find out more. Read her moving account of her time at Manual/YPAS, the stress of figuring out her future, and how Mr. Robinson supported and guided her.

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Squash Team To Compete In National Championships

Manual Squash Team 2018

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.

Team roster:

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

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Science Fair Documentary Selected For 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Anjali Chadha

You may remember seeing a film crew at Manual last spring. Science Fair, a documentary film by Cristina Costantini, follows nine students from around the world on their journey to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). One of the nine ISEF-hopefuls followed in the film is Manual’s own Anjali Chadha (MST junior), pictured above. Science Fair was one of 110 films selected among the 14,000 Sundance submissions! The world premiere will be January 21st and 23rd in Park City, UT.

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Manual KYA Titled Outstanding Delegation

KYA17

The Kentucky Youth Assembly, better know as KYA, is the fall conference for the Manual Y Club. After months of writing, research, and debate, the club took over 100 students to attend this mock state legislature held at both the Kentucky State Capitol and the Crowne Plaza hotel on November 9-11th.

Each of the students assumes the role of a senator or representative, with a few students taking specialized roles, such as lobbyists, media, candidates, or as a part of the judicial portion.

The seven bills that we took to KYA did exceptionally well. Legislation is the primary focus of the conference, and our success in this area is one of the main reasons that we won the title of “Outstanding Delegation.”

The following bill sponsors deserve many accolades:

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2017-18 dMHS Reflections Award Winners

2017-18 Reflections Entries

Thank you to all of our students who participated in this year’s PTSA Reflections Art Contest. We had so many wonderfully creative and impressive projects turned in. Our judges truly had a tough time judging between these quality projects to determine who would be moving on to district.

Entries were judged on October 12, 2017, by volunteer judges from around our community who have expertise in each category. All projects were scored using a rubric provided by the district. All entries were separated and given their awards based on category, grade, and the rubric totals.

The arts categories are as follows: Literature, Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film/Video Production, and Music Composition. There is also a Special Artist Division (for our ECE students). We had a total of 94 projects submitted. There were a total of 66 projects who received awards in different categories. Only the 1st Place winners moved on to district for judging. The awards categories and total number of students receiving awards in those categories are as follows. 1st Place/Creative Interpretation (25), 2nd Place/Award of Excellence (13), 3rd Place/Award of Merit (13), and Honorable Mention (15).

Congratulations to the following awards winners:

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J+C Students In The National Spotlight

Break Your Silence

Congratulations to our J+C magnet on this well-deserved recognition by the National Scholastic Press Association and the international Columbia Scholastic Press Association:

NSPA finalist for Multimedia Story of the Year, Multimedia Feature
RedEye staff, “Red/White Week 2016,” Manual RedEye

NSPA finalist for Story of the Year, Opinion
Lucy Calderon, “Break Your Silence,” On The Record

NSPA finalist for Story of the Year, News
Harper Carlton, “You’re testing my limits,” On The Record

NSPA Design of the Year, Illustration
Emma Stephens, Opalescent illustration, One Blue Wall

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.

CSPA Crown Finalist, Literary Magazine
One Blue Wall

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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!!!!***

Within Reach Graphic

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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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