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:
The 2017-18 Reflections Art Program for DuPont Manual would like to congratulate our students who are this year’s district winners of this outstanding art contest. They celebrated their honors at a banquet on December 14, 2017. We have amazing students with such wonderful talents and they are so deserving of their awards.
Congrats to those honored at the district level:
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
Manual’s Advanced Certamen team recently won the State Championship for the fifth year in a row. This year they defeated Covington Latin School and Louisville Classical Academy in the final round. “I especially enjoy it when they beat teams with ‘Latin’ in the school name,” said Ms. Shiroma, sponsor.
The freshman team placed 2nd in their division, so the win streak will hopefully continue!
Governor’s Cup, founded in 1986 as a way to promote, reward and recognize outstanding academic achievement, is the state’s premier academic event, involving over 20,000 students, nearly 1,200 schools, and thousands of coaches, administrators, parents and community leaders. It consists of 8 events:
- Five Written Assessment Examinations – in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and Arts/Humanities
- Composition – On-Demand Writing
- Quick Recall
- Future Problem Solving – an award-winning creative thinking competition
At the District competition in January, Manual placed 1st in Quick Recall, 1st in Future Problem Solving, and 1st in overall number of points. Manual students scored 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in almost all of the Written Assessment categories – it was a sweep!
Manual dominated again at the recent Governor’s Cup Regionals, taking 1st place overall with 68.5 points, with J. Graham Brown a distant 2nd place with 13.5 points.
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.
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.