WISE Makes Science Fun for Bowen Elementary 5th Grade Girls

The 2017 WISE Expo was quite a success! From Ms. Kathy Fries, science teacher and Women In Science & Engineering club sponsor: “Manual WISE girls did an excellent job interacting with the 5th grade girls and facilitating the workshops: math games, Candy Crush (an engineering workshop that allowed the 5th grades to build structures out of gumdrops, marshmallows and toothpicks), chemistry lab (made a polymer from glue and borax similar to silly putty), and science bingo.”

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Key Club Members Compete at DCON

Key Club DCON 2017

Thirty of Manual’s Key Clubbers recently joined Key Club members from across the Kentucky-Tennessee District in Gatlinburg for the District Convention. Ms. Erin Moss, Key Club sponsor and science teacher, shared that students participated in leadership workshops and service projects, and got to see some of Gatlinburg. While there, three of our students ran for district office (Ayush Halder, Minh Phuc Tran, and Aafreen Shaik), but unfortunately were unsuccessful in their bid. Manual Key Club competed for recognition among the other clubs in various areas as did individual students.

Our many Manual Key Club winners are here:

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2017 Regional Science Fair Photos

The Regional Science Fair for Meyzeek and Manual students was held March 11 at Jefferson Community & Technical College. Over 300 students competed for Manual, requiring 200 judges and nearly 100 volunteers. Students who placed first or second in their category will proceed to state competition on April 1. According to Mr. Zwanzig, MST Magnet Coordinator:

“We are sending 49 projects to the State Science Fair. This is probably the strongest group of students we have ever sent to State. Any of them would win something if they made it to the International Science Fair. These kids are all truly amazing. There were some strong projects that unfortunately did not get sent to state because we are limited in how many we can send.”

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Senior Prom Information

Manual’s 2017 senior prom will be Saturday, May 13 from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM at The Olmsted (3701 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40207).

Ticket sales are Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 28th and will cost $45 for Manual seniors if purchased by April 21 and $50 after that. Tickets are $50 per person for any NON-SENIOR or NON-MANUAL GUEST (regardless of when the ticket is purchased). You MUST purchase guest tickets at the time you buy your own ticket.

All obligations (unpaid fees, etc.) have to be paid; your ILP and senior survey must be completed before purchasing prom tickets. The LAST day to purchase tickets is Friday, April 28.

See Q & A below:

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2nd Annual Growing the Mission Gala a Huge Success

On Saturday, March 4, The Crimson Mission, Inc. hosted the 2nd Annual Growing the Mission Gala at the historic Henry Clay Building in downtown Louisville. Over 300 Manual friends and family attended this year’s Gala.

Guests were engaged throughout the evening:

  • Entertainment was provided by incredibly talented Manual YPAS students Nick Koenig, Gabe Wiest, Hannah Wagers, Harin Oh, Colin Crothers, Brooke Lynch, Geda Miles, Jeremiah Potter, Sam Feinstein, Camron Gooden, and Ford Smith
  • Browsing and bidding on numerous silent auction items donated by generous Manual families and community friends led to friendly teasing about “upping the bid.”
  • Chances for the Red/Blue challenge were purchased to win an autographed basketball from UofL or UK. 
  • Two signature cocktails were created for the event: Tito’s Vodka and Jaegermeister each developed a cocktail specifically for the Gala. 

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Project Graduation Planning Underway, Volunteers Needed

Seniors and parents of seniors – don’t plan anything for graduation night! JCPS hasn’t set the date yet, but we want to get the word out about this awesome all night party on graduation night. This is a free party for all graduating seniors and is the last time the graduating class will all be together. The budget for the event is $18,000 and is totally free to the students! We do need lots of help and donations to make this party a success, so please think about getting involved in some way. You can learn more about the event here.

The Project Graduation Committee could use some help with the following positions:

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Scholarships and Opportunities: Week of February 27

Pratt Institute 2017 Summer PreCollege Program in Art

The Pratt Institute 2017 Summer PreCollege Program provides high school students with rigorous college level art, design and creative thinking courses, modeled after Pratt Institute’s undergraduate offerings. Classes are taught by Pratt faculty who are committed to sharing their expertise in the fields of art and design. Students enrolled in credit bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities. Participating students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the possibility of studying art, design, architecture, creative writing, or critical and visual studies at the college level.
  • Confirm that this is the subject you want to study in college.
  • Develop your skills through college-level coursework, using a variety of tools, materials, and techniques.
  • Develop a body of work for your portfolio for admission to college.
  • Meet other students who share your interests.
  • Get a preview of the college experience.

Click here for more information and to download application materials.

The Wooldridge Family Scholarship

This scholarship, valued at $250, is a one-time gift given to a duPont Manual/ YPAS graduating senior who will be attending a Christian University, Christian College or pursuing the ministry. The scholarship is in honor of Donald C. Wooldridge (Class of 1952) and presented by Larry A. Wooldridge (Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, Principal 2002-2013), Denise Wooldridge, Ian Wooldridge (Class of 2011), Andy Wooldridge (Class of 2012), and Riley Wooldridge. Interested applicants must submit a resume and an essay of 250 words or less detailing why they are attending a Christian school or pursuing the ministry. A committee will select an annual recipient and the award will be presented at the annual “duPont Manual Senior Award Night.”

Please submit your essay and resume to Mr. Robinson no later than the close of school on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

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Seniors: check name spelling for diplomas

Please stop by the Guidance Office before March 3rd to verify the spelling of your name as it is to appear on your diploma. There will be a lime green paper on which you need to sign off that your name is correct. This list will be used to send to the company printing the diplomas in 2 weeks.

Make sure everything that should be capitalized is capitalized and if you have accent marks, that they are in the correct place. Your name should match exactly the spelling on your BIRTH CERTIFICATE. Nothing on your birth certificate can be changed unless we have a legal name change on file in our office. Make any necessary corrections using a RED PEN. Sign off under Senior Signature that your name is correct because this is how it will appear on your DIPLOMA that you will have for the rest of your life.

If it states that you are missing paperwork, this means that we need the following legal documents:

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Scholarships and Opportunities: Week of February 20

Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival

Study this summer with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra! Held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College, one of America’s top 30 most beautiful college campuses (Travel and Leisure Magazine).

Seven program options:

  • Orchestra
  • Solo Performance
  • Symphonic Winds & Concert Band
  • Soloist’s Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Intensive
  • Piano
  • Opera Theatre

Private lessons, master classes, and faculty recitals with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra and other internationally-acclaimed musicians. Summer Music Camps in June and July – includes one, two, and four week sessions. Open to students at all skills levels.

The Solo Performance, Chamber Music Intensive, and Piano programs are by audition only.

Register online at philadelphiamusicfestival.org and click here for more info.

Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference

The Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference at the University of the South is just the place for aspiring authors, poets, and playwrights. For 23 years now the Conference—ranked as one of the top five such programs in the country—has played host to young writers ready to polish and perfect their literary work. The 2017 summer session runs July 2–15 on the scenic mountaintop campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Participants are rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade writers. Click here for more info. Application review will begin on February 27.

The Rotary Club of Louisville Speech Contest

The Rotary Club of Louisville is sponsoring a speech contest with cash prizes – win up to $2,200! Will accept up to six students and three of those will definitely win cash prizes. Please see the flyer here and complete the student form here. While public speaking can be challenging for many students, this is a very relaxed and friendly contest with only 4-6 people observing. Contact Karen Morrison, Speech Contest Coordinator, for more info.

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