#ThankATeacher Win For Manual

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Thanks to a submission by Min Jiang, Manual was selected as a 1st place winner in the National PTA #ThankATeacher Contest sponsored by Google Express. We received credits worth up to $2,500 to order goodies to stock our teacher lounges. Among the things we were able to add to both the Manual and YPAS lounges:

  • Keurig coffee maker, storage drawers, and large supply of K-cups
  • Toaster oven
  • Sandwich grill
  • Electric kettle
  • Handheld vacuum
  • Charging station
  • Boxes and boxes of snacks, some of which are pictured below

The PTSA is separately working on getting the carpet replaced in the main teacher’s lounge as it is aged and needs replacing.

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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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We Need YOU! PTSA Seeks Board Members

Our PTSA is completely volunteer driven and our success is due to those who generously give their time and talents to our organization. If you take a minute to view the video produced by J+C junior Olivia Evans here, and the slide show produced by HSU Senior Austin Kline here, you will begin to understand the vital role we serve within the Manual community.

We have two positions left to fill for next school year:

Communications Chair

  • Attends monthly PTSA meetings OR reads minutes to learn about school-related news, activities, events, etc.
  • Coordinates (with content contributors) obtaining information from magnet programs, school staff, etc. and writes/edits/formats content as needed
  • Alerts volunteer photographers of PTSA/school events and ensures photos are stored on PTSA drive and accessible to Historian/4th VP
  • Assists Digital News and Social Media Coordinators as needed
  • This position is strongly supported by the 4th VP (Executive Board) and will hopefully transition into that role the following year

Social Media Coordinator(s)

  • Works closely with Communications Team to post/re-post updates to PTSA social media channels (can choose Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or multiple)

Email Trish Kline of your interest.

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Manual Legend Skip Zwanzig Retiring After 32 Years

Skip Zwanzig's Quantum Leap

It is hard to imagine MST without Mr. Zwanzig. He is known for his dedication to and impact on MST, Manual, and his students. All are invited to Mr. Zwanzig’s Retirement Celebration on Tuesday, May 23 from 6:00-7:30pm in the auditorium. Donations are suggested to enable Mr. Zwanzig to “make the leap” and return part-time next fall. Please feel free to share this link with those who want to be part of the celebration and congratulate him.

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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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