PTSA Wins Membership, Website Awards At 15th District PTA Banquet

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!).

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Orchestra Receives Top Honors at NYC Festival

NYC Heritage Festival awards

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).

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Debate Club Fares Well at State Championships Despite Seeding & Bracketing Errors

dMHS Debate Teamssubmitted 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:

School Results

duPont Manual High School – Reserve State Champion School

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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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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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Good Clothes Good People Seeking Paint Donations


Good Clothes Good People (GCGP) Corporation is a Louisville-based non-profit organization founded by former and current Manual students working to provide adequate resources to those in need.

With the help of our VA students, GCGP aims to use artistry to reinvent old, donated dumpsters to create colorful, reflective, and attractive bins to collect clothing donations for the benefit of both our school (in partnership with the PTSA CAP committee) and our local community.

According to senior Zebeeb Nuguse, they are seeking donations of paint for the bins. Acrylic paint is preferable, but house paint is welcome as well, so if you have any partially-used cans sitting around that you would be willing to donate, please contact Zebeeb to arrange drop off. 

They hope to begin the project next Wednesday, Sept 27, so please respond by then if possible; however, donations will be accepted any time. 

If you don’t have paint to contribute but would like to support this wonderful cause, monetary donations or gift cards to a paint store are welcome as well!

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Be “In the Know” On The PTSA Communications Team

Are you interested in serving, but your schedule doesn’t allow you to physically attend meetings/events on campus, or be available at specific times during the day? Do you wish you knew more about what is happening at Manual/YPAS? We have several open positions on the PTSA Board:

Communications Chair

  • Attend monthly PTSA meetings OR read minutes to learn about school-related news, activities, events, etc.
  • Coordinate (with content contributors) obtaining information from magnet programs, school staff, etc. and write/edit/format content as needed
  • Alert volunteer photographers of PTSA/school events and ensure photos are stored on PTSA drive and accessible to Historian/4th VP
  • Assist Digital News and Social Media Coordinator(s) as needed
  • This position is strongly supported by the 4th VP (Executive Board) and will hopefully transition into that role the following year

Digital News Coordinator(s)

  • Monitor PTSA E-news Gmail account for submissions and create draft blog posts in WordPress app
  • Compile weekly draft of Manual POST e-newsletter in MailChimp

Social Media Coordinator(s)

  • Work with Communications Team to post regular updates to PTSA Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram channels in accordance with communications strategy
  • Monitor school/club social media posts and share/re-post as appropriate
  • Respond to questions posted in Facebook group when possible, or tag appropriate people

No experience is necessary other than a willingness to learn and some level of comfort with technology. If you would like to discuss any of these roles, please contact Delene Taylor.

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Welcome YPAS Counselor Kevin Fowler

Kevin FowlerI recently reached out to our new counselors, Kevin Fowler and Amy Meeron, and asked them to share a bit about themselves. From Mr. Fowler:

I am so excited to have the chance to serve the duPont Manual community as the new counselor of YPAS. While I am new to the role at YPAS, I am not new to the Manual experience. I have a son who graduated from the piano magnet and another son currently in the band magnet at YPAS. I will certainly draw on my experiences as a Manual parent as I support students and their families in this outstanding high school.

As a “Louisvillian” my entire life, I am also a proud graduate of the Jefferson County Public Schools. I graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park High School where I participated in the band program and performed in three musicals: Grease, West Side Story, and Camelot. While performing in the role of King Arthur, I had a fantastic meeting with Richard Harris who just happened to be starring in the role of King Arthur for the Broadway production when it made a tour stop in Louisville. Mr. Harris allowed our cast to meet him back stage after his performance – an incredible WOW moment in my life.

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2017-18 Registration Information

Registration Graphic

Mark your calendars:

Aug 2
8:00-9:00am Sophomores A-L
9:30-10:30am Sophomores M-Z
12:00-12:45pm Juniors A-L
12:45-1:30pm Juniors M-Z
2:00-2:45pm Seniors A-L
2:45-3:30pm Seniors M-Z

Aug 3
8:00-9:00am Freshmen A-F
9:30-10:30am Freshman G-L
12:00-1:00pm Freshman M-R
1:30-2:30pm Freshman S-Z

August 10 is the makeup day for ALL GRADES, 9:00 am-noon in the Senior Cafeteria  (only for students that are out of town on assigned date)

Students must adhere to assigned days and times; however, parent(s)/appointed person may register student.

Senior Parking Pass Pickup will be August 10 9:00 am-noon in the Senior Cafeteria

Crimson & Ram Cards will be for sale at Manual during all class registrations. Below are the specific details about each.

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