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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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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PTA/PTSA Scholarships

2017 PTSA ECE/GAP Scholarship

The duPont Manual High School PTSA is awarding a special $600 scholarship to a graduating GAP or ECE student. To be considered, student MUST be a graduating senior in good standing from duPont Manual High School, a member in good standing of the duPont Manual PTSA, and considered to be a GAP (underrepresented or having to overcome obstacles to success) or ECE student.

Click here for more details and to apply. The deadline is March 17, 2017.

15th District PTSA scholarships

The 15th District PTSA (of which duPont Manual High School is a member in good standing) is offering Evangeline J. Sansome Scholarships. We will not know the dollar amount or number of scholarships being given out until April 2017. In the past it has averaged around $1,700 and generally around 10-18 scholarships. To be eligible, students must be graduating seniors attending a high school in Jefferson County whose PTSA is a unit of the Kentucky Congress of Parents and Teachers. This link will take you to the application. The scholarship goes towards tuition only. The deadline is March 15, 2017.

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Help Needed For Red/White Week!

Red White Week

Red/White week, which leads up to the Manual/Male football game and the Battle for the Barrel, is full of great activities. We need YOU to be a part of the fun and help our students have a fantastic week. We specifically need volunteers to help chaperone and decorate the halls this Friday evening, and to help with the mini-olympics/field day events next Thursday, 10/20. Click here to sign up:

Please contact Leslye Arnett or Missy Smith with any questions.

And don’t forget:


This year Manual and Male will collect pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House to see who brings in the most items for this worthy charity. Please place your donations in bins at school entrances between now and Game Day, October 21.

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PTSA General Meeting Reminder

Please plan to attend the general meeting at 6:00pm tomorrow in the Manual auditorium, right before Open House begins. On the agenda to speak is Principal Jerry Mayes, PTSA President Robin Weiss, and special guest WDRB morning news anchor Candyce Clifft. We will also be voting on this proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year. If you have questions about the budget, please email Treasurer Beth Brown and copy

No time to eat dinner before heading over school? No worries! Starting shortly after 5:00pm, your PTSA will be selling warm Chick-fil-A sandwiches, packaged with a bag of chips, Grandma’s cookies, and a bottle of water, for $7.00 each. We have a limited quantity, so come prepared with cash and stop by our table right outside the auditorium before you head in. All proceeds will go toward funding the *priceless* benefits and programs offered by the best PTSA in Kentucky!

Hope to see everyone there!

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Marching Band Spotlight

Join the Crimson Sound Marching Band for Dinner:

Monday Sept. 5th at Blaze Pizza in St. Matthews, 5pm-9pm
*Must bring this flyer or show it on your phone.

Our new trailer has been a great asset to our growing music program! We are looking for sponsors who would like to advertise their company on the front panel and help the Fund the Trailer campaign! For more info, contact band Booster President Jenny Riddick.

Interested in marching or pep band? Contact Mr. Gregory.

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Spotlight: Campus Life

Campus Life

Where: Room 339

When: Thursdays until 4:00pm

Open to: All students

Info: Aaron Morris

Campus Life High School ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools. Students in Campus Life build positive relationships with their peers, mentors, and Christ. Meetings are held in room 339 after school on Thursday and go until 4:00. Students from all walks of life and backgrounds are welcome and will find food, fellowship, and fun.

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Manual Debate Team Shines in China

Robert Watson and Anthony Survance won the inaugural U.S. Sister Cities Youth Debate Challenge in Chengdu earlier this summer. The topic for the debate was “With the Scientific Development, E-books will Replace Printed Books”. The event included students from Chengdu and its four sister cities in the U.S.: Phoenix, Honolulu, San Francisco and Louisville.

While this is an exciting achievement in itself, the two were also singled out for their experience, skill, and leadership, and asked to help their Chinese counterparts improve their English and debating skills.

Watch the video here.

dMHS Debate Winner

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