Recent YPAS graduate wins state Award of Excellence for dance choreography

YPAS graduate wins state Award of Excellence for dance choreography … via @courierjournal Congrats, Haylee, for your national Award of Excellence! And congrats to the other JCPS students who made it to national!

Manual Together PTSA Logo Shirts Now Available

Manual Together…Now More Than Ever!

Love the awesome new PTSA logo designed by Manual VA senior Dacia Berry? You can now wear it proudly!

Various styles, colors and sizes are available for purchase:


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SBDM Election Update

After much research, consideration and discussion, we moved to an online voting system to elect our SBDM parent representative, in order 1) to encourage stronger participation by providing a more convenient method, since we had almost no voters physically showing up in person to vote with the paper ballot system in prior years, and 2) to be more eco-friendly.

Recent input from Dr. Shawna StentonSBDM Specialist with JCPS, has led us to revisit this choice for the current election. Therefore, we are extending the voting period, and reverting to in-person paper ballots

Ballots will be accepted at the following times/locations:

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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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Crimson Mission Gala

Crimson Mission Gala Cakes

The Crimson Mission, Inc. will host the 3rd annual Growing the Mission Gala, on March 10 at the Mellwood Arts Center. The Gala brings together alumni, parents, former parents and friends of Manual to celebrate our rich history, and to raise money to fund projects that will enhance students’ academic and extra-curricular experience. Read all about last year’s event here and check out the photos here.

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Manual Alum Named Derby Princess, Reflects on Manual/YPAS Counselors

Derby Princess Morgan Redmond

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. 

See a brief profile of Morgan and the other Princesses, and read more about the responsibilities of being in the Royal Court.

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.

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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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