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Two Northern Kentucky students among those honored by the Martin Luther King State Commission

Two Northern Kentucky students have been honored with awards by the Martin Luther King State Commission Winners of the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards included Leadership Awards to Edward Earl Taylor of Campbellsville and youth recipient Ricky Edwards of Louisville, and awards for art, essays, and poetry to students. Winners were announced via video on the annual holiday celebrating Dr. King’s...

Moyer Elementary School one of only 57 nationally to earn ESEA Distinguished School recognitions

Moyer Elementary School represents one of only 57 schools nationally to earn the distinction of becoming a 2020 National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”) Distinguished School. The award recognizes superior achievement in one of three categories: • Exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years, • Closing the achievement gap between student...

NKU honors Martin Luther King Jr. with Annual MLK Day of Service celebration on January 18

Northern Kentucky University celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual Day of Community Service on Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. The virtual event continues NKU’s rich history of service and engagement. More than 1,500 members of the campus community have honored Dr. King by volunteering and giving back to the region over the past two years. Given the constraints of...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet sets Feb. 1 deadline for $51,000 engineering scholarships

High school and college students interested in becoming a civil engineer should apply now for one of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s $51,000 scholarships. Since 1948, the Kentucky Transportation Civil Engineering Scholarship Program has provided about 80 scholarship openings each year that are filled with new and returning students to improve the overall engineering expertise within the Transportation...

Thanks to Dolly and an amazing collaboration of Campbell Public Library and schools, kids get books

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Imagine this – a most perfect collaboration across multiple districts in Campbell County that pays off in the most amazing ways. It makes for a great story if it were put into a book, but the best part is, it’s real – a fairy tale come to life, as a collaborative of five school districts and the Campbell County Public Library sends 2800 new books every month...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs looking for staff for summer residential program at NKU; apply here

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) is hiring staff for the 2021 residential program for Kentucky high school students from May 31 to June 26 on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. Candidates should apply online here. All positions are paid, and room and meals are provided. “GSE is a prestigious residential program where creative, free-thinking high school students are empowered...

NKU starts spring semester with its second Student Success Summit on student creativity and more

Northern Kentucky University begins the spring semester with its second annual Student Success Summit, a program focused on celebrating and exploring ways to support students creatively. This year’s theme focuses on the concept of CARE: Creativity, Appreciation, Resiliency and Engagement. “NKU has embodied these four elements for over five decades now, and this was especially true during the past...

KCTCS suspends presidential search amid pandemic; Czarapata serves in interim

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is ending the search for the next president of for the time being. The search committee completed its work and the KCTCS Board of Regents had selected four finalists. The next step of the process was to conduct in-person interviews, which were planned for later this month. Given the current situation regarding COVID-19 cases and the uncertain...

Jacqueline Coleman: Work Ready Scholarship will fast-track Kentuckians from classroom to career

As lieutenant governor, secretary of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, educator and mom, I believe every Kentuckian has the right to a world class education and high quality job training. We must do better to provide all Kentuckians the opportunity of transformational change – to attain a meaningful career, support their families, break the cycle of poverty and prosper. Removing...

Local author and retired NKU professor Stephen Leigh’s new sci-fi books to hit shelves in February

By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Retired Northern Kentucky University professor and current author Stephen Leigh is releasing a new book, Amid the Crowd of Stars, about cultural conflict and infection in February.  When he was writing the novel, he didn’t know how his book would parallel the current COVID-19 pandemic. “I kind of realized toward the end of writing this thing that, to some...

Kentucky Commissioner of Education: How to talk to students about January 6 — it’s a teachable moment

By Jason E. Glass Commission of Education Throughout the course of my education career, I have engaged in numerous discussions on how and if schools should discuss and teach controversial topics with students. Those arguing against taking on difficult and political issues in schools usually see the purpose of public education narrowly. One of these views is that schools exist to teach students essential...

Karen Cheser announces retirement as superintendent of Fort Thomas public schools

In her fourth year leading one of the highest-performing school districts in Kentucky and the surrounding region, Dr. Karen Cheser announced that she will retire as superintendent on June 30, the last day of the 2020-2021 academic year. “In Fort Thomas, we truly have the best and the brightest, not only in our classrooms and hallways but with community support that is second to none,” Dr. Cheser...

Newport schools nurse practitioner Liz Tanner is first to receive COVID vaccine, wanted to set example

Newport Independent Schools’ Nurse Practitioner Liz Tanner has become the district’s first employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Tanner, who operates the Newport Independent School-Based Health Clinic at Newport Intermediate School, received the vaccine last week at The Christ Hospital Health Network on Auburn Avenue in Cincinnati. She serves on staff as a Nurse Practitioner at the Christ Hospital...

Thomas More University is subject of Behringer-Crawford’s NKY History Hour with Dave Schroeder

Thomas More University has undergone numerous transformations since its founding a century ago. Begun as a teachers’ college for women by the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1921, Northern Kentucky’s first institution of higher education has expanded its curriculum, gone co-educational, moved to Covington and then Crestview Hills and gained a national reputation. Join Dave Schroeder, executive...

Gateway student Arie Sanchez wants to advocate for immigration, racial justice, promote inclusion

By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Second-year Gateway Community & Technical College social work student Arie Sanchez is passionate about social justice. When she enters the social work field, she wants to advocate for immigration rights, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ rights and equality. She particularly wants to work with and advocate for children, a group she said is especially vulnerable....