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Demand for after-school, summer learning programs on the rise as parents look to reduce screen time

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A new survey finds eight in 10 Kentucky parents say afterschool programs could help their child combat social and mental-health struggles by reducing unproductive screen time. Experts say demand for these types of programs has increased in the Commonwealth. Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance Jodi Grant said after-school programs often are understaffed...

ACT report shows grade inflation a systemic problem in U.S. high schools

A new report from ACT, the nonprofit organization that administers the ACT college readiness exam, finds evidence of grade inflation in high school seniors’ GPAs between 2010 and 2021. The average high school GPA increased 0.19 grade points, from 3.17 in 2010 to 3.36 in 2021, with the greatest grade inflation occurring between 2018 and 2021. “Grade inflation is real, it is widespread, and it weakens...

Newport Central Catholic Class of 2022 earns $4.7 million in scholarships to date

The Newport Central Catholic Class of 2022, 75 percent of the graduates, earned approximately $4.7 million in college scholarships. Of the school’s 57 graduates which includes two foreign exchange students, 98 percent plan to continue their education by attending 11 different colleges and universities, one graduate will enter the United States Air Force and one will enter the military ROTC program...

Gateway Foundation adds three new board members: Shannon Schumacher, Julie McGregor, Will Weber

Gateway Community & Technical College’s Foundation Board has approved the nomination of three new Board Members: • Shannon Schumacher of Horan, • Julie McGregor of St. Elizabeth, and • Will Weber of Southbank Partners. The Gateway Foundation is a private 501(c)3 organization founded in 2003. The Foundation’s mission is to advance Gateway through fundraising and partnerships with...

CovCath’s Nicholas Prospero earns writing award from National Council of Teachers of English

Nicholas Prospero, a junior at Covington Catholic High School, has been selected for a 2022 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). He is the only Kentuckian honored by the organization. Nicholas Prospero (Photo provided) The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students to...

Get ready to Dive into Summer Reading at Campbell County Public Library; read great books, win prizes

Summer Reading is setting sail at the Campbell County Public Library, and it’s packed with fun activities and giveaways all June and July. This year’s theme, Dive into Reading, is all about oceans, sea creatures and beachside fun. Kickoff details The program kicks off Saturday, June 4 with registration opening at 9 a.m. at the Cold Spring, Carrico/Fort Thomas and Newport branches; Alexandria opens...

Four Northern Kentucky educators selected for 2022 CPE Academic Leadership Development Institute

The Council on Postsecondary Education on Tuesday announced the fourth cadre of its Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) program, which aims to prepare minority faculty and staff members for leadership roles in Kentucky higher education. The 24 participants were chosen from Kentucky’s public universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. “We have a strong group...

NKU’s Institute of Health Innovation names winners of Idea Challenge: Growing the Healthcare Workforce

Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Health Innovation hosted Idea Challenge: Growing the Health Care Workforce. The challenge was designed to identify innovative solutions to address the current and looming shortage of healthcare workers by either sustaining them in their occupation or boosting entry into the field. “Pre-pandemic, almost half of U.S. physicians exhibited signs of burnout,...

Thomas More University graduates 340 students, honors students, faculty, confers honorary doctorate

In a break from the walk-through in-person ceremonies Thomas More University held during the height of the pandemic, 2022 marked the first traditional ceremony since 2019. The University honored their newest alumni with a day of commencement fun, as more than 340 students gathered in the Connor Convocation Center with family and friends in attendance to celebrate their hard work. “This community...

Voices from the Classroom: A message for Class of 2022, ‘Believe in who you are, where you come from’

By Chris Wright Dayton High School As the Assistant Principal at Dayton High School, I have the opportunity to end each of our school days by delivering our afternoon announcements. Essentially, I can deliver any message I want to end our day and I go with “believe in who you are and where you come from.” Chris Wright and his son Truth be told, I have borrowed and combined two different phrases...

‘Great partner’ NKU to host Governor’s annual summer School for Entrepreneurs through 2026

Northern Kentucky University and the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) have extended their partnership to host the annual summer program at NKU through 2026. The new agreement allows NKU to host the three-week residential program on the Highland Heights campus, while also continuing year-round collaboration to build the entrepreneurial spirit in students throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. “We...

CovCath’s ‘Housecats’ robotics team, one of five, takes 2nd place in VEX Robotics World Tournament

Five Robotics teams from Covington Catholic High School competed in the VEX Robotics World Tournament in Dallas with over 800 teams from across the country and several foreign countries in attendance, representing over 15,000 high school teams who competed throughout the season. One CovCath team, “The Housecats,” finished in second place overall at the World Tournament. Another NKY team from Ignite...

Ignite Institute’s Robitics teams captures world championship title at VEX competition in Dallas

IGNITE Institute’s Robotics team 38141B VEX Pibotics team is the World Champion in ROBOTICS. The competition held in Dallas, Texas over the weekend is the largest robotics competition in the world. Out of 20,000 registered teams only 818 from 40 countries were selected for the world competition. Team 38141B VEX “PiBotics” from Ignite Institute went 10-0 in Round-Robin Qualification matches....

Covington’s Sixth District school to get new principal: now assistant, Joe Moran

Sixth District Elementary School in Covington will have a new leader next school year. Joe Moran, who now serves as the school’s assistant principal, will be the principal of the school. He replaces Brian Walz, who is retiring after 27 years in education. Walz said Moran is an excellent choice for the job. Joe Moran “Mr. Moran’s work ethic is incredible and his willingness to go above and...

Duke Energy, Norm and Lisa Desmarais honored at Gateway to Greatness Awards program

Gateway Community & Technical College will honor Duke Energy, and Normand and Lisa Desmarais at the Gateway to Greatness Awards Luncheon starting at noon today at Odd Fellows Hall in Covington. Duke Energy was selected for the recognition due to the company’s long-standing partnership with the College and its support of the Lineworker Technician Certificate Program, the Northern Kentucky’s...