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Boone County High School senior finds a career after summer internship with Reigler Blacktop

By Charley Wayman Building Industry Association Devin Wilson is a senior at Boone County High School and a student in the Introduction to Skilled Trades Program at the Enzweiler Building Institute. Wilson is a curious teenager who often asks questions that others would not, giving him a reputation for being thoughtful and eager to dig deeper for a better understanding of the world around him. When...

University of Kentucky’s Carl Bradley is Mid America CropLife Association Educator of the Year

The University of Kentucky’s Carl Bradley was recently named the Educator of the Year by the Mid America CropLife Association. MACA president Paul Edsten, left, presents UK’s Carl Bradley with the association’s Educator of the Year Award at its annual conference in Indianapolis. Photo provided by MACA. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions...

Voices from Classroom: As a morning monitor at Dixie, I am going to channel the ‘Handshake Guy’

By Jennifer Henry Dixie Heights High School This school year, my assigned morning duty is to monitor the main entrance of Dixie Heights High School from 7:20 to 7:50 and greet the approximately 1,300 students that file through the doors into the Commons. As far as duties go, this is a sweet gig — and pretty easy. Except, as the days pass, I have become a bit unsettled.  
  When the school...

NKU’s Pres. Vaidya shares fall highlights with Board of Regents; ‘student success’ is focus of all efforts

Northern Kentucky University’s President Ashish Vaidya shared NKU highlights during his remarks at the Sept. 11 Board of Regent’s meeting. Regents were pleased to hear the many accomplishments this fall, including an update on the Success by Design strategic framework that identified the university’s singular focus on advancing student success aligned with the needs of the region. President Vaidya...

Covington schools opens District Enrollment Center; makes it easier to register children in one-stop spot

Covington Independent Public Schools has opened its District Enrollment Center so that parents/guardians can register all their children at the same time and place.

 Becky Koch The enrollment center also provides one-stop service to families seeking resources and information for students in kindergarten through 12th grades.
 “With the needs of families in mind, our primary goal of the District...

NKU grad Kristin Steuber worked her way through school waiting tables, now invites you to The Gruff

By Kaileigh Peyton NKU Magazine Kristin Steuber (’03) found serving people rewarding when she worked her way through NKU waiting tables, but the journalism and marketing major didn’t expect her career to ultimately land her in the restaurant business. But now more than 15 years later, she and her husband, Avram — a professionally trained chef — own The Gruff, a vibrantly colored, family-friendly...

Energy from students to fuel success of Ignite Institute; envisioned as region’s workforce pipeline

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Friday’s ribbon cutting at the Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center in Erlanger marked the culmination of a leap of faith more than five years in the making. Gov. Matt Bevin joined educators, elected officials and business leaders from throughout the region at the ceremony. Classes actually began at the Ignite Institute a few weeks ago, but Friday’s...

School news: CovLatin, CovCath have National Merit winners; St. Henry’s Maloney gets teacher award

Covington Latin School senior Joey Sodergren has been named a 2020 National Merit Semifinalist. Approximately 16,000 high school seniors nationwide are recognized as Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States. Joey Sondergren These individuals are selected as Semifinalists based on their score on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship...

KY public schools see decline in per-student funding; must make up difference locally or cut programs

Public News Service State funding per student in Kentucky is on the decline with consequences for local school districts and communities, according to an analysis by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Ashley Spaulding, the center’s senior policy analyst, says the state education budget includes both state and federal dollars, and that the state’s portion of that funding has decreased...

Innovative new school in Erlanger building donated by Toyota ignites interests of students, teachers

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Its mission has changed, but this is still a laboratory. Brian Noll, assistant principal of Ignite Institute, talks with a student in a collaboration area at the school in which several classes can work simultaneously. (Photo by Mike Marsee) What once was an industrial facility has been reborn as an educational laboratory at which educators have designed a different...

Covington Partners celebrates 20 years with gala at Madison honoring distinguished individuals

The Covington Partners Goes Platinum 20th Anniversary Gala, hosted by Chuck and Julie Geisen Scheper, Kurt and Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer, and Dr. Janice Wilkerson, will take place on Friday, September 27, at The Madison Event Center in Covington. Presented by the Chuck and Julie Geisen Scheper Fund, the gala will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, awards, a short presentation,...

Ryle High School marching band to host annual Tournament of Bands on September 21

Sixteen marching bands from across the region will be coming to Union on September 21 to compete in the annual Ryle High School Tournament of Bands (RTOB). This Kentucky Music Educators Association-sanctioned tournament has become one of the most respected band competitions in the region. According to Joe Craig, Ryle’s Director of Bands: “The Larry A. Ryle High School Tournament of Bands continues...

Thomas More sets inauguration (and celebration activities) for Joseph L. Chillo as 15th president

Thomas More University will hold the official inauguration of its 15th President Joseph L. Chillo on September 25 at 3 p.m. But inauguration events will start on September 20 at 7 p.m. at Great American Ball Park. The Reds meet the Mets and President Chillo will be throwing out the first pitch. Purchase deadline for tickets is Sept. 18. Click here to purchase. TMU President Joseph L. Chillo There...

Regional universities join forces to create new ‘University of Southern Kentucky’ in Somerset

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s regional public universities have now joined forces to offer classes at the new University Center of Southern Kentucky, located on the campus of Somerset Community College. EKU President Michael Benson and Somerset Community College President Carey Castle sign a memorandum of agreement. (EKU photo)The University Center of Southern Kentucky, or UCSK,...

State’s school districts want to make sure all of Kentucky’s kids are counted during 2020 census

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky school districts want to make sure their students are counted when the 2020 census begins in April. Educators are gearing up to spread the word to parents and communities about the counting of every resident in the nation. Michelle Elison, a Louisville-based partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, says children are the largest undercounted...