Annual science fair canceled

The 2021 Kentucky American Water and FCPS District Science Fair is canceled due to the surge of positive cases and rate of COVID-19 spread. Postponing the local contests (slated for Feb. 13) would not have allowed sufficient time before the next stage of competition, and a virtual event was not feasible because of the logistical challenges, technology equity, and limited timeframe.

FCPS district office relocates

Fayette County Public Schools moved its district office operations from 701 E. Main St. to 450 Park Place in Lexington.

FCPS School Board welcomes two new faces in 2021

Former teacher Amanda “Amy” Green won the District 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education, and former principal Tom Jones secured the District 3 spot in the Nov. 3 election. Board member Christy Morris was unopposed for the District 1 seat.

New, all-male public elementary school expected to open in 2021

Lexington’s newest specialized elementary school is expected to open in fall 2021. The new Carter G. Woodson Preparatory Academy would offer grades K-5 solely for male students. The existing academy, which opened in 2012, is housed at Frederick Douglas High School.

FFA member from Hayes places in national creed contest

Seventh grader Mia Marin Mackliff of Edythe J. Hayes Middle School placed fifth in Spanish Creed Speaking at the 2020 Virtual Leadership Development, which consists of memorizing the FFA Creed, reciting it to the judges in the contestant’s unique manner, and answering questions about the creed.


Henry Clay Volleyball earns awards

The Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association (KVCA) selected Henry Clay High School’s Abby Shadwick as Ms. Kentucky Volleyball, which awards her as the top player for 2020. Henry Clay’s volleyball coach Dale Grupe was also selected as KVCA Coach of the Year for 2020. Abby is the first recipient from Henry Clay and only the second from a public school.

Liberty girls lead way in 6U cross-country state meet

The Liberty Elementary girls placed third in the 2020 KTCCCA 6th & U Cross Country State Championship. In the girls’ 3K, the team from Edythe J. Hayes Middle School came in fifth. In the boys’ race, the Hayes team finished sixth and the Liberty team was seventh.

Middle school football championship

Top-seeded Edythe J. Hayes defeated No. 2 Crawford 38-8 for the 2020 FCPS middle school football championship, which marked its fifth consecutive playoffs title

Top Kentucky track and cross country individuals from FCPS

The Kentucky Track & Cross Country Coaches Association sponsored the November competition. The top individuals from Fayette County Public Schools were Joel Frese of Hayes, who placed fifth in the boys’ field, and Sophia Anderson of Hayes, who was 11th among the girls.


Partners for Youth’s Grassroots Grant Allocations Program

Partners for Youth’s Grassroots Grant Allocations Program awards money to programs in Fayette County that provide positive youth programming opportunities for young people. It is designed to assist small, hands-on grassroots programs, and is not a source for large grants. Applications open in December.

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem at UK is a chapter of a national community driven by passionate college student leaders in support of children through and beyond a parent’s cancer.



This article also appears on page 12 of the December 2020 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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