Lexington Family News – May 2021

Hoops to homeroom

Jocelyn Mills, a former University of Kentucky women’s basketball player, has been named the new principal of Carter G. Woodson Preparatory Academy. She started her new role just before spring break. The next new specialized elementary in Lexington is expected to open in fall 2021. It is an elementary extension of the all-male academy for middle and high school students by the same name, which is housed within Frederick Douglass on Winchester Road.

Liberty teacher finalist for international award

Lucia Fraile, the third grade dual language immersion teacher at Liberty Elementary, is among three finalists for the 2021 Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Education Office of Spain to the United States and Canada. To participate in this contest, Fraile organized a virtual intercultural event with students at Liberty and their peers from Sevilla, Spain. More than 200 students participated – interacting and conversing in English and Spanish and sharing their talents and hobbies.

Search for a new FCPS Superintendent

Fayette County Public Schools is searching nationwide for a new school superintendent. At the end of April, the Superintendent Screening Committee began reviewing the leading prospects for consideration in the first round of interviews, which are expected to take place in May. Only finalists will be publicly announced, and the community will have an opportunity to engage with candidates at that time.

Speech champs

The Kentucky District of the National Speech & Debate Association has selected Lindsey Guilford, a senior at Henry Clay High School, as 2021 District Student of the Year. Her coach, Ryan Ray, nominated his speech team captain for this award, citing Lindsey’s strong academic record, speech/debate accomplishments, local theater roles, and leadership qualities.Henry Clay also received the District Plaque and won the Debate Sweepstakes.

YoYo Sensation

Stoney Mack is a 7th grader at Edith J. Hayes and a yo-yo expert. Mack appeared on FOX network’s Game of Talents in April. Mack has more than 90,000 followers on Instagram and his videos have over 1 million views.His father, Ron Mack, a former University of Kentucky football player, was the one who first bought Stoney a yoyo at the beginning of the pandemic.

2021 AllSports Camp

The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall AllSports Camp is an all-day action-packed adventure in sports. Swimming, tennis, volleyball, frisbee golf, basketball, archery, pickleball and soccer are some of the sports on the schedule. Downtime activities such as crafts and free swim break up the day, especially if it is hot. The camp is geared for children, ages 6-13, looking for experience in a wide variety of sports and activities.

Parents’ Night Out

Parents’ Night Out is happening on Saturday, May 8 at the Hamburg YMCA from 4:30-7:30 pm. Ages 12 and under. Register online, in-person, or call the Y.

UK Commencement

UK’s Commencement Ceremonies are happening in-person at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center on the weekend of Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16. Each participating graduate can bring up to FOUR (4) guests to their ceremony. The in-person ceremonies will be live-streamed to the UK Commencement website as well as the virtual ceremony page for any student or guest who cannot attend to watch. May 2021 graduates along with May, August, and December 2020 graduates are invited to participate. August 2021 graduates are invited to participate as well, but they may choose to participate in December 2021 Commencement instead.



This article also appears on page 9 of the May 2021 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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