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Education

  • Durr likes being behind the camera

    The Youth Performance Award winner for January is Cody Rose Durr, a senior at Grant County High School.

    Durr, 17, is the daughter of Douglas and Charla Durr of Dry Ridge.

    She has three brothers, Andrew, 14, an eighth grader at Grant County Middle School, Chad, 21, who attends Northern Kentucky University and DeWayne, a bus driver for Kenton County Schools.

  • Ray earns first diamond degree of membership

    Ryan Ray, an English teacher at Grant County High School, has earned a first diamond degree of membership in the National Forensic League.

    Ray serves as the coach of Grant County High School speech and drama team.

    On attaining a total of 1,500 points, coaches are entitled to wear a diamond-set NFL key or pin; additional diamonds accrue at 3,000, 6,000, 10,000 and each 3,000 points thereafter. The minimum time for each diamond is five years as an NFL member coach.

  • Are you eligible for the National School Lunch Program?

    Q: Who qualifies for free or reduced lunch in the schools?  How does this program work?

    A:  If your family is facing financial difficulties, your children may be eligible for free or reduced-cost meals at school.  With today’s economy, a rising number of students can qualify for meal assistance at school.

  • Friendship Foundation donates to Special Olympics

    Members of the Friendship Foundation at Williamstown High School recently donated nearly $200 to the Grant County Special Olympics.The group gave 50 percent of the proceeds from a dance they held for middle school students.

    Friendship Foundation, a student group at WHS, will be holding several other upcoming fundraisers, including an elementary school dance, to help raise $2,100 to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge in February in Lexington.

  • Caldwell selected December YPA winner

    Kara Caldwell knows what it takes to be selected for a Youth Performance Award.

    As a member of the YPA committee at Williamstown High School, the 18-year-old senior has helped choose among deserving nominees.

    But, Caldwell was surprised to learn she had been picked as the December YPA winner.

    “It feels pretty good,” she said. “It means a lot. It means that I have the qualities that people say you need.”

  • Tieman named November YPA winner

    Ashley Tieman focuses her free time on helping others for no reason other than she feels like she’s doing her part.

    “If you’re a part of a community, you need to do your part for the community,” she said. “You need to always work to make your community a better place.”

    Because of her drive to help others, Tieman was named the Youth Performance Award Winner for November.

    Tieman, a senior at Grant County High School, is the daughter of Harrison and Karen Unger of Dry Ridge.

  • Mason-Corinth fifth graders visit Great American Ballpark

    The Mason-Corinth fifth grade classes took advantage of a program put on by the Cincinnati Reds and took a field trip to Great American Ball Park on Nov. 24.

    The students learned about salary caps and how to build a team with the money provided.

    They also received a tour of the home dugout, the press box and the Reds Studio.

  • Speech and Drama take first and second at tournaments

    On Nov. 7, the Grant County High School Speech and Drama Team traveled to Florence to compete in the second annual Boone County / Calloway County Swing Invitational Tournament.

    In a swing tournament, two schools will host their own tournament simultaneously, allowing students the chance to compete in two different tournaments in one day.

  • Williamstown to undergo construction

    Williamstown Independent Schools will soon be under construction.

    The school board awarded a bid to Klenco Construction of Taylor Mill for a kitchen addition and roof renovation.

    Klenco’s bid of $1,418,000 in total construction costs was the lowest of 11 bids for the project.

    “In spite of everything, it was a fabulous bid turnout and very competitive prices,” said Margaret Jacobs of Tate Hill Jacobs Architects, designer of the project.

    Both projects were included in the district’s most recent facilities plan.

  • WHS Band of Spirit boosters taking fruit orders

    The Williamstown Band Boosters are now taking orders for fruit through Nov. 30. If you would like to place an order, contact Meleasa Sherman at 824-6460 or 468-5681 or any band booster member. All orders will be delivered the week of Dec. 14. All prices are the same as last year.

    20lbs. oranges $19, 20lbs. ruby red grapefruit $19, 20lbs. mixed oranges and grapefruit $20; 23 to 25lbs. gift trio (12 apples, 12 oranges and 12 grapefruit) $30 and 23 to 25 lbs. citrus trio (12 tangelos, 12 oranges and 12 grapefruit) $25.