Good News

GOOD NEWS  2015 – 2016


Math solves Problems

Mu Alpha Theta inducted 80 new members this month.

All The World’s A Stage

Benjamin Troy Walter won the state portion of the ESU Shakespeare Competition and he will be traveling to NYC to represent Kentucky in the national competition May 1-3. 

Art for Art’s Sake

Please help me congratulate the following LHS students:  They all participated in the Sister Cities Art Competition and now their work was selected to adorn the walls of the Lexington Global Engagement Center Gallery throughout April and May.  Awesome honor for these students.    

The following pieces have been selected (in no order):

  1. Nargiza Nigmatova, “Peace in Community” – Lafayette
  2. Gavin Hargis, “Peace Puzzle” – Lafayette
  3. Lucy Morris, “A Piece of the Pie” – Lafayette
  4. Lucy Pendley, “Caveats Leading to Peace” – Lafayette
  5. Sunu Rai, “Mightier than the Sword” – Lafayette
  6. Jacqueline Rushing, “World Luggage” – Lafayette
  7. Quinn Maynard, “Sewing a Tapestry with Diverse Hands” – Lafayette
  8. Noah Mullins, Lafayette

We are happy to announce that 12 pieces from this year’s Sister Cities Young Artist Competition have been selected to be displayed the Global Lex Art Gallery in April and May.  Global Lex is short for the Lexington Global Engagement Center, which was previously the Multicultural Affairs office.  They have a fabulous gallery in their building and are excited to display some of the pieces from our showcase.  Global Lex is also part of Gallery Hop – which there will be one May 20th while these student’s pieces will be on exhibit. 


Sarah Cahal represented the LHS YSC in Frankfort as a FRYSC (Family Resource Youth Services Center) Legislative Page

Governor’s School for the Arts

The following students have been accepted in the 2016 Governor’s School for the Arts:

Edward Naish, Creative Writing; Jamin Waite, Creative Writing; Aaron Choate, Dance; Sarah Gleeson, Dance; Sylvannah Regalado, Dance; Bennett Creech, Drama; Amber Adkins, Instrumental Music; William Arnold, Instrumental Music; Hope Bennett, Instrumental Music; Sarah Byrd, Instrumental Music; Jennifer Cheng, Instrumental Music; Julia Crandall, Instrumental Music; Ethan Ferguson, Instrumental Music; Britton Fugazzi, Instrumental Music; Ben Henault, Instrumental Music; Josephine Wendroth, Instrumental Music; Lily Rasmussen, Musical Theatre; Jordan Vescio, New Media; John Clark Baker, Visual Art; Brett Comley, Visual Art; and Erica Scott, Vocal Music

 Governor’s Scholar’s Program

Please congratulate the following students who have been accepted into the 2016 Governor’s Scholar Program: Mary Arnold, Bethany Boggs, Jessica Daniel, Emily Eckert, Claire Hall, Halle Shannon, Haley Todd, Alyson Wade, Amanda Wallin, Josephine Wendroth, Jason Burke, Tyler Conn, Carson Crovo, Carson Hardee, Patrick Rodrigue, and Andrew Wachal.

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery” ~Francis Bacon

  • Freshman Audrey Fields has won a $500 Scholarship from Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association for her sculptural interpretation of “Keeping clean underground storage of fuel.”
  • Junior Zoe Felice received All State 1st place in drawing at the KAEA HS Art Exhibit.
  • Senior Madison Kelley received All State 1st place in painting at the KAEA HS Art Exhibit.
  • Senior Sal Whitaker, took 1st place in the Region for his painting in the annual Duck Stamp contest - again.

“Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome” ~Amelia Barr

FCCLA and Lifestream Clubs hosted LHS Kindness Day on Thursday April 21st.   They handed out papers to encourage students to complete 3 acts of kindness that day.  They held doors open to welcome everyone and gave them a Smartie with a funny quote. 

 A Hero Among Us

Shannon Ackerman received “The Matt’s Hero” award from the Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation.  Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation is dedicated to combating teen suicide and promoting a candid dialogue about mental health. In this regard, this Foundation has worked with and supported charities such at Teenline, Activeminds, Healgrief, and others.

Way to Go Class of 2019!

290 freshmen have a 3.0 GPA or higher for the Spring Make the Grade party!

February/ March

Writers Write

Waleed Ibrahim won special recognition from the League of Women Voters for English Language Learners for his essay on the dangers of an illegal synthetic drug in “Let’s Make a Stop to Flakka.”  An Honorarium went to his teacher – the one and only - Tim Mitsumori!

The following students earned Gold Keys in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards which qualifies them for the spring’s national competition:

Gwendolyn Blair - short story called A Song about September

Serena Dudee – critical essay entitled: “Dietary Privilege: A Response to Self-Righteous Vegans”

Silver Keys went to:

Serena Dudee – poetry, “Wildflower”

Serena Dudee – science fiction/fantasy, “The Caribou Cave Creep

Leila Abou-Jaoude - personal essay/memoir, “Of My Limited Experience with Love

Kynnadie Bennett – poetry, “Camp Moments”

Katrin Flores – humor, “Dear Mr. Mayor”

Meredith Cherry – personal essay/memoir, “Cream Soda

Taleah Gipson – poetry, “A Rich Sound: A Collection of Poems

Mackenzie Haire – writing portfolio, “Bonds

Avery Logsdon – science fiction/fantasy, “Heaven

Avery Logsdon – humor, “Jaguar

Jenna Tinnell – flash Fiction, “What it Means to Have a Family

Honorable Mention went to:

Kartin Flores – critical essay, “Of Mice and Men and Life with a Disability during the Great Depression”

Kynnadie Bennett – poetry, “Rules to Being a Girl”

Constance Brown – dramatic script, “The Ride

Karlee Caswell – short story, “Night Terror

Sarah Hall – science fiction / fantasy “The Shed” and “The A.I. Revolution of March 13, 2079

Jamin Waite – dramatic script “Let me Breathe

Serena Dudee – journalism, “The Bindi Isn’t Indie”


Guv’ment work

Sarah Cahal has been chosen to be the LHS FRYSC Legislative Page. 


Several of our LHS students who are also in SCAPA performed the song “We Shall Overcome” with Sweet Honey in the Rock last night as part of the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour taping for show #835, to be aired all around the U.S. and beyond in a few weeks.  They were very professional throughout the process and did a great job performing, even getting the crowd to sing along with them.  It was a very moving, powerful part of the show dedicated to civil rights in general, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. specifically.

Technical Stuff

The following Advanced Computer Applications students have earned certification as Microsoft Office Specialists in Microsoft Excel:

  • Robert Allen
  • Ashlee Kiefer
  • Joseph Layne
  • Jose Rodriguez
  • Jared Trejo

Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA)

Our students represented Lafayette well. They presented bills on topics such as lowering the fluoride level in our water and requiring humane conditions for farmed chickens. Our delegation was recognized for being well-prepared and modeling appropriate professional behavior. Likewise, our delegation and some of our students earned awards.  If you see one of these students mentioned below, please congratulate them. 

  • Outstanding Delegate:  Ally Grzywacz
  • Outstanding Lobbyist: Patrick Rodrigue
  • Delegation of Excellence Award
  • Supreme Court Justice: Sarah Cahal

The fluoride bill was present by Chad DeMoss, Niloy Dhar, and Niran Chattha. The farmed chicken bill was presented by Eli Dreyer, Gabby Epley, Kelsey Haub, and Julia Glenn.

This year we had two firsts. We sent our first lobbyists: Patrick Rodrigue and Thomas Bollinger. All five of Patrick's bills he lobbied for were signed into law. The Y-Staff said this was a first for a KYA conference!

For the first time, we sent a judicial team to KYA:  Sarah Cahal, Mariana Crawford, and Amanda Chea.   As a result of their hard work, Sarah Cahal was selected to serve on next year's KYA Supreme Court.


Congratulations to our Archery Team:

Archery placed 1st in their tournament with a score of 3393 - The highest team score in team history!


Our LHS Dance team travelled to Sevierville, TN; where they won their division in the Hip Hop dance category.

KY Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program

Our own Kate Cox was fourth runner-up from a total of 33 girls representing their hometowns and competed in talent, fitness and self-expression.

 KY Music Educators Association’s District 7 Honor Band

The following Lafayette High musicians were selected to play after auditioning with hundreds of other high school students for this honor:

  • Isaac Bane – alto saxophone
  • Emily Eckert – bass clarinet
  • Ava Tomb – bass clarinet
  • Matthew Mitchell – bassoon
  • Abby Nolan – Bb clarinet
  • Kate Cox – euphonium
  • Tyler Conn – French horn
  • Rachel Booth – French horn
  • Kaylen McCullough – flute
  • Katherine Wild – flute
  • Bethany Bromagen – flute
  • Katherine Allan – flute
  • Meredith Hinkle – flute
  • Angelina Pius – oboe
  • Casey Trowel – trombone
  • Emilee Warner – trumpet
  • Niklas Johnson – trumpet
  • Evan Kin – tuba

Lafayette High School Boys’ & Girls Soccer Team Named 2014-15 NSCAA High School Team Academic Award Recipient

 The Lafayette High School Boys’ & Girls’ Teams were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the 2014-15 High School Team Academic Awards. 

The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance on the field.

 The Generals soccer team was one of 398 teams (150 boys, 248 girls) nationwide recognized for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year.  Lafayette High School was one of 51 schools receiving honors for both their boys’ and girls’ teams. 

 Use Your Words

Thanks to the hard work of the Senior English classes in their collective pursuit of college readiness, Lafayette High School was ranked 5th out of all Kentucky state schools in the October Challenge. Lafayette High School students mastered over 3,000 words!

STLP State Championship

Akshay Kaloose Kumar, Junior Engineer joins 25 students from 12 Fayette County Schools interviewed at STLP Regionals on November 12, 2015 for service positions in the areas of Engineers, Live Reporting, Media Arts, Production Company, Scratch Ambassadors and Social Media. Selected students will work at Rupp Arena on April 22, 2016 to help make the STLP State Championship a success. Engineers are also invited to help at the KySTE Spring Conference in Louisville in early March 2016.

Calloway Stivers, a Junior at LHS represented Fayette County in the Farm Bureau’s 2015 Outstanding Youth Competition delivering a speech related to agriculture.

Colby Grant, a LHS student, was part of a trio called Bring Back Einstein performing Where the River Flows by Collective Soul and placed 2nd among 12 acts in the bureau’s district-level contest.

UK sophomore Clark Davis named Miss Kentucky

Kentucky sophomore Clark Janell Davis was crowned Miss Kentucky 2015 on July 4 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

It was just the second pageant for Davis, 17, who graduated from Lexington’s Lafayette High School. Her first was when she won Miss Horse Capital of the World to advance to the Miss Kentucky pageant. She will compete in the Miss America pageant Sept.13 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

 Lafayette Proud!

One of our own earned kudos at the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s Ryan Marsh, choir director at Lafayette, was tapped as High School Teacher of the Year.

Tracy Lambert is the winner of 2016 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award! This distinction makes her a finalist for the KY teacher of the year!!

Congrats to Katie Franklin for her Teacher of the Week nomination on WTVQ! What a great way to jumpstart the weekend of Lafayette!

 Sherri McPherson, Chris Warton, Hernsly Pierre-Louis, and Dajon Thompson represented our school beautifully to the nation on the Think It Up Program

GOOD NEWS 2014-2015

February / March

Technology Student Association

2015 Regional Competition winners from Lafayette:

2D Architectural CADD – 1st Place – Ethan Peck

3D Engineering CADD – 1st Place – Ryan Norton; Runner up – Jacob Royster; Third place – Casey Stout

On Deman Video – 3rd Place – Shyen Shah, Aaron Bussell and Alexa Smith

Problem-Solving – 1st Place – Zach Lipsitz and Jacob Royster; 3rd place – Ryan Norton and Ben Thornton

Promotional Graphics – runner up – Meridith  Peterson

T-shirt Design – runner up – Ben Thornton and Ryan Norton

Technology Bowl – 3rd place – Shyen Shah, Jimmy Rose and Alexa Smith

Congratulations to all!

 These students received distinguished ratings at the KMEA District 7 Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival on March 14:

 Holly Bennett

Brennan Burke

Hunter England

Catarine Hancock

Hannah Hetzel-Ebben

Emily Hulett

Jason Jackson

Da Yup Kim

Allison Langdorf

Quentin Prewitt

Kason Speir

Bailey Tillery

 For the first time since 1979

Dee Givens was a finalist for Miss Basketball!

Lafayette Band named as recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation  Sudler Flag of Honor. This is an international recognition of concert excellence.

 29 Lafayette band students names to Kentucky Music Educators Conference All-State Bands. A new record number for Lafayette!

54 Lafayette students selected to the KMEA District 7 Honor Band


Congratulations to the following writers and poets who won recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!

 Gold Key

Leila Abou-Jaoude in Personal Essay/Memoir

Aidan Ziliak in Poetry

 Silver Key

Sarah Hall - Science Fiction/Fantasy

Sarah Hall – Flash Fiction

 Honorable Mention

Leila Abou-Jaoude in Short Story  

Katrin Flores in Science Fiction/Fantasy

Kayla Harman in Poetry

Jenna Tinnell in Poetry

Ariana Hollars in Flash Fiction ​

Music is what feelings sound like. ~Author Unknown

 The following students have been selected to participate in the KMEA all-state orchestra:

Lelia Abou-Jaoude, Amber Adkins, William Arnold, Taylor Bagley, Lucy Becker, William Bossert, Benjamin Bossert, Blakely Burger, Ruth Choate, Taylor Eggers, Evan Johnson, Madison Johnson, Julian Little, Ethan Peck, Emily Putman, Miranda Rojas, Aubrey Smith, Sarah Takahashi, Michael Takahashi, Zach Thorton, Bailey Yates, William Yi.

  2015 District 7 Honor Jazz Bands

Isaac Bane, Ryan Booth, Landon Feese, Ethan Ferguson, Bailey Goff, Jonathan Greene, Tobias Holm-Hudson, Ben Howell, Thomas Kikuchi, Juan Lee-Thacker, Joel Nelson, Daniel Pemberton, Jordan Profitt, Andrew Slone, Chase Teachey.

 Congratulations to Those selected for All-State Band, Orchestra and Jazz:

Joel Nelson, Alto Sax Jazz; Benjamin Hagan, Bass Trombone; Ntinyari Miriti, Bassoon; Jonah Andreatta, Bassoon; Mathew Mitchell, Bassoon; Grayson Ward, Clarinet; Lane Aldridge, Clarinet; Thomas Kikuchi, Drums Jazz; Chase Teachey, Euphonium; Rachel Kaplan, Flute; Julia Crandall, Flute; Madeline Savage, French Horn; Herman Bratcher, French Horn; Hope Bennett, French Horn; Rachel Booth, French Horn; Noah SirLouis; Guitar Jazz; Juan Lee-Thacker, Oboe; Ethan Ward, Percussion; Jonathan Greene, Tenor Sax; Steven Slone, Trombone; Carson Crovo, Trombone; Britton Fugazzi, Trombone; David Vest, Trumpet; Ryan Booth, Trumpet; Steven Armbruster, Trumpet; Zack Schneider, Trumpet; Ethan Ferguson, Trumpet Jazz; Michael Haymes, Tuba and Nathan Rayens, Tuba

 Congratulations to the 2015 KMEA District 7 Concert Bands

Amanda Akel, Lane Aldridge, Jonah Andreatta, Isaac Bane, Hope Bennett, Bethany Boggs, Rachel Booth, Ryan Booth, Herman Bratcher, Bethany Bromagen, Karlee Caswell, Kate Cox, Julia Crandall, Carson Crovo, Clay Eggers, Ethan Ferguson, Britton Fugazzi, Selena Garcia, Justin Garland, Johnny Giuca, Bailey Goff, Jonathan Greene, Victoria Hall, Michael Haymes, Ben Howell, Ashley James, Rachel Kaplan, Evan King, James Kries, Austin Lancaster, Isaac Lane, Juan Lee-Thacker, Reynolds Martin, Caleb Matocha, Kaylen McCullough, Ntinyari Miriti, Joel Nelson, Abby Nolan, Haley Potter, Jordan Profitt, Nathan Rayens, Madeline Savage, Margaret Scripps, Leah Sharp, Andrew Slone, McKinzie Sprague, Chase Teachey, Taylor Trombley, David Vest; Ethan Ward, Grayson Ward, Ashley Williams, Dee White, and Matthew Yonts.

“The only thing better than singing is more singing” – Ella Fitzgerald

 Congratulations to the following Lafayette singers who were selected for KMEA all-state women’s chorus:

Brennan Burke, Alexis Caudill, Hunter England, Catarine Hancock, Hannah Hetzel-Ebben, Rachel Johnson, Kallie Langdorf, Hattie Nunley, Adrienne Omelchenko.

  Congratulations to the following Lafayette singers who were selected for KMEA all-state men’s chorus:

 Kurtis Brown, Harrison Carter, Scott DiMeo, Trevor Hignite, Jason Jackson, Kason Speir, Gareth Walker and Slade Warnken.

 Congratulations also go to the following singers for the all-state mixed chorus:

Laura Asher, Holly Bennett, Diane Clements, Melissa Findley, Cooper Fitch, Emily Hulett, Sam Ifeacho, Da-Yup Kim, Stella Lee, Hannah Neff, Hunter Nelson and Quentin Prewitt.

Lafayette had our first DanceBlue mini-marathon! Your efforts helped Student Council raise over $10,000 for pediatric cancer. This is just awesome.

 Head Council members are:

  • Esther Putman
  • Jonathan Greene
  • Abby Willett
  • Alex Francke
  • Zach Thornton
  • Brianna Mayo
  • Katie Swim
  • Steven Armbruster
  • Kendall Greene
  • Alex Elias
  • Lane Aldridge

Ali Wright of Lafayette High School is among seven "teacherpreneurs" in the national 2014-15 cohort selected by the Center for Teaching Quality. These are expert educators whose work weeks are divided between teaching and designing systems-level solutions for public education. Wright, who teaches algebra and AP calculus at Lafayette, is on the list for a second year. A National Board Certified teacher, she collaborates with colleagues throughout Kentucky to influence policy and improve teaching and learning

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Blowing Some Horns

Two musicians from Lafayette High School have been tapped for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Trumpet player Ryan Booth and baritone player Chase Teachey received their honorary jackets from local soldiers Nov. 10 as part of the All-American Bowl Selection Tour. They were chosen not only because they excel in music, but because they embody values such as loyalty, respect, leadership and teamwork.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation's premier high school All-American game, featuring the best 90 players in an annual East vs. West matchup at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The 125-member marching band will perform at halftime of the game, which will air at 1 p.m. Jan. 3 on NBC

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Four of Lafayette’s finest, Dylan Curry, Daniel Leischner, Rylan Toland and Colin Younglove did an excellent job representing Eastside at the STLP Regional competition.  They will be advancing to state this spring.

2014 Chili Cook-off Winners


Table 5

Secret Stache

Haley Albers, Ella Anglin, Jonathan Brown, Lovelace Ebu,  Araina Hollars


Table 4

The Loud

Raquel Contreras, Alex Daniel, Rylee Monn, Morgan Schultz, Gavin Stith


Table 4

A Walk on the Wild Side

Kimya Brothers, Esther Filyk, Elonna Levitsky


Table 6

Ring Of Fire

Audrey Frohlich, Eryn Gillen, Taylor Mabson, Madison May, Max Moore


Table 5

White Thunder

Olivia Cross, Elizabeth Gains,  Shelby Smith, Kristen Williamson


Table 4

Grandma Rueante’s Homemade Chili

Akeia Cason, Anthony Mays, Javarius Robinson, Hannah Thiry, Jasmine Webb



Art Works Here

Jason Sturgill, one of our fabulous and talented art teachers is in the staff spotlight this month!


Dee Givens has verbally committed to Western KY to play basketball next year.

Ashanti Thomas has verbally committed to Penn State to play basketball next year.

 How does it feel

To get a PERFECT score on the ACT? Ask Taylor Bagley and Cody Leslie! A perfect 36 – way to go guys!

 Youth Ambassador Program

The following students from your school have been accepted into the 2014-15 Youth Ambassador Program: Esther Putnam, Ashley Christopher Ward, Ethan Peck, and Brook Lyons


College Planning Night attracted 156 people

 Put a STOP to Bullying

Launch of Lafayette STOP TIPLINE. Promotional video at this link:


The JV Volleyball team won the city tournament - way to go!


The following students have been selected to serve on the YSC TeenBoard this year - 9th Grade:  Briana Chapman, Quinn Coffey, Maya Elias, Krisia Estes, Alexia Garner, Haley Haggan, Whitney Lowry, Ashley Morford, and Meghan Pierce.

10th Grade: Autumn Barnett, Amarye Bell Bradford, Lauren Burgess, Sarah Cahal, Kaan Celik, Amanda Chea, Kalie Estes, Megan Garrett, Cali Hurst, Bonnie Kuntz, Grace Martin, Kaylen McCullough, Catie McKnight, Daniel Medina, Abby Nolan, Miranda Rojas, Genaea Sarantakos, Margaret Scripps, Kassidy Stivers, Miranda Stone, Alyson Wade, and Alonna Walker.

11th Grade: Lindsey Elliott, Abby Garr, Kayla Grange, Allie King, Lilly Sanders, Monica Tong and Casey Whatley.

12th Grade: Atianna Berryman, Shine Choi, Isaiah Cloud, Lindsey Flowers, Hope Henderson and Haleigh Whitlock.


National Merit Semifinalists

Jonah Andreatta, Laura Briggs, Christopher Browning and Jacob Royster

National Achievement Semifinalist

Brianna Mayo



Good News 2013 – 2014


Winter Guard

Congratulations to the members of Lexis Winter Guard including Esther Putnam, Lindsey Flowers, Ben Hagan, Abby Willet, Emily Birdsong, and Shannon Clark for their third place finish in the Winter Guard International World Championships held in Dayton Ohio.  Lexis competed against 39 teams from around the United States, the Netherlands, and Canada. 

 National Achievement

Kala Brown is one of Kentucky’s five winners in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program. She hopes to practice law as a career. Kala is among some 700 seniors will receive one-time $2,500 National Achievement Scholarships, which are awarded on a regional representation basis.

 Creative Strings

Two Lafayette SCAPA string majors, Taylor Eggers and Blakeley Burger, have been offered scholarships to work with Christian Howes, a former Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music and one of the world’s most respected improvising violinist/educator. Both Taylor and Blakeley will traveling to Columbus, OH this summer and learn from and perform alongside world-class artists through the Creative Strings Workshop.

 Most Improved

Hannah Holbrook was selected as the most improved 9th grader in Lafayette! She received an MP3 player for her award. Way to go, Hannah!

 2014 National Merit Recepients

Alyson Ackerman, Marie Armbruster and Amelia Collins are Lafayette’s chosen ones who received the 2014 National Merit scholarship. Congratulations to you all!

 Kudos to LHS

LHS PASS (Positive Approach to Student Success) program was just identified as a “Model PASS Program” by the CKSEC. Go Ms. White!

Letters about Literature

Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Letters about Literature contest is a nation-wide contest for students in grades 4-10. Bethany Boggs was runner up in the contest challenging students to write a letter to an author living or dead saying how their book inspired them.

 Sports, Sports, Sports

  • Landon Young- State Champion in Discus and Shotput at 2014 Track Championship
  • Jackson Davis- named 1st team all-state in Basketball
  • Nathan Gillespie- received Sportsmanship Award at 11th region tennis tournament
  • Region coaches of the year- William Green (Wrestling), Katie Sallee (Swimming), Derrick Smith (Boys Tennis)

Congratulations athletes and coaches!



These guys won the city tournament for wrestling in their weight class:

·  126: Justin Torgerson, Lafayette

·  138: Angel Vasquez, Lafayette

·  152: Johnathan Green, Lafayette

·  160: Sam Quigney, Lafayette

·  171: Jackson Avant, Lafayette

·  182: Damian Black, Lafayette

·  285: Landon Young, Lafayette

“Creativity is contagious – pass it on”- Albert Einstein

The following students won or placed in the annual EKU Regional Art Show;

1st place painting Olivia Rippetoe

5th place painting Andrew Padilla

Panting Honorable Mention Zoe Falice

Drawing 1st place Hannah Jenkins

Drawing 5th place Britani Fuller

Mixed Media 1st Labhras Mize

Mixed Media 2nd place Madeline Farrer

Graphic Design 1st place Elaine Barkley

Graphic Design 2nd place Bram Coffey

Sculpture 1st place Bram Coffey

Sculpture Honorable Mention Gerri Willoughby

Photography Honorable Mention Zach Thompson

Best of Show 2-D Alexei Kopea

“The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others”-  Baden-Powell

Chris Ward, a 17 year old junior, made the rank of Eagle Scout on August 25, 2013.   He is a member of Troop 73.  For his Eagle Scout project, he worked with the city arborist and organized the planting of over 70 trees along the Legacy Trail near the Spindletop spur.   Last summer, Chris worked as a counselor at the scout’s Camp McKee.  Chris is in the pre-engineering program at Lafayette.


Taylor Bagley has earned the principle violinist (1st chair) for the National Honors Orchestra of America. Congratulations!

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” Pablo Picasso

Please congratulate these students for a great job at the Regional TSA Competition hosted by EKU last Friday.

Meredith Peterson                                          4th Promotional Graphics

Logan Carpenter                                             4th Tech T-Shirt Design

Ryan Norton & Irsyad Hanif                              5th Technology Problem Solving

Ryan Norton                                                     2nd 3D Engineering CADD

Zach Lipsitz                                                      3rd 3D Engineering CADD

Jacob Royster                                                   5th 3D Engineering CADD

Joseph Laskey                                                  2nd Technical Sketching & Applications


Logan Carpenter & Joseph Laskey                                             1st Structural Engineering


Lafayette DECA just returned from the State competition and several students qualified for the INTERNATIONAL competition in Atlanta, GA in May.

1st – 3rd place qualified for the INTERNATIONAL DECA competition:

  • Ariel Norvell – Human Resource Management, 1st place
  • Jacob Wachal – Business Services Management, 1st place
  • John Wheatley & Reavan Quincy – Hospitality Services Team, 1st place
  • Tess Cook, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, 2nd place
  • Sibley Miller, Marketing Management, 3rd place
  • Shelby Ferrell, Quick Service Restaurant Management, 4th place
  • Kyle Irvin & Hannah Jones, Advertising Campaign, State Finalist
  • Keven Ireland & Isabella Quire, Buying & Merchandising Team, State Finalist

 “Where words leave off, music begins.”Heinrich Heine

We would like to congratulate our chamber and full orchestras on our wonderful performance last night.
Chamber orchestra earned all distinguished ratings and full orchestra received a distinguished plus, a rating only one other orchestra attained.

Spin This!

Members of Lexis Winter Guard from Lexington competed in a Winter Guard International Elite Regional in Cincinnati.  The team took first place at the regional with a score of 86.45.  This score currently ranks the team as second in the Winter Guard International Independent Open Class. They will compete in WGI world championships on April 3-5th. 

Current Lafayette Students include:

Emily Birdsong

Ben Hagan

Esther Putnam

Abby Willett

Lindsey Flowers

 Lafayette Graduates on the team include:

Jaasiel Wilson

Miku Kono

Natasha Hagan

Kelley Duncan

Taylor Rock



 Will Lovan(senior ,trumpet) was selected to play in the Music For All Honor Orchestra in Indianapolis this March. In all, we had 22 KMEA All-State band members selected and 49 District 7 Honor Band members selected. What and accomplishment!


The following students were selected to represent Lexington this summer in the Lexington Sister Cities Deauville Exchange: 
Madison Kelley, Velvet Marsh, Courtney Fields, Madison Jones, Erin Disponett, Olivia Steddom, Kara Bethel, Olja Busbaher, Tynesea Watts.


Lafayette had 2 teams place in the top ten in the State in the last Fall version of The Stock Market Game.  Even better, Ms. Waespe had the FIRST place team of Azure Rowe, Katie Simon and Madison Jones.  This was out of 366 teams!  The Great CW also had the NINTH place team of Mukendi Kalala, Julian Little and Ethan Peck. Congratulations to all! Thank you Connie Waespe!


Ryan Michael Booth, 17, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn, on Aug. 25. He is a junior at Lafayette High School. For his Eagle service project, Booth led a neighborhood freshwater education project in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Water. The project included stenciling more than 400 storm drains and distributing educational flyers throughout the Chevy Chase neighborhood educating the neighborhood on how to keep its freshwater streams clean. We’re proud of you, Ryan!

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Boys Cross-Country was region champion and qualified for state meet. Girls Cross-Country qualified for state meet with 4th place region finish.  Freshman Emma Valle was individual region champion.


Four LHS students are traveling to NYC this weekend to be a part of the Macy’s Great American Band. Four students from Lafayette High School will march with The Macy’s Great American Band in the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade. Danny Alford (trombone), Will Lovan (trumpet), Darian May (dancer/color guard) and Nathan Rayans (sousaphone) will leave Nov. 23 for New York. 

 Students from across the country sent in audition tapes. The 185 selected musicians will be complemented by about 40 flags and dancers. The Great American Band will step off from Central Park along with gigantic helium balloons and impressive floats. Arriving at Macy’s Herald Square, the students will perform for a grandstand audience and millions of TV viewers watching live on NBC. 


Naomi Connor, sophomore will have her fashion designs featured at the Autumn Nights Fashion Affair Benefit “Life Keeps Moving On” Saturday Nov. 23 at the west end community arts and cultural center.


Lafayette Madrigal Singers will be competing in the 2013 Sing 'n' Joy Festival over Thanksgiving weekend.  This is the first year of this International Choral Festival and Competition.  There are a number of highly-competitive and prestigious International Choral Competitions that occur each year throughout the world. No doubt that this will be a memorable and rewarding experience.  As an added honor, Lafayette Madrigals have been selected by the Artistic Committee to perform in the Sing'n'Joy Celebration Concert on Saturday, Nov 30 in Whitney Hall.


Lafayette High School Senior, Julia Knight, was chased herself by the producers of the reality show Chasing Nashville. They discovered her when she posted a video on YouTube. Julia writes and performs her own music at Natasha’s Bistro & Bar.


Congratulations to the 27 orchestra members who auditioned and were accepted into the 2014 KMEA All State Orchestras. Lafayette had the most string students out of any single high school across the state. Great job representing the tradition of artistic excellence here at Lafayette!


A total of 358 soccer teams (both boys and girls,) from throughout the United States have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2012-2013 academic year. Among these programs are 57 schools receiving honors for both their boys and girls teams. Guess where Lafayette stands?  Yep, we’re double honorees! Both our Boys team and our Girls team had a GPA of at least a 3.25!

August – October


The following students were accepted into Lexis Winter Guard, a nationally competitive indoor colorguard that competes throughout the winter on the weekends.  This year they will compete in the Nashville WGI regional, the Cincinnati WGI regional as well as Winterguard International World Championships in Dayton, OH in April.  Current Lafayette students include: Benjamin Hagan, Esther Putnam, Lindsey Flowers, Abby Willett, and Emily Birdsong. Several recent graduates of Lafayette were also accepted.  These students include: Natasha Hagan (2012), Kelley Duncan (2013), Miku Kono (2013), Jaasiel Wilson (2010), and Taylor Rock (2013).  Congratulations to these outstanding performers!  And congratulations to Shannon Clark for her leadership!


Lauren Sherrow has been selected to do a presentation on a research study and article that she completed in my classroom at the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children annual conference on November 24th in Louisville. The paper is “Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities to Transition Using Picture Activity Schedules with Embedded Video Models.” This is Ms. Sherrow’s second time selected to present her research at this conference.


$2,400 was raised in Global Aid Club’s One Love Lexington fundraiser, all going to the Amazon Rainforest. There are still ways to contribute to this worthy cause: T-shirts and water bottles are still for sale. Thank you Ms. Sliney for heading this effort!


Naomi Conner, won first place in the Lexington Fashion Collaborative Emerging Designer Competition!  She received several prizes and will have a spread and/or interview in the local Mour Magazine.  She has also been asked to expand her fashion collection for a fashion show in November of this year!  She cited the History of Fashion in her Fashion and Housing Class at Lafayette High School as her inspiration for her collection. Wow! Helen Graham is so proud!

JUNE 2013

Summer Art Workshop

More than 50 other students from across Lexington spent the first two weeks of June rotating through sessions on digital art, drawing, ceramic/sculpture and painting. Jason Sturgill (coordinator of the art class) said: "We billed this as an accelerated arts experience," he said of the first-time workshop. "If you're good at what you do, we'd push you to make you better."

Sturgill was joined by fellow Lafayette teachers and colleagues from Henry Clay and Paul Laurence Dunbar high schools. A few University of Kentucky art majors and recent Lafayette graduates also helped out so that participants received more individual attention. More to the story, go to:

MAY 2013

Please Congratulate LHS TSA students on a great State Conference.

Logan Carpenter                              1st            Program Cover Design

Irsyad Hanif                                        2nd          Essays on Technology

Harsh Tiwari                                       3rd           Technical Sketching & Applications

Ryan Norton                                      4th           3D Engineering CADD

Johnny Fangmeyer                         5th           3D Engineering CADD


Logan Carpenter                                  1st        Structural Engineering

Joe Laskey


Dakota  Towles

Logan Carpenter                                     Finals,  VEX Robotics                This team scored enough points to make the finals

Johnny Fangmeyer                                                                                         however was unable to place.

 Run Boys Run!

Boys Track Team finished 2nd in the City Track meet! Landon Young broke the meet records in both Shot Put and Discus – way to go, Landon!

 Kudo’s to a Volunteer standout!

 Virginia Newsome, 17, of Lexington, Ky. was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2013 today by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards during the program’s 18th annual national award ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Selected from a field of more than 28,000 youth volunteers from across the country, Virginia has earned the title of National Honoree, along with a personal award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for her school, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of her choice.

Read the whole story:

Let’s Volley!

 Please congratulate junior Nathan Gillespie and senior Taylor Harris for winning their second straight 11th region doubles championship.  They won both semifinal and championship matches against Henry Clay teams and will advance to the state tennis tournament to be played at the University of Kentucky.  This will be their third straight trip to the state tournament.

 Lafayette Alumni

 Amanda Slone and Kirby Sowder Lewis – have been selected as two of only 25 winners across the country of this year's S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award. Named for the founder of the Atlanta-based restaurant chain; the award singles out team members who have displayed extraordinary leadership and accomplishment in school, work and within the community. The candidates are drawn from the more than 1,600 annual winners of Chick-fil-A's Leadership Scholarship by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, including Mr. Cathy, who review the finalists and select the winners.

More Track News:

We have, in our midst, 2 State Runners up! John Spencer in the 1600 and Landon Young (the ONLY Freshman) ranked 2nd in discus and 4th in shot put!

New Midshipman

Lewis Aldridge, a new graduate of Lafayette High School, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for the Class of 2017. He also had offers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

The appointment provides a full four-year scholarship (valued at $400,000) in exchange for a minimum five years of active-duty service. Lewis will be commissioned an ensign in the Navy or a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduation.

At Lafayette, Lewis excelled in the Pre-Engineering Program and ranked in the top 5 percent of his class. He was co-president of the senior class, co-president of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, co-captain of the lacrosse team and a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. He was also a Governor’s Scholar, a KMEA All-State Chorus selection and a graduate of the Leadership Lexington Youth program.





 Sarah Day had the honor of accompanying one of her seniors, Devin Morton, to Frankfort where the governor presented him with a prestigious award.  Devin was chosen by ACT and KDE as the only student from Kentucky to receive the ACT College and Career Readiness Student Award.  Congratulate this fine young man!


 Twelve of our students made the district cut to go on to the final state-level scoring process.  Of those 12 students, 11 of them got accepted and the other one is an alternate!  So exciting -  please congratulate these students as you see them!


Alyson Ackerman

Marie Armbruster

Amelia Collins

Edward Freeman

Katherine Jones

Griffin Mason

Lauren Mehanna

Austin Messner

Smruti Patil

Coleman Stivers

Robert Wendroth


Caroline Pellegrino


 Congratulate the following Lafayette HS and SCAPA Lafayette students who have been accepted to the 2013 Governors School for the Arts:

 Dorothy Berryman – Visual Art

Laura Briggs – Dance

Adam Brown – Vocal Music

Aaron Burns – Instrumental Music

Katherine Cornett – Vocal Music

Clark Davis – Vocal Music

Taylor Eggers – Instrumental Music

Kelsey Francke – Drama

Emily Lake – Dance

Stella Lee – Dance

William Lovan – Instrumental Music

Brianna Mayo – Drama

AnnaMarie Miller – Musical Theatre

Diego Molina – New Media

Caroline Pellegrino – Musical Theatre

Jonah Robinson – Drama

Claire Rose – Dance

Rowan Schaefer – Vocal Music

Soleman Stiver – Architecture

Sarah Takahashi – Instrumental Music

Julie Wilson – Drama

William Wood – Architecture

 And our alternates:

 Jonah Andreatta – Instrumental Music

Taylor Bagley – Instrumental Music

Lucy Becker – Instrumental Music

Holly Bennett – Vocal Music

Ethan Caudill – Instrumental Music

Madeleine Farrer – Architecture

Amelia Giancarlo – Drama

Sydney Gorena – Dance

Catherine Heredia – Dance

Katie Jones – Instrumental Music

Sarah Knox – Instrumental Music

Sarah MacDonald – Instrumental Music

Faith Marts – Drama

Ekya McDowell – Dance

Paloma Paulin – Dance

Jane Toney – Drama

Alexandra Whitley – Instrumental Music


Look who’s going to the National DECA competition April 22-27 – Congratulations Aaron Farrar!


 Ashanti Thomas and Sarah Cooley made the All City Team for Girls Basketball.

Sarah Cooley made the Junior Ky All Star Basketball Team.


Mr. Bobby Howard and Susannah Kilbourne received a "Teacher Who Made a Difference" Award from the University of Kentucky's College of Education.   


Ms. Sliney and The Global Aid Club is fundraising to help preserve and protect the Amazon rainforest through the “Off the Mat into the World” organization. They will be showing a video educating students on the impact of the deforestation that is taking place in the Amazon. The video will be shown during all four lunches the week of May 6th, and students may donate to the cause during lunch that week.



Congratulations to the Lafayette Archery Team who competed in the Regionals this past weekend and will be heading to State!

 Congratulations to our Girls’ Basketball Team for their win this past Saturday. They continue to the Regional Championship game Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM at Eastern Kentucky University against Madison Central.

 CONGRATULATIONS:  Congratulations to the following students who placed at the EKU Regional High School Art Show:

 Madeleine Farrer – 1st place, Painting & 1st place, Sculpture & Best in Show Overall

Elaine Barkley – 1st place, Mixed Media

Chloe Kokinda – 3rd place, Mixed Media

Nia Burney – 1st place, Graphic Design & 3rd place, Cultural Heritage/Diversity

Deigo Molina – 2nd place, Graphic Design & Honorable Mention, Cultural Heritage

Chelsea Reyes – 2nd place, Fiber Arts/Textile

Skylar Young – 3rd place, Fiber Arts/Textile

Katherine Davis – 2nd place, Sculpture

Larisa Caudill – Honorable Mention, Ceramics

Jonathan Crocetti – 3rd place, Video

Tucker Stofer – 1st place, Digital Media

Honami Amano – 1st place, Cultural Heritage/Diversity

Zack Thompson – 2nd place, Cultural Heritage/Diversity

 To Be, or Not To Be:

Colton Ryan won the Kentucky Chapter of the English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Monologue Competition and will go on to compete against other state winners this April in New York.

Special Teacher!

Sherri McPherson is also the only Kentucky teacher who serves on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council, which is a select group of about 40 teachers from all over the country.  Follow this link to a very interesting article about what Ms. McPherson is doing:

 Fayette County FCEA Teacher of the Year

Congratulations go out to Dr. Susan McLaughlin-Jones, who is the FCEA teacher of the year for Fayette County. She is also in the running for the KEA Kentucky teacher of the year. Thanks, Susan for all you do at Lafayette!

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Taylor Bagley placed 3rd in the KY State Chess tournament. Way to go Taylor!

 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

Jacqueline Knight, a senior at Lafayette High School, earned a silver medal in the 2013 national competition sponsored by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program, which dates back to 1923. Judges were again impressed by her creative writing portfolio, which had merited "gold key" status in regional competition earlier this semester.

In the Southeast region-at-large, Jacqueline also had received silver key honors for a personal essay/memoir titled “An Unabridged Summary of My Theory on Cracking Up”; and honorable mention for a humor piece called “Old People Can Get Away with Anything.”

Earning regional recognition:

  • Maura Reilly-Ulmanek, silver key, writing portfolio; honorable mention, poetry, “A Note of Apology to Albert Einstein,” “For Junebug,” “Adolf”
  • Abigail Miller, silver key, poetry, “Eulogy of an Israeli Soldier,” “Reflection,” “I Know that Rain is Coming,” “The Robin,” “Away I Go”
  • Julian DeVille, honorable mention, writing portfolio; honorable mention, flash fiction, “Droid”; science fiction/fantasy, “Droid”; personal essay/memoir, “Session”; poetry, “Cassette,” “Mind’s Back Yard,” “My Pocket Poet,” “Hypnotized,” “Rain,” “Starfishing”
  • Gram Welch, honorable mention, science fiction/fantasy, “Robot Boy”

 Fayette County Archery Championship

Overall best-scoring shooters from Lafayette with a score of 279 (out of 300) was Mary Freeman. Congratulations to these top performers from Lafayette: Mary Freeman, 279; 2. Seanna Bryant, 279 Griffin Mason, 282

 Be Prepared

Congratulations to Damarcus Smiley  who became an Eagle Scout. Very Impressive!

FEBRUARY 2013 - Good News


Lafayette was well represented in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  Five Lafayette-SCAPA students received national recognition in what continues to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.  This is the 90th year of Scholastic Awards, and in the past five years alone, the submissions have topped 700,000 works, and students have been eligible for over $25 million in awards and scholarships.

The following students received recognition:

Senior Jacqueline Knight received a Gold Key rating in the Senior Portfolio category.

Senior Julian DeVille received Honorable Mention in five categories (Flash Fiction, Memoir, Science Fiction, Poetry, and Senior Portfolio)

Senior Maura Reilley-Ulmanek received a Silver Key rating in Senior Portfolio and Honorable mention in Poetry.

Senior Gram Welch received Honorable Mention in Science Fiction/Fantasy.

Junior Abigail Miller received a Silver Key rating in Poetry.


The Lafayette Academic Team placed 5th out of 24 schools in the Fleming County, then finished 9th out of 72 schools from 11 states in the Dorman High School Tournament in South Carolina.  We placed 2nd in our district in another competition. In Mathematics, Cody Leslie placed 2nd in and Akshay Kalose placed 5th . In Social Studies, Andrew Tonks finished 2nd and Tim Thompson finished 3rd.  In Arts and Humanities, Andrew Tonks finished 3rd. In Science, Cody Leslie placed 2nd. In Language Arts, Tim Thompson finished 2nd.  All of these students and the Quick Recall team move on to the Regional Competition at Dunbar on February 16.


If you have the opportunity, please congratulate Lequan Johnson, for winning “BEST EDITING” for his “Just Think Don’t Drink” video for the 2012-2013 Keep It Real Internet Video Contest! Proud of his efforts!


Lafayette Student Council's Service Committee participated in the 4th annual Spread the Love-a-Thon hosted by Stop Youth Suicide and the UK division of Adolescent Medicine. While there, students did what teenagers do best: text. Using their phones and other forms of social media, the students sent out "lifelines", messages consisting of two genuine compliments and facts about teen suicide in Kentucky and across the nation. The students who participated sent out hundreds of lifelines and had an excellent afternoon of meeting new people and working to make a difference in our community. If anyone wants to know more about Stop Youth Suicide, you can go to


Doc Sallee was given a FAME award by a current senior.  Miranda Holm-Hudson honored her with an essay titled “A Tribute to Doc Sallee.”  Click link and scroll to bottom to read an outstanding essay about her:


Lafayette Library has gone digital! We have recently purchased 87 popular fiction eBooks that are available for checkout. We now have a total of 175, including many of the classics. The librarians will be conducting short tutorials to explain how students can login to the catalog and check out a book to their devices. In other digital news, the library has also just bought 4 more databases for staff and student research. This brings us to 9 databases that are now being used in conjunction with our nonfiction materials. Digital access to Lafayette’s library resources can be found on Lafayette’s homepage under the Media Center link. For further information, email


The girl’s basketball team won the district tournament. They will now advance to the regional tournament. What a fabulous coach they have! Thank you Allison Denton!


At the Bluegrass Regional Speech Tournament on February 9th at LHS, the following students prequalified to attend the KHSSL State Tournament on March 14th--16th at UK:

Laura Briggs, Isabella Caballero, Hunter Nelson, Aurora Grace, Alex Whitley, Jarod Frank, Tess Cook, Erin Shainfeld, Megan Grzywacz, Christina Crocker, Loretta Peterson, Tynesea Watts, and Matae Graff. And of course, they are only as good as their coach – Thank you Matt Middleton!

JANUARY 2013 - Good News


17 students represented Lafayette at the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) this year. They presented bills on topics such as teacher tenure, legalizing casinos, re-testing drivers over 65, and lowering the voting age to 17. Our delegation was recognized for being well-prepared and modeling appropriate professional behavior.

Outstanding Delegate:  Max Winebrenner

Outstanding Speaker: Taylor Bagley

Delegation of Excellence Award

Best New Delegation Award

The teacher tenure bill passed both the House and the Senate and was passed into law at KYA. (We were told this is quite a feat for a first-time delegation, but Ms. Easley and I were not surprised since our students are phenomenal.) Also, the casino bill passed favorably from committee.

Thank you for chaperoning Ms. McPherson and Ms. Easley!


 27 Lafayette Band students chosen for Kentucky Music Educators Association All-State Band

Oh yeah, the band :

The Lafayette Band participated in the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.  The band was viewed by close to 40 million people worldwide in person and on TV.  We are so proud of all of you! You represented LHS well!

December 2012 - Good News


The  Lafayette High School Beta club secured individual honors at the 72nd annual Beta Club senior convention in Louisville:

  • 2nd place, Spanish, Marie Armbruster
  • 2nd in Group Talent, string quintet of Aly Ackerman, Ethan Caudill, Janie Herbener, Sarita Hernandez and Da-yup Kim
  • 3rd place, French, Devin Morton 

 In addition to student competitions, the statewide gathering included conference meetings, officer elections and guest speakers.


Mrs. Waespe’s team won the district in the middle/high school division for the Fall Semester of The Stock Market Game.  The winning team was composed of Kate Heinonen, Nathan Sendlein, and Michael Takahashi.  7 of the top 10 teams came from my classes.  They did an excellent job!


Congratulations to Maddie Farrer, winner of The Laurel Cover Art Contest! Maddie’s still life, Recycling, was chosen from more than 35 submissions for the cover of The Laurel’s 2012 Winter Edition.


We would like to congratulate the following LHSO students for their acceptance into the All State Orchestra.

 Will Akel

Taylor Bagley

Zoey Barrett

Lucy Becker

Benjamin Bossert

Blakeley Burger

Taylor Eggers

Emily Farrer

Madi Fogarty

Janie Herbener

Sarah Knox

Sarah MacDonald

Will Marshall

Maya McCutchen

Michael Takahashi

Sarah Takahashi

Robert Wendroth

Anna Wilson





One of our SCAPA Creative Writing Freshmen, Serena Dudee, won tickets to “An Evening with David Sedaris” with her submission to WUKY’s humorous essay contest.  So excited for her!


John Spencer won the Class 3A Region 6 cross country meet! When you see him – give him a pat on the back!

All in all, we had six runners in the top 14 – John Spencer, Dimitri Leggas (8th), Tucker Stofer (10th), Douglass Burris (12th), Johnny Smith (13th), and Brian Rugg (14th.)  Congratulations go out to all of you!

Qualifying for the State Meet: John Spencer, Olivia Rodrigue and Miranda Mullins – great showing guys!


Our own Mark Roberts, counselor, was name Educator of the Month in Lexington Family 2012 magazine.  Check out page 37!  


The Lafayette Speech and Debate team competed at the LaRue County/Murray County Swing Invitational Tournament. Below is a list of the students who attended. We had two students make it to finals with two students who almost made it to finals (technical 7th place):

Laura Briggs: 7th in Broadcasting; 7th in Declamation

Isabella Caballero: 4th in Broadcasting

Jarod Frank: 1st in Humorous Interp (LaRue Tournament); 2nd in Humorous INterp (Murray Tournament0

Matea Graff:

Hunter Nelson:  7th in Broadcasting

Overall, the team ranked 10th in both tournaments for Sweepstakes points out of 19 schools in attendance (let me point out that we were one of the smallest teams at the competition with only 5 students in attendance)!

If you see any of the above speech students, please congratulate them on a fantastic showing at the LaRue/Murray County Swing Invitational Tournament!


LHS Hockey won their first home game vs. Trinity 5-2. 

Over 600 students attended and enjoyed the vintage carnival themed Homecoming Dance this past weekend. Student Council appreciates the support!


 At the Kentucky Theatre Conference, Mead Ryder received "best supporting actor" and Cody Taylor received "All Star Cast."


JACQUELINE KNIGHT’s work, Witch’s Lullaby, appears in the publication The Best Teen Writing of 2012 and is also on display at The U.S. Department of Education as a part of a special exhibit of national award-winning work from the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Coleman Stivers took first-place honors in the Nov. 2 district contest for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Youth Program. At the statewide competition next month, Coleman, a Junior, will square off against 11 other district winners. In these competitions, students must sit through an interview and give a speech related to agriculture or Farm Bureau. Mr. Stivers attends Locust Trace.


Our girls did an awesome job at the Cheers for the Holidays Dance Competition. They received 1st in Jazz, 1st in Hip Hop and Grand Champs over all of the school teams that participated in the competition! Congratulate these girls when you see them!


Tracy Lambert was awarded the Bluegrass Community Foundation grant for $1000 to use in her classroom.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently raised 12 barrels of food for Lighthouse Ministries through the annual Fill the Bag Food Drive. Students canvassed homes surrounding Lafayette High School and their own neighborhoods, and the community responded with generosity!


We had 30 students selected to participate in KMEA's Sr. High All-State choir, which will take place in February:


Caroline Balling

Stella Lee

Mary Lacy

Caroline Keegan

Sarita Hernandez

Holly Bennett

Carrie Moscoe

Megan Peterson

Sarah Anderson

Kathryn Dressman

Sydney Jahnigen

Caroline Pellegrino

Hayli Hart

Rachel Wilson

Cassady Gorrell

Rowan Schaefer

Sarah Rodrigue

Katie Cornett

Colton Ryan

Connor Sands

Alex Nickell

Andrew Dobbins

Gus Anderson

Patrick Garr

Tyler Jackson

Glen Krebs

Wilford Wulfenstein

Carl Chapman

Lewis Aldridge

Adam Brown


We also had four students selected to participate in the ACDA National Jr. High Honor Choir:

Kurtis Brown

Brennan Burke

Hannah Hetzel-Ebben

Quentin Prewitt


Lafayette was one of 225 girls’ teams nationwide to win the 2011-12 NSCAA High School Team Academic Award and had the 5th highest GPA. WOW Ladies!


A total of 364 high school teams (139 boys, 225 girls) throughout the United States have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2011-12 academic year.

To qualify for the award, the high school team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. Guess who got an award!! Yep – our Girls Team Coached by Bryson Perry, Team GPA of 4.30!


FCCLA, went to God’s for several hours and volunteered.  We filled bags of rice and graham crackers for bulk purposes.  The following students were present:  Max Moore, Megan Sturgill, Ali Spedding, Arianna Smith, Betsey Hale, Rahnecia Caruthers, Jillian Neustat, Chaise Cremeans, Kayla Brown, and Larissa Spiller.  Everyone had a great time!  Thank you, Ms.  Helen Graham!


You may have heard from Marie Armbruster, Ethan Campbell or Amelia Collins (Lafayette's representatives on our Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council) that Lafayette HS will be receiving two Elkay Bottle Refilling Stations! These Elkay units will be installed under Don Chowning's (FCPS Maintenance) supervision and will provide students and staff an opportunity to refill reusable water bottles, encourage healthy drinking and discourage the use of plastic water bottles. This initiative has been facilitated by a BYSC committee of students from all of our schools and funded through a partnership with KY American Water, FCPS Child Nutrition and a private donor.  It should be noted that the chairwoman for this committee is one of Lafayette’s finest, Marie Armbruster.  She has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and tenacity towards seeing this project to fruition. This initiative has been facilitated by a BYSC committee of students from all of our schools and funded through a partnership with KY American Water, FCPS Child Nutrition and a private donor. 



The following students competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Kentucky Fall Audition: Savannah Adams (semi-finalist), Sarah Anderson (semi-finalist), Melissa Findley (semi-finalist), Caroline Keegan (finalist), Adrienne Omelchenko (semi-finalist), Megan Peterson (semi-finalist), Colton Ryan (finalist), Natalie Trammell (semi-finalist), Rachel Wilson (finalist). Keegan won first place and Wilson won second place in the high school women's classical division. Ryan won first place in high school men's classical division as well as the musical theatre division. Keegan also took 2nd place in musical theatre.

The following 9th graders were selected by audition to participate in the KY chapter of the American Choral Directors' Association Jr. High All-State choir in November: Laura Asher, Herman Bratcher, Kurtis Brown, Brennan Burke, Diane Clements, Danea Cloyd, Katie Damron, Cooper Fitch, Victoria Hall, Hannah Hetzel-Ebben, Samuel Ifeacho, Maya Jundi, Jordan Luciano, Quentin Prewitt, Mariah Slaughter, Chapree Weathers.

Caroline Keegan, junior, also recently won third place in a vocal competition at UK.


The Don’t Text and Drive campaign was a huge success!  Thanks to those teachers that were able to show the short videos, the morning announcements, the FCCLA students sitting in the cafeteria collecting pledges (516 total!!!) and all of the students willing to spread the word!  We have definitely saved lives!   FCCLA thanks you!


Do you often see kids talking or arguing with the walls? This would be our talented Speech and Debate team! They will be attending the Larry A. Ryle High School Tournament on October 27th, 2012. We have 12 students attending and participating in 17 different events. 


Art’s Night we raised $550 for the rehabilitation of human trafficking victims of India through the Global Aid Club and Off the Mat into the World organization. Students and staff sold artwork, and students performances in voice, instrumental, slam poetry, and dance were held in the gym.


Seniors Parker Miller and Alec Tibbitts earned the rank of Eagle Scout – way to go guys!


The Lafayette High School, Pride of the Bluegrass, Marching Band brought home their 17th state title by winning the Ky. Music Educators Association State Marching Band 5A Grand Champion title at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green!

speech team


Lafayette marching band will represent Lafayette, Lexington, and the state of Kentucky in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA on January 1, 2013.

 Congratulations to SCAPA Creative Writing student, Jackie Knight, whose prose-poem, “Witch’s Lullaby,” was chosen from over 200,000 submissions for inclusion in the Best Teen Writing of 2012, an anthology published annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers with generous support from Jackie is a senior at Lafayette High School and the Finance Director for The Laurel, Lafayette’s literary magazine.

Meet our new Youth Service Center Teen Board!

Jeffrey Aguilar                              Honami Amano
Elaine Barkley                               Cesar Barraza
Yadith Bringas                               Shelby Burgess
Minjin Choi                                   Amelia Collins            
Brandon Darkomensah                 Carly Derrick                          
Kayla Edwards                               Courtney Federico     
Kayla Franklin                               Viviana Gomez                       
Kayla Grange                                Denise Henault                      
Ja’Co Johnson                                Jacqueline Knight       
Susan Mtoubsi                               Jillian Neustat            
Smruti Patil                                   Aaron Reynolds                      
Nelly Rodriguez                             Olivia Rodrigue
Anna Smith-Sargent                      Hannah Sturgill          
Maddie Swisher                            NicoleThompson                              
Monica Tong                                 Blaze Tremblay                      
Jessica Villasis                               Terri Warner  
Yuki Watanabe                              Breanna White                       
 Leadership Team:
President:                   Aaron Reynolds
Vice President:          Breanna White        
Lafayette Volleyball won the Thoroughbred Smash tournament and are currently ranked 11th in the state.
Boys Cross-Country is currently ranked 7th in the state.

FCCLA is sponsoring a campaign “Don’t Text and Drive” that will be completed in front of the student body on Oct. 11 and we will have pictures then! Thank you Ms. Graham!

Beat that!

Congratulations to the entire Lafayette community. Lafayette wins the high attendance day award among other Fayette county high schools.

There’s a STAR in our midst!

Katelyn Slavik was recently cast as Spectre in The Lexington Children’s Theatre Discovery production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Over a hundred people auditioned for this show, Katelyn was one of the lucky few selected! We’re thrilled to have her share this unique experience with us!



Lafayette won the following awards for our PTSA:

1. Strive for five ( 5% membership increase by December 15)
2. Reaching high for Kentucky kids (10% membership increase by march 15)
3. President's challenge ( 20 member increase over previous year)
4. Mrs. George Weldon 200+ award (200 member increase over previous year). We share with Henry clay high
5. Acorn award (largest percent membership increase per district)

Thank you, Kathy Smiley - 16th District PTA - 1st Vice President, Lafayette High School PTSA – President! Thank you LAFAYETTE TEACHERS AND FAMILIES!


The Madrigal Singers of Lafayette High School in Lexington won two silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games, called "the Olympics of choral music," in Cincinnati in July. The 30-member choir, directed by Ryan Marsh, took silver in the musica sacra contest on Friday and in the mixed youth champions competition on Saturday.

June 2012

Tyson Gay teamed up with Gillette to make a $25,000 donation to Lafayette High School in Lexington Kentucky – the same high school that gave Tyson his great start in his track career. This donation is aimed to help inspire young men and demonstrate that with a great start in life, they can achieve their dreams and goals.
















MAY 2012

The following students from Lafayette High School were accepted into the 2012-2013 Leadership Lexington Youth Program.  Congratulations!

Amelia Collins

Elias Conwell

Lauren Mehanna

Abby Miller

Alex Money

John Spencer

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is proud to announce that Lafayette’s Emily A. Farrer was chosen as one of out of over 1,000 juniors as an outstanding writer!


Sophomore Nathan Gillespie and junior Taylor Harris have advanced to the regional finals. They will also compete in the state tennis tournament.  If you know either of these young men, please congratulate them!


Rebecca Hamperian and Zane Ramey received the Bob Brisbay award for athletic achievement.  With this award comes a $250 scholarship.

E=USE2 Teams

Last night, the Green Team, Mary Moll, and Lafayette’s E=USE2 team were recognized by Superintendent Shelton and Mayor Gray for their work to decrease Lafayette’s  impact on the environment. Through school-wide recycling, energy saving measures, and composting in the cafeteria, they have earned Lafayette recognition as a Green and Healthy School, a partner in the National Energy Education Development Project, a Champion Waste Buster school, a Water Partner, and Energy Partner by Bluegrass PRIDE.

The Green Team was recognized as one of three Master Recyclers in our district. They were given this distinction because they were one of the pilot schools to switch from Rosies to a recycling dumpster. This was a difficult process to redo the way we recycle and has introduced many challenges. It costs $.96 to empty each Rosie. It cost almost $50 a week for Lafayette to recycle that way, while it costs $7 a week to empty our dumpster. By switching to the dumpsters, The Green Team saved over $1500 in one year. After seeing Lafayette’s successful transition, more schools will be switching to dumpster, which amounts to a huge savings for the district.

Lindsay Hale and her E=USE2 team were recognized for their work in saving energy in our school. Through projects such as energy audits, delamping, awareness campaigns to keep the doors closed and lights off when not in use, they have significantly reduced our carbon footprint. The money saved through these measures is returned directly to Lafayette. Lindsay’s work earned our school $300 for our school to invest in energy saving projects.

Mary Moll and her staff began a pilot program last year to compost food prep waste in the kitchens. Through their dedication to composting, they have saved an estimated 12,000 pounds of waste from going into our landfill. The food scraps are composted by LFUCG and used as high quality soil for our city’s parks as well as given out to residents. Mary was also recognized as a Master Recycler.

When you see these students and staff members, please pass on your appreciation for their hard work and dedication to improving our school and the environment.



LHS came in third place in the county competition against other high schools and won $250!! LHS was the only public school in the top four spots!! We brought in 5,104 pounds which equals 2.6 pounds per student with a retail value of $8,475!

Shout outs to Susannah Kilbourne, Tracy Kurzendoerfer, Tim Wimsatt, Brian Toy, Courtney Boulanger, Chris McCurry, Mary Kay Sliney, Whitney Walker, and Beta Club!!

Also to Bobby Howard, Richard Royster and Carl Hayden for their willingness to have their faces painted like KISS!!


Lauren Sherrow has been invited to go to San Antonio, TX, next April to present her current research paper to the Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo!  Congratulations, Lauren!

APRIL 2012


Luke Rearic has been selected First Team on TEAM KENTUCKY.  Luke is wrestling for TEAM KY at the NWCA/USA National Scholastic Duals April 13th and 14th in Indiana....Team Kentucky will be wrestling for the National Championship.   Only the best in the nation will be there with scouts from all over the country.

Update:  Luke and TEAM KENTUCKY finished 3rd out to the 18 state teams at the National Tournament. Way to wrestle, Luke!


The following students were accepted in the 2012 Governor’s Scholars Program which will be held this summer at Bellarmine University, Murray State University and Centre College:

Lewis C. Aldridge

Benjamin T. Armbruster

Mary J. Freeman

Denise M. Henault

Chloe G. McIntosh

Sarah J. Rodrigue

Abigail K. Tikhtman

William J. Troske

Joseph A. Wrightson

Congratulations to you all and have a great time this summer!


The following students were accepted in the 2012 Governor’s School for the Arts which will be held at Transylvania University. Congratulations to all of you!

Smruti Patil

Anna Wilson

Ellis Bryson

Sarah Fannon

Denise Henault

Makiko Iwase

Madelyn Nelson

Olivia Yessin

Cody Taylor

Mead Ryder

Caroline Keegan

James Alford

Sydney Jahnigan

Jonathan Crocetti

Rachel Wilson


The weekend of April 14th, several current LHS students and recent graduates competed with Lexis Winter Guard at WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.  The group went into the weekend ranked 8th out of 64 groups competing.  After their Preliminary round Thursday at the Dayton Convention center the group was in 10th place.  Friday afternoon, they competed in Semi-Finals at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH moving up to 3rd place!!  The group finished Friday night in 3rd place with their final performance at the University of Dayton arena.

Please congratulate:

Natasha Hagan

Miku Kono

Emily Birdsong

Kelley Duncan

Taylor Rock—stage set/prop crew

Ben Hagan-- stage set/prop crew

Recent Graduates:

Melissa McCray

Megan Warner

Danielle Mardquart

Emily Duncan

Melanie Roberts

Alex Alverson

Brittany Alexander


We had quite a few winners from the state wide art show (All State) for visual art students:

Paige Roglitz was second (in the entire state!) for her ceramic tea set

Micah Johnson received honorable mention for his drawing in the drawing category

Joseph Wrightson was second place fibers category for his silk scarf

Miranda Holm-Hudson and

Tucker Stofer both received honorable mentions for their stained glass windows in the   Jewelry/Metalsmithing category

Darien Fisher received honorable mention in the mixed media category

Elaine Barkley received 2nd place in the painting category.

That is a great showing for our school as we could only send on the first place winners from the Bluegrass Region art show

FCPS Calendar Winners

Yuki Watanabe

Kalia Barnett


Rebecca Hamperian represented Kentucky very well at the spring national diving meet. She was second on 1-meter and fifth on 3-meter, which pre-qualified her for summer diving nationals this year.


Kenneth Freeman has been awarded $700 from the Lexington Rotary Club in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement and selected to represent LHS as a member of the Lexington Rotary Club’s 2012 All-Fayette County Academic Team.

Gabriela Drucker has been awarded a $100 scholarship from the Lexington Rotary Club for her Great Teacher Essay recognizing Connie Waespe.


Elizabeth Howell was selected as a member of the Bands of America Honor Band in the 2013 Rose Parade®! Congratulations - what an honor!


The Lafayette High School/SCAPA Singers and director, Ryan Marsh, received unanimous distinguished performance ratings from three judges at the recent KMEA District Festival Performance Assessment.  The ratings were based on the ensemble’s prepared musical program.   The students also received a distinguished rating in the ensemble sight-reading portion of the event.

The Lafayette High School/SCAPA Madrigal Choir and director, Ryan Marsh, recently received unanimous distinguished performance ratings from three judges at their recent KMEA District Festival Performance Assessment.  The ratings were based on the ensemble’s prepared musical program.  The students also received a distinguished rating in the ensemble site-reading portion of the event.

The Lafayette High School/SCAPA Chorale and director, Ryan Marsh, recently received unanimous distinguished performance ratings from three judges at the recent KMEA District Festival Performance Assessment.  The ratings were based on the ensemble’s prepared musical program.  The students also received a distinguished rating in the ensemble sight-reading portion of the event.

The Lafayette High School/SCAPA Advanced Women’s Choir and director, Laura Howard, received unanimous distinguished performance ratings from three judges at their recent KMEA District Festival Performance Assessment.   The ratings were based on the ensemble’s prepared musical program.  The students also received a distinguished rating in the ensemble sight-reading portion of the event.


Mrs. Waespe is the recipient of the Lexington Rotary Club’s John R. Bryden Great Teacher Award.  This award, in the amount of $1,000, is presented in memory of John R. “Jack” Bryden, a long-time member of the Club and former administrator of Transylvania University.


Sarah Caton – 1st place in Literature for the Senior Division at the PTA state level for the State Reflections contest.

Jake Parsons placed 3rd in an art contest called "What does transition look like to me?" He will receive an award of $50 April 27th.




March 2012

DECA (business and marketing club) just returned from their state competition in Louisville.  They competed against students from all over the state of Kentucky for a chance to advance to the INTERNATIONAL level of competition in Salt Lake City, UT.  Each category had approximately 20-30 students competing and they were judged by business professionals.  Please congratulate the following students for their exceptional business presentations:

On their way to Salt Lake City, UT!!!

Aaron Farrar - 1st place in Advertising Campaign

Nick Willard - 1st place in Principles of Marketing

Ariel Norvell - 3rd place in Business Management and Administration

Rhett Constantine - 4th place (1st alternate) - Business Management and Administration


Jordan Carey has been offered an amazing scholarship to play golf at Asbury University!


Brittany Sims celebrated her commitment (she’s already signed) to the University of Louisville to attend and play softball for the Cardinals!


After only 5 weeks of practice, Lafayette’s team placed 6th in the Region 7 Tournament with a score of 2907 points! They participated in the Fayette County Archery Championships on Saturday, March 24th.


The following students will be competing at State Skills USA in April. I know you will want to congratulate them and wish them luck!

Patricia Taylor, Jordan Crandall, Terry Fon, Jessica Marshall and Bailey Lowry


12 of Lafayette Art students entered the Sister Cities Competition at Central Bank downtown. Area high school students competed for a grand prize of $250 and a chance at a $1000 at the international competition later this year.  Youth as a Catalyst for Change was the theme this year. Out of All the entries, Lafayette Senior Allie Thomas placed 1st with a grand prize of $250 and junior Honami Amano placed 3rd receiving a prize of $100.


Robert Cass’s American Mathematics Competition Score from February 22 qualified him (only 5% of students in the country qualify) to take the second exam (AIME).


Evan Castle and Matthew Thornton competed in the Region 11 Competition of the Governor’s Cup and will advance to the “Battle of the Bluegrass II” State Governor’s Cup Competition this month!


Founded in 1994, the ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program stands for mentoring high school students and inspiring them to pursue careers in design and construction. Lafayette is pleased to announce four students who have completed the program:

Benjamin Armbruster

Brian Butler

Taylor Dalton

Michael Kjelby

In addition to completing the program, Brian Butler and Taylor Dalton were recipients of the 2012 Senior Scholarship. This award was presented at the End of the Year Gala Bluegrass Chapter on March 28, 2012. Good job guys!


The Lafayette staff membership in PTSA increased by 140% this year. Thanks to all who have joined and it is not too late for new members!

STLP State Championship

First place winners:

Jacob Patrick—Graphic Design

Jordan Crandall—UK Computer Science

Alec Tibbitts—UK Computer Science

Alec Tibbitts—Original Content

Second place winner:

Alec Tibbitts—Original Content

Jacob Patrick’s graphic design will be in displayed at the Explorium


Lafayette raised $1,048 for the Red Cross by allowing teachers and administrators to wear jeans for $10 one week and $2 the next week! Thank you Bryson Perry!

The Red Cross Coin jars set up throughout the school filled up nicely with over $450 in change for the same cause. Go Lafayette – way to help!

February 2012

Wrestling – The season came to a close on February 18 at the Kentucky Horse Park. We have two young men that placed for Lafayette: Luke Rearic – state runner up and John Green – 7th place. Way to go, guys!

Speech Team – Beachwood Tiger Tournament

Beth Bollinger: 5th Place Poetry

Harper Toney: 1st Place Poetry

Laura Briggs: 2nd Place Prose

Zoe Miller: 6th Place Storytelling

Beth Bollinger: 2nd Place Impromptu Speaking

Carl Trammel: 4th Place Humorous Interpretation

Parker Kearns and Harper Toney: 5th Place Improvisational Duo

Laura Briggs: 5th Place Declamation

Megan Grzywacz and Amahlia Perry Farr: 7th Out in Improvisational Duo

For the entire team’s performance, our school won 5th Place in Sweepstakes Points.

What a showing for Lafayette!

Swimming and Diving - Rebecca Hamperian finished her high school diving career at the state meet in 3rd place, earned a spot on the medal stand and scored several points for Lafayette. Rebecca received the honor of making the Second Team All-State and had a score that qualifies her for all-American. Jamie Palumbo had the honor of being voted the KHSAA Outstanding Girls Diving Coach as well as the KHSAA Outstanding Boys Diving Coach at the meet. Congratulations to Rebecca for a great high school diving career at Lafayette, we will miss you and wish you the best diving for the University of Kentucky!!!

Signing Day – Football

William Johnson- Kentucky Wesleyan College

Zane Ramey- Western Kentucky University

Jeremy Smith- Centre College

Kent Franklin- Hanover College

Colin Wilkins- Union College

We’re proud of our Generals!

More Signings

Emily Kincaid – signed to play softball at Eastern Kentucky University

Anderson Miller – signed to baseball at Western KY University

Kevin Herren – signed to play baseball at Bellarmine University

Girl’s Basketball

The Lady Generals finished up this year with a winning season – way to go girls!

Boy’s Basketball

The boy’s team has moved on to the district championship with an automatic move to the regional tournament at EKU in March! Go Generals, Go!

Team of the Week!

The Lafayette Boy’s Basketball team was featured on WKYT’s Scholastic Ball Report as the Team of the Week Saturday, February 24th at 11:30 am. Congratulations Coach Mendenhall and to the Team!

Student Technology Association Competition

And the winners are…

Logan Carpenter 3rd place for Promotional Graphics

Justin Huesman 1st place for 3D Engineering CADD

Harsh Tiwari 2nd place for 3D Engineering CADD

Ryan Norton 3rd place for 3D Engineering CADD

Ben Brown 4th place for 3D Engineering CADD

Good job STA students!

KMEA selects all-state musicians

After grueling and competitive auditions with high school students from across the entire state, Lafayette boasts a plethora of students who have made it to this esteemed level of musicianship.

Congratulations are in order for:

Jazz Band:


Megan Davis – tenor saxophone

Steven Slone – trombone

Concert Band:


Marie Armbruster – oboe

Jake Kaplan - clarinet

Jessica Abney – clarinet

Joseph Wrightson – alto saxophone

Aaron Burns – French horn

Tobee Hagerman – bass trombone

Symphonic Band:


Chloe McIntosh – flute

Emily Rayens – flute

Sydney Webb – oboe

Turner Hawkins – bassoon

Andrew Burton – clarinet

Emily Wilson – French horn

Danny Alford – trombone

Dylan Matthews – trombone

Symphony Orchestra:


Stella Sharpe – oboe

Will Lovan – trumpet

Ole Wendroth – violin

Darcy Cassidy – violin

Lucy Becker – violin

Michael Goffinet – violin

Sarah Takahaski – viola

Alexander DeMoll – cello

Anna Wilson – cello

Emily Farrer – cello

Katie Jones – cello

Robert Wendroth – cello

Benjamin Healy – bass

Taylor – bass

Benjamin Bossert – bass


Commonwealth Strings:


Da Yup Kim – violin

Will Akel – violin

Smruti Patil – violin

Will Marshall – violin

Sarah MacDonald – viola

Cody Taylor – cello

Janie Herbener – cello

Julia Mead – cello

Michael Takahaski - cello


KMEA All State Choir

1,200 students competed and only 560 remain standing! Of those, the following talented vocalists from Lafayette high school are in the following choirs which performed at the Kentucky Center for the Arts during the KMEA state conference in February.

KMEA High School Teacher of the Year

Mr. Charles M. “Chuck” Smith was given this prestigious honor in February at its annual Professional Development Conference. Mr. Smith has been band director at Lafayette for 16 years and coincidently the band has won the Class AAAAA KMEA State Marching Band Championship 16 times! The awards for the marching band and the concert band, ensemble bands, and jazz band are many, most notable being invited to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade not once, but twice!

27th Annual Bluegrass Regional High School Art Exhibition Awards

Ross Thomas – Painting 4th

Micah Johnson – Drawing 1st

Brittney Fuller – Drawing 4th

Darien Fisher – Mixed Media 1st

Joseph Wrightson - Fiber Arts/Textile 1st

Paige Roglitz – Ceramics 1st

Tucker Stofer – Jewelry/Metals 1st

Miranda Holm-Hudson – Jewelry/Metals 2nd

Tynan Eichhorn – Jewelry/Metals 3rd

Bram Coffey – Digital Media 3rd

Elaine Barkley – Best of Show Overall


Lifesaver at Lafayette

Athletic trainer Jenni Williams didn’t hesitate when seconds counted in early February. A 14 year-old middle school student was working out with the Lafayette high school baseball team, suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.  Ms. Williams performed CPR and used a defibrillator on the boy while waiting on paramedics who had been called. The student is now doing just fine.

A Star is Born

Former SCAPA student Lucille Sharp has been cast in the upcoming season of the British hit show “Downton Abbey.” Look for her sometime in early 2013. Dreams really do come true!

WOW! Look at This!

v  Thanks to the Recognition Committee for their hard work in organizing the Student Recognition Assembly on Friday. The Minute-to-Win-It activities were great! We appreciate all the teamwork involved in giving our school a chance to be together to celebrate our students and staff. A good time was had by all!

v  Congratulations to Jimmy Little, Jerry Mahoney, Devi Adhikari, Nina Arnaoudova, Derick Bowman, Cliff Coleman, David Farris, Arthur Guy, Michael Montgomery, Faye Perkins, and Tina Sparks – the custodial team earned a 100% rating (AGAIN) during the Health Department’s most recent review of Lafayette. We appreciate all you do for us!

v  Our teachers work hard to access funding sources whenever possible. Two recent grants that were awarded to LHS include a Visiting Artist Grant awarded to our Chorus department. With this grant the students were able to work with musician/composter, Dr. Roosevelt Escalante, Jr., and they will perform a gospel music program with him on Friday night.

v  The second grant was awarded to the Student Council for their work in combating teenage smoking. They will share their message on the upcoming Kick Butts Day. Congratulations!

Staff News

Ms. Moll and her cafeteria staff recently received a 100% rating during a food service inspection. Congratulations and thanks for all the hard work!

January 2012

  1. Julia Knight, LHS student, won entertainer of the year, CD of the year, and songwriter of the year in the 13-17 age group, at the Tennessee/Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association Awards.
  2. Four Lafayette Students earned 2012 National Band and/or Orchestra honors.
  3. Two Lafayette Students received 1,000 dollar, partners for youth scholarships.
  4. LHS dance team won first place in Jazz, hip hop and overall grand champions at the Jam fest Dance competition and the Cheers for the Holidays competition.
  5. 18 band students were selected to the All state band.

December 2011

  1. 4 LHS Teachers just received National Board Certification:  Laura Howard, Ryan Marsh, Tracy Kerley, And Rhonda Mullins.
  2. Kelli Crawford, daughter of Math teacher, Nancy Crawford was voted onto the 7th Region, All region Golf team.
  3. LHS over flowed 8 large barrels of food for Gods Pantry food drive.
  4. SCAPA Lafayette’s Shakespeare’s Macbeth, placed third in the KY theatre’s association’s High School Drama Festival.
  5. Evan Chethik was named to the festivals all star cast.
  6. In the October blood drive, Lafayette had 110 donors, saving approximately 86 lives.
  7. 5 LHS students selected to participate in ACDA Southern division honors choir:  Ella Barton, Holly Bennett, Hunter England, Da-Yup Kim, Adrienne Omelchenko.

November 2011

  1. All of the Health classes have been collecting food for a food drive to help two local families in need. These families each have a child who either is waiting to be an organ recipient or who has just received an organ. Medical bills and medicine costs have put both of these families very far behind. The Health students at Lafayette have donated, so far, over 15 boxes of food.
  2. All Health Classes will be CPR certified on November 21 and 22nd .
  3. Girls Soccer Coach Bryson Perry voted Region Coach of the Year.
  4. Girls Soccer team went from 2 wins, and 9 goals, in 2010, to 10 wins and 48 goals in 2011.  1st Team all-region Laura Westneat, 3rd Team Margaret Kelly and Rachel Roberts.
  5. Lafayette Marching band came in 2nd in the State Band competition.
  6. Lafayette Choir:  see attached
  7. Lafayette Track is completed and LHS will be able to host track and field meets for the first time in at least 15 years.
  8. AP French students taught Mrs. Bachmeyer’s 5th grade French class at SCAPA.  The 5th graders all gave their new teachers an A+.

October 2011

  1. Girls Golf came in second in city golf tournament, Kelli Crawford Finished first overall!
  2. Lafayette Senior Volleyball players will be on WKYT'S Scholastic Ball Report TV show. Emily Kincaid and Sarah Jenkins are the Scholar Athletes of Week on Chanel 27 this Saturday Morning at 11:30 am.
  3. Both Boys/Girls cross country teams are ranked in the top ten in the state.  Boys 10th, girls 9th.
  4. Girls soccer won their first district game in five years vs. East Jessamine
  5. Boys soccer finished first in their very competitive district.
  6. Evan Castle, Clayton Colwell, Benjamin Healy, Julia Mead, are four LHS students that were commended in the 2012 National Merit Program.
  7. Alix McIntosh and Robert Cass, were awarded the 2011 NCTE Achievement Award in Writing.  Only four students received the award state wide and Lafayette claims half of the award winners.

September 2011

  1. National Merit semi-finalists names:
    1. Beth Bollinger
    2. Robert Cass
    3. Aneesha Carter
  2. Virginia Newsome recognized as an “Everyday Young Hero”, by the Youth Service of America, for the work in her community to ensure that children have access to quality arts education.
  3. Jackson Davis, outstanding student athlete is a participant in the ihoops first team division 1 men’s basketball mentoring program.
  4. Lafayette Orchestra program recognized by the KY Music Educators Association, as a “Program of Excellence”,


July 2011

Good News

1. Lafayette Senior Johnny Youngblood was drafted into MLB by the Atlanta Braves.

2. Emma Jackson received the Joann McEvoy Frazer Vocal Achievement Award as distinguished vocalist.

3. Sarah Caton won a national first-place award for poetry in a Junior American Citizens contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

4. The following students were selected to the Governor’s Scholars program.

Aneesha LaShawn Martin Carter, Evan Scott Castle, Sarah Alexandra Caton, Clayton Raymond Colwell, Gabriela Isabel Drucker, Courtney Taylor Jones, Julia Katherine Mead, Lydia Grace Speler.

5. Girls’ softball made it to the final four of the state championship.

6. The following students were selected for Leadership Lexington Youth Program. This was a selective process with only 47 students selected from around the county. Lewis Aldridge, Cassady Gorrell, Weitong Liu, Devin Morton, Virginia Newsome, Harsh Tiwari, William Troske


7. Jackie Knight was the recipient of the 2011 ASAP Award from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Jackie was one of about 80 from a total of 90,000 applicants to receive this prestigious award. She will participate in the Interlochen Summer Arts program as a result.

June 2011

1. The following students have been accepted to the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program: Aneesha Carter, Evan Castle, Sarah Caton, Clay Colwell, Gaby Drucker, Courtney Jones, Julia Mead, Lydia Speler. The following will serve as alternates: Darcy Cassidy, Shelby Smith, Stefani Wade, Ole Wendroth.

2. Chloe McIntosh won first place in the senior division of the Fred Moore Memorial Flute Contest sponsored by Lexington’s Firebird Chamber Ensemble. She and the winner of the junior division were featured as soloists in the Flute Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert on March 19.

3. Katelyn Eubank will be Cinderella at Disney World Resorts from May 14 through the end of the year.

4. SCAPA Creative Writing students have many awards and honors. In the 2011 Scholastic Regional Writing and Art Contest: Gold Key – Jackie Knight – Short Story, Silver Key – Julie Niklas – Poetry, Silver Key – Sharon Rodriguez – Poetry, Certificate of Merit: Beth Bollinger – Poetry, Beth Bollinger – Persuasive Essay, Lizzy Kilcoyne – Poetry, Alix McIntosh – Short Story, Marua  Riley-Ulmanik – Poetry, Kirk Hardy – Humor, Kathryn Dressman – Poetry, Denise Henault – Poetry. Jackie Knight has been awarded a full scholarship ($4,000.00) to the summer creative writing camp at Interlochen School for the Arts in Michigan. Sharon Rodriguez has won the second place award and the honorable mention award in the poetry contest sponsored by Hazard Community College. Her work will be published in their literary magazine, Kudzu. Jackie Knight, Sarah Fannon and Smurti Patil were selected to participate in the Young Women Writers’ Project at the Carnegie Center.

5. The following Lady Generals were named All-City for the 2010-2011 basketball season. Please congratulate them. Shomari Kendrick First team All-City, Jariana Gillespie Second team All-City, Sarah Cooley Honorable Mention.

6. Shamori Kendrick was given Honorable Mention for girl’s All-State in basketball.

7. Future Business Leaders of America earned honors at the state conference. Clay Colwell received second place in Computer Problem Solving. Harsh Tiwari received second place in Intro to Technology Concepts.

8. Kilein Briggs and Jordan Kavanaugh received a scholarship from Black Achievers of America as a result of their senior score packet, number of years and attendance in the program, GPA and ACT scores.

9. Lafayette High School together with Southside Vocational and Picadome Elementary has piloted a composting program coordinated by Bluegrass PRIDE.

10. Lafayette’s Ethan Campbell and Sara Caton have been selected to serve on the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council. The chief goals are to protect the environment, preserve natural resources and encourage responsible spending of tax dollars. This council is made up of a cross-section of FCPS and community stakeholders charged with developing and implementing a realistic yet visionary districtwide plan.

11. Jackson Davis was honored with his selection to the All-City Basketball, second team.

12. Elaine Barkley won the $250 first prize in the 2011 Sister Cities High School Art Contest, sponsored by Central Bank. Allie Thomas got $100 for third place. All the entries were displayed in the bank’s John G. Irvin Gallery on West Vine Street.

13. The following students have been accepted to the Governor’s School for the Arts: Evan Chethik, Brodie Craig, Kelli Crawford, Gabriela Drucker, Darien Fisher, Patrick Garr, Turner Hawkins, Amie Huesman, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Austin Marksbury, Alix McIntosh, Chloe McIntosh, Ashley Paul, Megan Peterson, Maura Reilly-Ulmanek, Aaron Reynolds, Michael Roach, Colton Ryan, Sydnee Webb, Emily Wilson, Joseph Wrightson. The following will serve as alternates: Michael Balko, Caroline Combs, Grace Cox, Jonathan Crocetti, Megan Davis, Yu Dong, Kathryn  Dressman, Emily Farrer, Heather Feese, Michael Goffinet, Cassady Gorrell, Tanner Hoertz, Sydney Jahnigen, Kaitlyn Ryan, Alexandria Thomas, Ole Wendroth.

14. The Youth Services Center grant for the International Tutoring Club went up $450 to $1450 for next school year.

15. Haley Kirk signed with the Asbury women’s golf team.

16. The following students were winners of the Congressional Art Contest: Lauren Elizabeth Perkins- Collage Winner; Gabe Adkins- Computer Generated Winner; Avery Durbin- Fayette County Winner; Joseph Wrightson- Mixed Media Winner; Austin Cadie- Prints Winner; Armand Napier - Overall Winner.

17. Jud Weaver signed with Bellarmine University for cross-country track.

18. Jimmy Lacy will be signing a scholarship for track and cross-country with Georgetown College.

19. Nathan Gillespie and Taylor Harris advanced to the state tennis finals held at the University of Kentucky.

20. Sarah Caton was honored with an Award of Excellence by the Kentucky PTSA for her visual arts entry in the Reflections contest.

21. Girls’ Softball won the Regional Tournament defeating Henry Clay 10-0. They defeated Dunbar for the District Championship by 11-1.

22. Lafayette High School will be establishing a Lafayette Twitter to better communicate with parents and the community.

April 2011

1. Congratulations to Lafayette Girl's Basketball who advanced to the second round of the regional tournament for the first time since 2006. They defeated Lexington Catholic for the district championship.

2. Emma Fleming was the Lafayette winner of the FAME Awards Essay honoring Mr. Matson. Other students and their respective honored teachers were… Lindsay Adamson honoring Ms. Robinson; Kody Adkins honoring Ms. Lilly; Portia Boggs honoring Mr. Howard; Anna Collins honoring Ms. McLaughlin (retired); Andrea Frost honoring Ms. Robinson; Jariana Gillespie honoring Ms. Denton; Tsubasa Haraguchi honoring Ms. Felts; Brittney Jefferies honoring Ms. Boulanger; Jonathan Karp honoring Mr. Matson; Whitney Lorentz honoring Ms. Leber; Nirmal Mangar honoring Ms. Felts; Husam Muwafaq honoring Mr. Kinney; Spencer Poulter honoring Mr. Matson; Cerefino Santiago honoring Mr. Mitsumori; Asri Syafrin honoring Ms. Felts; Jesse Williams honoring Ms. Montgomery.

3. The following students qualified for the State Speech Tournament: Miles Conger, Radio Broadcasting; Jennifer Rhodenhiser, Radio Broadcasting; Arjay Donaldson, Declamation; Portia Boggs, Declamation; Shelby DeWeese, Extemporaneous; Carl Trammel, Humorous Interpretation of Literature; Jake Greenwell, Impromptu Speaking; Alex Gieringer and Portia Boggs, Improvisational Duo Acting; Scott Anderson and Jake Greenwell, Improvisational Duo Acting; Alex Bongard and Alex Nelson, Improvisational Duo Acting; Jennifer Rhodenhiser, Poetry Interpretation; Carrie Moscoe , Poetry Interpretation; Harper Toney, Prose Interpretation; Jennifer Rhodenhiser, Storytelling; Miles Conger, Storytelling; Alix McIntosh, Original Oration.

4. Amanda Pugh and Kasey Underwood both earned the distinction of being named to the girl's "All-Conference" bowling team. Klye Gillespie was named "All-Conference" to the boy's team.

5. Lafayette students donated 119 pints of blood during the March blood drive. That was a school record!

6. Miles Conger placed third in the annual Shakespeare monologue competition hosted by the Kentucky Chapter of the English Speaking Union.

7. Nicholas Blackburn, Darcy Cassidy, Benjamin Healy, Jonathan Karp, Julia Mead, Heeju Sun, and Jacob Yates at SCAPA/Lafayette High School, have been selected by Music for All to perform in one of the nation’s finest honor ensembles, the 2011 Honor Orchestra of America.

8. David Kenner and Nicky Jeter signed with Pikeville College. Matt Britt signed with Wittenberg University

9. Jonathan Crocetti was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend a week long summer camp seminar experience at the Savannah School of Design.

10. Elaine Barkley is the winner of the 2011 Sister Cities High School Art Contest sponsored by Central Bank.  Elaine will receive an award of $250. Elaine’s art teacher, Connie Tucker, will also receive $250 to be used toward other class projects. Third place went to Allie Thomas. She will receive $100.

11. Both our custodial staff and our cafeteria received ratings of 100% from the Health Department.

12. Lafayette Graduate Maureen Morehead (class of 1969) was named Kentucky Poet Laureate.

13. Lafayette TSA (Technology Student Association) demonstrated their skills at the recent TSA State Conference. Harsh Tiwari took 2nd in 3D Engineering CAD, Ryan Ballard and Nathaniel Edwards took 2nd in Debating Technological Issues, and Bobby Jones and Nathaniel Edwards took 3rd in Digital Video Production.

14. Jonathan Karp and Hee Ju Son took 1st place at the Macauley Chamber Music competition at the University of Louisville and gave a live radio performance.

15. Lafayette vocation studies students performed well at the SkillsUSA competition. William Wethington came in 2nd in Building Maintenance, Justin Minnick came in 1st in Collision Repair, Eduardo Avila came in 2nd in Collision Repair, Deshon Barber and Kevin Kocinski came in 1st in Community Service, Jason Rock came in 1st in Crime Scene Investigation, Tom McKnight came in 3rd in Diesel, and Cameron Plowman came in 2nd in Video Production.

16. Lafayette students excelled at the Foreign Language Festival. Honors in Japanese go to: Derek Wade-Davis came in 1st in Japanese Listening Proficiency, Kayla Kazee and Lauren Perkins came in 1st in Japanese Dialog Proficiency, Zoe Graff came in 1st in Japanese Recitation on a Poem and Japanese Reading Proficiency, Jillian Neustat came in 1st in Japanese Project (individual), Horace Hunter, Dylan O’Hair, and Zachary Thompson came in 1st in Japanese Video, Hannah Jones and Laura May came in 2nd in Japanese Video, Victor Sanchez and Walker Sabourin came in 3rd in Japanese Video, Justin Huesman and Katherine Day came in 1st in Japanese Project (group), Aldo Garcia-Guito and Maria Silva came in 2nd in Japanese Project (group).

17. Honors in Spanish for the Foreign Language Festival go to: Tyler Pape 1st in Spanish Listening Proficiency, Weitong Liu 1st in Spanish Listening Proficiency, Alana Corley 1st in Spanish Language Reading, Sarah Caton 1st in Spanish Writing Proficiency, Sara Rugg 1st in Spanish Recitation of a Poem, Eurika Boulay 1st in Spanish Recitation of a Poem, Jenna Duprey, Andrew Maggard, Emily Kincaid, and Cassity Lawrence 1st in Spanish Video, Jacob Hempel 1st in Spanish Recitation of a Poem, Sabrina Kline 1st in Spanish Reading Proficiency, Derek Wade-Davis 1st Spanish Listening Proficiency, Lafayette Spanish Chorus 1st Spanish Chorus, Yanik Otrokov 2nd Spanish Listening Proficiency, Kelly White 2nd Spanish Recitation of a Poem, Sarah Caton 2nd Spanish Recitation of a Poem, Clay Gonzalez 2nd Spanish Recitation of a Poem, Stephanie Federico 2nd Spanish Writing Proficiency, Nicki Frost 2nd Spanish Writing Proficiency, Brian Rugg 2nd Spanish Listening Proficiency, Jordan Carey 3rd Spanish Reading Proficiency, Travis Jarrells 3rd Spanish Reading Proficiency, Emily Farrer 3rd Spanish Reading Proficiency, Virginia Lawless 3rd Spanish Listening Proficiency, Nicki Frost 3rd Spanish Recitation of a Poem, Dylan Woolum 3rd Spanish Writing Proficiency, Paige Roglitz 3rd Spanish Writing Proficiency, Isabel Oyuela-Bonzani 3rd Spanish Art.

18. Sarah Caton has been awarded the 2010-2011 Kentucky PTA Reflections Program Award of Excellence in the Senior Division of Visual Arts.  She will be recognized on May 14, 2011 in Frankfort KY.  Her project will move on to the National Level.

19. Sarah Fannon won Honorable Mention in EPIC’s High School division of Poetry Category with her entry, The End of the World.  Her work has been included in the 2010 New Voices Young Writers anthology in the library.


March 2011

1. Ethan Hughes, a junior at Lafayette High School, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor given by the Boy Scouts of America. For his project, Ethan renovated the God’s Pantry distribution center at Central Christian Church by constructing a wall to divide a room in two and adding a hall doorway.

2. Nick Michl, a freshman at Lafayette High School, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor given by the Boy Scouts of America. For his project, Nick made repairs and improvements to the Shallow Flats wildlife viewing area near Cave Run Lake.

3. The wrestling team won the Fayette County Championship the weekend of February 5th. The team had 10 finalists (most of any school) and four champions. Those champions are Camden Hanley, Jimmy Lacy, Sam Bryant, and Rafael Vasquez

4. Rebecca Hamperian won the KHSAA region 5 dive championships and scored high enough for all-American consideration. The 2nd place finisher was 124.7 points behind her. She has qualified for the state championships held Feb 24-26.

5. Lafayette Dance team is 18th in the Nation after competing at National Universal Dance Association competition in Florida.   This is the first time Lafayette has ever made finals in this competition.

6. Congratulations to senior Max Robinson on his recent commitment to Lipscomb University. Max will be taking his soccer talents down to Nashville next fall. Good luck to Max!

7. Lafayette had five students to qualify for state wrestling tournament. They are Luke Rearic, Camden Hanley, Will Bryant, Jimmy Lacy, Sam Bryant, and alternate Colin Wilkins.

8. The district writing review team declared the Lafayette Writing policy in full compliance with Senate Bill 1. Congratulations to all who worked on it.

9. Tuesday, February 15th, four students accepted scholarship offers and signed letters of intent for Pikeville College. They were Malcolm Relford, Marlon Johnson, Tanner Napier, and Bruce Robinson.

10. Lafayette wrestlers faired very well at the state tournament. Luke Rearic – 10th grade at 103 weight class came in 4th, Will Bryant – 12th grade at 119 weight class came in 3rd, Jimmy Lacy – 12th grade at 125 weight class came in 5th

11. Lafayette High School S.T.L.P (Student Technology Leadership Program) competed in the district Stem Fair.  Lafayette won first place in the High School Showcase: Entrepreneurial for digital art and graphic design.  We also had several individual winners in the digital art contest. Tied for 2nd place in Manipulated Photo: Alex Southwell and Gabe Adkins. 1st place in Original Art: Micah Johnson. 2nd place in Original Photo: Gabe Atkins. 1st place in Graphics: Juan Del Rosario. 2nd place in Graphics: Micah Johnson.  Lafayette was also the primary contributor to the Digital Arts Gallery at the STEM Fair with over 45 pieces of digital artwork displayed.  Overall, the students had a great time at the fair and our digital art display was invited to showcase at the State convention held in May at Rupp Arena.

12. Congratulations to the swim team for their performance at the state meet. Rebecca Hamperian took first place in girl’s one meter diving. Lafayette swimmers set six new school records.

13. Congratulations to the following students for their success at the Regional Technology Student Association Competition at EKU: Taylor Dalton for 2nd place in problems solving; Patrick Weitlauf for 2nd place in problem solving; and Adam Whidden for 3rd place in 3D Engineering CAD.

14. Congratulations to these students who committed to Pikeville College for athletic scholarships in soccer: Stephanie Morgan, Olivia Gipson, and Chase Johnson.

15. Lafayette won 16 out of the 49 judged exhibits at the 26th Annual Bluegrass Regional Art Exhibition. Congratulations to the following students who took awards: Painting 2nd Isabel Oyuela-Bonzani, Drawing 2nd Haley Pierce, Drawing 3rd Kenneth Freeman, Mixed Media 1st Vanessa Garcia, Mixed Media 4th Lauren Perkins, Fiber Arts/Textile 1st Erin Hardy, Fiber Arts/Textile 2nd Hallie Hensley, Fiber Arts/Textile 3rd Joseph Wrightson, Jewelry/Metals 1st Alex DeMoll, Jewelry/Metals 2nd Joseph Wrightson, Jewelry/Metals 3rd Tucker Stofer, Digital Media 1st Gabe Adkins, Digital Media 2nd Micah Johnson, Digital Media 3rd Will Bryant, Cultural Heritage/Diversity 1st Micah Johnson, Cultural Heritage/Diversity 4th Olivia M. Bruner.

16. Two Lafayette students were scholarship winners at the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. Andrew Miller won first place in the undergraduate division winning a $5000 scholarship waiver and a $1750 tuition to attend American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria in 2010. Emma Jackson took third place in the undergraduate level and won $1000.

17. Lafayette’s Madrigal Singers took first place in the 7th annual Margaret Comstock Chamber Choir Competition. Lafayette’s Madrigals have won this competition 6 times.

January-February 2011

  • All State Concert Band: Melanie Burrier, flute; Stella Sharpe, oboe; Marie Armbruster, oboe; Michael Balko, trumpet.
  • All State Jazz Band: Philip Moore, drums
  • All State Symphonic Band: Chloe McIntosh, flute; Meredith Burns, oboe; Turner Hawkins, bassoon; Maria Kidd, Bb clarinet; Joseph Wrightson, alto saxophone; Danny Alford, trombone; Chris Baldani, euphonium; George Summers, tuba.
  • All State Symphony Orchestra: Jonathan Karp, violin I; Heeju Son, violin I; Ole Wendroth, violin II; Sarah Grindle, viola; Alison Ward, viola; Alex DeMoll, cello; Emily Farrer, cello; Nicholas Blackburn, bass; Benjamin Healy, bass; Tyler Turcotte, bass, Emily Wilson, French horn; Clay Gonzalez, trombone.
  • All State Commonwealth Strings Orchestra: Michael Goffinet, violin I; Will Akel, violin II; Maya McCutchen, violin II; Sarah MacDonald, viola; Julia Mead, cello; Robert Wendroth, cello; Anna Wilson, cello.
  • Lafayette High School earned a Best Choreography award in the varsity jazz dance division at the Winter Jam, an annual cheer and dance team extravaganza. The Winter Jam, held Dec. 11 at the Lexington Center, included school, recreational and all-star squads from Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. In addition to the overall award, Lafayette received second-place honors in varsity jazz dance competition and finished third in advanced non-spring floor varsity cheer.
  • University of Louisville Honor Choir: Jasmine Johnson, Kailey Marshall, Tayler McNickle, Andrew Miller, William Whalen.
  • Barrett Salley received the rank of Eagle Scout on November 17th, 2010.
  • Lafayette had 46 students selected to the District 7 Honor Band. This was twice the number of the next highest school.
  • Lafayette placed 5th in the City Championship swim meet out of eight teams on January 22nd. Eleven new school records were set for Lafayette. Congratulations to the following students who set individual and relay records: Luke Dobson, Kenneth Freeman, Kyler Johnson, Edward Freeman, Megan Smith, Lauren Mehanna, Kirstin Olson, Courtney Jones.
  • Lafayette Boy’s Soccer received several postseason awards. All-State: Max Robinson - Second Team and Ryan Oppegard - Honorable Mention; All-City: Max Robinson - First Team and Guillermo Clemente - First Team; Max Robinson - NSCAA Senior Excellence Award
  • Rebecca Hamperian placed first at the city dive at Transylvania and broke the meet and pool record.
  • Kenneth Freeman and Edward Freeman will be representing the United States at the Deaf World Games in Coimbra, Portugal this August. Please congratulate these students for this very high honor.
  • Lafayette Dance Team won first place in Jazz and second place in Hip Hop at the regional competition. They were also honored with the Grand Championship Award. Good luck at Nationals!
  • Lafayette Girl's Track did well in their meet at Mason County including a first place in shot-put by freshman Montazia Brown. Honorable mentions in other events include Becca Bertrand in the 55 meter, 400 meter, and long jump. Also Olivia Rodrigue in the 400 meter and 800 meter.
  • Lafayette Wrestler Will Bryant is the Bumblebee's "Athlete of Month" for January. Will and Coach Chris McCoy are to be interviewed by Gary Ball this Saturday morning at 11:30 am for the Scholastic Ball Report.
  • Several Lafayette athletes have signed letters of intent for various colleges. Trey Benson signed with Lindsey Wilson College, Matt Green signed with Oklahoma State, Alyssa Oakley signed with Transylvania, and Lauren Brockman and Cassidy Taylor signed with Georgetown.


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