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ACHS hosts open house, Board meeting 16 Feb 2017

More than 50 ACHS students speak on impact of their clubs and organizations
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By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools

A standing room only crowd at the Adair County High School library was treated to one of the more unique school board meetings in recent memory Thursday night. Students led tours of the school during the open house immediately preceding the meeting, and more than 50 ACHS students spoke to the board about their high school experiences.

"We have a very special presentation that's going to showcase all the different options we have available to us," said student board member Lauren McQuaide to start the meeting. McQuaide came up with the idea to host the meeting at ACHS and did a lot of the organizational legwork. "Personally, as a student board member, I've gained a lot of confidence in myself. I was intimidated at first, but I've learned to channel that."

After McQuaide's opening remarks students from every club, organization, and sports team in the school spoke to the board about how their group of choice impacted their academic, social, and emotional growth. Many students spoke about getting out of their comfort zones, being introduced to new groups of friends, learning teamwork, and gaining confidence.

Students participating in the presentation Thursday were:
Paige Grider (student site base member)

Michaela Walker (nursing/HOSA)

Owen Grant (SADD)

Lauren Talley (band)

Charles Jones (AP Euro)

Olivia Bair (visual arts/NAHS)

Ben Hancock (academic team)

Emery Bosela (STEM club)

Chloe Hixson (cheerleading)

Alayna Willis (JR AM/PM dual credit)

Cole Schmidt (Indian U)

Emily Taylor (yearbook)

Trenton Upchurch (air space)

Ashley Morford (choir)

Jaiden Taylor (ACCEL High)

Blake Biggs (golf)

Wes Stone (track)

Austin Dipascure (chess club)

C.J. Rodgers (football)

Katherine Curry (girls' basketball)

Emily Farmer (tennis)

Michael Montgomery (baseball)

Kelsie Keltner (softball)

Kia Miller (volleyball)

Brandon Harp (Jr. Guard)

Hannah Scott (performing arts/drama)

Makayla Smith (FCA)

C.J. Bonifer (FBLA)

Savannah Roy (Ag/FFA)

Linsey Grant (BETA/NHS)

Cheyenne Waddle (peer tutor)

Sara Dunbar (pep club)

Grant Robertson (welding/Skills USA)

Katelyn Cowan (ambassadors)

Dylan Pendleton (Mandarin)

Hunter Cundiff (Spanish)

Kassi Roy (STARS)

Savannah Starks (All-State)

Kellie McGaha (FCCLA/FACS)

Mary McGuffin (EMT)

Natalie Taylor (AP chem)

Arabella Caldwell (AP lit)

Baylor Giles (boys' basketball)

Laura Curry (9th tech academy)

Dylan Bryant (LCATC)

Derek Burris (IT)

Chauncey Abston (community work transition)
The whole process took just more than an hour and left the board and superintendent - as well as the large crowd in the audience - quite impressed. "I think it's very encouraging to see the excitement in these young people," said Mike Harris, the board's longest-tenured member. "You all did just a fantastic job. You should be proud." Board chairwoman Lisa Burton and interim Supt. Dr. Pamela Stephens also commended the students, and offered their thanks to McQuaide for her hard work and vision in orchestrating the presentation.

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Adair County School Board, listening 16 Feb 2017

2017-02-17 - Library, Adair County High, 526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, .
The Adair County School Board was held in rapt attention as some 50 students delivered one-minute talks about the career pathways and clubs which were having positive effects on their high school experience. The presentation was the brainchild of Lauren McQuaide, student representative on the board, far left, who introduced the presentation. From left are: Board Members Mike Harris (5) Daniel Adams (2); Secretary to the board Becky Bailey; Dr. Pamela Stephens, interim superintendent; Board Chair Lisa Burton; Board Attorney Coleman Hurt; and Board Members Jonathan Gaskins (4); and Terry Harvey (5). At far right is Troy Young, Principal at Adair County High School, who reserved his remarks to the end of the presentations. - EW

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Lauren McQuaide opens Thu 16 Feb 2017 AC School Board session

2017-02-17 - Library, Adair County High, 526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Wes Feese, Media Relations, Adair County Schools.
Student board member Lauren McQuaide opened Thursday's meeting at ACHS by explaining her reason for requesting the location change and offering her thoughts on how the school has grown in her three years as a high school student. - Wes Feese

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Students guide Board Member Terry Harvey on tour of ACHS

2017-02-17 - Adair County High School, 526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Wes Feese, Media Relations, Adair County Schools.
Student tour guides Alayna Willis and Samuel Willis showed board member Terry Harvey around the building and explained the work that goes on inside the different classrooms at the school Thursday before the February district board meeting, 16 Feb 2017.

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