LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Student success was the theme of the Laurel County Board of Education meeting Monday night as several students were recognized for outstanding academic achievement, test score improvement and volunteerism.
“We’re pleased to report that South Laurel High School ranks number 11 in the U.S. News and World Report for best high schools in the state, 804 in the nation and of the 31,242 high schools only 19,400 only received a ranking,” Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett said. “That puts South Laurel in the top two percent in the nation and top five percent in the state.”
In addition to the success of South Laurel High School, several students were honored for being named Governor’s Scholars.
According to the Governor’s Scholars Program website, the program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors.
The program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home.
The program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. The first class numbered 230 and was housed on one college campus. Since then, the program has enjoyed excellent support and grown to over 1,000 students on three campuses.
“It’s quite an honor to be selected,” Bennett said. “This year we have quite a few; it’s the most we’ve had in quite some time.”
Haylee Carroll, Barret Brewer, Logan Gilbert, Hailey Sizemore, Matthew Herald, Hannah Gibbs, Michael Jones and Emilia Bustle were honored as recipients as the Governor’s Scholars Program and will spend five weeks on one of three college campuses, studying their choice of either leadership or academics.
Students from London Elementary also gave two presentations at Monday night’s meeting.