By Rob McDaniel
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Several South Laurel High School students were recognized Monday night by the Laurel County Board of Education.
Elise Boling, Matthew Herald, Emilia Bustle and Amber Tyree were honored for being selected by the National Association for Music Educators as top performing students. As such, they will be participating in the 2013 All-National Choir.
“The Laurel County School District is proud to announce that South Laurel High School students make up the majority of Kentucky students selected,” Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett said. “These students are four of only seven selected from the entire state.”
As part of the application process, the students were required to send in a solo audition tape to be judged by a panel of music educators. They were notified in July that they had made the cut.
They will join other high school musicians from across the country to participate in a performance in Nashville on October 30, when music educators from all 50 states gather for their annual conference.
The National Association of Music Educators is among the world’s largest art educational organizations.
Also honored during Monday’s meeting was South Laurel High School student Carly Hudson.
Hudson was the only Laurel County Student to be selected to participate in the 2013 Governor’s School for the Arts.
The school gives students the opportunity to participate in nine artistic disciplines. Hudson was selected for drama.
Her three-week opportunity included staying on the Centre College campus where she received instruction in the arts, developed her skills, received college preparation and performed arts related community service.
Hudson also just participated in the year-long Girl Project. She was one of only 18 students selected for the project. They spent one day a month in creativity related workshops, relationship building exercises and mentoring as positive female role models.
The board also approved an agreement with Berea College for the Gear Up grant for the 2013-2014 school year. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education to promote college readiness.
The agreement includes a $750,000 per year grant matched in kind by the Laurel County School District. The grant will be awarded through 2018 and will specifically follow the classes of 2017 and 2018.
The money goes towards four academic coaches who perform tutoring and home visits for students that need additional help.
Also discussed in Monday’s meeting:
• Approved to act as fiscal agent for the Laurel County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy for the 2013-2014 school year.
• Approved a memorandum of agreement with Kentucky Community and Technical College System for the 2013-2014 school year.
• Recommended approval of memorandum of understanding with Kentuckiana CPR Training Center for the 2013-2014 school year.
The next meeting of the Laurel County Board of Education will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 at the Central Office. Meetings are open to the public.