From the editors…

The editors of Colt Nation would like to apologize for the mistakes printed in the October issue of Colt Nation:

  • On the front page, Landon Adkins was in the middle of the boys’ golf photo.
  • The article on Breast Cancer Awareness Month had a statistical error. The American Cancer Society estimates that 2013 will have seen over 232,000 cases of breast cancer and almost 40,000 deaths form breast cancer.
  • The name Hailley Stantz, author of the Gravity movie review, was misprinted.
  • The ‘e’ in “Sweeney Todd” was misprinted.
  • Joe Bandy, author of the Standards Based Grading article, submitted a concluding paragraph but the senior editor may or may not have lost it.

All of these changes have been applied to the web version of Colt Nation, available at

Colt Nation contributor Joe Bandy:

The overwhelming majority of feedback from students had one complaint, “Standards Based Grading isn’t fair.”

I really hate to beat a dead horse on this one but life isn’t fair. School already isn’t “fair” since not everyone has equal footing. Some have better resources, teachers, test taking abilities etc. The point of SBG, however, is to focus on the education and not the fairness. If you honestly believe that someone who struggles learning concepts shouldn’t get extra attention that not all other students get, you’ve been sorely mislead. If a kid doesn’t need the extra practice to ace the test why does he need to do it? Teachers are here to teach to the best of their ability, they don’t need to reprimand students who don’t need their help.

So instead of complaining about what’s fair, be thankful you,
A) Have a free education
B) Have an awesome system (SBG) to better said education.


October 2013 Briefs

Sweeney Todd tickets are on sale during all lunches. They’re $5 for children, $7 for adults and free with a student activity card in advance. At the door, tickets are $7 for children and $10 for adults.
The student performance is on 10/30 during the first two blocks of the day.
Public performances:
10/31 – 8 p.m.
11/2 – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Yearbook is having a bake sale on Thursday, Oct. 31 during all three lunches.

Beta Club is hosting a trick-or-treat canned food drive in the Hawthorn and Lone Oak subdivisions starting at 5 p.m. on Halloween night. All proceeds go to Wilmore First Christian Church.

Football, marching band, dance and cheerleading senior night will be at the Friday, Nov. 1 game against Garrard County, starting at 7:30.

JCTC club day will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6 during fifth block.

If you are interested in writing for the November issue of Colt Nation, there will be a writer’s meeting Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 a.m. in Ms. Landon’s room.

Teacher Spotlights: Mrs. Slaton-Greene and Mr. Greene

Kolby Hawkins


Mrs. Slaton-Greene

Mr. Greene

Favorite food:

Mac & cheese


Favorite part of the year?


Getting married

Are you excited for summer?



Are you sad to see the seniors graduate on June 7?

Of course. You always grow fond of them. They start behaving, then they leave.

A little bit, but I’m excited that they get to move on to what they want to do

West has Five Kentucky Governor’s Scholars

Mia Zanzucchi

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program is a unique, selective, and competitive summer academic opportunity open to juniors across the state of Kentucky. This year, the program accepted five academically outstanding students from West. The five week residential program rewards rising seniors with generous guaranteed scholarships to in-state schools.

·Gavin Davis wants to attend Murray State for pre-vet undergrad and Auburn for vet school before becoming a small animal vet.

·Noah Dixon wants to go into neuroscience but is still looking at several Ivy League universities.

·Catherine Graham wants to attend University of Kentucky for pre-med and Vandy or Duke for graduate school before going into dermatology.

·Isaiah Kang is currently undecided in both major and school but is considering engineering.

·Bradley Phelps plans to study astrophysics at University of California: Berkeley

Marci Smith: WJHS Teacher of the Year

Skyler Reisig

Ms. Smith is obviously a great teacher; she won teacher of the year! Here at West, we’re so proud of her. Students in her classes are fortunate too! She teaches advanced math and is also a part-time lab technician. She’s been teaching for a very impressive 16 years. When asked what makes her different from other teachers, she said, “I don’t tell as much. I let the students figure out things more on their own.” And when asked if she liked her career, she said this is definitely the place she is meant to be. So congratulations, Ms. Smith!

West Claimes 8th Best High School in Kentucky

Grant Wells

U.S. News and World Report recently released their annual high school ranking, and West Jessamine was ranked the eighth best high school in all of Kentucky. In a chat with Assistant Principal Scott Wells, he voiced his enthusiasm with the ranking: “I couldn’t be more proud of our student body as a whole and the effort they put in on a daily basis to strive to become better. Our staff deserves the credit for their commitment to providing the best education for our students.”

Spring is a Busy Time for FFA

It’s spring time once again here in Jessamine County, and for FFA members that means one thing: competition time! Our FFA chapter has been kicking tail here the past few weeks at many local, regional, and state level competitions. Here is a rundown of some of the recent successes:

Bluegrass Regional Speaking Contest
Floral Impromptu: Joseph Brock – Excellent
Extemporaneous: Sarah Warren – Excellent
Creed Speaking: Casey Simpson – Superior 1st
Goat Impromptu: Derrick Simpson – Superior 3rd 

WJHS Members of the Superior 1st Parliamentary Procedure Team:
Derrick Simpson
Sarah Warren
Joseph Brock
Fabian Leon

Bluegrass Region Paperwork Day
Beef Production Entrepreneurship: Rod White – Superior 1st
Agriculture Communications: Sarah Warren – Superior 1st
Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship: Rod White – Superior 1st
Turf Grass Management: Dalton Knight – Superior 1st
Outdoor Recreation Placement: Derrick Simpson – Superior 1st

Jessamine County Scarp Book compiled by Sarah Warren – Superior

2013-2014 Bluegrass Regional Vice President: Sarah Warren

Photo: Sarah Warren

Band Bursts with Activity

The West Jessamine Colts band is bursting with activity this semester. On Thursday, March 21, the band will hold a performance for Wilmore Elementary School students.  Director Mr. Michael White has high hopes for the concert band at a KMEA sanctioned event in Somerset on Tuesday, March 26 where they will be ranked as novice, apprentice, proficient, or distinguished. Expectations are huge after the Colts band took home a distinguished rating last year. In addition, the marching band is preparing for another promising season come this fall. Recruitment has already started and rehearsals will begin the third week of July. Be sure to catch the WJHS jazz band at a performance for the whole community on April 19 at JCTC.

Colt Nation would like to congratulate the WJHS concert band on earning a distinguished rating at KMEA on March 26.

WJHS on Showcase at Community Night

Josh Preston

A community Stakeholder’s night was held at West High on Tuesday, March 5.  Its purpose was to inform and educate local community leaders and business owners of the plethora of clubs and activities proceeding amongst the student body.  “We are proud of our students, we are proud of what they do, and we want our community to be as proud of them as we (the school) are,” says Marci Smith, a teacher at West and leader of the event. “A lot of times when people hear about schools, they hear the negatives. Our main goal tonight was to reach out and let people know of some of the other awesome things our students do, rather than just the things people hear on the news.” Each club and activity at west high had their own booth to present to visitors of the event.

Strikes at State

The West Jessamine High School girls’ bowling team is hot off a huge win from state. Coached by science teacher Ms. Murry, the girls’ team, consisting of Robin Cheek, Olivia Boggs, Kelsey Couch, Katelyn Duff, and Bailey Lowry, placed sixth in the state. Robin Cheek also qualified for the individual competition at state, which was held at the beginning of February. The boys’ team just missed state qualification, but nonetheless had a successful year. We congratulate both bowling teams for a season well bowled.