Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program 2014 scholars selected

Mia Zanzucchi

Five West Jessamine High School students have been selected as Kentucky Governor’s Scholars, an immersive five-week college preparatory program. Students live on one of three college campuses in Kentucky and participate in small group seminars, volunteer work and more.

Monica Alden, Nicole Fielder, Emerson James, Shawn Murphy and Jesse Seales are West Jessamine’s five Governor’s Scholars. For some, GSP will be an opportunity to “network with future leaders,” as Fielder, who hopes to attend Vanderbilt University next fall, said. Others, like Murphy, will take this opportunity to see firsthand what college is like.

Rising juniors who are interested in the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) should contact the guidance office this coming fall for application and selection information.

From left to right: Jesse Seales, Nicole Fielder, Emerson James, Monica Alden and Shawn Murphy

From left to right: Jesse Seales, Nicole Fielder, Emerson James, Monica Alden and Shawn Murphy


Powderpuff returns to West

On May 16, the West Jessamine National Honor Society (NHS) will host their annual powderpuff football game, a girls-only flag football charity game. Like past years, this year, all proceeds will go to Cystic Fibrosis research. A $1 donation is required to play, and tickets are $3. Player signups will begin the week of April 28 and tickets will go on sale the week of May 5.

“Students seem to really enjoy powderpuff,” NHS adviser Ms. Gray said. “The upperclassmen enjoy playing the lowerclassmen and it’s a great fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”

Moving Pictures stops the competition at High Bridge Film Festival

Mia Zanzucchi

The West Jessamine High School stop motion action film club Moving Pictures entered and won the high school division of the High Bridge Film Festival for their short film Feast Friends.

Feast Friends centers around a man, alone on Thanksgiving, who realizes the true meaning of Thanksgiving. The members of Moving Pictures wrote, shot and edited the whole film by themselves. Sophomore Kaitlyn Kearns did the storyboarding, some members acted in the film and others helped move the props to make the over 2,000 photos appear seamless.

Juniors Nicole Fielder and Jesse Seales founded Moving Pictures last August with art teacher Mr. Stein as faculty adviser. “I wanted to see people’s interest in film develop,” Seales says. “I want to see the club grow [next school year] and for other people to have great ideas and direct their own films.”

Moving Pictures hopes to enter the 2015 High Bridge Film Festival next spring.

Moving Pictures at the High Bridge Film Festival on Saturday, April 26

Moving Pictures at the High Bridge Film Festival on Saturday, April 26

A performance to look forward to

Jacob Sears

On May 29, the West Jessamine band, choir and visual arts programs will come together for a spectacular performance. As the visual arts department is creating pictures and paintings to display during the event, the band and choir are preparing to perform. This will be the first time that these programs team up. Come and support your arts programs!

FCCLA Spring Fling

Emily Kerns

On April 15, the Jessamine County Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization held its first annual Spring Fling at JCTC to raise organization funds. The officers and volunteers created six fun stations including pictures with the Easter bunny, face painting, crafts and other exciting games for children to enjoy. Members baked cupcakes for Easter decorating and even printed out Easter bunny pictures for families to take home. At five dollars a ticket, the Jessamine County FCCLA raised $320 with 85 kids in attendance. This contributed greatly to the club’s treasury and will able them to help fund future community service projects. Overall, the FCCLA Spring Fling was a huge success and will become an annual event the club will continue to organize.

New things happening in Jessamine County

Megan McAnly

Have you heard about the new dam being built in Jessamine County? The dam will be located between Jessamine County and Garrard County at Lock 8. The whole investment will cost $12.6 million. Work began in June of 2013 and, according to Jerry Graves, executive director of the Kentucky River Authority, it will be complete by June, 2015.

With long-time leaks in the old dam, the new dam will make the river as well as the other dams and locks better than in past decades. It will also provide better drinking water for the surrounding areas. Let’s not forget that if the water is too high, the dam can let water out. If the water level is too low, they can let more water in. This helps when the weather becomes inclement.

The dam will be constructed of three cylinders, 56 feet in diameter and filled with concrete. A temporary cement plant was installed for the dam and will be removed after the work is complete. The crew is also working on possibly restoring the lock and promoting more tourism in Jessamine County. The River Authority would have to approve opening the lock before they can go further with the idea, and funds are an issue for the plan.

Recently, Kentucky has been improving their rivers dams. The last dam built was Lock 9, costing $14.9 million. The next dam they build will be Lock 10 in Boonesborogh, Kentucky.


Young Koh

On Monday, March 24, the Malaysian government issued a confirmation that the lost flight MH370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean area. Due to the lack of any possible landing sites in the immediate area, Malaysian Airlines sent text messages to the families stating the assumption has to be made that none of the people on board of the MH370 survived.

Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was set to fly to Beijing, China on Saturday, March 8 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The flight lost contact with the air traffic tower within an hour of takeoff, and search efforts begin with a collaboration of Vietnamese and Malaysian efforts. On Sunday, March 9, China, the U.S., Singapore and the Philippines joined the search effort, and the search radius was widened to 50 nautical miles centered on the last-known location of the flight. The following day, the search radius was again widened, this time doubled to 100 nautical miles.

Interpol identified two men who boarded the plane with stolen passports: PouriaNourmohammadi and Seyed Mohammed Reza Delavar. Both men were Iranian in nationality, using Italian and Austrian passports to board the airline. However, Interpol does not support the belief that the disappearance was an act of terrorism.

On Wednesday, March 12, the search radius is expanded to 27,000 nautical miles with 12 nations mobilizing 42 ships and 39 aircrafts total. The search has been thus far focused in the South China Sea. Satellite imaging and radar detection suggested a new search area in the Indian Ocean on Friday, March 14.

On Saturday, March 15, the Malaysian government confirmed that the actions taken on board of the flight MH370 were deliberate. The terrorist-action theory is largely left out from consideration. There is, however, little information on the suspect or motive for such an action.

The search party for the flight was expanded to 26 nations on Monday, March 17. Australia and Indonesia began to lead searches in their own areas. On Wednesday of the same week, the FBI announced its participation in the search effort. On Friday, March 21, the search efforts remain without result. Numerous satellite images of debris were brought up throughout the week. However, searches within those areas remain inconclusive.

The search effort was suspended on Tuesday, March 25 due in inclement in weather conditions. The location of the missing flight still remains unknown.

Artwork outside of a Makati school in Manila, the capital of the Philippines Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco via International Business Times (

Artwork outside of a Makati school in Manila, the capital of the Philippines
Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco via International Business Times (

Project Graduation to be at West in 2014

Martina Vitelli

Project Graduation is a celebration organized by the principals of East and West Jessamine High Schools together to promote safety for seniors right after walking across the Southland stage. This project is community sponsored and is largely approved by parents because it is alcohol and drug free. Project Graduation is going to be at West this year, and it will last from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The graduates will be checked at the entrance of the school for illegal substances and alcohol, and they won’t be able to leave the building all night. Project Graduation is also an opportunity for seniors to spend time together, conclude their high school experiences safely, socialize and get ready for the new chapter of their lives.


STC to CRA: West’s Ms. Smith takes over Dr. Wells’ former position

One of the 2013 Jessamine County Teachers of the Year Ms. Smith, current Site Technology Coordinator and part-time math teacher, was recently offered and accepted the position of Curriculum Resource Administrator (CRA).

Ms. Smith’s former position of Site Technology Coordinator included taking on the roll as ACT coordinator for West. ACT coordination will now be split between math teacher Mr. Greene and social studies teacher Mr. Yost.

“I think the things that I bring to the administration team are technology knowledge and the math teacher aspect,” Ms. Smith said. With Smith’s addition to the West administrative team, every administrator came from a different one of the four core subjects: science, English, social studies and math.

“Having a female administrator is also good,” Ms. Smith added. “Some kids only respond to one type of

To become qualified for any principal position, Ms. Smith had to complete a principalship test and 30 hours of classes, which she finished in June of 2013.

West’s CRA position was opened up when Dr. Wells accepted head principalship of West Jessamine High School. Ms. Smith’s former position of Site Technology Coordinator will be given 30 days from its initial job listing before any official decisions can be made.

Prom 2014 runs to win

A Night at the Derby was the theme for the 2014 prom, held on Saturday, May 3. Over 300 tickets were sold for the event, which is a highly anticipated high school tradition. This year’s prom was on the same day as the actual Kentucky Derby, where DAP’s California Chrome won.

This year, the West Jessamine choir played a pivotal role in the planning and organizing, as well as the junior student council and Ms. Huffman, who plans prom every year. In past years, prom was held at the Red Mile Race Track in Lexington, but this year, it was moved to The Grand Reserve, a venue more central to downtown Lexington.

Choir director Ms. Greene encouraged students to integrate social media into their prom experiences as much as possible by coining #WJHSDerbyProm and #WJHSPromSong for sharing photos and requesting songs. Throughout the night, a slideshow of #WJHSDerbyProm photos and the prom court played.

At 11 p.m., Officer Wade announced the ten seniors – five girls and five boys – who were nominated by their peers for prom court. Aric Parker, Rachel Craycraft, Alex Penman, Allyson Archer, Joel Mansur, Abigail Apgar, Will Henderson, Olivia Welch, Cody Foster and Peyton Ransdall took the stage for the crowning, where Cody Foster and Abigail Apgar were named prom king and queen, respectively. The two shared a dance as other students took to the dance floor again.

To see photos from prom, look at the new, official West Jessamine High School Facebook page and Twitter handle @WJHSColts.