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GEAR UP Leaders in Service

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Twenty-five high school students were honored in a ceremony in the State Capitol as part of the first Kentucky GEAR UP Week Celebration. More than a hundred students, parents and educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to recognize the GEAR UP Students of the Year for their leadership among their peers, personal accomplishments, and academic achievements including GEAR UP Promising Appalachian Leaders in Service winners: Cole Raines, Bell County High School; Martina McClure, South Laurel High School and Emalee Patton, Owsley County High School.

“Today, we celebrate the next generation of Kentucky’s leaders,” said Bob King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “Programs like GEAR UP are vital in making sure our high school students, especially those who are the first in their family to attend college, are ready to succeed when they graduate – academically, financially, socially and emotionally.”

GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded program designed to create a sustainable college-going culture and increase the number of students who stay in school and succeed in postsecondary education.

“Our GEAR UP high school students received more than 156,000 hours of college and career advising just last year and thousands visited a college campus,” said Dr. Aaron Thompson, interim president of Kentucky State University and board chair of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. “As a result, we’ve seen more students meeting college readiness benchmarks and taking the necessary steps to plan for college and a career.”

One GEAR UP Student of the Year was nominated by program staff in each participating school as an emerging student leader in good academic standing with proven leadership among their peers and consistent participation in program and school activities. All nominated students submitted a video essay entitled “What GEAR UP Means to Me.”

The event occurred during National GEAR UP Week when 127 GEAR UP projects across the nation celebrated the impact of the program. In recognition, Governor Bevin proclaimed Sept. 19-23, 2016 as GEAR UP Week in Kentucky.

Kentucky has four GEAR UP programs: the state grant administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education and three GEAR UP partnership grants led by Berea College. Combined, these programs help more than 46,000 Kentucky students and families in 130 low-income middle and high schools understand how to plan, apply and pay for college.

Event photos are available at

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Manchester Man Wrecks in Ohio

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Duah Kwaku, 57, of Manchester (KY), a trucker resting in the sleeper berth of the semi’s cabin, was hurt seriously, when a tractor-trailer rig crashed on the Ohio Turnpike in a road construction zone in Maumee last week, authorities said. Kwaku, was trapped in the wreckage for about two hours before he was extricated and flown with what appeared to be serious injuries to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Trooper Jason Lankey said.


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Celebrate Recovery Clay County

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Celebrate Recovery Clay County Ministry Leader Brad Garrett was with Governor Matt Bevin at the Governor’s Mansion last week. Brads testimony is inspiring and full of hope for all those that struggle with addiction. The Celebrate Recovery Grand Opening will feature Brad and Shannon Allen’s testimony of what God has done in their lives and music by Kevin Rice and band Monday, October 3 at 6:30 PM at the Church of God Worship Center on North Highway 11.


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