Darren Doyle, story:
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 101 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2023, which include two students from Edmonson County High School, Brody Johnson and Amber Williams.
“We are excited to welcome outstanding students from all across the Commonwealth to The Gatton Academy’s Class of 2023. These students have not let the pandemic stop them from pursuing advanced educational opportunities in STEM fields,” said Dr. Lynette Breedlove, Director the Gatton Academy. “These talented students have been supported by devoted educators in schools throughout Kentucky, who helped the students explore their strengths and set lofty goals.”
Applicants were evaluated based on ACT/SAT scores, high school grades, awards, extracurricular activities, responses to essay and short answer questions, and letters of recommendation. In addition to these criteria, candidates were invited to interview with Western Kentucky University faculty members, community leaders from across the Commonwealth, and Gatton Academy alumni.
Students from 48 counties represent the Class of 2023. Among those students accepted include either the third or fourth students accepted in The Gatton Academy’s 14-year history from the following counties: Carlisle, Green, Livingston and Owsley. The Gatton Academy has had students attend from 117 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
Students will complete their junior and senior years of high school living in Florence Schneider Hall. At the end of their two-year course of study, students will graduate from high school with a minimum of 60 college credit hours.
The Gatton Academy provides a rich living and learning environment designed specifically for academically talented adolescent students that features clubs, organizations, and community service. Additionally, students are able to participate in advanced research with WKU faculty members. Research conducted during students’ time at The Gatton Academy has been honored in the nationally competitive Regeneron Science Talent Search, Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The majority of Gatton Academy students also participate in a study abroad or global learning experiences in locations such as Costa Rica and England.
Brody Johnson is the son of Brad and Jodi Johnson of Bee Spring, and Amber Williams is the daughter of Kevin Williams and Deborah Tarpey-Williams of Mammoth Cave.