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4-H Students Bring Home Ribbons From State Fair: Reese Childress Wins Top Category Spot
Edmonson Voice Report:
Several Edmonson County students from all ages recently participated in 4-H activities at the Kentucky State Fair. Reese Childress won the Grand Reserve title, which is the top honor in the category of consumer education projects.
Reese's project was titled “What is the Best Buy?” She compared the prices of different types of orange juice and different types of ketchup to determine the best buy. She also had to write an essay explaining the process.
All other students won ribbons in multiple areas. They all first qualified for state by winning in the 4-H Rally Days contests at the Big Brownsville Bash.
Here is a slideshow of these students and their awards:
MAMMOTH CAVE, KY – Mammoth Cave National Park will receive approximately $6.5 million from the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to rehabilitate about one mile of cave trail inside Mammoth Cave starting in fall 2022. The project will address deferred maintenance associated with these facilities, visitor safety, tour experience, and natural and cultural resource protection from the New Entrance to the Frozen Niagara entrance.
“The funding we’ve received through GAOA will allow us to fix deteriorated cave trails and greatly improve the visitor experience in this busy section of Mammoth Cave,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “The current trail has not seen any major improvements since the 1930’s when the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the path used today. Once this project is complete, we will have a safer and more comfortable tour route and provide even better protection to the cave’s sensitive resources for the next generation of cave visitors.”
The Cave Trail Rehabilitation Project will harden the existing cave trail using concrete and paving stones and replace narrow stairways to improve both the visitor experience and emergency personnel access. New benches will be installed in the Fairy Ceiling gathering area and the Frozen Niagara section will see an improvement to the overlooks in the main Drapery Room and Crystal Lake. These improvements will greatly enhance the visibility of these features to the public once the project is complete.
The exact date of construction has not been set but work is expected to begin in November 2022 and last until summer of 2023. During construction the Grand Avenue, Domes and Dripstones, Frozen Niagara, Introduction to Caving, and Wild Cave Tours will be unavailable, but the park offers several other tours through Mammoth Cave that are unaffected by the project. Please visit our Cave Tours website for more information on our cave tour schedules and descriptions.
In 2021, Mammoth Cave National Park received 516,000 visitors who spent an estimated $47.9 million in local gateway regions. These expenditures supported a total of 643 jobs, $25.5 million in labor income, $40.9 million in value added, and $69.2 million in economic output in local gateway economies surrounding Mammoth Cave National Park.
Infrastructure funding from GAOA and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are part of a concerted effort to address the extensive deferred maintenance and repair backlog in national parks. Supported by revenue from energy development, GAOA’s Legacy Restoration Fund provides up to $1.3 billion per year for five years to make significant enhancements in national parks to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment for current and future visitors.
Local Gatton Academy Student Participates in Undergraduate Research Education Program with Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory
By: Kari Lynn Somers, courtesy of Gatton Academy:
This summer, Gatton Academy student Brody Johnson, a Bee Spring resident, completed the Undergraduate Research Education Program (UREP) at the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory. As one of eleven students selected to participate in this program, Johnson focused on addressing the question, “What methods can be developed to effectively study small or rare populations relevant to cancer research?” The UREP gives students from across the region the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in biomedical research and present on their findings.
Johnson shared about his experience, “Wood Hudson’s UREP program prepared me for a career in medicine by providing me with excellent mentor figures, all seasoned in their respective fields, who were more than happy to share their expertise and advice regarding research, clinical medicine, and the field of cancer biology in general.” These mentors included Dr. Julia H. Carter, Prof. Diane Willkening Gilb, Dr. Ronald D. Snyder, Dr. Larry E. Douglass, and Dr. Erik Bey. Not only did this program give Johnson a new appreciation for the work going into cancer research, but he also had the chance to meet like-minded individuals pursuing similar goals.
The program concluded on August 10 at “Science Day” where students presented their final research proposals. Johnson proposed looking at treatment for patients with extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma and whether more effective approaches exist. As this form of cancer is rare, Johnson states that, “its treatment has not been explored as much as its more widespread counterparts,” making it a relevant proposal for research.
Students in the program also gave lectures on a chapter of their textbook, “Principles of Cancer Biology,” and one peer-reviewed journal article to their peers in a classroom setting.
Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, Academic Opportunities Coordinator at The Gatton Academy, stated, “We’re grateful to Wood Hudson’s UREP program for giving our students a chance to narrow their interests within STEM fields while gaining valuable experience. As a close partner for over 11 years, we look forward to our continued work with Dr. Julia Carter and all the wonderful staff in Newport.”
Students at The Gatton Academy are encouraged to participate in research experiences and internships during the summer between their junior and senior years. During Summer 2022, students took part in the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Gatton Research Internship Grant program, Gatton Sponsored Internship Program, National Security Language Initiative for Youth, Study Abroad, and more.
Brody is the son of Brad and Jodi Johnson of Bee Spring.
About The Gatton Academy: Established in 2007, The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s first residential two-year program for gifted and talented junior and seniors. The Gatton Academy’s students enroll as juniors and are full-time WKU students pursuing their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Gatton Academy is a recipient of the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from Insight Into Diversity Magazine and the Innovation Partnership Award from the National Consortium for Secondary STEM Schools.
Edmonson Voice Report:
The Edmonson County Schools annual Back to School Bash was held last night at the Edmonson County Public Library. An estimated 500 students attended the event, where there was also 32 vendors on-site.
“Back to School Bash is a way to provide parents with a few school supplies and also to connect them with resources in our community," said Jamie Carnes, Supervisor of Federal and State Programs for EC Schools. "It also provides FRYSC a great outlet for outreach.”
“We would like to humbly thank our outstanding community partners for their support in providing kids with a fresh start to the school year," said Alicia Edwards, FRC Coordinator for South Edmonson Elementary and Kyrock.
Carnes said the event is always successful and noted that it was not held at the high school due to the late start of the school year and a scheduling conflict with the ECHS football game.
Back To School: