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3 Campbell County Students Selected for Two Prestigious Academies

Three Campbell County High School students have been selected to two of Kentucky’s most prestigious academies to complete the final two years of their high school studies.  

Lydia Deaton and Anya Deaton, daughters of Mitchell and Leslie Deaton, have been selected to attend the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University.

J.T. Reagor, son of James and Stephanie Reagor, has been selected to attend the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University.

The Craft Academy selected 60 students from across the state based on ACT scores, academic grades from their first two years of high school, interest in advanced STEM careers, responses to essay questions, an interview by the Academy selection committee and recommendations from teachers and others who could attest to the student’s need and preparedness for the program.  

The academy, meeting the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors from across Kentucky, provides a college-level curriculum allowing students to finish high school while completing up to two years of university coursework.

The Gatton Academy selected 99 students who 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, earlier this month, 189 candidates were invited to interview with WKU faculty members, community leaders from across the Commonwealth and Gatton Academy alumni. Reagor will complete his junior and senior years of high school at the academy and will graduate high school with a minimum of 60 college credit hours.

“On behalf of the entire Campbell County School District, I’d like to congratulate Anya, Lydia and J.T. for this tremendous achievement,” said Dr. David Rust, superintendent of Campbell County Schools. “I am certain these fine students will use this incredible experience to expand their goals and aspirations for their futures.  I couldn’t be more proud of them, and the great teachers and staff in our schools who helped prepare them.”