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Bellevue Student Scores Perfect 36 on ACT's Reading Portion

Bellevue High School senior and board of education student liaison Marisa Hayward was applauded at the recent board of education meeting for scoring a perfect 36 on the reading portion of the ACT.

Her composite score was 30.

"I would like to go to the University of Montana and study parks, recreation and tourism management," Hayward said. "I want to be a park ranger."

She said she hasn't visited the college yet because it is expensive to travel to Montana, but she is excited about her future.

Another senior, Alexia Hedgespeth, serves as editor-in-chief of the yearbook and takes a journalism class at the high school. She wanted to revive the haunted house event that was discontinued a few years ago. So, she and freshman Malik Schweinzger organized the haunted house at the high school over a weekend, and were able to raise over $1,600 for the school.  

Thirty students were involved in setting up the event, and it was so successful that the Community Center contacted the school to have Hedgespeth help them with their haunted house.

Schweinzger also showed off his report on the Day in the Life writing series. He shadowed a teacher, and interviewed her, writing about the experience.

The school board hosted the students as part of their student showcase segment of the monthly school board meeting. Each month students from the school where the meeting is being held will show off their talents.

Colt Ward, from Barnes Dennig Accounting firm, came to present the draft report on the annual audit of the school district. He hit the highlights in the distributed report, telling the board that assets were up $1.3 million, and the liabilities were fairly consistent. He said the salaries are at 75 percent, right in line with the other smaller school districts.

Tara Wittrock announced that a School Readiness Award grant that she applied for came through, but though she applied for $45,000 the school received $15,000 because so many preschools applied for the grant.

The board approved applying for another grant from Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center and Kentucky Safety Prevention Alignment Network for the education of parents in the area of teenage drivers. The program, called Checkpoints, is designed to provide parents with effective ways to establish driving rules, as well as consequences for not following driving rules. Parents are reminded in the program to set a good example while driving, and encouraged to create a parent/teen driving agreement.

The board also approved applying for a Kentucky Academic Standards Implementation Professional Learning Mini Grant which will support a sustainable process of implementing new math standards, aligning curricula, orienting new teachers, and monitoring success.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor