The purpose of the House Project is to help students engage with the year’s theme by producing something creative based on that theme. This year each House was asked to produce a movie to portray the influence of a positive Mentor relationship. Each House did an amazing job writing and filming their own mentor movie over the course of the year, and we all enjoyed their official premier last week.
Twelve-year-old Claire Schutte is a seventh grade student at Highlands Latin School and has attended since Kindergarten. Claire belongs to the House of Patrick and her favorite subjects are geography and literature (Claire says she has particularly enjoyed Treasure Island this year). Claire is on the Highlands Latin School basketball team and also plays volleyball and soccer at Southeast Christian Church. Her favorite thing about HLS is, “Lots of good friends and a good, close community. You get really close to people.” Continue reading
Highlands Latin School junior Charlotte Wright has been dancing since she was eight years old. Nine years later, she still fills her day with ballet, and in the summer of 2018, she had the opportunity to attend the prestigious Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.
“It’s been a really awesome part of my life. I get to express myself through my art form,” Charlotte said. While Charlotte has taken some modern dance classes, she prefers ballet for its sense of structure. Her dedication to ballet has led to a rigorous schedule as she balances school and dance. After school, Charlotte has three to four hours of class at Louisville Academy of Dance (LAD) nearly every night of the week. Her Saturdays are almost entirely dedicated to ballet, with a dance class in the morning followed by rehearsals until 5 or 6 p.m. These long hours of rehearsal prepare her for several shows throughout the year. Each winter, LAD puts on a performance of The Nutcracker, which Charlotte has participated in every year, and the studio also hosts a spring showcase. Continue reading
Daniel Young has a gift. Currently a sophomore at Highlands Latin School, Daniel has attended since kindergarten. He is a member of the Art Club and serves on the set crew for Drama Troupe performances. His greatest contribution to the drama productions, however, may be his exceptional artwork. Continue reading
In 2006, HLS Founder Cheryl Lowe served as the Charter Representative for American Heritage Girls Troop KY2521, a chapter of the national organization for young women dedicated to character development, Christian values, and family involvement. Danielle Fuller joined the organization that year as a kindergarten student. Today Danielle is a junior at HLS, and a candidate for the Stars and Stripes Award (the highest level of AHG recognition), for which she recently designed the Cheryl Lowe Prayer Garden at the Spring Meadows campus.
“When considering what I could do for the school, I realized that the CHBC campus has a chapel and a sanctuary, but that Spring Meadows had no place for worship. I thought a prayer garden would be a beautiful and necessary addition to the campus. I wanted to dedicate it to Mrs. Lowe because she was an exemplary woman of the highest integrity,” says Danielle.
According to HLS’ Director of AHG Troop KY2521, Christine Haner, who also served as Danielle’s mentor, the Stars & Stripes Award requires each of its candidates to plan and direct a 100-hour service project of her choosing that fulfills AHG’s oath to honor God, family, community, and country. Danielle began in June, before she and her parents, along with Mrs. Haner, met with Brian Lowe to discuss her blueprint and explain her ideas.
“Mr. Lowe approved the plan for the prayer garden and kindly offered the services of the Spring Meadows campus lawn team. The lawn caretakers dug up the old dead grass and some overgrown plants so my volunteers would have a ‘clean slate’ on which to work,” says Danielle.
Plants and pavers were donated by Greenside Outdoor Services, who also installed the pavers at the onset of the project implementation. Danielle supervised while volunteers tilled and dug dirt, planted herbs and flowers, laid down sod, and power-washed the sidewalk. Then it was time to add a sundial and benches. In her initial meeting with Mr. Lowe to discuss plans for the Cheryl Lowe Prayer Garden, Danielle learned Mrs. Lowe had favored rosebushes and herbs in her own gardens, so those were added to the perimeter of the space.
“God even smiled on the project, keeping the weather perfect for the entire week while the pavers were installed and while volunteers were completing the project. The prayer garden was finished a whole day early!”
Danielle says HLS has played a large role in shaping her character, and she wanted to do something for the school in return by using her involvement in American Heritage Girls. The garden, she says, exceeded her expectations.
Now that the project is complete, Danielle will submit an essay, a resume, and a project summary before she can officially receive her Stars and Stripes Award. The presentation will take place this spring, at which Terry Giltner, Troop Coordinator, will present Danielle the award.
“A Prayer Garden, dedicated to Mrs. Cheryl Lowe, is not just a touching tribute but a lasting contribution to the communities of AHG KY2521 and Highlands Latin School,” says Mrs. Haner. “While I have supported American Heritage Girls and Troop KY2521 in various ways over the last nine years, one of the most rewarding has been to support the girls who seek to earn their Stars & Stripes Award. It takes every arrow in their quiver, every creed word they have incorporated into their daily lives, every tool they have mastered, and all the gifts and talents bestowed by our Creator to earn this award.”
Danielle is grateful for the donations and volunteers who helped her create the Cheryl Lowe Prayer Garden. She says her favorite details are the stepping stones inscribed with Scripture and the sign that quotes Alfred Lord Tennyson: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Danielle has been especially pleased by the encouragement and affirmation from Mrs. Hatfield, Mrs. Lowe’s sister and author of the New American Cursive program.
“It pleased me to know how much she likes the Cheryl Lowe Prayer Garden, and how much she thinks Mrs. Lowe would have liked it,” says Danielle.
Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program is a highly competitive summer program in which rising seniors spend five weeks at one of three in-state college campuses with other students from across the state. Accepted students spend their summer focusing on their chosen discipline. GSP is completely paid for, and students who complete the summer program are awarded generous scholarship opportunities to colleges and universities in the state of Kentucky.
Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Program allows rising juniors and seniors to spend three weeks living on campus at Centre College immersed in the arts as they study and develop their selected art form. Throughout the program, they also forge new friendships with other students from around the state, while working with college professors and coaches. GSA is completely paid for, and accepted students are offered very generous scholarships at in-state colleges and universities.
Hannah Thibaudeau – Visual Arts
|Congratulations to six Highlands Latin juniors who were accepted to the 2014 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. The Governor’s Scholars Program is Kentucky’s most prestigious summer, liberal arts program for rising seniors. The HLS students accepted are Spencer Henderson, Matthew Zolla, Logan Crum, Lauren Petrey, Andrew Thibaudeau, and Alexander Perdue.|
|We would like to congratulate Ed Boomershine and Andrew Thibaudeau, who were selected to attend the 2014 Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, and Laura Callihan (already famous for her Science Olympiad boomilevers), who was chosen as an alternate. GSA provides opportunities for the state’s most talented dancers, actors, instrumental and vocal musicians, creative writers, future architects, and visual artists to attend a challenging summer residential art program. Governor’s School for the Arts, like Governor’s Scholars, is free for those students who are selected.
|Please congratulate these students the next time you see them.|
Each team of 12th graders will receive an $850 budget to purchase components for constructing a multicopter. Starting with a DIY kit such as 3DR-Y6 from 3drobotics.com or similar DIY kit is allowed. Teams may bargain and negotiate for items but may not barter. All transactions must be with independent third parties. Teams may use items already owned if the cost can be verified and is deducted from the budget.
Teams will be provided with one Weller WLC100 Variable Power Soldering Iron with ST3 and ST7 tips, one roll of 60/40 solder, one tip cleaner, one desoldering wick, and one helping hand clamp with magnifying glass. Teams may borrow any additional tools necessary.
Twelfth graders interested in competing should attend the first meeting on Thursday, March 20th from 3:30 to 4:30 in room 211.
Fly to within 30’ of 4 individually marked waypoints. +50 Points.
Digitally video/photograph 2 objects from a distance less than 30’. +25 points
+2 points for the team with the clearest video/photograph.
+2 points per object for the team the the closest video/photograph.
+10 points for wirelessly transmitting images to a provided screen.
Submit complete accounting of purchases with receipts. Accounting must show starting cash balance, ending cash balance, and a list of expenses with date, vendor, and dollar amount. Teams may use a spreadsheet, paper ledger, or free accounting software such as freshbooks.com or waveapps..com. Teams must bring printed copies of receipts and accounting record to the competition. +50 points.
+10 points for completing task #1 in the least time.
+5 points for the lightest multicopter.
+15 points for displaying, recording, or transmitting an electronically measured distance from the multicopter to a specified object while in flight.
+10 points for the team with the most money remaining after the competition.
-10 points one time for making contact with any object or the ground during task 1 or 2
-10 points for losing prepaid Visa card.
GPS coordinates will be provided for waypoints and video objects before the competition begins. All objects will also be physically marked for manually controlled multicopters.