More than 1,100 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to the Windy City to Step Up to the Challenge as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win more than $81,000 in cash awards.
Future Business Leaders of America held its FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 29-July 2. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.
Noor Ali, daughter of Dr. Ahsen and Munizeh Ali, Sylvia Justice, daughter of Arlin and Sandra Justice, and Braden Kendall, son of William Kendall and Dr. Sheila Combs, from Pikeville High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Ali, Justice and Kendall competed in the Social Media Campaign event and brought home eighth place. The team members were responsible for developing a social media marketing campaign for their FBLA chapter that used three social media platforms and incorporating a mix of owned, earned, and paid media. The event also required the team members to present their social media campaign in front of a panel of judges at region, state and national competition.
Pikeville High School FBLA advisers are Mary Anne Prater and Brandon Blackburn.
On June 10-14, the seventh and eighth grade Pikeville ACES gifted and talented class traveled to Ames, Iowa and competed in the International Future Problem Solving Competition held at Iowa State University. Countries around the world, as well as, many states competed in individual and team events including community problem solving, global issues problem solving, scenario writing team and scenario performance.
The Pikeville junior high ACES students competed in the community problem-solving event and won third place in their event. The students attending the competition included Emily Crum, daughter of Dr. Aaron and Angela Crum, Isabella Justice, daughter of Adam and Rebecca Justice, Jacob Barber, son of Duane and Donna Elkins, Hunter Ford, son of Jon and Christie Ford and Jackson Holland, son of Jody and Joann Holland. Other students who participated, but unable to attend, were Hannah Jones, daughter of Robert and Maedea Jones, Annie Salyer, daughter of Chad and Jonda Salyer and Adam Swofford, son of Mark and Lynette Swofford.
Community problem solving students use a six-step problem solving process to tackle an actual problem in their community. The Pikeville ACES team’s community project included building self-sufficiency skills of residents at the West Care Homeless Shelters. One component of their project involved a garden project where students planted fall/winter crops in raised beds and donated the bed, along with a worm farm, to the Men WestCare Facility. A second component involved the students conducting a school wide book drive that resulted in a collection of over 2,000 books that were donated to create a library at the Women and Children WestCare Shelter.
The team is coached by Traci Tackett.
The Presidential Physical Fitness Award recognizes students who achieve an outstanding level of physical fitness based on national benchmarks based on a student’s age and gender. Pikeville Independent test all sixth, ninth and twelfth grade students. Boys and girls who score at or above the 85th percentile on five events that include curl-ups, shuttle run, endurance run or walk, right angle push-ups testing and V-sit (sit and reach) are eligible for this award. Ten Pikeville Elementary students earned the Presidential award. The students include Elizabeth Brown, Jestina Davidson, Alexandra Fleniken, Lauren Hoffman, Patrick Jones, Jason Lin, Emma Minix, Tate Walters, Mason Ward and Kaylee Wells. Pikeville High School freshman Walker Hall also earned the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.
A second award students can earn is the National Physical Fitness Award. Students who score above the 50th percentile on the same five events are eligible for this award. Eleven Pikeville Elementary students earned this award including Sarah Belcher, Jewel Booher, Rachel Bowman, Nathaniel Collins, Emily Gearheart, Aaron Justice, Lauren K. Justice, Allie Samples, Colin Street, Coleton Tackett and Riley Tavis. Five freshmen from Pikeville High School also earned the National Physical Fitness Award including Alexander Chang, Colton Cross, Cassidy Lowe, Hunter Heffington and Ryan Williams.
Mrs. Traci Tackett's elementary gifted and talented students are featured in this month's Kentucky Teacher. To access the article and video, click the link listed below.
Gardening not just a spring project for Pikeville Ind. elementary gifted/talented students; "winter garden" may continue to spur different eating habits
Pikeville sixth grade team placed first in the regional KAAC Governor’s Cup sixth grade challenge with earning a total of 91.5 points. The event was hosted at Pikeville High School and included Belfry Middle, Kimper Elementary, Millard Middle, Phelps Elementary and Valley Elementary. Sponsored by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Sixth Grade Showcase is an academic event designed to provide a competitive opportunity for Kentucky’s sixth graders.
In the math and science divisions, Pikeville swept first, second and third place wins with Colin Street placing first in Science, Sarah Belcher placing second and Ethan Hager placing third. In math, Jason Lin placed first, Hunter Jones placed second and Colin Street placed third. Pikeville also took first in Quick Recall. In Social Studies, Jason Lin took first in and Daegen Sword placed second. Isaiah Huffman took a first place win in Language Arts and Jewel Booher took second. In Composition, Jewel Booher and David Macier placed second and third, respectively. Rounding out the events, Sarah Belcher placed third and Evan Kelley placed fourth in Arts and Humanities.
Pikeville Elementary sixth grade students hosted a Living Wax Museum at school on Friday, November 8. The living museum was a culminating activity that students worked on for approximately one month; but teachers began planning the event at the beginning of the school year.
The sixth graders got the opportunity to portray a person from history by dressing like them, making props for staging and writing a script about how their character impacted the world. Students worked on their projects in both reading and art classes.
The entire student body got the chance to visit the museum and learn from their peers.
Follow our school four seasons garden project at our website here and on Twitter @PlantitPES
Pikeville Elementary School
Principal: Robert Jones
Asst. Principal: Greg Stone
Guidance Counselor: Lara Keene
Phone: (606) 432-4196
Fax: (606) 432-1234