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Three area students are among the 95 Kentucky sophomores selected for The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science Class of 2019.

Chosen were:

• John Duvall of Crittenden County High School, son of Larry Duvall and Tammy Duvall of Marion.

• Jackson Chumbler of Marshall County High School, son of Kristen Chumbler Bryant and Adam Bryant from Benton.

• Reinhard Matthew Knerr of McCracken County High School, son of Reinhard and Laura Knerr from Paducah.

Applicants 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, 185 candidates were invited to interview with WKU faculty members, community leaders from across the commonwealth, and Gatton Academy alumni.

The selected students scored an average composite of 30.29 on the ACT and 29.98 on the mathematics portion of the exam. The highest possible score is a 36.

“The ability to accept 95 students this year, which will bring us past our funded capacity for the first time, is an incredible moment for not only our school, but the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Assistant Director for Admissions and Public Relations Zack Ryle. “The ability to offer this opportunity to more bright, young high school students interested in STEM is truly exciting. I am thrilled that each one of the 95 students has agreed to be a part of our community for the next two years.”

The goal of The Gatton Academy is to enable Kentucky’s exceptional young scientists and mathematicians to learn in an environment that offers advanced educational opportunities, preparing them for leadership roles in Kentucky. Moreover, The Gatton Academy, located in Bowling Green, assists in preparing Kentucky to compete in a knowledge-based economy by increasing the number of scientists and engineers who live and work in the state.

Students will complete their junior and senior years of high school living in newly expanded Florence Schneider Hall. At the end of their two-year course of study, students will graduate from high school with a minimum of 60 college credit hours.

The Gatton Academy provides a rich living and learning environment designed specifically for academically talented adolescent students which features clubs, organizations and community service. Additionally, students are able to participate in advanced research with WKU faculty members. Research conducted during students’ time at The Gatton Academy has been honored in the nationally competitive Siemens Competition, Intel Science Talent Search, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and the Department of Defense Science, Math, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program. The majority of Gatton Academy students also participate in a study abroad or global learning experience in locations such as Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, England and China.

The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s first state-supported, residential program for high school students with interests in advanced science and math careers and one of 15 such programs in the nation. The Gatton Academy has been named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students for eight consecutive years.

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The Alpha Lambda Delta chapter at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg welcomed 43 new members, including Clara Arnold of New Concord, during its annual banquet March 30.

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Kristen Colley of Farmington, an accounting major at the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, was inducted into Delta Mu Delta business honor society in March.

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