|By Al Owens
Last Monday night,
April 12, this month's regular session of the Lewis County Board of Education was held in
the high school auditorium.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. asked members of the Academic Team, the JROTC Color
Guard, the Pep Band, the cheerleaders and the boys basketball team to walk across the
stage in order and receive certificates of recognition. Their coaches, teachers and
supervisors took part in the ceremony and introduced each participant by name.
Reeder prefaced the presentation of the certificates by saying, "We want to
recognize many of the young men and women of Lewis County High School who have represented
themselves, their school and school district and the entire community very well this past
He continued, "We want to shake your hand and just let you know how much we
appreciate each and every one of you for the contributions you, the coaches, teachers and
supervisors have made as well as all the efforts the parents have made to make sure the
students got where they needed to be."
First the superintendent asked Danny McCane and the Academic Team to come to the stage.
He called each student by name and listed his or her honors as members of the team.
McCane highlighted the career of senior Lyle Goodwin. He said that Goodwin has been
around for four years and the other teams are glad he's leaving.
McCane said, "Lyle's won just about everything. This year some of his awards were:
in Limestone League he placed first in math, second in science and second in quick recall.
In the District Governor's Cup competition he placed first in science and second in math.
He was also a member of the quick recall team that this year placed second overall in the
Limestone League, and in the regular competition came in third in the tournament. In the
Governor's Cup we won first place district, and in the region we placed fourth.
"We'll miss Lyle. He also placed first in the Regional Governor's Cup Competition,
went on to the state competition and placed 20th in the state."
Next Reeder called Sgt. Tyrone Sauley and Sgt. Major Elden Riffe to come up with the
JROTC Color Guard Sgt. Sauley served as spokesman and handed out the certificates. He
noted that the Color Guard not only participates in the football and basketball seasons
but also go to JROTC competitions. The group has taken part in two competitions so far in
the school year and finished first in the first one and second overall in the second
The Pep Band was called up next. Mark Voiers directs the band and said that the
musicians have been busy this year. The group competed in five marching band competitions
this past Fall, played at several basketball games and has a Spring Concert coming up in
the high school auditorium on Thursday, April 29. The band also has a competition in
Morehead on Friday, April 23.
Kara Johnson and Anna Sullivan presented the certificates to the cheerleaders.
Mrs. Johnson commended the cheerleading squad and said that they had a successful year.
She explained, "They start their season as soon as school is out. We go to camp
all summer. They start in the Fall doing football practice getting ready for football
season. They continue throughout and start basketball season as soon as it begins. Then
they, too, go to their own competition at the end of the year. The girls were very
successful this year in their competition. They placed third in the regional."
The ceremony concluded with the boys basketball team.
Coach Joe Hampton introduced assistant coach James "Bub" Silvey. Assistant
coach Jay Fite was at a PTO meeting and was not present for the ceremony. Hampton
expressed his thanks to his staff and said that he could not do the job well without them.
|Hampton said that the basketball team had a
great year. He noted that it was the first time since 1977 that the Lions had won 20 games
in a season. The team won the district championship and went to the regional semi-finals
but lost to Ashland in double overtime.
The coach announced that the banquet this year
has been cancelled due to a schedule conflict but an awards ceremony for both the girls
and boys basketball teams will be held in the auditorium on Friday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m.
He also said that he had put together a video that summarizes the season, and he invites
the community to come out and see it. It's free and is a tribute to the team for its great
Hampton stopped senior Tyler Clark and mentioned all the awards he has won this season.
Tyler was named the 16th region Player of the Year, was the KABC Player of the Year, was
all-16th region tournament team, was named to the all-district team, all EKC team, was the
offensive Player of the Year in the EKC and the overall Player of the Year in the EKC. He
was also named honorable mention all-state and is expected to be a part of the all-area
team to be announced shortly.
On Saturday, April 10, Clark participated in an all-star game for teams that are east
of Lexington and won a three-point shooting contest for all-stars from regions 12-16. He
also played in a tournament over the summer in Pikeville for seniors-to-be and won the
three-point shooting contest there, too.
The coach expressed hopes that Clark will have a good college basketball career.
Hampton also listed the accomplishments of Corey Liles. Liles is a junior and was voted
to the All-EKC team this year and was on both the all-district and all-regional teams. He
could also possibly be named to the all-area squad.
Superintendent Reeder pointed out that Coach Hampton also received several awards this
year. He was named the 16th Region Coach of the Year, received second place in the Easter
Kentucky Conference as Coach of the Year and received an award from the officials for his
conduct during the games this season.
In closing the ceremony Reeder said that the basketball team not only represented the
community well but did it with class. He applied that assertion to everyone that walked
across the stage last Monday night.
After the half-hour ceremony the school board turned to some routine matters of
The board approved an audit service contract with L.C. Bloomfield, CPA, Portsmouth,
The board approved the amended school calendar to reflect the days of school missed
during the winter due to inclement weather. The year was lengthened by six days. The last
day of school for the students will be Wednesday, May 26. The staff finishes its school
year the next day on May 27.
At the request of the senior class graduation was set for Saturday, May 29, at the high
school football field at 6:00 p.m. In case of bad weather the graduation ceremonies will
be held inside.
In quick succession the board approved a KISTA resolution for that organization to
represent the school board in selling surplus busses and then listed and approved four
busses for sale.
The board approved a reimbursement of $43 for each bus driver at the rate of $1.00 per
day for each day they had to use their own electricity to keep the diesel engines of their
busses warm enough to operate during the winter season.
It also approved a contract with Lewis County Primary Care to provide physical exams
for the bus drivers. Reeder told the board that this plan has worked well for the past
The board approved the second reading of the Code of Conduct. It had only minor changes
from last year, mostly those required by new state legislation.