Hazard Independent Student Stacie Fugate and ARI STARS Students Present at East Kentucky Leadership Conference
Students from four counties representing the KY Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) S.T.A.R.S. (Students Transforming Appalachia with Real-world Solutions) shared their entrepreneurial projects and ideas for the future of the region at the East Kentucky Leadership Conference in Morehead, KY on Friday April 29.
The students kicked off the second day of the conference with a 45 minute presentation before the audience broke into smaller groups to discuss a variety of topics on improving the quality of life in eastern Kentucky. KVEC Student Voice lead Kelli Thompson introduced the students.
The presentations included: 3-D Printing and Pediactric Cast Design Jon Luc Carlin and Jared Muller Belfry High School under the direction of Dr. Haridas Chandran; Glow in the Dark Horse Shoe Emily Fairchild, Johnson Central High School under the direction of Jarred Gibson and Frank Ratliff;
Cameron Wright of Letcher County and Stacie Fugate of Hazard Independent discussed the KVEC Race to the Top Student Senate and the need for students to be offered leadership opportunities. In addition, Cameron and Stacie will be attending the REL National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this summer. They will be involved in presentations by REL Appalachia researchers and their findings of two studies of dual enrollment/dual credit participation and program implementation in Kentucky. This will include discussion with presenters and session attendees about how to involve students in considering the implications of research findings and how to incorporate student voice into dual credit programs and practices.
“REL Appalachia serves Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. REL Appalachia is one of 10 federal Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). We partner with regionally-based research alliances made up of schools, districts, and state departments of education to conduct research on K-12 education. We share the results with educators and help them put this new knowledge to work for students.” http://www.relappalachia.org/