Madison Southern Band Wins Medals

April 2—According to a Facebook post from the Madison Southern High School Band, the band recently had success at the recent TMA Championships. The school’s Winter Guard finished in fourth place in SRA, and the Concert Percussion Group won the silver medal. Also, our Aeriana Isaac won one of the TMA scholarships.

Model to make Little Shop of Horrors

According to a press release from Model Laboratory Schools, performances will be held at the EKU Center for the Arts in the Black Box Theater next Friday and Saturday, April 8-9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at …/modelpetite-boutique-des-horrors.

EKU: STEM Goes Red event engages high school girls

Inspiring more women to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is the goal of the STEM Goes Red for Girls event sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University and the Central Kentucky American Heart Association on March 25.

About 100 young women from local high schools gathered in EKU’s state-of-the-art science building to participate in hands-on STEM and heart health-related activities and interact with women from local organizations pursuing careers in STEM.

The event was funded in part by the Carol Barr Research and STEM Fund, which was established to support STEM research and programming for young women in Kentucky. Carol Barr was 39 when she died unexpectedly in June 2020 from a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse.

The Fund also offers six scholarships to high school girls from one of Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties who decide to pursue a STEM degree. Three scholarships will award $10,000 per year, renewable for four years. Three fellowships will award one-year scholarships of $2,500.

EKU confirms its commitment to the effort by providing full accommodation for fellows who decide to attend the East.

“With only 30% of women globally entering STEM fields, it is critical that we invest in creating opportunities for women to easily access STEM education,” said EKU President , David McFaddin. “EKU enthusiastically supports the Carol Barr Research and STEM Fund and will continue to seek out innovative programs that encourage more women to pursue STEM majors and careers.”

Haven Jacob, a pre-medical major at EKU, provided insight to high school students. She said these events are important for young women to believe that their dreams of studying and working in STEM are possible.

COVID-19 Update

As of April 1, there were 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among K-12 students in Madison County and one confirmed case of COVID-19 among staff and teachers at Madison County schools.

Madison County Schools

—Ten confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and zero among staff and faculty.

Berea Independent Schools

—One confirmed case of COVID-19 among students and zero among staff and faculty.

Model laboratory schools

—Zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and one among staff and faculty.

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