By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
Kenzy Moore a junior at Russell High School is one of six Kentucky public high school students named to the Next-Generation Student Advisory Council, a group that provides input to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday.
The newly-selected members will serve for one year.
Along with Russell’s Moore other include:Byron Cox – 10th grade, South Floyd High School, Floyd Co.; Grayson Ford – 10th grade, Trigg County High School; Charlese Matthews – 12th grade, Western High School, Jefferson Co.; Emily Salamanca – 11th grade, Henry Clay High School, Fayette Co.; and, Benjamin West – 11th grade, Central Hardin High School, Hardin Co.
The six new members will join five returning members: Nolan Calhoun – 11th grade, Grant County High School; Zachary Creekmore – 12th grade, Whitley County High School; Karson Johnson – 11th grade, Marshall County High School; Deanie Pedigo – 11th grade, Barren County High School; and Quincy Penn – 12th grade, Frankfort High School, Frankfort Ind.
It’s been a great academic trip for Kenzy.
“I started my education in 2001 at a small private school called North Hardin Christian after sitting my parents down one night and telling them ‘Mommy, Daddy, it’s time I start school.’
“In the years following my family did a bit of moving around the state, and, in part due to this moving, I have attended schools in 6 different districts. Now, I attend Russell High School as a junior, and I have no intentions of leaving- I love my school and I am a very proud Red Devil.
Along with her classroom and academic activities, Kenzy keeps a busy schedule.
“At school I am involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. I have participated in Composition for the Academic Team, placing first last year at JV Challenge, an underclassman competition.
“In addition, I am a member of Beta Club; French Club; FCA, in which I am an officer; L.I.F.T Club; and my church’s youth group at Wildwood First Church of God.
“On the sports end, I actively participate in my school’s softball team (Go Lady Devils! She proclaims), starting in centerfield last season for our varsity.”
At the urging of school personnel Kensy applied for this statewide position.
“The idea to apply for the state’s Next-Generation Student Council, a council composed of 11 students from around Kentucky that provide input to the Commissioner of Education, came from one of our school counselors at a counselor meeting when she approached my mom (counselor at Ashland Middle) with the application.
“Mrs. (Jennifer) Perry, counselor at Russell, suggested that I apply. She thought that I would be a good fit for the council. From there I decided that I did indeed want to apply.
“The application required me to answer four essay questions, each in 300 words or less and questions that took me many hours to complete to my satisfaction.”
The final selection came as a surprise to Kenzy after waiting a long time.
“Because the applications had to be submitted by August 29 and it had been over a month without any word from the state, I simply believed that I had not been selected for the council.
“So,” she explained, “You can imagine my surprise when I received the letter informing me that I in fact had been picked.
“I started smiling a lot and jumping up and down in our dining room. To say I was excited would be an understatement!
The council will meet for the first time in Frankfort in late October and I cannot wait to meet the other council members and begin our impact on Kentucky education.
Kenzy is the daughter of Steve and Kim Moore.
The purpose of the council is to provide valuable feedback from Kentucky students and to engage student leaders in learning by doing. This group will meet with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect public school students throughout Kentucky.
The students also will provide feedback on critical issues that impact Kentucky public schools.
The Next-Generation Student Council is a year-long program for Kentucky public school students in grades 10-12. The council is comprised of a diverse group of students with ideas and insight into how public schools and student achievement can be improved.
The 2014-15 council will meet for the first time in Frankfort on October 29.