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Graduation will be on a Saturday
|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session last week, the Lewis County Board of Education moved to break a long-standing
tradition and hold graduation ceremonies in 2002 on Saturday night, May 25, rather than on
a Sunday afternoon.
The board took the action in response to a request from the Lewis County High School
Student Council. Samantha Moran, Stephanie Lewis, Adam Lewis and Brittany Jamison appeared
before the board. Moran spoke for the group.
She said that the student council, numbering about 18 students, conducted a poll among
the seniors. The results shoed that 48 percent of the class prefers to hold graduation on
Friday night, 32 percent favors Saturday night and only 20 percent wants to keep the
ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. told the board that the Site Based Council
recommended Friday night at 7:30.
Moran reported that after learning of the
Site Based Council's recommendation, the student council asked the 80 percent of the
senior class that wanted the change, and the students said it really did not matter as
long as the program was not held on Sunday afternoon.
She said that the pupils were concerned about the effect of the hot weather and high
temperatures on the elderly members of their families. Some offered that church activities
interfered with the graduation.
Central staff member John Cordle said that a Saturday night ceremony would also give
out-of-town family members more traveling time.
Reeder polled several teachers and board members, and they all favored the change.
Although the date for graduation has been set for Saturday, May 25, the time has not
yet been determined and will be announced later.
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Exchange student learning from
Lewis County experiences
|By Al Owens
Elena Albelda is a
17-year-old senior high school student from Valencia, Spain. She has the distinction of
being the only foreign exchange student in the Lewis County Schools this year.
Valencia is located on the Mediterranean Coast in eastern Spain. It is one of the
largest cities in that country, larger even than the capital, Madrid.
The city has a long and rich history. The first printing press was set up there in
1474. The metropolis is affectionately called "the city of 100 bell towers".
Elena's hometown has a mixture of agriculture and industry with tourism as a growing
interest. As a matter of fact, she plans to attend college after graduation and enter the
field of tourism in her homeland.
In the USA she is required to take four courses. When she goes to college to prepare
for a career in tourism with the goal of becoming a flight attendant, her studies will
include language and geography.
The attractive teen says she has two brothers, one older and one younger. With a
twinkle in her eye she says having an older brother is nice because he looks after her and
she enjoys mothering the 11-year-old.
On a personal note, her favorite food is paella, a dish of meat with rice and
vegetables. Her favorite American food is pizza.
Elena said that she had to adjust to American food when she first arrived. St first,
her stomach was upset a lot. In Spain she said that the folk are more health conscious
about eating, a theme expressed by other exchange students in the past.
Her favorite color is red or blue. She professed no preference for any music here or
Elena said the thing she likes most about America is the school and the fact that folk
in our area are friendly. She said back home they had a lot of bad people and then
described what we call gangs, a phenomenon common in most major cities.
Comparing Spain and the USA, she said that the thing she misses most while here is her
family, especially her Mom. And she misses the parties back home. Being on the
Mediterranean Coast, the sea is only about 20 minutes from where Elena lives and beach
parties are common.
Al Owens/Lewis County Herald
Spanish foreign exchange student Elena Albelda, left,
is pictured with her host mother, Karen Chinn of Tollesboro.
There they mostly just hang out and talk and sometimes dance. At one time she
was a flamenco dancer but laughed and said she gave that up because it was so hard.
Elena said that the folk back home are well aware of the terrorist attacks on
America. She related that on September 11, 2001, some of the people around her wept over
the deaths of so many innocent folk in the USA.
So far the event she has enjoyed the most in America was a trip her host family took
her on to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the Smoky Mountains. They went snow skiing there in
the winter. Elena said she does ski and fell down several times but loved it. Her host
Mom, Karen Chinn, learned to ski in the Smoky Mountains as a teen and is quite good at it,
according to Elena.
Karen Chinn oversees the exchange student program in Mason, Lewis, Fleming and Greenup
Counties. Chinn said that she is now taking student applications for next year and needs
some host families. Anyone interested in serving as a host family for an exchange student
may contact her at 606-798-4014.
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Folk Art display opens at Depot
|If you're a fan of folk art, or if you've heard about
works by area artists and haven't seen any of their work, through May 10, 2002, you'll
have the opportunity to view several pieces at the Vanceburg Depot Museum.
Curator William Talley said the display features a number of works by Charley, Noah and
Hazel Kinney, as well as works from many other well-known folk artists.
Many of the artists were on hand when the display opened Saturday, April 20, along with
the owners of the pieces in the display.
The works belong to the private collections of Richard Edgeworth and Mike Forrest,
along with Margaret and Richard Wenstrup.
Members of the Depot Committee will be available to give information on the works
during the hours the museum is open. Several school groups are also slated to see the
display while it is here.
Other artists featured in the display are Junior Lewis, Garland Adkins, Minnie Adkins,
Mike Adkins, Tim Lewis, Tim Ratliff, Josie Wagner, Herman Peters, Wendell Berry, Larry
Hamm, Edgar Kinney, Denzil Goodpaster and many others.
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
Local artist, Ed Taylor, left, talks with folk art
collector Richard Edgeworth during the opening of tthe folk art display at the Vanceburg
Depot Museum. The display runs through May 10 and admission is free. See more exhibit
photos posted at www.vanceburgdepot.com.
The works will be on display at the Depot Museum on Main Street in Vanceburg from
10:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
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Paula Franke/Lewis County
SPRING FINERY . . . Wild dogwoods have joined the
redbud trees in blooming through the woods in Lewis County.
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