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Nicholas County students creatively honor those who served

by Shon Wylie

The Nicholas County elementary and high schools honored veterans who have served our country on Nov. 11 by treating students, teachers, veterans and members of the community to touching tributes and well-executed presentations.
The 2014 Veteran’s Day Program was put on by the NCHS students. After a welcome by Caleb Lewis and introductions by Chris Vice, the high school band performed The Star Spangled Banner under the direction of Mr. Dittgen. The band’s performance of Duty, Honor, Country was based on the retirement speech of General Douglas MacArthur and was read by Army veteran Stephen Scalf.
Also featured was a video produced by Sydney Stone, Cara George and Kayanna Hagan that detailed the history of Veteran’s Day, followed by “The Noble and the Brave: A Veteran’s Day Tribute,” a poem by Joanna Fuchs that was read by Annalee Brutsman.
A moving speech honoring all veterans for their service to the country was given by Donna Jones (see sidebar).
Another video set to music honoring the relatives of students here in Nicholas County who have served in the armed forces was skillfully knit together by Shannon McFarland, Sarah Buckler, McKenna Jett and Page Adams, after which a moment of silence was observed for those who “gave all” throughout our country’s history. The event was capped off by a single bugler, Caleb Lewis, playing taps.
At the elementary school, the presentation included both music and speaking parts featuring the 5th and 6th grade Gifted and Talented students as well as speakers Landry Gray, Keegan Rose, Brady Switzer, Allie Becker, Taylor Carter, Ethan Wolfinbarger, Michael Willoughby, Hannah Albright, Alexa Bailey, Autumn Adams, Madyson Planck, Dustin Watkins, Eli Hughes, Mikayla Livingood, Rebecca Burchell, Melanie Hatton, Annabelle Peterman, Shawn Quinn, Summer Compton and Alex Stacy.
New Beginnings Christian Academy hosted a Veterans program and breakfast on Monday, Nov. 10. The students provided an inspirational program that was attended by record numbers.
On behalf of the Veterans of Nicholas County, The Carlisle Courier would like to express its appreciation to the staff and faculties at all three schools for teaching the county’s youth the importance of recognizing the sacrifices of those who have served in our nation’s military. "


Nicholas County students creatively honor those who served

by Shon Wylie

Shelby Watkins, the 5th Region runner-up haling from Nicholas County High School represented her team individually last Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Class A State Championship Cross Country meet. Finishing within the top twenty of the 177 participants present in a high eighth place, Shelby secured her All-State title for the second consecutive year.
After finishing seventeenth at the state meet in the 2013 cross country season, Shelby Watkins had the goal to improve herself and advance her pacing looking into the 2014 season. Any day of the week, you could she Shelby running the streets of Carlisle, pushing to increase her time and improve her endurance to be able to handle the tough courses she would see throughout the season.
Shelby’s hard work didn’t go unnoticed – her eighth place finish was a great way to put into play the skills she had developed through her meticulous training.
“I think I did fairly well today,” Shelby said in a post-race interview. “I placed in my ranking – where I was ranked for today – and I tried at a steady pace throughout the whole course so I could finish strong at the end.”
Although the course was a little rough to handle at time, Shelby’s strategy helped her to finish her race in a timely manner, pulling out a 19:57.50 along with her eighth place finish. With Shelby’s performance this year, it’s extremely exciting to see what she’ll finish with next year, her senior season.
Congratulations to Shelby Watkins on a great cross country season and her All-State ranking!


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