SWHS Youth Career Connect

September 2016 Newsletter

YCC Highlights

  • Juniors Gretchen Hines and Emily Johnson greatly enjoyed attending the YCC Summer Camp at Morehead State University during the summer. They not only learned about their field of interest but also developed leadership skills and made some new friends from other schools.
  • Several engineering students had the opportunity to visit a local facility, Chism Automation, to learn more about robotics in manufacturing.
  • The Robotics Team, accompanied by PLTW instructor Stacey Murphy, traveled to Louisville to attend the Mini Maker Faire on September 10.
  • PLTW instructor Tara Phelps invited a guest speaker, Francis Click, from Trust for Life and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates to share with students in the biomedical program.

Important Dates

  • Friday, September 23: YCC Seminar for Juniors and Seniors
  • Monday, September 26: Malyssa Collins Mentoring Visit
  • Tuesday, September 27: Parent Conferences 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 28: KY FAME Presentation
  • Friday, September 30: WKU High School Leadership Conference
  • October 3-7: Fall Break
  • Friday, October 28: SWHS ACT Prep Session #1 at SCC
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YCC Student Spotlight

The YCC Student Spotlight for the month of September is junior biomedical student Emily Johnson. Emily is very deserving of recognition as she has been an exceptional student, including academics and extracurricular activities. Emily participates in activities as diverse as HOSA, the Unite Club, the Kindness Club, and FFA. She is not only a member of these organizations but is also a leader modeling service to others. In addition, Emily works with younger kids at Nancy Elementary in the after school program.


When asked about her goals after graduation, Emily responded that she would like to enroll in a medical program to either become a vet or a pediatrician. She commented about belonging to YCC and taking PLTW coursework, "I like the fact that this program gives me a lot of hands-on experience with real world problems. I believe this will really prepare me for my future goals."


Emily is not one to wait for success to come to her...she soaks up learning opportunities, taking rigorous classes such as AP Chemistry. An interesting fact about Emily is that her sister is teaching her to read braille. Emily's desire to learn and aptitude for challenging content along with her compassionate heart will certainly help her dreams become reality.