SWHS Youth Career Connect

April 2017 Newsletter

YCC Highlights

  • Freshmen engineering students in Kristen Montgomery's class took a field trip to BAS in Lexington on April 19.
  • The YCC students participating in the BAS engineering internship/competition finished their final project which required a Rube Goldberg machine be created to save Fanny, the company mascot, from a hypothetical precarious situation. The group, accompanied by Stacey Murphy, traveled to the University of Kentucky on April 15 to compete with other participating schools.
  • Congratulations to the SWHS students who were accepted to the Governor's Scholar Program recently. Among these are YCC students Gretchen Hines, Emily Johnson, and Marlee Yow.
  • SWHS biomedical students had the opportunity to watch the Pulse of Surgery event on April 19. Thanks to biomedical teacher Tara Phelps for helping to coordinate this learning activity.
  • The SWHS Career Fair was held April 21. Local businesses and organizations set up booths that students could visit to learn about potential careers and the educational requirements needed. We greatly appreciate the thirty different businesses/organizations who participated.

Important Dates

  • May 1-12: AP, On-Demand Writing, and EOC Testing
  • Tuesday, May 2: Awards Day Program for Grades 9, 10, and 11
  • Friday, May 5: Deadline for June ACT Signup
  • Monday, May 15: Senior Awards Day Program
  • Wednesday, May 17: Underclassmen Final Exams for Periods 2,4
  • Thursday, May 18: Underclassmen Final Exams for Periods 1,3,5 and Last Day for Students
  • Friday, May 19: SWHS Graduation
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YCC Student Spotlight

Senior Thomas Poynter is the SWHS representative for YCC April Student Spotlight. Thomas has taken Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and Civil Engineering and Architecture. He has been a member of the Robotics Team for three years. In addition, Thomas has taken AP courses such as Physics and Calculus and dual-credit English. Thomas is a very hard worker at school and also at Wendy's where he is employed.


When asked what he has liked most about the YCC program, Thomas replied, "I enjoyed the challenge and the friends I made in the program." Thomas was one of five student mentored by employer representative Malyssa Collins and teacher Betty Resor this school year. He worked on developing a resume and other soft skills to help him pursue post-secondary success.


Recently, Thomas was selected for the KY FAME program. He will be able to take coursework through Somerset Community College and obtain an industrial maintenance degree, while also working for TTAI. Thomas will be the first in his family to attend college, so he is very excited for this opportunity. We know that he can achieve this goal and wish him all the best as he graduates and begins a new chapter.