Trace Talk

News from Anne Stewart DeMott, Principal


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The LTAC Vision

Together students discover their passion and unlock their potential through

Tutoring Available


  • Students will receive 30 minutes weekly to make up missed work during our Academic Opportunities Sessions on Thursdays.
  • Mrs. Dean offers Math tutoring Thursdays at 8 am and Wednesdays, 3 pm to 4 pm
  • Mrs. Higgins offers tutoring on Wednesdays before and after school.
  • Mrs. Magsam offers tutoring on Thursdays before and after school.

Senior Spotlight

Chris Woodrum

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Accepted to BCTC

Congratulations to Chris for his recent acceptance to BCTC! Chris plans to be a high school science teacher and also has an interest in cosmetology. We are proud of Chris for his accomplishment and are excited he has chosen a post-secondary path in Education!

ACTE Region 2

New Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Mr. Ball!!!!!!

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Jacob Ball, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, has been named the ACTE Region 2 New Teacher of the Year. The honor was announced during the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) leadership conference Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Tampa, Fla. Ball is now one of five regional winners in the running for 2016 national recognition at the Career Tech Vision conference Dec. 1-3 in Las Vegas.

“I enjoy agriculture education because I have the opportunity to teach students about the most important industry in the world. There is much more to agriculture than traditional farming, and I love broadening students’ horizons to those careers and opportunities in ag,” Ball said. “Students apply content knowledge to real-world situations that connect to their daily lives because everyone has to eat!”

In his first year at Locust Trace after a stint in Nelson County High School, Ball is dual- certified in agriculture and biology. He teaches food science and animal science courses and serves as one of the FFA chapter advisors. Ball is also expanding the school’s Food Science Career Pathway and piloting agriculture courses at Jessie Clark and Leestown middle schools. Outside of Fayette County Public Schools, Ball is active in the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators, Kentucky ACTE, Kentucky Master Agriculture Teacher Seminar, and Kentucky Farm Bureau.

“The facilities and faculty at Locust Trace give the youth of Fayette County a learning experience that is second to none,” Ball added. “It is a blessing to move into a district that has invested so much to make agriculture education a major priority.”

The ACTE New Teacher of the Year award recognizes educators with three to five years of experience who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. The Region 2 competition covers Alabama, the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands, and Virginia.

Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth Winners

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Seth Felts, Savanna Stephens, Mollie Hurst pictured with Carrie McIntosh, Executive Director, Fayette County Farm Bureau Federation

Mollie Hurst placed 1st in the female division and will advance to District 5 competition on October 27th.

Seth Felts and Savanna Stephens were named runners-up.
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Pictured with Carrie McIntosh: Logan Cheek, Allison Shell and Dion Compton.

Logan Cheek placed 1st in the male division and will advance to District 5 Competition on October 27th.

Allison Shell and Dion Compton received third place honors.

Contestants received cash prizes and Farm Bureau goody bags.

Student Recognitions

The following students were recognized this week for their outstanding accomplishments:

  • Dion Compton
  • Austin Cooper
  • Dylan Estes
  • Erica Hansen
  • Ceci Vasquez
  • Olivia Poucel
  • Zoe Webster

The following students have demonstrated dedication to academic progress:

  • Margot Abihabib
  • Taye Benton-Jones
  • Samantha Briggs
  • Jasmine Brown
  • Haley Courtney
  • Shay Lee
  • Ciara Lyons
  • Christina Mammen
  • Madison McClease
  • Nadia McKitric
  • Litzy Najera
  • James Nooner
  • Sonya Ramierz Bravo
  • Mary Reasner
  • Djuan Richardson
  • Jamie Smith
  • Dana Thompson

LTAC introduces the Wolf Games

Designed and implemented by Will Bischoff

In conjunction with his fellow ambassadors, Will designed a year-long, school-wide challenge that awards points to teams for grades, FFA membership, participation in activities and weekly Break challenges.

Updates to come in future editions of Trace Talk! Stay tuned!

The Gryffindor Pack

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Pack Leader: Lewis Mink

The Owl Pack

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Pack Leaders: Crystal Dean and Latissa Higgins

The Slytherin Pack

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Pack Leaders: Daniel Bustle, Beth Barnott & Sharon Waun

The Italian Stallions Pack

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Pack Leader: Kathleen Magsam

Motors and Mustangs Pack

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Pack Leaders: Brian Craig and Laurie Mays

Hamandball Pack

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Pack Leaders: Heidi Anderson, Jacob Ball and Trent Hamlin

A message from our friends at STEAM

Unlearn Fear and Hate at STEAM Academy

Full Applications Available at LTAC

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Office Depot Rewards Program

Help Support LTAC!

Locust Trace has a Rewards ID number with Office Depot! You simply enter the ID number at checkout and LTAC will get 5% back on each order. For those of you with spouses/family in offices who may order a lot from them, if they don’t already have an organization to give to, share our ID and we could benefit from them too!

Office Depot Rewards

Locust Trace

School ID: 70229730

**Enter the school ID at checkout to give 5% back to your school

Lafayette High School students Shadow at LTAC

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Kroger Community Rewards

Help support LTAC!

Locust Trace is a registered organization with Kroger Community Rewards. This means that our school will get a percentage $$ reward based on spending. The key to success is that you have to register your Kroger plus account and select our organization as your community reward organization. Even if you enrolled last year, you MUST re-enroll this year. If you already have a Kroger plus card/account this will be really easy, it only takes about two minutes. Follow the steps below (if you have an account, you will be able to skip a lot of them because) and select Locust Trace as your organization to help us start earning!!

  • Register online at
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm. Our NPO number is 70071 but you can also search by Locust Trace.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Greenhouse students prepare poinsettias

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LTAC Launches High 5 Campaign

Community Service and Volunteer Opportunities

In an effort to support Superintendent Caulk's Give 10 Campaign, launching 9/10/16, LTAC ambassadors rolled out a High 5 campaign. Students will pledge to donate 5 hours per semester to schools and community. At this time, over 50 students have committed their time for this campaign!

If you want to support our volunteer and/or community service efforts, please contact
Sara Tracy, Community Liaison, or 859.381.3990.

For more information on the Superintendent's Give 10 Campaign, please contact IAKSS at 859.381.4100.

White's Creek FFA, Nashville, TN stops to visit

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LTAC Media Center

A Night at the Movies

October 27th, 6 pm to 8 pm

Fahrenheit 451 Trailer

ENGLISH 1 students are working collaboratively over the next couple of weeks to create a movie trailer for Fahrenheit 451 (the book we recently finished in class). As a fun close to this assignment, Mr. Hamlin thought it would be nice to have a "Night at the Movies" premiere of the final product.

We are going to have an event at school on the evening of Thursday, October 27, from 6-8pm to celebrate the hard work of our English 1 students. You are invited to attend this event, which will include a red carpet, student paparazzi, a complimentary meal provided by Fazoli's of Lexington, and a screening of the trailers created by each of my three classes.

Please contact Trent Hamlin at or 859.381.3990

Hope to see you on October 27th!

Parent/Student Information Night

Parents & students learn about the Lexington Sister Cities Exchange Program and National FFA Convention
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LTAC Scenes

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Striving for 100%

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Upcoming Events

October 19th

  • PSAT grades 9 and 10
  • National FFA Convention (through the 22nd)
October 27th
  • FFA Meeting
  • Sister Cities Group from New Market, England visits LTAC
October 28th
  • Halloween Costume Day

November 11th-13th

  • North American International Livestock Exposition; LTAC students show lambs

November 15th-16th

  • Vet Science and Horse Judging CDEs; teams compete

November 22nd

  • Thanksgiving Dinner for LTAC students

December 1st

  • Greenhand Degree Ceremony, 6:30 pm, LTAC

December 9th

  • Alumni Holiday Dinner/Auction, 6:30 pm

We are the Wolves!

2016-17 LTAC Theme

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom (George Patton)
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