March 8, 2014 - News, Weather & Sports

March 8, 2014

Renaissance Academy

New Technology High School

806 Eastern Blvd., Clarksville

(812) 282-7753

Renaissance Academy, the new high school in Clarksville, will begin accepting applications for ninth grade students on March 15 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you're not familiar with this new school, it's a part of the national New Technology Network educational model, which uses project-based learning, an active curriculum that challenges students to explore real-world problems in order to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying.

The new school is located in Clarksville at the former site of Value City at 806 Eastern Blvd. During this enrollment event, the first 75 learner applications received will be accepted into the 2014-2015 school year. After March 15, 2014, applications are to be submitted at the Bill Conley Education Center during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The application deadline for the 2014-2015 school year is June 27, 2014 at 3 p.m. 

For applications and more information about Renaissance Academy, contact Susan Westfall at 812-282-7753 or visit


Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists

Kinsey Morrison, 17, of Goshen and Morgan Guess, 11, of Paducah were named Kentucky's top two youth volunteers of 2014 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Kinsey was nominated by St. Francis High School in Louisville, and Morgan was nominated by Lone Oak Intermediate School in Paducah. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 19th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Kinsey, a senior at St. Francis High School, is a motivational speaker who's delivered more than 50 speeches on a variety of topics and helped raise a significant amount of money for dozens of charities. When Kinsey was 5, she was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow condition called aplastic anemia. Her parents were told she only had one month to live, but Kinsey beat the odds. When she was 6, while attending a luncheon to thank donors for the transfusions that helped save her life, she gave a five-minute impromptu speech in which she referred to her illness as the "dragon" and herself as a "dragon slayer." That speech launched her quest to tell her story with the goal of raising money for health charities and inspiring audiences to "appreciate every day as a gift, to live, not just exist."

Over the past 11 years, Kinsey has reached more than 25,000 people by speaking at events for some of the nation's leading health and education organizations, including the American Heart Association, Girl Scouts of the USA, American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. In addition to health-related topics, Kinsey's speeches have dealt with subjects such as marriage equality, bullying, and the importance of living life to its fullest. On a local level, Kinsey is deeply involved with Gilda's Club Louisville, which provides social and emotional support to cancer patients and their families. In addition to raising money for the organization, she has served as a counselor at its kids' camp for the past two years. To date, Kinsey's efforts have helped to raise more than $500,000 for dozens of charities. "My dream is using my story to slay more dragons, and to inspire people to live, not just exist," she said.

As State Honorees, Kinsey and Morgan each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America's top youth volunteers of 2014.

For information on all of this year's Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit


MS Walk

4th Annual Annual Team Building

Krispy Kreme Creations!

Franklin Warehouse, 1014 Franklin Street (Between N. Wenzel and N. Johnson)

Saturday, March 15 2014

9:30am - 11:30am


Walk MS Louisville 2014

Saturday May 31

Festival Plaza - Waterfront Park, 129 East River Road

Site Opens: 8AM

Opening Ceremony: 9:30AM

Walk Begins: 10AM

Route Length: 1, 2 and 3 Mile Options

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter presents a creative way to tie in WALK MS with sponsor, Krispy Kreme. It's about walking for a cause, teamwork, having fun building doughnut creations and burning calories to enjoy the Krispy Kreme delicious delights!

Teams compete by building monuments, buildings, schools, objects, whatever pops in their minds out of doughnuts. TV personalities, dignitaries, and MS friends & clients will judge the entries while having the opportunity to meet people with MS, learn more about the disease and sign-up for WALK MS!


"You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and

Other Topics He Knows Very Little About"

The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and bestselling author discusses his new book: You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About in Louisville at the Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street, on Wednesday, March 19 at 7pm.

Tickets are no longer available but limited standby seating may be available the evening of the program.  Call (502) 574-1611 or go online at for more information.


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