On April 15, students in the Honors Program hosted their annual Ideas Café, where they shared their research with other students and faculty. This year’s café covered topics such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the butterfly effect, and the history of Iran.
In order to highlight the many talented students who make up our middle school community, we are introducing a weekly student spotlight. This week’s Spotlight features sixth grader Piper Shwab. Piper is a member of the KCD lacrosse and field hockey teams, and she is also involved in the CLC. Her hobbies include jewelry making, reading, skateboarding, sewing, cooking, baking, and water skiing.
In February, students in upper school advanced math courses participated in the American Mathematics Competition 12. This test consists of 25 multiple choice problem-solving questions with a time limit of 75 minutes to complete the test. The math department would like to congratulate the following top finishers:
Congratulations to eighth grader Aryan Agahtehrani for advancing to the National Mathcounts competition. Aryan was a top-four finisher at the state competition on March 25, which made him eligible for the national competition. In a normal year, there are close to 1,000 competitors in Kentucky alone. There were approximately 80 students who made it to the Kentucky state competition this year. The national competition will be held remotely on May 8–10, with the top four students from each state competing.
The KCD Fine Arts Guild is pleased to announce its 2020–21 Fine Arts Guild Scholarship recipients. Along with their application, teacher recommendation, and fine arts faculty review, each recipient has received a scholarship to further their arts education outside of KCD. The Guild, along with the fine arts faculty, look to these student recipients to bring their learned experiences back to their KCD classrooms and activities. Congratulations to our 2020–21 Fine Arts Guild Scholarship recipients:
On March 23, we celebrated the class of 2022 with a ceremony with parents and guardians on the turf field. The Junior Ceremony marks juniors’ transition to a role of senior leadership. This year’s speaker was Mary Clay Edinger ’05, and we’d like to thank her for sharing her story of compassion and resilience.
The KCD Orchestra won’t be able to hold a traditional concert this year, but that hasn’t stopped them from sharing their love of music. Click here to watch their beautiful version of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.”
The Middle School Governor's Cup team wrapped up its season with a trip to the state finals to compete against hundreds of other schools and thousands of other students. The Quick Recall team advanced out of pool play and into the elimination bracket for the first time in ten years, finishing in the top 16 teams.
Be sure to stop by the science wing in the Frazier Upper School to check out our new student art installation. These pieces were created by students in David Miller’s 2019–20 Studio I & II classes. Each piece represents a letter of the word journey; as the description says, “Each path is unique, but our journey is a shared experience.” Thanks to the artists below for their work on this project:
Congratulations to KCD’s 2021 delegation to the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA). This year’s virtual KUNA event ended Tuesday, March 16, and our 31-member KCD delegation truly rose to the occasion, receiving accolades galore! KCD's delegation was recognized as a Premier Delegation and won one of the top awards given at KUNA—the Statesmanship Award for overall excellence as a delegation and for active participation in all facets of KUNA.
Lower school students had fun on Wednesday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, with many students getting into the holiday spirit by wearing green. Click the link below to see a photo gallery of some of these students!
After advancing from difficult district and regional competitions, the KCD quick recall team participated in the State Governor’s Cup competition on March 12–13. The team played three difficult pool play matches and advanced to the second day of competition. Unfortunately, the Bearcats were defeated in a tough match early Sunday morning. Congratulations to the whole team on an outstanding season. We look forward to more success in the future!
We are excited to announce that 2014 KCD grad Rachel Hirsch will be the new varsity head field hockey coach for the Bearcats. Rachel grew up in Louisville and attended KCD from first grade through twelfth grade. She quickly developed a love for the game, playing club hockey with IFHCK and participating in USA Futures as well.
Lower school students are busily preparing for this spring's annual musical event entitled A Musical Journey. For the very first time, both junior kindergarten and kindergarten students will be a part of this special event and will join their peers in grades 1–4.
Congratulations to the KCD field hockey program for having thirteen players named to the 2020 High School National Academic Squad program, which recognizes juniors and seniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 through the first quarter of the 2020–21 school year.
The KCD upper school speech team recently competed in the state speech tournament hosted by the Kentucky High School Speech League. Congratulations to the team for placing 10th in the state! This is a huge accomplishment for a team of our size.
For the second year in a row, KCD’s Vex Robotics team (the Gearcats) has qualified for the Vex Robotics Kentucky High School State Tournament. Although the tournament was canceled last year, the Gearcats proved resilient and worked hard to put two of KCD's three competitive teams through to the state tournament this year.
During the week of March 1, lower school students had an amazing time celebrating the 100th day of school! Many students wore special shirts they made or dressed up like 100-year-olds. Throughout the day, students participated in activities involving the theme of 100, including STEAM activities and counting the 100-item collections they prepared for the day.
On March 11, seventh grade students made the final presentations for their Euro Projects. For the last eight weeks, students have been working in small groups to use their research of their country’s history, geography, and culture to create a bid to host the Olympic Games. During the interdisciplinary project, students produced a website, promotional video, Olympic mascot, and several pieces of writing on different aspects of their country.
Congratulations to Dr. Tim Green on being selected as the 7th Region Athletic Director of the Year by the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association (KHSADA). Dr. Green says this award is simply a reflection of the great coaches, athletics staff, and student athletes we have at KCD.
Last week, the Upper School welcomed Dr. Jennifer Bryan of Re-Set School for a presentation exploring issues surrounding gender and identity. According to DEI Coordinator James Racine, the goal of this session was to spread awareness and education on gender identity and to cover best practices on how to be inclusive in relation to this dimension of diversity. Thanks to Dr. Bryan for sharing her time and expertise with our community!
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of KCD’s Black Student Union, the Lynn Johnson NEXT Level Scholarship was presented for the first time at the Black Achievers Banquet on February 27. The majority of the scholarship funds were raised by the BSU through a dress down day in the Upper School earlier this year.
We would like to congratulate KCD soccer players Eyob McFarland, Lilly Pollitt, and Nate Traughber on being nominated for the USA Today Kentuckiana High School Soccer Player of the Year award. These three players combined for 45 goals and 30 assists this season.
KCD is pleased to welcome Lillian Apple as our varsity cross country coach for the 2021 season. Coach Apple currently serves at KCD as an upper school science teacher and has also served as an assistant coach for the cross country and track & field teams. She is a Newport, Rhode Island, native and a graduate of Elon University and College of Charleston.
KCD Director of Technology Jason Sedlaczek has been honored with the Professional Achievement Award by the National Business Officers Association (NBOA). The award recognizes a member of the business and operations staff who has made significant and lasting contributions to his or her school’s operations or financial health. The award provides a unique opportunity for business officers and other senior administrators to recognize the work of these highly valued colleagues.
Congratulations to the MS Governor’s Cup team, whose members earned several regional titles at their regional tournament on January 30. The Bearcats competed against 16 other schools from the Louisville area.
Aryan Agahtehrani earned the regional champion title in mathematics and also placed 3rd in social studies and 5th in science.
Naya Singal was the regional champion in language arts
Arav Agarwal was the regional runner-up in mathematics
These three students will represent the region at the state finals in March. Congratulations, Bearcats!
KCD's middle school and upper school speech teams dominated their regional tournaments this month! Congratulations to the middle school team for placing third and the upper school team for placing first in the region. Way to go, Bearcats! All competitors advanced to the state tournament.
The middle school and upper school speech teams finished out their regular season of tournaments with outstanding performances during the week of January 24–30. Both teams placed 3rd in their tournaments while competing against much larger schools! Congratulations to all speech team members for doing such a great job with the online format of this year’s tournaments! Regionals is up next for both teams.
In November, middle school Advanced Math students participated in the AMC 8 math competition, which consists of 25 multiple choice problem-solving questions. On Monday, January 25, the top performers on the test were recognized during the all school middle school meeting. They each received a small prize while the first place finishers earned a small gift card for ice cream. The math department would like to congratulate the following students:
Congratulations to the KCD Governor’s Cup team on winning their district tournament! The students listed below now advance to the regional tournament. In addition to the individuals listed above, the Quick Recall Team (Emma Vonderhaar, Adit Agarwal, Seth Hatton, Sandhya Lohano, Emily Rawson, Anjali Solankhi, Adam Hetman, Minhal Nazeer, Jane Hochman, Avani Singal, Ashley Cho, Smera Dwivedi, Emaan Sayied) placed third in the region.
On January 25, the varsity boys basketball team won the 7th Region All “A” Championship, defeating Walden 58-48. The Wolverines were a gritty, senior-heavy team, but the young Bearcats battled and showed great energy. The Bearcats were led by senior Nic Roemer, who turned in a strong performance with 22 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 7 steals. Sophomore William Crockett chipped in 24 points in the win.
First grade students have recently been working with artist-in-residence, Gregory Acker, for their first grade STEAM unit on sound. Mr. Acker is a world music teacher and performer. He has joined first grade students virtually in music, science, and art classes, helping them to learn from the sound kits he provided to each student. The students learned about different types of sounds, how to make different instruments, and were able to use their artistic skills to decorate their kits.
A special thanks to the Fine Arts Guild for making it possible for Mr. Acker to work with our students!
Congratulations to the varsity girls basketball team for finishing as runners-up in the 7th Region All “A” Regional Tournament. The team ultimately lost 32-25 in a tight game against Whitefield. The Bearcats were in command going into the half with a 15-13 lead, thanks to freshman Wynn Evans hitting 2 of 3 fouls shots near the end of the half. The Bearcats never quit and continued playing hard in what was a physical game. Even though they didn’t get the win, their effort and heart were undeniable.
The middle school and upper school speech teams continued their tournament competition during the week of January 17–23. The middle school team placed 8th in the Bardstown Middle School Tournament. This tournament included 19 schools from 5 states and 2 countries! Individual awards went to the following students:
KCD's middle school Governor’s Cup team competed against five other schools in the district tournament on January 16. Students participated in six individual tests and in the quick recall team competition. The competitors below placed for their events (top 5 for individual events, top 2 for team events) and will be moving on to the regional tournament in two weeks.
This year, sixth grade English teacher DeeAnna Payne added a new book to her class curriculum. Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed, is about a young woman living in Pakistan, and several students have noted that this book was their first experience with literature set in Pakistan.
The Upper School Speech Team competed in the Paducah Tilghman High School Tournament during the week of January 10–16, 2021. Congratulations to the team for placing 9th in the team sweepstakes! Individual awards were earned by the following students:
On January 15, lower school students presented a special gift to each senior student. The Lower School has been working hard to help our seniors feel special with a new initiative called ‘Adopt a Senior.’ Friday was the first presentation made this school year, and the younger Bearcats presented a heartfelt message along with party poppers and notes of encouragement to the older Bearcats. Next month, lower school students will be presenting Valentines to the seniors.
In his State of the School address on January 13, Mr. Huestis announced a new timeline for the Create Together capital campaign. Phases II and III of the campaign—the renovation of the Middle School and the renovation of the athletic center—will now take place at the same time, beginning in the summer of 2021. The completion of the Middle School renovation is planned for summer 2021, and the completion of the athletic center renovation is planned for January 2022.
KCD's middle school and upper school speech teams have begun their tournament season. Kudos to all students on the teams for adapting to an online tournament format this year! The tournament results are as follows:
The Kentucky Country Day varsity football team completed a historic season with a trip to Kroger Field and the KHSAA Class A championship game for the first time in school history. The Bearcats were district and regional champions for the second straight year, storming through the playoffs on the way to the championship game. In the rounds leading up to the playoffs, KCD dominated, outscoring their opponents 181-35.
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.