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Craft Academy students win Entrepreneurial Coal Lands Redevelopment Competition

A team of students from the Craft Academy at Morehead State won top honors at the annual Entrepreneurial Coal Lands Redevelopment Program (ECLRP) proposal competition.  

ECLRP was created by Cedar, a non-profit that seeks to educate the public about the coal industry. Teams from high schools in Cedar’s 23-county program area develop ideas to repurpose old mine sites for uses that stimulate economic growth or improve the quality of life in the community and region. Teams must develop an idea for a business or use for the land, formulate a business plan, and create a site profile complete with physical models and prototypes. Teams presented their plans at the ECLRP Regional Challenge, held Thursday, April 14. Members of the team from the Craft Academy were:
  • Emma Brock, a senior from Corbin.
  • Charissa Reid, a senior from Falmouth.
  • Allison Scarlett, a senior from Stanville.
  • Fredre’Oni Terrado, a senior from Elizabethtown.
  • Jane Zhang, a senior from Richmond.
The Craft Academy ECLRP team developed the idea to build a Center of Mental-Health Progress Adolescent Success (COMPAS). The proposal would build a facility on the Mine 23 site in Pike County. COMPAS is proposed to take in 80 students with mental health issues from the Pike County School District, approximately 16 students per high school. Students will undergo a selection process to be admitted to COMPAS. The students selected for the program would be exposed to a rotation of eight different mental health therapy techniques, followed by a reevaluation period to ensure the program is working and helping the students succeed.  

The facility would include a full care equine barn and greenhouse where students will get hands-on learning opportunities. The facilities would be a source of revenue since the school will be free of charge for students if they are enrolled in the Pike County School District.

Scarlett said she learned a lot from the program, but one lesson stuck with her the most.

“One of the biggest lessons I learned about this whole experience is that it takes a lot to get a business up and running,” she said. “Between the laws, the employees you have to find, and the money it takes a lot of effort.”

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit academy for academically exceptional Kentucky students. Craft Academy provides students with a postsecondary residential experience to complete their junior and senior years of high school by enrolling in college courses. The Craft Academy's purpose is to meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth.  

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Photo Caption: Members of the Craft Academy's ECLRP team, from left to right: Emma Brock, Fredre’Oni Terrado, Allison Scarlett, Charissa Reid, Jane Zhang.