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Craft Academy graduation ceremony is May 13

newsembed-craftgrad-950px.webpThe Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Class of 2023 will hold a graduation ceremony Saturday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).

Bailey Lynn Bullock of Mt. Vernon is the student speaker. She is the daughter of David and Vanessa Bullock. Her areas of interest at the Craft Academy were political science and history.

Bullock attended Rockcastle County High School before attending the Craft Academy. There, she was an active member of the student council and a member of the tennis team. She was also a local, regional, and state officer for Student Y and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Bullock was involved in several extracurricular activities and projects at the Craft Academy, serving as junior and senior class president. She was the president of the Student Y chapter, founder and chair of the Interclub Council, treasurer of the National BETA Club, the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association Board of Directors, the executive council for the Kentucky Student Council Association (KYSCA), and the Kentucky State FCCLA vice president of parliamentary law. She also participated in entomology research on spider biodiversity in Eastern Kentucky with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Sean O'Keefe. She was also part of a team of Craft Academy students who participated in Entrepreneurial Community Improvement Program (E-CIP) regional and district competitions.

Bullock plans to continue her studies at Morehead State University, double majoring in middle grades education and legal studies, with plans to attend law school.

Graduates and their hometowns are listed below:

  • Ava Lorin Ashley, Franklin County
  • Curtis Brandon Bair, Carter County
  • Camryn Isaiah Banbel, Morgan County
  • James Wayne Bandy, Meade County
  • Hannah Nichole Barrett, Lee County
  • Lauren Aubrey Beasley, Montgomery County
  • Braden James Bickers, Campbell County
  • Lauren Christine Bordeaux, Mercer County
  • Kaylee Megan Bow, Knox County
  • Bailey Lynn Bullock, Rockcastle County
  • Abigayle Nicole Caldwell Lawrence County
  • Faith Audreanna Carney, Bullitt County
  • Alexa Skye Cunningham, Oldham County
  • Autumn Makenzie Davidson, Owsley County
  • Laci Jenà Davis, Harrison County
  • Joshua Caleb Day, Jessamine County
  • Andrew Steven Dorn, Boone County
  • Kiera Rose Fehr, Fayette County
  • Caroline Caylee Fish, Boone County
  • Taylor Bell Fryman, Harrison County
  • Derek Schon Gill, Powell County
  • Abigail Reese Grzynkowicz, Anderson County
  • Allison Maria Hall, Pendleton County
  • Jude Christopher Hall, Pendleton County
  • Sara Ahmad Hassan, Rowan County
  • Riley Elizabeth Hicks, Floyd County
  • Landon Pierce Hodge, Fayette County
  • Taylor Lawrence Horsfall, Fayette County
  • Brianna Summer Kayatin, Breathitt County
  • Kirston Renee Kelley, Estill County
  • Logan William Lee, Lewis County
  • Bethany Eleanor Lucio, Franklin County
  • Kendall Jade Mayes, Greenup County
  • Hayley Isabel Milner, Boone County
  • Alexander Cain Neal, Fayette County
  • Shawn Christian Nelson, Jefferson County
  • Alyssa Amit Patel, Knox County
  • Sagar Ishwar Patel, Bullitt County
  • Megan Faith Pennington, Elliott County
  • Cameron David Perry, Harrison County
  • Victoria Marylee Pintha, Pendleton County
  • Sawyer Lane Putnam, Garrard County
  • Savannah Faith Reed, Daviess County
  • Sarah Elizabeth Robinson, Spencer County
  • Brady Keith Sammons, Carter County
  • Miles Coleman Saunders, Bath County
  • Khloe Makenzee Schwaniger, Franklin County
  • Sydney Aspen Sebastian, Owsley County
  • Mahathi Siripurapu, Fayette County
  • Kelsey Faith Sowders, Franklin County
  • Hannah Elizabeth Xiulan Stanley, Kenton County
  • James Canyon Thomas, Franklin County
  • Muriel Tipton, Montgomery County
  • Kaleb Dalton Trent, Perry County
  • Alyssa Renee Turner, Pendleton County
  • Jillian La Verne Wallshield, Jefferson County
  • Hanah Lynn Whisenant, Lawrence County
  • Naomi Wiegand, Oldham County
  • Jacob Ryan Winkler, Estill County

A send-off event is scheduled for Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Adron Doran University Center.

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit academy for academically exceptional Kentucky students. Craft Academy provides students with postsecondary residential experience to complete their junior and senior high school years by enrolling in college courses. The Craft Academy aims to meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy challenges students to excel at their highest level through project-based STEM+X courses and hands-on learning experiences with an emphasis on innovation design and creativity and civic and regional engagement.

Funding for the Craft Academy comes from the generous contributions and support of Dr. Joe Craft and Ambassador Kelly Craft. They have donated approximately $10 million to the Academy. Additional funding comes from state appropriations.

For more information about the Craft Academy, visit, email or call 606-783-2093.

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