Lt Governor Tours Schools and Visitor Center

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Anderson County Schools and the Downtown Lawrenceburg KY Visitor Center had a special guest yesterday.  Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton toured a number of schools, presented her First Annual Lt Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge to students at ACHS, and talked with business owners at the visitor center.

The visit was inspired in part by actions done by Anderson County High School’s drug prevention coalition, Saving Our Students.  SOS, in partnership with Downtown Lawrenceburg KY, have made strides in developing a drug prevention plan.

Their progress made its way to the lieutenant governor’s office when the SOS group visited with her earlier in the year.  According to Donna Crain Drury, advisor of the group, the visit inspired the lieutenant governor to visit Anderson County schools.

During the tour, the lieutenant governor first stopped at ACHS where she told about her own story to inspire the students.  Jenean grew up in Detroit, Michigan, in poverty.  Her parents divorced, and her mother had a hard time feeding her and her three sisters.

Growing up, she was inspired by figures like Martin Luther King Jr to not listen to the naysayers.  She worked her way through college, earning a degree in mechanical engineering.  She then joined the US Air Force as a computer operator before getting a job in the corrugated packaging industry.

That job would lead her to Kentucky as she was promoted.  She attributes her success to always being curious. “Learn as much as you can, not only about your job, about the other jobs and the company,” she said.

Her story inspired the high schoolers to take action for the upcoming First Annual Lt Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge.  The challenge will be similar to the show “Shark Tank” where teams of high schoolers will create a mock company and product.  They will compete against teams across the state, and three will be selected as winners next April where each winning team will receive over $30,000.

The lieutenant governor then toured the schools including the middle school and Emma B Ward Elementary.  At the middle school, band director, Patrick Brady, conducted a performance for her visit.  She also got to see students in action as she visited classrooms at the schools.

She was incredibly impressed with Emma B Ward Elementary.  She enjoyed seeing the school’s innovative collaboration environment where students can work together to solve problems.  “I think they’re going a long way towards preparing kids to be the type of innovative, creative thinkers that are needed,” she said.

After the tour, she then went to the Downtown Lawrenceburg KY Visitor Center to talk to local business owners and officials.  Among the many who met with the lieutenant governor included Marlene and Ron Yung of the Lawrenceburg Bed and Breakfast, Mayor Goodlett and City Clerk Robbie Hume, and many more.

Four students from the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg were also present to meet the lieutenant governor and greet visitors.  Chanda Burton, Robert Bird, Blaine Carpenter, Jeremiah Robinson were selected by CAL Principal, Sandra Bowman, to represent the school at the event.

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