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Southwestern High School earns the Silver Medal from US News & World Report.   
Southwestern High School will strive to graduate every student college/career ready and prepared for the 21st  century.
School Announcements
Southwestern Principal Danita Ellis and assistant principals
Mischa Brainard and Tony Cress  serve up Thanksgiving
lunch to students on November 20th.
SWHS Senior Dylana Fothergill signed a scholarship for
Campbellsville University.  She plans on playing basketball
and majoring in Mathematics and Education. 
2014-2015 Faculty Who's Who
The following students were chosen as winners for the 2014-2015 Faculty's Who's Who in the yearbook.
Boys:  Spencer Brainard, Zachary Mills and Clayton Phelps
Girls:  Molly Brainard, Adison Corder and Emily Stugan
The yearbook is adding a new page called “Senior Babies”.  The plan is to do something fun with the page, if enough students participate.  Seniors need to bring in or email a copy of your baby picture to Mrs. Amundson in room 226 by December 5th.  Be sure to print your name on the back of the picture so that it can be returned to you.
Winter Basketball
Any 9th and 10th grade student interested in playing Upward Basketball in Nancy this winter may pick up an informational brochure located in the front office.
The Craft Academy
The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students. The Academy will be housed on the campus of Morehead State University, consistently ranked as one of the safest campuses in the Commonwealth.  Scheduled to open in August 2015, the Craft Academy will meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. A college-level curriculum will allow students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy will challenge students to excel at the highest level. They will be focused on a core of math and science courses while engaging in electives in arts and humanities. In addition, the Craft Academy will offer unique STEM+X courses that will enrich educational experiences and develop competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.  The residential college experience and environment promotes excellence, innovation and creativity while developing the full potential of the state’s brightest minds and most promising future leaders. Students will live on campus in a newly renovated residence hall designed for high school-aged students. The facility will have meeting and social space and bestaffed 24/7. Counselors and advisors will also be available. For more information, email or visit
Lindsey Wilson College Preview Days
Oct 4, Nov 15, Feb 21 (also Begley Scholars Day), and Mar 28 (Talent Showcase). Schedule your campus visit by calling 800-264-0138 or 270-384-8100. You can also email to schedule a visit at
University of Cumberlands Patriot Days
The University of Cumberlands will have their patriot days ont he following Saturdays: Oct 11, Nov 15, & Feb 28. These are days to get acquainted with the Cumberlands. Learn about academic departments, campus activities, student sercies,and hosing options. Register online at
Murray State Racer Days
Murray State will have their Racer Days on the following dates:  September 27, October 22, March 11.  Meet with people who can help you in the beginning of your college career, such as professors, student organization representatives, and recruitment staff.  There will also be financial aid representatives to help you with financial aid.  For a complete schedule of each Racer Day or to make reservations, go online at
The Warrior Nation showed up strong to help the football team defeat the Briar Jumpers 38-7 Friday night at Ray Correll Bowl.  You can always count on the Blue & Orange to show its Warrior Pride!
2014-2015 ACT Dates
  • September 13th--Registration Deadline August 8th
  • October 25th--Registration Deadline September 19th
  • December 13th--Registration Deadline November 7th
  • February 7th--Registration Deadline January 9th
  • April 18th--Registration Deadline March 13th
  • June 13th--Registration Deadline May 8th
Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs
The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) is a college and career ready program giving Kentucky high school students a hands-on, experiential immersion into innovation and entrepreneurship in order to empower them to make a positive impact on their communities through innovation and to become business leaders of tomorrow. GSE is a 3-week residential summer program where creative, free-thinking teens are empowered to share and develop their ideas for innovative products and services in an exploratory learning environment.  GSE exposes young aspiring entrepreneurs to the mindset, culture, innovative thinking and skills necessary to start a company.  GSE is a unique entrepreneurship program which places a strong emphasis on innovation and design as elements of creating a sustainable business model. GSE teaches students critical life and work skills of problem-solving, teamwork and iteration in an environment where it is safe to fail.  Students learn about such things as: company-start-up and growth, product development and design, customer validation, business models, marketing and sales, production, investment capital and long-range strategy. Teams learn triple bottom line approach — caring about profitability, social equity and environmental conservation. GSE students live on the Georgetown College campus in dormitories with separate quarters for males and females. They learn a great deal about themselves and others as they live in a community and develop long-lasting friendships. A select group of supportive high school and college teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, business leaders, experienced entrepreneurs and other experts works closely with the students in experiential learning sessions, hands-on design sessions and co-curricular activities. Well-known guest speakers and mentors, field trips to startup companies and other businesses, movies, special events, and a wide range of recreational opportunities offer an array of stimulating activities.
The following colleges will offer scholarships and other incentives to students who complete the GSE summer program.  Georgetown College, Union College, Brescia University, Campbsllsville University, St. Catharine College, Transylvania University, and Western Kentucky University.

Students interested in finding out more about the GSE program may visit online at  Applications will be available on line beginning November 1.  Deadline for applying is December 12.
  Western Kentucky University’s online admissions application for Fall 2015, has a new deadline and process in applying for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.  The new admission application deadline is November 15, 2014 for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship ONLY.  The deadline for all other scholarships will continue to be January 15, 2015.  The Cherry Presidential Scholarship covers in-state tuition, $4090 for on-campus housing, a $2,274 meal allowance, and $1,000 book allowance.  Participation in the Honors College is required.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.8 unweighted GPA and ACT composite of 31 (1360 SAT).  Applicants who meet these requirements have a deadline for application of November 15, and the Honors College application by December 1.  Finalists for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will be invited to WKU on February 6, 2015 for an on-campus interview.  Recipients of the scholarship will be selected and notified the following week.  For more information, visit  To admissions application, visit or by clicking on the “Apply Now” link on the WKU homepage at

University Of Kentucky
There are some important changes in the admission process starting with the Class of 2015.  A copy of these updates which encompass the application tracks and all important deadlines can be found on the UK website at
UK Admission Updates.   Here are some of the highlights:

  • UK is adding an early action track
  • December 1 is the new deadline for competitive academic scholarships, competitive diversity scholarships, the Honors Program, and early action admissions
  • We’ve also added an early action track to apply for housing and living learning programs with a deadline of February 15
  • We will have an enrollment deposit that will be due by May 1 (more details will be available on this in the fall)

 If students choose to apply through the early action track, they will hear decisions about scholarship and housing much earlier in the process allowing them to have more information to make the best decision possible in their college process. For more information, visit

Southwestern High School AGAIN EARNS “DISTINGUISHED”
with "SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION" Recognition!


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