Academic Briefs

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By The Staff


Brittany Abner of Cynthiana, a 2009 graduate of Harrison County High School, has been admitted to Berea College for the Fall 2009 term.

As an enrolled student at Berea College, Abner has been awarded a four-year tuition scholarship currently valued at more than $100,000. Berea College admits students based on their academic achievement, community service, leadership potential, and financial need.

Widely known for the quality of its academic program, Berea College was the South’s first interracial and coeducational college. Berea charges no tuition, admitting only academically promising students.

For more information about Berea College, contact the Berea College Admissions Office at (800) 326-5948 or www.berea.edu.

Abner is the granddaughter of Bev Gray of Cynthiana and the late Fred D. Gray.


Blake Worthington Brandenburg will graduate from Centre College on Sunday, May 24, 2009 in Danville. Blake has earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and a Bachelor of Arts in art history.

Blake is a native of Beattyville and is a 2005 graduate from Lee County High School. He is the son of Machelle Coomer and James Brandenburg of Beattyville, the grandson of Thomas and Pauline Coomer (Beattyville), Delbert and Nancy Brandenburg (Beattyville), and Clinton and Rhoda Gould (Cynthiana). Blake is also the stepson of Wendy Darling and brother of Tanner Brandenburg and Tristen Baker all of Beattyville.

KCTCS president receives award

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall received the 2009 State Community College Director of Distinction award from Phi Theta Kappa.

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” said Dr. McCall.  “Our colleges are transforming the lives of students by providing them what they need now – real opportunity for real people in real time.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau.

The award recognizes the contributions of heads of state community college systems and their outstanding efforts to promote the goals of the honor society. 

Dr. McCall was honored at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Texas on April 17.


Six local students at Transylvania University have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2009 winter term.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term.

Harrison County High School graduates:

Sophomore Anna Lewis, a Spanish language and literature major, is the daughter of Dwight and Frances Lewis of Cynthiana.

Junior Michelle Franzetti, a music education and applied music double major, is the daughter of Walter and Theresa Harms of Georgetown.

Junior Benjamin Dycus, a business administration and economics double major, is the son of Richard and Susan Dycus of Cynthiana.

Sophomore Nadia Smith is the daughter of Davis and Rita Smith of Cynthiana.

Senior Sarah Wilson, a business administration major, is the daughter of Sonia Frazier of Cynthiana.

Home school graduate:

Senior Nathaniel Donaldson, a history major, is the son of Robert and Michele Donaldson of Sadieville.