First Night at Goldring-Gund

It’s 10:30 AM, the sun is beating down.  It’s hot…  maybe 85 already.  The surfers have been out for hours.  Before them came the runners.  Before the runners came a photographer, scouting the beach for any sign of sea turtles that he could take a photo of.  It’s like playtime for a National Geographic wanna-be.  Read More…

Bill Nye Visit

Michael Evans “Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!” The sold-out crowd in Diddle Arena chanted as the hero of their collective childhood strode onto stage in his signature suit and bow-tie. Bill Nye, host of popular television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” had finally come to give a presentation at WKU. Nye’s visit was part of Read More…

5th Week Assessment

Jenna Willett The Academy is in its fifth week of classes and that means fifth week assessment for the students. What exactly is the fifth week assessment? To answer this query, April Gaskey, Coordinator of Academic Services, says, “The fifth week assessment is used by WKU to assess and identify students in 100 level courses Read More…

Class of 2016 Leadership Retreat

Julia Gensheimer While the seniors went home, relaxed at the academy, or took the ACT this past weekend, the junior class spent Saturday and half of Sunday at Camp Loucon in Leitchfield, KY, for the annual leadership retreat. At the retreat, students participated in ice breakers, attended staff-led sessions on everything from relationships to self-discovery, Read More…

Research

Kelly McKenna Now that we are in the fourth week of classes, students are busy balancing classes, clubs, homework, socializing, and in some cases, research. Gatton Academy students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research with professors on campus. Research is a common aspect of Academy life and although 82 percent of the senior class Read More…

What it Takes to Be the Best

Josh Stewart Recently, the Gatton Academy was named America’s top high school by The Daily Beast for the third year in a row. This astounding accomplishment was made possible by the hard work and commitment of each and every Gatton Academy student and staff member. It is thrilling to receive such a high commendation yet Read More…

Back in the Saddle: The Classes Resume

Tyler Meeks Although we had a two-week longer break than our friends and schoolmates back home, it is finally time for the students of the Gatton Academy to return to class. Adventure Week is over, and now everyone is unwrapping their textbooks, finding their classrooms, and printing out their syllabi, eager to both begin and Read More…

Avatar Story: Becoming a Community

[fblike] Gretchen Walch At the end of my junior year I recall the excitement our class had about meeting, befriending, and mentoring the in-coming juniors, class of 2015. We called them “our juniors” and in the words of senior Samantha Dinga, we wanted “to be their seniors!” It is safe to say that nearly all Read More…

Adventure Week: Challenge Course

[fblike] Aaron Brzowski Preflight Check: Initiated. Class of 2015 Accounted For: True. Community Leaders Present: True. Challenge Course Prepared: True. Absence of uncertainty: False. Preflight Check: Completed. Launch. It began as a day of uneasy feelings and a semi-willingness to learn to trust your fellow student. Eyes open, heads roll over to see the time. Read More…