Offering words of praise and plaques to recognize student academic achievements, members of the Harlan Independent Board of Education honored two “Governor’s Scholar” students at a special called meeting on Thursday.
“As is our tradition each year, we make it a point to recognize our outstanding students that always represent Harlan High School at the very highest level,” said Superintendent C.D. Morton. “We have a long tradition of a number of kids from a small school being selected into this program. This past year is no exception. We have two students we are recognizing tonight.”
Braxton Fannin, the son of Roger and Angel Fannin, of Harlan, was recognized as a Governor’s Scholar for the Arts in Drama.
“Braxton has been a big part of the Green Dragon drama program we have here,” said Morton. “He’s probably the poster-boy for that if you will. He does a fantastic job at every performance. We are excited for him and his selection into the Governor’s Scholar for the Arts program.”
Morton said Fannin spent a week at Center College, in Danville, this past year in this program. He said the program is “selective” and students have the opportunity to work in “different disciplines and be exposed to top performers in their area.”
Fannin told members of the board after graduation, he is “exploring his options,” looking at Northern Kentucky University and other universities throughout the state.
Also recognized was Caleb Hogue, son of Chris and Dana Hogue of Cumberland, who was named a Governor’s Scholar.
“Caleb has been involved in a number of things throughout the district,” said Morton. “He is a strong academic student that we are very proud of. He spent his time during the summer at Morehead State University. Caleb represents Harlan High School and the district phenomenally. He and Braxton are both high quality and high character students.”
Hogue said after graduation he plans to attend the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
A recess was called for the meeting and a reception was held for the students and their parents.
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