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Lightning struck Manual on Sunday, July 13, causing damage to the iconic tower structure. Chunks of debris punched holes in the roof, letting in water from the storm. Among the classrooms affected were those used by Ms. Robin Cash (Family Consumer Science), Ms. Laura Spiegelhalter (Family Consumer Science), Ms. Rebecca Donahoe (English) and Ms. Allison Hunt (Social Studies).

“I went to Ms. Finley’s room and you can see (roof) damage right there: it’s through the ceiling, through the insulation. Debris came crashing down into Cash’s room,” said Mr. Jerry Mayes (Principal). “We’re working on getting this fixed before school starts.”

Manual’s custodians and administrators are working with engineers and insurance contractors to assess the damage.

“This just a glitch on the screen,” said Mr. Mayes. “Everything’s great, I don’t see this as a problem. I always try to think of something positive. Now we’re the only school in the district with a sun roof!”

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Contractors assess the damage from a crane. Photo courtesy of Mr. James Miller
Ms. Cash’s room is damaged the most, with holes in the roof, letting in debris and water damage. Photo courtesy of Mr. James Miller
Manual’s iconic tower was struck, causing chunks of sandstone from the original 1930s construction to crash onto the roof. Photo courtesy of Mr. James Miller
Heavy debris rests on roof holes above third floor center hall. Custodians and JCPS safety officials said the roof could give way, allowing the remaining debris to fall into the building and possibly through the floor, damaging second-floor classrooms. Photo courtesy of Mr. James Miller



On Monday, March 24, Magnet Schools of America (MSA) participated in a work session with the JCPS school board to present their findings. Among their recommendations was a plan to “phase out” the HSU magnet and move the program to Western.

Mr. Mayes (Principal) has since stated his support of the magnet and has sent home letters with the student body for clarification. Mayes said he feels fairly confident that HSU will remain at Manual.

“I’ve been told by people at the higher level that chances are very, very slim,” said Mayes, in an interview.

Ms. Allison Hunt (Social Studies) agreed.

“I still remain pretty confident that we’re not going to lose it,” said Hunt. “But we can’t be apathetic about it. We have to show why it’s essential to not to lose it.”

Among the reasons cited by MSA to phase out HSU was to allow for the expansion of MST, YPAS, J&C and VA.

“I would love YPAS to expand (or at least have the building repaired, have you seen the band room floor?) but not at HSU’s expense,” Destinee Siebe (11, YPAS) tweeted.

In the letter to the student body, Mayes wrote: “I want to assure you that we are confident that our School Board, JCPS, and the Louisville community understands not only how important Manual High School is to Louisville, but also how vital how HSU is to Manual High School.”

Mr. Timothy Holman (Social Studies) agreed.

“HSU has greater parameters, so it’s more diverse,” said Holman. “There’s something to be said for students who don’t know what they want to do at 14 years old.”

Many students feel that HSU should remain at Manual.

“HSU offers many opportunities to push yourself in what you choose to push yourself in,” said Annie Trentham (11, HSU). “Because there is no specific focus of the magnet, the focus becomes challenging your educational boundaries.”

Mayes said it’s always beneficial to get a different perspective from an outsider, such as MSA, to look at Manual.

 “We’re going to give the public the opportunity to see how great we are,” said Mayes.


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Ms. Allison Hunt (AP Human Geography) at today’s awards ceremony with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.

Ms. Allison Hunt (AP Human Geography) received the 2013 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year award today from the Kentucky Department of Education.

Aside from  teaching at Manual since 2007, Hunt sponsors History club and co-sponsors the class of 2016 and Student Government.

“I think Hunt is very deserving,” said Ms. Alesia Williams (English). “She’s one of those teachers who is a team player and stays after and makes sure students have the best high school experience they can.”

Ashland chooses 24 finalists and from there chooses 3 high, middle and elementary school teachers before making a final decision for each.

The eligibility requirements include creativity and originality, communication skills, education contributions and accomplishments, profesional development, and community involvement.

“Hunt goes above and beyond what an average classroom teacher does,” said Ms. Beth Stottman (Psychology). “She is one of the most dedicated teachers I’ve ever encountered in my 20 years of teaching.”

Many students weren’t surprised when they found out about Hunt’s award. “She actually cares if I understand what is going on in class and she is passionate about what she does,” Emilee McCubbins (9) said.


Keri Dearmond co-authored this article.

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Tax Day was set for April 17 this year. Because many of the employed seniors are 18-years-old, they have the option to file their taxes. 

“The big problem with kids this age is they choose not to file their taxes when they could get more money back,” said Allison Hunt (Social Studies).

Mrs. Hunt had experienced, first handedly, the trouble and confusion that can go along with filling taxes for the first times. She lived by 3 rules when she filed taxes the previous years and planned to do the same for this year. The following rules are her advice for students filing taxes this year:

1. Gather all of your documentation

2.  See if you qualify to prepare and e-file your taxes for free. Here is a helpful website:

3. Be sure to file by the April 17th deadline and if you are getting a refund, it makes sense to file as soon as possible.  

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The duPont Manual Student Senate’s meeting last Tuesday, Dec. 6 was highlighted by the proposal of several new ideas by Senate members, including enhancing the standards of the microwaves in the cafeterias.

It had been brought to the attention of the Senate that the microwaves were not being cleaned, and some people were spending too much time using the microwaves.

“I’d like to have someone watch or supervise the area,” Jack Grundy (12) said.  “I feel this would help fix the situation,” Grundy said.

Senators each proposed ideas that they would like to accomplish this year, such as the implementation of free WiFi in the school or the continuation of “Manual for Manual”, a school guide for incoming freshmen that would be written by graduating seniors.

Some Senators are upset by the lack of progression of the Senate thus far. “A lot of the things we’re trying to change are not getting done.  It’s kind of aggravating because a lot of the ideas are really good,” said Robin Zhao (11).

“It’s a learning experience,” said sponsor Ms. Allison Hunt (Social Studies).  “We’re always welcome to suggestions on ways to improve the Student Senate,” she said.

The Senate meets the first Tuesday and second Thursday of each month in room 224. All Manual students are allowed to attend Senate meetings to express their own ideas.

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The duPont Manual SBDM (Site-Based Decision Making) council met September 7 to discuss new decisions and policies.

Among the issues discussed were the rationale behind the use of graduation cords, presented by Ms. Elizabeth Palmer (CMA); revisions to the YPAS audition adjudication forms by Mr. J.C. Reedy (YPAS); a request for the implementation of an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) as a co-curricular club by Mr. Todd O’Bryan (Technology) presented by Ms. Allison Hunt (Social Studies); as well as the effectiveness and use of Parent Portal by all involved parties.

The proposal for the new ACM co-curricular club by O’Bryan (Technology) would give students the use of premier scientific computing technology that could potentially aid them in their future career. “[The ACM program] seems like it will bring a lot of good technology to our school. As a member of the MST magnet, I think that newer, better technology will make our school stronger,” Clare Grady (11) said. 

According to SBDM board member Allison Hunt (Social Studies), “[SBDM] began as a part of KERA (Kentucky Education Reform Act) in the ‘90s as a system where the district had less control over the policies of the school,” Ms. Hunt said. “They believe it is important to have stakeholders at the school involved.”

According to its mission statement, the Manual SBDM council was established to “exercise its responsibility to set school policy in the areas specified in the law.” The committee members, headed by Principal Larry Wooldridge, meet approximately once a month to discuss current and future policies to be instituted by the school.

The next SBDM meeting will be held on October 5.

Kelsi White is a junior in the Communications department. She is a part of the 2011-2012 Crimson Yearbook staff, as well as a member of the varsity field hockey team, Y-Club, Action for Africa and Beta Club.