Craft Academy juniors and seniors look to bond together for 2016/17 school year

08/29/2016 02:27 PM

MOREHEAD – The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics began their second year of operation with 60 juniors and 60 seniors for the first time.

Last year, the academy, a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students housed on the campus of Morehead State University, opened with 60 juniors.

This year, the seniors get to be something to the younger students, that the inaugural class did not have, someone to look up to.

Senior Mitchell Grouthaus of Kenton County says last year his class was trying to figure things out, and now that they understand, they want to be helpful to the underclassmen.

“When they’re struggling with something, we can explain how it’s working,” Grouthaus said.

Junior Nadia Richardson of Knott County, says that the seniors help has been invaluable.

“They’re like don’t take you books to the first day (of classes) because I promise you you won’t them because the majority of the people in your class will not have them,” Richardson said. “They’ve helped a whole lot.”

One of the big attributes of Craft Academy is its project-based STEM+X courses that enrich educational experiences and develop competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.

Senior Taylor Roland used the opportunity to start a business.

“I want to be an engineer when I grow up, but I’ve also been interested in the idea of making a business, and so to kind of merge the two areas, I started a business called Everyday E-Textiles,” Roland said. “By the end of my senior year, hopefully it will be a fully functioning business where we have product lines and maybe we can make mass shipments and things like that. We take everyday items, such as knitted head bands and scarfs, and we integrate electronics into them.”

Click here for more information on Craft Academy as well as learn how to apply for admission to the class of 2019.


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