• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

I'll be willing to bet you that Midway has more people in the news per capita than any town in Kentucky. Most of the time we have a tendency to focus on the big people, adults, but let me remind you that there are plenty of little Midwegian folks who aren't waiting to grow up and become adults before making news. Midway has two Northridge students who made their mark last week at the STLP State Championship at Rupp Arena. STLP stands for Student Technology Leadership Program, a Kentucky Department of Education program developed in 1994 that uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology to solve school and community needs. STLP provides a means for student to design, make, connect and learn. The students' creations are showcased through local, regional and state events with the winners advancing in each competition. Northridge student Nolan Yost had one hour to take a photo he thought best represented the theme "Reach for the Stars." Northside School library media specialist and sponsor Melinda Hamilton Caldwell describes how the winning photo came about: "His teammates had to leave the competition in about 10 minutes and I suggested that he may want to use them in the photo before they left. Nolan and I had to stay longer for this one event. On our way to the bus, we noticed the floor tiles inside the foyer/entry at Rupp made a star shape where they met together. Nolan was considering having the kids reach for the center, but when he looked up he noticed a large planet like sculpture hanging above. Nolan decided to lie down on the floor and photograph his teammates reaching for the sculpture. After looking at the first photo, I told him that if I were judging it I would think the sleeves on some of the arms took away from it and that a few of the hands were in the way of the planet and might could be in a better position. I recommended he direct his friends and tell them exactly where he needed them to be. He tried again, and took the shot. Nolan only took two photos! His second photo was the photo he submitted and it won." Nolan took first place in the Photo on Demand K-5 Division Northridge's other star was Zoe Ratliff. According to Caldwell, "Zoe prepared for her event by creating a Weebly.com website to feature a teammate's homemade pop tab bracelets that were for sale. When we arrived at the event, Zoe was told that she would not have Internet access, but would actually be required to create the webpage in a program of her choice on a given topic, and could use the preselected photographs provided on a flash drive. She had one hour to complete the event and decide to use pages on the MacBook we brought with us. Once I left the room, Zoe was given the prompt and it was to create a website to promote summer reading. Within the hour, Zoe successfully created three webpages on the topic of summer reading. Zoe Ratliff won first in the state for her website design. A note to Zoe fans: Zoe is an avid reader." Caldwell said it is very difficult for students to win at the state level. She has had students participate and win from previous schools so she is well aware of the work it takes to win at that level. Ratliff and Yost are Northside's first students to ever win or place in this competition. ... Don't forget to join follow Midwegians for the Earth Day tree planting at Walter Bradley Park this Saturday at 10 a.m. You may want to bring a pair of gloves and don't forget to bring a trowel and participate in this community adventure. ... It looks like Midway is going to have a horse in the Kentucky Derby after all. Midway's Fawn Leap Farm owner John Oxley and horse trainer Mark Casse came closer to solving the mystery "What makes Classic Empire run?" Classic Empire was the early favorite this year to capture enough Derby points to make him the runaway favorite in the Derby. Classic Empire only had 32 Derby points up till last weekend's Arkansas Derby where he picked up a hundred more points, enough to get him into the Derby. He won his first two races of his career at Churchill Downs as a two-year-old. He dumped his rider at the start of the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, a Grade I stakes race. After that he came back to Keeneland to win the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity in October at Keeneland to punch his ticket to the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile and named as the 2016 Eclipse Award winner, champion 2-year-old male. As a three-year-old, he came in third in the Holy Bull Stakes when after the race it was discovered that he had a foot abscess. When he returned to training, he refused to work due to a back problem. After finally getting the horse in condition and working well again, he was entered into the Grade I Arkansas Derby. It was there he picked up the points needed to become eligible for the Kentucky Derby. It's really looking good for Classic Empire with over $2 million in earnings. He likes the Churchill Downs track. I just hope he's having one of his better days and blows the rest of the field off the track. It's possible. After all he is a Midway horse. Fire Hydrant Flushing The Midway Water Works Department will be flushing fire hydrants on Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 4:30 p.m. This operation involves simultaneously opening several fire hydrants in an area to create increased water flows. This is necessary to clean the distribution system of any mineral deposits and sediment that may have built up in the mains. It is possible that residents may notice cloudy tap water, but the cloudiness should pass in a short time, and the water is safe to drink. The water should be allowed to clear before residents do laundry. The City of Midway is not responsible for laundry being damaged during the hydrant-flushing period. For more information, contact City Hall at 846-4413.

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