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Southwestern High School will strive to graduate every student college/career ready and prepared for the 21st  century.
School Announcements
Thursday, April 17th Southwestern's home baseball game will be Carnival Day.  There will be cotton candy, snow cones, balloons and face painting.  The weather should be great so come out, support your team and enjoy the fun.  Game time begins at 5:30pm with Southwestern playing against Wayne County.

Spring Pictures
Spring Pictures will be taken Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Order forms will be given out in your 1st period class.  If you would like to have your picture taken, you must have your order form and money the day of pictures, to give to the photographer.  Only students who order pictures will have their picture taken.

Kody A. Thacker Memorial Scholarship
The Kody A. Thacker Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Southwestern High School Senior that will be enrolled for the Fall 2014 Semester at Somerset Community College. Applications are still available in the Guidance Office and the deadline to submit application is Thursday, April 17th, 2014. Scholarship Amount $500.00.

Prom Tickets/Tuxedo Rental
Student tickets and tuxedo rentals are on sale at the school store 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th periods and at the store counter in the cafeteria during 3rd.  Prices are $30/single and $50/couple the week of April 14th-18th and go up to $35/single and $60/couple the week of April 21st-26th.  Tuxedo rentals are available until April 18th.  Prices range from $89-$129 – this includes: tux, shirt, vest, pants, tie and shoes.  Other items such as: hats, canes, pocket squares are available for purchase.  Tuxedos will be delivered on Thursday, April 24th and must be returned on Monday, April 28th.

KHEAA Promote Your School Essay Contest

Juniors!!!!  A $500 scholarship essay contest through the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority is available.  It is the Promote Your School essay contest.  Deadline is September 15.  For more information, visit

EKU Summer Bridge Program

 The Summer Bridge Program is a Success First transition program at Eastern Kentucky University.  It is directed toward first-time freshmen who need to strengthen college-readiness skills in English composition, reading, and/or math.  The goal of the program is to help students admitted to a Success First program get a head-start on their freshman year by completing college-readiness courses, as well as credit-bearing courses. 

Students will register for any needed college-readiness courses, as well as GSD 101:  Foundations of Learning, a course that all Success First students are required to take the first semester of their freshman year.

Summer Bridge students may also be eligible to resiter for other credit-bearing courses, giving them additional credits before the fall semester begins.  The program is June 30-Aug 8, 2014.  Deadline to apply is May 1. 

Benefits of the Summer Program


v  Enroll in credit-bearing alternatives to college-readiness courses

v  Take development courses early

v  Take required freshman GSD 101 early

v  Enroll early for Fall

v  Get a head start on your degree

v  Become familiar with campus and the Richmond area

v  Make friends

 Students must complete the Summer Bridge Program application (available in the guidance office), Complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA, register for orientation, and complete Placement Testing.

LEAP Scholarship
Kentucky Christian University provides a Lead & Enhance Appalachia Program (LEAP) which offers full-time college students a unique tuition funding program. The LEAP Scholarship places a distinct emphasis on both financial need and academic accomplishment in order to better position Kentucky’s youth for academic and professional success. To see if you qualify, contact the KCU Admissions team at 606 474-3000, or call toll-free at 1-800-522-3181.


  • Apply and be accepted to KCU by January 15th of your senior year for priority consideration.
  • File a complete FAFSA by January 15th of your senior year.
  • Display eligibility for full Federal Pell Grant, KY CAP Grant, KY Tuition Grant, including a KEES scholarship award amount, if applicable.
  • Submit a minimum score of 20 on ACT or 1390 on SAT by January 15th of your senior year.
  • Be a Kentucky resident.

Southwestern High School AGAIN EARN “DISTINGUISHED”

Ranked # 14 out of 230 High Schools in Kentucky

Round two of the completely redesigned state assessment system finds SWHS continuing to make their mark statewide.  After an impressive top 10% ranking last year, SWHS moves from Top 25 to Top 15 out of the 230 high schools in the state of Kentucky.  SWHS is currently ranked # 14 in the state according to this week’s release of Kentucky’s assessment scores.  This has earned Southwestern a distinguished designation, the highest level under Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning system.

This does not happen by accident—it takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance by every member of the student body, parent body, faculty, and staff.  Congratulations, SWHS!  We are extremely proud and looking forward to working on the 3-peat!

Summer Academic Programs
Duke University proudly begins accepting applications TODAY, December 2, for two exciting academic programs for high school students during the summer of 2014!

Duke’s four-Duke Summer College for High School Students program takes place June 28 – July 25 and is designed to enhance your students’ readiness for future admission to an undergraduate degree program at a selective and prestigious university or college.  Students currently in grades 10 & 11 will make friends from all over the globe as they learn from the highly-trained, highly-intriguing faculty of Duke University and earn college credit.

For students currently in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 Duke offer a new three-Duke program Duke Summer Academy for High School Students July 5 - 25. This program is designed for personal enrichment and offers a two-part daytime course in Global Citizenship and Leadership and an evening course with many exciting options available. The classroom environment is intimate enough to gain the individual attention you need to thrive, and the residential life is full of exciting excursions and activities.
For more information, please visit their Duke website at
Morehead State University Campus Visits
Campus visits are offered Monday-Friday at 12:30pm at Morehead State University.   Students can schedule at visit at or by calling 606-782-2000 ext3.  Southwestern's MSU representative, Amanda Hogge, may also be contacted at 606-783-5038 or via email at
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