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“Class of Kentucky is a way for us to get our foot in the door a little earlier than usual. Typically our recruiting process begins during a student’s junior year in high school. Our goal is to let them know we’re proud of their accomplishments and to show them what UK has to offer.”
-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
University of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky today welcomed the inaugural members of the new “Class of Kentucky” program to campus. The program recognizes academically talented and community-oriented high school sophomores from throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is facilitated through UK’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar.
Class of Kentucky honors one top sophomore from each high school in the state. More than 200 students are participating in the program. Each of the students is being featured in television spots airing now on WKYT-TV, WYMT-TV, WBKO-TV, and WAVE-TV throughout the state. Today’s program at UK introduced them to college life and the University of Kentucky.
Class of Kentucky represents a partnership between UK, CHA Health and WKYT-TV. Its purpose is to promote and recognize the outstanding achievements of the Commonwealth’s best and brightest students. Students were selected by their high school based on academic record, community service and leadership within their school.
UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said that the students honored through Class of Kentucky will be recruited by colleges and universities around the country, but that UK believes it is critical to the state’s future that most of them stay in Kentucky.
“Class of Kentucky is a way for us to get our foot in the door a little earlier than usual,” Todd said. “Typically our recruiting process begins during a student’s junior year in high school. Our goal is to let them know we’re proud of their accomplishments and to show them what UK has to offer.”
“I want to reiterate what I've said over and over about Kentucky’s high school students ... the Commonwealth needs their expertise and leadership in the future, to help keep it moving forward,” Todd said. “I also want to publicly thank CHA Health, WKYT-TV and the other media partners for their support of this program. Without them, this would not be possible.”