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Congratulations to this month’s TC Achievement Award winners!

Pam Huddleston poses with Deanna Hunt and Principal Sanders

Pam Huddleston, administrator and guidance secretary at Taylor County Middle School, is a recipient of the TC Cares Award. As an administrator at TCMS, Mrs. Huddleston wears too many hats to count and is a key part of the office staff that keeps the school going. In the lead up to her retirement at the end of this school year, TCMS Principal Neil Sanders felt it was only right to recognize her hard work with an achievement award. “When someone stops me with a question, my first resource and my last resort are both Miss Pam, because she’s going to know the answer,” Mr. Sanders said. “Honoring her with this award was the least we could do to thank her for the help she has provided not just during my tenure, but during that of Mrs. Tucker, Mrs. Harvey, and Mr. Jewell going back decades.”

Kristen Absher poses with Deanna Hunt, Coach Bradstreet, and Principal Sanders.

Kristen Absher received the TC Partnership Award for helping to secure a new audio system for the Taylor County Bank Cardinal Athletic Center at Taylor County Middle School. As a parent of kids who attend TCMS, Mrs. Absher recognized the need for new audio equipment in the gymnasium and worked with the school to make it happen. “I have gotten to know Mrs. Absher, and it’s clear to me that she loves her family, loves the school her kids go to, and when she sees a need she wants to help. But, she doesn’t really want to be recognized for it,” Mr. Bradstreet said. “And yet, we felt it important to recognize her, because she has been a huge help to our school and will benefit not just student athletes, but our entire student body for years to come, long after her own children have left TCMS.”

Lisa Oliver poses with Deanna Hunt, Principal Sara Tucker, and Coach Chris Goodin.

Lisa Oliver received the TC Partnership Award in recognition of the time and effort she puts into supporting sports programs at Taylor County High School. As the wife of TCHS Athletic Director Greg Oliver, Mrs. Oliver is frequently a huge help at Taylor County sporting events. “I don’t think we always appreciate our coworkers’ spouses, because the truth is, they support us and dedicate their time to supporting us both at home and at school,” TCHS Principal Sara Tucker said. “Mrs. Oliver is one of those spouses who is very dedicated and involved. During the regional tournament, she was making sure the hospitality room was working well to serve the needs of our team and our visitors. Whether it’s the basketball court, the football field, or anywhere else, we appreciate your help and love you so much.” District Athletic Director Chris Goodin also had nothing but praise for all of her hard work. “For as long as I can remember, having been here over 20 years, she’s always been a mama hen to everybody. To say she keeps things going behind the scenes is an understatement,” Mr. Goodin said. “I’ve seen her many facets throughout the years we’ve shared together, and I’m really glad to know her. She deserves this award as much as anyone, and I’m very glad to see her get it.”

The Taylor County FFA competed in the Lake Cumberland FFA Spring Field Day at Campbellsville University on Thursday, March 9th and as always, they did an outstanding job!

Students competing were rated with the following:

☑️ Superior

☑️ Excellent

☑️ Good

☑️ Fair

Students who placed Superior 1st or 2nd in their contest earn the right to compete at the Kentucky State FFA Convention in June.

Congratulations to all who competed and good luck in June for those advancing!

Students who competed:

  • Beef - Ella Milby - Superior
  • Crop - Savannah Parker - Excellent
  • Greenhouse - Evan Bryant - Superior 2nd
  • Dairy - Sarah Wilcher - Superior
  • Ag Mechanics - Noah Kelsey-Lane - Superior 2nd
  • Aquaculture - Preston Stamp - Superior
  • Prepared Public - Kenzie Dixon - Superior
  • Nursery - Katrena French - Superior 3rd
  • Extemp - Hunter Farmer - Superior
  • Small Animal - Mallory Dowell - Superior 2nd
  • Forestry - Ty Farmer - Superior 1st
  • Wildlife - Zach Caulk - Superior
  • Creed - Sadie Young - Superior
  • Floral - Savannah White - Superior
  • Poultry - Maddy Brown - Superior 1st
  • AIC - Abbi Howell - Superior 1st
  • Fruit and Veg - Madison Douglas - Superior 1st
  • Goat and Sheep - Sharon Francesconi - Superior
  • Equine - Hana Marcum - Superior
  • Swine - Katie Maupin - Superior 2nd
  • Turf and Lawn - Addyson Wood - Superior 3rd
  • Talent - Evan Bryant - Excellent
  • FFA Quiz - Alyssa Benningfield - Superior 2nd
  • Sr. Parliamentary Procedure - Abbi Howell, Kaitlyn Keith, Mallory Dowell, Ella Milby, Savannah White, Logan Kessinger, Savannah Parker, Maddy Brown, and Nate Cape - Superior 3rd

The record keeping team, consisting of Sadie Young, Caleb Feather, Addie Farmer, Addyson Compton, and Andi Scott, will find out competition results in April.

FFA members pose in their uniforms on the steps of a Campbellsville University building.

Thank you to Campbellsville University for hosting the event!

Also a special thank you to Taylor County FFA Alumni William Wallace Evans, Kori Thompson, Cheryl Williams, David Wayne, Sierra Westmoreland, and Dana Rogers for helping with the judging.

Expect greatness from Taylor County FFA!

Sara Tucker, Taylor County High School principal, will become Director of Schools at Taylor County on July 1, 2023.

A portrait of Sara Tucker in a dotted button up-shirt and blazer posing in front of a brick wall.

Mrs. Tucker has served as the principal at both TCHS and Taylor County Middle School, as a curriculum coach, and as a teacher. She has a record of implementing researched-based instructional protocols to guide teachers in developing systematic instructional processes. Because of this, she will excel at directing district-wide curriculum in her new position.

Expect greatness from Taylor County administrators!

Congratulations to our teachers who have been named 2023 Campbellsville University (CU) Excellence in Teaching Award recipients!

❤️ Mrs. Jade Sanders, 3rd grade reading and social studies teacher at Taylor County Intermediate School.

A portrait of Jade Sanders with information about the CU Excellence in Teaching Awards.

🖤 Ms. Amber Wolfe, math teacher at Taylor County Middle School.

A photo of Amber Wolfe, with info about her receiving the CU Excellence in Teaching Award.

🤍 Mrs. Melissa "Missy" Laymance, English language arts teacher at Taylor County High School.

A photo of Missy Laymance, with info about her receiving the CU Excellence in Teaching Award.

According to, CU began the Excellence in Teaching Award Program in 1987. The purpose of the program is to recognize the quality teaching and learning taking place in the school systems throughout Kentucky.

The Excellence in Teaching award banquet will take place in May.

Expect greatness from Taylor County teachers!

Dr. Sam Marple will be the principal at Taylor County High School effective July 1, 2023.

A graphic with a photo of Sam Marple

Dr. Marple, who has 14 years experience in education, is currently the assistant principal at TCHS. He and Mrs. Sara Tucker, current TCHS principal, will be working together over the next few months to ensure a smooth and effective transition.

Dr. Marple received his bachelor's degree in history, his master's degree in special education LBD and Education Administration, and recently finished his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership K-12. In addition to his experience as assistant principal, he also has served as a special education classroom teacher, dean of students, and principal.

He is looking forward to ensuring that TCHS provides equitable opportunities for all students. He says, "it is our goal for students to graduate from Taylor County High School college and/or career ready. I look forward to supporting all stakeholders to make this goal a reality."

Congratulations Dr. Marple!

Expect greatness from Taylor County High School!