Kaitlyn Hubbard, a student at the Laurel County Center for Innovation (CFI), received notification that her creative poetic expression “Clipped” earned publication in the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College’s literary journal, Bloodroot. Southeast’s Appalachian Program includes literature, storytelling, art, crafts, dramatic plays, and many more arts and humanities activities that acknowledge the regions important cultural heritage and sponsors Bloodroot publications.
Ms. Deana Nantz, instructor at the CFI, utilized her senior English class to help students explore their creative writing capacities and imaginative thinking with poetry. “We provide our students with every opportunity to express their creativity and this submission being published is recognition of high literary achievement,” said Nantz. Kaitlyn indicated that she was inspired to write “Clipped” as a reflection upon modern society and the need for teens and young adults to have a stronger, more confident self-image. Kaitlyn expressed her thanks and appreciation to Ms. Nantz for helping her to gain the ability and confidence to submit her written work for publication.
Dr. James M. Davis, CFI Principal, remarked that he was so very proud of Kaitlyn. “Kaitlyn’s ability to write creatively and having the courage to submit her work for quality review and critique is impressive”, said Davis. Further still, “we want all of our students to appreciate their natural talents and to aspire to achieve great things”, added Davis.