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BGHS Student Wins Governor's Mansion Essay Contest

BGHS Sophomore Jessica Klusty, is a first place winner in the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration Essay Contest, Grades 10-12.

First Lady Jane Beshear will recognize Klusty at a celebration luncheon and awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 23 at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. She will receive a certificate and $100 prize.

Winning essays will be on display the day of the luncheon and following the event, the work becomes part of the permanent collection of the Governor’s Mansion where it will be displayed as part of the Mansion’s Centennial year celebration.

Alumni Association Announces 2014 Hall of Honor

The Bowling Green High School Alumni Association has announced the Class of 2014 inductees to the BGHS Hall of Honor. Honorees will be formally inducted at the twenty-third annual Hall of Honor Celebration to be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 in the Commons of Bowling Green High School. An informal reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. The program will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. 

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BGHS Ranked Among America's Most Challenging High Schools

The Washington Post’s education columnist Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list, including Bowling Green High School. BGHS is ranked 9th among the 15 Kentucky schools on the list and currently ranks 739th in America.

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BGISD Technology Showcase: April 17

Bowling Green City Schools will host a Technology Showcase, Thursday, April 17 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Bowling Green High School. The annual event is designed to encourage and enhance student technology, communication and collaboration skills.

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Nine BGHS Virtual Competition Finalists to be Recognized

The STLP Winter Virtual Judging results have been released and the following students have advanced as finalists and will be recognized at state on April 22nd. Over 1,500 products were submitted statewide to be judged in 14 different categories. Nine of 14 BGHS submissions were selected as finalists in the High School Division.


Documentary: Kacy Ives
Graphic Design: John McCoy
Graphic Design: Joshua Sansom
Manipulated Image: Kacy Ives
Multimedia Content: Kacy Ives
Multimedia Content: Jeremy Schaefer
Music: Travis Harder
Original Photo: Kacy Ives
Technical Writing: David Smart

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Final Two Make-Up Days Set

The Bowling Green City School District has missed five school days this year due to inclement weather. Three of those days have been made up using designated make-up days in the school calendar. BGISD will make up the additional two days missed by being in session Friday, April 18 and Friday, May 23, both also designated make-up days in the 2013-14 calendar approved in December 2012. Friday, May 23rd will be the last day of school for students. The BGHS Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. and Closing Day for all BGISD Employees will be Tuesday, May 27.

BGHS Announces Awards from National German Exam

Congratulations to the following students who recently competed with over 20,000 students in taking the National German Examination.


Louis Buckley, Peyton Burt, Jae-Auna Hill and Hannah Rossi all received an achievement award.


Earning a bronze award were Jack Atkerson and Asheyla Robinson.


The following students achieved a silver award: Elissa Booras, April Draper, Chloe Games, Ryan Hughes, Claire May, Nathen Robinson, Jenna Ross, and James Sweatt


Andrew Jones, Craig Redden, Terra Ross and Kalei Valery all received top honors. These gold award recipients out-performed 90% of test-takers nationwide. Craig, Terra and Kalei are now eligible to compete with German students across the state for the grand prize, a study trip to Germany in July, 2014.

1-Hour Delay: March 6, 2014

Bowling Green City Schools will operate on a one-hour delay Thursday, March 6, 2014.


PLEASE NOTE: Thursday and Friday, March 13th and 14th, will be used to make up two of the four remaining makeup days. These days were designated as makeup days in the 2013-14 calendar, approved in December 2012. The other two makeup days will be announced in the coming weeks.

Employee professional development sessions that were planned for March 13th and 14th will be rescheduled.

We apologize for the late notice to be in session next week, however, weather conditions are beyond our control.

BGISD Receives Recommendation for National Accreditation

This week, Bowling Green Independent Schools hosted an AdvancED Quality Assurance Review Team that visited the district and schools to evaluate adherence to the AdvancED accreditation standards and to make a recommendation for national accreditation. The District first achieved accreditation status in 2009 and reaccreditation is required every five years. Accreditation is a voluntary method of evaluation that involves both an internal and external review of the school district as a whole, including programs, culture and community.

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EXPLORE and PLAN Results Released

Kentucky’s 8th- and 10th-grade public school students participated in a statewide administration of the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments in September 2013. Both tests are precursors to the ACT college entrance exam and evaluate content knowledge in English, math, reading and science. Overall results show students across the Commonwealth are compare favorably with the rest of the nation and more students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.

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BGHS Academic Team: Regional Runner-Up

Overall Runner-up
Quick Recall Runner-up

Language Arts - Priyanka Sheth - 5th Place
Science - Ben Guthrie - 1st place; Sneha Chhachhi - 2nd place
Arts & Humanities - Jessica Klusty - 5th Place
Social Studies - Ben Guthrie - 2nd Place
Mathematics - Sneha Chhachhi - 2nd Place; Priyanks Sheth - 3rd Place

BGHS Freshman Principal Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Today’s school assembly was anything but ordinary when Dr. Jane Foley, Milken Family Foundation Senior Vice President, Milken Educator Awards, announced that William King, freshman principal at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was the state’s Milken Educator Award winner. One of education’s most prestigious recognitions, the Award comes with a no-strings-attached cash prize of $25,000. With more than 1,200 cheering students, colleagues and a host of dignitaries – including Kentucky Commissioner Holliday, and Mrs. Madeline Abramson, wife of Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, this exceptional educator experienced the fanfare typically reserved for all-star athletes and award-winning entertainers.

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Fant Signs to Play Football at WKU

Nacarius Fant, the 2013 selection of Mr. Football in Kentucky, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Western Kentucky University.  Fant, a three-time Associated Press 1st Team All-State wide receiver, has been committed to the Hilltoppers for months after choosing WKU over Illinois.  Fant will join a long list of former Purples to have played at WKU.

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Four Students to State Solo Competition

Seven students from Bowling Green High School participated in the KMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, February 1st.  All seven students scored as proficient or distinguished.  The following students will be attending the State Level Solo competition on May 3rd at WKU:

Olivia Mitchell
Amy Cherry
Emily Pride
Douglas Lopez

DECA Students Place in Regional Events

Bowling Green High School DECA students participated in the Region 2 DECA Leadership Conference at the Sloan Convention Center on Thursday, January 30. Twenty-eight of thirty-three student participants from BGHS placed in the top four of their competetive event. BGHS also received 2nd place for overall Largest Regional DECA Chapter Increase. 

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BGHS Academic Team: District Runners-Up

Congratulations to the BGHS Academic Team for the following results from the District Governor's Cup held Saturday, January 25th:

Quick Recall - Bowling Green  - 1st Place

Written Assessment - Math: Pryanka Sheth - 1st Place; Sneha Chhachhi - 2nd Place

Written Assessment - Science:  Ben Guthrie - 1st Place; Sneha Chhachhi - 3rd Place

Written Assessment - Social Studies:  Ben Guthrie - 1st Place3; Jessica Klusty - 3rd Place

Written Assessment - Language Arts:  Pryanka Sheth - 3rd Place; Sonora Schuck - 5th Place

Written Assessment - Arts & Humanities:  Jessica Klusty - 3rd Place

President's Day To Be Used as Make-Up Day

To date, the Bowling Green City School District has missed two school days due to inclement weather: December 6, 2013 and January 6, 2014. BGISD will use February 17, President's Day, to make up the day missed on December 6. The make up day for January 6 will be determined in mid-February. 

Moncayo and Smart Win State Event With Iconic Apps Proposal

The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education have announced Bowling Green High School students Omar Moncayo and David Smart winners of the third annual Entrepreneurship Event, which is sponsored by KACTE and coordinated by state advisors of the Career and Technical Education Student Organizations.

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Fant Named Mr. Football & Kevin Wallace AP Coach of the Year

Bowling Green senior receiver Nacarius Fant was named 2013 Kentucky Mr. Football and Coach Kevin Wallace earned the AP Coach of the year, as announced by The Associated Press on Thursday, January 2. Fant is the first BGHS player to earn the Mr. Football title. 

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STLP Teams Advance to State Showcase

Eighteen Student Technology Leadership Teams, representing all Bowling Green City Schools, have been invited to participate in the State STLP Championship on April 22 in Lexington after participating in the Regional Showcase at WKU on December 10.

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Choirs Performing on Government Access Channel 3

Members of the W. R. McNeill Elementary and Bowling Green High School Choirs recently sang Christmas Carols at the Warren County Courthouse. A recording of their performances will be replayed on Government Access Channel 3 at various times between Thursday, December 19 & Wednesday, December 25.

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Congratulations BGHS Purples Football: STATE CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the BGHS Football Team on winning their third straight 5A State Championship on Sunday, December 8. The Purples also continue the current longest winning streak in Kentucky with 44 straight wins. To re-live the excitement of Sunday's game, visit,, or for photos, statistics, and archived broadcasts. 

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Inclement Weather Communication Plan

As we face colder temperatures and forecasts with occasional precipitation, the possibility increases for the delay or closing of school. During the winter months Transportation Director Mike McCloud and Superintendent Joe Tinius keep a close watch on the weather. If there is a possibility for snow or ice, they spend late evening and early morning hours checking road conditions, listening to forecasts, and communicating with surrounding districts. Their cooperative efforts determine if the roads are safe for our students and employees. If the decision is made to delay or close school, our district will make every effort to notify parents, guardians, employees and the community as soon as possible.

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Two Earn National Board Certification

Two teachers from Bowling Green High School, Lisa Correa and Sandra McCoy, have recently earned National Board Certification after completing the rigorous certification process and performance-based assessments. Correa and McCoy are among twenty-one current Bowling Green City School teachers to earn the NBCT distinction. 

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BGHS Choir & Art Students Present: "A Taste of Christmas"

Bowling Green High School A Cappella Choir, AcaPurples, and BGHS art students will present, “A Taste of Christmas” on Friday, December 13, and Saturday December 14, at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Commons of Bowling Green High School.  The musical extravaganza and silent art auction have become a holiday tradition. The event also provides holiday treats and refreshments to enjoy throughout the performance.  It is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit.


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STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Purples vs. Maroons

Saturday, December 7th, 7:00pm at WKU

The Purples will be the visiting team on Saturday and will be wearing white jerseys, white pants, & traditional gold helmets. Purples fans are encouraged to wear WHITE in support of the team.


General Admission tickets will be on sale at BGHS Wednesday-Friday from 8:00-2:30 each day. Tickets are $9.00 each ($11.00 at the gate) & children 6 & under are admitted free. The BGHS cheering section will be located on the visitor (old) side of the stadium.


The community is also invited to a BGHS Pep Rally on Friday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the Arena.

WKU Honors Students from Bowling Green and Warren County Schools

WKU honored 75 students from five high schools in Bowling Green and Warren County for their academic achievements at a luncheon on November 7 at the Augenstein Alumni Center. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.58 and grade-point average of 3.92 and included 25 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and seven National Merit Semifinalists.

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2014-15 Academic Calendar Options Presented The District Calendar Committee met on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 to begin the process of recommending an academic calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The academic calendar must be approved by the Board of Education and is tentatively scheduled for approval at the December 9 Board of Education Meeting. Before finalizing the 2014-15 calendar, the Calendar Committee would like input from parents and community members. Two calendar options are available and surveys must be completed by November 15, 2013.
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BGHS Receives Grant to Assist At-Risk Math Students The Bowling Green Independent School District has been awarded a $10,000 grant through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, an initiative that gives farmers the opportunity to nominate their public school district to apply for merit-based, math and/or science grant. Bowling Green High School will utilize the $10,000 grant to implement a peer-mentoring program for 9th grade math students.
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Five Seniors Receive National Merit® Letters of Commendation Bowling Green High School announced today that five seniors have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Chloe Harkins, Abigail Potter, Justin Stone, Rachel Wulff, and Kathryn Wyrick will receive a Letter of Commendation from BGHS and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
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Unbridled Learning Scores Released to Public  The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district test results from the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All system. The ultimate goal of the system is to prepare all students for life after high school by annually monitoring student progress and public school’s academic achievement. Results reported indicate how local schools and districts performed during the 2012-13 school year.
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Audio of Purples Football Games Online Beginning Friday

Bowling Green High School is pleased to announce that Purples Football will join with to bring radio broadcast streaming online for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.  The website is active and the first live broadcast will be streamed online Friday, September 27, as Bowling Green hosts Barren County for Homecoming 2013. will have current information about Purples Football as well as past events that have been broadcast.

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Hayes Named 2014 National Achievement® Semifinalist

Bowling Green High School senior, Devin Hayes has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation. Hayes is one of more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors designated as a Semifinalist in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. He will now have the opportunity to continue in the competition to attain Finalist standing and pursue Achievement Scholarship® awards worth more than $2.5 million.

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AdvancED Surveys Online Now

Bowling Green Independent Schools are engaged in a continuous improvement process and currently working to receive accreditation by AdvancEd. The District first achieved accreditation status in 2009 and reaccreditation is required every five years. To begin the process, schools are asking students, employees, and parents to participate in an online survey between September 19 and October 4. The surveys will help the school district understand perceptions of stakeholders, and allow stakeholders to have a better understanding of the AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools/School Systems.

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AP Scores Earn Students Cash

Wednesday, September 11, was payday for several Bowling Green High School students, where they received checks of $100 to $300 from Advance Kentucky based on scores from last spring's Advanced Placement Exams. Bowling Green High School distributed $19,000 to 129 students for passing math, science, and English scores from 2012-13.

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Three Seniors Named National Merit® Semifinalists

Three students from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Sneha Chhachhi, Lauren Elson, and Yedarm Kim have been named National Merit Semifinalists and will have the opportunity to compete for  approximately 8,000 scholarship awards worth over $35 million.

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Employees of Bowling Green Schools LIVE UNITED

Employees of Bowling Green City Schools have donated or pledged a total of $11,333 to the 2014 United Way Campaign. Fifty-seven employees met Superintendent Tinius' Opening Day challenge and donated more than $100 to support agencies of United Way. 

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Second Opportunity High School Begins Tuesday

The Bowling Green City School’s Second Opportunity High School will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Bowling Green High School beginning September 3, 2013. The Second Opportunity High School allows adults (over 18) who did not finish high school to obtain high school credits toward graduation and ultimately earn a high school diploma from Bowling Green City Schools.

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Bowling Green Schools Receive Non-Resident Appeal Final Order

On August 23, the Bowling Green Board of Education received a Final Order from the Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Dr. Terry Holliday, regarding the non-resident student appeal between Bowling Green and Warren County Schools. The decision remains positive for the families and parents of the Bowling Green community.

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School Phone Service to be Interrupted on Tuesday

Bowling Green City Schools will be converting telephone service from AT&T to Time Warner Cable on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Throughout the day, all schools and departments will experience limited telephone service. Many buildings will only have one phone line available; therefore Bowling Green City Schools asks that parents and community members use an alternate mode of communication to contact employees or students during school hours Tuesday.

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Class of 2013 ACT Scores Released

ACT, Inc. has released scores from the Bowling Green High School Class of 2013. Results show improvement in every academic category from the previous spring. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2012 as juniors, the Class of 2013 scored an average composite score of 20.8. One year later, the same students improved in every academic category to an average composite of 21.7.

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Hines Named Certified Journalism Educator

Ms. Denita Hines, journalism teacher at Bowling Green High School was recently notified by the Journalism Education Association that she has successfully achieved the status of Certified Journalism Educator by passing the mastery exam scored by a Certification Review Board.  This is an outstanding professional accomplishment as a journalism instructor, and acknowledges her commitment and dedication to local media students. Ms. Hines will be recognized at a ceremony honoring the newly certified educators at the fall JEA/NSPA convention, Nov. 14-17, 2013 in Boston Massachusetts. 

Our Students Are So Bright: We Gotta Wear Shades!

Bowling Green Schools Receive Findings of Non-Resident Hearing

On July 29, the Bowling Green Board of Education received a recommended order regarding the recent non-resident student hearing between Bowling Green and Warren County Schools. The findings are positive for the families and parents of the Bowling Green community.

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102 BGHS Students Receive AP® SCHOLAR AWARDS

One Hundred Two students at Bowling Green High School have earned 2013 AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2013 AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

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Junior Class ACT Scores Remain Above State Average

ACT, Inc. has released scores the junior class of 2013. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2013, as juniors, the class of 2014 scored an average composite score of 20.6. The upcoming senior class had 278 members, the largest class to take the ACT at BGHS as part of the state requirement. The scores in all academic areas and overall composite outscore the state average.

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BGHS Students Giveaway 8 Refurbished Computers

Eight Bowling Green families without a home computer received one on Saturday, June 15. Bowling Green High School students in the Student Technology Leadership Program have been working for the past two years to fix discarded computers, making them useful to families and students.

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Congratulations Class of 2013

Two hundred and forty six graduates were recognized Sunday afternoon, May 26, as the 102nd graduating class from Bowling Green High School.  Of those 246, sixty-seven were Honor Graduates, earning a 3.6 or higher grade point average and sixteen received the Commonwealth Diploma.

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BGHS Listed Among America's Best High Schools

Newsweek and The Daily Beast have released the 2013 list of America’s Best High Schools. Bowling Green High School is among the top 2,000 schools, which are ranked using six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

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Congratulations to Retiring Faculty & Staff

Thursday evening, May 2, Bowling Green City Schools recognized ten employees for their years of service to the students and families of our community. These individuals have given a combined total of 297.5 years in education.


Wanda Anthony, Transportation Department
Margie Evans Dotson, T. C. Cherry Elementary
Virginia Fulton, Potter Gray
Marsha Ingram, W. R. McNeill
Barbara Kitchens, Potter Gray
Mary Martin’, Bowling Green High School
Elizabeth McGown, Potter Gray
Linda Peterson, Dishman-McGinnis
Rebecca Thomas, The Academy at 11th Street
Allen White, Bowling Green High School

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Summer Feeding Program Available June 3-July 26

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to continue to provide nutritious meals to children who need them, even when school is not in session. Anyone 18 years of age and younger may receive a free lunch or breakfast at either T. C. Cherry or Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary Schools, offered weekdays June 3th thru July 26, 2013.

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School Computer Lab Hours Extended

School computer labs are open afternoons and evenings for Bowling Green students wishing to complete school work or projects. Students may visit any school lab (not only their home school) and log in using a student username and password. The District's Acceptable Use Policy applies. Primary students must be accompanied by an adult.

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Prevention Materials Distributed Wednesday

Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green Junior High, and The Academy at 11th Street will distribute information to students regarding suicide prevention on August 21. We hope by providing resources, and opportunities to talk about this subject, we can prevent tragedies from occurring. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jon Lawson, Director of Pupil Personnel, (270) 746-2200.

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