On Educating LaRue - Interactive Hall of Fame

LCHS students who have developed an interactive “Hall of Fame” program accessible online are, from left, T.J. Reip, Tristen Locke, Biven Turner, and Gavin Whitehouse.
LCHS students who have developed an interactive “Hall of Fame” program accessible online are, from left, T.J. Reip, Tristen Locke, Biven Turner, and Gavin Whitehouse.

By Ron Benningfield

On entering a doctor’s office the other day, I came across a former high school student of mine whose last name I just could not pull up from memory. Paula (I saw that name on her jacket) remembered me even though at least 35 years had passed since she was my student. Once I returned home, with her last name still not popping into focus in my mind, I sought the help of a website that Jorge Venegas’s students at LaRue County High School with athletic director David Dawson, have developed that gave me what I was looking for in a nanosecond.

At the site, I followed the instructions to find the year Paula had told me she graduated from LCHS. Within a couple of clicks, I pulled her photo up and underneath it were her first and maiden name.

“Everything can be accessed from any device online at www.laruecountyhawks.touchpro.com,” said Timothy(T.J.) Reip, a LaRue County High School senior and one of the program’s developers. “You can find athletic pictures and pictures of past graduates all the way from 1949.”

Called the Interactive Hall of Fame, the result is part of a school Student Technology Leadership Project that Reip and sophomores Biven Turner, Gavin Whitehouse, and Tristen Locke began work on last fall.

“Mr. Dawson and I put our heads together to figure out exactly what we need in order to bring the absolute best out of this project for the community,” Reip shared. “We have come together to gather pictures and get them uploaded to the TouchPro to give our community the best experience possible.”

Reip said he intends to add more school clubs to the site.

“Right now, our focus is on athletics and graduates, but I would like to expand this to the entire school and include everybody,” he noted.

His team of presenters will enter their project into competition with others from schools throughout the state at the Kentucky STLP Championship at Rupp Arena in Lexington in April.

They qualified to go to state last fall in regionals at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green where their project was scored against rubrics.

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