Local student selected for WKU Gatton Academy

Russell County High School sophomore Holly McClure, also a member of the RCHS Volleyball Team, was selected to attend the prestigious Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University. Photo courtesy of RCHS Volleyball

A Russell County High School sophomore has been selected to attend The Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University.

Holly McClure has been selected for the prestigious program, a two-year residential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program for high school juniors and seniors.

Around 90 students from across Kentucky are chosen for the academy, which is recognized as one of the nation’s top-performing schools.

The academy aims to select an even number of males and females, based on standardized test scores, students GPA, responses to essay questions, personal interviews, extracurricular activities and recommendations.

Students take college classes, engage in faculty-led research, and have the ability to study abroad.

At the end of two years, Gatton Academy students will have earned between sixty and seventy-two college credit hours in addition to completing high school.

Academy graduates may choose to stay at WKU or transfer to other universities to complete their bachelor’s degrees.


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