The graduation ceremony for the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Class of 2021 was held Saturday, May 8. There were 58 graduates.
The student speaker at the ceremony was Cameron Snowden of Jackson. Snowden is the son of Gregory Snowden and Renee Davidson. Snowden was parliamentarian of the Craft Academy Student Council and a Craft Academy focus group leader. He was also president of the Craft Academy Chess Club. Snowden represented the Academy as the 2021 student speaker for the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE.) In the fall, he will become the first Craft Academy graduate to attend Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he plans to major in political science and English.
The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit academy for academically exceptional Kentucky students. Craft Academy provides students with a postsecondary residential experience to complete their junior and senior years of high school by enrolling in college courses. The Craft Academy’s purpose is to meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy challenges students to excel at their highest level through project-based STEM+X courses and hands-on learning experiences, with emphasis on innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.
Funding for the Craft Academy comes from the contributions and support of Dr. Joe Craft and his wife, Ambassador Kelly Craft, who have donated approximately $10 million to the Academy. Additional funding comes from state appropriations.