Pike County Central Senior Dennison Lowe and Belfry High Junior Austin Dillon were formally inducted into the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) Student Senate on August 26 at the Pike County Courthouse. The two will be making their first appearance on the Senate, which is comprised of two high school students from each school district within the 17-district area served by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. (KVEC).
The ARI is part of the multi-million dollar national Race-To-The-Top grant received by KVEC. The Student Senate is part of the "Student Voice," initiative to ARI. Under the Student Voice, the students are encouraged to use their ideas and teamwork to improve their schools and communities. In order to publicize their ideas, plans and events, the Student Senate Members maintain "The Holler," website- http://www.theholler.org/- a Twitter account @ARI_Senate at #ARIstudentsenate and a FaceBook Page.
The Senate members are charged with coming up with a Plan to address the following topics: community service, education and academics, said Kelli Thompson, who oversees the Student Voice for KVEC and emceed the Induction ceremony and training session.