Red Fox Rapper, D3JUAN13, Talks Inspiration from High School and Mountain Community

Since dropping a full album dedicated to his school and community a few months ago, D3JUAN13, has built a national audience. The teenage rapper from Red Fox, KY went viral overnight when nearly 3,000 people, coast to coast, saw the Holler review of his album in 12 short hours. D3JUAN13 took the East Kentucky Expo Center stage […]

WATCH: Kentucky Lt. Governor to Join Regional High School Entrepreneurial Fair

Watch live on Thursday, November 17th as high school students from seven eastern Kentucky districts compete for $2000 in start-up cash for unique and creative business plans they’ve created in the last few months. Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton will join students, teachers, parents, and business leaders in the University of Pikeville Coleman College of Business […]

#ARIpromise: Watch 150+ East KY Educators and Students Preview 2017 Classroom Innovations on Oct. 26

#ARIpromise Whether you’re a teacher yourself or looking to partner with students and educators on business or community projects in the coming year, Wednesday October 26 is your best chance to connect! The Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) Promising Practices Summit brings east Kentucky’s greatest education innovators to an international audience of thousands every year. Don’t miss […]

300 World Language Students Slay Holler Leaderboard and Live Stream

We met the group of highly skilled Spanish and World Language teachers in August, joining a new Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) Professional Action Network (PAN), Holler Fellows. Since then they’ve collectively won Outstanding Spanish Teacher of the Year, been appointed President of the American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in Kentucky, started the first Spanish Holler (¡Grita […]

Yale Admissions Visit East KY Schools to Expand Career and College Options

Special Holler report from Corinne Smith, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale My name is Corinne Smith, and I am an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale. I am originally from Illinois, and grew up about forty-five minutes outside of Chicago. I have wanted to work in admissions since I was 16 and read the book The […]

Local Spiderman Brings Joy and “Spider Bites” to Students

Want Spiderman in your classroom? Or to help Spiderman deliver weekend meals to east Kentucky students? Meet Cody! My name is Cody Epling, I’m 28 years old and a Respiratory therapist. When I’m not working I’m a father to my amazing son Brody Epling. Brody and myself love to cosplay and attend all the local […]

Jenkins Students Paint “Our Town” Mural Reflecting Past, Present, and Future

With rays of sunlight and fall colors flooding the space in old Jenkins High School turned upscale Senior living, Jenkins students painted familiar scenes of their community. Art teacher Gina Sparks brought her Art I and II students to “support the project and get this kind of exposure” connecting classrooms to community and “inspire students to be more […]

East Kentucky Leads National Innovation in Rural Education at #ARIpromise

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 East Kentucky Expo Center * 126 Main St. Pikeville, KY SUMMIT.THEHOLLER.ORG Where do flight simulators, a mobile inquiry learning lab, student art & performance, cutting-edge learning strategies & technologies, 10 concurrent live streams, robots, and internationally recognized educators and students converge in east Kentucky? Every April and October during Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) Summits!  This October 26, the East Kentucky […]

Aviation, Engineering, and Code: From the Holler to the Globe

Students arrived to school before daylight and class bells to take aviation and aerospace courses in Pike County. Microsoft and Xbox sent weekly gaming data to a Floyd County classroom for statistical analysis leading to award winning app creation. A Piper PA-22 plane ready for student-led restoration is stored in Bell County, the same airport where infamous Glacier Girl […]

Outstanding Spanish Teacher of the Year, a Holler Fellow from East Kentucky

World Language educators from all over the state gathered in Louisville this weekend for the Kentucky World Language Association Annual Conference. Among learning, sharing, and crossing the bridge to proficiency, the event’s theme, the Association honored several teachers with an awards ceremony. Through the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese,  the Outstanding Teacher of the […]