The Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) celebrated its graduating students on May 17 at a graduation ceremony held at the school. The 2022 KSB graduates are A’Miracle Foard, Justin Goodlett and Leanna Lewis.
A’Miracle Foard is from Louisville in Jefferson County. She has been a student at KSB since second grade in 2011. She has been active in the music department, playing piano, and choir. Foard also was a shared placement student at Central High School in Louisville for three years. She has been a part of the work program while at KSB, working at Bussmann’s Bakery, and currently works for the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation.
This summer Foard is participating in the Insight program at Morehead State University, and in the fall will take courses at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Her dream would be to open her own business selling jewelry and crocheted items.
Foard was awarded the Joseph Kuczwara Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is presented by the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation to a student with a positive attitude, good citizenship, exemplary leadership and sincere service to others. The award is named in honor of Joseph Kuczwara, one of the founders of the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation. Foard also was chosen for the Rotary Club of Louisville’s Unsung Hero Award.
Justin Goodlett is from Lawrenceburg in Anderson County. He has been a full-time student at KSB since 2020. Goodlett was a part of the work program while at KSB, working with Lynch Landscaping and for three years at the Louisville Zoo. He is planning on working at Kentucky Kingdom this summer. He also has participated in the KSB Weekend Retreat.
After graduation, Goodlett will be moving to Alabama to attend E.H. Gentry, a full service vocational and educational rehabilitation program serving adults who are deaf or blind. He will learn job skills to promote independence and lead to future employment.
Goodlett was awarded one of the two Dr. Franklin Jelsma “To See Through Love” award. Presented by the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, the $500 scholarship award is given to a student for an outstanding work ethic, achievement in community service and respect for others. The award is named in honor of Dr. Franklin Jelsma, a well-respected pioneer and mentor in the field of neurosurgery, who believed that by caring about others and working hard, one can make the world a better place.
Leanna Lewis is from Lexington in Fayette County. She has been a student at KSB since 2018, starting in the ninth grade. She has been active at KSB in the music department and has participated in cheerleading, swimming, track, forensics and the Scouts of America. Lewis has served as a peer tutor and participated in the PATH program through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She has been a part of the work program while at KSB, currently working for the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation.
After graduation, Lewis will be living in Lexington until she begins studies at the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma. She plans to work on certifications in childcare and take classes at Big Sandy Community College. She would someday like to become a social worker. Lewis received the second Dr. Franklin Jelsma “To See Through Love” award along with Goodlett.