Picnic table served up by BCHS students

By Christy Howell-Hoots
Bracken County High School students Colton Jones, Desirae Thacker, Lydnsey Monahon, Isabella Gilvin, Kallie Riley, Cameron Ashcraft, BCHS/BCMS art teacher Chris Yelton and Bracken County Superintendent Jeff Aulick stand with a picnic table decorated by the students on April 21. The table will be on the Purple People Bridge in Newport during the Flying Pig Marathon. - Provided

BROOKSVILLE — Bracken County High School will be represented on the Purple People Bridge in Northern Kentucky this summer.

Students on the superintendent’s council, and some with the art program, recently designed and painted a picnic table that will sit on the bridge, along with 50 other tables. While the table is on display, those walking by can stop and vote on their favorite design.

Superintendent Jeff Aulick said Children’s, Inc. put the school district’s name in for a grant that would allow it to purchase one of the tables for the project.

“They put our name in for it,” he said. “I believe there is only one other school participating. The rest are organizations, townships and companies. The requirement was that the table represent whatever organization you were with, so you had to come up with a design that told who you were.”

According to BCHS senior Colton Jones, the table will also be on the bridge during the Flying Pig Marathon and voted on by the participants.

“They’ll vote for their favorite table at the run,” he said.

BCHS/BCMS art teacher Chris Yelton was with the students when they painted the table in Covington.

“Several students participated in designing and painting the table,” Yelton said. “We’re really proud of the job they did. The table looks great.”

Yelton said the students arrived around 8 a.m. on April 21 at a warehouse in Covington. When they left, the table remained at the warehouse and will be moved to the bridge.

“They put everything together in just a few hours,” Yelton said. “They wanted to represent as much of the school and the community as possible.”

Two BCHS students, Mya Sharp and Tamiyah Moran, came up with the design for the table, but were unable to participate in the painting.

The design includes an outline of Bracken County and symbols from different BCHS programs.

Sharp said they were asked to complete the design by the superintendent’s council and thought it would be a good chance to incorporate several aspects of Bracken County and the high school.

“We wanted to include some of the sports and activities we have at the high school,” Sharp said. “We thought it was important to include all of the major activities, such as basketball, drama, FCCLA, FBLA and others, but also include some of the activities that can sometimes be overlooked. I think it turned out pretty well.”

Moran said the two gave the design outline, along with notes, to the superintendent’s council, which was able to paint the table based on the design.

“We also had them each to put a hand print on the table when they were finished,” Moran said. “We wanted to show that even though we came up with the design, they were the ones who created it. Everyone did this together.”

“We were one of three schools from Northern Kentucky chosen to participate,” Jones said. “It was a great experience to be able to paint the table that day and to see the design come to life. We had others who created the design, and there were several of us who painted it. We were able to incorporate so much of our school and county in the design.”

Aulick said he was proud of the student’s design.

“The table looks awesome,” he said. “I’m so proud of the students on their hard work and what they’ve created.”

Aulick said the winners will be announced at the picnic on June 16.

Bracken County High School students Colton Jones, Desirae Thacker, Lydnsey Monahon, Isabella Gilvin, Kallie Riley, Cameron Ashcraft, BCHS/BCMS art teacher Chris Yelton and Bracken County Superintendent Jeff Aulick stand with a picnic table decorated by the students on April 21. The table will be on the Purple People Bridge in Newport during the Flying Pig Marathon.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG953555-1.jpgBracken County High School students Colton Jones, Desirae Thacker, Lydnsey Monahon, Isabella Gilvin, Kallie Riley, Cameron Ashcraft, BCHS/BCMS art teacher Chris Yelton and Bracken County Superintendent Jeff Aulick stand with a picnic table decorated by the students on April 21. The table will be on the Purple People Bridge in Newport during the Flying Pig Marathon. Provided

By Christy Howell-Hoots