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Lexington Tapped as 2024 All-America City

Lexington Tapped as 2024 All-America City
six high schoolers seated in the audience holding the  award

The National Civic League has presented Lexington a 2024 All-America City Award, which recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to successfully address local issues. The city partnered with Fayette County Public Schools, CivicLex, and the Blue Grass Community Foundation to apply for the honor, and our high schools’ Civics Expos and Civics Day events were showcased.

“This collaboration underscores our commitment to fostering a strong, vibrant community,” said FCPS Superintendent Demetrus Liggins. “One of the key promises in our Portrait of a Graduate is that students will graduate not only well-prepared academically, but also as civically engaged individuals. Together, we are creating a future where our students understand the importance of community involvement and the impact they can have as active citizens.”

Attending the recent awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado, with Liggins were Chief of Staff Tracy Bruno, and social studies instructional specialist Aaron Davis, along with government teacher Rian Davis and Bryan Station High School students Brandon Anderson, India Hill, and Connor McNamara; and government teacher Kelly Bales with Tates Creek High School students Gabby Gaines, TyQuarius Patterson, and Grace Yahr. 

“These students were central to our presentation of the work, sharing their experiences with Civics Expos as well as presenting their work to city leaders (in May),” said Aaron Davis of the district’s Department of Teaching & Learning. “They represented their schools, the district, and their community with the highest integrity, and we could not be more proud of them.”    

group of 17 district leaders, teachers, and high school students


The city later hosted a July 1 news conference. “This award celebrates community-driven efforts that address challenges and create opportunities,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “Lexington is proud to be considered an All-America City. We are proud to showcase the great work going on in our city, and to share it with communities across the country.”  

Liggins at the podium at the LFUCG office building

Superintendent Demetrus Liggins spoke at the city's July 1 news conference.

Liggins (at right) chats with a high school boy at the city's news event
about 15 people at the city's event, including the Big Lex mascot, Mayor Gorton, and Liggins