The Kentucky School for the Blind celebrated three graduating students, left to right, A’Miracle Foard, Justin Goodlett and Leanne Lewis, in a ceremony held at the school on May 17. Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass and Kentucky Board of Education President Lu Young also attended.
Photo by Marvin Young on May 17, 2022.

The Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) celebrated its graduating class 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

A’Miracle Foard is from Louisville in Jefferson County. She has been a student at KSB since her second year in 2011. She has been active in the music department, playing piano and choir. Foard was also a shared-placement student at Central High School in Louisville for three years. She was part of the work program at KSB, working at Bussmann’s Bakery, and currently works for the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation.

This summer, Foard is attending Morehead State University’s Insight program, and in the fall he will take classes at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Her dream would be to open her own business selling jewelry and crochet items.

Foard received the Joseph Kuczwara Fellowship. 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 was also chosen for the Rotary Club of Louisville’s Unsung Hero Award.

Justin Goodlett

Justin Goodlett is from Lawrenceburg in Anderson County. He has been a full-time student at KSB since 2020. Goodlett was part of the work program at KSB, working with Lynch Landscaping and for three years at the Louisville Zoo. He plans to work at Kentucky Kingdom this summer. He also participated in the CSK weekend retreat.

After graduation, Goodlett will move to Alabama to attend EH Gentry, a comprehensive vocational and educational rehabilitation program for adults who are deaf or blind. He will learn vocational skills to promote independence and lead to future employment.

Goodlett received one of two Dr. Franklin Jelsma “To See Through Love” awards. Presented by the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, the $500 scholarship is awarded to a student for outstanding work ethic, achievement in community service, and respect for others. The award is named in honor of Dr. Franklin Jelsma, a highly respected pioneer and mentor in the field of neurosurgery, who believed that by caring and working hard, you can make the world a better place.

Leanna Lewis

Photo of a young woman shaking hands with a man wearing a suit.

Kentucky School for the Blind graduate Leanna Lewis, left, accepts her diploma from Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass.
Photo by Marvin Young on May 17, 2022.

Leanna Lewis is from Lexington in Fayette County. She has been a student at KSB since 2018, starting in the ninth grade. She was active at KSB in the music department and participated in cheerleading, swimming, track and field, forensics, and Scouts of America. Lewis served as a peer tutor and participated in the PATH program through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She was part of the work program at KSB, currently working for the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation.

After graduation, Lewis will live in Lexington until she begins her studies at the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma. She plans to work on child care certifications and take classes at Big Sandy Community College. She would like to become a social worker one day. Lewis received the second Dr. Franklin Jelsma “To See Through Love” award with Goodlett.