Press Releases

Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) commends Leslie County High School Principal, Kevin Gay, for his selection as a Champion of Change by the U.S. Department of Education and the White House for leadership in his community. Principal Gay, his faculty and staff have consistently shown their dedication to the students of Leslie County, demonstrated by dramatic, positive changes in a persistently low performing region and vast improvements in student outcomes. On Tuesday, August 21, 2012, Principal Gay was honored at the White House School Turnaround Champions of Change event where he was joined by 11 other educators from across the nation who have made a positive impact in their communities.

“Principal Kevin Gay has exemplified what it means to be a true leader in the education system,” said Rogers. “Whether recognizing student academics during athletic events, participating in weekly radio programs to promote student achievement, or hanging banners of academic achievement in the gym, Principal Gay found ways to promote and encourage his students both inside and outside the classroom. His inspiration to students has resulted in higher test scores, greater achievement rates, and advanced college readiness for Leslie County high schoolers. Principal Gay’s notable distinction gives me great pride in our region and I am confident that his work will serve as a source of inspiration for nearby schools in southern and eastern Kentucky.”

Photo Cutline: Principal Kevin Gay (right) pictured with Jason Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and School Turnaround (left).

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook!/CongressmanHalRogers.