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Education Notes: Principal's Cup, KAWC Science Fair, Keep It Real contest winners

February 22, 2012 

Awards/honors

Jessie Li, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, has been named a winner of the 2011 Siemens Awards for Advanced placement. The awards recognize America's top achievers in Advanced placement Program science and math courses with a $2,000 college scholarship to one male and one female student in each state.

This year, 101 high school students in 50 states — 96 seniors, four juniors and one sophomore — were recognized.

■ About 700 public, private and home-school students in grades 4 through 12 participated in the 28th annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools at Bryan Station High School in Lexington on Feb. 11. The event included students' science fair projects judged by 150 professionals, and hands-on educational exhibits and demonstrations coordinated by Bluegrass PRIDE.

A total of 143 student projects received awards. Six students received special recognition from Kentucky American Water for demonstrating achievement in water science projects, and four students received the Urban Environmental Award, which recognizes outstanding projects related to environmental stewardship. Alltech sponsored special awards in animal sciences, and Lexmark International provided printers to first-place engineering award recipients.

Mayor Jim Gray joined Kentucky American Water president Cheryl Norton and Fayette County Public Schools representatives Jack Hayes, Mike McKenzie and Ketsy Fields in the awards presentations.

Judges evaluated the projects in the following categories: animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, engineering, energy and transportation, environmental sciences, medicine and health sciences, microbiology, physics and astronomy, and plant sciences.

Students who received awards at the Feb. 11 competition advance to the Central Kentucky Regional Science and engineering Fair at the University of Kentucky on March 3.

Here are the Kentucky American Water-FCPS 28th annual district science fair winners, listed by school.

Elementary school winners:

Ashland: Charlie Frederick, fourth grade, first, microbiology; Julia Meadors, fifth grade, first, behavioral and social sciences.

Athens-Chilesburg: Cadence Stucker, fourth grade, second, animal sciences.

Cassidy: Jackson Kalinski, fourth grade, second, chemistry.

Christ the King: Caroline Thomas, fifth grade, Kentucky American Water Award, chemistry; Matthew Street, fifth grade, second, environmental science.

Clays Mill: Henry Blyth, fourth grade, first, environmental science.

Glendover: Astrid Trucks, fourth grade, first, engineering; Connor Hood, fifth grade, second, earth and planetary science; Maxwell Schneider, fifth grade, second, engineering.

Home school: Grace Statzer, fourth grade, second, physics and astronomy.

Julius Marks: Colton Wexler, fourth grade, second, environmental science.

Lexington Christian: Ellie Woodward, fourth grade, first, behavioral and social sciences; Lucas Shorter, fifth grade, second, physics and astronomy; Blaine Hardin, fifth grade, second, microbiology; Max Wheeler, fourth grade, first, physics and astronomy; Olivia Meadows, fourth grade, first, plant sciences.

Lexington Universal: Haroon Ali, fifth grade, second, behavioral and social sciences; Dalia Al-sous, fifth grade, second, chemistry.

Mary Queen: Evan Lancho, fifth grade, second, plant sciences.

Meadowthorpe: Kaitlyn Bowman, fourth grade, overall grade winner, animal sciences: Will Bennett, fourth grade, first, earth and planetary science: Isaac Abernathy, fifth grade, second, behavioral and social sciences; Ashvin Sial, fifth grade, first, environmental science.

Millcreek: Whitney Anderson, fifth grade, Alltech animal sciences.

Picadome: Rebecca Armstrong, fifth grade, first, chemistry; Brock Littleton, fifth grade, second, animal sciences; Elliott Ford, fourth grade, Alltech animal sciences; Emily Coughlin, fifth grade, first, microbiology.

Rosa Parks: Lauren Carter, fifth grade, first, plant sciences; William Klement, fifth grade, first, engineering; Rachel Seevers, fifth grade, overall grade winner, environmental science; Brooks Franklin, fifth grade, first, physics and astronomy; Joshua Siegel, fifth grade, first, earth and planetary science.

Sandersville: Riley Grove, fourth grade, Kentucky American Water Award, earth and planetary science.

Southern: Ryan Couture, fourth grade, second, microbiology.

Tates Creek: Rosemary Carruthers, fourth grade, first chemistry; Will Hands, fourth grade, second, engineering.

Veterans Park: Christian Bingman, fourth grade, second, plant sciences.

Yates: Sha'Nisa Williams, fourth grade, Mayor's Urban Environmental Award, environmental science; Jamel Weathers, fourth grade, second, earth and planetary science; Nathan Jackson, fourth grade, second, earth and planetary science; Shekinah Harvey, fourth grade, second earth and planetary science.

Middle school winners:

Beaumont: Rachel Fine, eighth grade, first, physics and astronomy; Kyra Seevers, eighth grade, overall grade winner, physics and astronomy; Chris Duncan, sixth grade, overall grade winner, physics and astronomy; Jonathan Royse, sixth grade, second, plant sciences; Gabe Hayes, sixth grade, second, plant sciences.

Bryan Station: Margaret Poore, sixth grade, second, animal sciences; Isabelle Booker, sixth grade, second, animal sciences; Eliana Shapere, sixth grade, first, chemistry; Amelia Clark, eighth grade, Mayor's Urban Environmental Award, environmental science; Steven Armbruster, eighth grade, first, earth and planetary science; Mary Pool, eighth grade, first, microbiology; Mary Marchaterre, seventh grade, first, earth and planetary science; Russell Scaife, seventh grade, Kentucky American Water Award, physics and astronomy.

Christ the King: Connor Fry, seventh grade, second, engineering; Alistair Keggen, seventh grade, first, cellular and molecular biology; Crump Ryan, seventh grade, first, environmental science.

E. J. Hayes: Katie Consiglio, sixth grade, second, environmental science; Savannah Shreve, sixth grade, first, behavioral and social sciences; Kacie Hughes, sixth grade, second, chemistry.

Home school: Hannah Tighe, eighth grade, first, behavioral and social sciences; Alex van Campen, eighth grade, second, animal sciences; Noah Eiden, eighth grade, second, earth and planetary science.

Lexington Christian: Sarah Grace Johnson, sixth grade, second, cellular and molecular biology; Will Southall, eighth grade, first, plant sciences; Derris Stanland, eighth grade, first, environmental science.

Lexington Universal: Sundus Ghuneim, sixth grade, second, physics and astronomy; Hedayah Abu shwiemeh, sixth grade, second, microbiology.

LTMS: Mike Mitin, seventh grade, first, engineering; Amanda Wallin, seventh grade, first, chemistry; Seth Cook, sixth grade, first, microbiology.

Morton: Lucas Burke, sixth grade, first, plant sciences; Rory Hefner, sixth grade, Alltech animal sciences; Josh Baker, sixth grade, first, engineering; John Barton, sixth grade, first, environmental science; Rebecca Collins, sixth grade, second, behavioral and social sciences; Sara Byrd, sixth grade, Kentucky American Water Award, environmental science.

Saints Peter and Paul: Abby Beckman, seventh grade, second, microbiology; Allie Gregory, seventh grade, second, behavioral and social sciences.

Sayre School: Preston Sabharwal, eighth grade, Alltech animal sciences; Will Kimmere, eighth grade, Kentucky American Water Award, environmental science.

SCAPA Bluegrass; Josephine Wendroth, seventh grade, overall grade winner, engineering; Azure Rowe, seventh grade, second, chemistry; Grace Shaftner, seventh grade, second, animal sciences; Maggie Thomas, seventh grade, first, plant sciences.

Seton Catholic: Kevin Connolly, seventh grade, second, plant sciences; Michael Deletter, seventh grade, first, behavioral and social sciences.

Tates Creek: Mallory Shake, seventh grade, first, microbiology; Orko Sinah, seventh grade, first, physics and astronomy; Phillip Bryant, seventh grade, second, cellular and molecular biology.

The Lexington School: Zainab Kahloon, eighth grade, second, microbiology; Eliza Jane Schaeffer, eighth grade, second, behavioral and social sciences; Clara de Castro, eighth grade, second, cellular and molecular biology; Natalie Hagan, eighth grade, first, cellular and molecular biology.

Trinity Christian: Isaac Rowe, eighth grade, second, physics and astronomy; Chris Dixon, seventh grade, second, environmental science; Andrew Reese, seventh grade, second, physics and astronomy; Lucas Tanaka, seventh grade, Alltech animal sciences.

Winburn: Alex Wyllie, eighth grade, second, engineering; Adrian Wyllie, eighth grade, second, engineering; Angelina Shi, eighth grade, second, chemistry; Kayla Beebout, eighth grade, second, plant sciences; Malvika Singhal, eighth grade, first, chemistry; Jacob Cottrell, eighth grade, first, engineering; Henry Lain, eighth grade, second, environmental science; Zsombor Gal, sixth grade, first, physics and astronomy; Zachary Jones, sixth grade, first, earth and planetary science; Rohith Kesaraju, sixth grade, first, cellular and molecular biology; Jennifer Lee, sixth grade, second, engineering.

High school winners:

Locust Trace AgriScience Farm: Taylor Hudson, first, energy and transportation; Leslie Saylor, first, energy and transportation.

Paul L. Dunbar: Humzah Qazi, second, energy and transportation; Valerie Sarge, American Physics, animal sciences; Vincent Cao, second, physics and astronomy; Vanya Bistrekova, second, animal sciences; Grant Boggess, second, medicine/dealth; Santiago de Leon, first, microbiology; Edward DiLoreto, first, chemistry; Jessica Geddes, first, cellular and molecular Biology; Charles Grigsby, second, engineering; Orsolya Hegyi, second, plant sciences; Idrees Kahloon, first, physics and astronomy; Anna Ming, overall winner, biochemistry; Todd Montgomery, first, medicine/health; Alex Petros, second, computer science; William Prince, first, engineering; Miranda Richardson, Alltech animal sciences; Douglas Shaw, Trevor Krolak and Mike Yang, (tied) second, cellular and molecular biology; Danielle Datilio, first, behavioral and social sciences; Ronald Petra, first, behavioral and social sciences; Emma Daugherty, first, biochemistry; Maria Wang, first, biochemistry; Corrine Elliott, second, chemistry; Elizabeth Walsh, second, chemistry; Julie Graf, Kentucky American Water Award, chemistry; Vania Ma, Kentucky American Water Award, chemistry; Robert McGillivray, first, computer science; Aaron Karp, first, computer science; Wade Bailey, second, behavioral and social sciences; Jake Sanchez, second, behavioral and social sciences.

Sayre School: Abigail Clayton, first, plant sciences; Hollis Clinkinbeard, Mayor's Urban Environmental Award, environmental science; Colleen Craven, first, environmental science; Cavitt Bradley, second, environmental science.

Henry Clay High School picked up statewide honors at the annual convention of the Kentucky Junior Classical League, held Feb. 3 through 5 in Fort Mitchell.

The league is an extracurricular experience for students of classical languages such as Latin and ancient Greek. Thirty-four students and four FCPS staff members attended the state convention.

Henry Clay student Cullen Smith was elected state president, and Grace Campbell, also of Henry Clay, was chosen as historian. Both will help lead the Kentucky delegation at the national convention this summer at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Henry Clay also placed 31 times in the statewide academic competitions, led by first-place winners Cullen Smith (three awards), Will Bourne and Martin Weaver. The Blue Devils' upper-level (Latin 3+) certamen team of Cullen Smith, Charlie Flomenhoft, Lenna Wilson and Grace Campbell was state co-champion with a group from Louisville. Henry Clay's lower, or second-year, team finished fourth.

■ The winners of the Eighth Annual Keep It Real Video/Internet Contest were awarded a total of $3,100 in prize money at a program in early February at The Kentucky Theatre.

The Drunk Monster, the top winner, was produced by Paul Laurence Dunbar High School students Travis Gaines, James Grabmayer, Sam Habash and Austin Moore. It will air on TV stations throughout the region and be shown as a preshow ad in local cinemas through National Cinemedia.

The People's Choice Award went to the Lexington Day Treatment Center entry, The Road Not Taken, submitted by Dulce Silva and Victor Castillo. This award is given to the video that received the most votes during the online contest, which ran Jan. 9 to 20. This year, 9,106 individuals visited the Web site, with a total of 80,244 votes cast..

The Keep It Real campaign is a youth-driven community effort to educate young people about the risks of drinking alcohol. The guiding premise behind this campaign is that youth are more likely to understand the message when they help design the message. Other winners were:

People's Choice, honorable mention: Rise Above the Influence, Lexington Day Treatment Center, Trell Turner and Josh Greer.

Best direction: Underage Drinking PSA, Eastside Technical School, David Rearic, Daniel Boyd, Randon Juanso, Bailey Lowry, Dylan Kimmell, Keenan Steele, Dariel King, King Young, Ambri Bright, Eunice Martinez, DeShon Barber, Mr. Manley, Jason Rock, Michael Watts, Corey McCall, Greg King, David Loue, Connor Preston, Blake Smithson, Jackson Stamper, Nathan Akers, Jessica Marshall, Jake Barker and Cameron Plowman.

Best original music: Don't Let Your Future Go Down the Toilet, Martin Luther King 21st Century Program, Shantress Coleman, Travis Barrett, Deja Jones, DaJuanta Givens, Eugine Beatty and Destiny Gourdine; honorable mention: The Gingerbread Catastrophe, Lexington Catholic High School, Catherine Wright, Kristian Klaene, Stephen Dorsett, Nicholas Leslie, Jessie Dalton, Carter Gray, Josh Dodson, Cam Sayre, Noah Sherr, Drew Howard, Nigel Smith, Amber Pitts, Abby James, Abby DiPretoro and Clare Hogan.

Best graphic design: Sketched, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Harry Fogle and Jake Redenbaugh; honorable mention: I Am, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Paige Noe, Laurel Noe, Kelly Sanders, Sarah Widy and Kajsa Brindley.

Best depiction of message: Why Drink At All? Henry Clay High School, Parker Comley; honorable mention: Living Life in Full Color, Barren County High School, Austin Benedict.

Best art direction: Is It Worth the Weight?, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Elizabeth Graves and Stacy Wilk; honorable mention: Win Without Drinking, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Micah Gaines, Traci Thomas, Trina Thomas and Kierra Muhammad.

Best comedy: It's Not Too Late, It's Never Too Late, Augusta Independent High School, Brahm Hamilton, Jacob Hopkins, Corey Moore, Rhett Kelsch, Jameel Halawani and Marie Hiles; honorable mention: Stop Underage Drinking, Henry Clay High School, Katie Crawford.

Best script: Choices, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Paige Noe, Laurel Noe, Kelly Sanders, Sarah Widy and Kajsa Brindley; honorable mention: Pain, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Matthew Moore and Josh Stone.

Best editing: Emily's Scrapbook, Harrison County High School, Josie Valentine, Sarah Nichols, Breanna Skidmore and Dominic Walker; honorable mention: Bottled Violence, Henry Clay High School, Adam Crenshaw.

Best cinematography: If I Could Only Go Back, Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Youth Network, Nick Bailey, Mikayla Jones, Haley Tye, Emily Houston, Matthew Omohundro, Jacob Omohundro, Chanda Scobee, Anna Omohundro, Kayla Harrison, Kayla Finley, Ragan Clark, Katie McCrary, Addison Lowry, Hannah Mohr and Caleb Mohr; honorable mention: See Another Birthday, West Jessamine High School, Dalton Fight, Trent Fight, Carter Chapman, Dean Edwards and Michael McFadden.

Most original: Just Walk Away, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Carolyn Betts and Jordan Brennan; honorable mention: Lose Control. Lose Your Friends. Lose Yourself, Grayson County High School, Kylee Gorby, Adrian Sanders, Cassidy White, Carter Cannon and Katie Beeler.

■ The final rounds of the 2012 Principals' Cup included a tiebreaker that added a measure of drama to the Academic Challenge series.

Meadowthorpe G won the primary title outright, while Tates Creek D edged Veterans Park C for runner-up honors after a five-question playoff. Maxwell H came in fourth.

On the intermediate side, two teams from the same school needed two extra questions to determine the winner, with Rosa Parks A edging out Rosa Parks G for first place. Meadowthorpe G finished a close third after the daylong single- elimination tournament.

Teams of students in grades 2 and 3 and grades 4 and 5 worked together to answer questions in all subject areas. Groups of teams squared off in classrooms throughout host Bryan Station High School, with each winner advancing to the next round. Ultimately, the last teams made it to the finals in the auditorium, where coaches and families gathered to support their students.

Primary finals (grades 2-3): first, with 15 of 20 possible points: Meadowthorpe G, Elizabeth Crawford, Juliann Hyatt, Dallas Rager and Skyler Towel; second, with 15 points after a 13-13 tiebreaker: Tates Creek D, Breonna Hardwick, Shalavion Howard, Joey Ilagan, Chuck Logsdon and Shane Stover; third, with 14 points after a 13-13 tiebreaker: Veterans Park C, Alex Bradbury, Rachel Chrisman, Jacob Cunnagin, Jed Hampton, Sofia Ricketts and Luke Straub; fourth, with 10 points: Maxwell H, James William Grant, Tameara Powell, Kaylyn Stacy, Henry Worth and Kyla Zurlage.

Intermediate finals (grades 4-5): first, with 17 points after a 16-16 tiebreaker: Rosa Parks A, Niam Abeysiriwardena, Humza Anwar, Michelle Choi, Megan Horn and Neal Rekhraj; second, with 16 points: Rosa Parks G, Farhan Ashfaq, Will Hairston, Ela Saraff, Rachel Seevers b Shreya Tamilselvan; third place, with 15 points: Meadowthorpe G, Reka Gal, William Gregory and Samirah Wiggins.

Fayette County Public Schools presents three Academic Challenge tournaments, culminating in a competition for college scholarships. This year's Superintendent's Cup will be March 10.

■ In a partnership with Bluegrass Greenworks, Henry Clay High School has produced a video for Insight Cable TV. Greenworks' GreenGroups quarterly meeting featured a PowerPoint presentation made from slides contributed by groups from all over Central Kentucky as it always does, but this time film students from Henry Clay High School took slides and turned them into a video that is airing on the Insight Cable public access channel six times per week.

The video was produced under the direction of film class instructor Matthew Logsdon. Logsdon and the students were challenged by Bluegrass Greenworks' director Ben Perry to take the normally dry, informational PowerPoint slides and transform them into an attention-grabbing video production. The class used sound, graphics, animation and other tools to help draw cable viewers' attention to the many wonderful groups and projects going on in Central Kentucky's "green community."

For more information, go to Bluegrassgreenworks.org.

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