education notes

Education notes: Nov. 21

November 21, 2012 

Senior Circuit Judge Roger L. Crittenden presented Monica M. Hall with a certificate of appointment after her swearing-in as a new member of the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education.

Awards/honors

■ Scott County High School student Cramer Schneider will soon receive the 2012 Yes I Can! Award from the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children for his Extra-Curricular leadership and involvement in 4-H and FFA. Schneider is an award-winning Simmental cattle showman and was selected as the Bluegrass Regional FFA President and Vice-President of the Scott County High School FFA chapter. Schneider's nomination will now advance to the national Yes I Can! award competition.

■ Campbellsville University senior chemistry major Cameron Campbell of Columbia has won the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition in Chemistry at the 2012 Kentucky Academy of Science annual meeting.

Eastern Kentucky University tied for fourth place at the 14th annual Central States Regional Ethics Bowl, held at Marian University on Nov. 3.

Thirteen schools participated in the competition. Among the schools EKU outscored were Indiana University, Xavier University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, Wright State University, and Taylor University.

Team I members included: team captain Alan Branham, a philosophy major from Salyersville; Grant Stringer, humanities, Lexington; and Jonathan Wheeler, emergency medical sciences, Lexington.

Team II members included: team captain Micah Wyatt, philosophy and psychology Livingston; Wade Combs, math education, McKee; Vanessa Martinez, health sciences, Lexington; and Cory Nolan, philosophy, Clay City.

■ Cheerleaders Madeline Carter, Abby Rawls, and Grace Slater from Beaumont Middle School are three of more than 500 junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will perform in the 92nd Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the nation.

The individuals invited to perform in the parade are cheerleading and dance All Americans selected from varsity camps around the country. Carter, Rawls, and Slater were selected as All Americans during UCA's Elite cheer camp at the University of Kentucky in July.

■ The Community Partners Leadership Team and Fayette County Public Schools have presented six more Golden Apple Awards to high-performance community partners who invest their time, energy and expertise in the district or in particular schools.

Alice Nelson, family/community district coordinator for FCPS, thanked the following award winners Nov. 13 during Commerce Lexington's Good Morning Bluegrass breakfast:

Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (community organizations/nonprofits category; districtwide partner), Community Action Council (community organizations/nonprofits; districtwide partner), Lexington Public Library (community organizations/nonprofits; districtwide partner), Lexmark International (business/industry category; districtwide partner)

Temple Adath Israel (faith-based organizations; school partner with Ashland Elementary), Village Branch Library (community organizations; school partner with Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Excellence).

■ Eastside Technical Center recently named Kaytlynn Robinson and Genoveva Segura as Students of the Month for October.

Kaytlynn, the daughter of Jimmy Robinson and Angela Hunter, is a sophomore at Woodford County High School and is a first-year automotive technology student from Versailles. Genoveva, the daughter of Maria Ramirez and Cuauhtemoe Segura is a junior at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School and is a first year multimedia production student from Lexington.

Each student received a certificate of achievement, a Student of the Month pin and a $50 gift certificate.

Coleman Stivers, a junior at Lafayette High School, will square off against 11 other district winners in Kentucky Farm Bureau's Outstanding Youth Program statewide competition, set for Dec. 6 at the Galt House in Louisville.

Stivers took first-place honors in the Nov. 2 district contest. He and Taylor Hudson, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High, were winners in the local Outstanding Youth and Variety Contest in Fayette County. Both also attend Locust Trace AgriScience Farm.

In these competitions, students must sit through an interview and give a speech related to agriculture or Farm Bureau.

■ More than 200 students from 15 Fayette County schools participated in the 10th annual STLP Fall Showcase regional competition Nov. 8 at the University of Kentucky. Projects were grouped into the categories of community service, instructional or technical expertise, and judges scored the student teams during 10-minute interviews.

The following members of the Student Technology Leadership Program will improve and complete their projects during the school year and compete at the STLP State Championship on March 28 at Rupp Arena, where one showcase from each grade group will be selected to represent Kentucky at the International Society for Technology in Education national conference.

Elementary showcases advancing to state: Helping the Homeless — Julius Marks; Making a Difference in the Community — William Wells Brown; Maxwell STEM — Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet; Picadome Morning News — Picadome; Safe as Save Can Be at JME — Julius Marks

Middle school: 50th Anniversary Project — Jessie Clark; Changing our Planet, One Person at a Time — Edythe J. Hayes; School Bullying Hurts — Morton; Video Game Designers — Beaumont; Warrior Techies — Winburn

High school: Eco-Computer — Bryan Station High; Knowledge of the Nerds — Eastside Technical Center; Latino Outreach Leaders — Paul Laurence Dunbar; MIB: Multi-Language Instructional Bridge — Bryan Station High; Techiepalooza — Paul Laurence Dunbar; TechKNOWLEDGEy — Bryan Station High

In addition, students were interviewed and chosen to work behind the scenes at the STLP state championship next spring. All levels of students (elementary, middle, high) competed together, and only one student was picked for each group. These FCPS students will join workers from the other regional competitions in these four areas:

Twitter Service: Brittany Wolterman, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Live Reporting: Haley Sullivan, Julius Marks Elementary

Production Company: Travon Alexander, Eastside Technical Center

National Guard satellite setup: Zach Smith, Eastside Technical Center

Appointment

■ Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Monica M. Hall of Lexington to the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education. Hall is a licensed practical nurse at Correct Care. She represents the public at large. Hall's term will expire July 21, 2016.

The Kentucky Commission for Proprietary Education was established by action of the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly. It replaced the Board of Proprietary Education. The commission is charged with licensing and regulating all proprietary schools doing business in Kentucky, other than those that offer a four year bachelor's degree. In addition it administers the Student Protection Fund, which reimburses eligible students in the event a school closes, loses its accreditation or discontinues a program. The work of the commission is funded through fees paid by licensed institutions.

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