Education notes: Dec. 19

December 19, 2012 

Ruth Casey, left, presented Stephen Henderson with a 2012 MESA Award.


Stephen Henderson, a Central Kentucky educator and educational advocate, has received the 2012 Mathematics Education Service and Achievement Award. The award was presented by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics during its fall conference.

An Illinois native, Henderson has been a Kentucky educator since 1971. He was a high school biology teacher at Model Laboratory School in Richmond following high school biology teaching assignments in Michigan and Virginia. Henderson has more than 50 years of education experience that spans primary through graduate school as both a teacher and school administrator.

He is president of Briarwood Enterprises, a science and mathematics program development and evaluation company.

■ District-level winners in the Reflections cultural arts competition were recognized at a Dec. 2 program in Norsworthy Auditorium at "It's About Kids" Support Services. They now advance to the state contest.

2012-2013 Reflections district-level winners*

Primary Division (grades K-2)

Dance Choreography: 1st, Shayda Alsalihi, Liberty Elementary; 1st, Graysen Dowdy, Wellington Elementary; 2nd, Theodore Swank, Ashland Elementary; 2nd, Emma Monzione, Meadowthorpe Elementary

Literature: 1st, Landon Hodge, Maxwell Elementary; 1st, Colin Clevenger, Veterans Park Elementary; 2nd, Claire Dacey, Clays Mill Elementary; 2nd, Emilie Von-Hagel, Garden Springs Elementary; 3rd, Shayda Alsalini, Liberty Elementary

Music Composition: 1st, Linden McGregor, Ashland Elementary, violin; 2nd, Gabe Katz, Maxwell Elementary, piano; 3rd, Colin Clevenger, Veterans Park Elementary, voice Photography: 1st, Colin Clevenger, Veterans Park Elementary; 1st, Mia Arrington, Liberty Elementary; 2nd, Will Roenker, Rosa Parks Elementary; 2nd, Emma Lykins, Maxwell Elementary; 3rd, Elyssa Noah, Glendover Elementary

Visual Art: 1st, Marisa Casar, Clays Mill Elementary; 1st, Sophia Zhou, Veterans Park Elementary; 2nd, Anna-Maria Otto, Ashland Elementary; 3rd, Jordan Williams, Glendover Elementary; 3rd, Maika Milicic, Clays Mill Elementary

* Multiple winners or "ties" were within 1 point of each other on a 40-point judging scale.

Intermediate (grades 3-5)

Dance Choreography: 1st, Carly Healander, Veterans Park Elementary; 1st, Jenna Reed, Ashland Elementary; 2nd, Makyra Ross, Ashland Elementary; 3rd, Victoria Lucero, Maxwell Elementary

Film Production: 1st, Annika Church, Meadowthorpe Elementary; 1st, Neely Johnston, Rosa Parks Elementary; 2nd, Michael Thompson, Clays Mill Elementary; 2nd, Joshua Combs, Tates Creek Elementary

Literature: 1st, Jackson Gonzales, Liberty Elementary; 1st, Caden Pearson, Ashland Elementary; 2nd, William Ding, Meadowthorpe Elementary; 3rd, Parker Smith, Meadowthorpe Elementary; 3rd, Benjamin Booker, Maxwell Elementary

Musical Composition: 1st, Jeffrey Shen, Meadowthorpe, violin; 1st, Emily Seng, Rosa Parks Elementary, synthesizer; 2nd, Noah Katz, Maxwell Elementary, piano; 2nd, Madeline Farrar, Maxwell Elementary, violin; 3rd, Nicholas Clevenger, Veterans Park Elementary, voice; 3rd, Trevor Prather, Wellington Elementary, voice

Photography: 1st, Nicholas Clevenger, Veterans Park Elementary; 2nd, Jackson Gonzales, Liberty Elementary; 3rd, Lizzie Akers, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary; 3rd, Sierra Wyllie, Ashland Elementary

Visual Art: 1st, Kailie Settles, Athens Chilesburg Elementary; 1st, Tuesday Hadden, Cassidy Elementary; 2nd, William Ding, Meadowthorpe Elementary; 2nd, Emily Tao, Meadowthorpe Elementary; 3rd, Angela Sun, Tates Creek Elementary

Middle School (grades 6-8)

Film Production: 1st, Kacie Hughes, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; 1st, Ben Maddox, Jessie Clark Middle School; 2nd, Bethany Manies, Lexington Traditional Magnet School; 2nd, Will Roberts, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; 3rd, Amanda Wallin, Lexington Traditional Magnet School; 3rd, Danica Moon, Southern Middle School

Literature: 1st, Elizabeth Hess, Jessie Clark Middle School; 1st, Matthew Edwards, Lexington Traditional Magnet School; 2nd, Kacie Hughes, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; 2nd, Tammy Ray, Tates Creek Middle School; 3rd, Myo Zan, Morton Middle School

Music Composition: 1st, Joshua Atherton, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, piano; 2nd, Kaitlin Meredith, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, clarinet; 2nd, Joseph Craven, Tates Creek Middle School, clarinet

Photography: 1st, Dara Golding, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; 1st, Mark Marji, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; 2nd, Rachel Seevers, Beaumont Middle School; 2nd, Will Roberts, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; 3rd, Matthew Hunt, Lexington Traditional Magnet School; 3rd, Indana Fauzi, Tates Creek Middle School

Visual Art: 1st, Megan Slusarewicz, Winburn Middle School; 2nd, Kacie Hughes, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; 2nd, Billy Pence, Lexington Traditional Magnet School; 3rd, Chase Faulkner, Beaumont Middle School; 3rd, Dara Golding, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School

High School (grades 9-12)

Dance Choreography: 1st, Sarah Freeman, Tates Creek High School

Literature: 1st, Kayla Beebout, Henry Clay High School; 2nd, Christopher Revis, Bryan Station High School

Photography: 1st, Grace Farish, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; 1st, Rachel Wood, Bryan Station High School; 2nd, William Isaac Turkington, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; 2nd, Maria Ortiz, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; 3rd, Lindsay Wood, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Visual Art: 1st, Victoria Jenkins, Bryan Station High School; 1st, Joanna Slusarewicz, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; 2nd, Athena Kern, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; 2nd, Ashley Whaley, Tates Creek High School; 3rd, Abigail Hamilton, Bryan Station High School

More than 2,000 FCPS students from 35 schools participated in this year's Reflections, following the theme "The Magic of a Moment." The 220 school-level winners were featured during Lexington's Nov. 16 Gallery Hop.

Public and private school students in Fayette County collected more than 192,000 aluminum cans for recycling during this year's recycling competition. Students collected 5,498 pounds of aluminum beverage cans in the Recycle-Bowl contest.

The competition challenged schools in Fayette County to collect and recycle as many aluminum beverage cans as possible from Oct. 15-Nov. 9. Students from 22 Fayette County schools competed. This is the seventh consecutive year Lexington schools have participated in an aluminum can recycling competition.

Wise Recycling, Central Kentucky Fiber, the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission, and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Division of Waste Management contributed monetary prizes to reward the schools. Schools were eligible to receive only one monetary prize. The schools that collected and recycled the highest number of cans per student in their respective size category each received $750. The six schools that collected the most cans regardless of their student size category each received $450.

The schools were also paid by the pound for the cans they recycled through Wise Recycling and Baker Iron and Metal.

First place winners of $750 were: Lexington Family Care Center, Sayre School and Rosa Parks Elementary

Winners of $450 were Cardinal Valley Elementary, Christ the King School, Lexington Day Treatment Center, Lexington Universal Academy, Wellington Elementary and Montessori Middle School

Participation certificates were awarded to Ashland, Athens-Chilesburg, Dixie, Mary Todd, Russell Cave and Veterans Park elementaries; Beaumont, Leestown and Morton middle schools; and Henry Clay, Montessori, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek high schools.

Participating school were recognized for their efforts by the Mayor and Council during the Dec. 6 Urban County Council meeting.

■ The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society, inducted more than 70 new members recently, including Eli Capilouto, the 12th president of UK.

Five faculty and administrative leaders, along with outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional students were initiated into the organization in the annual ceremony held in the UK Student Center. Each fall, the chapter initiates eligible juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders into its ranks. PKP recognizes students for their academic excellence and service to the community.

Other faculty members inducted included Larry Grabau, associate dean for instruction in the College of Agriculture; Kathi Kern, professor of history and director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching; Mark Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and, Gerald Smith, associate professor of history and former director of the African-American Studies and Research Program.

The UK chapter of PKP is led by Emmett "Buzz" Burnam, director of recruitment for diversity initiatives, who serves as the chapter president.

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, visit


■ Inspired by LBX Team Pinkie Linkie, the Tates Creek High School dance team, presented Eileen Smyth, mission director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Lexington, with a check for $407 during halftime of the Dec. 11 home basketball game.

Pinkie Linkie, which formed as part of the Race for the Cure this past summer, participated in various community events with the pink Link-Belt Excavator to raise awareness for breast cancer. After seeing the display, the school's dance team decided to donate all of the tips collected while working the University of Kentucky's football concessions.

"Several members of our team family have been directly affected or know someone that has been affected by breast cancer. Our hope is that this donation will advance the work of the foundation," said Sandy Copher, president of the dance team's booster club.

The dance team members serve as ambassadors for Tates Creek High School, striving to exemplify outstanding character and sportsmanship. The team is coached by Janet Carrier Brock, who was on the UK dance team.

Elliot Ferrier, a resident of Lexington and a first-year student at The College of Wooster, appeared in the Theatre Department's production of Equus last month. A graduate of Lexington Catholic High School, Ferrier played the role of the main horse and horseman.

■ A new initiative designed to enhance creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills among high school students in Kentucky was announced Dec. 5. The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs, building on the successful Governor's Scholars and Governor's School For the Arts programs, will bring together high school students, teachers, colleges, universities, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and product designers in an annual immersive high-energy summer experience. This summer program will be followed with additional educational experiences. The June 2013 site for the summer GSE program will be Georgetown College.

"We know that most of the net new jobs across the U.S. are being created by small, young companies," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "This new initiative is part of a larger, ambitious strategy to create a dynamic entrepreneurial economy in Kentucky."

GSE is accepting through Feb. 15. More information can be found at

Scholarships Available

■ The Bluegrass Alliance for Women is now taking applications for the BAW Legacy of Leadership Scholarship and the BAW Lifelong Learning Scholarship funded by AARP.

Female residents living in one of the Bluegrass Area Development District counties are eligible to apply. The counties are Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford.

Both scholarships are open to women who will be attending a two-year or four-year college as a full-time student or a part-time student carrying at least nine credit hours.

Two Legacy of Leadership scholarships, each for $500, will be awarded, one for a traditional student and one for a non-traditional student.

The Lifelong Learning Scholarship funded by AARP, also $500, is for women who will be 50 years old or over in 2013.

Application information and forms are available at or by e-mailing Maria Bush, Applications are due by Jan. 31.

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