■ SCAPA at Bluegrass is home to two winning teams in this year's Lexus Eco Challenge — both in the air/climate division. Each group won a $10,000 prize and will compete in the 32-team final challenge, which also includes middle and high school winners in the land/water division.
The Green Freaks mounted a campaign to reduce plastic bag use during lunchtime. The Eco-Excitement team spearheaded a "Meatless Tuesday" event at SCAPA, reducing CO2 emissions by nearly 280 pounds that day.
Each team will divide its $10,000 prize, with $1,000 to adviser Ashlie Beals Arkwright for school-related supplies and science initiatives, $7,000 evenly split among the team members and $2,000 to SCAPA.
The teams will go to to compete for a $30,000 grand prize. For information, visit Lexus.scholastic.com/.
This is the sixth year that SCAPA has participated in the challenge, with a total of six first-round winners. Last year, SCAPA's One-Towel Wonders earned a top prize in the final challenge.
■ On Jan. 20 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national convention in Indianapolis, four players from the Lexington FC 95 Premier White Team were awarded Scholar All-America Awards. Each player was presented his award by two-time Gold Medal Soccer Olympian Julie Foudy. The four players were Landon Souder of Mercer County High School, Sam Miller from East Jessamine High School, Kaelon Fox and Campbell Weyland of St. Xavier High School in Louisville. The players are coached by Matt Vogel of Lexington.
Each player was nominated by his high school coach in November. To achieve this honor, players had to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 for his high school career, be a team leader and an outstanding player recognized as All-State at some point during his high school career.
■ The following area students have been named to the 2013 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation's most prestigious honors for high school students. Semifinalists will be announced in April and the winners in early May.
Each year, seniors are named Presidential Scholars for their outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and community service.
These area students have been named winners: Philip Block and Macy Early, Henry Clay High School; Dustin Doss, Jessie Li, Corey Lockridge, Vania Ma, Casey Ren, Melanie Schmocker, Leia Wedlund and Rebecca Williams, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Maya R. Craig-Lauer, Danville High School; James A. Burke, Pike County Central High School; Kareem H. Omar, West Jessamine High School; Ben C. Barnett, Bell County High School; Matthew W. Fister, Woodford County High School; and Justin W. Carrus, George Rogers Clark High School.
National Recognition Weekend is tentatively set for June 15-18 in Washington, D.C., where the scholars will meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and others.
■ The winners of the Ninth Annual Keep It Real Video/Internet Contest were awarded $3,025 in prize money at a special awards program Jan. 29 at the Kentucky Theatre. Garrard County's Parker Young, three-time Keep It Real Best Picture Winner, who is working with Disney Studios, was the special guest.
Several area winners were named:
The Best Direction Award was presented to Henry Clay High School for If You Could Take it Back, entered by Augustus Logsdon, Ned Katz, Dylan Sarkisian and Jeremy Davis. These students will have the opportunity to work with filmmaker and Keep It Real founder Arthur Rouse from Video Editing Services.
Best Original Music winner was Eastside Technical Center for Big Shots, entered by Shameer Atkins.
Best Graphic Design winner was Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Youth Network for Social Host, entered by Nick Bailey, Blake Cartwright, Brooks Harrison, Emily Houston, Abby Houston, Allyson Ledford, Anna Omohundro, Jacob Omohundro, Matthew Omohundro, Ali Peterson, Chanda Schobee, Chelsea Scobee and Haley Tye.
Honorable Mention award winner was Harrison County High School for Terrifying Truth, entered by Sarah Nichols, Anna Nichols, Breanna Skidmore, Logan Willis and Sarah Tanner.
Best Depiction of Message award winner was Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Youth Network for Choices, entered by Nick Bailey, Blake Cartwright, Brooks Harrison, Emily Houston, Abby Houston, Allyson Ledford, Anna Omohundro, Jacob Omohundro, Matthew Omohundro, Ali Peterson, Chanda Schobee, Chelsea Scobee and Haley Tye,
Best Depiction of Message honorable mention was Johnson County High School for Make the Right Choice, presented by Kristen Fitch, Maranda Ferguson, Shelby Curtis, Kimberly Spears, Paige McPeek, Ladonna Damron, Brooklyn Lowe, Jamison Mollett, Rebecca Fairchild, Katelyn Hager, Courtney Blair and Haley Adams.
Best Art Direction Award winner was Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for Don't Shatter Your Dreams, presented by Logan Hill, Cameron Holland and Grant Herald.
Best Art Direction honorable mention was Eastside Technical Center for Goals for Life, presented by Lainey Geddes.
Best Comedy Award winner was Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for When Alcohol Finds You, presented by Jay Bishop, Joe Samaan, Trent Bauer, Patrick Marlowe and Brandyn Duncan.
Best Comedy Award honorable mention was Henry Clay High School for What Are You Looking At? presented by Alexis Jeanjaquet.
Best Script winner was Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Youth Network for Throwing It Away, presented by Nick Bailey, Blake Cartwright, Brooks Harrison, Emily Houston, Abby Houston, Allyson Ledford, Anna Omohundro, Jacob Omohundro, Matthew Omohundro, Ali Peterson, Chanda Schobee, Chelsea Scobee and Haley Tye,
Best Script honorable mention was Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for Priorities, entered by Aubrey Walter, Alyssa Matano and Maddie Oberg.
Best Editing winner was Eastside Technical Center for Just Think Don't Drink, presented by Lequan Johnson, Erin Leitch and Mike Turner.
Best Cinematography winner was Eastside Technical Center for Sermon, presented by Shameer Atkins.
Best Cinematography honorable mention was Mercer County High School for Spilling Over, presented by Austin Williams, Travis Sims and Joshua Conover.
Most Original winner was Elkhorn Crossing High School, Scott County, for Don't Be Consumed, presented by Braedon Nemeth, April Heifner, Caleb Wright and Sebastian Griffith.
Most Original honorable mention was Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for Unfound Answers, presented by Payton Sword, Lauren Shields, Makena Wilcosxon and Daphne Scott.
The Keep It Real campaign is a youth-driven community effort to educate young people concerning the risks of underage drinking.
■ Eastern Kentucky University Army ROTC and its national champion Pershing Rifles R-1 Drill Team will host the seventh annual Pershing Rifles' Junior ROTC Drill Classic beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Richmond.
Twenty-one high schools will field teams in the event, to be held in Weaver Gym.
The Junior ROTC cadets will compete in several events, including infantry drill regulation, platoon inspection, team, dual and individual exhibition, and knockout. Training events
■ Sayre School will host Orton-Gillingham training (a reading instruction method) 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 18-22. The training is open to educators and parents throughout Central Kentucky. The program teaches the revised Orton-Gillingham based methodology, assessment, higher level skills and the tools to implement this program into an existing curriculum. Cost is $975. For information, visit Orton-Gillingham.com or call 1-800-646-9788.