education notes

Education notes for week of March 11

March 13, 2013 



The Midway College Chorale has been selected to participate in a mass choral performance of John Rutter's Requiem at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The college is sending a group of 31, including 26 performers, to New York City for five days to attend rehearsals and perform at the Sunday evening concert, in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie. Jill Campbell is the chorale director for the New York choral group.

Macy Early and Roshnee Raithatha from Henry Clay High School have been selected as two of the 252 members of the 2013 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars. On April 18, Early and Raithatha will join other finalists in Atlanta to compete for 52 four-year college scholarships of $20,000 and 200 four-year scholarships of $10,000. Early and Raithatha were selected as finalists from more than 100,000 applicants and nearly 2,200 semifinalists.

■ Approximately 775 public, private and home-school students in grades four through 12 participated in the 29th annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools at Bryan Station High School. The event included 678 students' science fair projects judged by about 150 professionals, as well as hands-on, educational exhibits and demonstrations hosted by area organizations and coordinated by Bluegrass PRIDE.

A total of 144 student projects received awards.

Kentucky American Water District 2013 Science Fair first place and overall grade level winners by category are:

Animal Sciences

Tory Stephenson, grade 7, SCAPA Bluegrass, overall grade level winner

Behavioral and Social

Patrick Hill, Glendover, grade 4, first place

Benjamin Adair, grade 5, Christ the King, first place

Haley Follmer-Burnett, grade 6, E. J. Hayes Middle, first place

Cooper Boss, grade 7, SCAPA Bluegrass, first place

Maura Coriale, grade 8, Saints Peter and Paul, first place

Alexis Land, grade 8, Bryan Station Middle, first place

Vania Ma, high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place

Biochemistry (high school)

Clara de Castro, grade 9, Sayre School, first place

Cellular and Molecular

Lilly Meekin, grade 6, Saints Peter and Paul, first place

Kayla Duncan, grade 7, Seton Catholic School, first place

Will Rizer, Saints Peter and Paul, grade 8, first place

Athena Kern, grade 11, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place


Eryn Keenan, grade 4, Breckinridge, first place

Lizzie Rice, grade 4, Athens-Chilesburg, overall grade level winner

Dylan Paschal, grade 5, Sandersville, first place

Stan Shelby, grade 6, Carter G. Woodson, first place

Anthony Wright, grade 6, Carter G. Woodson, first place

Abigail Kessler, grade 7, Christ the King, first place

Thirushan Wignakumar, grade 8, Winburn, first place

Corrine Elliott, grade 12, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place

Computer Science (high school)

Alex Sottile, grade 12, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place

Earth and Planetary

Alyzea Blankenship, grade 4, Tates Creek Elementary, first place

Abby Washnock, grade 5, Lexington Christian, first place

Nicholas Imam, grade 6, Winburn, first place

Jake Topley, grade 7, Christ the King, first place

Micah Eiden, grade 8, home school student, first place

Energy and Transportation

John Luan, high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place


David Vulakh, grade 5, Meadowthorpe overall grade level winner

Environmental Sciences

Brooks Havlicek, grade 4, Liberty, first place

Lauren Dome, grade 5, Christ the King, first place

Brenna Wallin, grade 6, LTMS, first place

Sundus Ghuneim, grade 7, Lexington Universal, first place

Emily Yates, grade 8, Bryan Station Middle, first place

Eric Cao, grade 8, Winburn, overall grade level winner

Ananth Miller-Murthy, grade 8, Winburn, overall grade level winner

Ellinor Tai, high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place

Karla Ladino, high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place

Medicine: Health Sciences

Julie Graf, high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar, overall grade level winner

Medicine: Microbiology

Cade Smith, grade 4, Lexington Christian, first place

Charlie Frederick, grade 5, Ashland, first place

Tammy Ray, grade 6, Tates Creek Middle, first place

Julia D'Orazio, grade 7, Morton, first place

Jamie Land, grade 8, Lexington Christian, first place

Aidan Jones, high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place

Physics and Astronomy

Graham Wilson, Athens-Chilesburg, grade 4, first place

James Robinson, grade 5, Maxwell, first place

Colby Waters, grade 5, Maxwell, first place

Taylor Colony, grade 6, Beaumont, first place

Adeline Yates, grade 7, Trinity Christian, first place

Amanda Wallin, grade 8, LTMS, first place

Vincent Cao, high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place

Plant Sciences

Andrew Lewis, grade 4, Liberty, first place

Taylor Edwards, grade 5, Rosa Parks, first place

Joseph Craven, grade 6, Tates Creek Middle, first place

Ben Henault, grade 7, SCAPA Bluegrass, first place

Liz Graves, grade 8, Winburn, first place

Rebecca Hall, high school, Locust Trace, first place

Paige Clemons, high school, Locust Trace, first place

Maddie Tougerson, high school, Locust Trace, first place

The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition has won the 2012 Association for Career and Technical Education national Award of Merit, recognizing contributions to the improvement of CTE. Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition involves almost 50 organizations and businesses across Kentucky that work to improve the financial literacy of students.

Myles Murray has been selected as a student ambassador at the 2013 People to People Leadership Summit. Myles is a freshman at Henry Clay High School and will represent his school in the two-week medicine and health care program at Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore, Md., in June.

Doris Lynette Crawford, an Eastern Kentucky University doctoral student, is among six graduate students in educational administration nationally to receive a scholarship from the American Association of School Administrators.

Crawford, director of secondary schools with Shelby County Public Schools and a student in EKU's doctoral degree program in educational leadership and policy studies, received the Worth McClure Award, valued at $2,500, at the AASA National Conference on Education in Houston, Texas on Feb. 21.

■ Paul Laurence Dunbar hosted the annual Fayette County Middle School Cheer, Dance and Step Showcase March 2. Grand champion trophies went to Beaumont, Edythe J. Hayes and Lexington Traditional Magnet School.

Cheerleading awards

Grand champion: Beaumont

Choreography: Edythe J. Hayes

Spirit: Tates Creek

Crowd spirit: Edythe J. Hayes

Sideline/timeout cheer: Southern, first

Level 1: Morton B, first; 2nd Crawford, second; Leestown, third; Bryan Station, fourth

Level 3: Jessie Clark, first; Winburn, second; LTMS, third; Tates Creek, fourth

Level 5: Beaumont, first; 2nd E.J. Hayes, second; Morton A, third

Dance, step, color guard awards

Grand champion/dance: Edythe J. Hayes pom

Grand champion/step: LTMS

Grand champion/color guard: LTMS

Choreography: LTMS hip hop

Spirit award: LTMS

Crowd award: Morton

Pom: Edythe J. Hayes, first; Southern, second

Hip hop: LTMS, first; Jessie Clark, second; Crawford, third; Tates Creek, fourth

Jazz: Edythe J. Hayes, first; Morton, second; LTMS, third; Jessie Clark, fourth; Beaumont, fifth

Step: LTMS, first; Tates Creek, second; Beaumont, third

Color guard: LTMS, first

Spirit awards

Beaumont: Nakaiya Mayberry, cheer; Jordan Scholl, dance; Caitlyn Merriam, step

Bryan Station: Sienna Smedley, cheer

Crawford: Kaitlynn Kersey, cheer; Sierra Gilbert, dance

Edythe J. Hayes: Kayla Williams, cheer; Blair Preston, dance

Jessie Clark: Ashley Romero, cheer; Tayver Allen, dance

Leestown: Katera Williams, cheer

LTMS: Becky Faulconer, cheer; Courtney Fuller and Ashton Whitney, dance; Sabri Williams, step; Lishaun Shelby, hip hop; Kira Whitfield, color guard

Morton: Claire Marie Hall and Lucie Helmers, cheer; Caroline Mahan, dance

Southern: Allison Rickert, cheer; Stacia Goodman, dance

Tates Creek: Shianne White, cheer; Presley Back, dance; Jassmine Byrd, step

Winburn: Leighanne Guetller-James, cheer

■ The top 10 percent of middle school students in the 2013 Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair received Broadcom MASTERS awards and can now compete in the national program. In Broadcom MASTERS, students demonstrate their mastery of Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars through science fair competitions.

The following Fayette County students received awards:

Bryan Station: Russell Scaife

Lexington Traditional Magnet School: Amanda Wallin and Brenna Wallin

Morton: John Barton, Sarah Byrd and Theodore Ehrenborg

SCAPA at Bluegrass: Tory Stephenson

Sts. Peter & Paul Regional Catholic School: Maura Coriale and Will Rizer

Winburn: Saif Ahmed, Eric Cao, Nicholas Imam, William Klement, Ananth Miller-Murthy and Megan Slusarewicz

The semifinalists will be announced in August. Finalists will spend a week in Washington, D.C., showcasing their projects for the public and competing as teams in hands-on STEM activities.

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Carolyn M. Callahan, a former corporate accountant who has taught and worked as an administrator at several universities and has helped revise national accounting standards, is the new dean of the University of Louisville's College of Business.

Callahan, director of the University of Memphis School of Accountancy, is the first black and the first female to hold the top job at U of L's business school. She will assume the post on or before July 1, 2014, replacing Charles Moyer, U of L's business dean since 2005.


The 16th District PTA will award college scholarships to outstanding seniors in Fayette County Public Schools. New this year is a category for students with special needs.

The scholarship recipients are chosen based on financial need, academic achievement and contribution to the community through extracurricular activities. The amount of the awards depends on donations, but the PTA sets a minimum of $500.

The application deadline is Friday. For questions, contact Kassie Branham with the Blue Grass Community Foundation, (859) 225-3343. The winners will be notified in mid-April and recognized at the May 15 districtwide PTA luncheon.

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