Education notes: Boyd County sophomore wins Poetry Out Loud contest

March 20, 2013 

Poetry Out Loud state champion Gabby Thompson, left, from Boyd County High School, and second-place winner Cheyenne Carter from Western Hills High School.



■ Boyd County High School student Gabby Thompson will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to represent Kentucky in the National Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation contest.

Thompson, a sophomore, was one of 17 high school champions from across Kentucky who competed for the Poetry Out Loud state title.

Cheyenne Carter, a junior from Western Hills High School in Frankfort, came in second. She receives $100 and her school receives $200 to purchase library books.

Thompson receives $200 and an all-expense-paid trip, with her chaperone, to Washington, D.C., to compete with other state champions in the national finals April 28-30. Boyd County High School receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books for its library. The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest will award $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes to winners and top finalists.

Academic Challenge regional winning teams from Ashland, Deep Springs and Meadowthorpe elementaries will square off for the 2013 Superintendent's Cup in the primary division, while teams from Cardinal Valley, Dixie and Rosa Parks will compete for the intermediate trophy. The finals begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Norsworthy Auditorium's "It's About Kids" Support Services Center. Students on the winning teams will receive college scholarships.

Primary Division (grades 2-3)


1st place: Deep Springs — Richard (R.J.) Parks, Owen Schmidt, Jurnee Smith, Nick Tenhundfeld, Brayden Woods and Samantha Zembal

2nd place: James Lane Allen — Victoria Bravo, Raje Grubbs, Alan Gomez, Jessalyn Rutledge and Ella Williams

3rd place: Breckinridge — Joyner Jikang, Ava Perryman, Juliana Taylor and Tiara Williams


1st place: Meadowthorpe — Amirah Al-Suud, Royce Andrews, Jimmy Chen and Eliza Snow

2nd place: Cassidy — Izabella Falk, Alex Hiatt, Mahira Nuzhat, Zach Rossi and Samantha Scott

3rd place: Garden Springs — Isa Aldarondo, Logan Condra, Julia Law, Elle Moses, Robby Todd and Riley Uhls

4th place: Maxwell — Gabriella Ferguson, James William Grant, Landon Hodge, Frances Kilgore and Ty Reynolds


1st place: Ashland — Xavion Brooks, Calista Case, Ben Ingram, Drew Mangas and Kate Verble

2nd place: Glendover — Sara Anderlich, Anna Koraleva, Irving Morris and Clara Wheeler

3rd place: Picadome — Isaac Downs, William Holmes, Ada Lasley, Arnav Pharmagadda and Olivia Planck

Intermediate Division (grades 4-5)


1st place: Cardinal Valley — Jennifer Flores, Ricardo Gonzalez, John Law, Alexis Lopez, Lucrecia Macedonio and Marian Rivera

2nd place: James Lane Allen — Lucy Beamer, Mai-Ly Doyle, Brannon Jones and Briana Martinez


1st place: Rosa Parks — Anish Agarwah, Ava Chen, Emma Falliyi and Jason Wang

2nd place: Rosa Parks — Maclain Cronwell, Tamara Hamdalla, Khalid Rashad, Mohammad Rashad and Briana Slone

3rd place: Maxwell — Caelyn Macaulay, Corrine Macaulay, Betsy Mullins, Noah Rasnake and Charlie Overman


1st place: Dixie — Brice Craig, Jalen Givens, LeAnn Khong, Ramie Salem and Taylor Smith

2nd place: Julius Marks — Fiona Bennett, Alexandra Brown, Trey James, Rhyan Mosely and Mustafa Zaghrit

3rd place: Glendover — Madeleine Cohen, William Molloy, Berkley Prather, Luke Ransom and Naomi Tohon

Fuel Up to Play 60 grants have been awarded to the following schools: Garden Springs Elementary, Berea Community High, Berea Community Elementary and Silver Creek Elementary. The grants are provided by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association Inc. in partnership with the National Football League.

FUTP60 allows children to make decisions to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and in their own lives.

Developed by students for students, the Fuel Up to Play 60 program has an interactive website (, which offers healthy eating tips, physical fitness challenges and other information. Scholarship Opportunities

Kentucky American Water has announced applications are being accepted for the company's 2013 Ripple Effect Scholarship Program. The program, now in its 11th year, offers one-time $500 scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance and a commitment to environmental stewardship.

Students in the company's 10-county service area (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Jessamine, Owen, Scott and Woodford counties) are eligible to apply. Information about the scholarship program has been distributed to area high schools and can also be found at The deadline for entry is April 3.


Out-of-area requests for 2013-14 will be available at 8 a.m. April 9. This year, the criteria for submitting an out-of-area request have been limited. Priorities include children of school-level employees, walkers living within one mile, fifth-graders wanting to finish at their same school, and siblings and students anticipating a family move before Oct. 31.

There are no changes to the middle and high school procedure. Potential exceptions are noted on the online application, and students will only be approved to attend alternate schools if space is available. Visit for more details.

Lexington Traditional Magnet School raised $2,885.17 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a three-week penny drive, organized by the school's Beta Club. Teams of students competed to see who could bring in the most pennies. The Lions won, with more than 49,000 donated, and those students got a pass to wear jeans the following week. LTMS celebrated the schoolwide success with Spirit Day on March 8.

■ The girls' basketball teams at Tates Creek and Morton middle schools combined to raise $2,500 for prostate cancer research at the Markey Cancer Center. At their Nov. 27 "blackout" game, the teams sold blue-ribbon T-shirts to spotlight men's health. TCMS also organized a contest that encouraged male teachers and students to grow beards and mustaches. Fellow students sponsored their favorite "no shave" participant, and the proceeds went toward the Markey donation.

Tates Creek Middle School students gathered new and gently used picture books and chapter books for Breckinridge Elementary, and delivered several boxes to the school on March 12.

"As we are finishing up our renovation, our library was in desperate need of books," said Breckinridge Principal Michael Price, a former associate principal at Tates Creek. "Our friends at TCMS started a book drive to help us out. It was a great service project for middle school students to give books they have outgrown back into the hands of kids who will continue to enjoy them."

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