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Education notes: April 3

April 3, 2013 


Andrew Lin, son of Elizabeth and Winston Lin of Lexington, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists who will compete in the 2013 Kentucky National Geography Bee. This is the 25th anniversary of the Bee.

Andrew is a homeschooled 8th grader and participated in the Lexington Area Home Educators competition held at the Eagle Creek Branch of the Lexington Public Library.

In addition, five students in Fayette County Public Schools will compete in the National Geographic Bee's statewide contest. Kevin Hutcheson of Beaumont Middle, Walker Kissick of Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Gloria Pulley of Edythe J. Hayes Middle, Laura Radulescu of SCAPA at Bluegrass and Zachary Ross of Winburn Middle School are among the top 100 students in Kentucky based on qualifying tests given at their schools. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible for the contest.

The state Geography Bee will be held at Western Kentucky University on Friday. State winners will advance to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 20-22 to compete in the national finals for $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and West Kentucky Community and Technical College have been named 2013 Aspen Institute College Excellence Program Top 10 finalists for Community College Excellence. Only 10 finalists were chosen nationwide, and Kentucky is one of only two states to have more than one college recognized as a finalist.

For a complete list of Aspen Prize winners and finalists-with-distinction, as well as details on all of the finalists, visit prize/media-resources.

Paul Laurence Dunbar took another first-place finish among high schools in the 2013 Governor's Cup, and Tates Creek took top honors in the future problem-solving (FPS) portion. Both schools will advance to the FPS international competition June 6-9 at Indiana University.

Tates Creek's FPS team included Adam Childress, Rachel Dixon, Abby Mrvos and Richie Simpson; the Dunbar team consisted of Alice Li, Jessie Li, Maria Wang and Leia Wedlund.

In addition, Tates Creek's Lindsay Bell and Dunbar's Joanna Slusarewicz were on the first-place alternate FPS team. The runner-up team included Tates Creek's Kylie Russ and Dunbar's Sai Naidu. Dunbar's Angelina Shi was on the third-place team.

Kevin Clary, a long-time educator at Jessie Clark Middle School, was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. He was recognized at the JA Adopt-A-School breakfast reception and awards program, held at the Griffin Gate Marriott.

JA piloted its financial literacy series in Clary's seventh-grade classroom about five years ago, and childhood friend Todd Sallee has volunteered to teach it there ever since.

In addition to praising this year's Adopt-A-School partners, JA announced Ronn Robinson of Frankfort as its Volunteer of the Year. Robinson, a corporate communications manager with American Electric Power, has volunteered with JA in four states throughout his career. "If I can get out for an hour and work with students, it's the highlight of my day," he said.

■ Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock has been named the 2013 Communicator of the Year Award by the Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Whitlock, who served EKU as director of publications and director of public information early in his administrative career, will be honored at the chapter's annual awards luncheon April 9 at the Boone Faculty Club on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

University of Kentucky's Department of Mining Engineering sent a men's and a co-ed team to compete in the 35th International Intercollegiate Mining Games in Golden, Colo. The UK teams competed against 41 teams from around the world, representing 16 different mining schools.

This was the first year for the school to send a men's team. The Kentucky teams placed in several events, including 4th place in the co-ed hand muck competition and 4th place in the co-ed survey. Overall the co-ed team placed 11th out of 15 teams and the men's team placed 17th out of 18.

Jaleh Rezaie, associate dean of Eastern Kentucky University's Graduate School, has been named the winner of the Bluegrass Alliance for Women's Legacy Award for helping to further the BAW's mission of empowering women and girls in the areas of leadership, education, health and well-being, equity, and economic sufficiency.

In addition to serving as Associate Dean, Rezaie also is interim director of the STEM H Institute.

Also recognized during the luncheon were county Impact Award recipients: Gayle Smith, Anderson County; Delores Yocum, Boyle County; Janna Smith, Clark County; Emma Marie Day, Estill County, Tanya Torp, Fayette County; and Judy Zeigler, Franklin County. Rezaie was the Madison County Impact winner.


■ Berea College has appointed Diane Kerby as acting director of the college's alumni relations office. She previously held the position of vice president for business and administration at Berea College before retiring in 2007. Kerby is currently serving a second term as a Berea City council member. She is also a member of the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, the Berea Arts Council Board and supports the Berea Arena Theater.


Eastern Kentucky University's "Try Teaching" program is accepting applications from mid- and second-career professionals who are curious about their potential in front of a classroom.

The program is geared to those who have doubts about leaving their current job behind to return to college for a second degree.

Participants have the option of one- or two-week placements in middle and high schools throughout central and southeastern Kentucky, as close to home as possible.

The application deadline is June 30. For more information, contact Cynthia Resor at (859) 622-2165 or cynthia.resor@eku.eduor visit

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