education notes

Education notes for week of Aug. 19

August 21, 2013 

Awards/honors

■ Berea College student and Calvert City native, Victoria Poston, has been named a winner of a $5,000 Visine Students with Vision Scholarship. The national program awards 10 merit-based scholarships to students who excel academically, demonstrate leadership in community service and extracurricular activities, and are making strides toward their goals. Applicants' personal stories are also considered.

Victoria's desire to be an ocularist stems from a personal struggle. After losing an eye, she sought the help of an ocularist, who created and fit her with a custom prosthetic. While she cannot see through the prosthetic, it helped her "feel whole again," she said. Upon graduation, Victoria plans to become an ocularist in order to design, fabricate and fit custom prosthetics for those who have experienced eye loss due to trauma or illness.

"I am blessed to have one good eye that gives me sight," she said. "Yet, the one that cannot see has given me a vision to help others."

■Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School finished 12th in the 2013 North American Envirothon, which tests teams' knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. The team representing Kentucky included Lauren Comberger, Emma Daugherty, Lydia Livas, Ellinor Tai and Maria Wang. The competition was Aug. 4-9 at Montana State University.

The Emma E. Buckley Scholarship Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation provides scholarship awards to graduating seniors from Woodford County High School or Fayette County Public Schools who demonstrate financial need. The following students have been awarded scholarships this year: Alexis Aylward, Kayla Denton, Armoni Stephens, and Nia Johnson, all of Tates Creek High School; Ataria Miller, Dunbar High School; Carrington Sanford and William Smith, both ofBryan Station High School.

For more information about scholarships offered through Blue Grass Community Foundation, visit Bgcf.org or call (859) 225-3343.

■Eight juniors and seniors in Fayette County Public Schools scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam during the 2012-13 academic year. They are: Connor Langley of Henry Clay High School, and Ryan Draper, Athena Kern, Jessie Li, John Luan, Ng Nelson,Valerie Sarge and Rebecca Williams, all of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

Keith Spears, Campbellsville University's vice president for graduate and professional studies, will be honored for his career achievements and public service with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Fort Gay High School in Fort Gay, W.Va.

Spears, a 1966 graduate of Fort Gay High School, will be honored at the annual Fort Gay High School Alumni Association banquet Aug. 30 in Louisa.

Miscellaneous

Margaret Readdy, professor of mathematics at the University of Kentucky, gave a week-long series of lectures in May at the 2013 Women and Mathematics Program sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University.

Readdy is the first female to be promoted to the rank of full professor of mathematics in the history of the University of Kentucky.

■The Division of Youth Services' Path to Success, an incentive program for youth ages 16 to 18 that have dropped out of school, is recruiting applicants for this year's program to work toward obtaining a GED and moving toward post-secondary education or finding employment. Last year, 39 people enrolled in the program and 20 got their GED. In addition, 16 youth participated in a five-week paid work experience program and 17 graduates of the program enrolled in college and/or found jobs. The deadline for enrollment is Sept. 30. For more information, call Mary Alice Schrader at (859) 246-4354.

Reunions

Class of 1978 Bryan Station High School is having its 35th reunion at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Red Mile Clubhouse. Cost is $45 per person due by Sept. 25. Send checks to 3532 McNair Way, Lexington, KY 40513. For info, email bsclassof1978@yahoo.com.

Awards/honors

Berea College student and Calvert City native Victoria Poston has been named a winner of a $5,000 Visine Students with Vision Scholarship. The national program awards 10 merit-based scholarships to students who excel academically, demonstrate leadership in community service and extracurricular activities, and are making strides toward their goals. Applicants' personal stories are also considered.

Victoria's desire to be an ocularist stems from a personal struggle. After losing an eye, she sought the help of an ocularist, who created and fit her with a custom prosthetic. While she cannot see through the prosthetic, it helped her "feel whole again," she said. Upon graduation, Victoria plans to become an ocularist.

■ Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School finished 12th in the 2013 North American Envirothon, which tests teams' knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. The team representing Kentucky included Lauren Comberger, Emma Daugherty, Lydia Livas, Ellinor Tai and Maria Wang. The competition was Aug. 4-9 at Montana State University.

The Emma E. Buckley Scholarship Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation provides scholarship awards to graduating seniors from Woodford County High School or Fayette County Public Schools who demonstrate financial need. The following students have been awarded scholarships this year: Alexis Aylward, Kayla Denton, Armoni Stephens, and Nia Johnson, all of Tates Creek High School; Ataria Miller, Dunbar High School; Carrington Sanford and William Smith, both of Bryan Station High School.

For more information, visit Bgcf.org or call (859) 225-3343.

■ Eight juniors and seniors in Fayette County Public Schools scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam during the 2012-13 academic year. They are: Connor Langley of Henry Clay High School, and Ryan Draper, Athena Kern, Jessie Li, John Luan, Ng Nelson, Valerie Sarge and Rebecca Williams, all of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

Keith Spears, Campbellsville University's vice president for graduate and professional studies, will be honored for his career achievements and public service with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Fort Gay High School in Fort Gay, W.Va.

Spears, a 1966 graduate of Fort Gay High School, will be honored at the annual Fort Gay High School Alumni Association banquet Aug. 30 in Louisa.

Miscellaneous

Margaret Readdy, professor of mathematics at the University of Kentucky, gave a weeklong series of lectures in May at the 2013 Women and Mathematics Program sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University.

Readdy is the first female to be promoted to the rank of full professor of mathematics in the history of the University of Kentucky.

■ The Division of Youth Services' Path to Success, an incentive program for youth ages 16 to 18 who have dropped out of school, is recruiting applicants for this year's program to work toward obtaining a GED and moving toward postsecondary education or finding employment. Last year, 39 people enrolled in the program and 20 got their GED. In addition, 16 youth participated in a five-week paid work experience program and 17 graduates of the program enrolled in college and/or found jobs. The deadline for enrollment is Sept. 30. For more information, call Mary Alice Schrader at (859) 246-4354.

Reunions

Class of 1978 Bryan Station High School is having its 35th reunion at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Red Mile Clubhouse. Cost is $45 per person due by Sept. 25. Send checks to 3532 McNair Way, Lexington, KY 40513. For info, email bsclassof1978@yahoo.com.

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