Education Notes: Madison Gooch wins one of three National Pathfinder Scholarships

August 27, 2013 


Matthew Maddux of Lexington has been selected for a 2013 University of the Aftermarket Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Maddux plans to attend Bluegrass Community and Technical College to study Automotive Technology.

Madison Gooch, a rising University of Kentucky senior majoring in business management, has received one of three National Pathfinder Scholarships awarded by the National Federation of Republican Women. The scholarship will provide financial assistance for Gooch's undergraduate career.

The National Federation of Republican Women is a grass-roots political organization that works to promote the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party; elect Republican candidates; inform the public through political education and activity; and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. The National Pathfinder Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 in honor of first lady Nancy Reagan and awards three annual scholarships to young women seeking undergraduate or master's degrees.

Gooch, the daughter of Kim and Randy Gooch, of Nicholasville and is a 2010 graduate of Wayne County High School. After graduation, Gooch plans to pursue master's degrees in public policy and a business administration.

Eight elementary schools in Fayette County are among 134 statewide whose students will enjoy free produce during the 2013-2014 school year as part of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The FCPS participants include Arlington, Breckinridge, Booker T. Washington Intermediate, Cardinal Valley, Mary Todd, Northern, Russell Cave and William Wells Brown elementaries.

Selection was based on applications from elementary schools that operate the National School Lunch Program and that have 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free- or reduced-price meals. Kentucky received $2.78 million in program funding for this school year, and each participating school will get about $50 per student.

The program provides all the students with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day.

Mary Beth Holbrook, professor of accounting, has received the 10th annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award in Eastern Kentucky University's School of Business.

Nominees were selected and reviewed by a three-member selection committee based on evidence of excellent classroom instruction. The committee also considered peer review of instruction, student evaluations of teaching performance, curriculum development, teaching load, and innovative teaching methods, among other factors. Holbrook joined the EKU faculty in 2008. Dyer served the EKU School of Business for more than 30 years, including 13 as director of the university's MBA program, before retiring in 2002.

■ Three students in Fayette County Public Schools are among Kentucky's four national semifinalists in the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public.

Amanda Wallin, now a freshman at Lafayette High School (formerly at Lexington Traditional Magnet School), with her project "Powerful Pairs: Impact of Material Pairs on the Thermoelectric Effect"; LTMS seventh-grader Brenna Wallin with "Nuclear Nerka: Detection of Ionic Radiation in Pacific Sockeye Salmon"; and Thirushan Wigna Kumar, a freshman at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (formerly of Winburn Middle) with "Denaturation of Commercial and Organic Meat Protein," are among 300 semifinalists representing 123 science fairs across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Middle schoolers are nominated after placing in the top 10 percent in their affiliated contest. The FCPS students qualified at last spring's Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair or the statewide Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair.

Thirty finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to showcase their projects and participate in a four-day STEM competition this fall. The top award of $25,000 will be presented Oct. 1 by the Samueli Foundation.


■ U.S. Rep. Andy Barr's office will host a Military Academy Day for Sixth District students interested in applying to one of the nation's service academies. The event will be 9-11 a.m. Sept. 7 at The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, next to Blue Grass Airport. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

"Our nation's service academies are some of the top universities in the nation," said Barr. "They not only provide a top notch education, they also prepare young men and women for leadership roles in our nation's armed forces."

Members of Congress may nominate a limited number of students each year to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

This event is free for students and parents interested in learning more about America's military academies, requirements for admission and the congressional appointment process. High school and junior high students considering enrolling in a service academy or a career in the military should attend. Pre-registration is not required.

For information on how to apply, contact Barr's office at (859) 219-1366.

The 16th District PTA's Urban Family Engagement Network plans a series of workshops to help parents and guardians better understand the role they can play in their children's education, the opportunities to participate in school events, ways to collaborate with school personnel to solve problems, and the value of joining with other families in organized, parent-focused group settings.

Space is limited to the first 30 parents who pre-register for this nine-part series, which will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14 (excluding Oct. 10) at the Northside branch of the Lexington Public Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road. Priority will be given to families with students attending schools in the immediate area. To pre-register, call (859) 381-4283.

The University of Kentucky Libraries invites the public to submit nominations for the 2014 UK Libraries Award for Intellectual Achievement which recognizes Kentuckians who have attained high intellectual achievement. Nominations for the honor will be accepted through Sept. 12.

Information about the 2013 recipient, John Egerton, can be found on UKNow. Past recipients of the award include John Anthony, Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Thomas D. Clark, Laman A. Gray Jr., Guy Davenport, George C. Herring and Adalin Wichman.

An individual or group may be nominated with completion of the application and a nominating statement that describes the intellectual achievement realized in a scientific, artistic, literary, social or humanitarian field; significance of the achievement; and endorsements or verification of the work.

To be eligible, nominees must be a Kentucky native or had more than three years of study, work or residency in Kentucky.

The nomination form is available online at the new UK Libraries website: To submit a nomination, complete the form and send it to Sherree Osborne, University of Kentucky Libraries, 1-85 William T. Young Library, Lexington, Ky. 40506-0456. For information, contact Osborne at or (859) 218-1088.

Personnel moves

Joshua Ball has been named director of marketing and public relations at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Ball is an award-winning journalist and public relations/communication director with more than 10 years' experience in media, public relations/marketing and communications management. He is a nationally recognized business and economic development leader who has implemented and managed the nation's first statewide teleworks program.

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