education notes

Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

February 10, 2014 

The Julius Marks Elementary STLP team of Renee Sawyers, Ella Karrick, Olivia Miller and Jamari Taylor recently helped to raise $555.49 for A Time to Live Inc., an animal shelter in Winchester.


The Montessori High School in Lexington has been named the state winner in the Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl. The high school recycled 30 pounds of waste per student during a one month period between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, 2013 to win Kentucky's first prize designation, which earned $1,000 for the school.

■ Eleven students in the veterinary assistant program at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm have passed their certification test. This nationally recognized credential for the industry is available through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and Locust Trace is one of only five high schools in the country to offer this certification.

These students who are now approved veterinary assistants: Alexandra Arnold, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Phoebe Crutchfield, Lafayette; Karina Dowd, Tates Creek; Ashtin Gross, Lafayette; Addison Hodges, Lafayette; Taylor Hudson, Dunbar; Morgan Johnson, Lafayette; Lyndsey Mefford, Henry Clay; Keonna Neeley, Dunbar; Hannah Stokley, Lafayette; Sarah Taylor, Lafayette.

■ Three students at The Montessori High School in Lexington have been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., this month. Olivia Pederson of Lexington and Frances Werner-Wilson and William Werner-Wilson of Versailles have been selected as Kentucky representatives based on their academic achievement, leadership potential and interest in medicine.

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a program for high school students across the country who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. Students who attend will learn about leading medical research and advances and medical school expectations.

■ University of Kentucky student Becca Clemons is one of five students who has earned top honors in the American Copy Editors Society annual scholarship program. Clemons, who will earn a journalism degree from the University of Kentucky this spring, has held copy editing and reporting internships at The New York Times, The Arizona Republic, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times. She will intern at The Seattle Times this summer.

In addition to the cash prize, winners receive financial assistance to attend ACES' 18th annual national conference, March 20-22, in Las Vegas.

For more information on the conference, got to

Austin Li and Mingxi Mao of Winburn Middle School earned the mark of distinction on the AMC 8, a 25-question, 40-minute multiple-choice math exam that promotes the development of problem-solving skills, by scoring in the top one percent nationally on the November 2013 exam. They were also Winburn's schoolwide winner and runner-up, respectively. About 150,000 middle school students from dozens of countries take this American Mathematics Competitions exam each fall, including youngsters in Fayette County Public Schools.

The following students made the AMC 8 honor roll with scores in the top five percent nationally: from Tates Creek Middle School — Quinn Andrews, Joseph Craven, Erik Han, and Erin Markel (schoolwide high score), Orko Sinha and Nicholas Tan; and from Winburn — Shashank Bhatt, Augustine Carlson, Zsombor Gal, Megan Guan, Akhil Kesaraju, David Ma and Jason Wang. At Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Roshni Mandal and Nino Owens tied as their school's high scorers. In addition, these younger students made the AMC 8 national achievement roll: Tates Creek sixth-grader David Vulakh; Winburn sixth-graders John Adkins, William Ding, Emily Tao and Jason Wang; Meadowthorpe Elementary fifth-grader Dylan Li; and Rosa Parks Elementary fourth-grader Ayush Kumar.

Frontier Nursing University's textbook Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change, written and edited by FNU faculty and alumni, has been awarded a 2013 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award. It was named a second place winner in the Maternal-Child Nursing/Childbirthing category.

Clovis Perry Jr., an associate professor of geography at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, has been selected to participate in two events. This month, he will attend the 2014 Climate Change Assessment Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which is scheduled for Feb. 17-19 in Washington, D.C. Participants for this workshop were chosen from a pool of applicants selected by the U.S. Global Change Research Program demonstrating involvement in Climate Change Outreach Activities.

For the next two summers, Perry also will be one of only 18 participating in Integrated Geospatial Education & Technology Training, which helps meet the growing workforce demand for technical-level remote sensing skills by providing professional development and instructional resources. Remote sensing is the science of gathering information about objects or areas from a distance, usually via satellite or other aerial device. Perry's iGett professional development over an 18-month period includes two summer institutes, monthly webinars and online courses.

Alexander Blum-Hayes, an Earlham College senior and son of Virginia Blum and Kendall Hayes of Lexington, will spend this spring studying through The Philadelphia Center. During the Philadelphia Program, participants live independently while taking seminars and interning 32 hours each week. Experiential education is fostered through the seminars, which are meant to help students integrate the learning taking place in the city, classroom and their internships.


Julius Marks Elementary recently led a supply drive and a penny war that raised $555.49 for A Time to Live Inc., a shelter support group in Winchester that works to place adoptable animals.

Fifth-graders have been conducting an inquiry research project on animal abuse and adoption. Addie Wills, director of A Time to Live, shared information with the students, citing statistics and explaining how they could make a difference. As an offshoot, members of the Student Technology Leadership Program produced videos and movie trailers to promote the shelter campaign. Students have also used ArtRage and Paint software and original writing to raise awareness of the animals' plight.


The Lexington School has announced the introduction of a new scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. The new Bandoroff Family Scholarship for Girls will pay all expenses for a female student entering 6th grade who demonstrates high academic promise as well as financial need. The scholarship covers all materials, fees, after school care, technology and uniform needs, and school trips for the student for all three years of middle school.

Craig and Holly Bandoroff and their children, Katherine, Conrad and Isabel, were inspired by a similar scholarship established in 2011 at The Lexington School by the Anita Madden Bluegrass Boys Ranch. The Bluegrass Boys Ranch Scholarship is awarded each spring to a male student entering 6th grade.

The scholarship is valued at $25,000 per year. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student's family must qualify for free or reduced lunch and the student must be an academically promising young lady of high integrity and work ethic who has the support of an individual in her life who will partner with the school to assure her success.

The application deadline is April 1. Call Beth Pride at (859) 278-0501 at The Lexington School for a brochure and application packet.

■ Applications are being accepted for the 2014 U.S. Bank Scholarship Program. U.S. Bank will award $1,000 scholarships to 35 students through a random drawing. New this year, it will award one $5,000 scholarship to a student who completes a series of eight Financial Genius education courses online. Applications will be accepted through May 29. Students can review terms and conditions and apply online at

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