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Education news of interest in Central Kentucky.

February 24, 2014 


Paul Laurence Dunbar High School pulled away from the Region 11 field in the 2014 Governor's Cup competition, which wrapped up Feb. 15. Tates Creek finished fourth, and Lafayette was fifth among the 15 participating schools. This year's state finals are set for March 15-17 at the Galt House in Louisville.

FCPS team results in Region 11

Overall: Dunbar, first; Tates Creek, fourth; Lafayette, fifth; Bryan Station and Henry Clay, tied for 11th.

Future problem-solving: Dunbar, first; Tates Creek, second.

Quick recall: Dunbar, first

Individual winners

Math: Valerie Sarge, Dunbar

Science: Chloe Cao, Dunbar

Social studies: (tie) Christian Wright, Dunbar; Andrew Tonks, Lafayette

Language arts: Athena Kern, Dunbar

Arts & humanities: Athena Kern, Dunbar

Composition: Alice Li, Dunbar

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■ A team of mathletes from Winburn Middle School took first place at the regional Mathcounts event, in which 125 students from 16 area middle schools competed Feb. 15 at the University of Kentucky. Winburn's Mingxi "CiCi" Mao was the top-scoring individual overall and winner of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to her choice of either Western Kentucky University or UK. She also received a $500 scholarship from Kentucky Mathcounts. The second- and third-place individuals and winners of four-year $1,000 and $500 scholarships from Western were Winburn's Austin Li and David Ma, respectively.

These students from the top three teams advance to the state competition March 21-22 in Louisville:

First place: Winburn Middle School - Mingxi "CiCi" Mao, Austin Li, David Ma and Zsombor Gal.

Second place: Tates Creek Middle School - Erik Han, Helen Pang, Erin Markel and Orko Sinha.

Third place: Morton Middle School - Theodore Ehrenborg, JoonYoung Park, Saurav Khadka and Eli Dreyer.

In addition, these individual competitors will move on to the state contest: Gus Carlson of Winburn, Austin Booth of Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Insik Lee of Beaumont Middle School, Shashank Bhatt of Winburn, David Vulakh of Tates Creek and David Pippen of Southern Middle School.

Top finishers from participating Fayette County schools included, from Beaumont: Insik Lee; Bluegrass Homeschoolers: Joseph Lindemuth; Carter G. Woodson Academy: Anthony Wright; Christ the King: Nick Minion; Crawford: Jeronnica Jackson; Edythe J. Hayes: Lucas Etter; Jessie Clark: Dylan Taylor; LTMS: Austin Booth; Mary Queen: Connor Greenwell; Morton: Theodore Ehrenborg; Sts. Peter and Paul: Tanner Xavier; SCAPA at Bluegrass: Isaac Martin; Seton Catholic: Jackson Spears; Southern: David Pippen; Tates Creek: Erik Han; and Winburn: Mingxi "CiCi" Mao.

■ Eastern Kentucky University senior chemistry major Casey Howdieshell of Kevil has been awarded the Oak Ridge Association of Universities Best Presentation in Analytical Chemistry after presenting at the 46th Southeast Undergraduate Research Conference held at the University of Tennessee.

Students from universities across the region presented at the conference. Howdieshell's work, which involves the storage conditions of switchgrass, was conducted in the laboratory of Darrin Smith and supported by EKU's Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies.


Sphinx Academy, a new school geared toward gifted and talented students located at 1591 Winchester Road, Suite 101, is accepting applications for students in grades 7-12 for the 2014/2015 school year. The school features a blended learning model that is based on Montessori philosophy. For more information, go to or call Wafaa Elghoroury, director of education, at (803) 539-1751.

Eastern Kentucky University's Theatre Program will host its first High School Invitational from 3-10 p.m. Saturday. The event includes workshops with EKU faculty and artists, dinner, backstage passes to artist's talk, and tickets to see the EKU Theatre musical production of Urinetown.

Tickets are $7 for students and $5 for teachers. For reservations and more info, visit or call (859) 622-1315.

■ The Southern Middle PTSA Lightning Strike 5K will be at 2:30 p.m. April 13 at Tates Creek High School. Register now at


Big Ass Fans has extended the application deadline for its new $40,000 college scholarship and summer internship program to March 10.

Aimed at graduates of Central Kentucky high schools, the program seeks students with curious minds who are interested in work experience beyond the common internship. To maintain the scholarship, students must work at Big Ass Fans each summer, beginning the summer between high school and college.

For more information, go to To be considered, students must submit a completed application, high school transcript, standardized test scores, one letter of recommendation and a 500-word statement.

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