education notes

Education notes: Mar. 18

March 17, 2014 


■ Eighty-one teams competed in the Robo Challenge Xtreme regional tournament March 1 at Georgetown College, and eight will advance to the Student Technology Leadership Program state championship on April 22 at Rupp Arena. They are:

First place, elementary division: Eaglebot Blasters, Lexington Christian Academy, Porter Kelley, Luke Hall, Tia Alchureiqi and Cole Ramey.

First place, middle division: JC Wookies from Jessie Clark Middle School: Jackson Butcher, Daisuke Kikumoto, Zach Morris, Collin Peavler and Isaiah Winter.

Second place, elementary division: Clays Mill #1: Gabe Rogers, Liam Sturgill, Wilson McSpadden and Jack Smoroske.

Second place, middle division: Team Awesomeness, Bondurant Middle School, Franklin County, Christian Bustos, Peyton Blackburn, Caleb Romero and Devon Thomas.

Third place, middle division: JC Jedi Knights of Jessie Clark: Timothy Leggas, Nathan Walden, Kane Jackson and Jason Dinh.

Third place, elementary division: EagLEGO Jr., Saints Peter & Paul: Matthew Eldridge, Levente Gal, A.J. Hesselson, William Martin, Drew Vazzana, Ben Weathers and Simon Wethington.

Fourth place, elementary division: Clays Mill #2: Danny Smoroske, Thomas Barton, Dallas Bryant and Braydon Coate.

Fourth place, middle division: iWarriors from Winburn Middle School: Andrew Frohock, Andrew Vogel, Eli Carter, Trip Church, Caleb Clark, Alex Frohock and Megan Slusarewicz.

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education, a non-profit volunteer group that promotes educational opportunities for gifted and talented youth in Kentucky, has honored Jon Parker, vice president of Community Investments of United Way of the Bluegrass and director of Appalfaith, an organization that provides outreach to the people and land of Appalachia to improve overall conditions. Parker received the Business Advocacy Award for his partnership with LexKAGE, a chapter of KAGE.

In addition to co-sponsoring LexKAGE's Super Saturdays, an enrichment program for high-ability children and children who are gifted and talented, Parker has served as the United Way liaison, mentor and advocate for LexKAGE and the gifted community. Under his guidance, LexKAGE developed a three-year plan implementing Super Saturdays in the spring and fall in conjunction with parent seminars.

■ Two members of Eastern Kentucky University's health promotion and administration faculty — Michael Ballard and Laurie Larkin — have been honored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Southern District/Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Ballard, chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Administration and interim associate dean of the College of Health Science, received the 2014 Honor Award from the Southern District — the second-highest recognition that can be bestowed upon a member by the group — and the W.H. Mustaine Award, which is the highest award bestowed by the Kentucky association.

Larkin, assistant professor of public health, was named the Kentucky association's 2014 College/University Health Education Teacher of the Year.


Community Action Council is accepting applications for the Bill Ferzacca Education Scholarship from to eligible applicants interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education. The scholarship was created by Ferzacca, a lifelong educator, to support his passion for Head Start child development programs and other efforts led largely by community action agencies.

The two winners of this year's award will each receive a $2,500 scholarship and be recognized on stage at the LexEndPoverty event Sept. 27 at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. More information is available at

Applications may be hand-delivered until 5 p.m. April 18. Mailed applications must be postmarked by April 18. For more info, call Karen Thomas at (859) 244-2212 or email

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