Education notes: Mar. 25

March 24, 2014 

Senior honors Congressman Andy Barr awarded Sayre senior Julian Mok with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to the United States Military Academy at West Point and participated in her tennis-signing ceremony at Sayre School on March 18.


■ Students from Fayette County Public Schools won awards at the 2014 Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 1 at the University of Kentucky. In the high school division, Paul Laurence Dunbar's Valerie Sarge and Vincent Cao took second- and third-place overall honors, respectively. In the middle school field (grades 5-8), William Hounshell of LTMS came in third; and in the fourth-grade contest, Quincy Winkler of Cassidy Elementary was runner-up. The 12th annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair is Saturday at Eastern Kentucky University. The top winners at state will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Winburn Middle School picked up scores of accolades as 160 students from eight schools in Fayette, Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Pendleton counties presented academic projects for Kentucky History Day. The District 6 competition was sponsored by the Kentucky Junior Historical Society and hosted March 8 by Northern Kentucky University's Highland Heights campus.

The following FCPS students have qualified for the state competition April 25-26 at the University of Louisville:

Senior Individual Documentary: Joanna Slusarewicz, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; David Ma, Winburn Middle; Cici Mao, Winburn; Nicole Wong, Winburn; Austin Li, Winburn; Saiprasad Naidu, Winburn; Max Bograd, Winburn. Junior Individual Exhibit: Becca Armstrong, Carrie Byrd, Lamiah Campbell, Reka Gal and Ellora Kamineni, all of Winburn. Junior Group Exhibit: Ryan Landry, Shelby McCubbin and Jin Cho; Flarity Matthews and Kylie Schmidt; Megan Guan and Helen Feibes; Frankie Rice and Shelby Amato; Hannah Wang and Jennifer Lee; Danielle Puckett, Nevaeh Minniefield and Brittany Catlett; Ryan Sperry, Aneesh Kadambi and Praneeth Bhatt, all of Winburn. Junior Individual Documentary: Megan Slusarewicz, Winburn. Junior Group Documentary: Nicholas Imam, Subershan Wignakumar and Saif Ahmed; and Cohen Archbold and Benjamin Givens, all of Winburn. Junior Individual Website: Zsombor Gal, Christopher Beebout, Stephanie Yang, Adarsh Chithrala and Paul Quevedo-Davila, all of Winburn. Junior Group Website: Rehan Ghanta, William Xiao, Shashank Bhatt, Eli Carter and Kevin Jing; Akhil Kesaraju and Rohith Kesaraju; Emily Crum, Karina Henson and Kara Winchester; Angus Maske and Caitlin Labianca; and Brian She, Jeffrey Shen and John Adkins, all of Winburn.

Academic Challenge teams from James Lane Allen, Veterans Park and Glendover elementaries will compete for the 2014 Superintendent's Cup in the primary division, while teams from James Lane Allen, Rosa Parks and Tates Creek will vie for the intermediate trophy. The finals start at 5:30 p.m. March 25 in Norsworthy Auditorium at It's About Kids Support Services. Students on the winning teams will receive college scholarships, along with individuals who won the writing and math/science assessments.

Schools are divided into three regions for scrimmages and preliminary contests. The regional tournaments were March 8 at three host sites.

Primary division (grades 2-3)

Red region

Winner: James Lane Allen C (Sam Thomas, Mia Clemmons, Alejandra Escobar, Kaden Mahoney, Alexa Guerrero); Runner-up: Northern B (Kirk Connelley, Jason Hocker, Adriana Velazquez, Nora Mack, Amanda Nunnery); 3rd place: Northern D (Logan Robinson, Conner Claypool, Gabriella Cortes, Emori Thompson, Jackson Mayberry, Alejandro Juan-Lopez)

Blue region

Winner: Veterans Park C (Anika Diggikar, Alex Kolyaskin, Hope Jordan, Andrew Claxton, Daniel Prinnsen, Meher Saini); Runner-up: Veterans Park A (William Allen, Sophia Shi, Connor Bates, Kaleigh Sawyer, Megan Bullock, Bella Schirmer); 3rd place: Clays Mill F (Fausia Justin, Benjamin Duttlinger, Josie Brumley, William Briggs, Ilene Pourghasemi)

Green region

Winner: Glendover D (Andrew Bradford, Violet Ferguson, Luis Santiago, Magdalene Mabson, Nour El Habbak); Runner-up: Ashland G (Kian Rosenau, Xavion Brooks, Samantha Wigginton, Logan Bailey); 3rd place: Ashland H (Alex Stumbar, Jada Woodall, Bella Baldia, Sofia Wu)

Intermediate division (grades 4-5)

Red region

Winner: James Lane Allen 10 (Destany Rutherford, Taylor Gibson, Cristian Pena, Lucy Beamer, Megan Anaskevich, Angel Aguilar); Runner-up: Cardinal Valley 9 (Jessica Hernandez, John Law, Savannah Rosales, Christian Sanchez, David Montoya, Jaylin Basinger); 3rd place: Harrison 7 (Keyvenia Brown, Joseph Cole, Frank Ilunga, Nazahia Morton, Brennen Taggart)

Blue region

Winner: Rosa Parks C (Anna Ackerman, Ryan Reid, Luca Thorson, Racheal Kelly); Runner-up: Veterans Park F (Julia Walton, Amanda Henderson, Shiv Patel, Arianna Isaac); 3rd place: Cassidy A (Quincy Winkler, Evan Winkler, Caroline Host, Emma Craig, Frank Payne); 4th place: Wellington B (Allyson Henry, Daniel Whitaker, Nadia "Alya" Zulkarnaen)

Green region

Winner: Tates Creek C (Braxton Witt, Sally Yousef, Audrey Wirasakti, Gabriella Stoykova, Michael Proctor); Runner-up: Tates Creek B (Zaeonna Franklin, Mohammad Shalash, Joey Ilagan, Molly Wilcoxson); 3rd place: Glendover B (Conner Whitaker, Abigail Stevenson, Raidyn Morian, Luke Ransom).

Tates Creek and Lafayette high schools were recognized at the 2014 Kentucky Career Development Conference in Louisville. Creek's DECA adviser, Nick Sutherland, was named Region 4 Teacher of the Year; and Lafayette placed second in largest percentage increase in membership and was selected a Yes, We Can chapter.

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The March 9-11 state conference brought together some 1,000 students, DECA advisers, judges and friends for competition and fun.

Lafayette results: Ariel Norvell, Human Resource Management, first place; Jacob Wachal, Business Services Management, first place; John Wheatley and Reavan Quincy, Hospitality Services Team, first place; Tess Cook, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, second place; Sibley Miller, Marketing Management, third place; Shelby Ferrell, Quick Service Restaurant Management, fourth place; Kyle Irvin and Hannah Jones, Advertising Campaign, finalist; Keven Ireland and Isabella Quire, Buying & Merchandising Team, finalist; and Outstanding Chapter Member: Jacob Wachal.

Tates Creek High results: Kendall Lockman, Retailing Concepts, first place; Katie Wooley, Buying Merchandising Research, fourth place; Sarah Hayden and Molly Watson, Fashion Merchandise Promo Plan, fourth place; Mohammad Ahmad, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, finalist; Collin Coolbaugh and Trey Sturdivant, Sports & Entertainment Promo Plan, finalist; Casey Grimes, Sports Marketing, finalist; Samantha Ingram and Nikki Tocash, Fashion Merchandise Promo Plan, finalist; Kara Weaver, Retail Merchandising, finalist; and Outstanding Chapter Member: Kara Weaver.

Students placing first, second and third qualified for the international conference May 3-6 in Atlanta.

■ About 380 SkillsUSA members from 10 technical centers squared off in the 2014 North Central Region competition. Eastside and Southside techs in Fayette County Public Schools and Bluegrass Community & Technical College hosted the March 7 high school contests.

Students finishing first, second and third could qualify for state, depending on the category. The state conference is scheduled for April 16-19 at the Galt House in Louisville, and the National Leadership and Skills Conference is June 23-27 in Kansas City.

The following students advance to the state competition:

Alicia Brock and Christian Durham, Eastside, first place, and Ana Castellanos Balderas and Josh Sams, Eastside, second place, 3D visualization and animation; Alex Kincaid, Southside, first place, and Lucas Martin, Eastside, second place, action skills; Justin Birchfield, Southside, second place, carpentry 1; Allon Stephens, second place, carpentry; Hollie Coyle, Southside first place, commercial baking; Huston Martin, Eastside, first place, and Calvin Shaw, Eastside, second place, computer programming; Shelby Ferrell, Southside, first place, creed contest; Cornesha Jackson, Southside, first place, and Jennifer Doyle, Southside, second place, culinary arts; Clavin Shaw, Eastside, first place, and Austin Jenkins, Eastside, third place, customer service; John Shafer, Eastside, first place, Garrett Bunch, Eastside, second place, and Wesley Johnson, Eastside, third place, diesel equipment technology; Micah Stewart Wilcox, Eastside, first place, extemporaneous speaking; Tyler Zimmerman, Eastside, first place, and Makenzie Hulett, Eastside, second place, extemporaneous writing; Spencer Horman, Eastside, first place, and Alex Medyna, Eastside, second place, firefighting; Shelby Ferrell, Southside, first place, and Kerri Frances, Eastside, second place, first aid/CPR; Elly Cerda, Southside, first place, and Stellisha Mitchell, Southside, second place, restaurant service; Justin Davenport, Southside, first place, industrial motor control; Dostell Lamb, Southside, first place, and Chase Segebarth, Eastside, second place, job interview; Fernando Gonzalez, Southside, first place, job skills demonstration A; Todd Neely, Southside, second place, job skills demonstration open; Fernando Gonzalez, Southside, first place, and Josh Trainer, Southside, second place, masonry; Robert Tanner, Southside, first place, and Austin Rodriguez, Southside, second place, masonry 1; Leah Burge, Kerri Francis, Lainey Geddes, Dakota Towles, Jordan Finley, Devion Hager, Kyle Cloyd, Camery Murray, Ana Castellanos Balderas and Cory Townsend, Eastside, first place, opening/closing team; Taylor Tomlin, Eastside, second place, prepared speech; Lane Bowen, Stellisha Mitchell, Elliot Stephens, Aujia Hines and Nelida Rodriguez, Southside, first place, and Jessica Combs, Levi Durham, Wes Johnson, Brandon McClure, and Katelynn Robinson, Eastside, second place, quiz bowl; Justin Birchfield, Southside, first place, related technical math; Brittany May, Eastside, first place, SkillsUSA KY banner; Makenzie Payton, Eastside, first place, spelling contest; Carrie James, Eastside, first place, talent individual; Makenzie Payton, Eastside, first place, and Chase Segbarth, Eastside, second place, technical computer application; Brittany May and Dakota Towles, Eastside, first place, and Lucas Williams and Taylor Tomlin, Eastside, second place, television video production.


Mark Wayne Adams, award-winning author and illustrator will visit Good Shepherd Catholic School on May 2. He will conduct a session for the public from 6-8 p.m. in the school's gymnasium, located at 75 Shepherd Way in Frankfort. Admission is free. Adams received the Annual Marlene M. Helm Alumni Achievement Award created to honor outstanding alumnus or alumni for their contribution to the arts in their home community, their service to the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and the dedication to enriching Kentucky's artistic future. During the session, Adams will discuss journals and illustrating.


Lafayette High School Class of 1964 will hold its 50th reunion Aug. 22-23. For more info, call (859) 619-0219 or visit or find Lafayette 64 Reunion on Facebook.

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