education notes

Education notes: Apr. 8

April 7, 2014 


Eliza Waller, a junior at Lexington Catholic High School, was one of the top six winners in the country in the Go Make Some Noise video contest created by the Catholic Extension organization.

Eliza submitted a video about the Service Club's DanceBlue dance marathon fundraiser where dancers raised $68,606.36 for the UK Pediatric DanceBlue Hematology Oncology Clinic. She will receive a $1,000 grant for her ministry, the LCHS Service Club that she founded, and Pope Francis will watch her video. Check it out at

Montgomery County High School won its fourth straight Kentucky High School Mock Trial championship, hosted by Eastern Kentucky University March 14 through 16. Montgomery County defeated Highlands High School of Fort Thomas in the championship round.

Andrea Tyra of Montgomery County was named the Outstanding Attorney in the final round, while Ryan Drake of Montgomery County claimed the award for Outstanding Witness.

Montgomery County will represent Kentucky at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison, Wis., May 8-10.

■ The Fayette County School District has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation as being among the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States.

Three Kentucky schools also received the Support Music Merit Award, which recognizes extraordinary music education programs: Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary School, Nicholasville; Walton-Verona High School and Highland Elementary in Glasgow.

■ Students from Winburn Middle School nearly swept the 2014 state Mathcounts competition March 22 in Louisville. Austin Li took first place, Cici Mao was third, and David Ma came in fourth after competing against 165 other mathletes from 51 schools. Each of the four top-scoring students was awarded a full-tuition, four-year college scholarship to the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville. They each also won an expense-paid trip to the national Mathcounts competition May 8 to 11 in Orlando, Fla., where they will represent Kentucky.

Winburn also took team honors, while Tates Creek placed fourth and Morton was eighth. Among the top 10 individuals was Erik Han of Tates Creek, who finished eighth.

Arthur Reynolds of Henry Clay High School is the local winner in the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Reynolds, who teaches English, AP Literature and Creative Writing, was chosen among entries at the Hamburg location. He was nominated by senior Shaquawn Newton, who plans to enroll this fall in the creative writing program at Eastern Kentucky University.

Reynolds and Shaquawn will be honored at 11 a.m. Sunday at Barnes & Noble. The teacher will also be entered into the regional competition where five winners will be chosen.

■ Fayette County Public Schools produced three statewide winners in annual contests sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Benjamin Wheat of Squires Elementary topped the essay entries for second-graders, and Morgan Johnson of Locust Trace AgriScience Farm took first place among seniors in the poster contest. Ian Piepgrass, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was among three state winners in the new digital art category.

■ Four students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School are eligible for 2014's National Forensic League competition after strong showings in the Speech, Debate and Congress event March 21 through 22 at Centre College. Jasmine Liu and Sahil Nair earned first place in Public Forum Debate, and Jimmy Chen and Xiaowan Chu were runners-up in the same category at Kentucky's qualifier.

These four will join more than 1,000 students from around the country at the forensic league's national speech and debate tournament June 15 through 20 in Overland Park, Kan.

■ Teams from Veterans Park and Tates Creek elementary schools captured the 2014 Superintendent's Cup and landed college scholarships March 25 in the FCPS Academic Challenge finals.

In addition, several students who won individual on-demand math/science and essay-writing contests received scholarship awards.

Here's a list of winners: Primary Division, grades 2-3. First place and winners of scholarships to Kentucky State University, Veterans Park (14 of 18 possible points, blue region). Andrew Claxton, Anika Diggikar, Hope Jordan, Alex Kolyaskin, Daniel Prinssen and Meher Saini.

Second place, Glendover (13 points, green region). Andrew Bradford, Catherine Carlos, Nour El Habbak, Violet Ferguson, Maggie Mabson and Luis Santiago.

Third place, James Lane Allen (10 points, red region). Aspen Brown-Berry, Mia Clemmons, Alejandra Escobar, Alexa Guerrero, Kaden Mahoney and Samuel Thomas.

Intermediate Division (grades 4-5). First place and winners of scholarships to Morehead State University: Tates Creek (15 of 18 possible points, green region). Drew Bolt, Micheal Proctor, Gabriella Staykova, Audrey Wirasakti, Braxton Witt and Sally Yousef.

Second place, Rosa Parks (14 points, blue region). Anna Ackerman, Frankie Crowley, Rachael Kelly, Ryan Reid, Luca Thorson and Manya Tiwari. Third place, James Lane Allen (13 points, red region). Angel Aguilar, Megan Anaskevich, Lucy Beamer, Taylor Gibson, Cristian Pena and Oumar Toure.

Individual Awards. Winners of scholarships to the University of Kentucky, fifth-grade math/science. Anayely Choncoa, Arlington; Yazmin Montelongo Diaz, Harrison; Joon Woo Park, Julius Marks; Sofia Ricketts, Veterans Park; Gabriella Staykova, Tates Creek; and Alex Troth, Athens-Chilesburg.

Winners of scholarships to Eastern Kentucky University, fifth-grade essay writing. Jaylin Basinger, Cardinal Valley; Lauren Hurt, Squires; Timira Johnson, Harrison; Claire Kimani, Julius Marks; Preet Patel, Garden Springs; and Alya Zulkarnaen, Wellington.

Winners of scholarships to Georgetown College, fourth-grade essay writing. Autumn Clay, Mary Todd; McKenzie Genton, Harrison; Faith Osburn, Lansdowne; Shiv Patel, Veterans Park; Raida Utomo, Wellington; and Molly Wilcoxson, Tates Creek.

Winners of scholarships to Bluegrass Community & Technical College, fourth-grade essay writing. Olivia Miller, Julius Marks; Lindsey Smith, James Lane Allen; and Jackson Williamson, Garden Springs.

In a special recognition, Cardinal Valley Elementary received the Haymaker Foundation Team Award, which goes to a school with impressive participation levels. Cardinal Valley increased its numbers by 126 percent this year.

Richard Crosby and Kenneth Tunnell are the latest faculty members to earn Eastern Kentucky University's highest honor for teaching excellence.

Crosby, a professor in the Department of Music, and Tunnell, a professor in the School of Justice Studies, have received the 2014-16 EKU Foundation Professorship. The annual honor recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding abilities in the three primary roles of a faculty member: teaching, service and research. The professorship provides a salary supplement for two years.


■ Lindsey Wilson College will offer a doctoral program in counselor education and supervision this fall. The 72-hour, weekend PhD program will prepare leaders in the field of professional counseling.

The doctoral program was created to accommodate working adults by offering courses one weekend per month at the Lindsey Wilson College White Campus in Columbia. In the interim period, students will stay connected to classmates and professors through online learning communities. The program will take about four years to complete. Go to for more info.


■ Scholarship applications are available for children of Central Kentucky Thoroughbred horse farm workers. Applicants must have graduated from high school or have a GED and be accepted by a college or technical school. Awards are made toward tuition and based upon financial need, merit, essay, and a personal interview. A parent or parents must have worked for at least three years on a Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farm. Call (859) 269-1719 for an application.

Open Houses

■ Community Montessori School & Montessori Middle School of Kentucky at 725 Stone Road will host an open house noon to 3 p.m. April 19.

The afternoon will feature food trucks, an ice cream cart and activities set up for families to enjoy. The school, established in 1970, serves students from pre-school through 8th grade.

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