Education notes

Education notes: Apr. 15

April 14, 2014 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, left, congratulated Bryan Station Middle School's Amy Smith, a finalist for the 2014 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award.


Marion F. Simon from Kentucky State University in Frankfort received the 2014 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. Amy Smith, a special education teacher at Bryan Station Middle School, Benjamin Knoll of Danville, and Laura J. Cooley, Pikeville, were among the 12 nominees recognized by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament.

Bryan Station High School placed third in Overall Club Service at the 2014 Kentucky-Tennessee District of Key Club International convention. Station's group was recognized for its ongoing work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass.

Members attending the March 21-23 gathering in Franklin, Tenn., were Arianna Abad, Emma Guilfoil, Katie Kuhn, Susie Saffari and Peyton Thomas.

■ Students from Fayette County were recognized in the 29th annual Bluegrass Regional High School Art Exhibition. Sarah Arthur-Paratley of Bryan Station earned Best in Show Overall for "Stretched Thin," which took first place in the fiber arts/textile category. Lafayette's Alexei Kopea won Best of Show 2D for "Rock and Roll," and Paul Laurence Dunbar's Mahika Gupta received Best of Show 3D for "Peacock Paradise."

The following students from Lexington Catholic High School also took home honors from the March show: Tiffany Wright, 4th place, Art Education/AESA Award and Drawing; Tori Canning, 1st place, ceramics; Jin Seong Son, 2nd place photography and 2nd place digital media; and Brenna Greenwell, painting honorable mention.

Young artists from 20 counties submitted more than 250 entries in the regional contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Art Education Association. Hosted by Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Art & Design, the exhibition features the area's most creative artists in grades 9 through 12. The show's opening reception was March 23, and the winning artwork was displayed in the Giles Gallery on EKU's Richmond campus. The top pieces advance to the All-State Art Show at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville.

Meadowthorpe Elementary dominated the Region 24 field in the 2014 Governor's Cup. Rosa Parks was runner-up, and Ashland finished third in the overall standings. Dixie Magnet was fifth as the elementary division wrapped up March 22.

The top-5 individuals in Fayette County Public Schools included:

Math — tied for 1st place: Lohith Tummala, Meadowthorpe; Sadie Bograd, Ashland; Angela Wang, Ashland; and Ayush Kumar, Rosa Parks; tied for 5th: Stephen Ewing, Clays Mill, and Dylan Li, Meadowthorpe.

Science — 1st place: Lohith Tummala, Meadowthorpe; tied for 2nd: Meena Ambati, Cassidy; 5th: Angela Sun, Meadowthorpe.

Composition — 1st place: Ellis Padgett, Ashland; 2nd: Elke Coenders, Maxwell; 3rd: Sitara True, Meadowthorpe; 5th: Lily Cruse, Clays Mill.

Social studies — 1st place: Malhaar Nair, Meadowthorpe; 2nd: Madhumitha Gundluru, Rosa Parks; 3rd: Allen Ross, Clays Mill; 4th: Finley VanHook, Wellington; tied for 5th: Carter Brownrobie, Maxwell.

Language Arts — 1st place: Pedro Storch, Meadowthorpe; 2nd: Sanaa Kahloon, Rosa Parks; 3rd: Madhumitha Gundluru, Rosa Parks; 4th: Erin Stratton, Meadowthorpe; 5th: Elizabeth Moore, Ashland.

Arts and Humanities — 1st place: Matthew Warren, Dixie; 3rd: Angela Sun, Meadowthorpe; tied for 4th: Madison Smith, Dixie; Tahsen Hossain, Rosa Parks; and Ayush Kumar, Rosa Parks.

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■ Players from FCPS competed in Kentucky's 2014 Scholastic Chess Championships. Rosa Parks Elementary won the K-1 and K-3 sections in this month's team tournament, and Abdul Shaik placed first in the K-1 individual competition, winning all five of his games. Meanwhile, Meadowthorpe Elementary secured the K-5 title with a perfect team score, was co-runner-up in the K-3 section, and Connor Zhang placed second in the K-3 individual standings. Lafayette's team was runner-up in the high school division, and Taylor Bagley took first-place individual honors March 15 at the University of Kentucky.

Along with Taylor, the Lafayette team included Nathan Allan, Carson Crovo, Caleb Joy and Nathan Rayens, who posted a perfect score on Board 2. Taylor will represent Kentucky in the 2014 Denker Tournament of High School Champions this summer in Orlando, Fla., where 50 students from around the country will vie for national honors.

The K-1 team from Rosa Parks included Abdul Shaik, Ellie Naish, Ahaan Thomas and Elise Trimble, and the K-3 team included Abdul Shaik, Lawrence Bai, Lance Hixson and Tarun Sitaraman. Rosa Parks became only the third school from Lexington to win two state chess state championships in one year (along with Garden Springs Elementary in 1988 Stonewall Elementary in 1997). Among K-3 alternates, Emily Walsh was runner-up, Trey Todd placed third, and Elise Trimble was fourth.

Meadowthorpe's K-3 section included Krishna Bhatraju, Huck Carlson, Jack Incorporated and Connor Zhang. Krishna had a perfect score. In K-5, Meadowthorpe got strong play from Gabriel Gatsos, Rob Gilligan, Malhaar Nair and Aditya Sundarrajan. Aditya tallied a perfect score. Among K-5 alternates, runner-up Dominic Verry had a perfect score, Lohith Tummala took third place, and Ezekiel Brown was fourth. In the K-5 "Under 400" rating section, Preston Mullins and Pedro Storch both won awards.

In the K-8 team section, Winburn Middle School (coached by Lafayette's Taylor Bagley) finished third in the state with John Adkins, Gus Carlson, William Ding and Brian She.

■ Three students from Winburn Middle School have qualified for the 2014 National History Bee this summer in Georgia, including Zsombor Gal, who finished in the top 10 of the Lexington regional. Saif Ahmed and Austin Li also advance to compete for the $5,000 scholarship prize. The top students from each region will move on to the national finals June 6-8 in Atlanta.

■ A pair of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School students led FCPS winners in the 2014 Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair. Caroline Bush and Samuel Wycoff took second and third place, respectively, in the Life Sciences Best of Fair group.

Students in grades 5-12 from across the state competed March 29 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, with the winners and runners-up in all categories receiving ribbons and monetary awards. Following are FCPS results in the high school and middle school divisions.

First-place honorees

Animal Sciences: Samuel Wycoff, Dunbar

Chemistry: Nelson Ng, Dunbar

Energy and Transportation: Shankar Miller-Murthy, Dunbar

Environmental Sciences: David Ma, Winburn

Microbiology: Monisha Rekhraj, Dunbar

Physics and Astronomy: Vincent Cao, Dunbar

Plant Sciences: Caroline Bush, Dunbar


Behavioral and Social Sciences: Xiaowan Chu, Dunbar

Chemistry: Eric Xiong, Dunbar

Chemistry: Akhil Kesaraju, Winburn

Earth Science: Isabella Squire, Sandersville

Energy and Transportation: Caroline O'Neill, E.J. Hayes

Engineering (Materials & Bioengineering): Dylan Rowe, Dunbar

Engineering (Materials & Bioengineering): Suhas Medam, Beaumont

Mathematical Sciences: Dimitri Leggas, Lafayette

Mathematical Sciences: David Vulakh, Tates Creek Middle

Medicine and Health Sciences: Karla Ladino, Dunbar

Physics and Astronomy: Brenna Wallin, Lexington Traditional Magnet School

Other awards

Army Engineering: Amanda Wallin, Lafayette

Army Math-Computer Science: Iven Yang, Dunbar

Air Force Middle School: Caroline O'Neill, Edythe J. Hayes

Association for Women Geoscientists — Earth & Planetary Science: Isabella Squire, Sandersville

American Meteorological Society — Environmental Management: Rachel Seevers, Beaumont

ASM International Foundation's Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science — Life Science

Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering: Amanda Wallin, Lafayette

Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Award — Mathematical Sciences: Dimitri Leggas, Lafayette

U.S. Metric Association — Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering: Daniel Ma, Dunbar

Fayette County Public Schools has been named among 2014's Best Communities for Music Education, according to the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes districts and individual schools that set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music programs. FCPS was the only district in Kentucky selected.

"This is a wonderful affirmation," said Nancy Campbell, FCPS district music content leader (orchestra). "For a community the size of Lexington/Fayette County, we have a very lively and robust musical environment."

■ Lexington native Herb Burns, department chair of Design Technologies and program coordinator for Digital Effects & Animation for Forsyth Tech Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., has received a Fulbright scholarship. Burns is one of five community college instructors and administrators selected from across the United States to participate in the 2014 Russia Community College Administrators Seminar, a project of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Burns will visit Russia from March 30-April 12.

Burns was born in Lexington and attended Bryan Station High School. Following high school, he obtained his A.A. from Lees Junior College in Jackson. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Kentucky in 1975.

SCAPA at Bluegrass received the Sustained Excellence Award at the 2014 Kentucky High School Speech League's state tournament after dominating the junior division for a 17th consecutive year. In the senior division, Henry Clay High School was crowned champion of the debate competition, with Paul Laurence Dunbar High tying for second place.

SCAPA's first-place speech winners included Michael Lozovy and Ryan Rowe, duo acting; Leila Abou-Jaoude, impromptu; Josh Andreatta, public speaking; and Hannah Whitley, storytelling. SCAPA also had runners-up in Tamia Bowden and Jayda Doleman, improvisational duo; Benjamin Tonks, impromptu; Kasey Fields, interpretation of literature; Cooper Boss, poetry; and Tamia Bowden, solo acting.

In the senior speech division, Laura Briggs of Lafayette High took first place in broadcast announcing, and Henry Clay's Amir Abou-Jaoude was second in impromptu speaking.

In senior debate contests, Henry Clay's Henry Walther was champion in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, while Emmet Allen was runner-up in novice public forum. Meanwhile, the Dunbar teams of Jasmine Liu and Sahil Nair and Andrew Brennen and Eric Xiong were state co-champions in varsity public forum. Andrew also received a first-place speaker award in open policy debate, and Jasmine was second.

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