education notes

Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

May 6, 2014 


■ On April 2, students competed at the Lexington Regional History Bee Finals. Based on their performance at this event, Classical Conversations fifth-graders Willem Hanssen, Sam Santrock, and Tirzah Schanding qualified to advance to the National Finals. Schanding was the Elementary Champion. The National Finals will be held June 6-8 in Atlanta. More information can be found at

■ The following Lexington Catholic High School students have been accepted into the Governor's Scholars Program and Governor's School for the Arts. GSP: Chelsea Faught, Jacob Jansen, Lauren Harper and Shelby King. GSA: Courtney Fraher, Jill Felkins, Jacqueline Whittle, Bridget Ravenscraft, Jessa DeLuca, Gabriel Bahala, Blake Bracken and Delaney Patrick.

Wellington Elementary is the only Kentucky school selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2014 national Green Ribbon School. In all, 48 schools were recognized for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. The Kentucky Department of Education nominated Wellington Elementary for the federal award.

Wellington was designed to be one of the most energy efficient and sustainable schools in Fayette County; it features photovoltaic solar panels, a rainwater capture and reuse system, a thermal hot water system, permeable pavers, a rain garden, automatic lighting controls, native landscaping and an outdoor classroom. Locust Trace AgriScience Farm was a Green Ribbon School in 2013 and Rosa Parks Elementary was selected in 2012.

Henry Russell of Henry Clay High School and Meghan Waters of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School are among Kentucky's eight recipients of 2014 National Merit corporate scholarships. Henry, who listed his probable career field as academia, was selected by Liberty Mutual; and Meghan, who listed aerospace engineering, was tapped by the Schneider Electric North America Foundation.

■ Students from Eastside and Southside technical centers participated in the 2014 SkillsUSA state conference April 16-19 in Louisville. Four gold medalists (indicated by *) qualified for the 50th National Leadership and Skills Conference, set for June 22-27 in Kansas City, Mo. In addition, several FCPS students received the Statesman Award after passing a 25-question oral exam that tested their knowledge of SkillsUSA and leadership strategies.

State-level results from Eastside Technical Center:

Gold medal winners: Power Equipment, Cory Townsend*; Extemporaneous Speaking: Micah Stewart-Wilcox*; Extemporaneous Writing: Tyler Zimmerman; Spelling: Makenzie Payton; Talent: Carrie James.

Silver medalists: Firefighting: Spencer Horman; 3D Visualization and Animation: Alicia Brock and Christian Durham; Prepared Speech: Taylor Tomlin.

Bronze medalists: Diesel Equipment Technology: John Shafer; 3D Visualization and Animation: Ana Castellanos Balderas and Josh Sams; Computer Programming: Huston Martin; Technical Computer Application: Chase Segebarth; Extemporaneous Writing: Makenzie Hulett.

State-level results from Southside Technical Center

Gold medal winners: Restaurant Service: Stellisha Mitchell*; First Aid/CPR: Shelby Ferrell*; Creed: Shelby Ferrell.

Silver medalist: Carpentry 1: Justin Burchfield; Masonry 1: Austin Rodriguez; Masonry: Fernando Gonzalez; Motor Control: Justin Davenport; Commercial Baking: Hollie Coyle; Restaurant Service: Elly Cerda.

Bronze medalists: Masonry 1: Robert Tanner; Masonry: Josh Trainer; Related Technical Math: Justin Burchfield; Culinary Arts: Cornesha Jackson.

■ The winning entries in the Kentucky Governor's Mansion Centennial Celebration Visual Art and Essay Contest included two students from Fayette County Public Schools. Yanxi Sophia Liu of Ashland Elementary was runner-up in the grades 3-5 division for art, and Campbell Johnson of Athens-Chilesburg Elementary took third place in the grades 4-6 division for essay. Both will receive a certificate signed by Gov. Steve Beshear, the first lady and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

A complete list of winners follows:

Grades 4-6

1st place: Bailey Richardson, Caneyville Elementary, Grayson County

2nd place: Lydia Mills, Estill Co. Middle School, Estill County

3rd place: Campbell Johnson, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, Fayette County

Grades 7-9

1st place: Andrew Sauls, North Middle School, Henderson County

2nd place: Annika Avula, Drakes Creek Middle School, Warren County

3rd place: Lee Mills, Estill Co. Middle School, Estill County

Grades 10-12

1st place: Jessica Klusty, Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green Independent

2nd place: Jordan Hancock, Muhlenberg Co. High School, Muhlenberg County

3rd place: Rachel de Rosset, Madison Southern High School, Madison County

Art Competition Winners

Grades Kindergarten-2

1st place: Sarah Maloney, Simpson County Elementary, Simpson County

2nd place: Jordan Viele, Lancaster Elementary, Garrard County Schools

3rd place: Rileigh K. Reed, Burns Elementary, Daviess County Schools

Grades 3-5

1st place: Daniel Godewis II, Mason Corinth Elementary, Grant County

2nd place: Yanxi Sophia Liu, Ashland Elementary, Fayette County

3rd place: Anna Hawkins, Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary, Laurel County

Honorable Mention: Amiria Smith, Wilkerson Elementary, Jefferson County

Grades 6-8

1st place: Rosie Davila, West Jessamine Middle, Jessamine County

2nd place: James Yeckering, Ohio County Middle School, Ohio County

3rd place: Brittney Lynn Newman, South Floyd Middle, Floyd County

Grades 9-12

1st place: De' Sean Ta-Jae' Isom, Pleasure Ridge Park High, Jefferson County

2nd place: Zachary Williams, Greenwood High School, Warren County

3rd place: Adelle Leigh-Anne Malone, Central Hardin High, Hardin County

Honorable Mention: Sheri Storm, Daviess County High, Daviess County

■ Forty students from a dozen elementary schools competed in the annual Edward T. Houlihan III Fayette County History Fair, sponsored by the Lexington History Museum. Katelyn Rowell of Ashland Elementary took first-place honors with her project "Lincoln Assassination," and Beppy Badgett of Ashland was runner-up with "Cuban Missile Crisis." Third place went to Lindy Fischer of Dixie Magnet Elementary with "Gold Rush."

■ The marching band from Tates Creek High School, under the direction of Dee Bishop, was among 10 chosen to participate in the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C. The springtime parade is also known for its balloons, floats, celebrity guests and wonderful views of the trees in full bloom.

The Tates Creek group enjoyed a weekend of sightseeing, including stops at Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington Monument and Mount Vernon. Their four-day itinerary also listed the National Archives, The Smithsonian museums, the White House and U.S. Capitol, and several memorials among the highlights of their trip.

Jason Reed, a math teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has received an Aspirations in Computing Educator Award from National Center for Women & Information Technology. Reagan Prater, a junior in Dunbar's MSTC program, also received an award for Aspirations in Computing.

Reed received an engraved award, up to $1,000 of expense reimbursement for computing-related professional development and a laptop provided by AT&T and Dell. Reagan received two engraved awards — one for her and one for her school's trophy case. She also will have access to potential scholarships, internships, research experiences and employment opportunities through NCWIT member organizations.

Bill Kite, the band director at Henry Clay High School, has received the 2014 John R. Bryden Great Teacher Award from the Rotary Club of Lexington. Kite was selected for the $1,000 award based on a nomination essay by student James Piper.

Kite, who has taught at Henry Clay for nine years, directs the marching band, jazz ensemble and wind ensemble at Henry Clay.

Outstanding students also were recognized at the April 17 awards program at Fasig-Tipton. This year's Rotary Scholar, who receives a $5,000 scholarship, is Valerie Sarge of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The Rotary Club also named one senior from each school to the All-Fayette County High School Academic Team. These honorees from FCPS each receive a $700 scholarship: Peyton Thomas of Bryan Station, Leo de Castro of Henry Clay, Marie Armbruster of Lafayette, Ryan Draper of Dunbar and Christa Newman of Tates Creek. Draper also was awarded the W. Emmet Milward Julep Cup as the team member who distinguished himself in extracurricular activities, honors, organizations and service.

Wendy Turner of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School has received the 2014 James L. Highland Media Adviser of the Year Award. This statewide honor recognizes a Kentucky high school media teacher who actively supports and protects the First Amendment rights of students through inspiring high ethical and professional standards. It also applauds the adviser's achievements in media classrooms and student publications and broadcasts.

Tanner Curtis, a 2007 Dunbar graduate, also wrote in support of Turner's nomination. "She gave me confidence, and she taught me to push myself, to think critically and to explore my passions," Curtis said. "She even worked with me to craft an independent study course in photojournalism."

■ Four students from Fayette County Public Schools fared well in the 2014 nationwide Letters About Literature writing contest, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Lauryn McNair of Henry Clay High School was Kentucky's runner-up in the grades 9-12 division, schoolmate Rachael Gilbert took third place, and Bethany Boggs of Lafayette High School received honorable mention. In the grades 4-6 division, Anastasia Hinton of SCAPA at Bluegrass earned third-place honors.

Forward in the Fifth has selected six educators and two community and student-based organizations to receive the 2014 Appalachian Leaders in Education Awards for their efforts to advance education in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

The winners of the 2014 AppLE Awards and their respective award categories are: Educator (Early Childhood), Paula Gray, director, Paula's Family Child Care, Pulaski County; Educator (K-12 teacher), Joyce Bowling, teacher, Manchester Elementary School, Clay County; Educator (K-12 support staff), Alicia McClurg, coordinator of Youth Services Center, Morgan County High School, Morgan County; Educator (K-12 administrator), Noel Crum, principal, Johnson Central High School, Johnson County; Educator (Higher Education), James Hurley, president, University of Pikeville; Community/Business Leader, South Kentucky RECC; Adult Education, Pamela Branam, assistant director, Menifee County Adult Education, Menifee County; Student Group, Pike County Youth Leadership Council.

For more information about Forward in the Fifth, go to


■ The dormitories at Red Bird Christian School in Beverly are being renovated and will be ready for students in August. Volunteer groups from around the United States helped renovate the boys dormitory in 2011. Leonard and Bonnie Lawson of Lexington have led alumni efforts to raise approximately $190,000 to renovate the girls dormitory.

The dormitory program at Red Bird Christian School will reopen with a focus of complementing the academic preparation, leadership formation and career discernment that students receive in the classroom.

More information is available at


New Vocations, the largest racehorse adoption program in the country, is accepting resumes for the fourth annual Olivia M. Saylor Internship, which was established in 2011 to give college students hands-on experience in the Thoroughbred aftercare industry by working with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption. Racehorse owner, Paul Saylor, helped establish and fund the internship in honor of his daughter, Olivia.

The internship is a five-month paid position at the New Vocations Lexington facility. The recipient must be local, have extensive horse experience as well as good communications and computer skills.

Interested individuals should e-mail the Kentucky facility manager Melissa King at

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service