education notes

Education notes: May 13

May 12, 2014 


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. 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.

James Leavell-Greene of Henry Clay High School has been named the 2014 youth achiever of the year at the YMCA of Central Kentucky's Black Achievers awards program. Several other Fayette County students also received scholarships based on their Black Achievers senior packet score, number of years and attendance in the program, GPA and ACT scores:

Bryan Station High School — James Brown, Quinnette Connor, Tabias Lewis, Lena Muhammad and Jeleigha Ritter; Henry Clay High School — Dasia Bartlett, James Leavell-Greene, Darryl Jones Jr. and Jamari Turner; Paul Laurence Dunbar High School — Kamryn Mason; Tates Creek High School — Vontella Thomas; Opportunity Middle College — Haneefa Muhammad.

Salvador Hernandez of Bryan Station High School is the winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District. His photography entry, Colors in Ice, will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol for the coming year along with winning art from other congressional districts across the country. Salvador will also be invited to travel to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines for an artists' reception.

Kelley Cantrell, who completed a program in film studies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College last semester, has been named a 2014 American Movie Awards finalist for her short film called The Marker. The film is about an elderly woman who is being visited at night by a masked figured. Her doctors are not sure if they can believe her so she takes matters into her own hands.

Sarah Jeoung from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington and Adrian Teegarden from Woodford County High School in Versailles were among several statewide winners in the 2014 Eco-Art Contest sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection.

Artwork from the 2014 contest winners, along with past years' winning submissions, will be displayed in the DEP Training Center in Frankfort. The artwork can be viewed online at

FBLA students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School picked up a trio of first-place awards in the 2014 state competition: Linda Zhang and Jasmine Liu in hospitality management; Daniel Ma in personal finance; and Sahil Nair, Jimmy Chen and Eric Xiong in management decision-making.

In addition, Lilly Xie and Matthew Wu were runners-up in the marketing category; Adil Yusuf, Xiaowan Chu and Nijel Xhang took third place in global business; Haani Husain was fourth in business calculations; and Ryan Blood was fourth in business law.

■ Several teenage artists from Fayette County Public Schools were honored at the Kentucky Art Education Association's 2014 all-state competition. Bryan Station High School's Sara Arthur-Paratley received the best of show award for her fiber piece Stretched Thin, and Lafayette High's Elaine Barkley received the cultural heritage award for her graphic design work At the Gachapon Store. First-place category winners included Lafayette's Olivia Rippetoe in painting for The Weird Divide between Our Kind; Lafayette's Bram Coffey in sculpture with Bust #1; and Paul Laurence Dunbar's Mahika Gupta in ceramics for Peacock Paradise. Lafayette's Alexei Kopca was runner-up in painting with Rock and Roll.

■ Five Eastern Kentucky University accounting students brought home the first-place trophy from this year's statewide PEAK competition on April 26.

The Jeopardy-style event is designed to Promote and Encourage Accounting in Kentucky.

EKU's 2014 PEAK Team, advised by MaryBeth Holbrook, assistant professor of accounting, included Jacob Carberry, Franklin, Ohio; Andrew Hicks, Junction City; Shelby Howell, Berea; Brian Overall, Waco; and Sam Shearer, Winchester. EKU alum and MBA student Brittany Neaves, of Mt. Sterling, was the team's assistant adviser. EKU finished in second-place each of the past three years.

■ Three Eastern Kentucky University students are headed overseas with full-ride Summer 2014 Study Abroad scholarships. And all they had to do was register for a drawing and spin a wheel to determine their destination. The winners, out of 268 registrants, were Brenna Rowan, Shelbyville, who's headed to Germany; Matthew Moore, London, who's headed to Greece; and Paige Van Zandt, Muscatine, Iowa, who's also headed to Greece.

Rachel Misheff, Georgetown, a sophomore music major at Eastern Kentucky University, recently earned a scholarship to the Montecito International Music Festival to be held this summer in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

A student of Rachel Taylor at EKU, Misheff is working on a degree in piano performance.

Lydia Coleman, a Model Laboratory School sophomore will spend seven weeks in South Korea this summer in a language immersion program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Lydia, the daughter of Eastern Kentucky University faculty members David Coleman and Elizabeth Underwood, will participate in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.

Lydia, who will stay with a South Korean family, is not exactly a stranger to the Korean peninsula. She developed a strong interest in the country when she spent five months there in 2012, when her mother was a visiting professor of sociology at Yonsei University. During that stay, she completed her eighth-grade year at a Seoul Foreign British School.

Lydia's great-great-grandparents Horace and Lillias Horton Underwood were among the first Protestant missionaries in Korea in the late 19th century. Horace also was the founder of Yonsei University and Lillias the personal physician to the Queen of Korea. Her grandfather, Richard Underwood, was one of the principal translators at the Pammunjom peace negotiations in 1952-53 that brought an end to the Korean War.

Lydia is a varsity cheerleader, dance team member and softball player at Model, which she has attended since kindergarten, except for the three months in South Korea during her eighth-grade year. She also directs Youth Chimes at First Presbyterian Church.


Science Safari: Bugs and Blooms will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Bluegrass Community and Technical College's Newtown Campus at 500 Newtown Pike.

During this free event, visitors can plant seeds, view insects and flowers through the Scanning Electron Microscope on loan from Hitachi, see worm farms, do termite experiments, see a live insect collection and even eat insects.

For more information, contact Tammy Liles at (859) 246-6449 or

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