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Education news of interest in Central Ky.: June 17

June 16, 2014 


William Oliver of Berea has been awarded a federally funded Congress-Bundestag Fellowship to study and work for one year in Germany. Oliver has studied at Berea College and was selected as one of 75 participants (from more than 700 applicants) for the fellowship program. While in Germany, Oliver will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field (non-profit/GMO).

Akshay Kalose, a sophomore at Lafayette High School, is among 20 grand-prize winners in the latest international Google Code-In. He flew to Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters this spring to talk with engineers, meet mentors, explore San Francisco and make new friends also exploring open-source development.

Nearly 340 teenagers from 46 countries competed in the Google Code-In. For seven weeks, they worked with open-source organizations to write code, fix bugs, introduce new features, create documentation and find innovative ways to interest other teens in open source. Based on his body of work, Akshay was the top performer for the Sahana Software Foundation, which provides information management for organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters.

■ Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to six Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the 12th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2014 recipients are Marie Armbruster of Lafayette High School, Evan Bowman of Bourbon County High School, Lisa Cole of Sayre Upper School, Madison Dixon of Harrison County High School, Nicholas Michl of Lafayette High School, and Tara Wolfenbarger of Bourbon County High School. Each student receives a $500 award from the company for use at an institution of higher education. For more information, go to

■ Winners of the 2014 Women Leading Kentucky Scholarship Awards are: Rodricka Brice, Kentucky State University; Faye Elizabeth Barry, Berea College; Mary Hillwig, University of Kentucky; Cassandra Burns, University of Kentucky; Patricia Ann Watson, Berea College; Abigail Adams, Lexington Catholic High School and The New Opportunity School for Women, Berea.

Taylor Tomlin, a junior in the multimedia production class at Eastside Technical Center, is among 15 finalists in the 2014 Great American No Bull Challenge. She will be flown out to Los Angeles in early August for a leadership conference and the Teen Video Awards, a celebration of students taking a stand against bullying.

Taylor's entry, "Life Saver," shows that everyone deals with labels, but it only takes one person to rewrite them and save a life. The question to her peers: Will you be a label sticker or a life saver?

Granetta Bingham Blevins of Mount Sterling received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Georgetown College, during Georgetown's undergraduate commencement ceremony last month. Blevins, who served as Georgetown's acting president from June through October 2013, is a 1980 alumna and a long-time trustee of the college. She was first elected to the board in 1992. She has served two terms as board chair, is currently vice-chair, and in January will begin a third term as chair. She is a native of Paducah.

■ The Kentucky Highway Industries Scholarship Committee has awarded $59,500 in scholarships to the following recipients:

$2,000 associate degree recipient: Jake Horton, Versailles.

$2,500 bachelor's degree, freshman recipients: Emma Conley, Brooksville; Savannah Day, Owingsville; Cole Hamilton, Owensboro; Matthew Hinkle, Williamsburg; Katherine Hooven, Georgetown; Erin Horton, Versailles; Austin Varner, Scottsville; Cortland Watson, Stanton; and Jeffrey Whalen, Paris.

$2,500 bachelor's degree, sophomore recipients: Sarah Eaton, Tompkinsville; Hannah Evans, Lexington; Holly Brook Hounchell, Cynthiana; and Brandon Watkins, Cynthiana.

$2,500 bachelor's degree, junior: Lindsay Cissell, Campbellsville; Cassandra Cochran, Glasgow; Shane Mattox, Carlisle; Cory McCauley, Cynthiana; Laken McKinney, Ashland; and James Sowers, Smiths Grove.

$2,500 bachelor's degree, senior: Emily Coyle, Jackson; Meagan Hammer, Glasgow; Kayla Johnson, Shepherdsville; Britt Davis Rhodes Jr., Louisville.

■ The following Lexington students have been selected to participate in the 2014 Sister Cities Summer Exchange Programs:

To Deauville, France: Alissa Miller, Dunbar; Olivia Steddom, Lafayette; Meredith Aker, Lexington Catholic; Madison Kelley, Lafayette; Velvet Marsh, Lafayette; Caroline Reynoso, Lexington Catholic; Kara Bethel, Lafayette; Mitsuho Iida, Dunbar; Emily Salamanca, Henry Clay; Olja Busbaher, Lafayette; Courtney Fields, Lafayette; Madison Jones, Lafayette; Tynesea Watts, Lafayette; Lori Nsimpasi, Tates Creek; and Erin Disponett, Lafayette.

To Shinhidaka, Japan: Avery Gray, Henry Clay; Marissa Jones, Henry Clay; Drew Howard, Lexington Catholic; Zane Barnett, Lafayette; Cullen McLamb, Sayre; David Ehlert, Dunbar/Locust Trace; Brannen Carter, Tates Creek/Locust Trace; Karina Pezzi, Montessori Middle; Lily Iler, Lexington Catholic; and John Harrison, Lexington Catholic.

To County Kildare, Ireland: Annaliese McFarlane, Lafayette; Lauren Smith, Lexington Catholic; Molly O'Mera, Lexington Catholic; Jarrod Vanover, Tates Creek; John Newton, Sayre; Ryan Pohl, George Rogers Clark; Amelia Spanier, Lexington Catholic; Catherine Hale, Henry Clay; Stephanie Ramsey, Sayre; and Amber Colley, Tates Creek.

Students who participate in this exchange live with host families and experience the culture of a sister city firsthand. Participants' families also host a student in Lexington.

■ Two students at Eastside Technical Center have earned kudos from the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which hands out Student Production Awards each spring.

Lainey Geddes was tapped a winner in the public service announcement category for her entry "They're Not Just Words." An honorable mention went to Tanner Fisher as producer, videographer and editor of "Let Go," which competed in the long form non-fiction category.

Lainey and Tanner are students of Eastside's multi-media production teacher Michelle Rauch.

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