education notes

Education notes: Aug. 26

August 25, 2014 

Awards/honors

Kathy Broadnax of Bryan Station High School has been named Kentucky's 2014 Girls Track Coach of the Year after leading the Defenders to the 3A state title. The recognition comes from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Broadnax, who teaches health and physical education, is in her eighth year as Bryan Station's head track and field coach. This is her second statewide award in the past three years, during which time her boys and girls teams won state titles and produced several champions in individual events.

Angela Stark of Southern Middle School has been selected as a 2014 National School Ambassador by The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She is among 29 individuals across the country recognized for their leadership in improving access to healthy meals, snacks and beverages, and daily physical activity.

Stark, formerly a physical education/health instructor, is now a special education teacher at Southern Middle.

■ The national leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa has recognized Transylvania University graduate Raisa Tikhtman as a Leader of the Year in the area of campus or community service.

As a recipient of the award, Tikhtman receives a $1,000 scholarship to support her graduate studies, and a $300 grant in her honor is provided to the Transylvania University Omicron Delta Kappa circle.

■ The following juniors and seniors in Fayette County Public Schools scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam during the 2013-14 academic year: Henry Russell and David Stevens of Henry Clay High School, Jane Herbener and Cody Leslie of Lafayette High School, and Morgan Hopkins, Sahil Nair and Joseph Schneider of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

The Transportation Department in Fayette County Public Schools, led by John Kiser, has been named the state's Top Overall Transportation Department. This annual award comes from the Student Transportation Association of Kentucky, in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Education's Transportation Section.

The selection criteria include driver training and performance as well as bus care and maintenance.

Miscellaneous

■ Approximately 400 new international students will experience their first day of classes at the University of Kentucky Wednesday. Many of the students may join UK's International Hospitality Program, hoping to be matched with an area resident or family by the program's placement committee.

In this program, students do not live with host families, but they may interact in various ways depending on both parties' schedules and interests. The commitment by a host is for one year, helping students to assimilate to the American way of life.

The program is looking for volunteers to pair with students. Those interested should contact Mary Lynne Vickers at (859) 361-9603 or Judy Wiglesworth Phillips at (859) 277-2224.

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