■ Lisa Mudd, a preschool teacher at Dixie Elementary Magnet School, has received a Classroom of Excellence Award from the Kentucky Department of Education's Division of Early Childhood Development. She was honored at a June 15 reception during the Early Childhood Summer Institute at Louisville's Galt House and Convention Center.
■ The Tates Creek Middle School band brought home the only "superior" rating and earned first place in the concert band class and first place overall in the Music in the Parks competition at Kings Island during Memorial Day weekend.
■ Rachel Williams of Tates Creek High School received a "distinguished" rating from judges at the Kentucky Music Educators Association's state-level solo and ensemble festival in Richmond. Rachel, who performed the Mendelssohn violin concerto, is the first TCHS student to receive this distinction.
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■ Three Fayette County Public Schools students excelled in Reading Rainbow's annual Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.
In the third-grade division, winners were Morgan Stewart, Once in a Blue Moon, Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary, first place; Max Stacey, Attack of the Dino Aliens, Ashland Elementary, second.
In the first-grade division, William Ding, The Jumping Contest, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, finished third.
■ Henry Clay High students scored well on the National Spanish Examination. Ethan Golding, Connor Callaway and Daniel Webb earned gold certificates for scoring in the top 5 percent nationally. April Dodd and Jose Martin received silver certificates for scoring in the top 15 percent nationally, and Rachel Looff and Maite Perez got bronze certificates for scoring in the top 25 percent. The National Spanish Exam is an online, standardized assessment tool that measures proficiency and achievement. Golding placed second in the state at Level IV, and Dodd was first and Looff second at Level VI.
■ Sixty-two incoming seniors at Fayette County Public Schools have been selected to attend the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program this summer on the campuses of Bellarmine University, Morehead State University and Centre College:
From Bryan Station High School: Lucia Grace Arthur-Paratley, Xavier Jamaal Elery, Holly Anne Hardwick, Amelia Kay Holloway, Sherice Joy Mack, Cyrus Bennett Saffari, Surya Marie Sandusky, Clair Maria Schaub, Nealy Ranell Williams.
From Henry Clay High School: Sarah Madden Atkins, Sarah Elizabeth Bugg, Emily Michelle Estus, Michael Edwin Fryar, Alexander Hammond Gardner, Amelia Biscomb Hansen, Christopher Harry Karounos, Anne Marie Kirk, Elina Sergeevna Matveeva, Nathan James Pauly, James Hays Schrader, Caroline Tanbee Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Stevens, Rachel Marie Whiteheart, Yenling Yang.
From Lafayette High School: Alexandra Olegovna Dantchenko, Katherine Lynn Dornbusch, Natalie Michelle Drucker, Lucas Roy Hansen, Hannah Elizabeth Johnson, Bethany Michelle Kirk, Pooja Dattaraya Patil, James Nida Pfeiffer, Lauren Patricia Weittenhiller.
From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Anurag Bose, Chih-ping Chen, Yuzhe Fei, Anderson Elizabeth Gumm, Josiah Paul Hanna, Kathryn Ann Hays, Matthew James Hensley, Kavon Mohamad Javaherian, Dhiyanan Jayamohan, Rahul Jiju Joseph, Anna Nkulu Kiluba, James Robert Mason, Samantha Alexandra Meador, Rohith Palli, Anuj Abhijit Patwardhan, Nicole Jean Schladt, Ranajay Sen, Ailin Shen, Darshali Abhay Vyas, Robert John Wahl, Jingkun Wang, Arlene Gao Wang, Oliver Zhang.
From Tates Creek High School: Jessica Gail Adkins, Abdullah Mohammed Ahmad, Kishore Kumar Bose, Lauren Elizabeth Fessler, Samson Lam, Sarah Elizabeth Smith.
■ Sayre School presented the following awards at graduation exercises on May 30:
Valedictorian and Headmaster's Medal, Caitlin Truitt; salutatorian, Rebecca Price.
Students receiving honors, high honors, and/or Commonwealth diplomas were Alexander Achorn, Lauren Albert, Michael Barnett, Devon Bradley, Ryan Brady, Benjamin Colclough, Charlotte Cornett, Hallie Decker, Wesley Field, Kathryn Graves, Caroline Gray, Rebekah Hamblin, Khalid Hanieh, Chloe Irwin, Olivia Jacobs, Grant Linder, Karly Mitchell, Donald Morgan, Joshua Moscow, Emory Moynihan, Laura Mulholland, Morgan Parsons, Mary Hood Paulson, Pallavi Podapati, Rebecca Price, Thomas Spears, Caitlin Truitt, Erin Turner, Lisa Wang and Wendy Williams.
The Abby Sayre Cup, for outstanding female senior athletes, was presented to Charlotte Cornett and Karly Mitchell.
The C.V. Whitney Cup, for outstanding male senior athletes, was presented Alex Gaines and Douglas Hilliard.
The Optima Award, for best exemplifying the ideals of Sayre School, was presented to Caroline Gray.
The Alumni Blue-Gold Awards were presented to Michael Barnett and Wendy Williams.
■ The Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization Inc. and Morehead State University are the beneficiaries of an $85,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist with the formalization of a rural health network that will enhance the use and sharing of electronic health information by organization members. The grant will be used to build on efforts and discussions that have occurred since 2006 in the region to support adoption of electronic medical records by health care providers and develop a secure, interoperable regional network for health information exchange.
■ Patrick J. McNamara, professor and chair in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, has been appointed interim dean of the college for 2009-10 while the search for a new dean is conducted. Former Dean Kenneth B. Roberts stepped down from in April.
■ Gatton Research Professor Krish Muralidhar, a faculty member in the School of Management in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality in Statistics of the American Statistical Association.
Muralidhar's term runs from Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2012.
■ Kaitlin A. Graff, daughter of Wayne and Anne Graff of Lexington, recently performed on oboe and English horn with the Kenyon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Graff is a first-year student at Kenyon.
■ A project by Ned Katz of Winburn Middle School, FDR and the New Deal, will be on display this summer in the Behring Center at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Ned is among the Winburn students who competed in the National History Day contests this month.