■ Taylor Bagley, a student at SCAPA Bluegrass, has been accepted into the Davidson Young Scholars program. Bagley joins Athena Kern of Winburn Middle School, Bailey Knight of Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet School and Ethan Smith of Tates Creek High School in being accepted into the program.
Applicants to the Nevada-based Davidson Institute for Talent Development must have scores at the 99.9th percentile on specific intelligence and achievement tests. For details, visit www.DavidsonGifted.org/YoungScholars.
■ The following Fayette County Public School high school students were honored as part of the 2010 Congressional Art Competition: Alexandra Dantchenko, Lafayette, overall winner and Fayette County winner; Ashlea McIllwain, Lafayette, honorable mention; Katherine Spears, Lafayette, Fayette County honorable mention and mixed media winner; Nia Johnson, Tates Creek, computer-generated art winner; Jesi Hoelzer, Bryan Station, painting winner; Sara Mullins, Lafayette, painting honorable mention; Emily Collier, Lafayette, print winner; Katlyn Brumfield, Madison Central, print honorable mention; Michael Sikora, Lafayette, mixed media honorable mention.
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■ William Ding, a second-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary is this year's winner of the KET Young Writers and Illustrators contest. Teacher Daisy Andry submitted Ding's story, Little Blue's Adventures, in which a curious penguin explores the world, only to find that he truly belongs in Penguinville. Read Ding's story and the other winners at www.ket.org/writingcontest/2010.
■ Three employees in Fayette County Public Schools were honored by the Kentucky School Nutrition Association. Marty Flynn, coordinator in the district's child nutrition office, was named administrator of the year. Connie Whitaker, child nutrition manager at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, was selected manager of the year. And Mildred Stakelin, interim child nutrition manager at Stonewall Elementary, was named employee of the year.
■ Twelve seniors in Fayette County Public Schools are among this year's initial winners of National Merit scholarships financed by colleges and universities. Another group of recipients will be announced July 12. Each sponsor college selects its award winners from among finalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their school. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. From Bryan Station: Clair Schaub, American University. From Henry Clay: Kristin Andres, University of Kentucky; John Cowgill, Northwestern University; Amelia Hansen, University of Chicago; Mattie Toma, University of Chicago; Daniel Webb, University of Rochester. From Lafayette: Hannah Johnson, Transylvania University. From Paul Laurence Dunbar: Aimee Goffinet, UK; Dhiyanan Jayamohan, University of Louisville; Elizabeth Osbourne, UK; Arlene Wang, University of Chicago. From Tates Creek: Kishore Bose, UK.
■ The 16th District PTA celebrated several active schools, outstanding students and dedicated volunteers at its annual recognition luncheon May 20. Scholarship awards ($1,000 each): Shelby Taylor, Bryan Station High; Alexander Hammond Gardner, Henry Clay High; Erin Amanda Baker, Lafayette High; Arlene Wang, Paul Laurence Dunbar High; Brandon Thomas Williams, Tates Creek High; Alyss Zimmerman, Eastside Technical Center; Jackee Williams, Southside Technical Center; and Tania Delgado, Opportunity Middle College. Attendance awards (for district-wide roundtable meetings): Dixie, Garden Springs, Julius Marks, Maxwell, Millcreek, Rosa Parks, Sandersville and Stonewall elementary schools; Beaumont, Jessie Clark, Southern and Tates Creek middle schools; Bryan Station, Lafayette and Tates Creek high schools. For 100 percent student participation in the Reflections art program: Dixie, Garden Springs, Lansdowne and Millcreek elementary schools. PTA membership awards for greatest percentage growth since last year: Garden Springs Elementary, Winburn Middle School and Bryan Station High. Awards for highest percentage of PTA membership based on student enrollment: Veterans Park Elementary, Winburn Middle School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High. Jaime Nebbitt, chairwoman of the PTA's cultural arts/Reflections committee, received the Maggie Price Award for courage and devotion through volunteerism. Linda Prater of Arlington Elementary and school board member Kirk Tinsley received Lifetime Recognition Awards.
■ Mark Smith, a University of Kentucky senior, has won a James Madison Memorial Fellowship worth up to $24,000 toward a master's degree with an emphasis in U.S. history and the Constitution. Smith, the son of Louis and Nancy Smith of Louisville, plans a career in education.
■ Two students from Tates Creek High School won top honors in the 2010 Kentucky History Day state contest and will advance to the National History Day competition June 13-17 in College Park, Md. Nia Johnson placed first in the senior individual exhibit for The Morgan Traffic Signal: Changing Directions, and Huy Tran placed first in the senior individual documentary category for Telescope: The Eye of the Universe.
■ Grace Tsai, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has received the Sitaramayya Polisetty Memorial Scholarship presented by the Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society in recognition of her academic achievements. She also won the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University. This fellowship awards $10,000 for conducting research in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences with the mentorship of a leading professor.
■ Ashlie Beals, a science teacher at SCAPA, has been awarded a Continuing Professional Development scholarship from the Kentucky Association of Professional Educators. Beals, with her adviser, published an article in the January 2010 edition of Science Scope magazine. She also presented a paper, co-authored with UK adviser and a fellow graduate student, at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Science Teacher Educators.
■ The fourth annual Marcie Reynolds Thomason Student-Athlete Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Caroline Smith, a senior at Henry Clay High School. The $2,500 scholarship is in memory of Marcie Reynolds Thomason, a 1999 graduate of Henry Clay who died on Flight 5191 in 2006. The award recognizes a senior who has managed to combine outstanding academics with athletics. Smith has an unweighted GPA of 4.0 and will attend Yale University in the fall.