■ Beaumont Middle School students recorded 255,529 miles in this spring's World Fit challenge — tops among the pilot sites across the country. Winburn Middle School was runner-up with 120,871 miles. The six-week program, World Fit: Olympians for Worldwide Fitness, encouraged students to get outdoors and exercise at least 45 minutes a day. Their goal was to walk to London and back — site of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games — and both schools quickly surpassed that mark.
■ Lauren Cracraft, a graduate of Lafayette High School, has received a scholarship from the Kentucky Grocers Education Foundation. She will attend the University of Kentucky this fall.
■ Kelley Fleck was awarded the first Noble Fund Scholarship on June 1 by Dave Noble at Woodford County High School's Senior Class Night. The Noble Fund, created upon Noble's retirement after teaching 35 years at WCHS, recognizes a graduating senior committed to pursuing a "noble profession." Fleck will attend Asbury University with plans to earn a master's degree in social work. Go to www.TheNobleFund.org.
■ University of Kentucky senior Alexandra Garza recently finished second in the nation in the multimedia competition of the 50th annual Hearst Journalism Awards program, receiving a $1,500 scholarship. Garza presented a video and photo slide show that she organized for the Kentucky Kernel on the recent tobacco ban at UK and the state of the tobacco industry in Kentucky.
Garza, who will graduate in August with a degree in journalism, competed against 74 other entries from 42 undergraduate journalism programs. Her second-place finish helped UK to tie for seventh place in the multimedia competition. UK also finished in the top 10 in the news writing and photojournalism categories.
■ Mary Koch, an education major at the UK College of Education, has been awarded the Bluegrass Retired Teachers Association $1,000 Scholarship. Koch is the youngest of 10 children and, upon her graduation, all will have graduated from college. Koch plans to teach elementary school. She is the daughter of Theresa and Gus Koch of Bourbon County.
■ Four students in Lexington were recently honored by the Bryan Station chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Jacob Yates, a cellist at School for the Creative and Performing Arts, received the Outstanding Service Award for collecting more than $5,000 for the Haitian Relief Fund through concert DVD sales and donations at a benefit concert. Cyrus Saffari, a Bryan Station graduate, received the Good Citizen award for displaying dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Haley Grove, a Bryan Station graduate, received the ROTC medal for loyalty, patriotism and scholastic achievement.
Winburn eighth-grader Ben Swanson also was given a Good Citizenship Award. He is enrolled in the Gifted and Talented program at Winburn Middle School and is an honor roll student.
■ Rising Lafayette High School senior Jonathan Karp and science teacher Zachary Matson of Lafayette High School are among the 2010 Bezos Scholars invited to this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival.
Twelve high school students and 12 educators from across the country will spend July 5-11 in Aspen, Colo., taking in special events and engaging in roundtable discussions with international leaders, acclaimed thinkers, policy makers and artists on topics ranging from the economy to the environment. After Aspen, each student-teacher team will plan a local ideas festival that focuses on a relevant issue for the scholars and their respective schools. The most impressive plans will receive $1,000 grants to be used as seed money.
■ Three students from Lafayette High School earned accolades in a regional art contest promoting A Gift from the Desert: The Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse, an exhibition at the Kentucky Horse Park's International Museum of the Horse. Sasha Dantchenko took the top prize, and Katherine Spears finished third in the competition, called Desert Treasures: The Arabian Horse. Emily Collier received honorable mention. Two dozen horses will be on display until mid-October at the Kentucky Horse Park and throughout central Kentucky during the Gift from the Desert exhibition and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Afterward, they will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
■ Students at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School recently received awards from the Daughters of the American Revolution for their entries in the 2010 DAR Junior American Citizen contests. The Captain John Waller Chapter, Lexington, sponsored the school's entries. State winners are: First Place — Andrew Casey (first grade, stamp design), Paula Emmett's Pre-K Class (banner), John O'Dwyer (third grade, poster), Ava O'Dwyer (fifth grade, poster), Jordan Gal (third grade, poem), Elizabeth Yeager (third grade, short story), and Eric Sottile (fourth grade, short story). Second Place — Jeffrey Schriefer (fourth grade, stamp design) and Sean Campbell (fourth grade, photo essay). Third Place — Brian Banahan (third grade, stamp design), Robbie Fogle (fourth grade, poem), Ava O'Dwyer (fifth grade, poem). East Central Division winners are: First Place — Ava O'Dwyer, Paula Emmett's Pre-K Class, Jordan Gal, Elizabeth Yeager, and Eric Sottile. Second Place — Andrew Casey and John O'Dwyer. National winners are: First Place — Paula Emmett's Pre-K Class. Second Place — Ava O'Dwyer, Elizabeth Yeager, and Eric Sottile.
■ Carl G. Mattacola, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, Division of Athletic Training, has been named the 2010 recipient of the UK College of Health Sciences Kingston Award for Excellence. Mattacola has been a faculty member at the UK College of Health Sciences since 1999, where he is director of both the athletic training and the rehabilitation sciences doctoral programs.
■ Tanae Reed, assistant professor of chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University, has received the 2010 Hermann Esterbauer International Award on HNE Research. The bi-annual award recognizes her research on proteomics identification of HNE-modified brain proteins in Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment. Reed, who joined EKU's faculty in 2008, will be recognized this week at the fifth annual International Meeting of the HNE-Club in Torino, Italy.
■ Michael E. Samuels, emeritus endowed chair and distinguished scholar in rural health policy and research and professor of family medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, recently received the National Rural Health Association's Distinguished Educator Award at the group's annual conference in Savannah, Ga. Samuels currently is professor and chair of the Master of Public Health program at A.T. Still University.
■ Five University of Kentucky students and alumni received Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. Additionally, one UK alumnus will be awarded a Fulbright grant for her postdoctoral work. UK's students awarded Fulbright scholarships for graduate study, research or teaching assistantships are: Alex Brooks, a 2003 graduate with a bachelor's degree in English, who will study in England; Jordan Hall, a 2010 graduate with a bachelor's degree in Spanish, who will teach English in Spain; Katrina Hutchinson, a doctoral student in educational policy studies and evaluation, who will conduct research in Ghana; Yawen Ludden, a doctoral student in musicology, who will do research in China; and Samantha Meenach, a 2010 graduate with a doctoral degree in chemical engineering, for research in Germany. Additionally, 2009 graduate Kimberly J. Scott, who holds a doctorate in music in piano performance from UK, will receive a Fulbright mid-career professional development grant for postdoctoral research in Finland.
■ The Vassar College Club of Central Kentucky presents the Vassar College Book Award each year to the outstanding high school junior class member in a foreign language who has attained at least the third level. The 2010 recipients were: Logan Jackson, Bryan Station Senior High School; Jessica Brewer, Henry Clay High School; Taylor Nossokoff, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Chi Huang-Schilling, Lafayette High School; Katherine Gammon, Lexington Catholic High School; Rachel Cox, Lexington Christian Academy; Annie Marcum, The Sayre School; Allison Young, Tates Creek Senior High School.
■ Based on their scores on the SAT reasoning test or the ACT college entrance exam, more than half the Fayette County Public Schools seventh-graders who participated in the latest Duke University talent search qualified for grand or state recognition. Talent Identification Program students with the highest scores in Duke's 16-state region were invited to the grand recognition ceremony, May 24 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. These seventh-graders earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests. The Kentucky statewide recognition ceremony was May 28 at Western Kentucky University. The following students were honored.
Grand: Elaine Lin and Shankar Miller-Murthy.
State: Nihushi Bhardwaj, Haley Biddle, Rachel Brown, Caroline Bush, Lesley Carter, Katelyn Craft, Alison Dobken, Michelle Guo, Stephanie Harvey, Courtney Hausman, Madison Hood, Amy Joseph, Courtney Kelley, Kennedy Kruger, Elaine Lin, Mary McBride, Meghan McSpadden, Shankar Miller-Murthy, Elinor Mullins, Jordan Nicoulin, Luke Norris, Robert Prince, Jordan Probst, Emily Rucker, Stacie Sennett, Isaac Taylor, William Thurmond and Harrison Webb.
Bryan Station Middle
State: Mackie Owens, Sarah Teasdale and Rachel Wood.
State: Mary Wallace.
Edythe J. Hayes Middle
State: Jewell Boyd, Garett Davies, Jordan Graves, Elizabeth Hamilton, Kaleb King, Rebecca Nicewarner, Astha Patel, Drew Sorenson, Grayce Tomme and Connor West.
Jessie M. Clark Middle
State: Jonah Andreatta, Ryan Booth, Benjamin Bossert, William Bossert, Ben Eckert, Shohei Iwase, Rachel Kaplan, Benjamin Robinson, Tyler Shaver, Sean Sturgill, Benjamin Thornton, Zachary Thornton, Abigail Willett and Rachel Wood.
State: Yun Boyer.
Lexington Traditional Magnet
Grand: Cody Leslie, Alice Li, Angela Maske, William Walters and Eric Xiong.
State: Jiyeon Back, Katelyn Conn, Jacob Czarnecki, Danielle Eller, Maxwell Hirschowitz, Sara Khandani, Saba Khandani, Cody Leslie, Alice Li, Jonathan Marra, Angela Maske, Hannah Mullins, Jennifer Neal, Tapas Parikh, Reagan Prater, Kylie Russ, Elsa Samantaray, Micah Stewart-Wilcox, Tony Sun, Matthew Thompson, William Walters and Eric Xiong.
Grand: Mariah Mowbray.
State: Ella Barton, Shannon Brady, Benjamin Browning, Parker Carroll, Margaret Cashman, Jiningnan Chen, Jacob Collins, Elizabeth Cooper, Charlotte Foley, Rachel Francis, Aurora Grace, Brittany Graul, Andrew Hoyt, Henry Iwinski III, Brandon Keesling, Reece Kirkland, Noah Manno, Anna McDonald, Alyssa Montgomery, Mariah Mowbray, Aqqes Oliver, Destinee Ott, Kayla Rector, Katherine Shannon, Sriyanshi Suryadevara, Nathan Vranicar, Ashleigh Wallace, Ashley Ward and Haleigh Whitlock.
Grand: Taylor Bagley, Esther Putman and Aidan Ziliak.
State: Taylor Bagley, Holly Bennett, Laura Briggs, Amanda Daniel, Madeleine Farrer, Kate Heinonen, Sarah Jeoung, Esther Putman, Nathan Rayens, Hallie Walther, Alexandra Whitley and Aidan Ziliak.
State: Emily Ranseen, Travis Smith, James Southworth, Joshua Weber and Jonathan Wills.
Tates Creek Middle
State: David Brewer, Samuel Rice and Kyle Sullivan.
Grand: Christopher Browning, Anne Marie Coriale, Dimitri Leggas, Daniel Ma, Brianna Mayo, Maxson Morris, Chelsea Southworth, Lucy Wan and Karl Werner.
State: Christopher Browning, Anne Marie Coriale, Aaron Dupont, Catherine Gooding, Genghis Goodman, Joseph Graf, Yutong Gu, Rachel Hart, Ryan Hellyer, Jonathon Humphries, Dimitri Leggas, Kyle Luo, Daniel Ma, Ye Ma, Brianna Mayo, Leona McKinley, Maxson Morris, Alaap Patil, Ethan Petraitis, Anne Place, Lauren Sainato, Sumana Shashidhar, Sydney Smith, Stephanie Smith, Chelsea Southworth, Angela Tseng, Sofi Tzouanakis, Lucy Wan, Karl Werner, Zachary Wolfe, Kevin Zhang and Michael Zhu.
■ Art teachers submitted 202 entries for the annual calendar art contest in Fayette County Public Schools. Volunteers from the arts community helped judge the pieces, and the winners were unveiled April 29 during the first of two receptions at the ArtsPlace gallery. The 2010-2011 district calendar and family handbook will feature the artwork of these 14 students: Antonio Bean, fourth grade, William Wells Brown Elementary; Sophia Brown, 12th grade, Henry Clay High; Richana Campbell, 11th grade, Bryan Station High; Ana Castellanos, 8th grade, Morton Middle; Layne Chadwell, 7th grade, Winburn Middle; Jake Duby, fifth grade, Glendover Elementary; Jade Florance, third grade, Southern Elementary; Anya Hartman, second grade, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary; Thomas Kinison, 8th grade, Edythe J. Hayes Middle; Ellen Lee, third grade, Sandersville Elementary; Bronagh McQueen, kindergarten, Dixie Elementary Magnet; Madison Selack, first grade, Cassidy Elementary; Kadin Setters, fifth grade, Millcreek Elementary; Jasmine Williams, 12th grade, Tates Creek High.
Kate von Lackum has earned a D.M.D. degree on Friday, May 21, from the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida, Gainesville. von Lackum is a 1996 graduate of Tates Creek High School, and received a doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 2006. At a recent College of Dentistry awards banquet, she received the American Academy of Periodontology Student Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in periodontics and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Pre-Doctoral Achievement Award in recognition of interest and commitment to oral implantology/implant dentistry. She will continue her studies as a resident in periodontics at the University of Florida. Von Lackum is the daughter of the Rev. Nancy J. Kemper of Lexington.
Terry L. Bunn has been appointed director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. Bunn is an assistant professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, director and principal investigator of both the Occupational Injury and Illness Surveillance Programs, and the Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program at KIPRC.
Elizabeth Head, associate professor, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and a faculty member and researcher in the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, was appointed to the Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health. Her term begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2014.
■ Danny Murphy has been named assistant dean for Administration and Community Engagement at the University of Kentucky College of Law. As assistant dean, Murphy will be responsible for the college's non-academic operations: supervising communications, alumni affairs, the Continuing Legal Education program, and IT departments, and he will spearhead the college's efforts to enhance engagement with the university, the community and the state.
■ Claire M. Renzetti, a nationally known expert in the field of violence against women, is joining the University of Kentucky's Center for Research on Violence Against Women and the Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences. In the center, Renzetti will hold an endowed chair of studies on violence against women, and she will hold a professorship in the sociology department.
Ruddles Mills Consolidated School Reunion (Bourbon County) will be at 5 p.m. June 26 at Bianckes Restaurant, 102 South Main Street, Cynthiana. The reunion is open to all former students of Ruddles Mills.Information: Marie Owsley Quick, (859) 737-1516.
Sayre School student Sally Henkel is a part of this select group of students who will spend a year of discovery and learning in Germany on a full academic scholarship through the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange program. In July, Sally will become a "Youth Ambassador" of the United States as an exchange program. The program begins in Washington, D.C., with a two-day orientation, followed by cultural and language immersion program in Germany, where she will live with a host family.
■ McKay Roozen of Lexington has won a Phillips Ambassadors scholarship for study in Asia. Roozen, an international and area studies and political science double major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will study in China this summer with the UNC Asian Studies in Beijing program. Roozen is the daughter of Mark and Linda Roozen and is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington.