■ Tim Cahill, longtime coach of the Model Laboratory School, Arlington and the Colonel Aquatic swimming teams, has been named by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as its 2010 National Coach of the Year.
Cahill, who has coached the Model and Arlington teams for the past 30 years and Colonel Aquatics for the past 10 years, was recognized for his longevity, record, championships, previous awards and service to the coaching profession and student-athletes.
■ Amy Crumbaugh, a physical education teacher at Frankfort's Bridgeport Elementary School, was honored during June (National Employee Wellness Month) as a leader in promoting wellness in her community. Crumbaugh was a runner-up in the National Employee Wellness Month's Eye on Wellness Awards. She was recognized for her strong leadership, beliefs, motivation and devotion to promoting health and wellness at Bridgeport Elementary School. She launched a pedometer-based fitness program for the teachers and staff at Bridgeport and coordinated the opening of a staff fitness room. Crumbaugh also kicked off a schoolwide Jump Rope for Heart campaign geared toward students and helped organize a student jump rope team and performance troupe.
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■ Eastern Kentucky University has earned national recognition as a "green" innovator in information technology.
University Business magazine, in a story in its June edition, cited EKU's IT operation three times while listing "30 tips for going green with IT operations and equipment." Only one other institution, St. Edward's University of Texas, was mentioned more often than EKU. The article can be viewed at www.universitybusiness.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1615. The magazine recognizes EKU's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint in each of three categories: power, paper and virtualization.
■ The Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians has honored two area physicians. Dr. Jennifer Joyce won a full-time teaching award and Dr. Glenn Womack received the volunteer teaching award. Joyce is associate professor and director of pre-doctoral education at the University of Kentucky. Womack is an associate professor at UK, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Louisville and an assistant clinical professor at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine.
■ Courtney Taggart and Taryn Bunch represented Fayette County Public Schools in the national SkillsUSA competition this summer, and placed third in the Sustainability Solutions category.
The SkillsUSA Championships featured 96 hands-on skill and leadership contests. Kentucky had only two other medalists besides Courtney and Taryn, who competed for Eastside Technical Center.
■ Benjamin Eric Westfall, son of Mark and Peggy Westfall of Harold, recently received the 2010 Electrical/Computer Engineering Senior Award at the University of Kentucky. Westfall received the award for his outstanding academic achievement and by recommendations from his electrical engineering professors.
■ Danville High School's James Mohan was the national runner-up in international extemporaneous speaking, a contest at the National Forensic League National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Qualifiers to the tournament competed for more than $200,000 in college scholarships in six speech and five debate contests. Other Central Kentucky award winners were Courtney Wood (Danville), quarterfinalist (top 30) in dramatic interpretation; and Jacob DeLong (Scott County), semifinalist (top 64) in the Senate.
■ Forty students from Fayette County Public Schools are among this summer's class in the Governor's School for the Arts.
The program is designed for rising juniors and seniors who are outstanding dancers, actors, instrumental and vocal musicians, creative writers, visual artists or budding architects. They are spending June 20 through July 10 at Transylvania University.
From Bryan Station High School: Marylynne Anderson-Cooper, drama; Luke Francis, visual art; Arion Wright, creative writing.
From Henry Clay High School: Allison Burke, architecture; Jenny Lee, instrumental music; Sharon Liu, creative writing; Daniel Polk, architecture.
From Lafayette High School: Katherine Bennett, musical theater; Alaina Broderson, musical theater; Miles Conger, drama; Alexander DeMoll, instrumental music; Tomer Eres, vocal music; Hannah Ferrell, crama; Graham Fielder, architecture; Nathan Fister, dance; Haley Goode, musical theater; Sarah Grindle, instrumental music; James Harvener, dance; Maria Kidd, instrumental music; Carolyn Meier, dance; Julie Niklas, creative writing; Aleksandra Pater, visual art; Lauren Perkins, visual art; Jordan Pruitt, drama; Samantha Sabad, musical theater; Stella Sharpe, instrumental music; Jacob Yates, instrumental music; Jennifer Rhodenhiser, drama.
From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Jingyuan Fu, creative writing; Sarah Goad, instrumental music; Andrew Magner, architecture; Whitney McWhorter, vocal music; Harper Smith, instrumental music; Ariel Sniegowski, visual art; Randy Tsai, instrumental music.
From Tates Creek High School: James Corcoran, instrumental music; Dorian Hairston, creative writing; Lauren Henrickson, dance; Hunter Henrickson, musical theater; Alexis Violette, dance.
■ Forty-seven rising seniors in Fayette County Public Schools have been selected for the 2010 Governor's Scholars Program.
The free five-week summer program provides academic and personal growth through a balance of strong liberal arts offerings and curricular and residential life experience at Bellarmine University, Centre College or Murray State University.
From Bryan Station High School: Marjorie Amon, Jordan Chapman, Taylor Chapman, Logan Jackson, Cameron Jackson, Lucille Lucas, Rachel Swanson, Christopher Walters.
From Henry Clay High School: Jeremy Bradford, Jessica Brewer, Connor Callaway, Hayes Gardner, Justin Graff, Anna Hansen, Elizabeth Hansen, Faina Matveeva, Madeline Mooney, Nishant Patel, Neha Ray, Helen Sauer, Christopher Thompson, James Wang.
From Lafayette High School: Andrea Frost, Stephanie Gray, Achmad Hidayatullah, Youhong Jeoung, Haley Pierce, Adam Williams.
From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Eric Choi, Timothy Cui, Amin Gharad, Dillon Hickman, Sonya Hildebrand, Sandy Huang, Haesoo Jeon, Chongho Jeon, Arunita Kar, Rebecca Kelly, Sophie Knight, Nashwin Laungani, Jay Li, Victor Macrinici, Roshan Palli, Amber Thompson.
From Tates Creek High School: Tyler Farquhar, Jamisen Routt, Margaret Schlich.
■ The University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni board of directors honored five alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions to the practice of law and service to communities. The awards and their recipients: Distinguished Jurist Alumni Award: Phillip Patton, circuit judge for the 43rd Judicial Circuit of Barren and Metcalfe counties, and vice chief regional judge for the Green River Region; Professional Achievement Alumni Award: Susan Stokely Clary, clerk of the Supreme Court of Kentucky; Community Service Alumni Award: Rebecca DiLoreto, litigation director for the Children's Law Center, Inc.; and Young Professional Alumni Award: Lawrence Jones (2000 graduate) and Valorie Smith (2007 graduate).
The recipients were recognized at a reception June 16 during the Kentucky Bar Association convention in Lexington.
■ The University of Kentucky College of Law inducted three people into its Hall of Fame on June 16 at a reception in conjunction with the Kentucky Bar Association's convention in Lexington. The 2010 Hall of Fame Award recipients are Julia Adams, a senior judge with the Kentucky Court of Justice; Joseph Craft III, president, chief executive officer and a director of Alliance Resource Partners and president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Alliance Holdings; and William Lear Jr.
■ University of Kentucky College of Agriculture students recently claimed high honors in an international quarter-scale tractor competition in Peoria, Ill.
The team, made up of students from the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, entered a quarter-scale tractor that they had designed and built with oversight from faculty advisers. It was UK's 12th straight entry in the 13-year-old competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Team members were Christina Lyvers, Loretto; Andy Watson, Flemingsburg; Chance Corum, Lewisburg; Wyatt Brown, Arcanum, Ohio, and Joey and Josh Jackson, both of Salvisa. Faculty advisers were Scott Shearer, Tim Smith and Carl King.
■ Jessie Birdwhistell is the 2010 winner of the Paul Kevin Burberry Award, given by the Human Development Institute — University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The award is given annually since 2004 to a UK student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and advocacy in working with children, youth or adults with developmental disabilities.
Birdwhistell is entering her third year as a doctoral student in UK's School Psychology Program in the College of Education.
■ University of Kentucky architecture professor Richard Levine has received the Passive Solar Energy Award from the American Solar Energy Society. The award was established in 1979 to honor "distinguished members of the solar field who are true pioneers." For more than four decades, the society said, Levine has "significantly enlarged the way we think about the context of solar architecture and sustainability at both the building as well as the community scale." His Raven Run Solar House, built in 1975, is considered Kentucky's pioneer solar building. Along with Ernest J. Yanarella, he is co-director of the Center for Sustainable Cities. He has worked on the design of sustainable cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Woodford County High School 70s Decade Reunion, a special reunion for classmates and teachers who attended Woodford County HIgh School from 1970 through 1980, will be 7 p.m. to midnight July 24 at The Limestone Club, 213 North Limestone Street, Lexington. Spouses/guests welcome. $59 a person; $49 before July 10. Register online at www.wchs70reunion.eventbrite.com or call Jerry at (425) 503-8764.
■ Jonathan Beam, a University of Kentucky telecommunications student, has been named a winner of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Harry Barfield Scholarship award for 2010-11. Beam will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the KBA for the upcoming academic year. The program is named in honor of Harry Barfield, the late president and chairman of WLEX-TV in Lexington.
■ Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to five Central Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment. The 2010 recipients are Mindy Hamilton and Jamie Shackelford, Lafayette High School; Ashley Lyons, Harrison County High School; Leanndra Padgett, Lexington Christian Academy; and Arlene Wang, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Each student receives a $500 award from the company for use at a higher education institution.