■ Noah L. Dixon, son of Lewis and Karen Dixon, and a freshman at West Jessamine High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score. Among test-takers in the high school graduating class of 2009, only 638 of nearly 1.5 million students earned a composite score of 36.
■ Janet Doss, a child guidance specialist at Liberty Elementary, has been named the state's 2010 school social worker of the year. She will be recognized at the Kentucky Association for School Social Work's annual conference, Sept. 17 in Florence.
Doss is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned her master's degree at the University of Louisville. She joined Fayette County Public Schools in 1994, working first at Julia R. Ewan Elementary and then moving to Liberty when Ewan closed.
■ Fayette County Public Schools has received an Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement "A Positive Vision." The district will get $379,881 for the first-year, with a total of more than $1 million for the three-year project.
"A Positive Vision" is a comprehensive program that aims to expand mental health counseling services for students; reduce disciplinary referrals and increase academic achievement while reducing achievement gaps; increase teacher skills; reduce teacher turnover; and increase parent and community involvement at Crawford and Winburn middle schools.
The funds will support additional counselors at the participating schools and will implement "Positive Action," a research-based, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration model program with an integrated, comprehensive, coherent program for schools, families and communities. "Positive Action" is the only program in the nation to earn the top rating by the U.S. Department of Education for both academics and behavior.
Fayette is one of two districts in Kentucky to receive a grant; the other is Clinton County.
■ Surya Green, a junior at Tates Creek High School, attended the eighth annual National Council for Community and Education Partnerships youth leadership summit in Washington, D.C. She was one of 30 students selected as first-time participants in the summit, which ran July 17-22.
All the participants were students from schools served by Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, a federal initiative designed to increase the number of low-income youth who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Students were selected for the leadership summit based on their academic achievement, leadership experience, essays and letters of recommendation.
Surya's Tates Creek and community activities include the school's speech team, student council and track team. Her community activities include volunteering at a local child-care center this summer, and she plans to continue in the fall.
■ Kush Rathod, a student at Lexington Traditional Magnet School, has been named a United States Achievement Academy All-American Scholar. Rathod is the son of Hemant and Rekha Rathod of Lexington.
■ Beverly Rowland, a nursing instructor at Campbellsville University since 2007, has been awarded the Kathryn M. Mershon Nursing Faculty Scholarship at the Kentucky League for Nursing's annual meeting.
The scholarship will be applied toward her doctoral studies at Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis.
Rowland, of Columbia, became a registered nurse in 1973. In August 2009, she received national certification as a nurse educator with the National League for Nursing.
Rowland graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2007 with a master's degree in nursing, with emphasis in nurse educator and family nurse practitioner. She graduated from McKendree College with honors in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. Rowland received her associate's degree in nursing from Henderson Community College in 1973.
■ Transylvania University is listed in The Princeton Review's The Best 373 Colleges, a ranking that includes the top 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges. Ranking criteria include institutional data, school visits, student feedback and the opinions of Princeton Review staff and its 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.
The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.
■ Bluegrass Orthodontics, 620 Perimeter Drive, Suite 207, is participating in a program called "Partners in Education." For every Bluegrass Orthodontics patient who starts full orthodontic treatment, the office will donate $100 to a school of the patient's choice. Bluegrass Orthodontics has a goal of donating $25,000 by Aug 31, 2011.
■ Garrard County High School Class of 1970 will have its 40th class reunion 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 11 at Bright Leaf in Harrodsburg. No letters will be sent. Classmates should contact Donnie Barnes, (859) 339-3325; Terri Ballard Feldman, (859) 548-2087; or Robert and Mary Lawrence Gaffeny, (859) 792-4646.