■ Winburn Middle School bested six other schools to win the overall competition and the quick-recall segment of its local section in the 11th annual Kentucky Colonels Sixth-Grade Academic Showcase on Dec. 4.
The showcase also included written assessments in several areas. Here are the top individual results from Fayette County Public Schools. Language arts: Annie Griffith, Winburn, first; Josh Cagle, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, third. Mathematics: Ronit Kar, Thirushan Wignakumar and Ben Xie, all of Winburn, tied for first.
Science: Thirushan Wignakumar, first; Sameer Ahmed, second; Vicki Wong, third; all of Winburn.
Social studies: Amit Lohe, Edith J. Hayes, first; Ben Xie, Winburn, second; Jodi Kirkner, Winburn, third.
Arts and humanities: Jodi Kirkner, Winburn, first; Vicki Wong, Winburn, third.
Composition: Kathryn Hunt, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, first.
■ This fall, more than 1,200 students statewide competed for spots in the Kentucky Music Educators Association's High School All-State Choirs. Vocalists in grades 10-12 auditioned in quartets — all performing the same piece a cappella and having to sight-sing.
Only 15 percent of a school's choral enrollment is allowed to audition, so many schools held preliminary tryouts. The Lexington-area district of KMEA had the most students auditioning. Lafayette High had the highest number selected from a single school.
Once the top 560 students were chosen, they were assigned to one of three choruses — a women's choir, a men's choir and a mixed group. Internationally recognized conductors will lead them in 2½ days of rehearsal culminating in performances Feb. 11 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville during the KMEA state conference.
Congratulations to these honorees from Fayette County high schools.
SATB:* From Bryan Station: Joseph Hamilton, T1. From Henry Clay: Kayla Shao, S1. From Lafayette: Despina Wilson, S2; Brodie Craig, A2; Kelli Crawford, A2; Haley Goode, A2; Jennifer Rhodenhiser, A2; Will Whalen, T1; Tomer Eres, T2; Andrew Miller, T2; Caelan Daniel, B1; Michael Roach, B1; Andrew Wiemann, B1. From Paul Laurence Dunbar: Sarah Hadi, S1; Bill Davis, T1; JP Deering, T1; Quinn Williams, T2; Sam Jones, B1.
SSAA:* From Lafayette: Caroline Balling, S1; Kailey Marshall, S1; Katherine Bennett, S2; Elizabeth Critchfield, S2; Amie Huesman, S2; Emma Jackson, S2; Jasmine Johnson, S2; Sydney Jahnigen, A1; Tayler McNickle, A1; Fiona Mowbray, A1; Alaina Broderson, A2. From Dunbar: Emily McGillivray, S2; Whitney McWhorter, S2; Sarah Cleaver, A1; Abbie Hymas, A1; Sara Erickson, A2; Oriana Midence, A2. From Tates Creek: Casey Mullett, A2.
TTBB:* From Henry Clay: Trey Crillo, T2. From Lafayette: Colton Ryan, T1; Tanner Hoertz, T2; Cameron Sallee, T2; Connor Sands, T2; Wilford Wulfenstein, B1; Carl Trammel, B2. From Dunbar: David Agtarap, B1; Ethan Cross, B1; Oliver Nilsson, B1; Luke Marshall, B2; Humzah Qazi, B2.
* Key: S, soprano; A, alto; T, tenor; B, bass
■ Buck Ryan, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications and director of the Citizen Kentucky Project of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, was recently elected to the board of directors of Kentucky Advocates for Civic Education, a new statewide citizens group working to improve civic education for middle school, high school and college students in the commonwealth. The unanimous vote occurred during a recent KACE steering committee meeting at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort.
■ Winburn Middle School and Bryan Station High School led the way in the Student Technology Leadership Program's regional fall showcase, with a total of nine projects advancing to this spring's statewide contests.
Students from across the school district demonstrated technology skills in such categories as digital art, music, videos, writing and interactive content. Several schools sent multiple groups to the Nov. 11 event, hosted by the University of Kentucky.
Advancing to the state showcase competition in May: Dixie Elementary: Apple Tree of Learning; WAVE News; Julius Marks Elementary: Media Mania; JME is Keen on Green!; Maxwell Elementary: WMAX — ¿Que Pasa en Maxwell?; Winburn: Warrior Morning News and Announcements; Warriors Reach Out; Warrior Techsters; Warrior Warehouse; Bryan Station: Aeronautics Showcase; Computers and the Environment; Teaching Mom & Dad; Math Lab; Multilanguage Office; Eastside Technical Center: The Green Machine; Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: PLD Power Rangers.
Advancing to the state presenter competition: Julius Marks: Editing with Pinnacle; Morton Middle School: Pinnacle; Dunbar: Commitment for a Cause. In addition, Chris Thompson took first place in the Archimedes penny boat contest, and Landon Williams won a Zune from Microsoft for second place in the Live at EDU competition. Both attend Dunbar.
■ Thirteen schools have received nearly $14,300 from the Blue Grass Community Foundation, which provides mini grants for educators who develop innovative, interesting classroom programs or projects.
The grant money enables teachers to buy special materials and resources that aren't covered in school budgets. The community foundation is helping fund these initiatives in 2010-11: Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, environmental education, $1,000; Breckinridge Elementary, Club Fitt, $1,000; Garden Springs Elementary, OSCER Night Film Festival, $1,000; Glendover Elementary, VizZle technology, $940; James Lane Allen Elementary, visiting artists, $1,000; Lafayette High School, Pencasts for Algebra 2, $962.60; Lansdowne Elementary, teaching Westward Movement through drama, $1,000; Mary Todd Elementary, hands-on amphibians and reptiles, $400; Northern Elementary, Express Yourself: Learning about myself and my feelings through art, $588; 4-H environmental camp, $1,000; Russell Cave Elementary, outdoor learning lab, $1,000; digital math stories, $959.61; Sandersville Elementary, Leveled Literacy Intervention system, $1,000; Southern Elementary, after-school reading intervention, $972; Winburn Middle School, Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride, $576; Mobi student pads, $870.