■ The Lafayette Madrigal Singers won the annual Margaret Comstock Chamber Choir Competition for the sixth time in the competition's seven-year history.
The Madrigals, directed by Ryan Marsh, competed Feb. 18 against five other choirs from across Kentucky.
■ Michael Druggan, a senior at Tates Creek High School, was part of a six-member U.S. team that won the 2011 Romanian Master of Mathematics Competition. The format and level of the contest are similar to the International Mathematical Olympiad. Michael also earned an individual bronze medal in Bucharest.
■ Kailey Lewis, a fifth-grader at Veterans Park Elementary, is the Fayette County winner of the AARP/KRTA Grandparent Essay Contest. She will receive the award and read her essay at the March 9 luncheon meeting of the Bluegrass Retired Teachers Association.
■ Cheerleaders from Paul Laurence Dunbar and Henry Clay high schools brought home trophies from the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors state at-large competition Feb. 19 at Western Kentucky University. Dunbar won the large division, and Henry Clay was runner-up. In the super-large division, Dunbar came in third.
■ Leestown Middle School will receive nine musical instruments from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Leestown was among nearly 200 applicants, and fewer than a dozen were chosen to receive instruments.
The school will receive a new alto saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, flute and trombone, and a refurbished alto sax, clarinet, trumpet and flute.
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates instruments to under-funded music programs.
■ Eric Mattingly, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar, was a winner in the 2011 New Voices Young Playwrights Contest. His 10-minute play, Tid-Bits, was among nearly 400 entries from Kentucky and southern Indiana; only eight were selected for production at Actors Theatre in Louisville. Tid-Bits will be published in the New Voices Anthology, and the play will be presented April 19-20. The event is free but tickets are required; call (502) 584-1205.
■ Zachary Wheat of Squires Elementary was the second-grade poster winner in the 2011 Kentucky Proud statewide poster and essay contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
■ Neurologist Dr. Edward Kasarskis of the University of Kentucky has received the 2010 Forbes Norris award from the International Alliance of the ALS/MND Associations. Kasarskis has spent most of his academic career at UK, where he is vice chair of the Department of Neurology in the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.
■ The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Kentucky Farm Bureau, announced the winners of the 2010 Art and Writing Contest, "Kentucky's Soil: All Hands In." Students statewide created 38,437 art entries and 14,144 writing entries. Judges from local conservation districts chose county winners, whose entries went to the state competition. A panel of judges with diverse environmental backgrounds chose statewide winners in both categories Feb. 8.
Winners of the Jim Claypool Art Contest: Emily Welch, Bourbon County, first; Jacob McCurry, Harlan County, second; and Caroline Hamilton, Jefferson County, third.
Winners of the Conservation Writing Contest: Hannah Myers, Campbell County, first; Chelsea Pruett, Rowan County, second; and Gauge Hendon, Caldwell County, third.
State winners, area winners and county winners will receive checks from Kentucky Farm Bureau and recognition from their local conservation districts.
Go to Conservation.ky.gov/Pages/ArtandWritingContest.aspx for more information.
■ The Jemima Johnson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held a Paul Revere essay contest for schools in Bourbon, Nicholas and Montgomery counties. Winners were:
Fifth grade: Karisma Lee Kenton, Mt. Sterling Elementary, first place.
Sixth grade: Sarah E. Thompson, first place; Ella Anglin, second place; and Chesney Ann Soileau and Madeline F. Thompson, tied for third place. All are students at St. Mary School, Paris.
Seventh grade: Lucas Alexander Rice, first place; Joseph Benton Murphy, second place; Clayton D. Cox, third place. All are students at St. Mary School.
Eighth grade: Callie Thornton, first place; Jenna Martin, second place; Spencer A. Paul, third place. All are students at St. Mary School.
■ Candidates for the 2011 Presidential Scholars Program were announced recently.
Each year, as many as 141 high school seniors are named Presidential Scholars for outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and community service. The following area students are candidates: Jeffrey M. Dzugan, Corbin; Rebecca R. Radcliffe, Anderson County; Devin Booker, Jeremy Bradford, Madeline Mooney and Jesse Staben, all from Henry Clay; Eleanor Todd, Lafayette; Nur Ali, Jingyuan Fu, Jay Li, Minghuang Liu, Victor Macrinici, Andrea Merchak, Roshan Palli and Gareth Voss, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar; Michael Druggan and Allison Young, both from Tates Creek; Shikha Sachdeva, Pikeville; and Paige T. Martin, Woodford County.
Semifinalists will be named in April and winners in early May.
Presidential Scholars will spend several days in Washington, D.C., with access to government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. They will have a chance to wrestle with global issues; volunteer for service projects; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies in their honor; and visit museums and monuments.
The Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.
■ Two doctoral students at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health have been selected for the 2011 Epidemic Intelligence Service program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, following their graduation this spring. Charlotte Baker from Lawrenceville, Ga., and Keisha Houston from Detroit were among 50 people chosen from more than 500 applicants.
■ Kelley L. Ratermann, a second-year University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy student, received the Carl Emswiller Summer Internship in Association Management from the American Pharmacists Association. Ratermann is the only pharmacy student in the nation to receive the internship this year.
Ratermann, of Tipp City, Ohio, will work in the association's Student Development Office.
Ratermann received a bachelor's degree at UK, where she was a pre-pharmacy major. She is president-elect of UK's APhA-ASP Chapter and is a member of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, the Kentucky Alliance of Pharmacy Students and Lambda Kappa Sigma.
■ Public, private and home-school students in fourth through 12th grades participated in the 27th annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair, coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools. The event, "Science Opens Doors to New Worlds," held Feb. 12 at Bryan Station High School, included 606 science projects judged by 150 professionals. More than 650 students competed, and 142 students received medals.
Six students received special recognition from Kentucky American, and three students received the Urban Environmental Award, for outstanding projects related to environmental stewardship. Alltech sponsored special awards in animal sciences, and Lexmark International provided Lexmark printers to first-place engineering award winners.
The winning students competed in the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 19, sponsored by the University of Kentucky and Kentucky American. A complete list of district winners is at AMwater.com/kyaw/.
Regional winners will compete at the ninth annual state Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair, April 1-2 at Eastern Kentucky University.
Fourth grade region winners:
■ Biology: Lincoln Bush, Dixie; Emma Schultz, Glendover; Jamie Bradley, SCAPA Bluegrass; Alexis Clark, Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary; Nathan Richey, Model Lab.
■ Physics and astronomy: Gloria Dietz, Ashland; Max Schneider, Glendover; Jacob Styer, Meadowthorpe; Jack Lemmon, Model Lab; Nolan Bohac, St. John's.
■ Animal sciences: first, Jamie Bradley, SCAPA Bluegrass; second, Leah Preston, Veterans Park.
■ Behavioral and social sciences: first, Luke Pellegrino, SCAPA Bluegrass; second, Dylan Jenkins, Liberty.
■ Chemistry: first, Nathan Meyer, St. John's; second, Emma Brooking, Julius Marks.
■ Earth science: first, Jack Thomas, James Lane Allen; second, Josh Fording, Ashland.
■ Engineering: first, Jacob Styer, Meadowthorpe; second, Jack Lemmon, Model Lab.
■ Environmental Sciences: first, Lincoln Bush, Dixie; second, Emma Schulz, Glendover.
■ Microbiology: first, Nathan Richey, Model Lab; second, Lucy Frost-Helms, Model Lab; third, Baylen Stewart, Sandersville.
■ Physics and astronomy: first, Gloria Dietz, Ashland; second, Max Schneider, Glendover, place, Nolan Bohac, St. John's; honorable mention, Will Gregory, Meadowthorpe.
■ Plant sciences: first, Alexis Cerise, Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary; honorable mention, Richard Osborn, St. Leo, and Sam Burdette and Jessica Dye, Athens-Chilesburg.
Fourth grade overall: first, Jack Thomas, James Lane Allen; second, Josh Fording, Ashland.
Middle school awards:
■ Biology: Kara Bethel, SCAPA Bluegrass; Sarah Byrd, Glendover; Rebecca Dobbs, Lexington Christian; Adam Farman, Morton; Robbie Fogle, Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary; Maggie Grissom, home school; Mahika Gupta, Beaumont; Ethan Hill, Rosa Parks; Emily Rucker, Beaumont; Mallory Shake, Tates Creek Middle; Katie Skillman, Beaumont; William Southall, Lexington Christian; Gracie Taylor, Seton Catholic; Lucy Wan, Winburn; Brad Woodie, Royal Springs.
■ Physics and astronomy: Sahil Nair, Beaumont; Kelly Kral, Rosa Parks; Austin Tinnell, LTMS; Michaela Reinhart, St. John's.
Psychology Department Award: Joanna Slusarewicz, Beaumont.
■ Animal sciences: first, Lucy Wan, Winburn; second, Ronit Kar, Winburn; third, Trisha Venkatesh, Winburn.
■ Behavioral and social sciences: first, Joanna Slusarewicz, Beaumont; second, Stephanie Stumbar, SCAPA Bluegrass; third, Anamika Bose, Ashland.
■ Biochemistry: first, Brad Woodie, Royal Springs; second, Eric Xiong and Will Walters, LTMS.
■ Cellular and molecular biology: first, Abby Higgason, Sts. Peter & Paul; second, Reagan McGuire, Edythe Hayes.
■ Chemistry: first, Dimitri Leggas, Winburn; second, Michael Head, Glendover; third, Catherine Coburn, home school.
■ Earth science: first, Sarah Kosieniak, Julius Marks; second, Emma Buckler, Edythe Hayes; third, Ben Kosieniak, Julius Marks.
■ Engineering: first, Isaac Rowe; Trinity Christian; second, Christopher Duncan, Rosa Parks; third, Justin DeRosa, St. John's.
■ Energy and transportation: first, Daniel Murphy and Patrick Cote, Christ the King; second; Brian Bohac, St. John's.
■ Environmental management: first, Halis Karic, Morton; second, Sarah Byrd, Glendover.
■ Environmental sciences: first, Mahika Gupta, Beaumont; second, Soham Agarwal, Beaumont; third, Kara Bethel, SCAPA Bluegrass.
■ Medicine and health sciences: first, Hallie Shelton and Olivia Jennings, Edythe Hayes.
■ Microbiology: first, Muadh Ghuneim, Lexington Universal; second, Mallory Shake, Tates Creek Middle; third, Ethan Hill, Rosa Parks.
■ Physics and astronomy: first, Sahil Nair, Beaumont; second, Kelly Kral, Rosa Parks; third, Austin Tinnell, LTMS.
■ Plant sciences: first, Sameer Ahmed, Winburn; second, Adam Farman, Morton; third, William Southall, Lexington Christian.
■ Overall middle school awards: first, Muadh Ghuneim, Lexington Universal; second, Joanna Slusarewicz, Beaumont.
■ Physics: Arunita Kar, Ardash Subbaswamy, and Sonya Hildebrand, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar
■ American Materials Education Foundation outstanding materials science exhibit: Emily Lin, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ American Psychological Society Award: Rebekah Ruth, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award: Andrew Derenge, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ ISWEEP Sustainability Award: Nathanial Arnold, Sayre; Orsolya Hegyi, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Jack Simon, Sayre.
■ Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Award: Ardash Subbaswamy, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ National Society for Professional Engineers: Sibi Rajendran, Franklin County.
■ Ricoh Sustainability Award: Orsolya Hegyi, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Stockholm Junior Water Prizes: Nur Ali, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Orsolya Hegyi, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Hannah Turnbull, Sayre.
■ Yale Science and Engineering Association Award: Vanya Bistekova, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Psychology: Rebekah Ruth, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Animal sciences: first, Paul Parell; second, Gareth Voss; third, Helen Fu, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Behavioral and social sciences: first, Rebekah Ruth; second, Nicki Harrington; third, Kelsey Ranhawa, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Biochemistry: first, Alex Petros; second, Anna Ming, both from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Cellular and molecular biology: first, Roshan Palli and Joseph Ferguson; second, Jay Li; third, Victor Marinici, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Chemistry: first, Christopher Sato; second, Anthony Concepcion, both from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Computer Science: first, Andrew Derenge; second, Edward Diloreto and Yuki Inoue; third, Timonty Cui, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Engineering: electrical and mechanical: first, Kevin Kral, second, Matthew Russell, both from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Engineering: materials and bioengineering: first, Dillon Hickman; second, Parth Parekh, both from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Energy and transportation: first, Idrees Kahloon; second, Jessica Geddes and Christina Zhang, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Environmental management: first, Orsolya Hegyi, Paul Laurence Dunbar; second, Hanna Turnbull, Sayre.
■ Environmental sciences: first, Nur Ali, Paul Laurence Dunbar; second, Susan O'Neill, Sayre.
■ Math first, Taylor Mitchell; second, Jackie Young, both from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Medicine and health sciences: first, Stephen Steinmetz and Andrei Terentiev; second, Gautami Shashidhar; third, Joseph Casten, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Microbiology: first, Tamas Nagy; second, Devon Bellamy, both from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Physics and astronomy: first, Arunita Kar; second, Ardash Subbaswamy; third, Sonya Hildebrand, all from Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Plant sciences: first, Merrick Melear, Sayre.
■ Overall high school awards: first, Arunita Kar, Paul Laurence Dunbar; second, Roshan Palli and Joseph Ferguson, Paul Laurence Dunbar; third, Stephen Steinmetz and Andrei Terentiev, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ Outstanding elementary school: Glendover.
■ Outstanding middle school: Beaumont and Winburn (tie).
■ Outstanding high school: Paul Laurence Dunbar.
■ The Leon Tackett Memorial Scholarship, financed by People Helping People, will give three high school seniors a one-time gift of $500 to help with tuition, books, fees or other school-related expenses. Seniors from Boyd County High School, East Carter High School, West Carter High School and Greenup County High School are eligible to apply by the April 30 deadline.