Sisters Cameron and Logan Jackson, seniors at Bryan Station High School, are among Kentucky's five winners in the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship competition.
Each will receive a $2,500 award for undergraduate study. Cameron listed her probable career field as foreign language, while Logan plans to pursue civil engineering.
In the National Achievement Scholarship Program, about 800 outstanding African-American high-school seniors receive awards totaling more than $2 million. They are selected on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments and potential for academic success in college. The scholarships are financed by grants from corporate organizations and professional associations, and by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
More than 160,000 students entered the competition by requesting consideration when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors.
Kentucky had 14 semifinalists this year, including the Jackson sisters.
■ Alex Flannery, a fourth year student in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, has been selected as a 2010-11 recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Student Leadership Award.
Flannery, a Louisville native, is one of 10 students across the nation to receive this honor.
■ The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity has announced the inaugural event for its newly established Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center Scholar-in-Residence Program. Arnold Farr, associate professor in the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Philosophy, has been named as the program's first Scholar-In-Residence.
■ Two University of Kentucky College of Law trial teams recently placed high in regional mock trial competitions to advance to the national level competitions.
For the fifth year in a row, students from UK College of Law were named co-champions of the Seventh Circuit regionals of the American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition. The UK National Trial Competition team, composed of third-year students Adam Bowling and Josh Hicks, won the competition after competing against 28 teams from schools in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.
The UK National Trial Competition team went on to compete against 26 teams, the top two from each region, for the national title at the National Trial Competition, April 6-10 in Houston, Texas.
Teammates Maggie Gigandet and Guy Hamilton-Smith, who tied for eighth place in the competition, and coach Allison Connelly helped Bowling and Hicks to their victory.
Additionally, the UK Black Law Students Association (BLSA) trial team, comprised of Kristy Avery, Chris Henderson, Kirby Smith and Nicole Tarrence, came in third place in the National Black Law Students Association Midwest regional round of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. The BLSA trial team, coached by Jackie Alexander, competed in the national finals at the 43rd Annual NBLSA National Convention, March 9-13 in Houston.
■ The American Pharmacists Association recently named their 2011 Fellows, with 12 scholars being recognized this year. Three UK alums were named: Holly Divine, a 1997 UK College of Pharmacy alum, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the UK College of Pharmacy; David D. Allen, a 1986 UK College of Pharmacy alum, founding dean of Pharmacy and professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Pharmacy; and Melody Ryan, a 1993 UK College of Pharmacy alum, associate professor in Pharmacy Practice and Science at the UK College of Pharmacy. Divine, Allen and Ryan were honored March 25-28 at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Seattle.
■ The University of Kentucky women's polo team topped three other teams at the United States Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championships April 5-10 in Charlottesville, Va., to capture its first national title. Additionally, one of UK's horses was named best polo pony in the men's division, and UK's polo string earned designation as overall best polo string in the men's division.
■ University of Kentucky graduate student Kristen Kelps recently returned from an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she was an invited participant in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's "Student Hill Day."
Kelps and other graduate students visited the Capitol on March 15 to meet with their representatives in Congress to advocate for funding of basic scientific research. Originally from Ravenswood, W.Va., Kelps is enrolled in the graduate anatomy and neurobiology program in the UK College of Medicine, where she is completing her Ph.D.