Fayette County Public Schools recently announced the 14 winning entries in its 2011-12 calendar art competition. The winning artwork is on display during August at the Explorium of Lexington. Here are the winning artists, and the schools and grades they were in when they won the contest last school year:
Cover: Luke Francis, Bryan Station High School, grade 12. August: Alonna Potts, Garden Springs Elementary, grade 3. September: Luis Alcala, Lansdowne Elementary, grade 5. October: Sara Arthur-Paratley, Bryan Station High School, grade 9. November: Elizabeth Abner, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, grade 7. December: Kara Bethel, SCAPA at Bluegrass, grade 7. January: Olivia Rippetoe, Morton Middle, grade 8. February: Vanessa Martinez-Rodriguez, William Wells Brown Elementary, Early Start. March: Allie Thomas, Lafayette High School, grade 11. April: Joe Nelson, Martin Luther King Academy, grade 7. May: Lana Newkirk, Liberty Elementary, grade 2. June: William Ding, Meadowthorpe Elementary, grade 3. July: Olivia Cathers, Cassidy Elementary, grade 1. August 2012: Marie-Veronique Poirier, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, grade 11.
■ Brad Schwarz has been named director of the physician assistant studies division for the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences.
Schwarz is returning to UK, where he was a professor, after having worked at Mercer University in Atlanta, where he developed the university's physician assistant program as its first director and served as a clinical associate professor. Schwarz also has served as assistant professor and the associate director of the physician assistant program at Emory University.
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Schwarz was recently named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He has served in the Army and Air Force for 35 years, and is a lieutenant colonel. He plans to join the Kentucky Air Guard 123rd.
■ Linda S. Froehlich, a French teacher at Sayre School, attended the 84th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French from July 6 through 9 in Montreal. More than 500 French teachers from the United States and other countries attended the event. Froehlich has taught French for 17 years, nine of them at Sayre.
■ Diana J. Weaver, senior nursing advisor at UK HealthCare, has been selected to receive the Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award for Nursing Excellence by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She will receive the award during the STTI Biennial Convention in Grapevine, Texas, in October.
■ Dr. Mark Kleinman, assistant professor and researcher in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been selected as one of two junior faculty clinician-scientists to receive the Foundation Fighting Blindness Career Development Award in fiscal 2011.
The award is meant to "jump-start" the careers of junior investigators to pursue research programs for therapies and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. The award will be given in five annual payments of $75,000 over a five-year period, for a total of $375,000.
■ University of Kentucky biology professor James Krupa was named the 2011 winner of the Four-Year College & University Section Biology Teaching Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Krupa's lesson on the ivory-billed woodpecker was considered by the awards committee to be particularly useful in covering evolution with non-biology majors.
■ Paul Laurence Dunbar High School won the quiz bowl at the National Beta Club's annual senior convention June 21 to 24 in Nashville.
The Kentucky team, consisting of Grant Boggess, Vania Ma, Athena Kern and Chloe Cao, captured the title by beating the Texas team 360-40 in the finals. In addition, Grant and Vania were runners-up in individual written competitions for social studies and Spanish, respectively.
■ At Southern Middle School, several dozen sixth-graders opted to get a jump on classes through a weeklong Math Camp in July.
A morning and an evening camp, each with three-hour daily sessions, was offered. With the PLATO online learning system, the students could review what they'd already covered in school and venture into unfamiliar material.
The camp wasn't all multiplication problems, fractions, decimals and percents. The kids also toured their new school and got to know a few teachers, and they met new classmates from other elementary schools.