■ Grant Boggess, son of Scott and Julie Boggess and a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has earned a top composite score of 36 on his ACT exam. Nationally, the 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 2010, only 588 of nearly 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.
■ In September, Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary School was awarded Blue Ribbon Status from the U.S. Department of Education and also was notified that it was eligible to compete for a $25,000 grant from The Pepsi Refresh Project. School officials are hoping to earn money to buy new computers.
You can help the school's students and teachers by voting for the project at Refresheverything.com/maryqueencomputers or by texting 108607 to 73774. (Normal message rates apply.) Voting continues through Friday.
■ The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Fayette County-area students who were named National Merit Semifinalists for 2012 include:
Bryan Station High School: Allison Wood
Henry Clay High School: Mohamed Agoub, Nathan Arnold, Rachel Geil, Mackenzie Jones, Jenny Lee, Patrick Lutz and Emily Stromberg
Lafayette High School: Elizabeth Bollinger, Aneesha Carter and Robert Cass
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Erin Anderson, Vanya Bistrekova, Grant Boggess, Jessica Geddes, Idrees Kahloon, Alex Petros, Melissa Stravitz, Adarsh Subbaswamy, Maria Wu, Qi Yu and Christina Zhang
Tates Creek High School: Charlotte Eckmann, Emily Griggs, James Gullo and Johnson Lam
Lexington Catholic High School: Patrick Keller, Alexandria Pierce, Erika Russ, and Sara Sproull
Lexington Christian Academy: Ellen Findley
Sayre School: Penelope Williams
Trinity Christian Academy: Caleb Voss
Home-school: Grace Johnson and Nathan Russell
Those seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.
■ Beaumont Middle School has been invited to the World Archery Tournament at the ESPN complex in Orlando, Fla., where students from the United States, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa will compete Oct. 7. Beaumont placed 41st at the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in May.
■ Kellie Little, a second-grade teacher at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, and Rachel Losch, visual arts specialist at Dixie Magnet Elementary, are among 24 educators to receive the 2012 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. They will compete for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month.
All 24 teachers will be honored Oct. 18 at the Capitol in Frankfort, with cash awards and certificates from the Kentucky Department of Education, the Governor's Office and Ashland Inc.
The state's elementary, middle school and high school teachers of the year will be recognized, and the Kentucky teacher of the year will be named from those three finalists.
The Kentucky Teacher Awards program combines elements of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year programs. This is the 11th year that KDE and Ashland have partnered to honor the state's top educators.
■ Sandra Moore, associate provost for diversity planning at Eastern Kentucky University, has been reappointed to the National Advisory Committee for the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. She will continue as chairwoman of the marketing and outreach subcommittee of NAC. This is her second year in both positions.
The NCORE conference series is the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The function of the NCORE National Advisory Committee is to advise in setting a vision for the conference or implementing that vision by making recommendations about the conference program, keynote speakers and special events.
The marketing and outreach subcommittee makes recommendations on ways to market the conference by increasing its visibility with the public and with potential participants on the campuses of the organization's member colleges and universities for the purpose of increasing participation in the conference.
■ Robin N. Haarr, professor of criminal justice and director of the Institute for Global Justice and Security at Eastern Kentucky University, recently visited Nepal to discuss human trafficking and the challenges associated with effectively building awareness, prevention and prosecution programs in Kathmandu, Hetauda and Birgunj.
Haarr met with more than 200 university students and professors, international non-governmental organization leaders, policy makers, journalists, government officers and trafficked victims of Nepal.
She gave interactive lectures, including "Human Trafficking: Challenges and the Way Forward" and "Legal Advocacy for Migrants and Trafficking Victims." She also gave a formal presentation on "U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act: A Tool for Combating Trafficking in Persons," which was organized in collaboration with the Institute of Foreign Affairs, a semi-autonomous body founded as an integral part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Nepal).
Haarr also was briefed by members of "Maiti Nepal" on their anti-trafficking activities. Anuradha Koirala, the founder and executive director of Maiti Nepal, was named CNN's 2010 Hero of the Year. Haarr also met with Charimaya Tamang, a trafficking survivor who was recently presented the 2011 Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the release of the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report at the State Department in Washington, D.C.