Forty-one teams participated in the Kentucky First Lego League State Robotics Championship Jan. 14 at Western Kentucky University.
The competition theme was "Food Factor," which calls for teams of students ages 9 to 14 to research and explore ways that food can become contaminated — including exposure to insects and creatures, unsterile processing and transportation, unsanitary preparation and unsafe storage — and then propose real-world solutions to prevent or combat such contamination.
The following area schools received awards at the competition:
Second-place overall went to "Lego Legends" from Mind home-School 4-H Club in Lawrenceburg. Team members are Allison Adams, Emily Adams, Eric Adams, Annie Edwards, Luke Edwards, Ruth Edwards, Nick Ginadinger, Brandon Gowan, Dan McDonald and Zach Wentz; coaches are Kelli Gowan and Marie Edwards.
The following awards also were presented:
Research Award (first place): "Team Yoda" from Jessie Clark Middle School. Team members are Jason Burke, Cager Garrett, Brennan Johnson and Joe Muschong; coaches are Mark Evans and Sandy Wright.
Innovative Solution Award (first place): "Automaticus Rex," a neighborhood team from Lexington. Team members are Philippe Bischel, Alex Brefeld, David Gedney, Joseph Gedney, Daniel Houston and Jonas Houston; coach is Stephen Gedney.
Mechanical Design Award (first place): "Team Vader" from Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington. Team members are Alex Brinkhorst, Renner Clements, Mitchell Slavik and Jared Young; coaches are Mark Evans and Sandy Wright.
Strategy & Innovation Award (first place): "Lego Barbarians" from Greenup County 4-H in Wurtland. Team members are Isaac Bentley, Taylor Hsesh, Jarrad Kiser, Anna Reneau, William Scott, Tanner Sexton and Samantha Spence; coaches are Jim Reneau and Beth Sexton.
Strategy & Innovation Award (second place): "Radiationaders" from Mercer County 4-H in Harrodsburg. Team members are Wade Muncy, Jack Brooks, Ethan Weber, Loren Weber and Brett Weber; coaches are Ben Muncy and Sandy Rippetoe.
Gracious Professionalism Award (second place): "Team Leia" from Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington. Team members are Sophia Carlton, Alex Elias, Maya Elias, Kalie Estes and Erin Remley; coaches are Mark Evans and Sandy Wright.
Judge's Award (first place): "A.N.L.(cubed) Robo Dogs" from Simmons Elementary School in Versailles. Team members are Chandler McFarland, Bradley Fisher, Sean Ashcraft, Jesse Morrow, Zoe Harper, Brooke Cissell, Madeline Gatewood, Chris Hoard, Keri Westerfield and Kyle Westerfield; coaches are Brad Clark, Michelle Westerfield and Larry Caudill.
Judge's Award (second place): "Rise of the Robots" from Rockcastle and Madison County Robotics Club in Mount Vernon. Team members are Shimon Eisenberg, Josiah Pack, Sarah Richardson and Samantha Snyder; coaches are Jennifer Snyder and Joyce Pack.
■ Winners of the statewide Martin Luther King Jr. art and essay competition were recently honored at an MLK celebration in Frankfort. The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission hosted the event, "Exploring the King in You," to highlight King's life and to honor people who embody the spirit and energy of the late civil rights leader.
The following area students were named winners in the competition and received U.S. Savings Bonds: Tommy E. Wright (third grade), first place, elementary-primary essay category, Shearer Elementary School in Clark County. David Stevens (freshman), first place, high school essay category, Henry Clay High School. Anne-Marie Piace (freshman), second place, high school essay category, Henry Clay High School. Zachary Byrd (freshman), third place, high school essay category, Henry Clay High School. Dexter Banks (senior), first place, high school visual arts category, Mercer County High School.
■ Lexington Clinic Foundation is accepting applications for its Fergus Hanson Memorial Scholarship program, which provides assistance to students pursuing allied health sciences (nursing, occupation and physical therapy) careers. As administrator from 1956 to 1978, Fergus Hanson was instrumental in the development of Lexington Clinic.
Scholarship awards are available for students enrolled in allied health care-related training programs. Students pursuing dentistry, veterinary or medical doctor careers are not eligible for these scholarships. Full and part-time students may apply. Applicants may be currently enrolled or just beginning their studies. Applicants must be residents of Kentucky and live in Central or Eastern Kentucky and must plan to work in the area upon graduation.
Previous applicants and recipients are encouraged to re-apply, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements.
Completed applications must be postmarked on or before March 9 (or hand-delivered no later than 4 p.m. on March 9).
Go to LexingtonClinicFoundation.org for more information, complete eligibility requirements and the application.