■ Amy Richardson's third-graders at Providence Montessori School recently presented a project on the Town Branch Watershed at the Live Green Lexington Ceremony at City Hall.
Students researched the issue by visiting area businesses, Town Branch Creek and McConnell Springs. They also received help from Bluegrass Pride, which helped them figure out where storm drains empty in the area. The final project was a full-scale papier-mâché model showing Town Branch, as it flows through a landscape of buildings, train tracks and the stockyard. The students used the model to show how trash and debris end up in Town Branch.
■ Blue Grass Community Foundation has announced the recipients of the Irene and C.W. Sulier Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. This year's recipients are: Jennifer Carter and Carolyn DelChiaro, both of Tates Creek High School; Lauren Jacoby, Lafayette High School; Ashley Jones, Henry Clay High School; and Todd Montgomery, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
The scholarship has been awarded annually since 1995 in memory of the Suliers, a Lexington couple who established Blue Grass Community Foundation 45 years ago. The Suliers' vision to encourage charitable giving continues, in part through a scholarship that recognizes active involvement and volunteer causes.
The scholarship provides a $1,000 award to graduating seniors attending Fayette County Public Schools. Recipients exemplify scholastic achievement and a demonstrated history of positive civic and community support through their active involvement in philanthropy. To date, this scholarship has helped more than 40 deserving students realize their dreams of a college education.
For more information on this and other scholarships available through Blue Grass Community Foundation, students may email Kassie Branham, director of grants and scholarships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ UK College of Education student Jamila Jackson has been named recipient of the $1,000 Bluegrass Retired Teachers Association Scholarship.
"I have always had a passion for teaching," Jackson said. "It is so rewarding to watch children grow and develop with nurturing. I have seen this as my five children have gone through various stages of discovery. Sometimes, it takes many efforts to reach a goal, but the end result is worth it."
Jane Kelton, the association's scholarship chair, considers the scholarship to be a valuable way for retired teachers to support and encourage teacher candidates in pursuing a career in teaching.
■ Joshua Grisé of Lexington, who attends Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., has been named a USA Pavilion 2012 Student Ambassador at the World Expo in Yeosu, Korea. The organization, charged with designing, building and operating the USA Pavilion, selected 40 American college students from 19 states and the District of Columbia to represent the United States as student ambassadors. Serving from May through August, the student ambassadors will interact with Pavilion guests in many capacities, including greeting visitors, government officials and dignitaries, and providing administrative, protocol and programming support.
The 2012 student ambassadors will receive one college credit and participate in a course titled Making Culture Visible While Studying Abroad. All student ambassadors are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are proficient in Korean. The students were selected from a diverse group of applicants by the official USA Pavilion university partner, the University of Virginia.
Featuring the themes of diversity, wonder and solutions, the USA Pavilion shares the voices and hopes of Americans with friends and partners in Korea and around the globe. To learn more, go to Pavilion2012.org.
■ The following Lexington-area educators have been named 2012 Teachers Who Made a Difference at the 14th annual program held April 28 at the University of Kentucky Student Center's Great Hall and Theater.
Georgetown: Maria Bennett, Penelope S. Robinson and Timothy L. Uhl.
Harrodsburg: Kathryn Howard Shewmaker.
Lexington: Jim Adams, John Anthony, Elizabeth Beck, James Beers, Kelly Bradley, Janet Cartmell, Yang-Tse Cheng, Kelly Clark, Nancy Clauter, Maggie Cook-Newell, Adele Cornett, Margaret Cowling, Richard Crosby, George Crothers, Marilynn Cunningham, Pangela Dawson, Dolly Dressman, John Friend, Candice Frye, James Robert Gillette, Andrew Gollan, Angela Gonzales, Michael M. Goodin, Thomas Alexander Grunwald, Diana Haleman, Diana Hallman, Jason Hans, Necia Desiree Harkless, Jesse Howell, Gail Hoyt, Gregory A. Jicha, Cynthia Jones, Sonya Jones, Albert Kalim, Elizabeth Kelly, Sung Hee Kim, Kathleen Leonard, Traci Letcher, Sarah Maxwell, Rachel May, Kelly McGee, Edward McKinley, Nicholas McLetchie, Anne-Frances Miller, Cynthia Miller, Patrick H. Mooney, Shelley Ann Mosier, Magdalena Muchlinski, Martin Douglas Mudd, Michael Paul Murphy, Robin Neal, Susan Odom, Darlene Ogata, Earl Ogata, Joanne Olson-Biglieri, Kimberly Parker-Brown, Mary S. Patton, Jennifer Pederson, Jennifer Polnisch, Bryan Quisenberry, Monika K. Rabarison, Jane Riggs, Laura Rosier, Daniel B. Rowland, Barbara Rubeling, Randall M. Schell, Andrea Sell, Timothy L. Sellnow, Eric Snyder, Tammy Stephenson, Sally Stevens, Tina Stevenson, Rhonda Strouse, Bill Swinford, Thomas H. Troland, Wendy Turner, Judith Turner, Kakie Urch, Winni van Gessel, Manuel J. Villalba, Irina Voro, Adam Weger, Matt Wells, Mark Williams, Angene Wilson, and Kim Woodrum.
Morehead: Frances L. Helphinstine and Andrew Wyant.
Mount Sterling: Dwight Akers and Robyn B. Smith.
Nicholasville: William W. Gatliff.
Paris: William W. Caywood and Lori Sheroan.
Richmond: Herman Evans, Susie Dorn, Jane Mattingly, Dierdre Sears, Joe Wise and Dawn Bugg.
Versailles: Kay Hall and Karen Roahrig.
Winchester: Jane Elizabeth Burnam.
■ This fall, students at Henry Clay High School will learn how to convert waste vegetable oil from their cafeteria into biodiesel fuel, thanks to a partnership with Earth Day Network.
Earth Day Network, based in Washington, D.C., recently offered $15,000 of equipment and supplies for a biodiesel production lab in Fayette County Public Schools, whose students have been instrumental in the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council.
Tresine Logsdon, the district's energy and sustainability curriculum coordinator, suggested Henry Clay as an ideal candidate. (Henry Clay is a "model" in Kentucky Green & Healthy Schools, which is the program's highest designation.)
Chemistry teacher Tim Bailie drives a Volkswagen Rabbit that runs on biodiesel and has wanted to integrate these concepts in his classroom. The new lab, which will have the capacity to produce 40 gallons of fuel a week, will become fully operational through his Chemistry in the Community course, which provides a more hands-on approach to real-world applications than a traditional class.
Students will harvest used vegetable oil, a necessary building block of biodiesel, from the school's cafeteria, reducing the volume of Henry Clay's kitchen waste and the cost of removal. Initially, the final product will supply clean fuel for several diesel engine-driving teachers. Eventually, the goal is to broaden the fuel's usage throughout the community.
■ Junior Andrew Pennington, of Corbin has been selected as the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance student ambassador for Eastern Kentucky University.
Student ambassadors work to create networks and events that inspire university entrepreneurs, encourage them to become involved in alliance programs and activities, and support them to create inventions and innovations that have a social benefit.
Pennington, a public relations major, will attend a weeklong program in August with peers from universities across the country to develop ideas that he can bring back to EKU to encourage entrepreneurship activity among students. Class size for the program is limited.
"I applied for the program because I believe in entrepreneurship," said Pennington, who won the 2011 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge for his own business idea and recently launched a company called Contractor Yard Sale.
Pennington's company is in the Accelerator, EKU's Business Incubator in the College of Business and Technology, and he is working on another business that will launch shortly.