■ A third-grader at Breckinridge Elementary School is among 54 children who will be congratulated by first lady Michelle Obama for submitting a winning recipe in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
As Kentucky's representative, 8-year-old Myka Smith-Jackson will tour the White House vegetable garden on Monday and attend a Kids' State Dinner, where some of the winning recipes will be served. Myka's contest entry was a curry chicken salad wrap with a fruit smoothie and strawberries on the side. Other top recipes included a teriyaki salmon wrap, a garden chicken pizza and vegan sloppy joes.
The contest, which was a partnership with Epicurious.com and the departments of education and agriculture, was part of the first lady's Let's Move! initiative.
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Later this month, the recipes will be posted as a free downloadable cookbook with nutritional analyses, photos and drawings at letsmove.gov, USDA.gov and Ed.gov.
■ Gabrielle Price, a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine held in New York City this summer.
During the 10-day forum, students were introduced to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice, and visited medical facilities and clinics, giving them a behind-the-scenes perspective on a career in medicine.
■ World-class sprinter Tyson Gay teamed up this summer with Gillette to donate $25,000 to Lafayette High School, his alma mater, as part of the global Get Started campaign.
"During his time in high school, Tyson was a three-time state champion in the 100 meters and also set the state record in 2001 — a record which still stands — so many of the students here see him as an inspiration and recognize that through hard work, they can achieve great things," said Ken Northington, Tyson's former coach at Lafayette.
Gillette has partnered with 25 ambassadors worldwide to help them give back to their respective organizations and communities.
"I want to encourage the kids in their development through track and field to ensure they have the same chances that I had as a student and young man," said Gay, who won a silver medal in the Olympics' 4x100 relay and was fourth in the 100-meter sprint in London.
With this donation, Lafayette plans to upgrade a majority of its track and field equipment and purchase new starting blocks and uniforms. In addition, the school is looking into hosting a major invitational meet in the next year.
■ RaAnn Miller, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Jessamine County Career Technology Center, received the Career and Technical Teacher of the Year Award at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Career and Technical Education awards ceremony, part of the opening session of the annual CTE Summer Program. Miller has a decade of classroom experience, as well as service as a university adjunct faculty member and in an administrative position with the Kentucky Department of Education. She partnered with the district's preschool and kindergarten programs to start Jessamine Early Learning Village.
■ Joanna Slusarewicz, a ninth-grade student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been named one of The National WWII Museum's "Salute to Freedom" award winners and will be one of 51 students nationwide to travel to New Orleans to participate in the grand opening of the museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, in January.
The contest called on qualifying students to submit an application and respond to two essay questions. Winners were chosen based on their knowledge of the past and its connection to the future as well as their knowledge of their state's role in World War II. Winners were announced during the National History Day awards ceremony June 14 in College Park, Md.
Joanna advanced to the National History Day Contest with a documentary on Dorothea Dix, but it was an essay on Kentucky's role in World War II that won her the trip to New Orleans. To help remember the sacrifice made by Kentucky families during World War II, Joanna recommends that the book Patriots of Kentucky, World War II, a rare publication from the 1940s containing biographies of Kentucky's servicemen, be digitized. This would allow all generations to appreciate the role of these men in history.
■ Adam A. Adkins was presented with the first National Coach of the Year award for the National History Bee and Bowl.
Adkins has been coaching students at Menifee County High School in both events for two years and has led them to consecutive national competitions in Washington, D.C.
Skyler Cantrell, now a junior at Menifee County High School, was the state JV champion and made it to the top 10 at nationals.
The varsity team was runner-up at state competition. Team members were Tyler Wells, Jeremiah Brown, William Roach-Barrette and Jared Givens.
More information on the History Bowl and Bee may be found at Historybowl.com.
■ Three members of Transylvania University's class of 2012 have received Fulbright grants. Viktoria Safarian, Ben Costigan and Ruth Kloha will spend nine to 12 months teaching, creating independent projects and engaging in community service projects in diverse international locations.
Safarian, a philosophy major from Lexington, has enrolled in Harvard Law School but first will spend a year in South Korea teaching English to secondary students as part of her Fulbright award.
Costigan, an economics major and Spanish minor from Franklin, will live for nine months in Madrid and teach high school English. He spent July in Cuenca, Ecuador, studying Spanish on a Juan Manuel Sampere Scholarship through Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honorary.
Kloha, a mathematics and music double major from Ashland, will live in Malaysia, where she will organize a weekly music workshop to teach students about the similarities and differences between Malaysian and American folk music.