■ Students from Lexington Traditional Magnet School and Southern Middle School attended the Technology Student Association's 2013 national conference June 28 through July 2 in Orlando. Austin Booth of LTMS placed first in the Technology Bowl written test by scoring highest among more than 300 competitors.
Southern Middle's Katie Nichols and Sydney Harris took fifth place in Techno Talk, while Quinn McWhorter, Luke Stephens, Alison Rickert and Ryan Crowley finished 12th in the Agriculture and Biotechnology Challenge.
■ Klarke Turner, a rising junior at Lafayette High School, has won first place in the Kentucky Psychiatric Medical Society Foundation's latest Theresa L. Walton Essay Contest.
The annual "When not to keep a secret" competition is open to ninth- and 10th-graders throughout the state. Each school may submit as many as three entries, and about 150 essays are received each spring.
Klarke received an iPad for her prize-winning fictional entry and Lafayette psychology teacher David Bates received a $250 gift card.
■ Several students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School received national accolades at the 2013 Future Business Leaders of America conference June 27-30 in Anaheim, Calif. Xiaowan Chu placed third in the Introduction to Business competition, while Jimmy Chen, Sahil Nair and Eric Xiong were third in Business Ethics. In addition, Xiaowan Chu and Alice Liu finished 10th in Marketing.
FBLA develops leadership, communication and team skills, and enables members to network at the local, state and national level.
■ The following students are among the recipients of awards sponsored by U.S. colleges and universities through the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Statewide, 25 seniors were in this final group of scholarship winners for 2013, including these from Central Kentucky:
Henry Clay High School: Vanessa Fu, Emory University, medicine; Ann Summers, Macalester College (Minnesota), biology; Rui Sun, University of Kentucky, electrical engineering; Wei Yang, University of Kentucky, chemical engineering
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Sarah Bush, Centre College, surgical medicine; Trevor Krolak, Washington University, neurobiology; Corey Lockridge, Vanderbilt University, mathematics; Rebecca Williams, Vanderbilt University, biomedical engineering
Home school: Joel C. Kurcab, Liberty University, music/entertainment
West Jessamine High School: Matthew S. Liversedge, Vanderbilt University, science/research
These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.
■ Loni Crowe Yost, coordinator of First Year Programs at Eastern Kentucky University, has been re-appointed to serve her seventh term as the Kentucky State Coordinator for the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education. Yost was also appointed to lead one of the association's national networks. She will serve through 2013 as co-chair of its National Graduate Student Network.
■ The third annual Black Educational Summit will be 8:30 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday at Bryan Station High School and will feature a Youth Summit for grades 3-12. Writing consultant Erik Cork will present his lively "Rap, Rhythm & Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation," a musical literacy seminar. Workshops, geared toward engaging parents in students' success, will include anti-bullying, special-needs advocacy, tips for grandparents and adolescent development. For more information, call (859) 252-7191.
■ The 2013 Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Conference will be Sept. 12-15 at Lake Barkley State Park in Cadiz. This family-friendly conference will include sessions on solar energy, archeology, quilting and raptor education. Off-site sessions around Lake Barkley and the Land Between The Lakes include canoe trips, hikes, an archeological tour and fiber spinning at the Homeplace in LBL. There will also be horseback riding, archery and trapshooting for participants and family members.
The full conference program, along with registration information, can be found at Kaee.org/conference. Early registration ends Aug. 16.
■ ACE (Architecture-Construction-Engineering) Mentoring Program of the Bluegrass (Lexington affiliate of ACE Mentoring Program) saw student participation rise more than fourfold during the 2012-13 school year at Lafayette High School. In the program's second year, ACE's student participation increased from four students to more than 20. Also, the group was able to increase its scholarship awards to students by 33 percent over the prior year.
Students were organized into five groups and were given three programs to select from for this year's project. Students worked with ACE mentors over a 15-week period using 3D Revit, Google SketchUp and other design tools to create their designs. Each student group produced detailed designs, creative 3-D models, and a conceptual estimate of costs. The student groups presented their work at a year-end event on May 16 at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
Present at this year's event were Alice Forgy Kerr, Kentucky state senator, 12th district; Bruce Swetnam and Martin Summers from the University of Kentucky College of Design; and Bryne Jacobs, principal of Lafayette High School.