■ Amanda Brooke Harris has been named a 2013 Burton Award recipient for distinguished legal writing. This national awards program rewards achievements in law, from effective legal writing to law reforms. Harris was valedictorian of her 2006 graduating class at Lincoln County High School. She graduated in 2010 summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Beginning in September, Harris will be a judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Karen K. Caldwell of the Eastern District of Kentucky. She is the daughter of Sherry and Clinton Harris of Stanford.
■ Associate Professor Buck Ryan, director of the Citizen Kentucky Project of the University of Kentucky's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, won a teaching award for a course he taught in June with his son, Austin Ryan, 18, a Lexington Catholic High School graduate, at Shanghai University in China. The two-week course, "Storytelling: Exploring China's Art and Culture," was taught as part of the International Short-Term Programs of the College of Liberal Arts and was sponsored in part by UK's Confucius Institute.
■ Marcus Tyler, a senior at Bryan Station High School, recently completed a four-week research apprenticeship in the school of agriculture and environmental sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
The university's Research Apprentice Program is a competitive, merit-based residential program, designed to introduce high-achieving high school students to science professions and to orient them to college life. Tyler, the son of Michelle and Marcus Tyler of Lexington, completed a study in agricultural business and economics.
■ The Preparing for Success back-to-school rallies will be Saturday at nearly 20 neighborhood sites around Lexington. Students and their families can enjoy a day of activities as they browse resource booths and pick up free school supplies. Registration runs 9-11 a.m., with backpack distribution at noon. Students must be with a parent or guardian to receive supplies.
Rally locations include Carver Neighborhood Center, Shiloh Baptist Church, Douglass Park, First Baptist Church Bracktown, Gainesway Center, Gardenside Christian Church, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Green Acres Shelter, Imani Family Life Center, Marlboro Park, Pralltown/Lou Johnson Park, Russell Cave Church of Christ, Coolivan Park, Spiegel Heights Park, Temple of Prayer, Total Grace, Valley Park and Woodhill Park. For information, call (859) 226-0393.
■ Nearly two dozen middle and high school students recently attended a two-day Digital Literacy Camp coordinated by the Migrant Education Program in Fayette County Public Schools.
FCPS staff provided the Instructional Access MEP Technology Training in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Migrant Team. The initiative was featured at the 2013 National Migrant Education Conference in Orlando, and Fayette County's implementation was a first for Kentucky. Highlights included the youngsters' developing resumes and analyzing data using Microsoft Office and completing a skills, college and career interest inventory. The July 12-13 camp culminated with student presentations, a certificate ceremony and the awarding of brand new laptop computers and printers to each participant.