■ Laura Roche Youngworth of Beaumont Middle School has been named Outstanding French Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. She's now in the running for the overall Teacher of Year Award given by the Kentucky World Language Association and will be recognized Sept. 21 at the KWLA state conference in Lexington.
Roche has taught since 2010 at Beaumont, where she also sponsors the French Club and organizes the Summer World Language Immersion Program.
■ Jessica Andrews, who teaches ninth-grade English language arts at Henry Clay High School, and Kristal Doolin, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Corbin Middle School, have been chosen for the National Education Association's Master Teacher Project.
BetterLesson launched the initiative earlier this year with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, highlighting the efforts of exceptional math teachers in grades 6-12. Building on that success, the project will now work with the best K-5 math and K-12 English language arts teachers in the country to document and share what makes them so effective. The 96 master teachers will create a collection of free resources on the BetterLesson.com website as they describe the techniques behind their teaching.
■ Lexington resident Patrick D. Michael, a junior at Auburn University, has been awarded the Paul A. Elfers Omega Scholarship through the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. A physics major working towards a career in medicine, Michael holds a 3.7 GPA.
Michael was initiated into Phi Kappa Tau in 2011 with the Alpha Lambda chapter at Auburn University. Within Phi Kappa Tau, Patrick was chosen as Scholarship Chair for his chapter in 2012, and elected Alpha Lambda chapter's Treasurer for 2013. Michael is also a member of Auburn University's Student Government Association serving both as a senator for the College of Science and Mathematics as well as assistant vice president of Academic Affairs on the SGA Executive Cabinet.
■ The Kentucky State Envirothon Team, (from Fayette County) recently participated in the National Envirothon Competition that was held in Bozeman, Mont. Spending the first week of August in competition, the Kentucky team placed 12th out of 57 teams. This team was coached by Eric Comley, Fayette County 4 H Director, and Carly Burton, Environmental Education Coordinator, with the Fayette County Conservation District. During their down time, all teams were treated to a trip to Yellowstone National Park and a local rodeo. This all-girl team attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
■ Scotty Dunlap, chair of graduate studies and research in the School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named to a national workplace safety committee designed to address risk assessment.
The committee, part of the American Society of Safety Engineers, has established the Risk Assessment Institute to advance the protection of workers by providing information and resources for employers and workers. Dunlap also serves as the Training and Education team lead within the project.