■ Gabriel Fernandes, an Eastern Kentucky University senior Honors Program student with a 4.0 GPA, placed first in the Blue Grass Young Artist Division in the Music Teachers National Association event in Murray.
Fernandes, from Brazil and a student of Bernardo Scarambone, will graduate in May with a degree in piano performance and composition. He performed a piece by William Byrd, a Renaissance composer; the famous Symphonic Etudes by Robert Schumann, and one Ponteio by Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri.
Two other EKU students earned honorable mention in the competition: Gabriela Anibali, also from Brazil and a student of Scarambone, and Rachel Misheff, a student of Rachel Taylor. In addition, Fernandes and Anibali received honorable mention in the Blue Grass Chamber Music Division for a duet. Also competing was another student of Scarambone, Yuhan Lu of China.
■ Vanessa Shepherd, who teaches Japanese at Wellington Elementary, has received the 2013 Outstanding New World Languages Teacher Award from the Kentucky World Languages Association. She was recognized this fall at the KWLA awards banquet for this statewide honor, which goes to a teacher with less than five years of classroom experience.
In her three years of teaching, Shepherd has written and secured grants totaling more than $18,000 to help purchase classroom and technology resources and to construct a Japanese garden outside her classroom window. She also facilitates an after-school Japanese club whose membership has doubled each year she has been at Wellington, with 80 students in grades 3-5 now participating. In addition, Shepherd serves as president of the Kentucky Association of Japanese Language Teachers and represents the organization on the KWLA executive board.
Seton Catholic School will host a STEM Parent Night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in celebration of becoming a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School. The public is invited to view displays of classroom engineering projects completed by Seton students in grades K-5 as part of the school's new STEM curriculum. The school is located at 1730 Summerhill Drive. For more info, call (859) 273-2318.
■ Approximately 250 musicians from nearly 50 high schools and middle schools, mostly in Kentucky, will spend this Saturday as Marching Colonels for a Day.
The students will spend the day on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, rehearse with the Marching Colonels, march to the stadium, take part in the band's tailgate performance and join the EKU musicians for a special Veterans Day tribute at halftime of a football game against visiting UT-Martin.
Participating schools include:
Madison Central High School, Richmond; Madison Southern High School, Berea Community High School, Farristown Middle School, Berea; Bryan Station High School, Lafayette High School, Tates Creek High School, Lexington; Anderson County High School; Barren County High School; Bellevue High School; Boone County High School; Boyle County High School; Butler County High School; Carroll County High School; Corbin Independent High School; Danville High School; East Jessamine High School; Franklin County High School; Gallatin County High School; George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester; Grant County High School; Greenup County High School; Harrison County Middle School; Jenkins Independent High School; Lawrence County High School; Lee County High School; Martha Layne Collins High School, Shelbyville; McCreary Central High School; Paintsville High School; Pineville High School; Red Bird Christian School; Rockcastle County High School; Ryle High School; Louisville Seneca High School; Pulaski Southwestern High School; Union County High School; West Jessamine High School; and Western Hills High School, Frankfort.
■ Nearly 80 students from Arlington Elementary School spent the day fishing with the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club on Oct. 5 at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Game Farm in Frankfort. The event marked the 16th year that the club has taken children fishing.
After a lesson in handling the rods and reels provided by Salato Wildlife Education Center, students, chaperones, and Rotarians enjoyed a day of fishing, a hike around the wildlife trail, a cookout and a performance by Cambo the Clown. Each student also received a T-shirt.