■ Dimitri Leggas, John Meyers III and William Walters, all of Lexington, and seniors at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, located at Western Kentucky University, have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
In all, 11 Gatton Academy seniors were named semifinalists for 2014. Since The Gatton Academy's inception in 2007, 72 students have been named National Merit Semifinalists. Sixty-three Gatton Academy seniors took the PSAT, meaning 17.5 percent of the students made the National Merit Semifinalist level, a percentage that is well above the 1.1 percent national average.
For information about The Gatton Academy, go to Wku.edu/academy or call (270) 745-6565.
■ Six students from Fayette County Public Schools have been selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14-16. This program aims to motivate and direct strong students who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dream. It also provides resources to help them reach their goal. This year's FCPS participants include: Tserenpuntsag Davaadorj, freshman at Henry Clay High School; Jairus Davenport, freshman at Lafayette High; Lori Nsimpasi, senior at Tates Creek High; Morgan Power, sophomore at the STEAM Academy; Alexander Quinio, freshman at Henry Clay High; and Melhem Zakharia, junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High.
These students were nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Kentucky based on their academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity.
For more information, go to Futuredocs.com.
■ Fayette County Public Schools secured several awards at the Kentucky Music Educators Association's District 7 fall meeting Sept. 8. These employees were cited for outstanding service in District 7: Judi Reynolds, music teacher at Southern, Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Lois Wiggins, band director at Edythe J. Hayes, Middle School Teacher of the Year; Terry Magee, assistant director of bands at Lafayette, High School Teacher of the Year; Mike Henderson, principal at Bryan Station High School, Outstanding Administrator; Debbie Shelton, a retired Fayette County band director, Citation for Service.
These District 7 honorees will be nominated for KMEA statewide awards, which will be presented at the annual professional development conference Feb. 4-7 in Louisville.
■ Centre College has been named No. 45 on the 2015 U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" guide among all National Liberal Arts Colleges, an increase of four spots over last year's ranking.
In separate categories, Centre faculty were rated tops in the nation, with a No. 10 ranking for best undergraduate teaching. The College was also ranked No. 31 in the nation for best value in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category.
Finally, Centre made gains in the high school counselor ranking, moving from No. 44 to No. 37 in the nation over a one-year period.
The full "Best Colleges" guide is available at Colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.
■ The League of Women Voters of Lexington is accepting entries from Fayette County high schools students for its essay contest. Students should research and respond to the topic: the surge in unaccompanied children entering the U.S. without proper immigration documents.
The students are asked to consider the following questions: What is causing the increase? What is our country doing in response? What do you think our government should do to achieve a lasting solution? What would be the intended outcome of your proposal?
The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 who attend public or private school in Fayette County. The deadline for submission is Oct. 31. Prizes of $250 will be awarded for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. An honorarium will be presented to the teachers/sponsors of the top three writers.
Learn more about the contest by emailing Judy Johnson at Lexington.firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting Lwvlexington.com.
■ The Henry Clay High School Class of 1974 will have its 40th reunion on Oct. 18. Dinner and dancing begin at 6:30 p.m. at Doubletree Suites on Richmond Road. Classmate Charlette Cox and her group, "Charlette's Web," will perform. The cost is $60 per person. Register at Henryclay1974.com. Doubletree Suites is holding a block of rooms at a special rate, call (859) 268-0060.