■ Area high school seniors Maranda Gaines of Henry Clay High School, Brianna Mayo of Lafayette High, Stephanie Smith of Paul Laurence Dunbar High, Jordan Poston of Scott County High, and Al-Mubarak Adeliyi of West Jessamine High, are among Kentucky's 13 semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Nationwide, some 1,600 black high school seniors are competing for awards worth about $2.5 million. About 80 percent of semifinalists typically advance, with more than half of the finalists receiving a scholarship based on their abilities, accomplishments and potential for success in college. The winners will be announced April 8.
■ For the sixth consecutive year, Morehead State University and Eastern Kentucky University have been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a media site for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This places MSU and EKU once again in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.
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■ Mitsuko "Miko" Momozono, a Japanese teacher in her sixth year at Picadome Elementary, has received the 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Kentucky World Language Association. A native of Yamaguchi, Japan, Momozono received a bachelor's degree in Japanese Linguistics from Sophia University of Tokyo and a master's degree in ESL from Asbury University. She will go on to represent Kentucky in Atlanta at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching next March.
■ The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have selected 24 outstanding educators, including three in Fayette County Public Schools, to receive the 2015 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. Cathy Justus Cook of Glendover Elementary, Patrick Goff of Beaumont Middle and Linda Dewees of Henry Clay High School will now compete for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month.
All 24 contenders will be honored at an Oct. 23 ceremony at the Capitol in Frankfort, where they will receive cash awards and certificates. Gov. Steve Beshear, Education and Workforce Secretary Thomas Zawacki, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Ashland Chairman and CEO Jim O'Brien will recognize them and also congratulate the Kentucky Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the Year, who will receive custom-designed glassware. The state's Teacher of the Year will be selected from these three finalists.
■ Norman Powell, director for diversity initiatives and programs in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University, will be among the keynote speakers at the 32nd annual world conference of the International Alliance for Invitational Education.
Powell, also an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, will address "Educating the Traditionally Underserved and the Historically Overlooked: Students at Risk" at the conference, to be held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Nashville.
■ Georgetown middle schools are in need of donated musical instruments. Donations are accepted at the Youth Service Center of Georgetown Middle School, Royal Spring Middle School, or Scott County Middle School during school hours through Friday. A tax receipt will be provided after instruments are appraised.
■ Deborah T. Givens, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, has been elected to a two-year term on the national board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists. Givens will serve as Region 5 director responsible for serving professional and student chapters in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.