■ Max Bograd, an eighth-grader at Winburn Middle School, has been named the winner of the 2015 Fayette County Spelling Bee. Home-schooled fifth-grader Ashley DeVore placed second, and Winburn seventh-grader Elena Andrews took third. Bograd, who received a trophy and $75, will represent Fayette County in the Kentucky Derby Festival State Spelling Bee on Saturday in Louisville.
The winners competed against 56 other youth from public, private, parochial and home schools across Fayette County. Fayette County Farm Bureau coordinates the countywide competition for public, private, parochial and home-schooled students in grades 4-8. About 60 youths participated in the March 3 contest at the Cooperative Extension Office.
■ Eastern Kentucky University has been ranked third nationally in the Best for Vets: Business Schools 2015 survey conducted by Military Times magazine, the same publication that has ranked the university either first or second nationally four of the five last years for doing the most to help veterans and their dependents pursue a college education.
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EKU's School of Business ranked seventh last year in the Best for Vets: Business in Schools rankings. No other Kentucky school made the top 25 for 2015. The full rankings are published in the March 9 issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, and on their corresponding websites. For the complete 2015 rankings, visit Militarytimes.com/bestforvets-bizschools2015.
■ A trio of eighth-graders from SCAPA at Bluegrass will share $5,000 as grand-prize winners in C-SPAN's national 2015 StudentCam competition. Michael Lozovoy (producer), Katie Demos (researcher) and Anna Gilligan (reporter) won with The Artificial Wage, a video about minimum wage, which was selected among all regions and grade levels. C-SPAN will air the 7-minute documentary at 6:50 a.m. April 29 and rerun it throughout the day. The contest drew 2,280 entries from almost 5,000 students nationwide. View their video at Viddler.com/v/8b3e5a1e.
■ The Eastern Kentucky University Epsilon Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society has captured a record seven awards at the society's recent annual conference in Orlando. The honors include first-place national award for Best Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter Website; first-place national award for Outstanding Chapter Goal; first-place national service award for Human Trafficking Service Theme; first-place national award for Star Chapter; second-place national service award for Best Crime Scene Investigation; a Student Achievement Award for parliamentarian and criminal justice graduate student Morgan Bow; and a scholarship for undergraduate criminal justice student Mitchell Hamm.
■ Fayette County Public Schools contributed $31,291.83 through its 2014-15 United Way campaign. District employees raised $20,000 in donations, and students at 18 participating elementaries brought in about $11,000 through Change for Change, with Athens-Chilesburg, Northern and Cassidy leading the way. For more information, go to Uwbg.org/ItMatters or call (859) 233-4460.
■ The 2015 Nathaniel Patch Piano Competition entry deadline has been extended to Monday. The classical piano competition, sponsored by the Bluegrass Area Music Teachers Association and open to students in grades K-12, will be April 25 at the Singletary Center President's Room.
For more information, go to Patchpianocompetition.weebly.com or call May Man at (859) 276-2845.
■ The Virtual Quilt is a free digital platform that allows Fayette County Public Schools students to upload images of their original artwork through March 29 for inclusion in an online exhibit and interactive community experience. Through this program, $3,000 will be awarded to the highest participating art departments within the school system.
These funds are made available through grants from Give into the Groove Foundation. Students can participate by uploading images to Thevirtualquilt.com. The top elementary, middle and high schools that upload the most images will be awarded prizes. Private schools in Fayette County can participate in the project but are not eligible to receive any monetary awards. In 2014, $5,000 was awarded to the following schools: Ashland Elementary, Cardinal Valley Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Northern Elementary, Breckenridge Elementary and Bryan Station High School. Those funds were made available by Give into the Groove, LexArts and Macy's.
Each school's Virtual Quilt will be available for viewing online and winning quilts will be exhibited at the Lexington Public Library in April and May. Monies will be awarded to schools, students and non-profits at an April 29 event at the downtown branch of the Lexington Public Library.