■ Five Technology Student Association clubs from Fayette County Public Schools participated in the association's 2015 regional competition Feb. 27 at Eastern Kentucky University, including students from Southern Middle, Lexington Traditional Magnet School and Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek high schools.
The association fosters personal growth, leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering. This year's state conference is March 23 to 25 in Louisville, and the national conference runs June 28 through July 2 in Dallas.
Middle School Division
Lexington Traditional Magnet School
Bridges — first place: Lance Whitehead and Dylan Thompson; runner-up: Jacob Hunley and Faisal AlAbbasi; third: Caleb Hunley and Chase Smith.
Dragsters — first place: Michael Merritt.
Flight — runner-up: William Hounshell.
Inventions and Innovation — runner-up: Michael Merritt and Clark Gookin.
Promotional Design — runner-up: Jayla Pence.
Solar Sprint — first place: Tanvi Sawardekar and Avanti Sawardekar.
Agriculture and Bio — first place: Susie Rickert, Mitchell Scott, Kainat Syed and Nolan VanKleek; runner-up: Max Godby, Katelin Shelton and Allyson Van Haaren.
Career Prep — first place: Kailey Smith; runner-up: Hannah Smith; third: Shawnacy Scott.
Challenging Tech Issues — first place: Anne Nombe and McKayla Weaver; runner-up: Garrett Kays and Ethan Sharp; third: Mitchell Scott and Nolan VanKleek.
Communication Challenge — first place: McKayla Weaver; runner-up: Ethan Sharp.
Community Service Video — first place: Machlie Lamartiniere, Mackenzie Reeder and Caitlin Young.
Digital Photography — first place: Leah Preston; runner-up: Kainat Syed.
Energy Sources — first place: Leah Preston, Hannah Smith and Kailey Smith.
Flight — first place: Noah Lane; third: Mason Smith.
Inventions and Innovations — first place: Leah Preston, Noah Lane and Hannah Smith.
Leadership Strategies — first place: Garrett Kays, Caleb Schaffer and McKayla Weaver; runner-up: Samuel Head, Seth Langston and Fiaz Shah; third: Grace Brooks, Susie Rickert and Kainat Syed.
Medical Tech Issues — first place: Kensey Jochim, Mackenzie Reeder and Caitlin Young; runner-up: Easton Aubuchon, Ben Brewer and Max Godby.
Prepared Speech — first place: McKayla Weaver; runner-up: Mackenzie Reeder; third: Anthony Jarrell.
Problem-Solving — first place: Seth Langston and Tyler Nichols; runner-up: Ryan Harris and Collin Isaacs.
Promotional Design — first place: Mason Smith; third: Ben Brewer.
Tech Bowl — first place: Noah Lane, Anne Nombe and McKayla Weaver; third: Jacob Francis, Ryan Harris and Sammy Saraya.
Technical Design — first place: Noah Lane and Caleb Schaffer; runner-up: Ellison Capers and Anthony Jarrell; third: Garrett Belcher and Garrett Kays.
Website Design — first place: Seth Langston, Tyler Nichols, Fiaz Shah and Nolan VanKleek; runner-up: Riley Day, Jacob Francis, Anne Nombe and McKayla Weaver; third: Samuel Head, Joseph Ntakarutimana, Mitchell Scott and Shawnacy Scott.
High School Division
2D Architectural CADD — first place: Ethan Peck.
3D Engineering CADD — first place: Ryan Norton; runner-up: Jacob Royster; third: Casey Stout.
On-Demand Video — third: Shyen Shah, Aaron Bussell and Alexa Smith.
Problem-Solving — first place: Zach Lipsitz and Jacob Royster; third: Ryan Norton and Ben Thornton.
Promotional Graphics — runner-up: Meredith Peterson.
T-Shirt Design — runner-up: Ben Thornton and Ryan Norton.
Technology Bowl — third: Shyen Shah, Jimmy Rose and Alexa Smith.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Desktop Publishing — first place: Alex Mesones.
Extemporaneous Presentation — first place: Maggie Cook-Allen.
Music Production — third: Nathan Merryman, Michael Merryman, James Bryant and Tyler Ashley.
Prepared Presentation — first place: Lucy Yang.
Promotional Graphics — first place: Lucy Yang; third: James Bryant.
T-Shirt Design — third: Katie Yoder.
Tates Creek High School
Career Preparation — first place: Lauren Miller; runner-up: Connor Wallin; third: Mikayla Day.
Desktop Publishing — runner-up: Katie Nichols; third: Mohammad Shalash.
Flight Endurance — runner-up: Mohammad Shalash; third: Connor Wallin.
Photographic Technology — runner-up: Joseph Zambrano.
Prepared Presentation — runner-up: Lauren Miller; third: Moe Ahmad.
Webmaster — first place: Alison Rickert, Sydney Harris, Quinn McWhorter, Katie Nichols and Michael Head.
■ The Tates Creek High School a cappella group, Take Two, picked up three awards in the University of Kentucky's annual Voices in Harmony festival March 13. Ninth-grader Ethan Mooney was named best male soloist. Take Two received the best use of movement (choreography) award, and the Creek singers earned best overall group performance honors. Take Two is coached by members of the university's acoUstiKats: Ron Wilbur and Nick Johnson, who are former and current student teachers at Tates Creek.
■ Leanna Prater, a district technology resource teacher in Fayette County Public Schools for more than 11 years, has been named Outstanding Leader for 2015 by the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education.
Prater is now in the pool of applicants considered for recognition by the International Society for Technology in Education.
She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky's College of Education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department's Instructional Design Program, conducting research in student-authored games as a form of authentic assessment.
■ Dozens of students represented Fayette County Public Schools in the Future Business Leaders of America Region 4 conference at Northern Kentucky University. The following earned competitive honors March 10:
Accounting 1: Mitchell Vance, first.
Client Services: Kameron Taylor, first.
Impromptu Speaking: Christian Gies, second.
s Laurence Dunbar
Banking and Financial Systems: Ben Xie, Theo Livas and Thomas Huang, first.
Business Calculations: Davis Ma, first.
Business Law: Bruce Lan, first.
Business Procedures: Tharunika Venkatesan, first.
Cyber Security: Eric Cao, first.
Entrepreneurship: Xiaowan Chu, Naijiao Zhang and Adil Yusuf, first.
Global Business: Jiningnan Chen, Sahil Nair and Eric Xiong, first.
Introduction to Business: Amit Lowe, first.
Introduction to Business Communications: Emily Liu, first.
Marketing: Linda Zhang, Jasmine Liu, first.
Health-Care Administration: Kelly Chen, second.
Personal Finance: Thirushan Wignakumar, second.
Business Math: Amy Wang, third.
Tates Creek High School
Health-Care Administration: Mohammad (Mo) Shalash, first.
Management Decision-Making: Nolan Adams and Karam Isa, first.
Global Business: Muna Shakhashiro and Shanze Arshad, second.
Help Desk: Gustavo Alcaraz, second.
Sports and Entertainment Management: Mohammad Ahmad and Robby Drakeford, second.
■ Beaumont Middle School team, The Potions From There, placed first in Improv Challenge at the Destination Imagination state tournament March 14 in Cincinnati. Their scores topped not only Kentucky but also Ohio, which was a first for the Beaumont club. The club's problem-solvers also qualified for the Destination Imagination Global Finals set for May 20 to 23 in Knoxville.
In addition, the team of Hannah Broomhall, Shamik Chandrachood, Elyse Halwes, Neal Rekhraj, Brenden Talbert and Adam Telechbush received the Renaissance Award for its outstanding acting and improv qualities.
■ Winburn Middle School placed first in the quick recall contest and Tates Creek High School was runner-up in the future problem-solving component of the 2015 Governor's Cup, which culminated March 14 to 16 in Louisville. Among individuals, Eden AlQahtani of Tates Creek Middle placed first in arts and humanities, and Winburn's Austin Li was runner-up in math. Paul Laurence Dunbar's Alice Li was runner-up in composition, and classmate Kathleen Yang tied for second in mathematics.
For more details, go to Kaac.com/results.
■ The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has chosen 12 undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities.
Gaines Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of a student's junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.
UK's 12 new Gaines Fellows are:
David Cole of Monticello, majoring in English.
Eva Cortès of Lexington, majoring in international studies and French.
Rachel Dixon of Lexington, majoring in English, Spanish and writing, rhetoric and digital studies.
Nathan Hewitt of Fishers, Ind., majoring in music performance (percussion) and arts administration.
Kaylee Hicks of Versailles, majoring in international studies.
Alex Krupp of Atlanta, majoring in history and political science.
Amir Kucharski of Brookfield, Wis., majoring in chemistry and physics.
Hannah Latta of Mayfield, majoring in biology.
Sam Northrup of Wilmore, majoring in political science and international studies.
Boone Proffitt of Louisville, majoring in civil engineering.
Abby Schroering of Louisville, majoring in theater and Englis.
Natalie Watkins of Barrington, Ill., majoring in English and gender and women's studies.
■ Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund Scholarship applications are available for children of Central Kentucky Thoroughbred Horse Farm workers. Applicants must have graduated from high school or have a GED and be accepted by a college or technical school. Awards are made toward tuition and based upon financial need, merit, essay and a personal interview. The students' parent or parents must have worked for at least three years on a Central Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm. Email Mstuart727@msn.com to request an application.
■ Lexington Sister Cities has selected 34 students from across Fayette County and surrounding areas to participate in the 2015 Lexington Sister Cities Student Summer Exchange Programs to Deauville, France; County Kildare, Ireland; and Shinhidaka, Japan.
Participating students are: Collier King and Karishma Srinivasan, both of Bryan Station; Rachel Sames, George Rogers Clark, Winchester; Avery Gray, Marissa Jones, Sabrina Lozada, Quinn Andrews, Jack May, all of Henry Clay; Ryan Lemond, Evan Bunch, Joshua Dhir, Ashton Brown, Abby Wrighston, Aaron Lehew, Sarah Bowen, Grayson Ward, Lauren Burgess, Maggie Thomas, all of Lafayette; Strohmann Breeding, Erin Schickel, Drew Reynolds, Lily Iler, Garrett Amato, Nina Ryan, all of Lexington Catholic; Katherine Rintamaa and Sara Talwalkar, both of Paul Laurence Dunbar; Calbi Brewer, Karina Pezzi, and Stephanie Ramsey, all of Sayre; Elise Partain, Amanda Harris, Griffin Gensheimer, all of Tates Creek; Peter Briggs, Trinity Christian Academy; and Olivia Klee, Winburn Middle School.
■ On March 11, Sayre's Upper School Justice League, a group of students working to uplift the socially inclusive atmosphere at the school, asked fellow students to take part in a Justice Spectrum Stand Up. Upper school students were directed to position themselves on a spectrum from agree to disagree while members of the Justice League read statements about the social climate at Sayre and social justice in the world. The event opened with simple statements, such as "Basketball is more fun to watch than football," and "Pizza is the best junk food," but soon segued into more complex statements like "People feel free to express their opinion at school" and "The media has influence on how people view themselves and others." The Justice League noted that, at the beginning, most students were sure of their stance, but as more complex statements were read, more students started to move to the middle of the spectrum, which represented a neutral position. The Justice League hopes the Justice Spectrum Stand Up was able to empower conversation amongst students about how people treat each other within the Sayre community and beyond.
Acknowledging Stand for Change Day, the Justice League facilitated a campus response to bullying and harassment, asking all students and faculty to stand in silence for 1 minute to convey schoolwide solidarity against bullying.
For more information, go to Sayreschool.org.
■ Several Lexington elementary schools are benefiting from a statewide virtual book drive, in which people can donate toward providing literacy kits for children living in low-income households.
The 16Ways Foundation and Servonta Strategic Philanthropy have partnered to increase literacy in the Bluegrass. From March 4 through April 15, they are distributing books to help curb an academic summer slide because of a lack of access to reading materials. William Wells Brown Elementary, which was the lowest-performing elementary school in the latest statewide testing, received 1,000 books for its library on March 13, and each student got a new book to take home. Other Title I schools receiving a total of 1,000 books in the initial distribution were Booker T. Washington Primary and Intermediate academies, Dixie Magnet Elementary and Yates Elementary. The campaign's goal is to donate 250,000 books across Kentucky by summer.
■ KY Prevention is sponsoring an infographic contest to reduce underage drinking in Kentucky. Youth in grades 6 to 12 can create an infographic with a strong message about preventing underage drinking and upload it to Kyprevention.com by March 31. Winners will be announced at Facebook.com/KYPrevention and Twitter.com/KYPrevention at noon April 10. Top middle and high school winners will receive $100. See full contest rules at Kyprevention.com.