■ The Color of Education, an organization whose focus is to help minority, low-income or at-risk students succeed in postsecondary education, has awarded Scott County High School graduates Raul Pena and Grace Bond with $500 scholarships. The two will attend Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
Scott County High School students Gerel Jackson, Chistyn Bell, DaNesha Christopher, Shayla Boone and Lyric Gordon, senior student representatives of The Color of Education, were also honored by the organization for their leadership skills during the Awards Night Ceremony at Scott County High School on May 21.
■ Sandersville Elementary third-grader Anna Curry has won a $1,500 college savings account through the 2015 Dream Out Loud Challenge. In her essay, Curry outlined how she could change the world one day by working with schools to develop anti-bullying programs and working with young people to encourage healthier behavior. Sandersville Elementary also received $500.
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■ Four 2015 graduates have been awarded Fayette County Farm Bureau Scholarships. Rachel Hart has received $20,000 to attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in agricultural economics. She is the daughter of Kerry and Judy Hart and a graduate of Henry Clay High School. Aaron Clark has been awarded $10,000 to attend St. Catharine's College in Springfield. He is the son of Todd and Kristin Clark and is a graduate of Henry Clay High School. David Ehlert has been awarded $10,000 to attend UK where he will major in forestry. He is the son of Jeff and Kristy Ehlert. He is a graduate of the Locust Trace Agriscience Center. Brett Barton has been awarded $2,500 to attend the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. He is the son of Richard and Lisa Barton and is a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School.
■ Hye Jin Yeom and Yuri Kim, doctoral candidates at UK, performed at Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day. Yeom was one of 12 first-place winners in the college students and professionals pianist category at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, which qualified her to perform in a recital held in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on May 25. Kim was one of nine pianists to take first place in the college students and professionals category at the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, which qualified her to perform in another recital held in Weill Recital Hall on May 25 as well.
Yeom played Allegro de Concierto, Op. 49 by Spanish composer Enrique Granados. Kim played the first and third movement of George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F.
Yeom recently completed her second year of doctoral studies. She earned her master's degree in piano performance from Morehead State University.
A native of South Korea, Kim has a master's degree in piano performance from UK and a master's degree in piano pedagogy from Campbellsville University. She graduated with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from Campbellsville and was a member of the honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda.
A winner of this year's UK Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Kim also won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Competition in Kentucky. In addition to her degrees, she earned a certificate in piano pedagogy at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
■ Jean Hale, president and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, and Elizabeth "Libby" Lloyd Jones, second-generation Midway College Trustee, were honored at Midway College's second annual Spotlight Awards ceremony on May 28.
Hale was honored with the L.L. Pinkerton Vision Award for her accomplishments as a leader and role model for women in the Commonwealth. Jones, who also serves as chair of the board's academic committee, was presented with the Legacy Award for her years of dedicated service to and support for the institution.
■ Six 2015 graduates of Fayette County Public Schools have been named recipients of National Merit Scholarships: Cassie Adams, Henry Clay High School; Jonah Andreatta, Lafayette High School; Daniel Ma, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; John Meyers, Tates Creek High School and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science; Kaylyn Torkelson, Henry Clay; and Samuel Wycoff, Dunbar. The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Additional winners of college-sponsored merit scholarships will be announced July 13.
■ The Kentucky Department of Education has named 11 Alternative Programs of Distinction, including Fayette County Public Schools' The Learning Center at Linlee in and The Providence School in Wilmore. Both schools will receive $1,000 for instructional support and will be congratulated at the Kentucky Board of Education's June 2 meeting. The Learning Center, which was launched in 2009, serves students in grades 8-12 who thrive in a nontraditional school setting. The Providence School is a alternative school that serves students in grades 6-12.
■ Eric Noe, Keavy, who graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in May with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, is the inaugural winner of the Dr. James Robert Miller Annual Best Philosophy Thesis Award, which is given to the student who writes the best senior philosophy thesis as determined by a committee of at least five members of the Department of Philosophy and Religion faculty.
■ Doug A. Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center, is the recipient of the 2015 Paul A. Willis Award for Outstanding Faculty. The award, given by UK Libraries, honors the legacy of former director Paul A. Willis by recognizing one member of the libraries faculty each year. Since becoming the director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in 2008, Boyd has overseen the addition of more than 2,500 new oral history interviews to the Nunn Center's collection.
■ The Bluegrass Education Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Christian Academy, 450 West Reynolds Road, and will feature more than 15 presentations, lectures and hands-on workshops focusing on education, including magnet, gifted and special academics, home schooling, learning styles, community outreach, college tuition programs and college credit programs. The event is free to parents, teachers and students in grades K-12.
■ Kids Eat Here, a local initiative to promote the federal Summer Food Service Program, aims to ensure that all students have enough to eat during summer break. Children ages 18 and younger may eat for free at any site; it doesn't matter if they are from outside Lexington, out of state or out of the country. Program partners include Fayette County Public Schools, God's Pantry Food Bank, Employment Solutions Inc./Fresh Approach, and the city of Lexington's Division of Parks and Recreation.
For a comprehensive list of meal sites, go to Fcps.net/media/1381706/summermeals15.pdf.
■ Kindergartners starting in Fayette County Public Schools this fall can participate in several activities through this summer's fifth annual Countdown to Kindergarten, in which community organizations offer free and low-cost events for newly registered students and their families. The slate of mostly Saturday activities runs through Aug. 8.
For a list of all activities, go to Fcps.net/media/1381710/countdown15a.pdf.
The Bryan Station Class of 1975 is looking for classmates to participate in its 40th reunion, set for Aug. 28 at the Bryan Station football game against Simon Kenton High School. There will also be an Aug. 29 event which will be announced at a later date. Former classmates can go to Bshs1975.wordpress.com or the group's Facebook page at Bryan Station Classof75.