■ The UK Human Development Institute has honored Harold Kleinert and Katie Hastings with the 2015 Paul Kevin Burberry Award, named in memory of the Berea native who pioneered a trail in the public school system. Burberry was the first student with significant physical disabilities, due to cerebral palsy, to complete Berea Community High School.
Kleinert has served people with intellectual disabilities for nearly 47 years, the last 27 of those as part of HDI. He retired June 30 from his position as the executive director of HDI. He also serves on the board of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Hastings is a former HDI Graduate Certificate student and is currently a research assistant for the Kentucky Peer Support Network Project.
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Burberry graduated with highest honors and went on to attend Berea College and the University of Kentucky, where he majored in philosophy. He was a self-advocate and worked on an HDI project that created training modules in developmental disabilities for medical school students and other allied health student professionals that are still used today. Burberry's life was cut short prior to his anticipated graduation, and he was awarded his UK degree posthumously, with highest honors, in May 2004.
The award — the highest honor awarded annually by HDI — is given to individuals involved with HDI who have exemplified in his or her life the leadership, advocacy and commitment to persons with disabilities and their families that Burberry demonstrated in his own life.
■ During 2015 commencement exercises at Oneida Baptist Institute on May 16, Lexington resident Addison Fry received the John Michael Davis Citizenship award, one of the school's highest honors bestowed on a graduating senior. The award, voted by the high school faculty and staff, is given to a senior who is well known for his or her concern for others and is outstanding in the area of service to others. Fry was a sophomore when she enrolled at Oneida Baptist Institute, a private, Christian boarding school in Clay county for students in grades 6-12.
■ Eastern Kentucky University graduate Lauren Moore is one of 57 recipients nationwide of a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. The Crestwood native, who maintained a 4.0 GPA to graduate as an Honors Scholar in May with a bachelor's degree in biology and minor in chemistry, received $5,000. Moore plans to attend the University of Louisville College of Medicine this fall. She is the fourth EKU student to receive the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, following Fotina Lefta in 2009, Alisa Pulver in 2011 and Mike Mazzotta in 2012.
■ The following area students attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Kentucky Seminar at Eastern Kentucky University from June 10 to 14: Carson Hardee, representing Lafayette High School, is the son of Linda and Tony Hardee; Salim Celik, representing Lafayette, is the son of Muge Celik; Abby Dollus, representing Lexington Christian Academy, is the daughter of Molly and Matt Dollus; Kathryn Radtke of Versailles, representing Lexington Catholic High School, is the daughter of Angela Radtke; McKenzie Norris, representing Sayre School, is the daughter of Robin Norris; David Gambrell of Nicholasville, representing Veritas Christian Academy, is the son of Rebecca and Chris Gambrell; Jordan Bell, representing Henry Clay High School, is the son of Kathy and Jerry Bell; Sydney Wilcoxson, representing Henry Clay High School, is the daughter of Leigh and Kory Wilcoxson; and Abigail Beckman, representing Lexington Catholic, is the daughter of Diana Beckman.