■ Haley Dragoo, a rising sophomore at Bryan Station High School, is among several statewide recipients of KET's inaugural Distance Learning Book Awards, which recognize students' exceptional interest in and dedication to their coursework in 2014-15. Each winner received a book selected by their instructor. For Haley, who studied Latin, it was Roma: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor.
■ Bryan Station Middle School paced Fayette County Public Schools in the 2015 World Fit competition, finishing third nationally in the large-school division as its students logged 5 miles apiece per day for a total of 132,478 miles. Beaumont Middle placed fourth with a 4.2-mile average (191,572 total miles). Both schools also earned gold medal status because their students averaged at least 3 miles a day.
Beaumont won the national title in 2010 and 2013, Morton in 2011, and Winburn in 2012.
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■ Paxton Barnett and Rylan Toland of Eastside Technical Center placed 10th in Interactive Applications and Game Development at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 24 and 25 in Louisville.
More than 6,000 outstanding students — all state contest winners — competed hands-on in 100 trade, technical and leadership fields. They worked against the clock and one another, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Meanwhile, leadership contestants demonstrated their extemporaneous speaking skills and conducted meetings by parliamentary procedure.
■ Eastern Kentucky University's online RN-BSN program has been ranked as one of the 50 best programs in the United States, according to Bestmedicaldegrees.com. EKU ranks 30th on the recently released list of the "50 Best Value Online RN to BSN Degree Programs." Factors weighed in comparing schools included accreditation, cost and length of program. To learn more, go to Go.eku.edu/BSNBestValue.
■ Everett McCorvey of the University of Kentucky received the 2015 Alabama Distinguished Artist Award at the Celebration of the Arts awards ceremony at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery on May 20.
A professor of voice and the director and executive producer of UK Opera Theatre at the UK School of Music, McCorvey received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama. He is artistic director of the National Chorale, as well as founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, and president of a production and management company for musical/ theatrical events named Global Creative Connections.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts annually recognizes individuals who made contributions to the arts at the Celebration of the Arts. McCorvey was one of seven people recognized this year. Tenor Roderick George performed at the event in honor of McCorvey with a Metropolitan Opera favorite from Rigoletto. George is an acclaimed member of the American Spiritual Ensemble.
■ Campbellsville University has been ranked 48th in the top 100 most affordable small colleges west of the Mississippi by Great Values Colleges. For the ranking, Great Values Colleges limited its selection to small schools (4,000 students or fewer) east of the Mississippi. Only traditional four-year schools were considered in the ranking. Community colleges, online colleges, graduate schools or specialty universities, such as established seminaries, were not considered. Campbellsville University also has been named fourth-most affordable among top 50 Christian colleges in the United States by ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org and in Top 10 colleges nationwide for lowest student debt loans at graduation by The Project on Student Debt.
■ Two Future Business Leaders of America students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School — Jasmine Liu and Linda Zhang — placed second in the marketing category at the national conference June 29 through July 2 in Chicago. Their club adviser is business education teacher Robin Johnson.
■ Four students from Eastern Kentucky University received awards at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference for their work on business-related projects.
Dalton Stanley and Daniel Bevins, both from Pikeville, each earned second place in the category of business presentation and ninth place in business decision making. Rachel Keys, Taylorsville, finished fourth in the help desk category. Wendi Smith of Pikeville earned 10th place for desktop publishing. Also attending the event was Alex Martin of Richmond.
■ Bobby Barton has received the highest honor bestowed by the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Barton, of Richmond, a professor emeritus in Eastern Kentucky University's athletic training program, received the Eve Becker-Doyle Leadership Award at the 66th NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo on June 22. The award is the highest honor given to an NATA member for outstanding leadership and volunteerism within the organization. Barton has been active in the association throughout his career, serving in a number of roles, including on the board of directors for a number of years and two terms as the president. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association named a scholarship after him.
■ The Campbellsville University Athletic Boosters Club will host its 11th annual charity auction and dinner in Winters Dining Hall at the E. Bruce Heilman Student Complex at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6.
A live auction will feature approximately 25 items and a silent auction will have 90 items, including sports collectibles, golf outings and family vacation packages.
Tickets are $25. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased from Campbellsville coaches or booster members or by calling Karen Fawcett at (270) 789-5257 or Jason England at (270) 789-5290.
■ Tanlee Wasson has been named assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness and institutional research at Eastern Kentucky University.
Wasson joined the university in June after five years as director of institutional effectiveness at Indiana University Southeast. She brings more than 13 years of institutional effectiveness and research experience from a career she began as a graduate assistant in EKU's Office of Institutional Research.
In her new role Wasson will lead the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the Office of Institutional Research.