■ Eighty-two rising seniors in Fayette County Public Schools completed the 2015 Governor's Scholars Program. Scholars attended one of this summer's five-week sessions.
FCPS participants included:
Bryan Station High: Elyse Blakeman, Amelia Clark, Rosalyn Huff and Mary Pool.
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Carter G. Woodson Academy: Tyrus Sundy.
Henry Clay High: Kayla Beebout, Amelia Caldwell, Emily Chavez, Rena Childers, Maya Creamer, Jacob Ferguson, Anna Hensley, Isabel Jenkins, Rebika Khanal, Weiran Liu, Samantha McGehee, Anne Russell, Emily Salamanca, Eliza Schaeffer, Taylor Stewart, Noah Welch and Julia Wilson.
Lafayette High: Steven Armbruster, Karen Bethel, Katelyn Cox, Scott DiMeo, Alexandra Elias, Sarah Hall, Ashley Hall, Sophia Heredia, Ross Jenkins, Akshaykumar Kalose, Abigail Troske, and Kelsey Waltermire.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High: Margaret Davis, Janet Guo, Younjin Han, Thomas Huang, Neha Kadambi, Dasha Kolyaskina, Josephine Law, Casey Lockridge, Jasmine Luong, Akira Momozono, Saikeerthi Naidu, Parin Rekhraj, Kyra Seevers, Joanna Slusarewicz, Rachel Stevenson, Stephanie Stumbur, Angela Vichitbandha, Abigail Woolums, Jared Young and Eric Zhang.
Tates Creek High: Nolan Adams, Mohammad Ahmad, Shanze Arshad, Justine Biragane, Daniel Brenzel, Carolina Cardoso, Hannah Carpenter, Kayla Carter, McKaylee Copher, Rhett Croley, Madeline Doolin, Miles Dunn, Joshua Grossi, Hannah Hillard, Amelia Hurt, Samantha Ingram, Jharna Katwal, Chimene Ntakarutimana, John Pike IV, Landon Porter, Kathleen Sandford, Francesco Serio, Muna Shakhashiro, Amani Shalash, Brianna Stanley, Corrine Thomas, Abigail Watkins and Cameron Wyse.
■ University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment dairy faculty and students recently received awards at the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting in Champaign, Illinois.
Jeffrey Bewley, an associate extension professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences received the ADSA Foundation Scholar Award in dairy production. He also received the Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award. The award was created to recognize outstanding research by dairy production scientists less than 39 years old, during the first 10 years of their professional career.
William Silvia, dairy professor in the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences received the Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production, which recognizes outstanding teaching of undergraduate students in dairy science. Silvia has been involved in undergraduate instruction since 1985.
UK dairy science students also received honors from the ADSA in the student affiliate division, which seeks to develop leadership and promote scholarship among students interested in pursuing careers in the dairy industry. Savannah Meade received first place in dairy foods, and Megan Hardy received first place in original research. Brack Seale was elected second vice president of the division, and Bewley was elected to serve as the third year adviser.
■ The Lafayette Alumni Association awarded Carter Fifield a scholarship for $1,000 per semester for the 2015-2016 school year. Fifield will receive this scholarship for four years. Carter plans to attend the University of Kentucky and major in computer science. Three current recipients are Courtney Fields, Lauren Jacoby and Lynley Durbin.
■ Four school leaders in Fayette County Public Schools have begun a year-long executive-level leadership training funded by the state's business community. They were selected for the Kentucky Chamber Foundation's Leadership Institute for School Principals by an advisory board made up of business leaders and school superintendents. The FCPS members of the Class of 2016 are Jaynae Boateng, program director at Carter G. Woodson Academy; Twanjua Jones, principal at Yates Elementary; Jay Jones, principal at William Wells Brown Elementary; and Adam Kirk, principal at Deep Springs Elementary. They joined 42 other principals in classes this summer at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., a global provider of executive education. Their training will continue with two follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year at the Kentucky Chamber's headquarters in Frankfort.
■ Youth For Understanding is seeking loving host families in Central Kentucky to open their hearts and homes to a YFU exchange student. Host families provide love and support, three meals a day and a bed for an international high school student.
YFU families come in all shapes and sizes — kids in the home, no kids, gay couples, single people, anyone who is interested in learning more about another culture and sharing theirs.
Students come for a high school year or a semester. Host families pick the age, gender, country and hobbies the student has.
To meet YFU students and see if hosting is right for you, go to Yfuusa.org. For more information, contact Judy Beach, local field director, at (859) 368-8676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Fayette County Public Schools will offer a district-wide information night from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 2 at Henry Clay High School to spotlight its gifted and talented programs, magnet schools, and specialized academic programs. The application window for the 2016-2017 school year closes at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 7.
Magnet school options include Spanish immersion and individually prescribed education, while the district's gifted and talented programs provide services in creative and performing arts, math, science, general intellectual ability and specific academic aptitude. In addition, several schools offer specialized academic programs such as pre-engineering and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
■ Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass will provide one-to-one mentoring to students at William Wells Brown beginning this fall through the School Plus program.
Mentors will be matched with 20 second graders, spending one hour each week to support them academically.
The WWB program is fully funded and the next step is to find committed mentors. For more information about becoming a School Plus mentor, call the BBBS of the Bluegrass office at (859) 231-8181.
■ Bryan Makinen has been named executive director of public safety and risk management at Eastern Kentucky University. Makinen, who joined the university staff in 2009 after serving two years as an adjunct faculty member, has served the past six months as interim executive director of public safety. As executive director, he will have direct oversight responsibility for Public Safety, Police, the 911 Telecommunications Center, Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management and Insurance Services and Emergency Management. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies at EKU.
■ Jennifer Vlahos has been named system director of digital strategy for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. She joined KCTCS in 2011 as online marketing manager and most recently served as assistant director of digital strategy. Vlahos earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in business administration, both from Murray State University.