▪ Fayette County Public Schools has announced the winners of its annual Calendar Art Contest. This spring, art teachers submitted nearly 200 entries representing their students’ best work, and volunteers from the local arts community judged the pieces. The school district’s 2016-2017 calendar and family handbook will feature the artwork of 14 students.
Cover: Chloe Wade, fifth-grade, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary
August 2016: Sanina Palumbo, third-grade, Liberty Elementary
September: Sophia Bell, senior, Bryan Station High School
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October: Grace Ramey, eighth grade, Morton Middle School
November: Seanna Bryant, senior, Lafayette High School
December: Rylan Stephens, second grade, Wellington Elementary
January: Braxten Miller, fourth grade, Stonewall Elementary
February: Ar Monni Cowherd, third grade, Mary Todd Elementary
March: Lauren Meacham, freshman, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
April: Stephanie Lynn Fox, junior, Locust Trace AgriScience Center
May: Caroline Browne, eighth grade, Beaumont Middle School
June: Pol Marti, first grade, Picadome Elementary
July: Tuesday Hadden, eighth grade, SCAPA at Bluegrass
August 2017: Eric Mu, preschool, UK Early Childhood Lab
▪ Jessica Brumley of Lawrenceburg, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Taiwan as an English Teaching Assistant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Brumley will be teaching English in Yilan, Taiwan, as part of her project.
▪ Allia Vaez, a senior at EKU, has been selected by the newly established Global Citizenship Alliance (Globalcitizenshipalliance.org) as its first and only all-expenses-paid student-leader intern for 2016. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in chemistry (pre-med) this May, Vaez will join a half dozen or so other interns from around the world in Austria at the Salzburg Global Seminar, whose mission is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of worldwide concern and which will provide a home and a workplace for her during a three-month internship with the Alliance.
▪ Four of the seven new statewide officers elected at this spring’s Kentucky TSA conference hail from Fayette County Public Schools: Alison Rickert of Tates Creek High School, president; McKayla Weaver of Lafayette High, treasurer; Katie Yoder of Paul Laurence Dunbar High, secretary; and Suzie Rickert of Southern Middle, sergeant-at-arms.
Members of several school clubs also earned kudos in the Technology Student Association’s state competition April 25-27 in Louisville.
Lexington Traditional Magnet School
Junior Solar Sprint: first place, Jayla and Caleb Pence, Emily Kostelnik and Cooper Samuelson
Video Game Design: first place, Kevin Anderson, Caleb Hunley, Chase Smith and Lequan Wilson; runner-up, Caleb Cole and Irving Flores
Structural Engineering: first place, Jacob Hunley and Jack Swanagin; runner-up, Caleb Hunley and Chase Smith; third place, Canaan Hunley and Terrin Chrisco
System Control: runner-up, Caleb Hunley, Chase Smith and Lequan Wilson
Technology Bowl: runner-up, Cooper Samuelson, Jacob Hunley and Jack Swanagin; third, Chase Smith, Will Hounshell and Lequan Wilson
Children’s Stories: third, Chase Smith and Lequan Wilson
Southern Middle School
Biotechnology: first place, Gracie Brooks, Susie Rickert, Kainat Syed and Nolan VanKleeck; runner-up, Ayden Sharp, Sophie Shelton and Nyia Thomas; third, Mackenzie Reeder and Victoria Scott
CAD Foundations: first place, Troy Nolan; runner-up, Susie Rickert; third, Sam Head
Career Prep: first place, Tiana Fisher; runner-up, Shaylin Lewis; third, Tyler Nichols
Challenging Technology: first place, Katelin Shelton and Allyson VanHaaren; third, Gracie Brooks and Kainat Syed
Children’s Stories: first place, Ayden Sharp
Community Service Video: first place, Mackenzie Reeder and Victoria Scott; runner-up, Paige Daniel, Sabrina Johnson, Machlie Lamartiniere and Caitlin Young
Digital Photography: first place, Fiaz Shah; runner-up, Katelin Shelton
Dragster: first place, Mason Smith
Environmental Engineering: first place, Gracie Brooks, Paige Daniel, Sabrina Johnson and Caitlin Young
Essays on Technology: first place, Susie Rickert; runner-up, Kainat Syed; third, Madi Knapp
Flight: first place, Mason Smith; runner-up, Shaylin Lewis; third, Sophie Shelton
Geospatial Technology: first place, Gracie Brooks, Archi Patel, Fiaz Shah, Nabeel Shah and Kainat Syed
Medical Technology: first place, Tiana Fisher, Iris Hipolito, Archi Patel and Fiaz Shah; third, Shaylin Lewis and Sophie Shelton
Promotional Marketing: first place, Mason Smith; runner-up, Caitlin Young; third, Paige Daniel
Technical Design: first place, Seth Langston and Susie Rickert; runner-up Sam Head and Nolan VanKleeck; third, Kensey Jochim and Troy Nolan
Website Design: first place, Nabeel Shah and Joseph Stewart; runner-up, Sam Head, Seth Langston, Tyler Nichols, Fiaz Shah, and Nolan VanKleeck
Catapult Design: runner-up, Madi Knapp, Sophie Shelton and Nyia Thomas; third, Seth Langston, Reed Nichols, Tyler Nichols and Mason Smith
Leadership Strategies: runner-up, Gracie Brooks, Susie Rickert and Kainat Syed; third, Madi Knapp, Shaylin Lewis and Sophie Shelton
Prepared Speech: runner-up, Madi Knapp; third, Victoria Scott
Forensics Technology: third, Katelin Shelton and Allyson VanHaaren
Inventions and Innovations: third, Paige Daniel, Sabrina Johnson, Machlie Lamartiniere and Caitlin Young;
Junior Solar Sprint: third, Michael Alaniz and Jackson Hurley
Lafayette High School
2D Architectural CADD: first place, Ethan Peck; runner-up, Sean Go
Essays on Technology; first place, Kaley Nolan; third, Ben Stone
3D Engineering CADD: runner-up, Jimmy Rose; third, Michael Snowden
Children’s Stories: runner-up, McKayla Weaver
Future Technology Teacher; runner-up, Kaley Nolan
Promotional Graphics: runner-up Kaley Nolan
Debating Technological Issues: third, McKayla Weaver and Kaley Nolan
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Software Development: first place, Elvin Irihamye
Children’s Stories: first place, Katie Yoder and Lucy Yang
Extemporaneous Speech, first place, Elvin Irihamye
Prepared Presentation: first place, Lucy Yang
Desktop Publishing: first place, Jacob Styer; third, Alex Mesones
Digital Video Production: runner-up, Kate Overstreet and Kate Yoder
CAD 2D Architecture: third, Cameron Lydon
Promotional Graphics: third, Lucy Yang
Tates Creek High School
Career Prep: first place, Lauren Miller
Fashion Design: first place, Katie Nichols, Sydney Harris, Michael Head and Quinn McWhorter
Chapter Team: runner-up, Katie Nichols, Sydney Harris, Michael Head, Quinn McWhorter, Lauren Miller and Alison Rickert
Debating Technological Issues: runner-up, Mikayla Day and Eva Grossi
Essays on Technology: runner-up, Mikayla Day
Flight: runner-up, Mohammad Shalash
Prepared Presentation: runner-up: Eva Grossi
Flight: third, Conner Wallin
Digital Video Production: third, Mikayla Day, Rachel Donahue, Jarod Graves, Eva Grossi and Connor Wallin
▪ Carson Crovo of Lafayette (SCAPA) was runner-up in the high school division of the 18th annual Nathaniel Patch Piano Competition, which is sponsored by the Bluegrass Area Music Teachers Association.
About 60 students from across Kentucky and Ohio competed April 23 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Several from Fayette County Public Schools earned honorable mention: Anna Du of Breckinridge Elementary, William Auer of SCAPA at Bluegrass, Ntinyari Miriti of Lafayette (SCAPA), and Andy Du and Maxwell Qiu of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
▪ The Rotary Club of Lexington saluted a group of outstanding high school seniors during its April 28 awards program at Fasig-Tipton, including Joanna Slusarewicz of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, who received the $10,000 scholarship as the Rotary Scholar Award winner for 2016. Among Joanna’s activities are captain of her school’s Future Problem Solvers, founder of Dunbar’s Kentucky Junior Historical Society, president of the Science National Honor Society, editor of Dunbar’s literary magazine, first chair clarinet in the school’s concert band, and principal clarinet for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. Joanna plans to major in computer science at Yale University.
The Rotary Club also announced its All-Fayette County High School Academic Team. These honorees from FCPS each received a $1,000 scholarship: Ella Helmuth of Bryan Station High, Eliza Jane Schaeffer of Henry Clay, Steven Armbruster of Lafayette, Connor Krolak of Dunbar, and Nolan Adams of Tates Creek High.
Keriann Ferguson of Dunbar received the Milward Cup and a $250 award for demonstrating “Service above Self.” She has participated in a mission trip to Guatemala and volunteered at God’s Pantry, Cardinal Hill hospital, Morton Middle School, and the International Book Project. Keriann also made the academic all-state teams in volleyball and swimming. An accomplished pianist, she plans to major in middle school education at the University of Kentucky.
In addition, Lafayette’s Whitney Walker received the Jack T. Bryden Great Teacher Award, based on essays submitted by two students. Walker, who received a $1,000 award, teaches courses in government, world cultures, and AP human geography.
▪ Cassidy Elementary and Bryan Station Middle School topped the 2016 Battle of the Books reading incentive program, a series of competitions in Fayette County Public Schools. Cassidy’s final-round team, coached by librarian Melissa Adams, included Carter Cohron, Tanisha Garg and Lucy Rogers. The alternates were Eva Blackman, Madeline Deep, Addison Kenny and Lukas Tsappis. The winning group from Bryan Station, coached by librarian Melissa Brewer, was Grace Brown, Arden Ensor and Zachary Henz. Alternates were Hannah Campbell and Erin Kendall.
In the elementary finals on April 28 in Norsworthy Auditorium at the district’s central office, Veterans Park was runner-up, Harrison came in third, and Maxwell placed fourth. In the middle school finals April 21, Leestown was runner-up, Beaumont placed third, and Tates Creek finished fourth.
A total of 22 schools participated in this year’s Battle of the Books, which encourages students to read with particular attention to detail.