▪ Each spring, Fayette County Public Schools salutes a group of freshmen through the Ninth Grade Improvement Awards, which encourage students to persevere through obstacles and give their best effort.
Each school selected one ninth-grader as its most improved in the 2015-16 school year, and those students received Bluetooth speakers courtesy of Pomeroy and Dell.
Bryan Station High: Leah Walker
Henry Clay High: Hawah Massaquoi
Lafayette High: Yolanda Morales
Martin Luther King Jr. Academy: Sherry Hollan
Paul Laurence Dunbar High: Sally Yessin
STEAM Academy: Keziah Thomas
Tates Creek High: Marilin Mazariegos
The Learning Center at Linlee: Molly Orr
▪ Zariah Embry, a senior in the MSTC program at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, is one of Kentucky’s four Gates Millennium Scholars in the class of 2016. These 1,000 students across the country, who must demonstrate financial need, will be able to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges and universities of their choosing. Zariah plans to study Spanish and physical therapy at Emory University in Atlanta.
▪ Eliza Jane Schaeffer, a senior who is on the track-and-field team at Henry Clay High School, has received the 2016 Tommy Bell Award, which goes to Fayette County’s most outstanding scholar-athlete as chosen by high school principals, coaches and sports media members. The Lexington Rotary Club honored her at a luncheon May 12.
She plans to attend Dartmouth College this fall, minoring in public policy; she has not yet decided on a major.
The Tommy Bell Award is named for an attorney, NFL referee, humanitarian and active Rotarian who died in 1986. Eliza Jane is the third consecutive Henry Clay student to receive the honor.
▪ Five students from Edythe J. Hayes Middle School earned kudos in the 2016 Junior American Citizens Contest, sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The competition, which is open to grades K-12, includes art (poster, stamp design, photo essay or banner), creative expression (short story or poem), and community service categories. This year’s theme was “Celebrate America.”
Cayden Rose, stamp design: first place at state, first in the East Central division (five-state region), and third place nationally.
Evan Strobel, short story: first place at state and first in East Central division.
Samuel Maison, poetry: first place at state and runner-up in East Central division.
Emily Jones, photo essay: first place at state.
Taeryn Mackie, poster: runner-up at state.
▪ Anna Sullinger of Beaumont Middle School has been named the Kentucky Association of Family and Consumer Sciences’ 2016 teacher of the year.
Sullinger, who is in the running for the national AAFCS teacher of the year, has taught family and consumer sciences for 10 years.
▪ Winburn Middle School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School set the pace at the Kentucky Junior Historical Society’s 2016 state convention and the National History Day state competition, held April 29 and 30 at the University of Kentucky.
The KJHS contests’ top placements included the following from Fayette County Public Schools.
History Bowl: runner-up, Winburn Middle No. 1: Aneesh Kadambi, Ashwin Kamineni, Josh Harris and Ryan Sperry; third place, Winburn No. 2: John Adkins, Reka Gal, Jada Meads and Libby Weaver.
Impromptu exhibit: first place, Paul Laurence Dunbar High: Jin Cho, Karina Henson, Ivy Irihamye, Megan Slusarewicz and Divya Sunderam; runner-up, Winburn Middle: Katie Biddle, Anna Bird-Pollan, Melissa Hanneman and Charles Snoddy.
History test: first place, Libby Weaver of Winburn and Cici Mao of Dunbar; runner-up, Reka Gal of Winburn and Jin Cho of Dunbar; third, Ashwin Kamineni of Winburn and Karina Henson of Dunbar.
Impromptu essay: first place, Libby Weaver of Winburn and Joanna Slusarewicz of Dunbar; runner-up, Claire Qian of Winburn and Jin Cho of Dunbar; third, Reka Gal of Winburn and Megan Slusarewicz of Dunbar.
Art: first place, Claire Qian of Winburn and Joanna Slusarewicz of Dunbar; runner-up, Cici Mao of Dunbar; third, Josh Harris of Winburn and Karina Henson of Dunbar.
In addition, the regional winners met in the National History Day state showdown, presenting the theme “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” The top two places advance to the national NHD competition June 12 to 16 at the University of Maryland.
Group exhibit: first place, Winburn Middle: John Adkins, Ryan Sperry and Evan Yang.
Individual website: first place, Angus Maske of Dunbar High; first place, Lily Gardner of Winburn Middle; third, Ayush Kumar of Winburn Middle.
Group website: first place, Ronit Kar and Ben Xie of Dunbar High; first place, Claire Qian and Rocco Wrentmore of Winburn Middle.
Paper: first place, Amir Abou-Jaoude of Henry Clay High; runner-up, Austin Li of Dunbar; third, David Ma of Dunbar; third, Nicole Wong of Winburn.
Individual documentary: runner-up, Sitara True of Winburn.
Group documentary: first place, Dunbar: Joanna and Megan Slusarewicz.
Also, under special honors, Dylan Li of Winburn received the Kentucky Sports Authority Award for his documentary about the players association encountering the NFL to change views of sports law.
▪ Of the 246 seventh-graders from Fayette County Public Schools who tested through the Duke University Talent Identification Program through February of this academic year, 27 qualified for grand recognition honors (including 18 from Tates Creek Middle), and 147 qualified for state accolades. The 2016 grand recognition ceremony, set for May 16 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., is for seventh-graders who scored as well as or better than 90 percent of recent high school graduates on least one part of the ACT or SAT. Only about 3 percent qualify at this level.
Beaumont Middle — Grand recognition: Isabelle Lin, Fernando Macchiavello Cauvi, Walker Prather and Erin Stratton. State recognition: Andrew Blakemore, Tatum Colvin, Clay Culbertson, Devyn Fleming, Kaitlin Hicks, Weston Holloman, Emma Jinright, Anna Keplinger, Rachel Kraus, Christina Lumpp, Emily Onan, Alison Otipoby, Preet Patel, Mark Porter, Khalid Rashad, Katherine Schweighardt, Madison Smith, Taylor Smith, Relmond Van Daniker, McKenna Walker, Brandon Wang and Lindsay Willard.
Bryan Station Middle — State recognition: Grace Brown, Sarah Jones, Benjamin Shapere, Acacia Smallwood and Elena Verdecchia.
Edythe J. Hayes Middle —– Grand recognition: Sacha Wesley. State recognition: Haley Bennett, Charlotte Boyd, Madilyn Fields, Zen Kropp, Abby Nudd, Alexandria Troth and Emily Wrede.
Jessie Clark Middle — State recognition: Connor Arnold, Emma Bush, Demetrius Cherry, Haowen Chih, Sieun Lee, Brett Painter, John Palmisano, Christian Potter, Mariam Shofner, Sophie Sirlouis and Brandon Taylor.
Leestown Middle — State recognition: Hunter Abshire, Jacob Begley and Richard Smith.
Lexington Traditional Magnet — State recognition: Alexander Dimayuga, Sebastian Fonseca and Jackson Gonzales.
Morton Middle — State recognition: Jeb Brown, Micah Cowen, Franklin Will Cundiff, William Fain, Malina Gaworski, Peter Marino, Raidyn Morian, Richard Page, Emma Shadwick, Abigail Shadwick and Luke Stone.
SCAPA at Bluegrass — State recognition: Meaghan Haddix and Sarah Sajadi.
Southern Middle — State recognition: Madison Arnett, Brandon Coupal, Alexander Milum, Katelin Shelton, Peyton Twerdi and Andrew Waters.
Tates Creek Middle — Grand recognition: Sarah Albrecht, Arik Baron, Jaden Basham, Nicholas Clevenger, Jonathan Dean, Elias Dyer, Aneesha Edwards, Megan Ewing, Gabriel Gatsos, Benjamin Guan, Joseph Ilagan, Noah Katz, Catherine Lucier, Catlin Meora Mamaril, Simon Palmer, Gabriella Staykova, Angela Wang and Hannah Whaley. State recognition: Hannah Botts, Claire Bryant, Liam Cercone, Sarah Clark, Brooke Cole, Kambry Davis, Campbell Deyoung, Tiyan Duan, Alexander Dyson, Kaedan Fleischer, Conor Kelley, Irene Kim, David Logsdon, Nyasha Musoni, Haley Noehren, Ellis Padgett, Joonwoo Park, Luke Ransom, Sofia Ricketts, Ryan Russell, Ethan Scot, Caroline Smith and Justin Xu.
Winburn Middle — Grand recognition: Sadie Bograd, Emma Falluji, Pedro Storch and Lohith Tummala. State recognition: Sneha Amrit, Elizabeth Badgett, Anne Bohannon, Avagail Chen, Landon Dangelo, Sam Ederington, Connor Foley, Noah Ford, Katherine Henson, Tahsen Hossain, Joshua Howard, Juliann Hyatt, Zoe Jenkins, Jasmine Kirk, Matthew Klee, Daniel Mendoza, Mia Messerli, Elizabeth Moore, Dallas Rager, Kori Silence, Delaney Staley, Aditya Sundarrajan, Sitara True, Dominic Verry, Wendy Wei, Henry Worth and Nancy Zhang.
In addition, Winburn’s Pedro Storch was one of 83 students nationwide selected for a new category of recognition called Talent Search Scholars of Distinction. This honor is for students who earned a perfect score in one or more subtest areas of the ACT or SAT, and Pedro scored a 36 on the science portion of the ACT.
▪ Eighty-three students in FCPS enrolled this year in the fourth- to sixth-grade talent search based on their standardized test scores, and eligibility indicates exceptional academic ability. Participants receive stimulating opportunities through online lessons, publications, a writing contest, and the Duke TIP Book Club. Award ribbons were sent to each school for local recognition this spring.
Ashland Elementary — Alexander Stumbur, Max Ederington and Isabella Galavotti.
Athens-Chilesburg Elementary — Jamison Gordon.
Beaumont Middle — Grant Clifford.
Cassidy Elementary — Fatimah Alomar, Meryl Crandall, Maddox Ingram, Elizabeth Mattmiller, William Shrensker, Ellie Tucker, Lydia Van Metre, Katherine Hawse, Caroline Mitcham, Anna Palumbo and Sophie Spielmann.
Garden Springs Elementary — Mohit Patel.
Leestown Middle — Alexandra McDowell, James Milburn, Abigail Peck and Alyssa Yates.
Meadowthorpe Elementary — Cerise Archer, Tanner Isaacs, Elizabeth Owen, Joseph Vulakh, Justin Wong, Zach Romero and Hunter Williams.
Rosa Parks Elementary — Keira Antoni, Megan Barrett, Samuel Feola, Casey Fleming, Chakrapani Gudlavalleti, John Jurjans, Daniyaal Karim, Kiran Koul, Allison Kronenberg, Naomi Male, Preston Maloney, Elena Moseley, Allison Neltner, Anthony Porter, Alexis Powell, Camden Richardson, Jackson Sharp, Shanel Skaggs, Emily Walsh, Emma White and Christiana Zhou.
SCAPA at Bluegrass — Samantha Miculinich, Marian Byrne, Claire Dacey, Emma English, Jeffery Li, Bryce Mayo, Ivana Stogsdill, Luise Wendroth, Sophia Zhou and Karsten Vanmeter.
Tates Creek Elementary — Amber Knight.
Tates Creek Middle – Alexandra Bradbury, Dylan Childress, Piper Covert, Edward Donson, Ethan Fernandez, Angela Gao, Maggie Gentry, William Greenlee, Jessica Harrison, Avery Nelson, Caitlyn Smith, Arthur Sultanou, Albert Tang, Amelia Terry, Ava Thurman, Emily Wang and Molly Wilcoxson.
Wellington Elementary — Grayson Guilliom, Tehmina Manshad and Abbott Renfro.
Winburn Middle — Arrington Chen, James Chen and Edward Lipsitz.
In addition, four youngsters in FCPS earned special recognition after achieving a composite score in the 99th percentile or higher on the ACT EXPLORE test, an assessment designed for eighth-graders. Of the 8,353 students nationwide who took this test (33 in FCPS), 364 qualified for this recognition, including Ethan Fernandez of Tates Creek Middle, Zachary Rossi and James Winkler of Cassidy Elementary, and Ayush Kumar of Rosa Parks Elementary (perfect score).
▪ Fayette County Public Schools has six seniors who are among Kentucky’s 32 recipients of the 2016 National Merit $2,500 scholarships:
Steven Armbruster of Lafayette High School, who plans to study chemical engineering; Jasmine Liu of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, environmental policy; Eliza Jane Schaeffer of Henry Clay High School, political science; Joanna Slusarewicz of Dunbar, computer science; Jamie Smith of Henry Clay, foreign service; and Runyang Zhang of Dunbar, business administration.
▪ Inspired by the theme “Let Your Imagination Fly,” nearly three dozen students in Fayette County Public Schools received state-level honors in the 2015-2016 Reflections contest.
In addition, four FCPS entries advanced for national judging, and Joanna Cholewo of Tates Creek Middle School received an Award of Excellence in the visual arts category.
Statewide honorees from Fayette County Public Schools (primary = grades K-2; intermediate = grades 3-5)
Overall winner: Laura Holsclaw, Beaumont Middle School (advanced to nationals)
Awards of excellence: Grace Michaels, Lafayette High School; and Jackson Gonzales, Lexington Traditional Magnet School
Awards of merit: Christopher Revis, Bryan Station High School; Miyan Santalucia, Wellington Elementary (intermediate); Reese Lile, Glendover Elementary (intermediate); and Luke Majors, Maxwell Elementary (primary).
Awards of excellence: Elora Mukhopadhyay, Lafayette High; Jessica Mukhopadhyay, Picadome Elementary (intermediate); and Benjamin Augustus Moore, Wellington Elementary (primary)
Award of merit: Camille Harn, STEAM Academy.
Awards of excellence: Elora Mukhopadhyay, Lafayette High; Carson Hardee, Lafayette High; and Katie Beth Skaggs, Stonewall Elementary (primary)
Awards of merit: Trinity Prather, Jesse Clark Middle; and Elise Trimble, Rosa Parks Elementary.
Overall winner: Karver Caswell, Stonewall Elementary (primary; advanced to nationals)
Awards of excellence: Christopher Revis, Bryan Station High; and Griffin Shively, Beaumont Middle
Awards of merit: Elora Mukhopadhyay, Lafayette High; and Jenna Strange, STEAM Academy
Awards of Excellence: Brenden Talbert, STEAM Academy; Hanna Lyons, STEAM Academy; Noah Katz, Tates Creek Middle; and Taylor McQuillen, Rosa Parks Elementary (primary)
Overall state winner and national Award of Excellence: Joanna Cholewo, Tates Creek Middle
Overall winner: Iris Zhou, Veterans Park Elementary (primary; advanced to nationals)
Award of Excellence: Ethan Tyler Martion, STEAM Academy
Awards of Merit: Elora Mukhopadhyay, Lafayette High; Kevin Lin, Jessie Clark Middle; and Ava Vono, Liberty Elementary (intermediate)
▪ Members of the 16th District PTA and FCPS supporters gathered May 11 at Fasig-Tipton to celebrate the successes of 2015-16, congratulate outstanding school chapters and volunteers, and encourage perseverance.
The following PTA/PTSA awards were acknowledged during the annual luncheon.
$1,500 scholarship recipients: Brittnany Graham of Bryan Station High School, Myles Murray of Henry Clay/Opportunity Middle College, Sibley Miller of Lafayette, Harper Dawahare of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ibrahem Abed of Tates Creek, and Christopher Revis of Bryan Station/The Stables (exceptional child category)
Outstanding programs: Glendover Elementary and STEAM Academy
New chapter recognition: Garrett Morgan Elementary (opening in August)
National PTA Schools of Excellence: Veterans Park Elementary and Lafayette High School
Judy Whitmer Award: Cassidy Elementary
Harold L. Steele Award: Edythe J. Hayes Middle School
Ronald Walton Award: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Highest percentage of PTA membership, based on student enrollment: Veterans Park Elementary, Tates Creek Middle and Lafayette High School
Chapters that increased their membership rolls: Ashland, Booker T. Washington Intermediate, Breckinridge, Bryan Station Middle, Bryan Station High, Cassidy, Edythe J. Hayes, Glendover, Harrison, James Lane Allen, Julius Marks, Lafayette, Lansdowne, Leestown, Lexington Traditional Magnet, Liberty, Mary Todd, Maxwell, Meadowthorpe, Millcreek, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Rosa Parks, Sandersville, Tates Creek Middle, Veterans Park, William Wells Brown and Yates.
100 percent attendance at PTA roundtables: Glendover and Wellington elementaries, Jessie Clark Middle, Lexington Traditional Magnet and STEAM Academy
John & Maggie Price Award, for courage and devotion through volunteerism: Jenna Jennings from Tates Creek Middle’s PTSA
Judi Conrad Leadership Award: Shelley Ayoob from Rosa Parks Elementary’s PTA