▪ Michaela Reinhart of Lexington Catholic High School has been named by The Gatorade Co., in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports, as its 2015-16 Gatorade Kentucky Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Reinhart is the first to be chosen from Lexington Catholic High School.
The award, which recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Reinhart as Kentucky’s best high school girls cross-country runner. Reinhart is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
The 5-foot-3 sophomore raced to the Class 2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:03.6, leading the Knights to a third-place finish as a team. A 2015 First Team All-State Selection, Reinhart earned 10th place at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast championships, crossing the line in 17:50.1.
Reinhart has maintained a 4.0 GPA. A member of the National Spanish Honor Society and the president of the student council, she has participated on a service mission trip on behalf of her church and has volunteered as a youth track and field coach.
Reinhart will begin her junior year of high school this fall.
For more on the Gatorade program, including nomination information, a list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, go to Gatorade.com/poy.
▪ Two local students were recognized by Gilda’s Club in Louisville as part of the Write Stuff contest, which asked students in grades 6-12 to share their personal experiences and reflections of what it’s like to live with cancer – either their own or someone close to them – through essays, poetry, 2-dimensional artwork and videos.
Ethan Scott-Smith, a home-schooled student from Lexington, won second place and $250 in the students who have had cancer themselves essay category. Sarah Fields, a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, won second place and $250 in the poetry category.
Winning entries may be published or displayed in an effort to help educate students, teachers, counselors and others about the teen perspective of living with cancer.
For more information about Gilda’s Club, go to Gildasclublouisville.org.
▪ Students across the Commonwealth auditioned for the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2016 All-State High School Chorus. Vocalists in grades 10-12 tried out in quartets, all performing the same piece, sung a cappella; they also had to sight-sing. The association chose the top students and assigned them to one of three ensembles: a women’s chorus, a men’s group and a mixed choir of soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
The 2016 Kentucky Junior High Chorus includes seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders selected by recorded audition, and the children’s group is made up of fifth- and sixth-graders who prepared solo and rhythmic/melodic patterns for their recorded audition.
The younger ensembles will perform at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 4 during the association’s statewide conference in Louisville. The high school students will follow at 8 p.m. Feb. 5. For ticket information, go to Kentuckycenter.org/all-shows/kmea-2016.
All-State Women’s Chorus
Henry Clay: Olivia Owens and Anne Russell.
Lafayette: Laura Asher, Ashton Brown, Diane Clements, Bonnie Kuntz, Hannah Neff, Quentin Prewitt, Ellie Reece, Erica Scott, Jasmine Webb and Lexi Zapata.
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Emily Prater.
Tates Creek: Amelia Hurt.
All-State Men’s Chorus
Lafayette: Daniel Balko, Kaan Celik, Cooper Fitch, David Forish, Andrew Herrmann, Sam Ifeacho, Jared Sayers and Troy Walton.
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Stephen Perry.
Tates Creek: Renner Clements, Colin Fleming, Ivan Vela and Hayden Wise.
All-State Mixed Chorus
Lafayette: Kurtis Brown, Sarah Byrd, Katie Damron, Scott DiMeo, Catarine Hancock, Hannah Hetzel-Ebben, Jason Jackson, Maya Jundi, Allie Langdorf, Grace Money, Hannah Shannon, Kason Speir, Gareth Walker and Slade Warnken.
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Erin Connors.
Tates Creek: Kashaun Argrett, Spencer Horman, Ethan Mooney, Caleb Nelson and Brianna Stanley.
Junior High Mixed Chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)
Jessie Clark Middle: Alyssa Mercurio.
Leestown Middle: Elly Chula, Arielle Senior, DaMontaveious Smith and Ja’Kyla Traynham.
SCAPA at Bluegrass: Luke Dailey, Virgil Lewis, Kendall McCormick and Jeffrey Thomas Snow.
Southern Middle: Benjamin Brewer.
Winburn Middle: Kori Silence.
Henry Clay High: Elizabeth Bowling.
Lafayette High: Williams Arkinson, Justin Bentley, Kiara Butts and Daryn Polzin
Paul Laurence Dunbar High: Dylan Beers, Jack Burton, Damon Deaton, Andy Du and Max Taylor
Junior High Treble Chorus (soprano, alto)
Beaumont Middle: Julia Todd and Allison Jones.
Jessie Clark Middle: Molly Katherine Cornett and Abby Mires.
SCAPA at Bluegrass: Katelyn Cooper, Abby Cunningham, Alison Ritcher and Alex Thibault.
Henry Clay High: Colby Jackson.
Lafayette High: Lauren Adams, Grace Brown, Aubrey Dawson, Lilith Embury, Courtney Evans, Abigail Garner, Valerie Langdorf, Emma Owens, Olivia Peppiatt, Ashley Prigge, Eliza Sayers and Brinna Voss.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High: Savanna Arnold, Hannah Broomhall, Divya Sunderam and Olivia Tussey.
Kentucky Children’s Choir
SCAPA at Bluegrass: Chloe Beers, Kara Bracken, Joshua Bylund, Jamie Cook, Ally Curry, Emma English, Marianne Gebb, Priscilla Higashi, Anastasia Hinton, Jocelyn Langdorf, Bella Luciano, Julie Sharpe, Halley Spradlin and Mary Grace Williams.
Southern Elementary: Katelyn Thatcher.
▪ Nine local teachers have earned National Board Certification, which is a demonstration of their practice as measured against national standards. That brings the total to 202 throughout Fayette County Public Schools, including six already certified teachers who joined the district this school year.
National Board Certification generally takes one to three years to complete. The advanced system, which is offered on a voluntary basis and is valid for 10 years, complements but does not replace state licensing. To be considered, educators are assessed on portfolios containing classroom videos that reflect their teaching style, student work samples and documentation of their impact as a teaching professional. Candidates are also tested on knowledge specific to their field.
These are the latest FCPS board-certified teachers:
Paula Aseltyne, Paul Laurence Dunbar High; Sarah Blair, Picadome Elementary; Lindsey Depenbrock, Northern Elementary; Gretchen Donovan, Meadowthorpe Elementary; Manon Korse, James Lane Allen Elementary; Amanda Penrod, Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet; Eric Preece, Garden Springs Elementary; Mercedita Price, Picadome Elementary; and Allison Roberts, Paul Laurence Dunbar High.
Already certified but new to Fayette County Public Schools this year:
Frederick Cox, Paul Laurence Dunbar High; Christina Emerson, Leestown Middle; Kimberly Greathouse, James Lane Allen Elementary; Dara Hanrahan, James Lane Allen Elementary; Jason Meenach, Tates Creek High; and Margaret Revelette, Cardinal Valley Elementary.
▪ Six University of Kentucky educators have been named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2016 Great Teacher Award.
The recipients are:
Matt Dawson, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine; Wallis Miller, College of Design, School of Architecture; Gurney Norman, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English/Creative Writing; Brett Spear, College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics; Tammy Stephenson, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition; Amy Murrell Taylor, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History.
For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, go to Ukalumni.net or call 1-800-269-2586.
▪ The Kentucky Music Educators Association has selected dozens of outstanding high school musicians for 2016 all-state honors. These students will rehearse with guest conductors and perform next month during the association’s statewide conference in Louisville. The following participants are from Fayette County Public Schools.
All-State Jazz Ensembles
Performing at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Galt House ballroom.
Ensemble 1: Henry Clay: Jacob O’Donnell, tenor; Noah Beckett, baritone sax; Tyler Rosenkrantz, trumpet, and Simon Long, bass; Lafayette: Ethan Ferguson, trumpet; Vanessa Meliksetyan, piano, and Landon Feese, guitar.
Ensemble 2: Bryan Station: Brandon Brown, drum; Henry Clay: Reagan Cox, trumpet, and Elyiss Dozier, trombone; Lafayette: Isaac Bane, alto, and Davie Vest, trumpet.
All-State Commonwealth Strings
1 p.m. Feb. 6 in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Bryan Station: Sidney Bibbs, viola, Brittnany Graham, viola, and Elizabeth Stevens, cello; Henry Clay: Tobias Cox, violin, Zaynab Khan, cello, Joon Young Park, violin, and Alexandra Welch, viola; Lafayette: Ethan Peck, bass, Olivia Peppiatt, violin, Emily Putman, violin, Miranda Rojas, violin, Alexa Smith, viola, Anna Watrous, cello, and Ella Webster, violin; Paul Laurence Dunbar: Joseph Brandewie, cello, Janet Guo, violin, Erik Han, violin, Ronit Kar, violin, Akhil Kesaraju, violin, Rohith Kesaraju, violin, Celina Liu, violin, Helen Pang, cello, Elizabeth Robbins, cello, Camden Ross, viola, Stephanie Stumbar, violin, Calvin Wu, violin, and Stephanie Yang, viola.
All-State Symphony Orchestra
2 p.m. Feb. 6 in Whitney Hall.
Bryan Station: Simone Bibbs, cello, Natalie Buede, viola, Christopher Copley, violin, Griffin Farrar, bass, Logan Florence, cello, Isabella Hunter, viola, Rachel Mooney, viola, Russell Scaife, cello, and Anna Claire Wright, violin.
Henry Clay: Noah Cline, viola, Jasmine Gude, double bass, Harrison Inocencio, violin, and Hye Jee Kim, viola.
Lafayette: Leila Abou-Jaoude, violin, Amber Adkins, violin, William Arnold, violin, Samantha Beach, violin, Herman Bratcher, French horn, Blakeley Burger, violin, Ruth Choate, viola, Evan Johnson, violin, Madison Jones, violin, Olivia Kramer, violin, Julian Little, viola, Matthew Mitchell, bassoon, Robby Neff, viola, Nathan Tantasook, cello, Andrew Wachal, viola, Bailey Yates, violin, and William Yi, violin.
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Jin Cho, cello, Megan Guan, violin, Linda Kim, cello, Jennifer Lee, viola, Jasmine Liu, viola, David Ma, violin, Saiprasad Naidu, viola, Maxwell Qiu, violin, Hannah Wang, cello, and Linda Zhang, violin.
Tates Creek: Eliana Shapere, viola, Kelly Sieberts, violin, Julia Taylor, bass, Stefan Vaught, snare, and Kathleen West, flute.
All-State Concert Band
3 p.m. Feb. 6 in Whitney Hall.
Henry Clay: Andrew Collins, alto saxophone, Katie Demos, flute, and Jacob Ferguson, bassoon.
Lafayette: Bethany Boggs, clarinet, Karlee Caswell, clarinet, Tyler Conn, French horn, Julia Crandall, flute, Clay Eggers, trumpet, Quinn Heltzel, trumpet, Evan King, tuba, Austin Lancaster, trombone, Haley Potter, oboe, Jordan Profitt, bass trombone, Zoe Sirlouis, bassoon, and Dee White, snare.
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Ellen Danford, trombone, Joanna Slusarewicz, clarinet, and Olivia Zastro, clarinet.
All-State Symphonic Band
4 p.m. Feb. 6 in Whitney Hall.
Henry Clay: Luke Cave, clarinet.
Lafayette: Hope Bennett, French horn; Carson Crovo, trombone; Britton Fugazzi, trombone; Bailey Goff, trumpet; Victoria Hall, bassoon; Michael Haymes, tuba; Ben Henault, timpani; and Ntinyari Miriti, bassoon.
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Emily Cooper, clarinet; Younjin Han, flute; Travis Sanders, tuba; David Seder, trombone; and Lucy Yang, oboe.
Jazz concert tickets may be purchased at (859) 626-5635 or on Feb. 5 at the ballroom door. For other association concert tickets, go to Kentuckycenter.org/all-shows/kmea-2016.