▪ Four students from Bryan Station High School received end-of-the-year honors from the Bryan Station Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution:
Emilie Paige Yates received the Louise Wieman Leadership Award.
Samantha Clay Wilson received the DAR Good Citizen Award.
Nicholas Rice won the JROTC medal.
Paige Rice was awarded the Outstanding Cadet Award for her work in the Civil Air Patrol.
In addition, Clark Gookin of Lafayette High School received the Naval Sea Cadet Award, and Mary Kate Kielman of Edythe J. Hayes Middle School won the Youth Citizenship Award.
▪ A team from Winburn Middle School was a junior division champion in the Future Problem Solving Program International’s 2017 competition, held June 7-11 at the University of Wisconsin. Ana Despa, Dorottya Gal, Halie Boyer and Katie Yang earned top marks in the Global Issues Problem Solving category.
In the Multiple Affiliate Global Issues Competition adult division, Winburn’s Sangeeta Kadambi was part of the second-place team, along with coaches from Washington, Minnesota and Nebraska.
In the senior division of Scenario Writing, Jennifer Lee of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School received second-place honors as part of a team of students from Ohio, Texas and Iowa.
▪ The FFA group at Locust Trace AgriScience Center has been rated a Gold Emblem Chapter. Based on the program of activities planned throughout the 2016-17 school year, Locust Trace was also one of 14 chapters selected to represent Kentucky in the national contests this summer.
In other honors, Locust Trace student David Tucker was named the Bluegrass Region’s Star Farmer based on his Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA involvement. Mollie Hurst placed third in the Employability Leadership Development contest, which required her to submit a cover letter and résumé and participate in a phone and live interview.
Aubrey Dawson competed in the Kentucky Agri-Entrepreneurship Program, in which she submitted a plan to improve her Supervised Agricultural Experience project. She was awarded $300 to develop her work with chickens at Locust Trace.
▪ The Central Kentucky Education Cooperative recently saluted two duos as Fayette County’s 2016-17 Outstanding Educators for their excellence in co-teaching.
Third-grade teacher Cara Harris and special education teacher Molly Anderson recently completed their second year together at Breckinridge Elementary, while science teacher Kevin Crosby and special education teacher Erica Beegle collaborated at Tates Creek High School.
Last year, these teams were selected by their principals to participate in Cohort I of Fayette County’s Co-Teaching Initiative, led by the Special Education Department.
▪ Julianna Witt, University of Kentucky equine science and management and animal sciences junior, has been named the recipient of the first Jockey Club Scholarship.
The scholarship, which will cover the 2017-18 academic year, provides $15,000 to a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher at any university and has demonstrated an interest in a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry.
A native of Freehold, N.J., Witt plans to graduate with her bachelor’s degrees and a minor in agricultural economics in 2019. A member of the Lewis Honors College and a Chellgren Fellow, Witt’s undergraduate research project explores the relationship between broodmare value, stud fee input and the resulting return on investment. Her research mentor is Jill Stowe, associate professor of agricultural economics.
▪ Leestown Middle School has received a $20,000 grant to provide computer science classes.
The funding is part of a $3 million grant program by Verizon and Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit that helps students develop high-demand skills in the computer science, engineering and biomedical science fields.
Leestown is among 150 middle schools nationwide receiving funding for teacher training, course materials and equipment.
The grants expand on $5 million in funding that was dedicated to increasing access to computer science education beginning in 2014.