■ Leadership Lexington Youth program, which enables high school juniors to interact with community leaders and talk about careers, business opportunities and post-secondary options, has announced its 45-member class of 2015-2016.
The following students were selected for the eight-month program following an application process in the spring:
Bryan Station High School: Molly Marchaterre
Carter G. Woodson Academy: Zakary Smiley and Josh Wooldridge
Henry Clay High School: Keeley Chaffin, Liz Graves, Hye Jee Kim, Daniel Kolpek, Aditi Lohe, Anya Slepyan and Noah Tapp
Lafayette High School: Bennett Creech, Emilie Dhir, Emily Eckert, Camille Gorena, Carson Hardee, Claire McDermott, Joe Muschong, Haley Todd and Josephine Wendroth
Lexington Catholic High School: Caroline Ezell, Shelby Hammonds, Jack Klier and Ana Segovia
Lexington Christian Academy: Kirby Crosbie and Abby Dollus
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Amit Lohe, Joey Michael, Kush Patel, Amy Wang and Thirushan Wignakumar
Sayre School: Logan Pelfry, Spencer Stewart and Sydney Strup
STEAM Academy: Eleanor Clifton
Tates Creek High School: Megan Crouch, Micah George, Neda Maleki, Katie Nichols, Nicole Owens, Maya Reddy, Alison Rickert and Mohammad Shalash
Trinity Christian Academy: Ryan Carter, Katie Davenport and William Greisner,
■ Reynolds Martin, 15, of Lexington has been accepted and will attend 10th grade this school year at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Mich. Interlochen is the world's premier fine arts boarding high school. Reynolds, the son of Doug and Lee Ellen Martin, will study trumpet. He attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington during his freshman year of high school, and previously studied trumpet with Scott Heersche and Richard Byrd.
As a SCAPA freshman, he was principal trumpet with Central Kentucky Youth Concert Orchestras; played trumpet with the Lafayette High School band, jazz band and marching band; played in the University of Kentucky High School Honor Band and the All District High School Honor Band; and played for the Lafayette High School musical production of The Addams Family.
■ Marissa Phillips and Chris Natale, senior members of the archery team at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, turned in solid performances in the 2015 NASP World Tournament this summer.
Marissa's score of 295 of out a possible 300 tied for first place among the 167 female 11th-graders who were among 609 girls in the high school division and 2,238 girls competing overall. Chris' 296 was good for a second-place tie among the 165 juniors, third place among his 684 high school rivals and fourth place among the 2,633 boys overall. Their efforts helped Dunbar finish 19th out of 78 teams.
Co-ed teams from Bryan Station and Tates Creek high schools and Beaumont Middle also competed in the tournament July 22 to 25 in Nashville, along with students from England, South Africa, Canada, Namibia and New Zealand.
■ LG&E and KU Foundation recently awarded $1,200 in financial assistance for up to four years to 10 college-bound students. The program is available to the children of employees of LG&E and KU Energy, and is intended to be used toward tuition, books, fees, supplies and classroom equipment.
Local scholarship winners are:
Jonathan Carman of Danville, son of Barry and Sondra Carman. He is attends the University of Kentucky.
Michael Rupinen Jr. of Lexington, son of Michael Rupinen. He attends Georgia Institute of Technology.
Leah Shelton of Versailles, daughter of Scott and Pam Shelton. She attends Morehead State University.
■ Qian Xiao, assistant professor of management in Eastern Kentucky University's School of Business, has received the 11th annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award. Xiao joined EKU's School of Business faculty three years ago and has taught both principles and upper-level course work in management that covers qualitative and quantitative courses as well as business strategy. She received EKU's 2013-14 Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award. Dyer served the EKU School of Business for more than 30 years, including 13 as director of the university's MBA program, before retiring in 2002.
■ Campbellsville University President Michael V. Carter has assumed the role of chair of the Mid-South Conference Council of Presidents. Carter is taking over for Rita Morris, who retired this summer as president of Shawnee State. Carter is beginning his 17th year as Campbellsville University's president.
■ Eastern Kentucky University recently welcomed three new members to its development team: Benjamin Kees, Joshua Nicholas and Andrew Polter.
Kees, named associate director of development, has held professional roles in fund development, external relations and admissions at Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Vanderbilt's Peabody College and Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Nicholas, also named associate director of development, comes to Eastern from the University of Tennessee, where he served as a development assistant for the Tennessee Fund for the past year.
Polter, named assistant director of development, has worked as an intern with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Community Arts Center, Chautauqua Institution, Boston Lyric Opera and Miami University's Office of Advancement.
■ Richmond native Kristi Runyon Middleton has been named chief external affairs officer at Eastern Kentucky University.
A reporter for more than a decade with WTVQ-TV, Middleton brings extensive experience in commercial media and higher education to her new position. She recently served as public relations/crisis communications manager with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the Kentucky Board of EMS. Among other duties at Eastern, she will direct media relations and strategic communication strategies, oversee emergency communications plans and serve as the university's principal spokesperson.
■ Joslyn Glover has been named director of the Office of Institutional Equity at Eastern Kentucky University. Glover joined the university after three years as division director of administrative services in the state Department of Juvenile Justice and six years as an attorney with the Office of Legal Services, both positions in the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. At EKU, Glover will be responsible for implementing the university's equal opportunity and affirmative action programs, and managing investigations pursuant to the university's nondiscrimination and harassment policy. She also will also serve as Title IX coordinator.