■ Three robotics teams from Fayette County Public Schools won top honors in the 2010 Kentucky First Lego League State Robotics Championship held Jan. 29 at Western Kentucky University.
Forty-three teams with about 310 participants competed in the event. Robot Design Award (1st place): "JC-3PO" from Jessie Clark Middle School, made up of Nathan Allan, Jonah Andreatta, Benjamin Bossert, William Bossert, Alex Brinkhorst, Ben Howell, Drew Norby, Seth Rogers, Mitchell Slavik and Jared Young.
Robot Design Award (2nd place): "Warrior Bots" from Winburn Middle School, made up of Ben Gardner, Samuel Springate, Andrew Tapia and Kevin Zhang.
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Team Spirit Award (2nd place): "Denominators," with students from Lexington Traditional Magnet School and Dixie Elementary Magnet, including Seth Bashore, Cody Leslie, Kylie Russ, Ryan Norton, Taylore Jordan, Zachary Jordan and Alec Baron.
■ About 2,000 elementary school kids matched wits Feb. 5 in the Fayette County Public Schools district-wide Academic Challenge Principals' Cup, hosted by Bryan Station High School. Rosa Parks Team B took home the primary division trophy, and Athens-Chilesburg Team C finished atop the intermediate group after a tiebreaker.
Primary finals (grades 2-3): 1st place: Rosa Parks B: Niam Abeysiriwardena, Palin Bhardwaj, Clay Parsons, Ryan Reid, Eric Guo and Nancy Zhang. 2nd place, Meadowthorpe A: John Adkins, Ace Canales, Reka Gal, Emily Tao and David Vulakh. 3rd place, Veterans Park D: Rachel Chrisman, Kalinda Dhawan, Ben Henderson, Alan Liao, Sara-Grace Marsh and Egor Vinogradov.
Intermediate finals (grades 4-5): 1st place, Athens-Chilesburg C: Christian Benton Jr., Austin Booth, Rachel Burns, Zaria Fulz, Gabe Hillyard and Alexis Lutz. 2nd place, Rosa Parks C: Luke Porter, Neal Rekhraj, Manali Sunkara, Isabella Trprovski and Brian Zhu. 3rd place, Meadowthorpe C: Isabella Eddy, Indana Fauzi, Zsombor Gal, Samantha Jones and Subershan Wigna-Kumar.
■ The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) has named Thomas R. Lindlof, a professor in the University of Kentucky's School of Journalism and Telecommunications, as the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award. The association will recognize him at this year's BEA Convention April 9-13 in Las Vegas.
■ The University of Kentucky College of Education's Heather Erwin will be inducted as a Research Consortium Fellow at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance national convention in March. Along with 10 other inductees, Erwin will join the 275 current Fellows of the Consortium, a group within AAHPERD that consists of more than 5,500 research scholars and other members who have a strong interest in research.
Erwin's current research focus is on youth physical activity, specifically in school-based settings.
■ Eight University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts students were awarded annual scholarships this academic year for their outstanding work in theatre: Michael Sheehy, a freshman theatre major from Shelbyville, is the winner of the Wallace and Olive Briggs Scholarship. Cheyenne Holbert, a freshman pre-integrated strategic communications and theatre major from New Haven, and Dominique Luster, a freshman theatre major from Louisville, are the recipients of the Wallace Briggs Scholarship. Jennifer Arnold and Abbey Lipe, both sophomore theatre majors from Louisville, are winners of the Charles Hayden Lampe Scholarship. Michael Baird, a senior theatre major from Corbin, is the recipient of the Lolo Robinson Scholarship. Tanner Fouts and Tanner Gray, both senior theatre majors from Lexington, are winners of the Raymond Smith Scholarship.
■ Community Education, a program of the Clark County Public Schools, will offer the following spring classes for adults and children: cake decorating, concealed carry weapons training, cooking class series on grilling, cosmetics classes, defensive tactics, essential oils, Feng Shui, fire building, guitar, horses, knitting, Microsoft Excel for beginners, Microsoft Word for beginners, Middle Eastern dance, Photoshop, pencil drawing, piano, QuickBooks, state registered nurse aide, women's self-defense, yoga and Zumba. For more information, call (859) 745-3946 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Fourth-graders at Russell Cave Elementary made a heartfelt connection with stray animals and abandoned pets. "The most important thing is to love and care for them," said 10-year-old Spirit McGhee, summing up what they discovered along the way.
The project started with A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray, which teacher Michelle Lee assigned to a dozen students in the school's enrichment program. Next, the kids invited someone from the Lexington Humane Society to visit Russell Cave, scripted public service announcements to share with schoolmates, and collected donations for the animal shelter.