Members of the Future Business Leaders of America competed in various categories at the state conference April 12-14 in Louisville. First-, second- and third-place finishers advance to the national contests June 28 to July 1 in Orlando.
Top state results from Fayette County Public Schools:
Bryan Station High School: Christopher Walters, job interview, second.
Lafayette High School: Clay Colwell, Computer Problem Solving, second; Harsh Tiwari, Intro to Technology Concepts, second.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Matt Wu, business math, first; Ethan Hamilton, personal finance, second; Taylor Nossokoff, Andrew Quick and Kevin Kral, entrepreneurship, all third; Eric Choi and Joseph Ferguson, global business, third; Victor Macrinici, economics, fourth; Tomas Nagy and Taylor Mitchell, networking concepts, fourth; Jackie Young, accounting, fourth.
■ A pair of Fayette County Public Schools seniors are among Kentucky's nine semifinalists in the Presidential Scholars Program.
Victor Macrinici of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Madeline Mooney of Henry Clay High School advanced on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities. The nationwide winners will be announced this spring.
The Presidential Scholars Program is a non-partisan, public-private partnership designed to recognize and provide leadership development experiences. The scholars travel to Washington, D.C., in June for activities.
The other seven Kentucky semifinalists hail from Bowling Green, Fort Mitchell, Louisville, Pikeville, Prospect and Villa Hills.
■ Leadership Lexington Youth selected Nate White, a junior at Bryan Station High School, for its 2011 Distinguished Leader Award.
The honor was announced April 13 at the LLY graduation ceremony. Nate will be recognized at Commerce Lexington's annual dinner next February and will receive a $1,000 scholarship upon high school graduation.
■ The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics inducted six of its graduates into its Alumni Hall of Fame on April 15. In total, 72 men and women have been inducted since its inception in 1994.
This year's inductees are: Carter Harris, owner Knight Capital Partners; Mary Lassiter, secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet and state budget director for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear; Howard Lewis, founder of Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America; Scott Smith, chief executive officer of Coalition America Holdings and Lodestone Solutions; Sean Smith, chairman and co-founder of Coalition America Holdings and Lodestone Solutions; and Darrell L. Williams, an affiliate with LECG Expert Services.
■ Rachel Philbrick, a graduate student in classics at the University of Kentucky, has been awarded one of 33 Jacob K. Javits Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education. The Javits Fellowship is awarded to students of superior academic ability who plan to undertake graduate study in the selected fields of arts, humanities and social sciences.
Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits Fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship includes institutional payment and a stipend. In fiscal 2011, the maximum stipend will be $30,000 and the institutional payment is estimated to be $13,755. The Cambridge, Mass., native, holds bachelor's degrees in Latin and biology and society from Cornell University and a master's degree in teaching from American University. Philbrick will receive her master's degree in classics from UK in May.
■ Nearly four dozen students from Eastside and Southside technical centers competed for prizes and scholarships at the 2011 SkillsUSA state conference. First-place winners will advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 19-24 in Kansas City.
The 2010-11 SkillsUSA state contest results follow.
From Eastside Technical Center: First-place winners: Power Equipment Technology, Jeremiah Carter; Crime Scene Investigation (team), Brittany Moore, Jason Rock and Danae Winterbottom. Runners-up: Power Equipment Technology, Sam Jones; T-Shirt Design, Luis Guevara; Community Service (team), DeShon Barber, Kevin Kocinski and Patricia Taylor; Video Production (team), Luke Day and Devin Thomas. Third-place finishers: Video Production (team), Steven Austin and Cameron Plowman. From Southside Technical Center: First-place winners: Building Maintenance, Leroy Smith; Cabinetmaking, Will Bryant; Culinary Arts, Jeremy Lavizzio; First Aid/ CPR, Virginia Hernandez; Community Service (team), Brandon McKinney and Alan Vaughn; Mobile Robotics (team), Trevor Payne and Kyle Williams. Runners-up: Commercial Baking, Destiney Scott; Culinary Arts, Branham Thomas; Chapter Display (team), Robert Maddox, Dylan Tucker and Matthew Whitaker; Promotional Bulletin Board (team), Jacob Hoard and Dylan Richardson; Welding Fabrication (team), Brian Butler, Dalton Rose and Taylor Ratcliff. Third-place finishers: Culinary Arts, Natalie Traylor; Food and Beverage, Rickie Hall; T-Shirt Design, Natalie Traylor.
■ The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy's Rho Chi Honor Society recently received the Chapter Achievement Award, an honor awarded by the national Rho Chi Society.
The award recognizes "the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Chapter Report." UK's organization, which is known as the Alpha Xi Chapter, accepted the Chapter Achievement Award at the Rho Chi Annual Awards in Seattle on March 27.
■ The Sayre School World Languages Program recently held its Honor Societies' initiation ceremonies. Invitation to the Honor Societies is based on academic achievement in the language, overall academic achievement, and evidence of enduring interest in pursuing the study of languages and cultures and promoting these at Sayre.
Initiated into the French Honor Society were Sayre students Jed Ball, Geneviève Borrowdale-Cox, Mia Chalhoub, Sarah Davis, Wilson Mendes, Jack Simon, and Ben Tucker. Initiated into the Spanish Honor Society were Mary Booth, Keith Cavanaugh, Dominic Hall, Isi Hunt, Maeghan Murphy, Susan O'Neill, Cody Pfiester, Ben Turnbull, Hannah Turnbull, and Alex Wilcox.
■ Young artists from area schools have picked up several awards in the Kentucky Art Education Association's all-state competition, which culminated with a reception April 17 at Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County.
In the visual art categories, these area students earned honors:
Ariel Sniegowski, Paul Laurence Dunbar, painting, first; Alex DeMoll, Lafayette, jewelry/metal smithing, first; Anthony Gilvin, Nicholas County High School graphic design, first; Jesi Hoelzer, Bryan Station, cultural heritage/diversity, second; Melinda McKinley, Dunbar, fashion design, third; Josie Degler, Dunbar, graphic design, third; Ariel Sniegowski, Dunbar, mixed media, third; Gabe Adkins, Lafayette, digital media, honorable mention; Erin Hardy, Lafayette, fiber arts and textile design, honorable mention; Tara Boneta, Model Lab High School, Richmond, printmaking, honorable mention; Brooke Tyree, Nicholas County High School, ceramics, honorable mention; Kyle Brickey, Montgomery County High School, sculpture, honorable mention.