Education news of interest in Central Kentucky.


■ Three students in Fayette County Public Schools are among 300 semifinalists in the annual Broadcom MASTERS, a national science, technology, engineering and math competition for middle school students. Elizabeth Moore, a seventh-grader at Winburn Middle; and Megan Slusarewicz and Rachel Seevers, now freshmen in the MSTC program at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, are among Kentucky's seven contenders. Each receives a Broadcom MASTERS award ribbon, semifinalist certificate of accomplishment, backpack, decal, a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine, and a one-year subscription to Mathematica+, courtesy of Wolfram Research.

The students qualified by virtue of their strong showing in last spring's Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair. Megan (then at Winburn) placed first in animal sciences and earned Best of Fair honors in life sciences; Rachel (then at Beaumont Middle) took first place in engineering mechanics, and Elizabeth earned top honors in the energy/physical category.

Brittany Conn has received the annual Duke Madison Jazz Scholarship from The Jazz Arts Foundation of Lexington. This scholarship was initiated by the Foundation in 1992 in honor of the late Duke Madison, who is remembered as a Lexington Jazz Ambassador and saxophonist from Central Kentucky.

Conn is a 2015 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, where she was a member of the marching band. Conn plays the saxophone and was a member of the Central Kentucky Youth Jazz Orchestra. Being selected as this year's scholarship winner entitled her to attend one week at Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshop at the University of Louisville. Conn is a freshman at UK, where she is studying music.

■ Eastern Kentucky University professor Jacquelyn W. Jensen has been awarded the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year Award for her longtime contributions to family and consumer sciences education.

Jensen is beginning her 14th year at EKU, where she serves as program coordinator for family and consumer sciences education; teaches personal finance, ethics and advocacy, plus methods of teaching; and supervises student teachers.

Andrew Stofleth of Richmond recently attended the Student Vice President Leadership Summit hosted by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in Salt Lake City.

Stofleth, a member of the Eastern Kentucky University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, attended the summit along with more than 65 student vice presidents representing chapters from across the nation and the Philippines. He currently serves as one of 10 members on the society's Council of Students advisory board.

Jacob Turner-Barrett, a transfer student from Somerset and a senior with a double major in political science and public administration, has been selected for the 2016 Legislative Research Commission Intern Program. As a part of his internship, Turner-Barrett will work with the General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session.


■ Keeneland hosted 2,500 fifth-graders from 28 area public and private schools recently as part of an ongoing program to educate students about the historic Lexington track and the importance of the Thoroughbred industry to Central Kentucky's economy and culture. The program, in its fifth year, has involved more than 15,000 students.

As part of the tour, students were greeted by Keeneland officials, watched a demonstration of a Thoroughbred being sold in the sales pavilion, and toured the grandstand, paddock and trackside areas.

Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization that works to improve education in southern and Eastern Kentucky, is hosting a College and Career Readiness Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

School administrators, guidance counselors; career service staff from colleges and universities; workforce development, career and technical education faculty; and high school and college students are invited to attend. The summit has been approved for EILA credit.

For more information or to register, call (606) 677-6000, email, or go to

■ The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education is hosting its 39th annual conference, Full STEAM Ahead, Thursday through Saturday at Jenny C. Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg.

This year's conference explores science, technology, engineering, arts, agriculture, and math. The full conference program, along with registration information, can be found at


Patrick McKee has been named sustainability manager at Eastern Kentucky University. In his new role, he will be responsible for the development, implementation and facilitation of comprehensive sustainability efforts, including program development and management, education and outreach, and implementing campus-wide initiatives and programs that promote sustainability.

McKee joined the university after almost two years as a sustainability analyst at Legrand, North America's corporate headquarters in Connecticut. Previously he was a sustainability contractor at BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh.