■ Twenty-six children of full-time horse farm workers are pursuing higher education this year with help from the Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund. Scholarships are awarded for education or skill training after high school, and are based on financial need, merit, biographical essays and personal interviews. Scholarships also are available for full-time horse farm workers in Central Kentucky who wish to take equine-related training or courses to help them be more knowledgeable and effective while working with Thoroughbreds.
Scholarship recipients are:
Ivana Blanco, Jefferson Community & Technical College; Wally Bober, University of Kentucky; Abby Branham, Murray State University; Ian Brooking, Coastal Carolina University; Molly Buchignani, Western Kentucky University; Danielle Burkhead, Kentucky Wesleyan University; Sofia Calleja, UK; Olivia Carter, Pollard Scholar, UK; Austin Cummins, Anderson University; Riley Davis, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising; Justin Drury, Southeastern University; Haley Fordham, UK; Michael Greathouse, Pollard Scholar, Centre College; Kandice Green, Berea College; Jeffrey Hamilton, Jeffrey Thornbury Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Campbellsville University; Alex Hernandez, UK; Katie Lockhart, Notre Dame; Alex Logan, Belmont University; Bryan Martinez, Kentucky Christian University; Joshua Reams, Liberty University; Alexis Reese, Jefferson Community College; Jesse Rodarte, University of Northwest Ohio; BayLeigh Routt, Transylvania University; Juan Salazar, Bluegrass Community & Technical College; Victoria Tipton, BCTC; Tara Wolfenbarger, Pollard Scholar, UK.
■ Lois Wiggins, a band director at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, is one of 25 national semifinalists for the 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. She advanced on the basis of submitted videos, essays and testimonials. This "is a cherished validation of my passion for music education and a shared tribute to all the music educators who influenced me and who enrich the lives of young people," Wiggins said. "I am honored to represent my students, colleagues and school, and all those who have walked this rewarding path."
Along with Wiggins, Sarah Milazzo-Payne of Bryan Station Middle School was among some 200 quarterfinalists. Initially, more than 4,500 nominations were entered nationwide.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current teachers (kindergarten through college) who have made significant and lasting contributions to music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in school. It will be presented during Grammy Week 2016 in Los Angeles. The winner will receive a $10,000 honorarium; the other nine finalists will receive $1,000 honorariums. The schools of all 10 teachers will receive matching grants. Theprogram is supported by the NAMM Foundation and National Association for Music Education.
■ Laura Roché Youngworth of Beaumont Middle School has received the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Kentucky World Language Association.
"I am deeply honored to be recognized as the French Teacher of the Year and was shocked to be recognized as the overall World Language Teacher of the Year," said Roché, who chairs the arts and humanities department at Beaumont and serves as president of the Kentucky chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.
Roché, who uses her maiden name professionally, will represent Kentucky at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching in Charlotte, N.C., in February. She is in her 24th year of teaching French.
■ Tracy Lambert, who teaches world languages at Lafayette High School, is one of three semifinalists for Kentucky's 2016 High School Teacher of the Year. The high school, middle school and elementary school winners, along with the overall Teacher of the Year, will be announced Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort.
These honors are coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. The nine semifinalists are among 24 educators who were named Teacher Achievement Award winners based on their scores from the first round of judging. Other achievement honorees from FCPS were Julie Moore of Wellington Elementary and Carlos Pena-Rivera of Henry Clay High School.
■ James West, circulation supervisor at the Lexington Public Library's Beaumont Branch, has received a Kentucky Library Association Linda Kompanik Memorial Scholarship. West received a $3,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 school year. He is working toward a master's degree in library and information science at the University of Kentucky. KLA created the scholarship to encourage members to increase their skills and knowledge through formal studies in librarianship. The scholarship is funded by proceeds from the sale of "READ" license plate and was named in honor of the late Linda Kompanik, an advocate for Kentucky public libraries who spearheaded the campaign to create the license plate.
■ Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School is having a parent/child footgolf tournament at Gay Brewer's Picadome Golf Course at 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $50 per team and includes 18 holes of footgolf, T-shirt, food and drink, and prizes for the top three teams. Contact Derin Walters at email@example.com or (859) 489-8158 to participate or for more information.
■ Students may enter the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's annual Farm to School Month Art Contest. The theme is "Farm to School Lunch Snapshot." Any student attending a public, private, parochial or home school in Kentucky is eligible to participate. Entries must be submitted to each student's county school food service director by Oct. 30. Each entry must be the student's original drawing on 8½ - by 11-inch sheet of white unlined paper with the theme printed on it. Each student's name, address, grade and school must be listed on the back of the entry. All artwork must be colorful so it can be reproduced on note cards, calendars or possibly T-shirts.
Each county will select one winner in each of the elementary, middle/junior high school, and high school age groups. Each food service director will bring her or his county's winning entries to the KDA Administrators Conference, Dec. 9 to 11 in Lexington, where the entries will be judged. Statewide awards will be presented in each of the three categories. First-place winners will receive $50, second place $30 and third place $20.
Food service directors will get a chef to spend the day with them and their staff for a first-place entry, Farm to School gift baskets for each director and staff member for second place, and one Farm to School gift basket for third place.
Go to Farmtoschool.org for more information and promotional materials. To find out more about the contest, contact Tina Garland, the state Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Program coordinator, at (502) 382-7505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Jeremiah Tudor has been named director of admission for Georgetown College. The Georgetown native has more than 11 years of experience in college student recruitment. He joined Georgetown's Office of Admission in 2008 and most recently served as its associate director.
■ Ty J. Handy has been named president of Jefferson Community & Technical College. Handy has served as president of Northwest Florida State College since 2010. Among his numerous other leadership positions, Handy served as president of Vermont Technical College, chancellor at Ivy Tech State College in Indiana, and chief academic officer and dean for academic affairs at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College from 1993-98. He will begin his new duties Jan. 1.
■ The Lexington School will offer its first workshop in the Mary Beers Preschool Professional Development Series for the 2015-2016 school year from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in The Lexington School's library.
At this workshop, certified speech/language pathologist Catherine Chamberlain will address the concerns regarding speech delays and disorders in young children, specifically apraxia, a speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to correctly pronounce syllables and words. She will address the signs of apraxia, ideas and techniques for classroom support, and additional outside resources that can be utilized to assist families and children with apraxia.
All preschool teachers attending will receive two hours of accredited training from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The cost to attend is $15. For more information or to register for the workshop, email Jaci Sloan, email@example.com.