30 in Fayette are National Merit finalists

Thirty Fayette County Public School students qualified as finalists in the National Merit and National Achievement scholarship competitions. The winners will be announced in April. The National Merit Scholarship Program, the larger and older competition, was initiated in 1955.

The finalists include:

From Henry Clay High School: Saskia Boggs, Brian Burdine, Elizabeth Riley, Drew Sugarman, Allan Vestal and Katherine Yewell.

From Lafayette High School: Daniel Bacon-Brown, Michael Brown, Daniel Jackson and Laura Menard.

From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Elizabeth Byers, Papa Chakravarthy, Sagar Chokshi, Jennifer Griffith, Kathleen Harrington, Nan Hu, Emily Lawler, Grace Li, Julia Li, Margaret Pan, David Parell, Richard Parsons, Aubrey Vaughan, Andrew Wang, Tian Yang, Victor Yang and Mehran Yusuf.

From Tates Creek High School: Erik Patchell.

Health education professional of '08

Eastern Kentucky University faculty member Dr. Michael Ballard , associate professor and chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Administration at EKU, is the recipient of the 2008 AAHE Health Education Professional of the Year Award for the College/University category. The Estill County native will be presented with his award at a luncheon in Fort Worth, Texas on April 11.

Scholarships for art, drama and music

The Jessamine County Special Events Committee will award three $500 scholarships to Jessamine County students entering college in fall 2008 to pursue a major in art, drama or music. This year's awards memorialize Jessamine County artist Howard Fain. Scholarship funding is provided by revenue from the Paul Sawyier Story outdoor drama. Deadline for applications is April 1. Applications available from counselors at the high schools or at (859) 858-3895.

Academy of Science award winner

Andy Smith of Richmond, an Eastern Kentucky University senior, is the winner of the 2008 Kentucky Academy of Science Research Fund Award. Smith, a member of the EKU Honors Program, will receive a $500 grant for his project ”Comparison of Circulating Progesterone and Metabolic Profiles in Holstein Heifers and Lactating Cows,“ which focuses on the decline in conception rates among dairy cows. Smith will present his completed research project at the annual KAS meeting in November at the University of Louisville.

Human resources scholarship given

Eastern Kentucky ­University senior Kimberly Chasteen has been awarded the first Allen D. Engle Human Resources Scholarship. Chasteen, from Berea, is majoring in business management with emphasis in human resources. The scholarship is funded by the Bluegrass Compensation Association in recognition of EKU management professor Dr. Allen D. Engle, one of its founding members.

Mock trial team places second

An Eastern Kentucky University mock trial team competed recently in a regional tournament in Louisville, finishing second among teams from colleges in the region. The team qualified for the national tournament to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., in April. EKU's Kristeena Winkler, from Richmond, earned All-Region Attorney honors for her performance and Karen Owens from Tyner was named the All-Region Witness. Other members of the team were Zac Caldwell, Elizabethtown; Katrina Winkler, Richmond; Tony Listermann, Cincinnati; Dale Perry, Stamping Ground and Breanna Morgan, Mount Vernon.

A second EKU team finished ninth in the tournament. Seth Reeves of Corbin and Jessica Spencer of Mount Olivet were named All-Region Witness. Other members of this team were Tabitha Buis, Liberty; Sarah Absher, Versailles; Ashley Barber, Ashland; Kara Bowen, Paducah; Caroline Dunleavey, Louisville, and Megan Pigman, Mayking.

Kiev group records EKU man's music

The Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra has recently recorded Aria for Orchestra, a composition by Eastern Kentucky University music professor Thomas Couvillon. Couvillon's composition was selected by ERM Media, a record label specializing in modern music, from more than 500 submissions. The EKU Symphony Orchestra will perform at a free concert at 8 p.m. May 2 in the Gifford Theatre in the Campbell Building.

Eighth-grader gets history essay medal

Katie Scott, eighth-grade student at Clark-Moores Middle School in Richmond, received a Bronze Medal and Winner's Certificate for her presentation in the American History Essay sponsored by the Boonesborough Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Scott presented her winning essay on the topic ”I Spy: Espionage During the American Revolution,“ at the Chapter's Feb. 11 meeting at the First Christian Church in Richmond. National judging in the contest will take place at the Continental Congress, Washington, D.C., in July. Three other Clark-Moore students, Caroline Ridings, Brook Dominguez and Summer Spillman, were recognized for their participation in the essay contest.

Vania Ma wins Fayette spelling bee

Vania Ma, a seventh-grader at Winburn Middle School, won the Fayette County Spelling Bee for grades four through eight on Feb. 19. Vania competed against 41 other youths from public, private, parochial and home schools across Fayette County and was awarded with a trophy and $75.

Second place was awarded to Derris Stanland, a fourth-grader from Lexington Christian Academy. Third place was awarded to Nicole Funk, a fifth-grader from Maxwell Elementary. Both received medallions and cash prizes.

Vania will represent ­Fayette County at the ­Kentucky Derby Festival State Spelling Bee on March 15 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Call Carrie Johnson at (859) 253-0023.

Debbie Shelton, Bandmaster of '08

Debbie Shelton of Morton Middle School has been named the state's 2008 Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year. The award, voted on by her peers in the Phi Beta Mu honorary band fraternity, was presented Feb. 9 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville during the Kentucky Music Educators Association's conference.

Math Counts, for 156 students

At 9 a.m. Saturday, 156 middle school students representing 57 schools from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will compete in the 2008 MathCounts State Competition, conducted by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, at the Holiday Inn North on Fern Valley Road in Louisville. These students are advancing from competitions that were held at 13 locations throughout Kentucky.

Besides receiving trophies, T-shirts, and certificates, the top four students will win four-year, full tuition college scholarships to either the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville and an expenses-paid trip to the Lockheed Martin MathCounts National Competition in Denver on May 8-11, where they will represent Kentucky for the national title and individually compete for additional scholarships and prizes.

Life support for health care givers

Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer a Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Course on the Pikeville campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College on March 15. The class will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration is at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $65. Participants will receive a two-year certification through the American Heart Association. Call Charles K. Moore at (606) 218-1244 or Julian Slone at (606) 218-1269.

for arts school

Auditions and interviews for the 2008 Governor's School for the Arts programs in architecture, creative ­writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music will be 3:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Transylvania University.

Caudill: outstanding superintendent

Former Superintendent B. Michael Caudill's family was recently presented with the F.L. Dupree Award for Outstanding Superintendents at the annual Kentucky School Boards Association conference. The award is presented each year to the superintendent who demonstrates high levels of accomplishment in educational programs, school finance, student relations, staff relations, community relations, leadership and effective practices of school administration.

Chelsea Northrip, Belle of the Blue

Georgetown College junior Chelsea Northrip, Trinity Christian Academy's 2005 valedictorian, was crowned 2008 Belle of the Blue Saturday night. Chelsea, also the overall Scholarship Winner, sang When You Believe from the movie The Prince of Egypt. She is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and national honor societies Psi Chi and Pi Delta Chi. In May, she will go on a campus ministry mission – her fourth trip to the Alpha and Omega Children's Home in Garza, Brazil. Chelsea is the daughter of Dennis and Laura Northrip of Lexington.

Adam Wolffbrandt wins viola award

Adam Wolffbrandt, a senior at Lafayette High School, is the 2008 Kentucky winner of the Wendell Irish Viola Award. Sponsored by the Kentucky Federation of Music Clubs, this award is given to a Kentucky viola ­student between the ages of 12 and 19 who submits a quality recording of at least two compositions for the viola.

Adam receives a cash prize of $150 for his ­Kentucky win, and his recording will advance to the national level of competition, which is supported by the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Adam is the son of Jane Hughes of Lexington and George Wolffbrandt of ­Nicholasville.