Education notes


■ Education Notes in the Aug. 20 edition of Communities named 20 students who received scholarships from the Horse Farm Workers Assistance Fund. The names of 12 students and the schools they will attend were omitted from the list. They are:

Monica Calleja, BCTCS; Travis Evans, St. Catherine College; Megan Hephner, Middle Tennessee State; Jaime Morris, Murray State; Christopher Powell, Murray State; Trey Rankin, Thomas More College; Miller Thornbury, Sewanee; Liz Fiero, Murray State; Allie Hafley, Murray State; Amanda Hendricks, University of Georgia; Linzay Marks, Louisiana State University; and Steven Powell, Western Kentucky University.

To qualify for Horse Farm Workers' Education Assistance, each of the scholars must be children of horse farm employees.

■ Ten students from Woodford County were recently named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars by earning a four-year cumulative 4.0 grade point average and scoring a minimum composite ACT score of 28. The scholars are eligible for $2,500 per year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship awards and may receive up to $10,000 toward college costs if they continue to do well in school.

The Woodford County achievers were Zoriana Boyechko, Anne Charlton, Amy Effinger, Kathryn Gardner, Trent Goodin, David Grieshaber, Sarah Jacobs, Dulce Johnson, Susan Kelty, and Andrew Mize.

■ The Versailles Kiwanis Club recently awarded scholarships totaling $5,000 to four 2008 Woodford County High School graduates. The recipients are Kristen Leigh Anderson and Tamara Howard, who will both attend Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Suzanne Adkisson, who will attend Western Kentucky University, and Becky Lafser, who will attend Eastern Kentucky University.

■ The following students recently received scholarships from the Burger King Scholars Program: Nicholas Cronin of Georgetown; Brandon Bullock of Hebron; Kellie Von Handorf of Independence; Ryan Sallie of Mount Sterling; and Chelsea Ladd of Princeton each received $1,000 scholarships.

High school seniors can apply for 2009 scholarships at

■ Georgetown native Daniel Ng has been named the first Disney scholar at Georgetown College. Ng plans to use the scholarship to pursue training to become a vocal coach. Georgetown College President William Crouch presented the award at a ceremony Sept. 11.

■ Alltech recently announced the initiation of its Margin of Excellence program by naming Anne Koontz its first Alltech-University of Kentucky Margin of Excellence Fellow. The program was developed to reward the dedication of graduate students in the study of science while promoting technology and development in Kentucky. The fellowship is a stipend of $40,000 per year for up to five years. In addition, the fellowship provides money for travel to conferences and other laboratories, bonuses for extraordinary performance, mentoring and unique links to the industry.

Koontz holds a bachelor's of science degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and is completing her master's of science in animal nutrition at UK.

■ The Hudson-Ellis Scholarship Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation awarded nine students renewable scholarships of $1,500 each in 2008, for a total of $13,500. A complete list of scholarship receipients follows:

Danville High School scholarship recipients:

Anderson Salinas

Xerces Simpson

Hunter Kendrick

Boyle County High School:

Erica Eastman

Jerry Baker

Caleb Pendygraft

Kentucky School for the Deaf:

Victoria Thompson

Todd Batsche

Lorita Hall

In addition to the scholarships, eleven non-profit agencies serving Boyle County received a total of $136,500 in grants through the Boyle County Grant Program at Blue Grass Community Foundation in 2008. These funds were made possible by longtime Boyle County resident Lottie B. Ellis and other donors.


■ The following students in Fayette and surrounding counties were National Merit Scholarship Finalists.


Bryan Station High School: Zachary L. Davis.

Henry Clay High School: April E. Dodd, Alexander E. Dutch, David T. Fraebel, James S. Fritz, Jared M. Gibson, Julia R. Hunter, Christopher N. Jacovitch, Rachel E. Looff, Sarah M. Looff, Margaret S. Lutz, Daniel P. Richey, Lilian Rogers, Erin E. Wrightson, Le Zhang.

Lafayette High School: Brittany P. Fenner, Abby L. Kirk, Sonya C. Rich, Evan T. Shirley, Qing Xie.

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Alayna V. Boland, Scott L. Calvert, Tessa M. Cavagnero, Leslie C. Davis, John L. Fitzpatrick, Jack C. Fogle, Jennifer L. Grasch, Pavitra Muralidhar, Benjamin L. Nosarzewski, Elliott W. Rosenberg, Kyle R. Rosenberg, Rahul Sharma, Michael R. Shen, Hanyuan Shi, Adam C. Timaji, Connie Wu, Mimi X. Yang.

Tates Creek High School: Natasha N. Druggan.

Home school: Alec A. Miller.

Lexington Catholic High School: Glenn A. Bush, Robert E. "Ty" Carter, Charles S. Fieseler, John Michael Jansen, Neil C. McCarthy.

Lexington Christian Academy: Jake Hoffman.

Trinity Christian Academy: Kenton M. Barker, D. Grace McLain.


Berea High School: Miles B. Pulsford.

Home school: Caleb A. Hetrick.


Franklin County High School: Chloe M. Bates, Anna R. Dennis.

Western Hills High School: Joshua N. Lynn, Amit M. Shanker.

Home school: Jordan T. Hall, James L. Whites.


Scott County High School: Laura E. Campbell, Adam G. Tucker, Wyatt L. Ubellacker.


East Jessamine High School: Mary H. Jennings.

West Jessamine High School: Geraldine X. Goh, Lyman R. Stone, Brian J. Troyer.


Paris High School: Anna M. Invergo


Model Laboratory School: Jamie E. Farrar

Home school: Meredith K. Rigby


Woodford County High School: Jane E. Brannen, Bradley F. Elliott, Adam T. Horn, Lila S. Leatherman, Thomas C. Wilhoit.

■ Kevin Overall and Evan Shirley, both students in Lexington, earned a 36 on the ACT college entrance exam — the highest possible composite score.

Overall, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, plans to major in architecture. Shirley, a senior in the pre-engineering program at Lafayette High School, says he most likely will choose a liberal arts college

■ Anna Bostrom, a sophomore at Woodford County High School, was recently the winner of the Primetime Prep Performer of the Week for girls' cross country in the state of Kentucky, as chosen by Bostrom won the Henry Clay Invitational with a time of 19:42 and she stands second in the Class 3A individual rankings. Primetime Prep Performers are chosen each week in various sports in the state.

To see other winners, visit The Web site is a production of Tom Leach, "The Voice of the Kentucky Wildcats."

■ Wayne Steele, program coordinator for the Kentucky Motorcycle Program housed in the Eastern Kentucky University Traffic Safety Institute, has received the Award of Excellence for State Coordinators from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Administrators met in August in Billings, Mont., where Steele was recognized at the annual awards banquet. Steele's accomplishments include developing curriculum and teaching methods that are being used internationally in three foundation rider education courses in addition to the training efforts he has made in the programs of six states as well as the national MSF RiderCoach development program.


■ The Lexington League is now accepting entries for its 2008 essay contest. The topic this year is "How has the Internet changed the way we get information and create information about presidential candidates?" High school students are encouraged to participate. Prizes of $250, $150 and $100 will be given to the top three writers, as well as a $100 honorarium to the teacher/sponsor of the first-place winner. Deadline is Oct. 31.


■ The Kentucky Coal Academy of the Big Sandy Community & Technical College at Hager Hill is accepting applications for the next sponsored cohort mining program. If selected by a participating coal company, participants will attend 30 weeks of training in underground mining and receive certifications in specific areas. Call (606) 788-2940 or (606) 788-2946.

■ The Continuing Education and Outreach Division of Eastern Kentucky University Fall 2008 Catalog is now available with more than 150 courses offered, including 28 instructor-facilitated online courses. Call (859) 622-1228 or visit For online courses visit


■ The Eastern Kentucky University Athletic Training Education Program has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. EKU has the first accredited athletic training education program in Kentucky and has maintained accreditation since 1978. ATEP is one of three undergraduate programs in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.


■ Brenda Wilburn has been named director of counseling and health services at Morehead State University. A licensed nurse since 1979 and a registered nurse since 1986, Wilburn holds advanced national certifications as a family nurse practitioner and certified nurse educator.

She received her original diploma in practical nursing from Ashland State Vocational School, an associate degree in nursing from Ashland Community College (now Ashland Community and Technical College) and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Bellarmine College in Louisville.

■ The University of Kentucky Department of Art recently announced a new director for the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art. Kate Sprengnether, formerly of the Lexington Art League, took over leadership of the UK art gallery Sept. 9.

■ J. Mike Phillips, chairman of Morehead State University's Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, has been elected vice chair of the Agri-Energy component of the Governor's Task Force on the Future of Agriculture in Kentucky.

■ Morehead State University President Wayne D. Andrews has been reappointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to a four-year term on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

First appointed in late 2007 to fill an unexpired term, Andrews will serve through June 30, 2012. He is among four gubernatorial appointees from Kentucky.

■ Andy McAllister was recently appointed Lindsey Wilson College's director of residence life.


■ University of Kentucky Libraries has been selected as one of five host sites for a national program that will provide 45 fellowships at various research libraries for library science students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The program, the Association of Research Libraries Minority Fellowship Program, presented by ARL Diversity Initiatives, is being made possible through a $728,821 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Under the program, 45 fellows will be provided with librarian mentors at one of the five participating research libraries, leadership development opportunities and career placement assistance.

■ Ten area residents are participating in Eastern Kentucky University's "Try Teaching" program.

The program targets mid- and second-career professionals who are intrigued about their potential in front of a classroom. This year's participants include: Stefanie Ashley, Richmond, Madison Southern High School, social studies, Sept. 15-19; Woody Bottom, Lexington, Jessie Clark Middle School, social studies, Sept. 8-12, and science, Sept. 15-19; Nancy Goulson, Lexington, Morton Middle School, science, Sept. 8-12, and Bryan Station High School, biology, Sept. 15-19; Marchelle Gray, Richmond, Madison Middle School, reading, Sept. 8-9, and Madison Southern High School, business, Sept. 10-12; Michelle Moody, Lexington, Edythe J. Hayes Elementary School, math, Sept. 15-19; Karen Pratt, Richmond, Kit Carson Elementary School, science, Sept. 8-12, and Clark-Moores Middle School, science, Sept. 15-19; and Cynthia Stone, Danville, Danville High School, science, Sept. 8-12, and Bate Middle School, math, Sept. 15-19. Three participants chose not to be identified.

■ Jessamine County Special Education has launched a new Web site ( The site provides information for special needs students, parents and educators. Features include a showcase for recognizing special achievements of students and an area for educators to sign up for training and professional development.