Contests, scholarships and other honors


■ Twenty-four students from Eastside and Southside Technical Centers attended the recent Kentucky Leadership Training Institute in Louisville where they participated in contests on themes of developing leadership in the classroom and on the job site. Fayette County contest winners include:

SkillsUSA Poster Contest: Christina Smith, East Jessamine High School, 1st place; Marcus Wells, Scott County High School, 2nd place.

20-Second Elevator Story Contest: David McKenney, Lafayette High School, 1st place; Zach Wisner, Lafayette, 3rd place.

SkillsUSA Speech Contest: Wesley Baird, Scott County, 2nd place.

Opening and Closing Contest: Christina Smith, East Jessamine, 2nd place; Matt Green, Scott County, 3rd place.

Overall Best Team: Ashley Stuckey, Bryan Station High School; Zach Wisner, Lafayette; and Jesse Welch, Scott County.

Outstanding Team Member: Wesley Baird, Scott County.

Southside winners include:

Outstanding Team Member: John Manners, Scott County.

Other participating students included:

Julio Alfaro, Dunbar; Monica Bryan, Dunbar; Josh Lawson, East Jessamine; A.J. Price, Tates Creek; Ryan Sizemore, Lafayette; Zac Weston, Lafayette; Dustin Wright, West Jessamine; Kristie Harrison, West Jessamine; Krystina Blakeman, Woodford County High School; Frankie Sharp, Woodford County; Whitney Garlington, Lafayette; Chad Jones, Lafayette; Zack Blanchard, Lafayette; Sarah Booth, Bryan Station; and Rachael Richardson, Scott County.

■ Stan Ayers, associate professor of theater at Berea College, has been awarded an individual Artist Professional Development Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. The grant matches funds provided by the artist for a total of $1,000 for Ayers to create an authentically styled Japanese Bunraku Puppet. The puppet will be used in performance with the Mountain Spirit Company, a puppet group founded by Ayers and his wife Trish, and as an educational tool in the theater classes Ayers teaches. Japanese Bunraku, developed in the 16th century, is one of the most sophisticated forms of puppetry in the world, requiring three puppeteers to operate each puppet, which are half of life-size.

■ The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning invites young women in grades 9-12 to apply to the Young Women Writers Program, a free series of intensive workshops focused on self-expression through writing. Five four-hour sessions, held on consecutive Saturdays during January and February 2009, will incorporate creative writing exercises in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and memoir. Participants must submit a writing sample and application form. Call (859) 254-4175 or e-mail

■ The University Press of Kentucky has won three design awards in the Southern Books Competition. UPK received the Award for Overall Excellence for 2006 and for 2007 in the competition for James Archambeault's Historic Kentucky and Stephen Rolfe Powell: Glassmaker respectively. UPK also took second place honors in 2007 in the Award for Overall Excellence category for Clay Lancaster's Kentucky: Architectural Photographs of a Preservation Pioneer edited by James Birchfield. The book design awards were presented to the press at a recent meeting of the Kentucky Library Association.


■ Several departments and faculty within Morehead State University have recently received grants and funding totalling millions of dollars:

MSU's Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy received a $10.1 million Gear Up grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help disadvantaged middle and high school students better prepare for college.

MSU faculty were recently awarded a two-year planning grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $210,250 to work with regional school districts to develop a partnership and instructional strategies that enhance science education at the elementary and middle school level.

The Teacher Recruitment Program has received a $220,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Education for funding of the Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention Scholarship program.

Brent Jones, director of information technology, has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Douglas Dennis, chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health totalling $184,333.

■ Apollo 14 astronaut and moonwalker Edgar Mitchell presented University of Kentucky electrical engineering senior Donnie Keathley, of Pikeville, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation during a ceremony on Sept. 18. The scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit.

■ Women Leading Kentucky is now accepting scholarship applications. The $1,000, one-time scholarship is available for female sophomores and juniors enrolled full-time at a Kentucky college or university. Female students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and must have demonstrated leadership abilities on campus or in their community. Visit About eight students will be selected for the scholarship.

■ The University of Kentucky has been awarded one of 17 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grants of up to $100,000 for suicide prevention on college campuses. The UK Increasing Networks for Campus Awareness to Suicide and Emergencies Program, under the direction of Julie Cerel, an assistant professor in the UK College of Social Work, was awarded a grant of $99,996.

■ Georgetown College senior Emily Marshall has been selected to receive the first Gheens STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Teacher Preparation Scholarship. Marshall plans to use the scholarship to pursue her Masters in School Administration while she teaches Science in a Jefferson County high school next fall.


■ Two Paris High School students were named Advanced Progress, or AP, Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams. Riley Martin, a 2008 graduate of Paris High School and class valedictorian, qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Riley is a freshman at the University of Louisville. Anna Invergo, a senior at Paris High, qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Anna will have one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn another AP Scholar Award.

■ The University of Kentucky graduates took home honors at Design Emphasis 2008, a furniture design competition. Daniel Thornberry of Winchester took first place in the contract furniture category, winning a $1,200 cash prize. Joseph Bischoff of Louisville was presented with a merit award in the category and a $500 cash prize. Paul Masterson of Lexington received an honorable mention in the category and a $300 cash prize.

Other UK finalists were Edward Roberts of Mt. Sterling; Lindsey Todderud of Fishers, Ind.; Seth Twardy of Lexington; and Kevin Zwick of Florissant, Mo. The UK Furniture Studio is under the direction of Professor Leonard Wujcik.

■ Joy Hager, professor of physical education at Berea College, was honored recently with the Walter H. Mustaine Award, the highest award given by the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at KAHPERD's annual convention held Oct. 15-17 in Louisville. Also honored was Justin Gilliam, an Eastern Kentucky University junior and a health education/school health major from Carlisle who received the 2008 Outstanding College/University Health Student Award.


Clay Howard has been named distance instruction librarian at Morehead State University's Camden-Carroll Library, where he provides instruction to the university's regional campuses and distance learning students. He serves as a liaison to the regional campus libraries, local public libraries and community college libraries in the area.


■ The Lights On Afterschool program, a nationwide program sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, was held this month at the YMCA afterschool programs at Julius Marks, Picadome, Clays Mill, Garden Springs, Glendover, James Lane Allen and Mary Todd elementaries and at Lexington Traditional Magnet School. The free event included activities for parents and kids such as art projects, health and wellness awareness, fun with math and nutritious snacks.

■ Catherine Seago, head of the Acquisitions Department of the University of Kentucky Libraries, has been accepted to Triangle Research Management Academy: The Business of Libraries presented by the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

■ The University of Kentucky recently celebrated the beginning of renovations to the Koinonia House, home to UK Opera Theatre. The renovations, being made possible by a gift from William E. Schmidt, a native of Irvine, and the William E. Schmidt Foundation, will more than double the facility's space and provide UK with a center large enough to house its voice faculty. The center will be renamed the William E. Schmidt Vocal Arts Center.

■ A tree sample from Eastern Kentucky University's Lilley Cornett Woods will be part of an American Museum of Natural History's in-house and traveling exhibit, which will explore the impact of climate change and illuminate ways in which individuals, communities and nations can reduce their carbon footprint. The sample was collected by students Drew Stockwell and Kacie Tacket along with Neil Pederson, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Rob Watts, manager of Lilley Woods, in the summer of 2008 as part of an Old-growth Forest Internship. It will be used to help demonstrate climate change.

The exhibit "Climate Change: The Threat to Life and a New Energy Future" will travel throughout the United States before departing for Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Mexico and South America in August 2009.