Education notes


■ Joseph Todd Tipton, 18, of Beattyville recently earned his Eagle Scout rank. For his project, Tipton cleaned up the Lee County/Beattyville Boat Dock area. He placed picnic tables with grills in the area along with a gravel walking trail complete with a bridge.

Tipton is a student at Lee County High School and a member of Troop 84. He is the son of Ricky and Betty Tipton of Beattyville.


Affiliated Computer Services Inc. recently awarded scholarships to six Bluegrass Community and Technical College students. Each student will receive $1,000 per semester, with a maximum total award of $4,000, based on students maintaining good academic standing.

Those receiving scholarships are:

■ Ashley Adams, Lexington

■ Bethany Coleman, Danville

■ Stefanie Evans, Versailles

■ Daniela Hodges, Nicholasville

■ Anessia Nutter, Lexington

■ Alaa Thabateh, Lexington

The following grants were among $17,000 awarded to Fayette County Public Schools from the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Money was awarded to schools for creative, interesting programs, projects and events that encourage learning. The grant money allows teachers to purchase items and resources not covered in school budgets.

■ Deep Springs Elementary, $900 for a Native American culture program presented by Firebear.

■ Mary Todd Elementary School, $1000 for the West African Rhythm Performance and Teaching Ensemble.

■ Southern Middle School, $988 for 16 heart-rate monitors for middle-school students in physical education classes to promote physical fitness.

■ Southern Middle School, $499 for iPODs to aid special education students who need special resources to learn.

■ Tates Creek High School, $1,000 for the Visiting Artist Grant Fund, for performances by college-student musicians.

■ Winburn Middle School, $648 for content vocabulary notebooks.


To commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the Kentucky Junior Historical Society is partnering with the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to sponsor an essay contest for society members. Submissions, which cannot exceed 600 words, will be evaluated using criteria outlined in the Kentucky Writing Scoring Rubric. Entries must be received by Jan. 9 and should be sent to the attention of Laura Hiniker at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, Ky. 40601.

First-place winners in high school, middle school and elementary school will be given the opportunity to read their submissions at the annual KJHS Convention in Frankfort and will receive $300, $150 and $50, respectively. Runners-up will receive Lincoln-related books and merchandise. Winners will be announced on Feb. 12. For more information, write to Hiniker at or visit


Twenty Fayette County Public Schools teachers recently received National Board Certification. To be considered for certification, teachers are assessed on portfolio entries containing videos reflecting their teaching style, student learning products and other teaching materials. The recipients are as follows:

■ Lavonna Baumgardner, William Wells Brown Elementary

■ Stephanie Byrns, Tates Creek Elementary

■ Cindy Caton, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School

■ Melinda Caudill, Liberty Elementary

■ Ali Crowley, Lafayette High School

■ Shelley Dickson, Liberty Elementary

■ Janice Duncan, Stonewall Elementary

■ Patrick Goff, Beaumont Middle School

■ Diana Hendrix, technology resource teacher

■ Jenny Jacobs, Breckinridge Elementary

■ Julie Jones, Russell Cave Elementary

■ Blanche Kelley, Southern Elementary

■ Kellie Little, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary

■ Matthew Logsdon, Henry Clay High School

■ Alyssa McSpadden, Clays Mill Elementary

■ Missi Meiners, Liberty Elementary

■ Jessica Mullannix, Veterans Park Elementary

■ Jill Craig, Southern Middle School

■ Vincent Tinker, Lafayette High School

■ Cari Wlosinski, Jessie Clark Middle School


Asbury College has approved the addition of a worship arts major beginning fall 2009. The proposal for the new program came from the Department of Christian Ministries, with input from Dr. Jon Roller, instructor of music. According to the college's admissions office, worship arts is one of the most sought-after majors from prospective students that Asbury did not offer.