Education notes: March 3

■ University Press of Kentucky author Penny Loeb received the 2010 Harry Caudill Award for her book Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal.

The award is presented every two years by Bookworm & Silverfish book dealers in Rural Retreat, Va. It was created in 2000 to recognize outstanding investigative writing about Appalachia.

The award allows Loeb to select $2,000 worth of books from Bookworm and Silverfish's inventory.

In Moving Mountains, Loeb recounts the story of Patricia Bragg, a Pie, W.Va., native, whose community was upended when coal companies chiseled into the nearby mountains in 1994. Bragg and 88 other home—owners sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their failure to comply with the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Led by lawyer Joe Lovett, their lawsuit culminated in Bragg v. Robertson, a historic case that temporarily halted mountaintop dumping in the nearby valleys and forced the implementation of proper resurfacing techniques.

Loeb, a journalist and writer for more than 30 years, spent 14 years on prize-winning investigative teams at Newsday and U.S. News & World Report. Now a freelance author, she specializes in energy, environmental and horse issues.

Winburn Middle School pulled away from the field in the 2010 Governor's Cup regional competition, which ended Feb. 13. Lexington Traditional Magnet School finished second, and Morton Middle was third, followed closely by Beaumont.

The Governor's Cup, Kentucky's premier academic competition, consists of five written assessment exams, on-demand writing, future problem-solving and quick recall.

Region 15 results:

Math: Elaine Lin, Beaumont, first; Valerie Sarge, Winburn, second; Matthew Wu, Winburn, third.

Science: Chloe Cao, Winburn, first; Ryan Blood, Winburn, second; Joseph Schneider, Morton, third.

Social studies: Eric Xiong, LTMS, first; Daniel Ma, Winburn, second; Chloe Cao, Winburn, third.

Language arts: Jeremy Robison, Winburn, first; Elaine Lin, Beaumont, second; Sydney Smith, Winburn, third.

Arts & humanities: Daniel Ma, Winburn, first; Athena Kern, Winburn, second; Jeremy Robison, Winburn, third.

Composition: Alice Li, LTMS, first; Athena Kern, Winburn, second; Angela Maske, LTMS, third.

Future problem-solving (team): Morton, first; LTMS, second.

Quick recall (team): Winburn, first; LTMS, second; Beaumont, third.

Hume Sportsmanship Award: Morton

■ Several Fayette County Public Schools cheerleading squads competed in the 30th annual National High School Cheerleading Championship, held Feb. 12-16 at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The competition is sponsored by the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

Large Varsity Division I: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, fourth; Henry Clay High School, fifth.

Small Varsity Division I: Tates Creek High School, eighth.

Large Junior Varsity Division: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, third.

■ Host Lafayette High School finished second in the senior high level of the Kentucky High School Speech League's Bluegrass Regional Tournament on Feb. 13. Paul Laurence Dunbar High was third. On the junior level, SCAPA Bluegrass was first, followed by Morton and Beaumont middle schools.

Individual top results from Fayette County Public Schools included:

Lafayette High School: broadcasting, Madeline Carey, first; poetry, Jennifer Rhodenhiser, first; storytelling, Madeline Carey, first; duo interpretation of literature, Emily Collier and Jill Richardson, second.

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: dramatic interpretation of literature, Simeon Kondev, second; improv duo acting, David Agtar and Neena Phan, second.

SCAPA Bluegrass: duo acting, Madi Fogarty and Ashley Whaley, first; Clark Davis and Isaac Hines-Williams, second; extemporaneous, Connor Van Meter, first; Taylor Bagley, second; interpretation of literature, Isaac Hines-Williams, first; Clark Davis, second; solo acting, Alex Franke, first; Callie Babcock, second; storytelling, Kurtis Brown, first; Callie Babcock, second; prose, Bryn Eichorn, first; broadcasting, Kate Cox, second; declamation, Dylan Rowe, second; public speaking, Ashley Whaley, second.

Morton Middle School: improv duo, Charlotte Foley and Amelia Giancarlo, first; Shannon Brady and Jenna Lawson, second; poetry, Maddie Fish, first; Jenna Lawson, second; broadcasting, Katie Shannon, first; declamation, Harper Toney, first.

Beaumont Middle School: public speaking, Adeline Agtarap, first; Prose, Adeline Agtarap, second.

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SCAPA Bluegrass was among eight middle school winners nationwide in the air/climate division of the Lexus Eco Challenge. The students earned $10,000 and will advance to compete for more cash prizes in March.

Eighth-graders Brandyn Duncan, Hallie Hensley, Kyler Johnson, Bay Phillips and Kiara Powell will each receive $1,400, and the school will receive the remaining $3,000.

For a science class project, their team designed a school-wide campaign to encourage people to switch from using disposable plastic bags to more environmentally friendly reusable bags. The students used the results to enter the national contest.

The Lexus Eco Challenge, created by Lexus and media company Scholastic, is designed to educate young people about the environment and inspire them to create a better world. This is the third consecutive year that a SCAPA team has won national honors.

■ Eastern Kentucky University graduate student Amanda Wilson, a former standout Colonel volleyball player, is one of 26 recipients nationally of the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.

Wilson, who earned her undergraduate degree in psychology, is pursuing a master's degree in sports management. She hopes to combine the degrees in a career in sports psychology.