Education notes


Bryan Station High School will receive a Brick Merit Award from the Kentuckiana Masonry Institute. This program brings outstanding masonry buildings to the public's attention. Sherman Carter Barnhart, the architectural firm that designed Bryan Station, submitted it for consideration. To qualify, projects must use masonry as the primary material. The award will be presented April 12 in Frankfort.

Eastern Kentucky University has been named School of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Residence Halls. Meghann Fitzpatrick, area coordinator in EKU's office of University Housing, was honored as Advisor of the Year. Emily Newsome, Student Government Association vice president for resident life, was selected President of the Year.

Brian Frick and Clay Gonzalez of Lafayette High School played in Music for All's 2010 Honor Band America on March 4-6. The students were selected from hundreds of applicants from across the country. Brian is the son of Kevin and Debbie Frick of Lexington. Clay is the son of Randy and Lori Gonzalez of Lexington.

Jason Grant, an English and linguistics junior at the University of Kentucky, has been awarded one of five English-Speaking Union Scholarships presented by the English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch. The scholarship will cover Grant's expenses for summer study in literature at the University of Cambridge. Grant, the son of Hal and Julie Grant of Lexington, is a 2007 Paul Laurence Dunbar High School graduate.

Nick Grounds and Alex Keedy of Paul Laurence Dunbar High excelled in the Kentucky High School Mock Trial Competition, held March 5-7 in Louisville. Grounds won Best Attorney, and Keedy won Best Witness honors. Dunbar was the only Lexington school among the 30 competitors

■ Six journalists and a journalism educator will be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame April 8 at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown Hotel.

The same day, the school will hold its 33rd annual Joe Creason Lecture at 6 p.m. in Room 118 of the White Hall Classroom Building. This year's presenter of the lecture is Tom Curley, president and CEO of the Associated Press. Curley will speak on coverage of the war in Afghanistan; his lecture opens an international conference on War, Journalism and History, "Covering Conflicts in the Modern World."

The 2010 Hall of Fame inductees are: Neil Budde, president and chief product officer at; Al Cross, longtime political reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, now director of UK's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues; Liz Everman, retired anchor for WLKY in Louisville and creator of the Wednesday's Child adoption program aired on the station; Jack Lyne, executive editor of interactive publishing for Site Selection, a publication and Web site focused on corporate real estate strategy and area economic development; James Fredrick "Fred" Paxton (posthumous), former chairman of the Paxton Media Group; Jim Phillips, news director for WGOH-WUGO radio in Grayson and former editor of the Grayson Journal-Enquirer; Lois Ogden Sutherland (posthumous), founder of the journalism program and first student newspaper adviser at Northern Kentucky University. The new honorees join 165 journalists inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1981.

Lynette Mitchell, who is in her 14th year at Bryan Station Traditional Magnet School, has been named the state's Outstanding Middle School Counselor by the Kentucky School Counselor Association. Mitchell is a 24-year veteran of Fayette County Public Schools.

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School won the Governor's Cup regionals, which concluded Feb. 20. Among other Fayette High Schools, Lafayette High School placed fifth in Region 11, Henry Clay High was seventh, Bryan Station High came in ninth, and Tates Creek High tied for 12th place.

■ A team of "mathletes" from Winburn Middle School took first-place honors in the Feb. 20 local MATHCOUNTS competition. Elaine Lin, Beaumont Middle School, was top scorer and winner of a $500 Kentucky MATHCOUNTS scholarship. Students on the top three teams advance to the state contest Saturday in Louisville.

First place: Winburn Middle School: Kathleen Yang, Valerie Sarge, Matthew Wu and Lilly Xie.

Second place: Lexington Traditional Magnet School: Eric Xiong, Will Walters, Angeline He and Hank Russell.

Third place: Beaumont Middle School: Elaine Lin, Haani Husain, Alex Lucas and Robert Prince.

Other individuals also advancing to the state competition include:

Nelson Ng. Bryan Station Traditional Magnet School; Angela Tseng, Winburn; David Stevens, Morton; Joseph Schneider, Morton; Iven Yang, Winburn; Xu "Alice" Liu, Lexington Traditional Magnet School.


■ Nearly 400 high school juniors across the state, including 18 from Fayette County Public Schools, have been awarded $1,000 college scholarships in the "Drive the Dream" program, sponsored by GEAR UP Kentucky.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is a federally funded program that encourages middle and high school students to take the courses they need to prepare for college. The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority provided the scholarships, which the students will receive when they enroll in college.

Bryan Station High School: Chelsea Ebner, Leon Edwards, Samantha George, Nickolas Graczyk, Eric Lancaster, Tneil Martina, Alice Montgomery, Whitney Scott, Sara Stamper, Courtney Taggart, Darion Waite and Glenna Young.

Henry Clay High School: Corey Tucker.

Tates Creek High School: Megan Banahan, Sydney Bentley, Keyona Demus, Marlee DuBois and Sephonyia Porter.


■ The University of Kentucky received a $6.4 million federal grant to build a new laboratory for collecting, maintaining and storing rodent sperm and embryos for use in genetic research. The grant from the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health, will support the 9,026-square-foot laboratory's construction as part of a fourth-floor renovation of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. The funding was awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. UK Vice President for Research James W. Tracy is the principal investigator on the project. When completed, the laboratory will serve researchers from across the university.


■ UK's fifth annual DanceBlue dance marathon raised $636,638.58 to benefit children with cancer and their families and cancer research. With this year's total, DanceBlue has contributed more than $2 million to the Golden Matrix Fund and the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic.