Education notes

William C. Park
William C. Park


Berea College students received awards and scholarships this spring totaling more than $100,000 for outstanding achievement in Berea's academic, labor and service programs for the 2009-10 academic year. Six of those honored were from Lexington:

Jessica Ammons received the Beldon Graduate School Fellowship from the education department and the Elizabeth D. Gilbert Fellowship in Library Science for graduate study in the field.

Benjamin Fogler received the Emily Ann Smith Scholarship for excellence in the study of the English language; the Communication Scholarship, first place, for outstanding performance in the major; and the Bishop Yu Yue Tau Scholarship for achievement in the religion major.

Kimbri Johnson received the Jane A. Kendrick Community Service Award for volunteer service that has enriched the lives of others.

Wilkenia Napoleon received the Paul N. Power Scholarship to pursue learning opportunities in the performing arts.

Amber Pearce was awarded the Rolf and Caroline Hovey Memorial Music Scholarship for academic achievement in the major.

Mandalynne Pearce received the Henry W. and Edna Austin Scholarship for demonstrated academic and personal excellence.

■ Community Action Council's H.H. Greene Child Development Center has received a quality rating from Kentucky's Stars for Kids Now program. Stars is a voluntary rating system for licensed and certified child care programs, which earn a Star rating of 1 through 4. H.H. Greene Child Development Center has been awarded a three-star rating, indicating the program is seeking quality standards well beyond the requirements for licensing.

Community Action Council operates more than a dozen child-development centers in Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, Nicholas, Scott and Madison counties, and all are participating in the Stars for Kids Now program.

Eastern Kentucky University's College of Education has named six more people to its Wall of Honor, on the fourth floor of the Combs Building on campus. The Wall of Honor recognizes men and women who have made significant contributions to the college, or to education or the helping professions in Kentucky.

The newest inductees are: Esther Leung, professor in EKU's Department of Special Education; Nancy Peel, professor of mathematics education in EKU's Department of Curriculum and Instruction from 1967 to 2000; David Rush, director of student teaching for EKU's College of Education, 1970-2000; Johanna Strange, science teacher at Model Laboratory School, 1976-94; Joe David Martin and the late Alice Martin, EKU graduates; and Robert Tarvin, graduate and executive director of the Kentucky School Facilities Commission.

The latest members of the Wall of Honor will be recognized at a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Perkins Building. The event is free, but reservations are required by Oct. 20. Contact Billy Thames at (859) 622-2581 or

■ The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts has recognized a father and son for their contributions to the arts. Gordon Henderson, director of the UCLA marching band and varsity band, has been presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award. His father, Hugh Henderson, a former chair of the UK School of Music, has been presented with the college's Community Service Award.

■ Award-winning teens from the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association's Youth in Government programs attended the YMCA Conference on National Affairs in Black Mountain, N.C.

To receive an invitation to be a member of Kentucky's delegation, a teen must win an outstanding-speaker award or be elected to a top office within the Kentucky Youth Assembly (a model Kentucky legislature) or the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (a model United Nations). Nearly 8,000 teens from throughout Kentucky participate in these programs.

John Aroutiounian and Athie Livas, incoming seniors at Henry Clay High School, were among Kentucky's delegation. Aroutiounian, who also will be governor for the East Kentucky Youth Assembly in November, presented a proposal to ban all commercial advertising directed to minors. Aroutiounian has just completed a term as a page in U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's office.

Livas's "Consumer Transparency Act" called for clearly marked labels on mass-produced products, including information about the impact of the product's production on society.

Of the 22 delegate proposals from Kentucky, 12 passed through the first round of debate, six passed through the second, and three moved on to General Assembly. Aroutiounian's proposal passed through Second Committee. Livas' proposal passed through the General Assembly, the highest honor a proposal can receive at CONA. She also received an outstanding-speaker award, the highest honor an underclassman can receive at the conference.


■ On Aug. 7, 21 Lexington neighborhoods will host the fifth annual Ready, Set, Go! Neighborhood Back-to-School rallies, which will provide 8,000 elementary, middle school and high school children with backpacks and school supplies. For the first time, each neighborhood site will distribute supplies for all grade levels. In addition, each neighborhood solicited its own grass-roots support and has planned its activities, entertainment, food, speakers and door prizes.

The theme this year is "Live Green Lexington." For the third year, the Department for Environmental Quality and its community partners will be on hand to educate families about recycling and healthy environmental practices.

For families wishing to receive school supplies, registration will be 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 7 at each site. Supplies will be distributed at noon. Your child must be with you in to receive supplies. For more information, contact United Way at 2-1-1 or LexCall at 3-1-1.

Christ the King School has received a grant from the W. Paul and Lucille C. Little Foundation to develop an innovative arts program for the 2010-11 academic year, to integrate art and drama into the classrooms of elementary students.

The program will include instruction in various disciplines of the arts and will end with a gallery hop of the students' work, priced for sale.

William C. Park of Lexington, a junior at Sayre School, has been elected to be among 1,100 attendees at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Summer Leaders Seminar. The seminar is designed to help high school juniors with their college selections while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their educations, careers and lives.

■ This summer The Kentucky Center hosted more than 200 young artists from every region of the commonwealth, at The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts at Lexington's Transylvania University from June 20 to July 10.

During their three-week stay, 225 student artists from 47 counties experienced a schedule of daily seminars, master classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions. Instruction was offered in nine disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, new media, visual arts and vocal music.

Participating from Scott County High School were Rebecca Campbell, musical theater; Emily Curtis, instrumental music; and Connor Hall, musical theater. Participating from Woodford County High School were Ashford King, vocal music, and Ryan Leet, instrumental music. Participating from Bourbon County High School were Heather Hale, instrumental music, and Molly Watson, dance. Participating from Madison County were Katlyn Brumfield, Madison Central High School, visual art; David Cecil and John Combs, both of Madison Central High School and both in instrumental music; Jenna Sehmann, Model Lab High School, instrumental music; Shannon Thomas, Model Lab High School, dance; and Sarah Harmon, Woods Creek Christian Academy, visual art.

Sankofa University, a Kentucky licensed school-age care program, will be registering children and youths from kindergarten through 12th grade for the Ujima After-School program, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 6. Registration will be in the gym at 498 Georgetown Street. The registration fee is $50, and the university is accepting child-care assistance. Call the West End Community Empowerment Project of Lexington office at (859) 281-1248 for more information.


Bryan Station Junior High faculty and staff from 1960 to 1985 are invited to attend a reunion from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Bryan Station Traditional Magnet School, 1865 Wickland Drive.

Call James Shifflett at (859) 523-2353 or Linda Oakley at (859) 296-1915 for more information, or e-mail Linda Oakley at