■ The University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin), founded four years ago by UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., has established the Dr. Lee T. Todd Jr. Bridging the Gap between Workplace Research and Practice Award in honor of Todd's work for Kentucky employees and employers.
The annual award, offered in the form of a scholarship waiving one year of Innovative Employer Roundtable membership fees, will be given to an employer that has demonstrated innovative workplace practices based on the dimensions of the iwin Innovative Employer Model.
■ Tony Dotson, coordinator of the UK Veterans Resource Center, was named chairman of the new Bluegrass Armed Forces Community Covenant Committee. The committee, which includes representatives from 17 Central Kentucky counties, will work to raise support among local businesses and organizations for deployed service members and their families.
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■ Each spring, Fayette County Public Schools salute freshmen who have righted their ship after initially struggling in high school with the Ninth-Grade Improvement Awards.
Each of the five high schools could select about 20 ninth-graders for recognition, and The Learning Center at Linlee and Martin Luther King Jr. Academy nominated two students each. Each school also selected one student deemed to be the most improved freshman in its 2010-11 class. These grand-prize winners received MP3 players, courtesy of Dell Inc.: Jordan Skidmore, Bryan Station High School; Heather Durham, Henry Clay High School; Brandon Kanatzer, Lafayette High School; Robert Hissong, Martin Luther King Jr. Academy; Hailey Hernandez, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Ahbree Woodley, Tates Creek High School; and Andrew Clark, The Learning Center at Linlee.
The other honorees were — Bryan Station: Zabriel Anderson, Quinnette Connor, Andrew Davis, Ashley Davis, Tarik Edwards, Dymon Johnson, Chris Jones, Alexander May, BreAyna McDowell, Chris Panico, Graham Perkins, Yair Rodriguez, Chris Roney, Osvaldo Roque, Calvin Shaw, Elexsius Taylor, Shane Tellman and Shaniah Walden. Henry Clay: Elle Barnett, Justice Bentley, Colin Birch, Jalen Boyd, Mika Casto, Angel Dawson, Shawn Dore, Andrea Garcia, Alfred Godfrey III, Victoria Greenwell, Brittany Henson, Meredith Lewis, Ferran Lockwood, Jonathan Matteson, Biliva Mbonekube, Felipe Morales, Sonncia Pendarvis, Katelyn Ray and Blake Smithson. Lafayette: Tiffany Blackford, Mitchell Driver, Brittany Frasier, Tim Gilbert, Joely Gudlewski, Kris Guillen, Josh Hilton, Trey Miller, Kaylee Moffett, Gavin Owsley, Melanie Parker, Tyler Robinson, Danisha Spencer, Juliane Taylor, Javonte Thomas and Jacob Weis. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy: Angel Guzman. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Ahmad Alfoukh, Karina Alonso, Maria Barrios, Paris Burroughs-Thames, Shacora Dansby, James Dunaway, Myles Foster, Jacob Holland, Reggie Kimball, Richard Kincaid, Phillip Menk, Leslie Pennington, Keisha Richardson, Zach Roper, Tarah Sharma, Troy Smith Jr., Vanessa Smith, Tanner Sunny, Ivan Virgilio and James White. Tates Creek: Destiney Catlett, Jordan Cloyd, Ellisa Coldiron, Tavon Dunn, Matthew Gore, Jessica Hardy, Aniah Jones, Dauntice Lear, Dillon Reynolds, Chaysen Smith, Noah Stone, David Vickers, William Walker and Michael Welleford. The Learning Center at Linlee: Kadeijah Hawkins.
■ The National History Club Association and its sponsor, the History Channel, have selected Henry Clay High School's history club as the Outstanding History Club of 2011.
The school's club beat out more than 7,000 clubs nationwide for the honor. Henry Clay's history club is also among the top 10 student groups featured in the National History Club's spring magazine.
The club began compiling a high school historical poetry chapbook with the help of local author Frank X Walker. In addition, students translated messages from soldiers' families written on a Japanese flag and are trying to locate the survivors of these World War II veterans.
■ Orsolya Hegyi, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, wrote Kentucky's winning entry in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition.
Her paper, "An Approach to Water Purification Using Carbon Nanotube Membranes," bested contenders from Louisville, Edgewood and Fort Wright. Hegyi, who studies in Dunbar's Math, Science and Technology Center, will compete on the national level June 23-26 in Chicago.
The national winner receives a $5,000 award and a sculpture.
■ The University of Kentucky College of Education's "Teachers Who Made a Difference" program recently honored its 2011 group of educators who have had a significant impact in the lives of their students.
More than 140 people from nine states were invited to an April 30 breakfast reception and program at the UK Student Center.
Teachers Who Made a Difference is not a competition. Each year, all submissions are accepted up to a predetermined limit. The 2011 total for honorees was the result of a large increase in interest in the 13-year-old program.
Area honorees included: Sunayan Acharya, Lexington; Megan Harris Albright, Danville; Jeffrey Ashley, Lexington; Jennifer Ayers, Lexington; Claudine Barrow, Lexington; H. Brent Barton, Richmond; Wendell Berry, Port Royal; Autumn Betts, Shelbyville; Lars Björk, Lexington; Kristina Blair, Lexington; Sandra Bolster, Berea; Lori Bowen, Lexington; Leslie Burns, Lexington; Karen M. Butler, Lexington; Jill Tolar Campbell, Lexington; Cletus Carvalho, Lexington; Hendricks D. Caudill (deceased) and Edna W. Caudill, Jeffersontown; General Caudill (deceased), Premium; Meredith Clark, Nicholasville; Teresa Combs, Hindman; Eddie Comeaux, Lexington; Kim Cooper, Versailles; Lina Crocker, Lexington; Donald Cross, Lexington; James Robert Daughters, Burlington; Grant Davis, Lexington; Staci Ann Davis, Lexington; Linda Kelly Dewees, Nicholasville; Dolly Dressman, Lexington; Lee Edgerton, Lexington; Linda Edin, Lexington; Steve Lee Ellis, Lexington; Philip Roger Evans, Barbourville; Rebecca Farmer, Winchester; Meghan Finley, Lexington; Tay Fizdale, Lexington; Robert H. Flashman, Lexington; John David Friend, Lexington; Lauren Gallicchio, Lexington; Martha Gehringer, Lexington; Art Goldman, Lexington; Grace Gorrell, Lexington; Mary Beth Gosser, Russell Springs; Craig M. Grimm, Crestwood; Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Frankfort; Angela Boyle Gunter, Owensboro; Jason Hans, Lexington; Nicole Hendricks, Burlington; Roxie Hoffman, Louisville; Bruce Holle, Lexington; John Holloway, Lexington; Marcia Holt, Nicholasville; Peggy Huff, Hazel Green; Bretta Hulcha, Lexington; Charles Hunter, Maysville; Jane Jensen, Lexington; Rachel Jones, Lexington; Albert Kalim, Lexington; Monica Kern, Lexington; Denny LaGrange, Hardinsburg; Jan Lane, Lexington; Sarah Lawson, Lexington; Hui Chi Lee, Lexington; Dorothy Lewis, Staffordsville; Regina Lowery, Lexington; Gregory A. Luhan, Lexington; Andrea Marcum, Lexington; Jason Martin, Lexington; Brenda McCray, Lexington; Georgie Medina, Lexington; Melissa Melton, Lexington; Charles L. Metcalf, Richmond; Patricia C. Metcalf, Franklin; Mary Jayne Miller, Lexington; Moddie Miller, Lexington; Megan Montgomery, Lancaster; Susan Y. Montgomery, Mount Washington; Michael Paul Murphy, Lexington; Matthew Noblin, Lexington; Darlene Ogata, Lexington; Earl Ogata, Lexington; Mel Oldham, Lexington; Selena Oliva, Louisville; Sue Osborne, Florence; Lisa Osterman, Lexington; Matthew Page, Lexington; Ida Palmer-Ball, Frankfort; Billy Parker, Frankfort; Kandi Brown Parker, Olive Hill; Leslie Perkins, Sadieville; Armando Prats, Lexington; Cleophus V. Price, Lexington; Denise Probst, Lexington; Rebecca Puckett, Lexington; Thomas Reece, Lexington; Pamela Remer, Lexington; Joseph A. Rey-Barreau, Lexington; Emily Roark, Salyersville; Kathy Roberts, Lexington; Richard Roe, Jackson; Carol S. Royse, Lexington; Leland Francis Ryan, Lexington; Yvonne Ryan, Hardinsburg; Jennifer Sallee, Lawrenceburg; John Seabolt, Lexington; Roberta Shain, Lexington; Everice Sharp, Harrodsburg; Eric Snyder, Lexington; Chuck Stallard, Danville; Karen Tice, Lexington; Sandra Tidwell, Mayfield; Richard Todd, Murray; Wendy Turner, Lexington; Kenneth Tyler, Lexington; Mandy Vincent, Lexington; Irina Voro, Lexington; Elizabeth Watts, Lexington; Michael White, Lexington; Jakobi Williams, Lexington; Jennifer Sandleben Willis, Henderson; Joseph Wilson, Lexington; Constance L. Wood, Lexington; Kim Woodrum, Lexington; Serenity Wright, Lexington; Phyllis Ann Wyles, Cynthiana; Youling L. Xiong, Lexington; Robert A. Yokel, Lexington; Scott Yost, Lexington; and Sandra Zupan, Lexington.
■ Two teams from Rosa Parks Elementary won top honors in the Destination ImagiNation state tournament and will advance to the global finals this week in Knoxville.
Thirteen teams from across Kentucky competed March 19 at Henry Clay High School. The three from Rosa Parks were this year's only representatives from Fayette County Public Schools.
Rosa Parks' fourth-grade team, the Cupcakes of Destiny, took first place in the Improvisation Challenge. Members included Stephanie Yang, Shamik Chandrachood, Hannah Broomhall, Neal Rekrhaj, Elyse Halwes, Ben Florence and Adam Telechbush.
Their fifth-grade team, the Trophy Thieves, also earned a first-place award for Christian Barker, Hannah Probst, Olivia Geveden, Michael Naish, Cameron Maloney, Caitline Phan and Madi Halwes.
The school's second-grade team, the Original Creators of Extreme Thinking, was runner-up in its division. This group included Dylan Lifshitz, Evelyn Hinz, Elle Wesley, Alison Otipoby, Rishi Dronadula and Brendan Naish.
Rosa Parks' teams were also recognized for their outstanding creativity and sportsmanship.
Destination ImagiNation is a problem-solving program that helps young people work and grow as a team while enhancing their own self-confidence and skills.
■ The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Training Award Program has awarded second year University of Kentucky Department of Sociology doctoral student Kathi Harp with its Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows.
Harp, who is interested in substance abuse treatment programs designed specifically for women with children, will focus on understanding how custody loss is related to substance use and criminal behaviors among African-American mothers.
■ Susan Stone, president and dean of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, has been named the National Rural Health Association's Distinguished Educator of the Year for 2011. Stone, who has led Frontier since 2001, has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Frontier School, a distance-learning graduate school with a historic campus in Hyden.
■ Madeline Mooney, a senior at Henry Clay High School, has been named one of about 560 semifinalists in the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 3,000 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, community involvement and school activities.
■ Aaron Thompson, senior vice president for academic affairs at the Frankfort-based Council on Post Secondary Education, presented two keynote addresses at the Education Conference at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences, in the Netherlands recently.
■ Tay Snider has been honored by Berea College as a Carter G. Woodson Enduring Legacy award winner for his accomplishments in the areas of academics, service, and leadership. The award honors the late Carter G. Woodson, known as "The Father of Black History." Tay is home-schooled through the A Beka Academy. He is the son of Cynthia Snider of Lexington.
■ Fayette County public and private schools this year raised more than $32,500 in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients campaign.
Leading the way was Clays Mill Elementary with donations totaling $5,503.84. Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary was second, with $4,251.44, followed by Christ the King School with $4,165.24. Maxwell Elementary was next with $2,602.69, followed by Rosa Parks Elementary with $2,118.62.
Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among children and young adults under age 20.
Henry Clay High School's class of 1971 will have its 40th reunion June 17-18. Cost is $40 per person. For more information, email HC71Reunion@aol.com.