Students receive National Merit awards; attend Governor's Scholars programs

Tavian Cosby
Tavian Cosby


■ The University of Kentucky's National Student Advertising Competition team placed second at the Regional Student Advertising Competition held in Lexington on April 30. The team, comprised of 17 integrated strategic communication majors from the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications, created and presented a $100 million national strategic communication campaign for JCPenney, targeted to women ages 25 to 34.

■ Seventy-four rising seniors in Fayette County Public Schools have been accepted into the 2011 Governor's Scholars Program.

This free five-week summer program provides academic and personal growth through liberal arts offerings and a full co-curricular and residential life experience at Bellarmine University, Centre College or Murray State University.

Established in 1983, the program features scientists, writers and thinkers, and business, government and education leaders who visit, speak and serve as role models, while student productions, publications, experiments and field trips enhance the curriculum.

2011 Governor's Scholars Program participants from Fayette County Public Schools are:

Bryan Station: Alexie Nicole Basil, Stephen Ray Parsons, Elliott Speed Rushing, Thomas Nathanael White, Allison Elizabeth Wood.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Erin Davis Anderson, Grant Forrest Boggess, John Phillip Deering, Kelsey Leigh Dominick, Jessica Ann Geddes, Madison Taylor Gilinsky, Orsolya Renata Hegyi, Abbie Christine Hymas, Yuki Inoue, Kenneth Eugene Johnson, Ramya Kondaveeti, Aneesha Assan Laungani, David Austin Miller, Anna Xi Ming, Alexander James Petros, Danielle Ann Scott, Abbey Marie Smiley, Melissa Renee Stravitz, Adarsh Subbaswamy, Maria Deng Wu, Qi Yu, Christina Zhiyuan Zhang.

Henry Clay: Miles Christian Clark, Michael Isaac Dougherty, Emma Carfagna Guida, Mackenzie Taylor Jones, Andrew Michael Kirk, Jane Brady Knight, Jenny Jeasang Lee, Sharon Zixuan Liu, Patrick George Lutz, Trevor Matthew McNary, Kelly Ren, Micayla Rae Tatum.

Lafayette: Aneesha LaShawn Martin Carter, Evan Scott Castle, Sarah Alexandra Caton, Clayton Raymond Colwell, Gabriela Isabel Drucker, Courtney Taylor Jones, Julia Katherine Mead, Lydia Grace Speler.

Tates Creek: Carleigh Marie Adams, Thomas James Brenzel, Margaret Marie Brenzel, Lauren Michelle Childs, Kameren Shanele Clark, Hannah Clifton, Austen Rebecca Coles, Benjamin Shane Dixon, Charlotte Ann Eckmann, Madison Nicole Gaither, Surya Cari Green, Laura Frances Greenfield, Emily Ann Griggs, James Gullo, Hunter Rees Henrickson, Lauren Rene Henrickson, Johnson Lam, Matthew Scott Parker, Kyle Brandon Polley, Kelsey Brooks Powell, Traci Alexay Scott, Cynthia Ellen Springer, Sierra Samantha Thompson, Huy Gia Tran, Corine Maria Van Gessel, Kevin Lee Virgin, Danielle Elizabeth Wilson.

■ The Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts Program recently announced its 2011 class. Participants will study in one of nine disciplines: architecture, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, new media, visual art or vocal music. The rising juniors and seniors will spend June 19 to July 9 at Transylvania University immersed in seminars, workshops, field trips and more. Statewide, more than 1,600 students apply for GSA each year, and 225 are selected.

2011 Governor's School for the Arts participants from area high schools:

Bryan Station: Novia Stone and Samuel Stucky, new media.

From Henry Clay: Rob Schrader, drama; Allen Tsai and Nathan Bush, instrumental music.

Lafayette: Ashley Paul, architecture; Kathryn Dressman, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Austin Marksbury, Alix McIntosh and Maura Reilly-Ulmanek, creative writing; Aaron Reynolds and Patrick Garr, dance; Evan Chethik, drama; Turner Hawkins, Chloe McIntosh, Sydnee Webb, Emily Wilson and Joseph Wrightson, instrumental music; Colton Ryan and Michael Roach, musical theater; Darien Fisher, visual art; Brodie Craig, Kelli Crawford, Amie Huesman and Megan Peterson, vocal music.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Clayton Winstead, drama; and Casey Ren, Stephanie Tseng, Leia Wedlund, Lindsay Hieronymus and Cody Putman, instrumental music.

From Tates Creek: Blade Rouse, creative writing; Janice Cheng, DiaShamar Marshall and Samuel Pelfrey, instrumental music.

From Bourbon County High School: Taylor Greatbatch, drama.

From Boyle County High School: Logan Conley and Haleigh Lanham, vocal music; Mollie LaFavers, drama.

Danville High School: Charles Lane and Kolton Winfield, drama.

From George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester: Daniel Baumgardner, musical theater; Julie Willian, new media.

From Fayette County Homeschool: Sydney Miller, visual art; Hallie Hargus, musical theater.

From Lexington Catholic: Alison Power, creative writing; Austin Ryan, vocal music; Elizabeth Samuel, drama; Mary Catherine Wright, vocal music.

From Lexington Christian Academy: Blair Ely, dance; Jameson McBrayer and Katherine Granlund, musical theater; Kennedy Slusher, creative writing.

From Trinity Christian Academy: Peter Gibbons, vocal music.

From Creekwood Christian Homeschool (Madison County): Bethany Breakall, instrumental music.

From Madison Central, Richmond: Elizabeth Frodge and Hannah Hatter, vocal music.

From Scott County High School: John "Andrew" Osborne, instrumental music.

From Woodford County High School: Damir Kocer, architecture; Anna Maranville, creative writing; Ellan Ward, dance; Colleen Wood, drama; Emily Wuetcher, new media.

■ The Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools, or KEEPS, has presented its Stewardship Award to Fayette County Public Schools for the district's commitment to reducing operational costs through best energy- management practices.

KEEPS provides training, online resources and technical assistance to help Kentucky school districts reduce operational costs through improved energy performance. It is a free and non-regulatory program administered by the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center at the University of Louisville.

■ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Fayette County Public Schools the 2011 Great Start Award, which recognizes schools and districts that are taking steps to make the indoor air quality in their buildings healthier for students and faculty.

The award is one of five categories of recognition under the EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program, which was developed to help schools reduce exposures to indoor environmental contaminants.

■ More than 2,900 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities were announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institutions.

These awards provide $500 to $2,000 a year for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Another group of scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2011 competition to approximately 4,800.

Eleven area seniors were among the winners:

Henry Clay: Faina Matveeva, mechanical engineering, University of Kentucky; Gregory Myers, planetary geology, University of Chicago; Neha Ray, medicine, Emory University.

Lafayette: Emma Jackson, music, Vanderbilt University.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Joseph Ferguson, surgical medicine, University of Kentucky; Sonya Hildebrand, nursing, University of Kentucky; Philip Lillelund, aerospace engineering, University of Southern California; Gareth James Voss, medicine, University of Kentucky.

Tates Creek: Shelby Fulton, zoology, University of Kentucky.

West Jessamine High School: Julia M. Seales, mathematical economics, Vanderbilt University.

Model Laboratory School, Richmond: Thomas Stephen Loy, electrical engineering, University of Kentucky.


Tavian Cosby, who recently completed fifth -grade at Bourbon Central Elementary School, helped organize a "quarter drive" to collect money at the school for the recent disasters in Japan. With the help of the school's counselor, Diane White, Tavian sent a flier home with students and presented his idea during the school's morning assembly. In one week, the school collected more than $1,020, which was donated to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Japan.