Education Notes: June 15

Kathryn Ormsbee received Samford's valedictorian award.
Kathryn Ormsbee received Samford's valedictorian award. Caroline Summers


Evan Maddox, son of Col. (Retired) Dane Maddox and Dr. Tina DiGuglielmo, received a scholarship from the U.S. Army War College Alumni Affairs. Evan is a 2008 graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and is entering his senior year as a civil engineering major at Clemson University.

Quanta Taylor, an undergraduate ethnic studies and psychology major at Transylvania University, was awarded a scholarship to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity May 31-June 4 in San Francisco. At NCORE, the nation's leading conference on race in higher education, attendees discussed topics such as Islamaphobia, building a post-racist society and improving retention rates for minority students.

George C. Herring, alumni professor of history emeritus at the University of Kentucky, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by his alma mater, Roanoke College, at its annual commencement on May 7. Herring was also the commencement speaker.

■ Four students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School earned honors in worldwide science competitions last month.

At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held May 8-13 in Los Angeles, the team of Roshan Palli and Joseph Ferguson won $1,000 for third place in the Cellular & Molecular Biology category, and Arunita Kar picked up $500 for fourth in Physics & Astronomy. The previous week, Arunita earned top honors in a STEM contest at the University of Kentucky, while Roshan and Joseph's project was runner-up.

Tamas Nagy, Andrei Terentiev and Stephen Steinmetz also competed at the Intel event.

During the week of May 4-9 in Houston, Dunbar's Orsolya Hegyi won $400 and a bronze medal in the Engineering category at the I-SWEEEP Olympiad (International Sustainable World — Energy, Engineering, Environment Project).

Orsolya's paper, "An Approach to Water Purification Using Carbon Nanotube Membranes," also was Kentucky's winning entry in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition.

Buck Ryan, director of the Citizen Kentucky Project of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky, was selected national runner-up for the Inspire Integrity Award 2011 of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, based in Washington, D.C. He was nominated by a former freshman Discovery Seminar student, Amanda Powell. Ryan also was honored as A Teacher Who Made A Difference for 2011 by UK's College of Education. He was nominated by a 74-year-old Donovan Scholar, Dick Yarmy, a decorated Marine in the Vietnam War and a retired Harley-Davidson executive. Ryan recently addressed the United Nations Association chapter in Frankfort in a televised speech on the world of journalism.

■ Lexington resident Randi Lynn Mrvos was awarded first place in children's literature by the Tennessee Mountain Writers for her picture book story, Maggie and the Third Grade Blues. Mrvos' publishing credits include Mothering Magazine, Highlights for Children, and the award-winning children's magazine Appleseeds.

Kathryn Elise Ormsbee of Lexington received the President's Cup — the valedictorian award — during the May 14 commencement at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. The President's Cup recognizes the highest academic average in the graduating class.

Ormsbee, who received a Bachelor of Arts with University Honors degree in English, is the daughter of Susan and Dr. Lindell Ormsbee of Lexington.

■ The Vassar College Club of Central Kentucky presents each year the Vassar College Book Award to the outstanding high school junior class member in a foreign language who has at least attained the third level. The 2011 recipients were: Ester Vasilyuk, Bryan Station Senior High School; MacKenzie Jones, Henry Clay High School; Claudia Chamberlain, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Mariano Manuel, Lafayette High School; Erika Russ, Lexington Catholic High School; Matthew Baker, Lexington Christian Academy; Hannah Gavin Turnbull, Sayre School; and Alexis Violette, Tates Creek Senior High School.

Liberty Elementary has received the inaugural Toyota Environmental Youth Leadership Award.

Liberty was the first school in Kentucky to pilot the Trout in the Classroom program, which teaches students about life cycles, water quality and watersheds.

As part of the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools program, last year students built raised beds and tended a vegetable garden. Teachers use the garden to illustrate plant and animal life cycles and the structures and functions of different organisms.

This year, Liberty formed an E=USE 2 team to focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.

Most recently, fifth-graders participated in a RiverXchange program to study watersheds. Students visited a stream and helped with water-quality testing and a macroinvertebrate study, and then shared details about local freshwater ecosystems with partner classes in New Mexico.

Toyota presented the award May 16 to fifth-graders and science club members. Later that week, students visited Cattail Lake at the Georgetown site.

■ The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency (NHOA) in conjunction with the Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Council awarded $500 to Tates Creek High School senior Carly Playforth.

Playforth volunteers at Lexington Country Place, a long-term care facility where her two grandparents are residents. She has spent many hours at the facility sitting with residents, organizing a Christmas program, painting nails, curling hair and listening to residents.

■ Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to six Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment. The 2011 recipients are Dillon Hickman, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Blake Lynch, Lexington Catholic High School; Timothy Michl, Lafayette High School; Haley Mullins, Grant County High School; Brett Walles, Henry Clay High School; and Britni Paige Wilson, Gallatin County High School. Each student receives a $500 award from the company for use at a higher education institution.

Alisa Pulver, a recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate from Berea, was named one of 60 recipients nationwide to receive a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship. She will pursue a master's degree in publishing at New York University this fall. At commencement services on May 7, Pulver also received the Outstanding Senior Award and graduated summa cum laude as an Honors Scholar with a bachelor's degree in English.

Robert Weise, associate professor in Eastern Kentucky University's history department, has received the 32nd annual Richard H. Collins Award from the Kentucky Historical Association.

Weise was honored for his article, "A New Deal in the Cold War: Carl D. Perkins, Coal, and the Political Economy of Poverty in Eastern Kentucky, 1948-1964," which appeared in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 107, No. 3. The award carries with it a commemorative plaque and $1,000 prize.

■ Thirty students in the one-year MBA program of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics have earned Supply-Chain Operations Reference certification, signifying attainment of a series of core competencies as outlined by a prestigious worldwide organization.

Supply Chain Management is defined as the management of a network of interconnected businesses involved in the ultimate provision of product and service packages required by end customers.

The 30 students who attained SCOR Certification are: Brent M. White, Holland M. Sutton, George Childress, Garrett J. Ebel, James D. Neeley, Frederick Fisher, Brett L. Faulkner, Elizabeth Blackey, Kelcy H. Monday, Clayton A. Cross, William J. Wright, Michael Burchett, Jacob R. Carey, Joseph T. Fisher, Sean A. Hansrote, Daniel M. Eggers, Weslee S. Hall, Catherine Peak, Eric Ellis, Naveen Chalasani, Jeremy S. Elias, Benjamin Osei, Thomas Ringness, Hannah L. Kerr, Anthony Sharpe, Jason L. Darling, John A. Lindsey, Jessica Strayer, Matias J. Carcamo and John E.A. Brown.

■ Three Transylvania University students have been named Transylvania Scholars. This scholarship is awarded annually to rising junior and senior students who have achieved outstanding academic records and have made significant service contributions to Transylvania. This scholarship covers tuition and the general fee. This year's recipients are: Rising junior Robert Clark Puckett of Murray; rising junior Sarah Elizabeth Tipton, an English major and classics minor from Corbin; and rising senior Thomas Philip Stephens, a history major from Decherd, Tenn.

Sarah Huffman, an Eastern Kentucky University senior from London, is among 11 students nationally to receive an undergraduate summer research award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Huffman, a pre-med biology major, will spend 10 weeks this summer in the research laboratory of Rebekah Waikel, assistant professor of biological sciences at EKU. Huffman's proposal was titled "Investigating G-Protein Coupled Estrogen Receptor's Potential Role in Estrogen-Mediated Inhibition of Cardiomyocyte Hypertrophy."

The award includes a $1,000 stipend for Huffman, who is the only student at a Kentucky college or university to receive the award.

Huffman has worked in Waikel's laboratory since the fall. She plans to pursue a career as a medical professional in eye health and practice in Eastern Kentucky.