Education Notes

Col. Gregory Coker introduced the ROTC winner, Brittany Thompson of Bryan Station High School, at the DAR chapter's June 1 meeting.
Col. Gregory Coker introduced the ROTC winner, Brittany Thompson of Bryan Station High School, at the DAR chapter's June 1 meeting.


■ The Bryan Station Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on June 1 at McConnell Springs. Student winners were recognized and awards presented.

Col. Gregory Coker introduced the ROTC winner, Brittany Thompson, a Bryan Station High School student. She has been active in ROTC for four years and ranks in the top 25 percent of her class. She has served in 18 leadership positions in ROTC during her high school career. She is the vice group commander of 125 cadets. Brittany attended the Summer Leadership Camp, an opportunity extended to only the top 10 percent of cadets.

Member Joann Atcher presented Luci Lucas of Bryan Station High with the DAR Good Citizen Award. Luci is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society and Student Council and is captain of the soccer team. She plans to attend the University of South Carolina and study biomedical engineering.

Sarah Caton, a junior at Lafayette High School, was honored for her first-place national finish in the poetry division of the Junior American Citizens contest. Her poem The Front Line was shared with members of the Bryan Station Chapter NSDAR at the June meeting. She received a national certificate and award as well as a chapter award from the DAR.

■ Recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate Travis Martin was one of 14 people to receive a 2011 Literacy Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Martin, a military veteran who completed a master's degree in English with an emphasis in literature, is editor of The Journal of Military Experience, which recently published its first issue — a compilation of 29 stories, poems and artwork from 19 EKU students who have served in the military.

The Phi Kappa Phi grant will help more veterans share their stories by expanding the scope and printing of a second volume.

Martin, a Somerset native, also will be working with veterans living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, in conjunction with Kentucky's oral history project, to collect the stories of older generations of veterans.

Half the proceeds from the sale of The Journal of Military Experience goes to fund the next issue and half goes toward Operation Veteran Success at EKU, a combination of scholarships, retention programs, emergency relief funds and other methods designed to help student veterans achieve success in higher education.

Kendall Mallory of the Scott County FFA chapter was elected the 2011-12 state FFA president during the final session of the organization's 82nd Annual Convention, which was held June 7-9 in Lexington.

As state president, Mallory will lead the nearly 15,000 member organization during the coming school year. She will speak at local chapter events, conduct leadership workshops for members and serve as an advocate for agriculture across the state.

Mallory is a 2010 graduate of Scott County High School and a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, where she is majoring in Agricultural Education.

Kentucky FFA has nearly 15,000 members in 141 local chapters. Nationally, FFA has more than 500,000 members in all 50 states.

■ The Kentucky Association of Professional Educators recently awarded nine scholarships designed with teachers, their students, families and student teachers in mind.

Student teacher recipients are Kylie Blodgett, Grayson, and Tania Zivkovic, Lexington. Continuing professional development winners are Julie Harris, Danville; Amanda Hurley, Lexington; Rachel Medina, Lexington; and Jennifer Allen, Paris. Family member winner is Emily Russell, Fort Campbell. Star Student/Teacher mentor recipients are John Aroutiounian and Catherine Jaquith, Lexington, and Luke Guhy and Billy Edwards, Mayfield.

Transylvania University has been named a Fit-Friendly Company at the Gold Level by the American Heart Association, which recognizes workplaces that contribute to the health of employees. Transylvania was one of 19 colleges to be recognized as a gold-level company.

The college had to demonstrate participation in areas that promote physical activity, nutritional well-being and a organizational culture of health consciousness.

Transylvania demonstrated its commitment through its Wellness Works initiative, which offers programs to faculty and staff that target physical, financial, emotional, occupational, intellectual and social wellness.

Transylvania offers to its employees free wellness initiatives such as an annual health fair with flu shots, counseling sessions with a nutritionist, fitness classes and financial and retirement planning sessions.