Education notes

Lansdowne Elementary's cafeteria workers were named manager of the year and team of the year for 2010-2011 by the Kentucky School Nutrition Association.

Linda Stewart and her staff, Kim Antel, Trish Brown, Danna Bowlds, Sandi Brashear, Debbie Deweese and Tammy Rose, were honored at the association's June 21 banquet in Northern Kentucky.

A group from Fayette County Public Schools has won the statewide award two years in a row. In 2009-2010, the honor went to cafeteria manager Connie Whitaker and her crew at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary.

■ Paul Laurence Dunbar High School won the quiz bowl at the National Beta Club's annual senior convention, June 21 to 24 in Nashville.

The Kentucky team, consisting of Grant Boggess, Vania Ma, Athena Kern and Chloe Cao, clinched the title by beating the Texas team 360 to 40 in the finals. In addition, Grant and Vania were runners-up in individual written competitions for social studies and Spanish, respectively.

■ Southern Middle School carried the banner for Fayette County Public Schools at this summer's Technology Student Association's national conference, June 21 to 25 in Dallas.

Travis Smith and Quinn McWhorter placed eighth in the Medical Technology Issues competition, and Leah Noble and Austin Brooks finished eighth in Techno Talk. Lauren Miller, Quinn McWhorter and Austin Brooks came in 11th in the Leadership Strategies contest.

TSA students integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.

■ West Jessamine High School arts students created a commercial for the 2012 Ford Focus through the Ford Focus on Schools national contest. Their video is currently ranked 38th out of 160. If they win, the students could receive up to $10,000 for their school's arts program. WJHS is receiving support from the Jessamine County administration and Wildcat Ford but are seeking help receiving votes.

The students were part of Jessica Slaton's arts and humanities class, which is geared towards digital humanities. They created the concept for the commercial, developed the characters, and filmed and edited the final project as part of their final exam for the class. Voting ends July 15. To vote, go to and select "Forever Ford."

■ University of Kentucky chemical engineering graduate student Ashley Hawkins was one of 10 winners of the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship poster competition. The training program is the NSF's flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. doctoral scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. This was the poster competition's third year and the third year that a UK student has been one of the 10 winners.

Hawkins' topic was "Biodegradable Hydrogel Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering."

■ A group from Winburn Middle School brought home the "Outstanding Entry" award among Kentucky's junior-division contenders in the 2011 National History Day competition, June 12 to 16 at the University of Maryland.

The project by Janet Guo, Ji-Hae Kim, Jasmine Liu, Samantha McGehee and Saikeerthi Naidu, titled "Less is more, or is it?," placed eighth overall in the group exhibit category. Their efforts had earned top honors in the statewide National History Day competition this spring.

The 2011 contest theme was "Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures and Consequences." In yearlong projects, students analyzed the historical significance of their topics and then presented conclusions in dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, Web sites and research papers.

■ Three University of Kentucky professors have been named Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium 2011-2012 Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. They are Anna Bosch of the College of Arts and Sciences and Martha Peterson and Diane Snow, both of the College of Medicine.

The three will participate in the yearlong leadership program consisting of both on-campus and off-campus activities, including workshops that will bring them together with other leadership program fellows from SEC schools. Workshops can focus on topics including budgeting and finance, diversity, communication, strategic planning, fund-raising, media relations, trends in higher education and leadership strategies. A workshop will be held at UK in October and at Auburn University in February.

Stephanie Dixon Sutphin of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center was named the local 2011 woman of the year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter.

Each year, the society conducts a 10-week man and woman of the Year fund-raising campaign. Participants raise money in honor of children in their area who have blood cancer. The candidates were judged solely on their success in raising money to help the society finance research to find cures and better therapies and to provide information and support to blood cancer patients and their families.

Sutphin, a hematology/oncology pharmacy specialist, was UK's candidate and the only candidate from the Lexington area. During her 10-week campaign, she raised $21,388, which will go directly to the society for blood cancer research and patient services.

■ University of Kentucky Opera Theatre was recently named to the top-20 list of recommended U.S. opera training programs suggested by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for it by supporting music education enrichment programs.

■ Twenty Kentucky students will receive financial help for college this fall, as Republic Bank named its first group of University of Kentucky scholarship winners.

This year's scholarship winners are: Brent Dickerson and John Magner of Bowling Green, Chelsea Lawson and Brandon Morgan of Crestwood, Landon Mimms of Florence, Victoria Votaw of Georgetown, Ryan Collins of Independence, Matthew Stewart of LaGrangel; Robert McCray, Hailey Salyers, Morgan Sizemore, Benjamin Southworth, Emily Stringfellow, David Whitehead and Dylan Woolum of Lexington; Natalie Holt, Christopher Lyvers and Alex Shacklette of Louisville; Davis Barrios of Prospect and Levi LaCoursiere of Shepherdsville.

Sonja Feist-Price has been appointed by Provost Kumble Subbaswamy to be the University of Kentucky academic ombud for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Feist-Price is a professor of special education and rehabilitation counseling and director of graduate studies in the College of Education. Her term as university academic ombud began July 1 and will continue through June 30.

■ Twenty students have been awarded Transylvania University's William T. Young Scholarship. Student applicants participate in a highly competitive process based on grades and test scores, extracurricular activities, a written essay and a personal interview. Each scholarship covers tuition and the general fee for four years.

The 2011 William T. Young Scholars averaged an ACT of 33, SAT of 1400 and high school GPA of 3.98. Five are National Merit finalists, eight are ranked in the top one percent of their classes, and 17 are alumni of the Kentucky Governor's Scholar Program. This year's recipients are also involved in the arts, particularly music and theater, and volunteer in their communities. More than half also participate in athletics at their high schools.

The program is named in honor of the late William T. Young, former chairman of Transylvania's board of trustees and a Lexington civic leader and businessman.

Scholarship winners are: Cordelia Addington, JM Atherton High School, Louisville; Aimee Ashcraft, Bishop Fenwick High School, Springboro, Ohio; John Blankenship, Marshall County High School, Benton; Rachel Burns, Clay County High School, Manchester; Alexis Carey, Bullitt East High School, Mount Washington; John Carter, Pikeville High School, Pikeville; Lauren Gallenstein, George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester; Richard Hall, Conner Senior High School, Burlington; Elizabeth Hardt, Holy Cross High School, Louisville; Jesse Johnson, Anderson County High School, Lawrenceburg; Nashwin Laungani, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington; Hanna Leatherman, Woodford County High School, Versailles; Jessica Mahoney, Conner Senior High School, Hebron; Rachel Morgan, Woodford County High School, Midway; Rebecca Radcliffe, Anderson County High School, Lawrenceburg; Emily Salemi, North Carolina School of Science and Math, Hampstead, N.C.; Rachel Smith, Graves County High School, Mayfield; Donovan Sowder, Madison Southern High School, Berea; Robert Weiler, Randall K. Cooper High School, Rabbit Hash; and Michaelah Wilburn, Boyd County High School, Rush.

■ Eastern Kentucky University's Corbin campus will host a weeklong program for gifted and talented middle school students July 11 to 15.

Using science to solve a fictitious murder mystery, studying culture through art projects, learning leadership through history, and learning the language of mathematics in practical applications are on the schedule for approximately 50 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from the Tri-County area.

This year's participants represent students from seven public school districts — East Bernstadt, Knox County, Laurel County, Barbourville Independent, Corbin Independent, Whitley County and Williamsburg Independent — and a private school, St. Camillus. Teachers from Whitley County, Williamsburg Independent and Corbin Independent school districts will serve as course instructors.

The development of the academy is a collaborative effort of EKU and the Corbin Independent, Whitley County, Barbourville Independent, and Williamsburg Independent school districts, to create summer programs that challenge students identified as gifted and talented.