Education Notes


University of Kentucky graduate Jenna Brashear has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship grant from the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Brashear, a 2010 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who majored in international studies and German, with a minor in music performance, is the first-ever UK student to receive this award.

Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest honor society for all academic disciplines, has been honoring students for over 100 years. However, the UK chapter was chartered only two years ago in the spring of 2009.

After graduating from UK, Brashear moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as an intern at the Holocaust Museum. While there, she also worked as an intern at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). It was her work at IHEP that helped her decide to pursue graduate studies in that same field.

Brashear hopes to begin work on her Master of Public Policy in Education Policy degree at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College in the fall.

■ More than 1,500 high school students, sponsors, chaperones and volunteers from the United States and Canada will gather at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond July 25-30 for the 58th annual National Junior Classical League Convention.

The NJCL, which promotes the study of Latin and Greek, is the nation's second largest youth organization, behind only Scouting. This marks the third time in the league's history that the convention has been held in Kentucky. The theme for this year's convention is "bene legere saecla vincere" (to read well is to conquer the ages).

Students will participate in contests, activities, entertainment and recreation.

■ Students in 128 Kentucky elementary schools, including seven in Fayette County, will eat healthy produce during the 2011-12 school year as part of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program.

The program, run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a way of introducing nutritious options in school, with the goal of improving children's diets and their health.

Kentucky received a total of $2.65 million in program funding for the 2011-12 school year. The FCPS participants and their grant amounts include: Arlington, $17,974; Booker T. Washington Academy (intermediate), $12,644.50; Cardinal Valley, $32,029.25; Harrison, $21,474.75; Mary Todd, $22,781; Northern, $27,065.50 and Russell Cave, $17,817.25

Selection was based on applications from elementary schools that operate the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free/reduced-price meals.

■ Butter Buds Foodservice, a division of Cumberland Packing Corp., has named Fayette County Public Schools the first recipient of the Allen C. Buhler "Making Healthy Happen" Award.

The award was created to acknowledge food service organizations that take a leadership role in developing nutritionally balanced menus.

The trophy and a $1,000 gift was to be presented July 11 to FCPS Child Nutrition director Michelle Coker and coordinator Marty Flynn at the School Nutrition Association's annual conference in Nashville.

Coker was named the 2010 "Outstanding Dietitian of the Year" by the Kentucky Dietetic Association, and Flynn was the Kentucky School Nutrition Association's 2010 "Administrator of the Year." The two help to develop menus for Fayette County schools.

Teri Stein Harper has been named Director of the Exemplar Scholars Program at Lexington Catholic High School. Harper recently retired after 35 years with the Fayette County Public School System where she had been the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program at Tates Creek High School since 2005.

Harper's honors throughout her career have included the Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award, the College of Wooster Excellence in Teaching Award, the John B. Bryden Great Teacher Award, the Fayette County Merit of Excellence Award and the Kentucky Congress of Parents and Teacher's High School Teacher of the Year.

The Exemplar Scholars Program is designed to take the most talented math, science, and technology students and provide research and internship opportunities.