Thirty-six students graduated from College for Technical Education on July 14, earning certificates in nine-month programs including, medical assistant, building and trades, food and hospitality, administrative assistant and retail management.
Graduates were Johnathan Barnett, Pamela Berry, Eboni Boyd, Nicole Buford, Brenda Burns, Derrick Byrd (valedictorian), Tiffany Carter, Walter Cavitt, Michael Crutcher (valedictorian), Joy Edwards, Vanessa Etherington, LaDon Hardin, Heather Harman, LaDonna Henderson, Tekisha Henderson, Brendan Jackson, Cameron Jacobs, Cory Johnson, Tara Layne, Earl McCann, Harold Miller, Keith Reid, Charity Richardson, Adale Robinson, Donisha Rosebud, Johnathan Rosebud, Michael Sanders, Joyce Snow, Gary Sturgis, Allison Tiernan, Suzanne Watkins, Melissa Wells (Oliver), Ronnisha Williams, Tony Williams, Bernadette Wooden and Devona Woolfork.
■ Women Leading Kentucky has announced 13 college scholarship winners for 2011. Each winner will receive $1,000 to $1,500. In addition, the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea will receive $1,000 for its work to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income, middle-aged women in Kentucky.
Scholarship winners are: Katelyn McNamara, Lexington, junior at University of Kentucky majoring in neuroscience with a minor in Spanish and psychology; Mia Zetter, Somerset, junior nursing student at Eastern Kentucky University; Ainsley Wagoner, Lexington, junior at University of Kentucky majoring in architecture with a minor in vocal performance; Hannah Garland, Somerset, senior at Somerset Christian School taking classes at Somerset Community College; Jillian Harris, Kingsport, Tenn., sophomore in social work at University of Kentucky; Randaline Barnett, Lost Creek, junior at University of Kentucky planning a career in medicine; Emily Goldstein, Louisville, sophomore at University of Louisville majoring in biology and ecology; Leslie Rene Reynolds, Boyle County, studying agriculture education and animal science at Morehead State University; Jeritta Gilbert, Birmingham, Ala., junior at Berea College majoring in elementary education; Bianca Phillips, O'Fallon, Ill., junior at Kentucky State University majoring in mass communications; Jeanne Shearer, Georgetown, junior at Georgetown College majoring in biology; Laura Garrett, Louisville, sophomore at Centre College majoring in the dramatic arts; Carmen Frederick, Burgin, sophomore at St. Catherine's College, with an interest in obstetric sonography.
■ Burt Davis, associate director for the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research Clean Fuels and Chemicals Group, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from NASA and has been named to the 2011 American Chemical Society Fellows Program. Davis is also an adjunct professor of chemistry in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.
■ The YMCA of Central Kentucky, in collaboration with 20 local neighborhoods, is hosting the sixth annual Ready, Set, Go! Lexington Neighborhood Back-to-School Rallies. The events on Aug. 6 will provide 8,000 elementary, middle and high school students with free backpacks and school supplies.
Each neighborhood site will distribute supplies for all grade levels and provide activities, resource booths, entertainment, food, speakers and fun.
Registration for the free supplies will be 9 to 11 a.m. at each location and backpacks will be distributed at noon. Students must be with a parent or guardian in order to receive supplies. All 8,000 backpacks are provided by E.ON U.S, the parent company of Kentucky Utilities.
Participating neighborhoods include Bracktown, Cardinal Valley, Carver, Castlewood, Coolivan, Duncan Park, Eastland Church of God, Gainesway, Gardenside Christian Church, Green Acres Park, Douglass Park, Imani, Arlington Irocka, Mary Todd, Pralltown, Radcliffe Marlboro, Spiegel Heights, William Wells Brown Community Center, Winburn and Woodhill.
For more information, call the United Way at 211 or LexCall at 311.
■ Amelia Brown Wilson of Lexington recently received the 2011 Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award.
Wilson has served on the Fayette County UK Alumni Club Board of Directors and as president of the Fayette County Young Alumni Club. She was elected to the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2009 and currently serves on the Scholarship/Great Teacher Awards Committee.
■ The Human Development Institute, the University of Kentucky's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has presented the 2011 Paul Kevin Burberry Award to Alicia Renfro Watts, a recent graduate of Midway College.
The award honors leadership and advocacy in working with children, youth or adults with developmental disabilities.
■ Southern Middle School represented Fayette County Public Schools at this summer's Technology Student Association's national conference 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 McWhorte and Austin Brooks placed 11th in the Leadership Strategies contest.
■ Students from Southside Technical Center turned in top-10 performances in the SkillsUSA national competition held June 19 through 24 in Kansas City, Mo.
Trevor Payne and Kyle Williams, both of Lafayette High School, placed 10th in Mobile Robotics. Leroy Smith of Scott County High School finished 10th in Building Maintenance. More than 5,600 students competed in 94 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
■ Paul Laurence Dunbar High School won the quiz bowl at the National Beta Club's annual senior convention June 21 through 24 in Nashville.
The team of Grant Boggess, Vania Ma, Athena Kern and Chloe Cao clinched the title by beating the Texas team 360-40 in the finals. In addition, Grant and Vania were runners-up in individual written competitions for social studies and Spanish, respectively.