■ Nine Fayette County schools will each send at least one project on to state competition this spring after their teams' strong performance in the Student Technology Leadership Program Fall Showcase, Nov. 10 at the University of Kentucky Student Center.
The STLP this year offers three categories for projects: community service, technical expertise and instructional. Fayette County Public Schools submitted 20 showcases for consideration, and judges evaluated their props, collaboration, research and creativity, among other criteria.
A team could score a possible 118. Those with at least a 100 are invited to compete March 22 in the STLP State Championship at Rupp Arena.
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The following Fayette County teams will advance to state: Bryan Station High, Energy Efficient Computer; Paul Laurence Dunbar High, Techiepalooza; Jessie Clark Middle School, Contextualizing Locally While Connecting Globally and Reading with the Reader; Winburn Middle School, Warrior News and Warrior Techsters; Julius Marks Elementary, Fit As Can Be at JME! and Mannerly Moments on JME-TV!; Maxwell Elementary, WMAX- ¿Que Pasa en Maxwell?; Millcreek Elementary, Millcreek Renovation Documentary; Wellington Elementary, Photo Mosaic; and William Wells Brown Elementary, William Wells Brown Newscast.
■ Eastern Kentucky University's ROTC team, The Colonels' Battalion, brought home a second-place title at the recent ROTC 7th Brigade Bold Warrior Challenge at Fort Knox.
In the competition between 44 teams from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan, each nine-member team was given a mission. Each participant had more than 40 pounds of equipment, and each team had to move across a course more than 10 miles long.
The teams had to complete a total of 22 tasks across the long course, and the total score was based on the time taken to complete the job and the success of the mission.
Even though traditionally marked high in this competition, including first place in 2002 and second place in 2003 and 2004, the Colonels' Battalion had placed in middle ranges in recent years.
■ Chunfen Jin, an Eastern Kentucky University graduate student, placed first in her category at the 97th annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences at Murray State University, Nov. 4-6.
Competing against six other students from across the state at a conference with nearly 350 attendees, Jin presented her research, "Explanations for the Formation of Branched Hydrocarbons Produced by [Carbon monoxide] Catalyzed Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis."
Jin received the Best Oral Research Presentation ranking in the Graduate Chemistry Division.
■ The Frontier Nursing University, a graduate school of nursing and midwifery dating to 1939, hosted its 2011 graduation ceremony in Hyden on Oct. 22. Over the past year, nearly 300 advanced-practice nurses and nurse-midwives from across the nation have completed a Frontier distance-education program. Out of the nearly 300 total graduates, 29 are from Kentucky with 8 from eastern Kentucky.
Eighty-six graduates — representing 26 states — returned to Hyden for the commencement ceremony and festivities. They were joined by nearly 100 staff and faculty members who also traveled to the home of the historic Frontier Nursing University campus, where all students have at least two required visits during their course of study.
Founded in Leslie County, Frontier Nursing University has been educating nurses and midwives for more than 70 years. For more information visit Frontier.edu.