Education notes: Dec. 21

University of Kentucky agriculture biotech major Taylor Lloyd won a $10,000 scholarship Astronaut  Scholarship Foundation.
University of Kentucky agriculture biotech major Taylor Lloyd won a $10,000 scholarship Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

■ The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants is taking applications through Feb. 29 for its summer business camp program for high school juniors and seniors.

The camp will be June 10 to 14 at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Selected students will stay on campus fully supervised and learn the basics of business and accounting in a hands-on, interactive format.

Tuition, room and board, meals, books, tours and activities are free to participants. The only cost is a $35 application fee; students who cannot afford this may request an application scholarship to cover the cost at

To apply for the camp, submit a completed application, available at, by Feb. 29 along with the application fee. A teacher must complete the online student recommendation form. Students must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 on a 4.0-point scale. For an application or more information, go to or call (502) 266-5272 or 1-800-292-1754.

■ The University of Kentucky psychology department is seeking boys and girls 7 to 10 years with ADHD to participate in a study on how children understand stories. Children will participate in two sessions about 11/2 hours each and will earn a total of $40. For more information, call Jessica Kosloski at (859) 381-8722 or go to

■ Students across the state submitted artwork for this fall's inaugural Kentucky Farm to School art week contest. The theme was "Let's Grow Healthy the Kentucky Proud Way!" Winners included: William Carnal, Campbellsburg Elementary; runner-up: Olivia Thompson, Early Learning Village East, Frankfort; Jackson Cromer, Rockcastle County Middle School; runner-up, Janet Drake, Woodford County Middle School; Kristian Little, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School/Locust Trace AgriScience Farm; runner-up, Lauren Coffey, Metcalfe County High School. To see the winning artwork, go to

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School won the convention sweepstakes award at the 71st annual Kentucky Beta Club senior convention and also took first place in the quiz bowl.

The gathering, Dec. 9 and 10 at The Galt House and Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, included conference meetings and guest speakers, statewide officer elections, a talent contest and various student competitions.

Alice Liu led the way for Dunbar in the individual contests, taking first place in pencil drawing, first in oil painting and third in cartoon drawing. Other winners included: Athena Kern, first in quiz bowl test and second in English; Vania Ma, first in Spanish; Valerie Sarge, first in math; Christian Wright, first in agriculture; and Grant Boggess, second in social studies. Chloe Cao joined Boggess, Kern and Sarge on the quiz bowl team.

■ Three robot-building teams from Jessie Clark Middle School will vie in a state competition Jan. 14 at Western Kentucky University after faring well in the First Lego League's regional tournament. Sixteen teams from Central Kentucky participated in the qualifier, with three others besides Jessie Clark also advancing to state.

In the league's Food Factor Challenge, students explore the topic of food safety and examine possible points of contamination, then find ways to prevent or combat these contaminants.

The teams build, test and program an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms NXT to solve a series of food safety missions and to research, develop and share their innovative solutions.

Regional results for the Jessie Clark teams advancing to state:

Third place, Team Vader: Robot Performance Award: Alex Brinkhorst, Renner Clements, Mitchell Slavik and Jared Young.

Fourth place, Team Yoda: Project Research Award: Jason Burke, Cager Garrett, Brennan Johnson and Joe Muschong.

Fifth place, Team Leia: Robot Mechanical Design Award: Sophia Carlton, Alex Elias, Maya Elias, Kalie Estes and Erin Remley.

Additional honors from the Dec. 3 regional qualifier at the University of Kentucky:

Jessie Clark Team Skywalker: Core Values Gracious Professionalism Award: Tyler Ferry, Christian Helm, Sota Iida, Niklas Johnson and Hossein Zolfaghari.

Athens-Chilesburg Elementary KFC TOO: Rising Star Award: Amit Lohe, Jonathan Erwin, Matthew Taulbee, Grant Atwell, Doug Vaughan, Stephen Trail, Anna Goulson, Kate Joseph, and ACE alumni Drake Witt and Logan Cooper.

Athens-Chilesburg Elementary KFC: runner-up, Core Values Teamwork Award: Lucas Etter, Bentley Sanner, Christina Duvall, Eliza Sayers, Chase Dixon, Connor Lamb, Tanner Swift, C.T. Lee, Grant Dolen and ACE alumnus Nick Joseph.

Veterans Park Elementary: runner-up, Project Innovation Award: Michael Alaniz, Abbey English, Maxwell Napier, Jacob Meyer, Kennedy Gayheart, Patrick O'Brien, Seth Bullock and Sabrina Johnson.

Winburn Middle School won its division in the Fayette County Academic League's annual quick-recall tournament. Beaumont Middle was runner-up.

The 12 participating teams were divided into two brackets for the Dec. 10 competition, which used a double-elimination format. The gold division consisted of Winburn, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Edythe J. Hayes, Beaumont, Jessie Clark and Bryan Station Middle.

Fayette County Public Schools in the silver division included Crawford, Morton and Southern middle schools. On Winburn's winning team were Kathleen Yang, Angelina Shi, Theo Livas, Thirushan Wingnakumar, Ronit Kar, Ben Xie, Thomas Kenny, Annie Griffith, Jacob Cottrell, Jacob Ferguson, Hye Jee Kim, Connie Cui, Eric Cao, Ananth Miller-Murthy, Zsombor Gal and David Ma.

Beaumont's group included George Simpson, Kyra Seevers, Eric Zhang, Caroline Wright, Chris Duncan, Kevin Hutcheson, Connor Krolak, Maggie Cook-Allen, Abigail Williams and Gwen Blair.

■ Fifteen Sayre Upper School students participated in the YMCA-sponsored Kentucky Youth Assembly in Louisville and Frankfort on Nov. 20 to 22.

These Sayre students received recognitions and awards at the event: Mason Hill, elected to the Senior Executive Committee; Forrest Courtney, elected to the Premier Executive Committee; Elisabeth Dawahare and John Newton, Best Speaker Awards; Harry Gamble, Outstanding Delegate Award. The Sayre delegation also was recognized with a Delegation of Excellence Award and the Statesmanship Trophy for overall excellence.

Additionally, 21 middle school students attended the Junior Kentucky Youth Assembly on Nov. 17 to 19. At that event, Sayre students received an Outstanding Bill Award, and Tia Carr and Lauren Dunn were honored with Outstanding Delegates recognition.

Tina Cox, the math department chair at Lexington Traditional Magnet School, is the first recipient of INSPIRE: Lexmark's Teaching Award. Cox received a check for $1,000 to support science, technology, engineering and math education in her classroom.

■ God's Pantry recognized several Lexington schools Dec. 9 for their efforts in this fall's "Kids Can Hunger" countywide food drive. Fifty area schools participated in the program, bringing in a total of 84,471 pounds of food. Following are the winners of cash awards sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky: Grand prize, $1,000, Veterans Park Elementary with 8,455 pounds, or 12.8 pounds per student; runner-up, $400, Cassidy Elementary with 7,988 pounds, or 12.6 pounds per student; third place, $200, Sayre Lower School with 2,491 pounds, or 12 pounds per student; fourth place, $150, Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary with 3,652 pounds, or 9.1 pounds per student. First place among middle schools, $400, Jessie Clark with 5,672 pounds, or 6.6 pounds per student; runner-up in middle schools, $200, Beaumont with 5,207 pounds, or 4.9 pound per student; doubled-it-plus award, $300, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School with 3,758 pounds , 2,270 pounds more than last year; doubled it, $200, Tates Creek Middle School with 1,814 pounds; doubled it, $150, William Wells Brown Elementary with 1,093 pounds.

■ The Lexington Catholic High School Exemplar Scholars Program, an Institute for Excellence in the Fine Arts that will begin in August, will accept completed applications Jan. 13 through Feb. 13. Auditions and portfolio reviews will be Feb. 20 to 29. An information session will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in the LCHS Fine Arts Theater. For more information, go to

■ The Carey Ellis Juried Student Art Exhibition at UK featuring work by graduate and undergraduate art students, was held in the Barnhart Gallery as part of the UK Department of Art and Art Graduate Student Association's Open Studio event Dec. 2 at Reynolds Building Number 1.

The Carey Ellis award winners were Colleen Toutant, first place for her mixed media work Made in Kentucky; Sarah Hahn, second place for her sculpture Bacchus; and Ming Hong, third place for her drawing Untitled.

Other awards presented that night included: Theophilia Joan Oexmann Award, given to Hong and Brandon Mason; Arturo Alonzo Sandoval Fiber Award, Faville Donahue; Ross Zirkle Memorial Art Studio Award, Jiayuan "Emma" Shen; NCAA Department of Art Award, Will Doerting; Kim "Kimmer" Adler Memorial Award, Waylon Bigsby.

■ The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has selected UK senior Taylor Lloyd, as one of this year's 26 recipients of a $10,000 scholarship. The ASF Scholarship is presented to outstanding college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.

Lloyd, of Union, is the daughter of Gregory and Melinda Lloyd. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in agricultural biotechnology and biology.