Education notes: Jan. 11


■ Math-letes Angeline He of Lexington Traditional Magnet School and Kathleen Yang of Winburn Middle School logged scores in the top 1 percent of students across the nation on the latest American Mathematics Contest 8.

Roughly 153,000 middle school students in dozens of countries take the AMC exam each fall, vying for local and national awards. The contest aims to spur interest in math and develop talent in a timed format.

Top scorers from Fayette County Public Schools on the November exam included:

From LTMS, coached by Brian Keith Durham: Angeline He, first place; McKaylee Copher, second place; Henry Tilmans, Joshua Ku, and Benjamin Srutowski, achievement roll.

From Winburn, coached by Dan Jenkins: Kathleen Yang, first place; Benjamin Xie, second place; David Ma, Victor Acsenescu and Mingxi Mao, achievement roll.

For more information, email Natalee Feese, the school district's middle and high school math content specialist, at or call (859) 381-4238.

■ The Kentucky Music Educators Association recently announced selections for its all-state bands, following auditions in December. Those who won seats will travel to Louisville in February for three days of rehearsals, then perform at the KMEA state conference.

Fayette County Public Schools students chosen for the all-state ensembles include:

Jazz band

Bryan Station: Michael Robinson, baritone saxophone. Henry Clay: Jeffrey Doll, trumpet. Lafayette: Megan Davis, tenor saxophone; Steven Slone, trombone. Paul Laurence Dunbar: C.J. Blair, tenor saxophone.

Concert band

Henry Clay: Bangaly Savane, bass clarinet; Clay Cox, trombone. Lafayette: Marie Armbruster, oboe; Jake Kaplan and Jessica Abney, clarinet; Joseph Wrightson, alto saxophone; Aaron Burns, French horn; Tobee Hagerman, bass trombone. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Philip Ewing, clarinet. Tates Creek: Daniel Cupp, trombone; Alex Gray, trumpet; Maurice Marshall, tuba.

Symphonic band

Henry Clay: James Piper, flute; Olivia Seale, clarinet; Nathan Bush, alto saxophone; Andrew Osborn, French horn. Lafayette: Chloe McIntosh and Emily Rayens, flute; Sydney Webb, oboe; Turner Hawkins, bassoon; Andrew Burton, clarinet; Emily Wilson, French horn; Danny Alford and Dylan Matthews, trombone. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Daeun Kim, flute; Cody Putnam, bassoon; Youn Seon Han, clarinet; Aaron Hudson, bass clarinet; Leia Wedlund and Robert Fay, trumpet; Yuki Inoue, trombone. Tates Creek: Diashamar Marshall, trumpet; Coleman Pelfrey, tuba; Ashley Whaley, French horn.

Symphony orchestra

Bryan Station: Allie Wood, Kathryne Harris and Eleanor Mooney, viola. Henry Clay: Julia McCorvey, Allen Tsai, Vanessa Fu, Kristen Morill and Jessie Zhu, violin; Bram Dutch, bass. Lafayette: Stella Sharpe, oboe; Will Lovan, trumpet; Ole Wendroth, Darcy Cassidy, Lucy Becker and Michael Goffinet, violin; Sarah Takahaski, viola; Alexander DeMoll, Anna Wilson, Emily Farrer, Katie Jones and Robert Wendroth, cello; Benjamin Healy, Taylor Eggers and Benjamin Bossert, bass. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Ben Farmer, French horn; Eric Xiong, Matthew Wu, Dylan Rowe, Jessie Li, Chloe Cao, Morgan Quick, Maria Wu, Taylor Bagley and Stephanie Tseng, violin; Aaron Karp, Abbey Smiley and Sarah Bush, viola; Bryan Wright, cello.

Commonwealth strings

Bryan Station: Peyton Thomas, violin; Michael Parsons, Anna Winkler and Rebecca Edwins, viola; Lily Prats, cello. Henry Clay: Varun Ramakrishnan, Chris Chow, Caroline Miracle, Alyssa Liew and April Fronk, violin. Lafayette: Da Yup Kim, Will Akel, Smruti Patil and Will Marshall, violin; Sarah MacDonald, viola; Cody Taylor, Janie Herbener, Julia Mead and Michael Takahaski, cello. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Alex Lucas, and Peter Gao, violin. Tates Creek: Cynthia Springer, violin; Rachel Yau, cello; Jonah Fryrear and Jonathan Daniels, bass.

■ About 1,200 students across the state vied for slots in the Kentucky Music Educators Association 2012 High School All-State Choirs. Vocalists in grades 10-12 auditioned in quartets — all performing the same piece, sung a cappella. They also had to sight-sing. Only 15 percent of a school's choral enrollment is allowed to audition, so many schools hold preliminary tryouts. The Lexington-area district of KMEA usually has the most students auditioning, making it all the more competitive.

KMEA chose the top 560 students and assigned them to one of three choruses: a mixed group of men and women, a women's choir and a men's choir. The groups will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville during the KMEA state conference.

Henry Leck, founder and artistic director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir and director of choral activities at Butler University, will lead the SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir. Cristi Miller, a master teacher, conductor and composer based at Heritage Hall Schools in Oklahoma City, will guide the SSAA choir. Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, will direct the TTBB choir.

These students from Fayette County Public Schools were selected:

SATB choir

Bryan Station: Steven Olson. Lafayette: Amie Huesman, Megan Peterson, Carolina Balling, Rowan Calkins, Brodie Craig, Haley Goode, Kathryn Dressman, Rowan Schaefer, Tomer Eres, Colton Ryan, Wilford Wulfenstein, Lewis Aldridge, Carl Chapman and Carl Trammel. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Abbie Hymas and Oliver Nilsson.

SSAA choir

Henry Clay: Anne Courtney Feenick and Irene Alcaraz-Perez. Lafayette: Sydney Jahnigen, Caroline Keegan, Kelli Crawford and Rachel Wilson. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Lindsey Bell, Sarah Hadi and Aly Cleaver. Tates Creek: Brittany Milslagle.


Bryan Station: DeSean Elliott and Woodford Jones. Lafayette: Conner Sands, Cameron Mahan, Tanner Hoertz and Adam Brown. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Lane Hill, J.P. Deering, Ethan Cross and Kyle Wilson. Tates Creek: Hunter Henrickson.

■ The Kentucky Music Educators Association has selected dozens of students for its 2012 honor choirs, which will perform Feb. 9 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville during the association's state conference. The Kentucky Junior High Chorus is composed of seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders, and the Kentucky Children's Choir is made up of fifth- and sixth-graders. These students from Fayette County Public Schools were selected:

SATB choir

Morton Middle School: Hanna Martin, Shannon Calkins, Lauren Johns, Lauren Holland and Harrison Carter. SCAPA at Bluegrass: Danea Cloyd, Katie Damron, Brennan Burke, Carey Bingham, Allison Langdorf, Quentin Prewitt and Sydney Mullins. Tates Creek Middle: Caleb Nelson and Spencer Horman.

All-state treble chorus

Beaumont Middle School: Audra Jones. Tates Creek Middle: Alexis Wells, Olivia Antigua and Amelia Hurt.

All-state children's choir

Beaumont Middle: Madison Alexander, Haley Searcy, Alexander Stern and Alexis Warren. Glendover Elementary: Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Bowling, Isabella Ellis, Kieran Ingram, Brooke Jacobs, Kyrsten Myrup, Kate Myrup and Brinna Voss. Morton Middle: Ashbrook Averitt, Caroline Bennett, Madison Brown, Sarah Byrd, McKenna Helfenberger, Abigail Magoola, Laura Mendenhall, Sarah Morgan, Maia Taffe and Emily Trammell. SCAPA at Bluegrass: Leila Abou-Jaoude, Amber Adkins, Thomas Bollinger, Leni Broady, Grace Brown, Carolina Capello, Georgia Danhires, Aubrey Dawson, Audrey Fields, Valerie Langdorf, Danielle Norman, Luke Pellegrino, Woods Prewitt, Ashley Prigge, Emily Putman and Tory Stephenson. Southern Middle: Sarah Cooper, Abby Holthaus and Elaine Phipps. Stonewall Elementary: Emma Owens. Tates Creek Middle: Brenner Blakeman, Isabelle Brereton-Farr, Ben Lambert, Luke Matthews and Lauren Skidmore. Wellington Elementary: Caroline Curtright.

■ An additional 27 Fayette County Public Schools teachers recently earned National Board Certification, bringing the total to 151 throughout the district.

This certification, which generally takes one to three years to complete, is a demonstration of a teacher's practice as measured against high and rigorous standards. Offered on a voluntary basis and valid for 10 years, the advanced system complements but does not replace state licensing.

To be considered for certification, teachers are assessed on portfolio entries containing videos reflecting their teaching style, student learning products and other teaching materials.

The following are newly board-certified FCPS teachers: Claire Batt, Tates Creek Elementary; Jane Besten, Yates Elementary; Katie Bierenbaum, Leestown Middle School; Leslie Busch, Meadowthorpe Elementary; Mary Courtney, Harrison Elementary; Megan Darko, Sandersville Elementary; Dawn Drummond, Squires Elementary; Lindsey Fox, Deep Springs Elementary; Lauren Gallicchio, Bryan Station High School; Laura Howard, Lafayette High School; Amanda Hurley, Henry Clay High School; Tracy Kerley, Lafayette High School; Janelle Kitchen, Sandersville Elementary; Amy Madon, Tates Creek Elementary; Beth Magsig, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary; Elizabeth Manion, Millcreek Elementary; Ryan Marsh, Lafayette High School; Rhonda Mullins, Lafayette High School; Lisa Pollock, Squires Elementary; Rebecca Preston, Beaumont Middle School; Rebecca Puckett, Veterans Park Elementary; Stacey Roberts, Millcreek Elementary; Amy Scruggs, Rosa Parks Elementary; Amanda Stewart, Millcreek Elementary; Laura Wiley, Rosa Parks Elementary; Christopher Williams, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; and Sarai Williams, Veterans Park Elementary.


■ The Bluegrass Alliance for Women has announced that AARP is donating $500 to fund a non- renewable scholarship for women 50 and older in 2012.

The 2012 Lifelong Learning Scholarship is available to female residents of one of the Bluegrass Area Development District counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford.

This scholarship is open to women 50 and older who will be attending college as full- or part-time students carrying at least nine credit hours.

The scholarship will be presented at BAW's annual Legacy Award Luncheon on March 20.

The application form is available on BAW's Web site:


■ Young women in grades nine through 12 have the opportunity to develop their writing skills at the Carnegie Center.

The Young Women Writers Project, funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women, is a free series of intensive workshops focused on self-expression through writing. Selected participants will attend six sessions in February and March.

The young women will be given a chance to showcase their writing during the April LexArts Downtown Gallery Hop at Carnegie Center and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference in September.

To be considered for the Young Women Writers Program, submit a completed cover sheet, a letter stating your interest and motivations for participation, and a writing sample (no more than five pages long).

Information should be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street, by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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