■ Eastern Kentucky University has earned recognition as a 2011 Tree Campus USA. The national program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
The Arbor Day Foundation, which launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States, is a non-profit conservation organization of nearly 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Information on the foundation and its programs can be found at Arborday.org.
■ The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy recently sponsored a poster contest for middle school students with a theme of "Save Today and It Will Pay!" The contest's winners were sixth-grader Aleah Archer of Nicholasville, seventh-grader Makayla Wade of Nicholasville and eighth-grader Kayla Thurman of Cecilia.
The non-profit organization is made up of more than 35 partners including government, non-profit and for-profit organizations interested in promoting financial literacy for all ages.
■ Cheerleading squads from Paul Laurence Dunbar and Henry Clay high schools earned trophies in the 2012 state at-large competition sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors. Dunbar came out on top in the large division, while the Blue Devils were runner-up in the medium division.
Western Kentucky University hosted the Feb. 18 at-large competition at Diddle Arena. Also, in this month's Universal Cheerleaders Association competition, Dunbar was runner-up in the World School Cheerleading Championship's large varsity team cheer division. The Bulldogs also finished fourth in the large varsity division I field of the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships and 12th in the small junior varsity division. Henry Clay was 10th among the medium varsity division I competitors.
For more about the UCA, visit Uca.varsity.com.
■ Sayre School's 28th annual F. Kevin Simon History Symposium for secondary history and social studies teachers took place on Feb. 4 on the Sayre campus. This year's symposium, "New Narratives: Reconstruction and Citizenship in Western, Gendered and Modern Contexts," featured speakers D. Michael Bottoms, George Mason University; Faye Dudden, Colgate University; and G. Derek Musgrove, University of the District of Columbia.
More than 50 educators attended this nationally recognized program, which enhances teacher awareness of American history and fosters a heightened atmosphere of collegiality among history teachers.
In 2002, the symposium was named in memory and honor of its founder and director, F. Kevin Simon.
■ University of Kentucky researcher Surendranath Suman accepted the Young Animal Scientist in Research Award from the American Society of Animal Science Southern Section in a recognition ceremony Feb. 6. Suman, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture, studies proteomics, the interactions between proteins in meat.
Suman's research investigates how protein interactions affect coloration in meat. Much of his research focuses on a protein called myglobin, which binds with iron to give meat its color.
■ Anne Policastri, a University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy alumna and clinical assistant professor at the college, has been named executive vice president of the Kentucky Health System Pharmacists.
Policastri, director of experiential education for the UK College of Pharmacy, is a longtime member of KSHP. She was president of KSHP in 2002-03 and recognized as a fellow of the society in 2005.
■ Kathleen Yang of Winburn Middle School was the top scorer in the 2012 local Mathcounts competition, securing a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from Western Kentucky University and a $500 scholarship from Kentucky Mathcounts. Kathleen also won last year's individual honors.
Theo Livas from Winburn was runner-up, and Angeline He of Lexington Traditional Magnet School placed third, winning four-year $1,000 and $500 WKU scholarships.
The national Mathcounts program aims to help prepare students for careers in math, science, medicine, engineering and technology. A total of 138 students from 19 area middle schools competed in the Feb. 18 local contest, hosted by the University of Kentucky.
Winburn took first place in the team competition with Kathleen Yang, Theo Livas, Ben Xie and Thirushan Wigna-Kumar. The LTMS team finished third with Angeline He, Emily Liu, Parin Rekhraj and Hemanth Sontenam.
Along with those teams, six individuals from Fayette County Public Schools will advance to the March 31 state competition in Louisville: Thomas Huang, CiCi Mao and David Ma of Winburn; Angela Vichitbandha and Lucy Yang of Beaumont Middle School; and Ethan Tan of Tates Creek Middle School.
The top four individual scorers at state will be offered four-year, full tuition scholarships to UK or the University of Louisville and will advance to the national contest in Orlando, Fla.
■ Fayette County Public Schools has produced 10 of Kentucky's 49 candidates for the 2012 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation's most prestigious honors for high school students. Each year, as many as 141 seniors are named Presidential Scholars for their outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and community service.
Fayette's Presidential Scholars candidates are Allison Wood, Bryan Station; Rachel Geil and Patrick Lutz, Henry Clay; Robert Cass, Lafayette; and Erin Anderson, Grant Boggess, Todd Montgomery, Alexander Petros, Qi Yu and Christina Zhang, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Semifinalists will be named in April and winners in early May.
■ Two Eastern Kentucky University students majoring in fire and safety engineering technology have been selected to present their research proposal at a national conference in the spring. Alan Meadors of Lexington and Tom Lancaster of Flossmoor, Ill., will present their studies on the use of electrical arc mapping for fire investigation research to peers, faculty and staff at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, March 29-31, at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
The pair's abstract, "Arc Mapping: Methodologies and Origin Determination," was chosen from more than 3,500 proposals.
The Lafayette Alumni Association will host its annual Chili Supper at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school cafeteria. The cost is $6. All alumni from any class are invited. For reservations and information, call (859) 278-1489. The mission of the association is to provide fellowship among alumni and to award scholarships to deserving graduating seniors.