■ Mahin Zaman, a seventh-grader at Morton Middle School, won the Fayette County Spelling Bee on Feb. 23. Mahin competed against 49 other students from public, private, parochial and home schools across Fayette County and was awarded a trophy and $75.
Fayette County Farm Bureau sponsored the bee for students in grades four through eight.
Finishing second was Austin Booth, a sixth-grader at Lexington Traditional Magnet School. Derris Stanland, an eighth-grader at Lexington Christian Academy, was third. Both received medallions and cash prizes.
Mahin will represent Fayette County at the Kentucky Derby Festival State Spelling Bee on Saturday in Louisville.
■ Fifteen juniors from Fayette County Public Schools are among 535 statewide who have received $1,000 college scholarships in the 2012 Drive the Dream program, sponsored by Kentucky GEAR UP. The awards ceremony will be March 16 at Western Kentucky University.
GEAR UP — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — is a federally funded program that encourages middle and high school students to stay in school, study hard and take the courses they need to prepare for college. In partnership with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, GEAR UP will provide scholarships when these students enroll in any accredited college or university in Kentucky.
The recipients are Justin Aulds, Naphina Hagans, Briana Livingston, Steven Olson, Deionta Perkins, Qyshawn Sanders, Kiera Sweat, Minh Tran and Tenise Washington, all of Bryan Station High School; and Jaylen Beatty, Nathan Black, Victoria Coomer, Kayla Denton, Macy Frederick and Sunee Tyson, all of Tates Creek High School.
■ The Kentucky Music Educators Association has selected Chuck Smith, director of the marching band at Lafayette High School, as its 2012 high school teacher of the year.
Smith, whose bands have earned numerous state titles during his years at Lafayette, bested 11 other district-level honorees. He received the state award Feb. 10 at KMEA's annual conference in Louisville.
■ Eric Yoder, a junior at Model Laboratory School in Richmond, recently became the first student at the Eastern Kentucky University site of the American Mathematics Competition to qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).
Eric, the son of Margaret and Ron Yoder, was among 80-plus students in grades 10 to 12 from seven school districts who were on the Richmond campus Feb. 7 when EKU's Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the AMC 12 competition.
Eric, who previously qualified through AMC 10 for the AIME, took first place in the Regional Governor's Cup in mathematics written assessment this year, achieved the top score on the AMC 10 in Kentucky in 2010, and scored a 36 on the math portion of the ACT. He plans to major in mathematics in college.
■ Debra Moser, a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and director of the Center for Behavioral Research on Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Diseases, recently received the 2012 Distinguished Researcher award from the Southern Nursing Research Society.
The award recognizes the contribution of an individual whose established program of research has enhanced the science and practice of nursing in the region.
Moser's program of research at UK has been continually funded since 1989 and is focused on improving outcomes of people with, or at risk for, cardiovascular disease through improvement of psychological well-being and quality of life, and enhancing self- management.
Moser is serving as visiting professor at Trinity College School of Nursing and Midwifery in Dublin, Ireland, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Within the past five years, she also served as a visiting professor at the University of Western Sydney's School of Nursing and College of Health and Science in Sydney and at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
■ The University of Kentucky's Jamie Wheeler, a professional adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences' Humanities Community, and Sebastian Bryson, faculty adviser for the College of Engineering's Department of Civil Engineering, were honored with the 18th Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards at a luncheon Feb. 24.
The award recognizes outstanding service in the field of academic advising. Two awards are presented each year, one to a full-time professional adviser and another to a faculty adviser.
Six finalists for the professional award were also recognized, each receiving a certificate of honorable mention. They were: Kahlil Baker, CARES; Jennifer Doerge, engineering; Tricia Hargrove, arts and sciences; Casey Shadix, business and economics; Michael Stone, CATS; and Suzanne Wampler, engineering.
The Freedman awards are sponsored by the UK Advising Network and the office of the associate provost for undergraduate education. They are named in honor of Ken Freedman, who served as a professional adviser at UK for 15 years before his death in 2001.
■ Kim Macanang, a fifth-grader at Eastern Elementary School in Scott County, designed the winning entry in a bookmark design contest as part of the Lexington Legends/Chick-fil-A Hit the Books reading incentive program.
Kim will receive a Legends prize pack, including Legends merchandise, a framed Hit the Books poster featuring her artwork and a free membership in the 2012 Little Legends Kids Club. She also will be invited to throw a ceremonial first pitch at a designated Legends game for her school. Bookmarks featuring her artwork will be distributed to students at every school that participates in the Hit the Books program. More than 18,000 students from Central Kentucky are expected to take part in the program, which runs through April 1.
Receiving honorable mentions for their designs were Makayla Davis, a fifth-grader at Eastern Elementary in Scott County; Jackson Gonzales, a third-grader at Liberty Elementary in Lexington; and Abbi Davis, a fourth-grader at Peaks Mill Elementary in Frankfort. They will receive framed posters and Legends merchandise.
In Hit the Books, a baseball diamond is used to record credit for a student's reading. For every book a student reads, a teacher places his or her initials on a base. When the student has all three bases and home plate initialed by the teacher, the student may bring a Hit the Books bookmark to the Legends' box office at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to exchange it for two tickets to one of four Legends home games: April 13, 14, 27 or 28.
The school with the most bookmarks redeemed on its designated night will win a luncheon assembly provided by the Lexington Legends and Chick-fil-A.
For more information, go to Lexingtonlegends.com.
■ The Tates Creek Middle School girls basketball team recently raised $1,000 for prostate cancer research. Their Dec. 5 game included a "whiteout," in which the team encouraged everyone to buy and wear special blue-ribbon T-shirts to spotlight men's health. The team decided to focus on prostate cancer awareness because both coaches and principals of the school have family members affected by the disease. On Feb. 24, Tates Creek donated the money to the Markey Cancer Foundation.
■ Fayette County Public Schools has earned a Leadership Award from the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools.
FCPS previously received the KEEPS Stewardship Award for making a commitment and the Champion Award for setting goals and creating an action plan. The Leadership Award acknowledges completion of the energy management process and motivates the school district to maintain those new standards, programs and policies. It also cites the district as a model in successful implementation of best energy management practices.
Fayette County is among seven Kentucky districts to have earned the final KEEPS recognition.
For more details about FCPS initiatives, go to Sustainability.fcps.net.
Having dinner at CiCi's Pizza in Eastland Shopping Center from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday will help the Yates Elementary School chorus raise money to perform at a music festival in Wilmington, Ohio, and visit Paramount's King's Island.
The choir will perform during dinner. Simply place an order and drop your receipt in a box by the cash register, and 10 percent of the total receipts will be donated to the Yates chorus.
Applications now are available from the Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund for scholarships for children of horse farm workers in Central Kentucky who will be attending college or technical training in the fall. Applicants must have a parent who has worked on a Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farm for at least three years. The tuition-only scholarships are awarded based on need, merit, a written essay and personal interview. Call (859) 269-1719 to request an application.