■ Parenting magazine has announced that Jennifer Crockett of Lexington will represent Kentucky at the third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference, April 29 to May 1 in Washington, D.C.
Crockett, who is PTA president at Stonewall Elementary and corresponding secretary for the 16th District PTA, was chosen for her contributions and dedication to improving local schools. She has presented education advocacy training for University of Kentucky students and for PTA members during a districtwide roundtable meeting.
Fifty-one Mom Congress delegates, representing each state and the District of Columbia, were selected from a record number of applications submitted through Parenting.com. Each will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, where they will network with national leaders in education, Parenting editors and past Mom Congress delegates.
The theme of the 2012 Mom Congress, "Teach Me Something New," is dedicated to fostering the relationship between parents and their children's teachers. For a third consecutive year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will headline the event.
■ Charles Atinay, who teaches ninth-grade civics at Henry Clay High School, has been named Junior Achievement's Teacher of the Year.
A Lexington native, Atinay is in his 17th year with Fayette County Public Schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in education at Indiana University and a master's in education at Georgetown College. He has been a JA host teacher for the past 10 years.
Ben Dunn, a quality program manager at Trane Commercial Systems, has volunteered in Atinay's class for five years and nominated him for the 2012 award. Dunn praised Atinay's steadying influence in the classroom.
■ Students demonstrated their moves in the annual Fayette County Middle School Cheer, Dance and Step Showcase at Lafayette High School on March 10.
In the cheer division, Beaumont was named grand champion, and the choreography award went to Edythe J. Hayes. In the dance arena, Morton's jazz team was the grand champion, and the LTMS hip-hop group won the choreography award. In the step competition, Crawford won the grand champion trophy and choreography honors.
In a new contest this year, Lexington Traditional Magnet School's flag team was the grand champion. The school's rifle team presented an exhibition.
Cheer results: Level 1: Southern, first; Tates Creek, second; Crawford, third; Leestown, fourth.
Level 3: Jessie Clark, first; Morton B, second; LTMS, third; Winburn, fourth; Bryan Station, fifth.
Level 5: Beaumont, first; Morton A, second; Edythe J. Hayes, third.
Dance results: Pom: Edythe J. Hayes, first; Beaumont, second.
Jazz: Morton, first; Edythe J. Hayes, second; Jessie Clark, third; LTMS, fourth.
Hip-hop: Tates Creek, first; Southern, second; LTMS, third; Jessie Clark, fourth; Winburn, fifth; Crawford, 6th.
Step: Crawford, first; Tates Creek, second; LTMS and Winburn, third (tie).
Flag: LTMS, first.
In addition, 450 cheerleaders, dancers and steppers were recognized for GPAs of 3.0 to 4.0, and the following students were named to the All-County Spirit Team: Beaumont cheer: Madeline Carter; dance: Emily Holdren. Bryan Station cheer: Ciara Young. Crawford cheer: Cierra Patterson; dance/step: Desherra Bronston. Edythe J. Hayes cheer: Nekari Richardson; dance: Peyton Henderson. Jessie Clark cheer: Madison Banta; dance: Kennedy King.
Leestown cheer: Tamia Jackson.
LTMS cheer: Tionna Sanders; dance: McKaylee Copher; step: Jasmine Webb; hip hop: Jasmine Webb; flag: Breonna Williams and Caroline Geis.
Morton A cheer: Tanner Ransdell; Morton B cheer: Katie Morrice; dance: Mariah Slaughter.
Southern cheer: Jasmine Young; dance: Hannah Johnson.
Tates Creek cheer: Erin Guffey; dance: Hailley Stacy; step: Keymari Johnson.
Winburn cheer: Timari Richardson; dance: Nytasian McCann.
■ Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers Accelerating Opportunity KY, a program designed to ease a student's transition from high school or a GED program to post-secondary education. With this new program, students earn their GED or improve developmental skills while earning college-level credits. BCTC offers two 16-week programs with certificates in either office systems technology or construction technology.
Classes for the summer session begin May 5; enrollment begins in April.
■ For the 19th year, the 16th District PTA will award college scholarships to outstanding students from Fayette County's five public high schools. (Students in other academic programs may apply through their home schools.)
The scholarship awards are based on financial need, academic achievement and contribution to the community through extracurricular activities.
The application must be accompanied by an official transcript, a letter of recommendation and an essay. The essay should include the student's desire to go to college, financial need and future plans. Responses should be typed and submitted by April 19 to 16th District PTA, 701 E. Main Street, Lexington, Ky. 40502.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 30 and recognized at this year's District PTA luncheon on May 16.
For more information, call Jessica Berry at (859) 523-3277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.