Education notes: April 25



Leadership Lexington Youth presented its 2012 Distinguished Leader Award to Roshnee Raithatha, a junior at Henry Clay High School. Roshnee will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Distinguished Leader Award goes to a LLY class member who demonstrates strong principles, dedication to community service, creativity, good communication and interpersonal skills, and the potential to make a difference in the community. Class members nominate candidates, and the program's steering committee selects the winner.

Leadership Lexington Youth is a year-long educational program that enables high school juniors to engage with community leaders and discuss issues, careers, business opportunities and post-secondary options. This year's class had 45 students, including 34 from Fayette County Public Schools.

For more information, visit or call Amy Carrington at (859) 226-1610.

Eastern Kentucky University's Company R-1 of the National Society of Pershing Rifles earned another national championship at the Pershing Rifle National Convention and Alumni Reunion competition at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore.

The EKU team also received first-place trophies in Platoon Exhibition and Squad Exhibition, a second-place trophy for Platoon Regulation, and third-place trophies in Squad Regulation and Duet Exhibition, won by four-year team members Sam Ratliff and Adam Renn, both of Louisville.

■ EPA Energy Star has awarded the Top Performer Award to the Scott County School District for energy conservation. The total rating for the district is now 79 out of 100 and the district is the first in Kentucky to receive this award. During the last two years the Scott County School District has avoided $716,119 in energy costs.

This is the first Energy Star award for Northern Elementary, Anne Mason Elementary, Scott County High School, Cardinal Academy, 9th Grade School and Scott County Middle School.

Georgetown Middle School has received its second Energy Star Award and were recognized for receiving a Green Ribbon Schools Awards, one of only three earned by Kentucky Schools.

To help save energy, several major relighting projects have been completed since 2010 that converted T12 light fixtures in the schools to energy-saving T8 light fixtures. Also, all exit signs were replaced with LED exit signs and all incandescent lamps were replaced by CFLs.

■ Meadowthorpe Elementary fourth-grader Lakyya Washington won Mission Nutrition's nationwide lunch bag art contest and received a new bicycle and helmet.

Lakyya created her nutrition superhero during two weeks of related lessons in art class. Her "Cooking with Science" design will be displayed on Mello Smello Super Sacks during National School Lunch Week in October, and her picture will be used on a national brochure and promotional Web site.

William Allen Walters, a freshman at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, roughly one-tenth of one percent of students taking the test receive a top score. William is the son of John and Billie Walters of Lexington.

Western Kentucky University has selected several area students as recipients of the 2012-13 WKU Presidential Scholarship, the school's most prestigious academic award.

The scholarship is valued at more than $15,200 annually and is worth more than $61,000 during a four-year period.

Local 2012-13 Presidential Scholarship recipients are:

Luke Bosse, Harrodsburg; Jacob Marsh, Cynthiana; Rachel Quinn, Paris; Hannah Ruggles, Lexington; and David Sams, Somerset.

Audra Montgomery of Lexington has received a presidential scholarship from Xavier University. The daughter of Diane and Kit Montgomery, Audra will graduate from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School this spring.

■ Almost 200 students from eight schools in Fayette, Campbell, Franklin, Harrison, Kenton and Pendleton counties presented academic projects at the 2012 Kentucky History Day District 6 contests held March 24. The competition, sponsored by the Kentucky Junior Historical Society, was hosted by Northern Kentucky University in Covington.

In the National History Day program, students in grades 6-12 analyze the historical significance of certain topics and present conclusions in dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, Web sites and research papers. This year's theme was "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History."

The top three students in each category received a medal, while all finishers in the top five will advance to the April 28 state contests at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

The following local students took first place honors: Kayla Beebout, Winburn Middle School, Junior Individual Documentary; Ramzi Hamdalla, Winburn Middle School, Junior Individual Exhibit; Dasha Kolyaskina and Nikki Southall, Winburn Middle School, Junior Group Exhibit;

Madison Wheeler, Winburn Middle School, Junior Individual Web site; Ronit Kar, Ben Xie, Nisarg Patil and Gavin Sullivan, Winburn Middle School, Junior Group Web site; Amelia Rogers and David Rader, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, Junior Group Documentary; Nathan Russell, home school, Senior Paper.

Destiny Calhoun, a freshman at Henry Clay High School, and Elicia Elfers, a junior at Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County, will be Kentucky's two participants in Running Start's National Young Women's Political Leadership Program this summer.

The annual program, set for June 25-30 in Washington, D.C., helps foster students' political aspirations. The program covers such topics as public speaking, networking, media training, fund-raising and campaign basics.

Seven students from Southside and Eastside technical centers picked up gold-medal honors at this year's SkillsUSA state conference and will advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.

In addition, Southside principal Daryn Morris was named the 2012 SkillsUSA Kentucky Administrator of the Year, and Fayette County's technical centers were awarded seven Steve Phillippi/American Cancer Society scholarships in recognition of their fund-raising efforts, which netted $2,000 for the cause.

Top results from Southside Technical Center:

Gold medal winners: Ben Marshall, Chapter Display; Mobile Robotics; Trevor Payne, Chapter Display; Mobile Robotics; Matthew Griffith, Chapter Display; Branham Thomas, Culinary Arts. Silver medal winner: Rosa Hernandez, Food and Beverage Service. Bronze medal winners: Emmanuel Gomez, First Aid/CPR; Stellisha Mitchell, Food and Beverage Service; Drasti Patel, Skills Spelling; Christian Raleigh, Masonry 1; Hunter Raleigh, Commercial Baking; George Riley, Action Skills; Evanyhoney Romero, Extemporaneous Writing; Denis Sargaev, Masonry; Andrew Watts, Related Technical Math; Tyler West, Cabinetmaking.

Top results from Eastside Technical Center:

Gold medal winners: Jeremiah Carter, Power Equipment: Jordan Crandall, Computer Programming; Kealin Dailey, Diesel Technology. Silver medal winners: Josh Driskel, Justin Minnick and Adam Strunk, Community Service; Terry Fon, Airbrush; Morgan Howard, Power Equipment; Justin Minnick, Collision Repair. Bronze medal winners: Deshon Barber, Airbrush; Christian Cox, Terry Allison, Bailey Lowry and Jessica Marshall, Broadcast Production; Jordan Crandall, Extemporaneous Speaking; Braxton Lane, Prepared Speech.

■ University of Kentucky math professor Carl Lee has received the Kentucky Mathematical Association of America award.

The Mathematical Association of America, is a national professional mathematics society that focuses on collegiate teaching. The Kentucky section draws from all colleges and universities across the state and recognizes one member each year for distinguished college or university instruction.

■ About 75 students from 15 elementary schools competed in the annual Edward T. Houlihan III Fayette County History Fair, held April 14 at the Lexington History Museum.

These fifth-graders submitted prize-winning projects: Zoey Lowther, Liberty, Wright Brothers' Flight, first place; Maybelle Lynn, James Lane Allen, Women of the Revolution, second place; Brenna Wallin, Ashland, Invention of the Light Bulb, third place; Dylan Estes, James Lane Allen, U.S. Involvement in World War II, honorable mention.

The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics recently honored Jeffrey C. Graham by naming its new Graham Office of Career Management in his memory. A 2003 graduate of the UK College of Engineering and UK's Army ROTC program, 2nd Lt. Jeffrey Graham died of injuries sustained from both an improvised explosive and small-arms fire during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Lt. Graham is credited with saving numerous lives because of the actions he took at the time of the incident.

Thanks to an anonymous donor who wanted to honor Graham's legacy, a suite of offices on the second floor of the Gatton College building on the UK campus has been renovated and newly furnished as an office committed to assisting students in their career development process and employment success.


Sarah Coleman has been named director of Lexington Catholic High School's Equine Academy. She comes to the Equine Academy at Lexington Catholic after being the director of the Equine Scholars Program at Georgetown College for four years and working as a managing editor for multiple equine and farming-related publications based in Lexington. She currently shows her off-the-track Thoroughbred, Bayou Brass, in the 3-foot hunter division. Sarah will officially begin her position June 1.

For more information about the Lexington Catholic Equine Academy, visit

Centre College has awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor to Nathan Link, assistant professor of music; Sarah Murray, assistant professor of education; Jason Neiser, assistant professor of physics; and Ian Wilson, assistant professor of German and Humanities.

The following faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full professor: Stephen E. Asmus, associate professor of biology and biochemistry and molecular biology; Steven M. Beaudoin, associate professor of history; and Donna Plummer, associate professor of education.