Education notes: Nov. 28

Stephen Kappeler


■ The Partners For Youth/Toyota Scholarship Program recognized a dozen outstanding students at a Nov. 13 reception at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the University of Kentucky's campus.

Laura Benrey of Henry Clay High School received $2,000 for the A.J. Newcomb Scholarship, named in honor of a Lafayette High recipient who died of heart transplant complications soon after graduating in 2001. As this year's runner-up, Natasha Fee of Tates Creek High received a $1,500 award.

Several scholarship recipients received $1,000, including Shaleigha Richard of Bryan Station High; Tiffany Horton of Henry Clay; Tazia Coleman and Hilda Rivera of Lafayette; Michelle Fee and Brandi Lindsey of Tates Creek; Lelia Morton of Paul Laurence Dunbar; Luis Castro and Kelsey Smith of The Learning Center at Linlee; and Sonia Guzman of Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

The winners were selected based on a series of questions concerning life activities and what made them proud. They also were asked what advice they would give to help younger students develop skills to promote successful behavior and cope with problems.

The scholarships can be used for college as well as a trade or technical school. To be eligible, a student must be associated with one of the 41 grass-roots programs supported by Partners For Youth.

■ "The Apple" by Samantha McInteer, a seventh grader at Lexington Christian Academy, won first place in this year's faux bibelots contest hosted by the Headley-Whitney Museum on Old Frankfort Pike.

Bibelots are small objects of curiosity, beauty or rarity. The late jewelry designer George Headley III crafted bibelots using precious and semi-precious stones and metals. Today's middle school students work in more ordinary media like rhinestones and spray paint to create faux bibelots.

Eighth grader Celeste Renee Barnett, who attends The Learning Center at Linlee, was the runner-up with "Pear of the Sea." Third place went to "The Land of Difference" by Kaitlin Edwards, an eighth grader at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. A Beaumont Middle seventh grader, Brent Comley, received honorable mention for "The Staircase Flame Tree." Kaden Silverburg, an eighth grader at Sayre School, also received honorable mention for "Bird of Paradise."

More than 300 students from five schools participated in the fifth annual design contest. The 35 pieces chosen for display can be seen at the museum through Dec. 23. The winners were announced at the Nov. 16 opening reception.

Barrett Block, a 17-year-old senior at Henry Clay High School, is in Los Angeles this week to compete in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. Of the nearly 10,000 teens who took the online test, only 15 will compete to win the $75,000 grand prize and the coveted title of Jeopardy! champion. The tournament will air starting Jan. 30.

Ben Swanson, a junior at Henry Clay High School has moved into the top 32 round of the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum, which awards a $10,000 grand prize. No other student or school from Kentucky advanced this year. The topic this year involves climate change.

Swanson entered the contest on his own. Now he's a one-man competitor among teams representing schools in 18 states and seven other countries. Each team will be awarded a cash prize, with the amount increasing for every round as they test their research, writing and advocacy skills.

Swanson will square off against Team Czech Republic from Prague as judges review the essays they volley back and forth via email. The round's winners will advance to the Sweet 16 and then the Elite Eight, with those teams receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to April's finals in New York City.

■ Eastern Kentucky University lecturer Stephen Kappeler has received the 2012 Outstanding Advisor Award from the Kentucky Academic Advising Association.

Kappeler, who teaches in the Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies, joined the EKU faculty in 2005. He serves as an academic adviser to all criminal justice and police studies majors at Eastern's regional campuses.

Blue Grass Community Foundation awarded more than $15,000 in teacher mini-grants to Fayette County Public Schools in 2012. The grants were awarded to encourage innovation in teaching and to support teachers who have ideas for creative, interesting programs, projects or events for their classrooms that will encourage learning.

The following schools received awards: Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, $1,000 for the Great Books Lead to Growth for All program; Booker T. Washington Academy, $510.60 Chinese culture traditional dance program; Booker T. Washington Academy, $1,000 for The Daily Five program; Edith J. Hayes Middle, $541.29 for teaching social skills in middle school program; Harrison Elementary, $931.85 for The Future Depends on Present Opportunity program; James Lane Allen Elementary, $ 546.68 for the Project See Theatre and community quilts program; Julius Marks Elementary, $969.80 for inquiry-based learning program; Lafayette High, $1,000 for using partner schools to create a global classroom program; Leestown Middle, $911.29 to incorporate digital photography in the art room; Liberty Elementary, $1,000 for a multicultural mask-making program; Picadome Elementary, $960 for Project-Greenhouse Learning Lab project; Russell Cave Elementary, $371.76 for the large-scale playground musical instrument program; Squires Elementary, $1,000 for intellectual disability materials program; Tates Creek Elementary, $500 for Hello Bites nutrition education program; Wellington Elementary, $1,000 for a Japanese calligraphy program; William Wells Brown Elementary, $1,000 for expanded learning opportunities — photography; Winburn Middle, $924.90 for Drumming Up Success: World Music Drumming program to provide tubano drums for students to engage in a music-making experience; and Winburn Middle, $861 for meeting the increasing needs of diverse learners.


■ Students can win up to $3,000 to fund their savings goal, plus $1,500 for their school, by entering U.S. Bank's Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. As part of the contest, students should create 60- to 90-second videos that show viewers how to save and use money wisely.

"Lights, Camera, Save" is one of several components of the American Banker Association's Teach Children to Save program. The video contest encourages teens to communicate the value of saving and inspire others to become smart money managers. To participate in the contest, students ages 13 to 18 can visit a U.S. Bank branch or log onto for an entry form and contest details through Nov. 30.

■ Sixth-grade students at Christ the King School participated in a stewardship project to bring food to those most in need at Russell Cave Elementary. The students collected food for Thanksgiving by holding a school-wide food drive. They assembled the food baskets and took them to Russell Cave on Nov. 20. CKS students also read to kindergarten and first graders at Russell Cave Elementary, and they delivered gently used books they collected in a gift package to grades 2-5. All of the extra food collected will go to a food bank at Russell Cave to be distributed as needed throughout the year.