Education notes: Jan. 30

Northern Elementary fourth-graders joined Fayette Superintendent Tom Shelton and Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear in filming a public service announcement for WLEX-18. The students are, from left, Demaria Black, Ethan Hernandez, Cozby Ruiz, Haillie Workman, Mason Clark and Pierre Petit Frere.
Northern Elementary fourth-graders joined Fayette Superintendent Tom Shelton and Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear in filming a public service announcement for WLEX-18. The students are, from left, Demaria Black, Ethan Hernandez, Cozby Ruiz, Haillie Workman, Mason Clark and Pierre Petit Frere.


Andrew Brennen, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High school, has been selected by Sen. Mitch McConell to serve as a Senate page in Washington, D.C., through June 8. He will work in the capital interacting with senators and congressmen, joining 30 other pages from around the country.

John Strada, a senior lecturer in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Communications, has received the Phyllis C. Tenney National Excellence in Advising Award from Alpha Phi Omega.

Strada joined Alpha Phi Omega in 1993 as an undergraduate in the Delta chapter at Auburn University. He has served as an adviser to the Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of Kentucky since 2000, to the Alpha Zeta Kappa Chapter at EKU since 2006 and to the Pi Omega Chapter at Kentucky State University since 2012. He serves as the Region 5 director for Alpha Phi Omega, overseeing alumni staff and chapter operations in Ohio, West Virginia, Eastern and Central Kentucky and western Pennsylvania, and he serves as a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Board of Directors.

■ Two groups of students from SCAPA BluegrassThe Green Freaks and Eco-Excitement — are competing in the final challenge of the sixth annual Lexus Eco Challenge, a national contest that encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Each of these two teams has already won $10,000 in scholarship money and grants for SCAPA, and both teams are now vying for a $30,000 grand prize. During the six years the competition has been held, SCAPA has had six teams earn this honor, and last year they had the top prize-winning middle school team in the nation in the second round of the competition. These students, to date, earned $100,000 for themselves and SCAPA.

Students on The Green Freaks team are Landon Feese, Madison Jones, Bradley Queen, Grace Shaftner, Maggie Thomas, Alexia Umberger and Elizabeth Yates. Students on the Eco-Excitement team are Presley Gookin, Marissa Grace, Abbie Higgins, Katelyn Mofield, Matthew Pellegrino, Margaret Scripps and Callaway Stivers.

■ The Kentucky Music Educators Association has chosen a group of FCPS high school musicians to fill its 2013 all-state groups. The selected students will spend several days in rehearsals with renowned conductors and then perform as featured ensembles.

The All-State Symphony Orchestra and the All-State Commonwealth String Orchestra will perform at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The All-State Concert Band and the All-State Symphonic Band will follow at 3 p.m.

The following FCPS students have been named 2013 KMEA All-State Musicians:

Jazz band

Bryan Station: Michael Robinson, baritone saxophone

Henry Clay: Clay Cox, trombone; Jeffrey Doll, trumpet; Elliot Mawby, trumpet; Moe Patten, bass trombone

Lafayette: Joel Nelson, alto saxophone

Concert band

Henry Clay: Sarah Ritter, flute; Noah Tolson, euphonium; Angela Tseng, flute

Lafayette: Jessica Abney, clarinet; Maggie Boland, clarinet; Ryan Booth, trumpet; Herman Bratcher, French horn; Katherine Etherton, clarinet; Jonathan Greene, tenor saxophone; Turner Hawkins, bassoon; Rachel Kaplan, flute; Weitong Liu, flute; Reese Mittan, clarinet; Nathan Rayens, euphonium; Ethan Smith, French horn; Rachel Yonts, trumpet

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Brandon Bailey, trombone; Daeun Kim, flute; Matthew Thompson, alto saxophone

Tates Creek: Daniel Cupp, trombone

Symphonic band

Bryan Station: Grant Knox, euphonium

Henry Clay: James Piper, flute; Olivia Seale, clarinet

Lafayette: Lane Aldridge, clarinet; Danny Alford, trombone; Jonah Andreatta, bassoon; Marie Armbruster, oboe; Aaron Burns, French horn; Will Lovan, trumpet; Chloe McIntosh, flute; Taylor Rock, tuba; Andrew Slone, trombone; Jacob Slone, alto saxophone; Joseph Wrightson, alto saxophone

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Philp Ewing, clarinet; Ben Farmer, French horn; Youn Seon Han, clarinet; Daniel Kelder, trumpet; David Seder, trombone; Leia Wedlund, trumpet

Tates Creek: Maurice Marshall, tuba; Ashley Whaley, French horn

Symphony orchestra

Bryan Station: Kathryne Harris, viola; Michael Parsons, viola

Henry Clay: Bram Dutch, bass; Vanessa Fu, violin; Julia McCorvey, violin; Caroline Miracle, violin; Allen Tsai, violin; Jessie Zhu, violin

Lafayette: Will Akel, violin; Taylor Bagley, violin; Lucy Becker, violin; Taylor Eggers, bass; Emily Farrer, cello; Janie Herbener, cello; Will Marshall, viola; Michael Takahashi, cello; Sarah Takahashi, viola; Anna Wilson, cello; Rebecca Wilson, oboe; Andrew Burton, clarinet.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Sarah Bush, viola; Angeline He, violin; Sarah Jeoung, violin; Aaron Karp, viola; Alice Li, violin; Jessie Li, violin; Jasmine Liu, viola; Dylan Rowe, violin; Matthew Wu, violin; Eric Xiong, violin; Mike Yang, violin; Linda Zhang, violin

Tates Creek: Chris Cupp, cello; Jonah Fryrear, bass

Commonwealth strings

Bryan Station: Eli Francis, bass; Eleanor Mooney, viola; Anna Winkler, viola

Henry Clay: Chris Chow, violin; Gabby Gude, bass; Caitlin Johnson, violin; Saba Khandani, violin; Jessie Kono, cello; Connor Langley, viola; Kristen Morrill, violin

Lafayette: Benjamin Bossert, bass; Blakeley Burger, violin; Shine Choi, violin; Sarah Know, violin; Sarah MacDonald, viola; Maya McCutcheon, violin; Cody Taylor, cello; Robert Wendroth, cello

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Caroline Bush, viola; Madison Ellis, violin; Alex Lucas, violin; Morgan Quick, violin


Sayre School will host the District Governor's Cup Competition, which features eight events, including Quick Recall, which is the only one open to the public. Quick Recall begins at 11 a.m. March 2 in the C.V. Whitney Gymnasium. Participating schools include Sayre Lower School, Saints Peter and Paul, and Meadow thorpe Elementary.

District winners advance to the Governor's Cup Regional competition at Cassidy Elementary on March 19 and March 23.

■ A handful of fourth-graders at Northern Elementary School shared the spotlight with the state's first lady, Jane Beshear, and FCPS Superintendent Tom Shelton for a public service announcement promoting a regional literacy event called Feed the Mind — Kentucky.

During the PSA, Shelton offers some details about a March 1 event, when fourth-graders throughout Central Kentucky are invited to Rupp Arena for a two-hour celebration of reading. The morning will feature Beshear and a children's author. Each student will receive a free book. This inaugural event kicks off the third annual Kentucky Literacy Celebration, set for March 4-8.


Michelle Lynch has been named Georgetown College's vice president for enrollment management. She comes to Georgetown from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., where she was director of recruitment.

Georgetown College has selected AGB Search, founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, to assist in the selection of candidates to be considered for the college's presidency. Georgetown's current president, Bill Crouch, is retiring June 30.

The specialist assigned to work with Georgetown College is James Davis, a former president of Shenandoah University in Virginia, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2008.

The college's goal is to have a president chosen by the end of May. Interested individuals may nominate presidential candidates by emailing Davis at

Award Nominations

The National Center for Family Literacy is accepting applications for the 2013 Toyota Teacher of the Year through Feb. 13. The Toyota Teacher of the Year will award $20,000 to the winning teacher's program and provide a free trip to the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy, April 28-30 in Louisville.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of NCFL family literacy specialists.

One runner-up will receive a $2,500 grant for his/her program and a scholarship to the conference. Programs and schools may nominate up to two educators but must submit a separate online nomination form for each. For more information, guidelines and to download an application, visit

Forward in the Fifth has extended the nomination deadline for 2013 AppLE (Appalachian Leaders in Education) Awards through Feb. 28.

The AppLE Awards recognizes leaders in education, including parent and student groups, who have made significant contributions to promote and support education in their home communities and throughout the region.

For more information, call (606) 677-6000 or visit for a description of each of the 2013 AppLE Award categories, eligibility requirements and nomination forms.

Nomination forms may be submitted online or postmarked and mailed to Forward in the Fifth, 2292 South Hwy. 27, Somerset, Ky. 42501 no later than Feb. 28.

Award finalists will be notified by Forward in the Fifth, and the winners will be announced this spring.