Education notes: April 10

David Clemmer
David Clemmer


■ Paul Laurence Dunbar High School sophomores Fatima Siddiqi and Daniel Wahl have been selected by 10th District Councilmember Harry Clarke to be members of his 10th District Citizens Advisory Committee.

Daniel and Fatima were selected after an application process in which they completed essays on their interest in local government. Daniel and Fatima will join 12 other constituents from the 10th Council District on the committee, which will help evaluate policies and issues that affect the 10th District, and Lexington as a whole.

The committee held its first meeting on March 4 and will meet monthly.

Michael Kamer, a junior at Henry Clay High School, placed first in the varsity division of the National History Bee's state championship March 23. He qualified for the national contest April 28 in Arlington, Va.

■ Academic Challenge teams from Meadowthorpe and Rosa Parks elementaries prevailed in the 2013 Superintendent's Cup, securing college scholarships for their members. The March 26 finals pitted the three regional winners in the primary and intermediate divisions in Norsworthy Auditorium at "It's About Kids" Support Services. In addition, multiple students who won individual on-demand math/science and essay contests also received scholarship awards.

"All the children are winners because of the hard work they do," said Arnold Gaither, chairman of One Community, One Voice.

Primary division (grades 2-3): 1st place and winners of scholarships to Kentucky State University: Meadowthorpe C (15 of 18 possible points, blue region) — Amirah Al-Suud, Royce Andrews, Jimmy Chen and Eliza Snow.

2nd place: Ashland E (14 points, green region) — Xavion Brooks, Calista Case, Ben Ingram, Drew Mangas, Kate Verble and Lahana Webb.

3rd place: Deep Springs C (12 points, red region) — Richard (RJ) Parks, Owen Schmidt, Jurnee Smith, Nick Tenhundfeld, Brayden Woods and Samantha Zembal.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION (grades 4-5): 1st place and winners of scholarships to Morehead State University: Rosa Parks A (all 18 correct answers, blue region) — Anish Agarwal, Ava Chen, Emma Falliyi and Jason Wang.

2nd place: Dixie C (17 points, green region) — Brice Craig, Jalen Givens, LeAnn Khong, Ramie Salem and Taylor Smith.

3rd place: Cardinal Valley B (10 points, red region) — Jennifer Flores, Ricardo Gonzalez, John Law, Alexis Lopez, Lucrecia Macedonio and Marian Rivera.

Individual awards

Winners of scholarships to the University of Kentucky: Fifth-grade math/science — Margaret Baker, Julius Marks; Zahria Crowder, Harrison; Sylesh Jagannathan, Athens-Chilesburg; Nicholas Skidmore, Picadome; Egor Vinogradov, Veterans Park; and LeQuan Wilson, Booker T. Washington.

Winners of scholarships to Eastern Kentucky University: Fifth-grade essay writing — Queenzlynn Boating, Harrison; Sierra O'Brien, Maxwell; Mohammed Rashad, Rosa Parks; Nathan Roseberry, Arlington; Nigel Smith, Squires; and Isabella Webb, Julius Marks.

Winners of scholarships to Georgetown College: Fourth-grade essay writing — Karen Castillo, Russell Cave; Jackson Gonzales, Liberty; Lucero Coronado Nickell, Mary Todd; Julian Palmisano, Picadome; Sophie Sirlouis, Wellington; and Madison Underwood, Dixie.

Winners of scholarships to Bluegrass Community & Technical College: Fifth-grade essay writing — Ingrid Cassel, Veterans Park; Josie Jackson, James Lane Allen; and Caden Pearson, Ashland.

Winner of the drawing for a scholarship to Murray State University: Eesh Kulshrestha, Wellington Elementary.

After the scholarship presentations, Russell Cave Elementary received the Principal's Academic Team Award from the Haymaker Foundation, which recognizes schools with impressive participation levels. Russell Cave, whose enrollment is just under 300, boasted 65 students in this year's Academic Challenge.

The Academic Challenge is run by One Community, One Voice (OCOV) and Fayette County Public Schools.

The program aims to instill the importance of education and help close achievement gaps via a competitive tournament. Participants receive certificates of excellence, medals and trophies, and college scholarships are awarded in the finale.

■ Eastern Kentucky University's Company R-1 of the National Society of Pershing Rifles won several awards at the Pershing Rifle National Competition held recently in Jacksonville, Fla., including top honors in the Dual Armed Exhibition Drill featuring Dylan Baine of Independence and Adam Renn of Louisville.

The EKU team placed third overall among 20 teams. Renn finished second in Individual Exhibition and Stephanie Hammons, of Corbin, was third in the Regulation Knockout category. The group also brought back trophies in Regulation Platoon, Squad, Color Guard and Exhibition Platoon, and Squad Drill categories.

■ The Alpha Phi Sigma Epsilon chapter, a criminal justice and police studies honor society at Eastern Kentucky University, has earned first place in a national community service competition for the second consecutive year.

The EKU chapter's winning project involved raising funds to buy Christmas presents for the women and children at the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Center in Lexington, and throwing a Christmas party for them.

Five student members of the chapter were on hand at the APS national conference in Dallas, Texas, to accept the award: Seth Henderson, Berea; Robyn Hench, Lexington; Anne Blair, Columbia, Mo.; Hoai Robinette, Elizabethtown; and Polina Karpova, Gainesville, Va. They were joined by faculty adviser Dr. James Wells.

Karpova and Henderson also won individual awards. Karpova took first place in the graduate student criminal justice knowledge, earning a $500 scholarship. Henderson received a $250 scholarship from APS for the second consecutive year.

■ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selected Kelsey Shackelford for its prestigious internship program. From January to April she is serving as the Explore the Arts Intern in the Education Department of the Kennedy Center as part of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

Daughter of James and Deborah Shackelford, Kelsey is a native of Lexington. She graduated with high honors from the University of Kentucky in August 2011 with a bachelor's degree in arts management and was the recipient of both the Presidential Scholarship and the R.D. and Caroline Kirkpatrick Scholarship. She is currently working on her master's degree in community and leadership development, also at UK. Kelsey has previously worked as a development intern for LexArts and as a ticketing intern for the Spoleto Festival.

■ The Diocese of Lexington Middle School Spelling Bee Champion is Camryn Morin. Camryn is a 6th grader at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School in Lexington. Elementary school runner-up is Andy Negron. Andy is in 5th grade at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary. The Diocese of Lexington Spelling Bee was held on March 26 at Christ the King School in Lexington. There were 15 Diocese schools that participated.

■ Locust Trace AgriScience Farm is among the 2013 Kentucky Green Ribbon Schools, cited for its efforts with the environment, health and education. The Kentucky Department of Education also selected two elementary schools in Jefferson and Scott counties. All three will be recognized at the state's Earth Day event April 22 at the Capitol Education Center in Frankfort.

The Green Ribbon School Award recognizes efforts where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments. The 2013 awards were based on high achievements or demonstrated improvements in three areas: Net zero environmental impact; Net positive impact on health of students and staff; 100 percent of high school graduates environmentally and sustainability literate.

This is the second year KDE has named Green Ribbon Schools; Rosa Parks Elementary was among the 2012 recipients. Kentucky, 40 other states and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Education are participating in the 2012-13 program. The national award winner will be announced April 22 and honored June 3 in Washington, D.C.

Roger Cleveland has received the 2013 P.G. Peeples Equity and Excellence Achievement Award, which the Fayette County Equity Council presents to a school, organization or individual who has worked to better Lexington's school community.

Cleveland is an associate professor in educational leadership at Eastern Kentucky University and head of Millennium Learning Concepts, a consulting group. He accepted the award at the March 25 school board meeting.

Established in 2003, the award was named after Porter G. Peeples in recognition of his tireless service to Fayette County Public Schools. Peeples' vision and foresight helped establish a community-based monitoring and advisory group that supports equity and diversity in schools to ensure all students achieve success.

■ A pair of Winburn Middle School students received college scholarships for their performance in the 2013 state MATHCOUNTS competition, held March 23 in Lexington. Cici Mao finished third, and David Ma placed fourth. They squared off against more than 150 other math-letes from four dozen schools around Kentucky. The top-10 also included Winburn's Ben Xie in eighth place and Ronit Kar in ninth.

The top four finishers were awarded full-tuition, four-year scholarships to either the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville. Cici and David also won an expense-paid trip to the national MATHCOUNTS competition May 9-12 in Washington, D.C.

In the final statewide standings, Winburn came in third out of the 28 teams, and SCAPA at Bluegrass finished seventh.

MATHCOUNTS is a national math coaching and competition program designed to develop and strengthen math, science, leadership and teamwork skills.


Sayre School joins with LexArts Gallery Hop to showcase the works of ten Sayre alumni during the Gallery Hop 5-8 p.m., on April 19. Guests will enjoy the opportunity to visit the historic Sayre School campus and view the art exhibit in the "Old Sayre" administrative building, located on the front circle directly across from the intersection of Limestone and Second Street.

The following Sayre graduates spanning the past five decades of the school's history will exhibit their artwork: James Lyons '06, Hannah Goodman '05, Ellie Humes Atkinson '05, John Ginocchio '83, Jennifer Stephenson McLamb '82, John Lackey '81, Cary Tsamas '77, Joseph Petro III '73, Mary Jane Harper '69, and Helen Beach '66. Their collective works include photography, eco-friendly jewelry, block printing, portraits, architectural and abstract paintings. Celebrating the talents of Sayre's alumni artists, this exhibit highlights the school's ongoing commitment to incorporating fine arts in the curriculum.


Fayette County Public Schools contributed $53,946 to enhance the lives of Central Kentuckians through its 2012-13 United Way campaign, which included employee donations and student collections in the "Change for Change" drive. The money will go toward the United Way of the Bluegrass's efforts to improve the community through funding and programming in education, income and health areas — ultimately moving families from crisis to stability to sustainability.

This year's top employee campaigns were at Russell Cave Elementary, Jessie Clark Middle School, Southern Middle, Winburn Middle and Athens-Chilesburg Elementary. For their part, students brought in nearly $11,000 with Cassidy, Northern, Garden Springs, Russell Cave and Athens-Chilesburg elementaries leading the way.


David Clemmer has been named director of bands and assistant professor of music at Eastern Kentucky University. He will conduct the EKU Wind Ensemble, oversee graduate wind studies, and coordinate the athletic bands program.