Education notes: May 8

Featured speaker 
at Medtech graduation 
Medtech College student Keshawn Powell, a Georgetown resident and a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, was the student representative speaker at the April 19 graduation at NorthEast Christian Church. Powell recently completed the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist AAS program at Medtech.
Featured speaker at Medtech graduation Medtech College student Keshawn Powell, a Georgetown resident and a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, was the student representative speaker at the April 19 graduation at NorthEast Christian Church. Powell recently completed the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist AAS program at Medtech.


■ Eastern Kentucky University senior Seth Henderson has been accepted into the Summer Research Opportunities program at Harvard University. Henderson is a political science and criminal justice major from Berea.

■ A team of juniors at Tates Creek High School is among the regional winners in Kentucky's spring 2013 Stock Market Game. Andrew Hey, Daniel Wallace and Gabriel Fardin received certificates and T-shirts, and are invited to the May 22 statewide awards banquet in Louisville.

In the contest, students in grades 4-12 received a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks and mutual funds using a live-Internet trading simulation. They tried to create the best-performing portfolio by researching and evaluating companies and stock data. The Tates Creek team, guided by teacher Eric Jackson, wound up with a portfolio valued at $102,423.

■ Three artists from Fayette County Public Schools brought home first-place awards from the Kentucky Art Education Association's 2013 all-state competition. Lafayette High School's Elaine Barkley won in mixed media, while Madeleine Farrer took top honors in sculpture. Neena Phan of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School placed first in fashion design. Farrer also received an honorable mention in painting.

■ More than 50 elementary school students competed in the annual Edward T. Houlihan III Fayette County History Fair at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center on April 20.

These fifth-graders submitted prize-winning projects:

1st place: Bailey James Knight, Tates Creek Elementary, "Prohibition"

2nd place: Abby Gottesman, Dixie Magnet Elementary, "Suffrage Movement"

3rd place: Grigsby Lovaas, Veterans Park Elementary, "Transcontinental Railroad"

SCAPA at Bluegrass won the junior division championship in the Kentucky High School Speech League's state tournament for the 16th straight year. First-place winners setting the pace this spring were Leila Abou-Jaoude in extemporaneous speaking and Tamia Bowden in solo acting. SCAPA runners-up included Kelsey Hutchison in broadcast announcing, Azure Rowe in declamation, Callaway Stivers in prose and Josh Andreatta in public speaking.

In the senior division, Henry Clay High School received a "School of Excellence" award. Henry Clay's Harris Qazi and Gus Logson took second place in the Varsity Public Forum Debate, and Paul Laurence Dunbar's Sahil Nair was second speaker. In the Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Henry Clay's Ben Swanson was the top speaker and earned runner-up honors.

Linda Dewees, a math teacher at Henry Clay High School, has received the 2013 John R. Bryden Great Teacher Award from the Rotary Club of Lexington.

Dewees, who was nominated by students Jennifer Sato and Rob Schrader, will receive $1,000.

Students also were recognized at the April 18 awards program. Leia Wedlund of Paul Laurence Dunbar was named Rotary Scholar and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. A student in the MSTC program at Dunbar, Leia scored a perfect 36 on her ACT and a 5 on all seven of her AP exams.

The Rotary Club also named one senior from each school to the All-Fayette County High School Academic Team. Each receives a $700 scholarship: Susannah Crouch of Bryan Station, Macy Early of Henry Clay, Caroline Balling of Lafayette, Jacob Sanchez of Dunbar, Kristen Craig of Tates Creek, Renee Brown of Lexington Catholic, Emily Rhoads of Lexington Christian and Mason Hill of Sayre.. Early also was awarded the W. Emmet Milward Julep Cup as the team member who distinguished herself in extracurricular activities, honors, organizations and service.

■ Transylvania University philosophy professor Peter Fosl has been named the first recipient of the David Hume Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Beginning in September through February 2014, he'll pursue research at the university, present his findings, and engage with other international scholars in the university's academic community.

The fellowship was established as part of the university's year-long celebration of the tercentenary of the birth of David Hume on April 22, 1711. Applications were accepted from Hume scholars around the world.

The Class of 2015 at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky will include four students from Fayette County Public Schools: Taha Husain and William Walters of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Dimitri Leggas of Lafayette High and John Meyers III of Tates Creek High. They will complete their junior and senior years living in Schneider Hall and taking courses at Western Kentucky University, graduating with at least 60 college credit hours.

■ University of Kentucky Associate Professor Buck Ryan, director of the Citizen Kentucky Project of the University of Kentucky's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, was a featured speaker in Lyon, France, in April at a "New Media in Russia" conference.

Ryan was invited to speak by the director of the Press Development Institute-Siberia. Also, in April he was honored as "A Teacher Who Made a Difference," by UK's College of Education. In March, Ryan received the Elizabeth B. Dickey Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, based in Columbia, S.C.

Brittany Neaves, a senior accounting major from Mt. Sterling, has been recognized as the 2013 Phi Kappa Phi Eastern Kentucky University Chapter Fellowship Award recipient during the honor society's induction ceremony on April 5.

As this year's Chapter Fellowship winner, Neaves will serve as EKU's nominee for the national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, where she will compete for awards up to $15,000. Since her junior year, Neaves has worked for the accounting firm of Dean Dorton Allen Ford and has been accepted into a master's degree program in accounting.

Michael Austin, professor of philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University, has won a prize from The Character Project for a book he co-edited with Doug Geivett, Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life. Awards were presented in three areas: the psychology of character, the philosophy of character, and the theology of character. A chapter from "Being Good" — "Courage," by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung — also won an award. A full list of prize winners can be seen at

■ The Eastern Kentucky University College of Justice and Safety recently recognized the achievements of two justice and safety practitioners and one student.

Ronnie Bastin, police chief for Lexington-Fayette Urban County, was recognized as the College's Distinguished Professional and LaDonna Thompson, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, was presented with the Dean's Award.

The Distinguished Graduate Student award was presented to First Lt. Heath Bergmann from the School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

Bergmann, an active duty Army officer stationed in Afghanistan, appeared live via Skype during the ceremony.

Evelyn Parrish, co-director of the EKU Online graduate nursing programs at Eastern Kentucky University, has been inducted as the 2013-14 president of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses at the organization's 15th annual meeting in San Antonio in April.

Lindsey Bell of Tates Creek High School and Eleanor Liu of Winburn Middle School will participate in the Individual Future Problem Solving international contest June 6-9 at Indiana University after their performance in the state competition this semester.

Paul Laurence Dunbar's marching band has been invited to perform in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 175 bands applied and only 10 were chosen to march in the New York City parade. Dunbar's marching band last participated in the parade in 2007.

■ Nearly 5,000 students from across Kentucky competed in the Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship on March 28 in Lexington.

Julius Marks Elementary led the way for Fayette County Public Schools with several honors including a "Best in Region." In addition, district technology resource teacher Leanna Prater received an Ambassador Award; and Jason Sturgill, STLP coordinator at Lafayette High School, received a Beth Henderson 120 Percent Effort Award.

STLP is a project-based learning program that allows students in all grade levels to use technology to problem-solve, create content, learn and achieve.

■ Six Kentucky high school seniors have been named winners in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition that honors black youth.

The following Kentucky seniors will receive one-time $2,500 scholarships. Tatiyana Dean, Tates Creek High School; Roshnee Raithatha, Henry Clay High School; Chidinma H. Nnoromele, Model Laboratory School, Richmond; Leeya G. Mengistu, Somerset High School; Brittany R. Stokan, Elizabethtown High School; and Marissa B. Davis, Paducah Tilghman High School.


■ Beginning this fall, St. Agatha Academy in Winchester will adopt a classical Catholic curriculum. From Montessori Kindergarten through 8th grade, each year will correspond with a different historical era, from the Cradle of Civilization through Greek, Roman, Medieval, Modern, and American history. New student registration is open. For more information, visit


■ Eastern Kentucky University's STEM-H Institute will partner with the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative to host its fifth annual conference "Reaching for the Stars" on June 7 on the school's Richmond campus.

Conference attendees will explore career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, and learn how to help girls overcome roadblocks to their success in these fields.

Registration will be online through May 31 at The registration fee for the conference is $30 per person.

In conjunction with the conference, EKU will host a Girls STEM Day from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for girls in grades 6-12. The registration for the Girls STEM Day is also online through May 31 at Cost is $15 per person.

Check-in for both events begins at 8:30 a.m. at EKU Hummel Planetarium. The conference and Girls STEM Day begin at 9 a.m.