Education notes: May 15


Christ the King choir students participated in the Music in the Parks Competition in Cincinnati and received a superior rating for their performance. Their repertoire selection included Bilbo's Riddle by Kevin Stannard, and Non Nobis, Domine by William Byrd. Jeremy M. Howard is the music teacher and choir director at CKS.

The following CKS choir students participated: Tyler Boggs, Wyatt Combs, Anna Hamilton, Elise Minion, Hannah Mudd, Cassidy Noland, Lucy Boone Pannell, Mary Michael Reynolds, Daryn Russell, Shelby Russell, Connor Sutton, Maggie Vollet, Maddie Yohon, Cooper Canada, Bridget Anne Cashman, Carson Crush, Claire Dilger, Leigh Ann Shifflett, Madison Shifflett, Jordan Skinner, Thomas Swerczek, Caroline Thomas, Lauren Weiss, Abbey Willmoth, Joseph Turcotte, Lucy Dever, Christy Alfaro, Nick Minion, Jack Healy, Charlotte Archer, Jax Benson, Grace Pentecost, Joseph Westman, Marjorie Agbor, Mary Dyster, Nina Ryan, Abby Sutton.

Patrick Snyder, a senior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., has received his second U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship in as many years to study Arabic. Patrick is the son of Darlene and Steven Snyder of Versailles.

The P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood, Chapter J, has awarded Roshnee Raithatha, a senior at Henry Clay High School, its $2,500 STAR scholarship for high school girls. The award recognizes excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success. Roshnee will attend Harvard University in the fall and plans a career in medicine.

■ The following area schools have been designated 2012 NCEA Higher Performing Schools in Kentucky: Bourbon County: North Middletown Elementary; Clark County: Pilot View Elementary; Fayette County: Ashland Elementary; Athens-Chilesburg Elementary; Beaumont Middle School; Cassidy Elementary; Glendover Elementary; Julius Marks Elementary; Meadowthorpe Elementary; Morton Middle School; Picadome Elementary; Rosa Parks Elementary; SCAPA at Bluegrass; Veterans Park Elementary; Franklin County: Collins Lane Elementary; Madison County: Silver Creek Elementary and While Hall Elementary; and Scott County: Garth Elementary and Royal Springs Middle School. Higher performing schools are identified by the National Center for Educational Achievement as elementary, middle, and high schools that have outperformed their peers with similar student populations over a three-year period.

Team Pistachio from Beaumont Middle School, made up of Elyse Brumfield, Ellen Danford, Francesca Macchiavello and Meilin Scanish, is the statewide eighth-grade winner in the 2013 eCYBERMISSION competition. The team's adviser was science teacher Patrick Goff. Administered by the National Science Teachers Association, eCYBERMISSION encourages students in grades 6-9 to develop solutions to real-world problems in their communities.

Lyric Grimes, a senior in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Tates Creek High School, is among four Kentucky students selected for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. This year 1,000 new students will receive good-through-graduation scholarships to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the accredited college or university of their choosing.

Lyric will attend Oberlin College near Cleveland and will major in library science and linguistics with a focus on Chinese. Lyric plays cello in the Tates Creek orchestra and serves as a school library aide and an usher at her church.

Brenna Wallin, a sixth-grader at Lexington Traditional Magnet School, was among 30 national semifinalists in the "Iron Man 3" Inventor and Innovator Fair. Brenna's project focused on detecting radiation in fish that were affected by the Fukushima power plant disaster.

Earlier this semester, Brenna won the middle school Best of Fair award in physical science at the Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair. Her radiation project also took first place in the environmental sciences category. Brenna will next compete in the Broadcom MASTERS.

Nora Berrong Reichert, a kindergartner at Rosa Parks Elementary, has won a $1,500 college savings account with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust in the 2013 Dream Out Loud Challenge. Nora's drawing included the words: "After college I will teach people how to read ... so their dreams will come true, too!"

The Challenge invited students in grades K-6 to submit an original poem, drawing, video or essay answering the question "How will I change the world after college?" Nora's entry was the only drawing among the half-dozen statewide winners. Each child's school will also receive $500. More than 1,600 entries were submitted from across the Commonwealth.

■ Five University of Kentucky students and one recent graduate have been selected to receive government-funded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowships will present the students with more than $100,000 each to use toward research-based master's or doctoral degrees.

NSF fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

UK's newest NSF fellows are: Sean Michael Ehlman, a 2011 biology graduate; Paul Michael Hime, a doctoral candidate studying biology; Catherine "Katie" Nicole Kaminski, a doctoral candidate studying molecular and cellular biochemistry; Anastasia Marie Kruse, a doctoral candidate studying chemical engineering; Luis Sordo Vieira, a doctoral candidate studying mathematics; and David Stephen Spencer, a graduating senior studying chemical engineering.

Quiera Chambers of Tates Creek High School was named the 2013 Youth Achiever of the Year at the YMCA of Central Kentucky Black Achievers' awards program on April 27. Several other Fayette County students also received scholarships based on their Black Achievers' senior packet score, number of years and attendance in the program, GPA and ACT scores: Bryan Station High School — Curtis Francis, Tamera Glover, Isaiah Lewis, Shaleigha Richard and Ismael Webb; Henry Clay High School — Mariah May; Lafayette High School — Dariane Lyle; Paul Laurence Dunbar High School — Ataria Miller; Tates Creek High School — Jaylen Beatty, Quiera Chambers, Gabrielle Christian, Tatiyana Dean, Kayla Denton, Michelle Fee, Nia Johnson, Nakia Ridgeway and Jaletha Smoak.

■ Technology Student Association clubs from Southern Middle, Lexington Traditional Magnet and Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek high schools snagged a total of 17 first-place awards at the Technology Student Association's 2013 statewide conference, and Southern student Michael Head was elected 2013-2014 KYTSA secretary.

In addition, Southern sponsor Staci Davis received the KYTSA Outstanding Recognition Award for her service to the organization, and Jennifer Williams of LTMS was named Kentucky's TSA Adviser of the Year.

■ 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, Madeleine Farrer took top honors in sculpture, and Neena Phan of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School placed first in fashion design. Madeleine also received an honorable mention in painting.


The Centre Investment Society, a student economics group, has been given $100,000 by the Centre College Board of Trustees to start up and manage an investment fund. The Society is made up of about 30 students who have researched and analyzed four sectors: domestic equity, international equity, fixed income and real estate/alternative investments. Ryan Arey, a Centre sophomore, will serve as the chief operating officer of the fund.

Any profits will be put back into the fund, and in the future, into scholarships.


Applications for the Bill Ferzacca Education Scholarship. Two $2,500 Bill Ferzacca Education Scholarships will be awarded to students intending to earn a BA/BS degree in Early Childhood Education and committed to teaching in a Head Start classroom. Applicants must reside in or attend school in Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, Nicholas, Madison or Scott counties.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 5. Call Kathy Hughes at Community Action Council for more information, (859) 244-2211 or email

Horse Farm Workers Educational Assistance Fund has scholarships available for children of Thoroughbred horse farm workers who plan to attend college or technical training after high school. Awards are based on financial need, merit, written essay and a personal interview. Call (859) 269-1719 for an application.