■ The P.E.O. Sisterhood (Chapter J) has granted Aimee Lynne-Hirschowitz a $3,000 Continuing Education Scholarship. These awards are for women whose studies have been interrupted. Lynne-Hirschowitz, a senior architecture major with a background in the fine arts, plans a career teaching design courses at the college level.
■ Science teacher Susan McLaughlin-Jones of Lafayette High School and art teacher Sarah Ryder of Deep Springs Elementary are recipients of the inaugural FCEA Award for Teaching Excellence, presented at a May 16 reception.
Recipients of the award, which includes a $500 check, are chosen based on professional practice, advocacy for the profession, community engagement, leadership in professional development and attention to diversity.
■ The following were named winners of the Book Report Contest for the Kentucky Horse Park's fourth-grade program: first place, Allison Redden of Northern Elementary in Pendleton County, Jessica Murrell, teacher; second place, Dylan Pennington of Star Elementary in Carter County, K. W. Sexton, teacher; third place, Dylan Taylor of Huntertown Elementary in Versailles, Stephanie Lanter, teacher.
■ The Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C. has honored Bryan Station High School and Liberty Elementary, which are part of the Spanish Immersion Program in Fayette County Public Schools.
Bryan Station will receive a School of the Year Award for Academic Excellence in Spanish for effective methods of integrating content and language learning. The award includes a $5,000 check for the school, various teaching materials and an online course for staff.
Liberty Elementary has been tapped as a new member of the International Spanish Academies, which recognizes K-12 schools implementing a high-quality immersion program. Benefits of membership include visiting teachers, continuing education summer courses in Spain, pedagogical support and partnerships with Spanish schools.
■ The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) hosted its 10th annual national tournament May 9 through 11 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville with more than 9,400 students competing.
Beaumont Middle School, competing for the fourth year, placed 39th out of 158 teams in its division. The top female shooter was Gillian Bruce, who finished 211th, and the top male shooter was Paul McIntyre, who placed 88th.
In the high school division, 156 teams competed. Paul Laurence Dunbar, appearing in its third straight national contest, recorded the highest score ever shot by a Fayette County archery team (3,295) and ranked 41st in the tournament. The top male shooter was senior Satya Alluri, who finished 17th overall. Erin Patrick, a junior, placed 92nd in the female division.
Lafayette High School, in its second year offering archery, finished 46th overall. The team was led by freshman Seanna Bryant, at 25th in the female division. The top male shooter, junior Mason Griffin, placed 208th.
The brand new Tates Creek High School team placed 120th. This group was led by junior Tyler May, who was 691st in the male division. Zoe Fister, a freshman, finished 399th in the female division.
■ Matthew J. Martin, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Kentucky-Tennessee District Kiwanis Foundation for Martin's continued education.
■ Forty-seven students from across Kentucky and Ohio competed in the fifteenth annual Nathaniel Patch Piano Competition on April 13 at the President's Room of the Singletary Center at the University of Kentucky.
Among the winners were several students from local schools:
Elementary A: Ben Duttlinger, Clays Mill Elementary, honorable mention; Shelby Moreland, Home School, Corbin, honorable mention. Middle School: Andy Du, Tates Creek Middle School, second place; Amy Wang, Winburn Middle School, third place; Erik Han, Tates Creek Middle School, honorable mention; David Moore, West Jessamine Middle School, Nicholasville, honorable mention. High School: Alice Li, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, second place:
■ The 16th District PTA installed new officers at its annual recognition luncheon on May 15 at Fasig-Tipton. Taking the reins for 2013-15 is Kathy Smiley. Other incoming officers are Ruth Revis, vice-president membership; Adrienne Thakur, secretary; Denise Bauer, corresponding secretary and Liz Hill, treasurer. All except the treasurer took office immediately; Hill will step in after this year's books are closed. Judi Conrad, the 16th District's founding president 20 years ago, received the Outstanding Leadership Award for her years of service. The PTA also awarded $1,000 scholarships to five high school seniors: McKenzi Peace of Bryan Station, Anna Noble of Henry Clay, Hilda Rivera of Lafayette, Kamri Harris of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Armoni Stephens of Tates Creek.
■ The SCAPA at Bluegrass middle school band, under the direction of Robin Barker and assistant Karen Akel, has been selected for the Magna Cum Laude Award sponsored by Women Band Directors International. The honor recognizes concert band programs from middle schools and junior highs with enrollment of 600 or fewer students that have demonstrated high standards of musical excellence.
■ Amanda Slone and Kirby Sowder Lewis, both of Lexington and employees at Lexington Chick-fil-A restaurants, are among the 25 winners across the country of the S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award. The award honors those who have displayed leadership and accomplishment in school, work and within the community.
Slone and Lewis, graduates of Lafayette High School, were to be honored at a celebration at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 2514 Nicholasville Road.
■ Teams from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School took first and second place in the 2013 Kentucky Envirothon, held May 9 and 10 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Education and Leadership Center.
The state champion group includes Lauren Comberger, Emma Daugherty, Lydia Livas, Ellinor Tai and Maria Wang. They advance to the North American Envirothon scheduled for Aug. 4-9 in Bozeman, Mont., where the focus is sustainable rangeland management.
The runner-up team included Seony Han, Alice Liu, Will Oldham, Lizzie Walsh and Mike Yang. Another Dunbar team, made up of all freshmen, finished seventh in the state: Jinny Han, Theo Livas, Jasmine Liu, George Simpson and Lucy Yang.
■ Benjamin Swanson, a student at Henry Clay High School, has been awarded one of approximately 625 National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarships for 2013-14. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.
The scholarship enables Benjamin to study Arabic in Morocco for the summer. The scholarship covers all program costs for participants including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; language testing; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; meals; and accommodations, usually with a host family.
■ Gabe Baczkowski, a senior at Bryan Station High School, has won the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, for Kentucky's 6th District. His scratchboard piece, Atticus, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year along with winning artwork from other congressional districts across the country. Gabe was invited to travel to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, for a reception.
■ As a community service project, Bryan Station High School seniors Victoria Jenkins and Gabe Baczkowski worked together on a painting for the Oleika Shriners' new museum. The artwork features two eagles flying overhead, representing the men who started the Shriners in 1870. The hatching egg marks the 1908 birth of Oleika Shrine Temple, which moved from North Broadway to Southland Drive in the mid-1950s.
The Shriners will sell prints of Gabe and Victoria's artwork with proceeds going to the museum fund. For details, call (859) 277-6869.
■ Faculty and staff from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System were recognized for leadership and significant achievements at an awards ceremony May 20 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.
Summer Holland, administrative assistant for the Advising Center at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, was honored as the Administrative Staff Award of Excellence recipient. Gerald Napoles, chief academic affairs officer at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, was honored as the Support Staff Award of Excellence recipient. Michael Nyagol, assistant professor of mathematics at Hazard Community and Technical College, was honored as the Faculty Award of Excellence recipient. Each received $1,000 to be used for the professional development.
Both faculty and staff honorees were nominated by their college for their innovative and significant achievements, as well as service to students and their communities.
Local honorees included those from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College: Rae Ann Gill, instructional specialist III, Administrative Staff Award; Jane Goatley, director of human resources, Support Staff Award; Tim "X" Davis, associate professor of humanities, Faculty Award.
And at the KCTCS System Office in Versailles: Kelly Tackett, executive administrative assistant, Administrative Staff Award; Kim Haydon, director of end user support, Support Staff Award.