Education notes: June 5

Fayette County Education Association president Jessica Hiler, center, presented the FCEA Award for Teaching Excellence to Susan McLaughlin-Jones, left, and Sarah Ryder.
Fayette County Education Association president Jessica Hiler, center, presented the FCEA Award for Teaching Excellence to Susan McLaughlin-Jones, left, and Sarah Ryder.


Burger King has presented these Central Kentucky students with scholarships: Nada Shalash, Tates Creek High School; Nakia Ridgeway, Tates Creek High School; Allison Powell, home school, Lexington; Mackenzie Peavler, Anderson County High School, Lawrenceburg; Porsha Woodley, Montgomery County High School, Mount Sterling; Shawn Lewis, Madison Central High School, Richmond; Emily Hines, Danville Christian Academy, Danville; Cora Kerber, George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester; Brett Crosby, Scott County High School, Georgetown. Robin Perrin, a Burger King manager, also received a scholarship and will be returning to school. Woodley and Lewis are also employees of Burger King.

At its annual recognition luncheon, the 16th District PTA celebrated achievements in parent engagement and support of student achievement. The following programs were recognized: Cardinal Valley PTA, Overall Outstanding Programming; The Learning Center at Linlee, Outstanding Collaboration; Tates Creek High School PTSA, for its Campus Celebration; Wellington Elementary, Judy Whitmer Award; Morton Middle School, Harold L. Steele Award; Bryan Station High School, Ronald Walton Award. The highest percentage of PTA membership, based on student enrollment, went to Rosa Parks Elementary, Beaumont Middle School and Henry Clay High School. Other honors: Colleen Wolfe, Maggie Price Award for courage and devotion through volunteerism; Judi Conrad, Outstanding Leadership Award; Tom Shelton and Liza Holland, National PTA Life Achievement Award. The Kay Collins Award for 100 percent student participation in the Reflections art program went to: Dixie Elementary, Millcreek Elementary, Tates Creek Elementary and Lexington Traditional Magnet School.

The 16th District PTA has awarded scholarships to outstanding students from Fayette County's five high schools to continue their education.

Bryan Station High School — McKenzi Peace

Henry Clay High School — Anna Noble

Lafayette High School — Hilda Rivera

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School — Kamri Harris

Tates Creek High School — Armoni Stephens

For more information on the scholarships or to donate to the fund, please visit

Thirty-two students have been honored as members of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's 2013 All-Academic Team. Students from each of the 16 KCTCS colleges were chosen for the All-Academic Team based on academic performance and campus involvement. Each member of the All-Academic Team received a $500 gift, as well as scholarship opportunities to continue their education.

As part of a program sponsored by the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges, Ebony Nava was named the New Century Scholar for Kentucky.

In addition, Nava was the recipient of the $2,500 KCTCS Martha C. Johnson Scholarship. Johnson is the founding chair of the KCTCS Board of Regents.

The list of the All-Academic Scholars include:

Ashland Community and Technical College: Michelle Gollihue and Gregory McFarlin

Big Sandy Community and Technical College: Avram McCarty and Jennifer Miles

Bluegrass Community and Technical College: Christopher Cool and Elizabeth Mirsky

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College: Wayne Mason and Samuel Pierce

Gateway Community and Technical College: Dale Kidwell and Ashley Marthaler

Hazard Community and Technical College: Theresa Combs and Daniel Cornett

Henderson Community and Technical College: Ashleigh Bibbler and Lisa Miller

Hopkinsville Community College: Elen Hernandez and Malcolm Holland

Jefferson Community and Technical College: Don Poe II and Joseph Tucker

Madisonville Community College: Linda Robertson and Christian Sharp

Maysville Community and Technical College: George Shoemaker and Steven Warren

Owensboro Community and Technical College: Michael Church and Brandon Lee

Somerset Community College: Courtney Clontz and Debora Lasure

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College: Sarah Petranek and David Theis

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College: Dakota Calton and Zachary Howard

West Kentucky Community and Technical College: Roy Henley and Kevin Quinn

For the 11th year, Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to six Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and commitment to the environment. The 2013 recipients are Dylan Sarkisian and Olivia Cottrell of Henry Clay High School, Blaine Bailey of Woodford County High School, Nia Johnson and Jaylen Beatty of Tates Creek High School, and Travis Watts of East Jessamine High School. Each student receives a $500 award for use at a higher education institution.

Logan Gardner, a graduate of Henry Clay High School, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Regions Bank. Gardner was one of 32 students in the 16 states Regions serves to win a Regions Riding Forward Scholarship.

A group of eighth-graders from Jessie Clark Middle School took first place in 2013's late spring session of the statewide Stock Market Game. Tommy Adkins, Mohammad Bader, Aldon Cormney and Patrick Gibson increased their portfolio's worth from the $100,000 initial investment to $109,300 during the eight-week competition; that represented a rate of return of 5.23 percent over the S&P 500 growth.

The Jessie Clark students were guided by life skills teacher Che Farris. The awards luncheon was May 22 in Louisville, where they received $300, a trophy and certificates, and t-shirts.

Two students in Fayette County Public Schools have earned honors in the National PTA's 2013 Reflections contest.

Myo Zan of Morton Middle School received an Award of Merit for "Beaches," and Jackson Gonzales of Liberty Elementary for "Memorable Moments with a Frozen Ice Crystal." Both literature pieces also won at the state level as Zan and Gonzales were among the 13 FCPS students whose first-place awards qualified them for the national competition.

Several students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School won awards at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 12-17 in Phoenix.

Vincent Cao and Valerie Sarge were among 12 winners of all-expenses-paid trips to Geneva, Switzerland, to tour CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and operator of the Large Hadron Collider and other particle accelerators. Sarge also received a second-place award in Energy & Transportation, which includes having a newly discovered asteroid named after her; and a fourth-place award of $1,500 from the King Abdul-Aziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity.

Cao (physics and astronomy) and Petra Ronald (behavioral sciences) received fourth-place awards of $500, and Trevor Krolak (cellular and molecular biology) received an honorable mention certificate from the Endocrine Society.

Jessie Li (biochemistry) and Nina Elliot (chemistry) also qualified for ISEF by finishing among the top three students at either the regional or the state science and engineering fair earlier this spring.

Intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world's largest international science contest for grades 9—12. More than 7 million students began in this year's competition, and only 1,600 advanced to Phoenix. Team Kentucky, made up of 17 students from Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky, received a record 13 awards. AP biology teacher Heidi Anderson mentored the Dunbar students.


Robert S. Weise, an Appalachian scholar and professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University, has been reappointed to the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board, representing architectural historians. The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board includes 11 members appointed by the governor. Weise's term expires July 15, 2015.


The 16th District PTA has named new officers for the 2013-2015 term: Kathy Smiley, president; Ruth Revis, 2nd vice president, membership; Liz Hill, treasurer; Adrienne Thakur, recording secretary; Denise Bauer. corresponding secretary.


Whitesburg High School is holding an all classes reunion Aug. 16-18 at the Hilton Downtown Lexington. The cost is $60 per person, which covers a Saturday night banquet and social functions throughout the weekend. Send a check or money order payable to WHS Reunion, to Bert Francis, 138 Caleast Road, Richmond, KY 40475. For more info, call Bert at (859) 200-9812.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at (859) 231-9000.The group code is WHIT13.