Education Notes: July 17


Regan Strehl, an 11-year-old Lexington student, is Kentucky's winner in the nationwide 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Regan, a rising sixth-grader at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, submitted a recipe for raisin bran muffins that the judges deemed creative, tasty, affordable and healthy.

Regan and 53 other youngsters visited Washington, D.C., July 9 to attend the second annual Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House, where they met First Lady Michelle Obama. The lunch featured a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden.

Regan reworked one of her favorite recipes to lower the carb count after her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, according to her mother, Debbie Strehl.

Children ages 8 to 12 submitted more than 1,300 recipes for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which is sponsored by the first lady's "Let's Move!", the U.S. Department of Education and Epicurious. Visit later this month for pictures from the Kids' "State Dinner" and a free downloadable cookbook with the winning recipes.

Beaumont Middle School topped the 2013 World Fit Walk national competition, logging an average of 5 miles per student per day and a total 225,561 miles. Southern Middle finished fourth among large schools with a daily average of 2.7 miles per student, and Lexington Traditional Magnet tied for fifth place with 2.5 miles. World Fit emphasizes the importance of lifelong fitness and the Olympic values of perseverance, respect and fair play. An FCPS school has won the national title since the outset of the annual six-week contest: Beaumont in 2010, Morton in 2011, Winburn in 2012 and now Beaumont again.

In the large-schools category, Morton tied for seventh place, Winburn tied for ninth, Jessie Clark was 11th, Leestown tied for 14th, Tates Creek Middle finished 16th and Bryan Station Middle was 19th. Among small schools, Crawford and SCAPA at Bluegrass tied at No. 21.

High school students from across the Commonwealth gathered in Louisville recently to participate in "Why Choose Law: Diversity Matters," a program encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds to become lawyers and practice law in Kentucky. The program was sponsored by the Kentucky Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.

Program participants included:

Matthew Bunnell and Justin O'Dell, Barren County High School, Glasgow; Alexandrea Staser, Henderson County High School, Henderson; Mike Loyselle, Lafayette High School, Lexington; Kevely Dumay and Prathyusha Matam, Dunbar High School, Lexington; Dylan Render, Doss High School, Louisville; Dorothea Barbour, Alexia Boyd, Cris Casteneda, Jamitra Fulleord, and Andrea Wilson, Central High School, Louisville; Kaitlyn Yates, Bullitt East High School, Mt. Washington; Scarlett Borchers, Owen County High School, Owenton; and Dakota Prewitt, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville.


The Lafayette Alumni Association will host its annual reunion dinner/meeting at 6 p.m. July 19 at Central Christian Church. The Lafayette Hall of Fame recipient is Olympian and world champion in track and field, Tyson Gay, who will be honored at the dinner.

Lynley Nicole Durbin is the 2013-14 recipient of the Lafayette Alumni Scholarship ($1,000 per semester) and will also be introduced at the dinner.

For more information or reservations, call (859) 278-1489.