Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

2012 Astronaut Scholar Brandon Kulengowski, left, astronaut Joe Kerwin, and 2013 Astronaut Scholars Tyler "T.J." Flynn and Josiah Hanna, both from the University of Kentucky and recipients of $10,000 scholarships.
2012 Astronaut Scholar Brandon Kulengowski, left, astronaut Joe Kerwin, and 2013 Astronaut Scholars Tyler "T.J." Flynn and Josiah Hanna, both from the University of Kentucky and recipients of $10,000 scholarships.


Sandersville Elementary has been named the winner in the Lexington Legends/Chick-fil-A "Hit the Books" contest for the second straight year after redeeming 265 bookmarks — more than any other participating school in Central Kentucky. Students and faculty were treated Oct. 17 to a chicken nugget party, with the Legends' Big L and the Chick-fil-A cow serving as hosts.

In this incentive program, a baseball diamond is used to record credit as a teacher initials a base for every book read. When all three bases and home plate are covered, the student may bring his Hit the Books bookmark to Whitaker Bank Ballpark and exchange it for two tickets.

Marcia Pierce, an Eastern Kentucky University faculty member, recently finished sixth in her category in an international fencing competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Pierce, associate professor of biological sciences and a faculty adviser for the EKU's fencing club, represented the United States on the age 50-59 Veteran Women's Épée Team in the 17th annual World Veteran Fencing Championships. Pierce defeated France's Corinn Aubilly, last year's gold medalist in the same event. She edged Aubilly in overtime before falling in the quarterfinals.

Pierce qualified through her third-place finishes at the Milwaukee North American Cup Tournament and the Reno North American Cup.

Currently ranked second in the United States in the Veteran 50-59 category, Pierce plans to continue competing for as long as she can.

"We had a bronze medalist from Louisville who fenced sabre in Bulgaria at the ripe old age of 75," Pierce said.

■ University of Kentucky faculty member Anita Lee-Post, who was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for this semester, is currently teaching and researching in Mongolia. Lee-Post, who joined the faculty of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics in 1990, is an associate professor of marketing and supply chain.

Lee-Post's host school is Mongolia International University, where subjects are taught in English. The university is located in the capital city of Ulan Bator, home to half of Mongolia's 3 million residents.

Lee-Post is not the only faculty member with University of Kentucky connections at Mongolia International University. Professor Noel Horton, from UK's toxicology program, is serving as the dean of academic affairs at the university.

Megan Yocum, a freshman at Berea College, has been named the winner in Viamedia's Lexington-area Hardee's $5,000 College Fund Sweepstakes. Berea College provides all of its admitted students with four-year tuition scholarships. By winning the $5,000 College Fund Sweepstakes, Yocum will have her tuition covered, which will allow Berea College to provide funding for another student. Lexington-based Viamedia is a provider of outsourced local advertising sales services.

■ Skylab astronaut Joe Kerwin visited the University of Kentucky to present students Tyler "T.J." Flynn and Josiah Hanna each with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation on Oct. 23 at the Engineering Commons, located in the Ralph G. Anderson Building.

During the visit, Kerwin shared his experiences as a NASA astronaut who lived and worked on the Skylab space station for 28 days in 1973.

Flynn, of Lexington, is a senior working toward a dual degree in mechanical engineering (with aerospace certificate) and physics. Hanna, also of Lexington, is a senior with a double major in computer science and mathematics and is a member of the honors program.

Astronaut scholarships are the largest monetary awards available to United States science, technology, engineering and math students and are based solely on merit. The foundation has awarded more than $3.7 million to students around the United States to date. UK students have earned a total of $141,000 from the foundation since 1998.