Education news of interest in Central Kentucky.


■ A quick-recall team from Winburn Middle School won the annual Bate Middle School Academic Invitational in Danville, topping a field of 28 teams from 13 schools across the state. Winburn's "A" team, which went 12-0 through the Jan. 11 tournament, included Shashank Bhatt, Max Bograd, Zsombor Gal and David Ma.

Winburn's "B" team, made up of Gus Carlson, Hannah Wang, Jason Wang and Nicole Wong, also competed in Danville, which was a warm-up for this month's Governor's Cup contests.

The Bate Invitational was the second tournament in which Winburn's "A" squad went undefeated; in the fall, they won the Campbell County Middle School NAQT Classic with a 10-0 record. These two championships have qualified Winburn for two national tournaments.

Andrea Marcum, a 21-year veteran at Arlington Elementary, has been named Elementary School Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Educators Association. She will be recognized Feb. 7 during KMEA's state conference in Louisville.

Marcum earned her degree in music education at Pikeville College and her master's at the University of Kentucky. Before joining Fayette County Public Schools, she taught for six years in Perry County. Since 2002, she has served as teacher leader for UK's cadre of the Kentucky Reading Project, helping classroom teachers learn to integrate music into literacy instruction. In addition to KMEA, she is a member of the National Association for Music Education, KoSA (drum and percussion) and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.


The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is offering its winter education program — Learning about Airplanes and Aviation — with a focus on the application of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through Aviation at the Aviation Museum at Bluegrass Airport. The class will meet 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For ages 10-12 the class will meet Jan. 25, March 1 and April 1. For ages 13-15, class will meet Feb. 15, March 15 and May 3. Cost is $45 per person per day. The program includes snack and lunch. Advance registration is required. Activities and topics include the following: Computer Flight Simulation, Cockpit Instruments, Airplane Design, Navigation, Flight Planning, Propulsion, Flight Maps, and more. For more information about the program and how to register, contact Kurt Jefferson at (859) 353-0467 or email

Bluegrass Community and Technical College recently sponsored its annual Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies & Institutional Inclusiveness Conference. Three community leaders were presented with the MOSAIIC Award, which is given to a BCTC faculty or staff member, a student, a community member or an institution with a proven commitment to diversity. This year's award recipients were: Mattie Morton, program administrator, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Youth Services; Jerry Sturdivant, production manager, powertrain, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; and Rev. Richard Gaines, Consolidated Baptist Church.


■ At the Jan. 14 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education, Georgetown College Admissions Counselor Madison Osborne announced, starting with the freshman class of 2014, all Scott County High School graduates will be awarded a renewable $2,000 scholarship to attend Georgetown College. Superintendent Patricia Putty expressed appreciation for this partnership to Osborne and Michael Greene, president of Georgetown College.

Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization that helps to raise educational attainment levels in the Fifth Congressional District, is seeking nominations for the Appalachian Leaders in Education Awards. Now in its third year, the AppLE Awards recognize leaders in education, including local parent and student groups, who have made significant contributions to promote and support education in Forward in the Fifth's 45-county primary service region.

Forward in the Fifth will accept nominations for the 2014 AppLE Awards through Feb. 28. Individuals or groups may self-nominate. Categories for nominations include: educator (early childhood, K-12, higher education, adult education), community/business leader, parent or parent group and student or student group. Additional information, including former AppLE Award winners, eligibility requirements, nomination forms, and a flyer can be accessed at or by contacting Forward in the Fifth at (606) 677-6000 or Finalists will be notified by Forward in the Fifth, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Center for Rural Development in April.


■ Kentucky's Governor's School for Entrepreneurs is accepting applications from Kentucky high school students for its 2014 summer program. The application deadline is Jan. 31. Application details are available online at

GSE is an immersive, hands-on residential summer experience similar to Kentucky's other Governor's School programs, the session will be held June 22 through July 12 at Georgetown College.

The GSE selection process looks for students who thrive in an imaginative and innovative environment and function well on a team. Grades and test scores are not considered. To apply, students must complete an online application, upload a 2-minute video and submit two recommendations. There is no application fee and no cost to attend the program if selected.