■ Midway College life trustee Mira Ball will receive the Midway College Legacy Award at the Inaugural Spotlight Awards on June 5. The Legacy Award honors those who have had an impact on Midway College over a period of many years by giving time, service, support and/or resources.
Ball has served on the Midway College Board of Trustees since 1990 and was its first female chair. She was elected life trustee in 2000.
Ball serves as chief financial officer of Ball Homes, LLC. Ball Homes was incorporated in 1959 by Mira and her husband, Don.
For more information about the event or to buy tickets, call (859) 846-5300 or go to Midway.edu/spotlight.
■ Southern Elementary and Tates Creek Middle schools prevailed in the 2014 Battle of the Books reading incentive program, a series of competitions for Fayette County Public Schools. Cassidy Elementary was runner-up in the May 12 elementary finals at It's About Kids Support Services, followed by Rosa Parks and Julius Marks. In the April 24 middle schools showdown, Beaumont placed second and Bryan Station came in third.
Twenty-six schools participated in this year's Battle of the Books, which encourages students to read with particular attention to detail.
■ Wils Quinn, a freshman at the STEAM Academy, was named a finalist in this year's Western Kentucky Film Festival high school competition. Quinn's entry, Veggies Don't Bleed, promoted the idea of being a vegetarian. It was one of six contenders in the experimental category.
■ Traci Gross Rust, the art teacher at Arlington Elementary School, has received the 2014 FCEA Award for Teaching Excellence from the Fayette County Education Association. She was nominated for supporting teacher rights, keeping members informed of current legislation, encouraging school employees to contact legislators, listening and finding solutions to problems at her school, and working to improve teacher and staff morale. The award includes a $500 check.
■ Associate Professor Buck Ryan, director of the Citizen Kentucky Project of the University of Kentucky's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, was honored at UK as a Teacher Who Made a Difference, being nominated by honors student Stephanie Driskill, whose research project on young voters in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky was presented by classmates Austin Sprinkles and Tori Osborne at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Ryan also served as a mentor to Samantha Rogers, whose research on young voters in the 2012 presidential election was presented at a Harvard University conference. Ryan, who will teach at Shanghai University in June, published an essay, "Journalism Education: A New Deal for Russia and China, Too," as part of a special series on education for an international news site.
■ Eastern Kentucky University has been rated among the best in the 2014 Best Online Psychology Degree Program Rankings from Bestonlinecolleges.org. EKU is the only Kentucky school to be included on the list.
Determining factors for the 2014 rankings included student engagement and the accessibility and responsiveness of instructors, availability of resources, student retention rates, graduation rates and likelihood of students to find jobs in their field after graduation.
Reviewers also considered faculty credentials, accreditation and instructor-student ratio. For more information, go to Go.eku.edu/EKUPsychologyBest.
■ The 16th Annual Nathaniel Patch Piano Competition, sponsored by the Bluegrass Area Teachers Association, was held March 22 in the President's Room at the Singletary Center for the Arts of the University of Kentucky. Thirty-seven students from Kentucky and Ohio took part in the event. Adjudicators were Michael Sitton, dean of the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, Potsdam, and Mark Tollefsen of Kentucky State University.
Andy Du, a seventh-grader at Tates Creek Middle School, was the middle school winner and also received the Nathaniel Patch Award. He was selected by the adjudicators as the most outstanding pianist of the competition, which was named in honor of the late Nathaniel Patch, a professor of piano at UK from 1949-82.
Other area winners were:
Elementary A: Jeffery Li, grade 3, Rosa Parks Elementary School, third place. Christian Hayden, grade 2, Sandersville Elementary, Frankfort, and Ben Duttlinger, grade 2, Clays Mill Elementary, honorable mention.
Elementary B: Alexander Auer, grade 4, SCAPA Bluegrass Elementary, third place. William Auer, grade 4, SCAPA Bluegrass Elementary, honorable mention.
Middle school: David Moore, grade 7, West Jessamine Middle School, honorable mention.
High School: Matthew Wu, senior, Paul Laurence Dunbar, first place. Alice Li, junior, Paul Laurence Dunbar, second place. Carson Crovo, freshman, Lafayette, and Amy Wang, freshman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, honorable mention.
■ Teens, middle schoolers and elementary school students may sign up now for Partners for Youth's 2014 I DO Summer Program List of 62 summer activities — some of them free — that bring together community partners throughout Lexington to help serve the city's youth.
The programs include a variety of sports, music, field trips, cooking, arts and crafts, computer classes, exercise, character development and leadership programs aimed at giving youth positive summer experiences and are led by local organizations, including Lexington Parks & Recreation, the faith community, youth-serving nonprofits and several grass-roots organizations.
View the summer program list at Partners4youth.org and click the I DO tab. For more information, contact Laura Hatfield at (859) 258-3119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Kimberly Merritt, assistant director of student recruitment at Eastern Kentucky University, has been selected to serve a three-year appointment as a national delegate for the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
As a delegate, Merritt will advise and provide consent on association and professional issues regarding higher education admission. Additionally, she will assist with amending the Statement of Principles of Good Practice and make recommendations to the group's board of director's board of directors on association-related matters.
■ Sphinx Academy, 1591 Winchester Road, Suite 101, will hold an open house and first-year anniversary celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Sphinx Academy is a secondary school serving grades 6 through 12. Go to Sphinxacademy.com for more information.
The Mary Beers Preschool Professional Development Series presents two workshops for early childhood professionals from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at The Lexington School. Speaker Daniel Hodges, an early childhood consultant and author, will present "You Can't Make Me!," a workshop that offers practical suggestions to be used immediately to help children develop self-control. He also will present "Preventing the Extinction of Childhood," which will help teachers enhance free play in the classroom. The cost is $100 and includes lunch. The workshop is approved by the Division of Child Care for Early Care and Education for 7 training hours. For questions or to register, contact Anna Calvert at The Lexington School, (859) 278-0501 or email Jaci Sloan at email@example.com.