■ Daniel Bustle of Locust Trace Agriscience Center participated in the Kentucky Master Agriculture Teacher Program Sept. 14 to 16 in Lexington. Bustle was one of a dozen teachers selected from more than 240 agriculture teachers across the state selected to participate in the two-year leadership academy.
During the next two years, Bustle will participate in a number of face-to-face meetings focused around the pillars of Authentic Leadership, Student-Focused Education Practices, Powerful Advocacy, and Mentorship to Grow Professionals. There also will be book studies, online discussions and independent assignments.
■ Lexington's junior fire chief for 2014 is fifth-grader Alex Brown, whose combination essay/poster topped the contest at Clays Mill Elementary. The other finalists were classmates Amirah Higgins, Reigan Childs and Riley McChord. All four girls were invited to ride in the city's Fire Prevention Week parade.
Alex's artwork, done on red poster board, features Sparky the Fire Dog, a fire truck and a smoke alarm cartoon character. Her essay is glued in the center. "I looked up facts about how smoke alarms save lives, and the next thing I knew, I was the fire chief," she said before the official announcement in her school's gym.
■ Ashley Hayes, a student at Blue Grass Baptist School, has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
■ University of Kentucky graduate Dominque Luster is the recipient of a $5,000 graduate fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest all-discipline honor society. Luster, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in theater within UK's College of Fine Arts, recently began pursuit of a master's in library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition, two UK graduate students have received Love of Learning awards, worth $500 each, from Phi Kappa Phi. Sara K. Ehrensberger, who is pursuing a master's of science degree in physician assistant studies in the UK College of Health Sciences, and Ekim Ekinci, a third-year student in the UK College of Pharmacy, are among 147 PKP members nationwide to be selected for this honor.
For more information, go to Phikappaphi.org.