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Education news: Nov. 18

Readin' and ridin'
Arlington Elementary fourth-grader Jonathan Robinson II, left front, and fifth-grader Alexis Edwards received bicycles, helmets and locks from the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club for reaching or exceeding their assigned goal in the school's advanced  reading program. Every nine weeks, students who reach their goals are entered into a drawing for a chance to win bikes from the club. Presenting the bikes on Oct. 31 were, back row from left, club members David Hellmich, Dale Torok and Donna Slone.
Readin' and ridin' Arlington Elementary fourth-grader Jonathan Robinson II, left front, and fifth-grader Alexis Edwards received bicycles, helmets and locks from the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club for reaching or exceeding their assigned goal in the school's advanced reading program. Every nine weeks, students who reach their goals are entered into a drawing for a chance to win bikes from the club. Presenting the bikes on Oct. 31 were, back row from left, club members David Hellmich, Dale Torok and Donna Slone.

Awards/honors

Two musicians from Lafayette High School have been tapped for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Trumpet player Ryan Booth and baritone player Chase Teachey received their honorary jackets from local soldiers Nov. 10 as part of the All-American Bowl Selection Tour. They were chosen not only because they excel in music, but because they embody values such as loyalty, respect, leadership and teamwork.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation's premier high school All-American game, featuring the best 90 players in an annual East vs. West matchup at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The 125-member marching band will perform at halftime of the game, which will air at 1 p.m. Jan. 3 on NBC.

A team of students from Eastern Kentucky University finished fifth out of 18 teams in the 2014 Mid-Central USA Programming Contest in Louisville. EKU was 42nd out of a total of 146 teams in the entire Mid-Central Region.

The EKU students, all computer science majors, were Christopher Causey, a senior from Berea; Wes Gilleland, a senior from Rockfield; and Simon Mikulcik, a junior from Murray. The team's coach was Gene Styer, associate professor of computer science at EKU.

Chelsea Sleep of Louisville, a second-year clinical psychology student at Eastern Kentucky University, has been awarded the 2014 Student Research Fellowship Award from Section IX (Assessment Psychology) of the Society of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 12). Competing proposals came from Michigan State University, Villanova University, Pennsylvania State University, Kent State University, Wayne State University and the University of Milan. Only one other student had not yet completed a master's degree.

Sleep, who has a 4.0 GPA in her graduate classes, already has first-authored two research presentations at national conferences and is completing two research manuscripts to submit for peer-reviewed publication.

The recent award gives her $500 in support of data collection for a research project on which she is serving as lead graduate student at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Oldham County. The team is investigating the degree of overlap between psychopathic and borderline personality disorder traits in a sample of incarcerated offenders.

Scholarships

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is offering two $4,000 scholarships to higher education students in good academic standing who have had cancer or had a close family member fight the disease. The applicants may affected by any type of cancer, not just mesothelioma. The application deadline is Dec. 1 for the spring semester scholarship. Applicants should submit a 500- to 1,500-word essay or video submission detailing how cancer has affected their lives and personal goals, and how they are overcoming cancer. Applicants should discuss how the adversity of cancer is shaping them and why the scholarship is important to them. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled full-time at an accredited two-or four-year university, community or junior college or a graduate degree program. The applicant must be in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, go to Mesothelioma.com/scholarship.

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