■ In this fall's Recycle Bowl, students from Fayette County public and private schools collected more than 131,000 aluminum beverage cans weighing 3,763 pounds. The competition, now in its ninth year, challenged schools in Fayette County to collect and recycle as many aluminum beverage cans as possible between Oct. 20 through Nov. 15.
The following schools collected and recycled the highest number of cans per student and received $550: Montessori High School, Sayre School and Cardinal Valley Elementary.
The following schools collected the most cans, regardless of their student population, and received $300: Ashland Elementary, Christ the King School, Lexington Family Care Center, Providence Montessori Middle, Russell Cave Elementary and Wellington Elementary.
■ More than 200 students from 18 Fayette County schools participated in the STLP Fall Showcase regional contests at the University of Kentucky, and 25 qualifying groups will compete again at the STLP State Championship on March 26 at Rupp Arena. The showcases fell under the categories of community service, instructional expertise or technical skills, and judges scored each team after a 10-minute interview Nov. 13. In the spring competition, one project from each grade-level division will be selected to represent Kentucky at the ISTE national technology conference.
Elementary showcases advancing to state include: Cyber Heroes, Harrison Elementary; Digital Portfolios, Dixie Magnet Elementary; Eye of the Tiger, James Lane Allen Elementary; Pic-Morning News, Picadome Elementary; Reading Rocks!, Harrison Elementary; and Tiger Robots, James Lane Allen Elementary.
Middle school showcases advancing to state include: CGW Educating Agents, Carter G. Woodson Academy; iT, Jessie Clark Middle School; JCMS Drone, Jessie Clark Middle School; Kokofuku Suru, Beaumont Middle School; Live Mustangs, Morton Middle School; STLP RAID, Jessie Clark Middle School; StudentCam Documentary 1, SCAPA at Bluegrass; StudentCam Documentary 2, SCAPA at Bluegrass; Tech Line: 411, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School; Warrior Productions, Winburn Middle School; and Warrior Techsters, Winburn Middle School.
High school showcases advancing to state: Agenda Book, Bryan Station High School; Back to the Future of Gaming, Eastside Technical Center; Get Connected, Eastside Technical Center; Innovare, Eastside Technical Center; Live STEAM, STEAM Academy; Omega Code, Eastside Technical Center; PLD Mobile App, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; and PLD Robotic Pet, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
Also at the regional event, individual students were interviewed to fill work slots at the state championship, where they will assist with live reporting, social media, media arts, technical support and production.
Four student workers from FCPS were selected to fill work slots at the state championship, where they will assist with live reporting, social media, media arts, technical support and production: Nicholas Imam, media arts, Winburn Middle School; Jay Reese, social media, Jessie Clark Middle School; Taylor Tomlin, live reporter, Eastside Technical Center; and Caroline Wright, social media, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
■ The homeland security program at Eastside Technical Center is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Education in an initiative called National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating and Building Resilience, which provides nine priority steps for action at the local, state and national levels.
Eastside's program serves high school students interested in homeland security and public safety-related careers from Fayette, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford counties. It is the first school-based program in Kentucky — and only the second in the country — to complete the National Strategy certification.
Eastside exposes students to standards, curriculum and practical applications that parallel those taught to professional emergency responders. Fayette County's efforts will educate students on actions to take before, during and after a disaster; and will encourage youth to spread the message of preparedness to their communities.