Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

Pam Miller, left, and Margaret Prizer "Peggy" Graymer
Pam Miller, left, and Margaret Prizer "Peggy" Graymer


  • University of Kentucky alumnus William E. (Bill) Seale has pledged $10 million of the $65 million needed to expand and enhance UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics. With this funding, the college plans to honor Seale's gift by naming the new finance learning center in his honor. The state-of-the-art installation will be called the William E. Seale Finance Learning Center.
  • A former mayor of Lexington and a distinguished alumna were honored recently at the annual Alumni and Friends reception of the University of Kentucky's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.
  • Pam Miller, the first woman to be elected to Lexington's top local office, was inducted into the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame. Margaret Prizer 'Peggy' Graymer, a Martin School graduate who served in higher education and governmental administrative and executive roles for a quarter-century, received the Martin School's Distinguished Alumnus Award. In addition, longtime Martin School Student Affairs Officer Sarah Lee, who is retiring, was recognized for her service to the school during her career at UK.

  • The district-level overall winners in each category of the 2014-15 Reflections competition will advance to this spring's state contest, where they will again pitch their interpretation of the theme "The world would be a better place if ..."
  • This fall, students in three dozen schools submitted about 3,000 entries throughout Fayette County Public Schools. Each school picked its own winners and sent up to two entries from each age group and category for district-level judging. Those pieces were evaluated by three judges, including teachers, university professors, dance studio owners, LexArts members and the head of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. The 16th District PTA handed out awards Dec. 7 in Norsworthy Auditorium, and more than 135 competitors earned recognition, including several high school students with special needs.

    2014 Reflections overall winners are:

    Primary Music Composition (grades K-2): Allie Field, Veterans Park Elementary, and Kylie Noah, Wellington Elementary.

    Intermediate Music Composition (grades 3-5): Kyle Lewis, Liberty Elementary, and Kennedy Winstead, Wellington Elementary.

    Middle School Music Composition: Jeffrey Shen, Winburn, and Noah Katz, Tates Creek.

    High School Music Composition: Katilin Meredith, Bryan Station.

    Primary Dance Choreography (grades K-2): Oliver Copeland, Ashland Elementary, and Anne Beck, Stonewall Elementary.

    Intermediate Dance Choreography (grades 3-5): Kyle Lewis, Liberty Elementary, and Lily Brooke Pearson, Ashland Elementary.

    Middle School Dance Choreography: Andrew Lewis, Bryan Station, and Elora Mukhopadhyay, Lexington Traditional Magnet.

    Primary Film Production (grades K-2): Andrew Hughes, Liberty Elementary.

    Intermediate Film Production (grades 3-5): Kyle Lewis, Liberty Elementary, and Drew Mangas, Ashland Elementary.

    Middle School Film Production: Erin Inouye, Tates Creek, and Abby Gottesman, Lexington Traditional Magnet.

    High School Film Production: Linden Meuser, Bryan Station.

    Primary Literature (grades K-2): Oliver Copeland, Ashland Elementary.

    Intermediate Literature (grades 3-5): Mina Hartman, Ashland Elementary.

    Middle School Literature: Kate Myrup, Morton, and Rachana Charla, Winburn.

    High School Literature: Christopher Revis, Bryan Station, and Amy Wang, Paul Laurence Dunbar.

    Primary Photography (grades K-2): Karver Caswell, Stonewall Elementary.

    Intermediate Photography (grades 3-5): Grace Hanlon, Garden Springs Elementary, and Landon Hodge, Maxwell Elementary.

    Middle School Photography: Kailey Smith, Southern.

    High School Photography: Christopher Revis, Bryan Station, Kacie Hughes, STEAM Academy, and Stephanie Stumbur, Paul Laurence Dunbar.

    Primary Visual Arts (grades K-2): Michelle Lin Zhou, Rosa Parks Elementary, and Jack Jones Sheets, Wellington Elementary.

    Intermediate Visual Arts (grades 3-5): Gabriel Curtis, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, and Alexander Stumbur, Ashland Elementary.

    Middle School Visual Arts: Sydney Carter, Edythe J. Hayes.

    High School Visual Art: Sophia Bell, Bryan Station.

  • Winburn Middle School and The Learning Center at Linlee tied for third place in this year's Kentucky School Breakfast Challenge, which aimed to increase breakfast program participation. For the breakfast challenge, schools measured the average daily participation in the breakfast program for September and compared it to the same month in 2013. First, second and third place was awarded for schools using the Community Eligibility Provision — through which all students eat for free — as well as the traditional breakfast program at elementary, middle and high schools across Kentucky. Winburn was in the CEP division, and The Learning Center at Linlee in the traditional category. Kirksville Elementary in Madison County placed second in the traditional category.
  • The Kentucky Department of Education sponsored the challenge in cooperation with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, which provided cash awards. At a reception in Frankfort, the first-place winners received $1,500, runners-up $1,000 and third-place schools $500. The dairy association also awarded more than $61,000 in grants to help 42 schools improve their breakfast programs.


  • An exhibit of artwork by Fayette County art teachers is on display at the Downtown Arts Center through Friday. The exhibition includes more than 50 pieces, from acrylic paint, relief sculpture, colored pencil and collages to mixed media, lithograph, ceramics and wood.
  • Celeste Lewis, director of the Downtown Arts Center, said she was fascinated by what the teachers experimented with and how the exhibition challenged them. "You don't want your art teacher to not be an artist. A lot of art is problem-solving and using your brain, so it's important to keep you fresh in your job," she said.

    "They need to teach their students how to be creative and inspired, so it's good to exhibit from time to time. When you're putting your work out there for the public, it's a brave thing to do."