■ All three of Kentucky's selections in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation's most prestigious honors recognizing high school students' accomplishments, are Fayette County Public Schools students.
This summer, Taylor Bagley of Lafayette High School, Alice Li of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and former Lafayette student Dimitri Leggas, now at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, will connect with government leaders, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and others in Washington, D.C., as they grapple with global issues, volunteer for service projects, attend recitals and receptions, and tour area museums and monuments. Each student will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion in a June 21 ceremony.
■ Thirteen freshmen at the STEAM Academy have been accepted into the Robinson Leaders Class 5 Cohort: Rebecca McCardle, Rosalinda Ahuatzi, LaMondra Mock, LaMetria Mock, Pheba Colfer, Tiffany Hill, Bailey Watkins, Frisele Pharisien, Irish Jenkins, Alex Barger, Curtshonna Cannon, Robert Murphy and Trace Williams.
The Robinson Leaders Program seeks to increase first-generation students' ability to attend college and pursue a bachelor's degree. These students are also eligible for the four-year $5,000 Robinson Excellence Scholarship and the one-time $500 Robinson Leader Award Scholarship.
■ Transylvania University recently recognized 10 alumni for their dedication and service to their alma mater and larger communities.
The university awarded the Morrison Medallion—its highest alumni honor—to Doug and Gayle Hutcherson, dedicated supporters of the university for the past half century. Doug Hutcherson spent much of his career in banking, retiring in 2006 as president and CEO of First Security Bank of Lexington. Gayle Hutcherson retired from teaching in 2010.
This year's Outstanding Young Alumni Award went to Colene Elridge, a 2005 graduate, whose many roles include success coach and trainer and human resources specialist with the Office of Diversity and Equality in the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.
Distinguished Achievement Award winners include: Renee Fister, '90; David C. Hoffman, '90; and W. Michael Hoffman, '65.
This year's Distinguished Service Awards went to: Melinda Gute Barfield, '85; Rachelle William Dodson, '98; David P. "Bear" Marthey, '75; and Charles E. Newquist, '75.
■ Mike Farrell has been awarded both the Kentucky award for Region Three Outstanding Advising Award in a Faculty Role and a national Outstanding Advising Award for Faculty Academic Advising from the National Academic Advising Association.
Farrell, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications, also won the 2015 Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award from the UK Advising Network.
This is the first time a UK faculty member has received all three awards in the same year.
Farrell received his bachelor's degree from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, and his master's and doctorate at UK in the College of Communication and Information. He has been teaching and advising students at UK full time for 14 years.
■ Guided by Chinese instructor Chi Ma, a trio of sophomores at Carter G. Woodson Academy took second prize in the International Cheng & Tsui "Language in Motion" Video Contest.
The chefs featured in their five-minute entry — a Chinese vs. American cook-off — were Kaleb Osborne and Noah Phillips, and the host was Stone Warfield. The competition was also open to students of Japanese, Korean and Arabic. There was no theme — only the guideline to be creative in sharing language proficiency and cultural knowledge.
As the runner-up, the Carter G. Woodson group will receive one teacher badge for admission to the 2015 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages conference, plus $300 toward a class celebration.
■ Picadome Elementary second-grader Sarah Ye and SCAPA at Bluegrass fifth-grader Alexander Auer were runners-up in their divisions of the 17th annual Nathaniel Patch Piano Competition, which is sponsored by the Bluegrass Area Music Teachers Association.
About 40 students from across Kentucky and Ohio competed April 25 in the President's Room at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Several others from Fayette County Public Schools earned honorable mention: Anna Du of Breckinridge Elementary, Ben Duttlinger of Meadowthorpe Elementary and Christian Hayden of Sandersville Elementary, William Auer of SCAPA at Bluegrass, and Alice Li of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
■ Students and teachers from across the Commonwealth were recognized April 23 for their participation in project-based learning programs during the eighth annual Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and Kentucky National Energy Education Development Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort.
Morton Middle School of Fayette County received a flag for completing all nine categories of the program to achieve Kentucky Green and Healthy School status, the second highest level in the program.
Sayre School of Fayette County received both a recycled circuit board framed certificate and a bamboo plaque to honor their completion of three categories and achieving the Candidate School and School In Progress award statuses.
For more information about the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools program, go to Greenschools.ky.gov.
■ University of Kentucky doctoral student Nate Millington recently received the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and will travel to São Paulo, Brazil, this June to study flooding and its effects on the city's urban design and its people. Millington will study at the University of São Paulo and will return March 2016.
Millington studies in the Department of Geography at UK College of Arts and Sciences, focusing on the ways nature and natural systems interact with man-made environments, specifically within cities. While in São Paulo, Millington will focus his research on riverside park projects designed to prevent flooding in working class neighborhoods located on the outskirts of the city.
On the other end of the hydrologic spectrum, Millington will also study how the recent severe drought in São Paulo is affecting citizens who are dealing with water shortages.
In addition to the Fulbright-Hays award, Millington previously received a Fulbright Student Program Fellowship by the U.S. Department of State which took him to Brazil for the first time in 2014.
Millington, who hopes to receive his doctorate in 2016, plans to teach at the university level and continue his writing and research.
■ Stephanie Stumbur, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, is among the 2015 winners in the state's annual Eco-Art Contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. Her entry was titled "Who is Winning?"
■ Rachel Muir of Nicholasville has been initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Muir is pursuing a degree in biology at Eastern Kentucky University.
■ Somerset native Eric King, a senior anthropology major at EKU, has received a Gilman International Scholarship. King will travel to Bolivia to study regional archaeology and culture for two independent study courses. He joins junior public health major Tori Caldwell, who will use her Gilman Scholarship in Tanzania.
■ Eastern Kentucky University, home to the Commonwealth's first bachelor's degree program in game design, will host a Regional Video Game Exhibition from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Perkins Building. The free event will spotlight the burgeoning game development industry in Kentucky and EKU's role in it. EKU students will exhibit their games and about a dozen game developers from Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio are expected to attend. Lunch will be provided. For more information about EKU's Gaming Institute, go to Gaming.eku.edu.
■ More than 200 youth, ages 16 to 18, from across the Commonwealth and Southern Indiana participated in the 3rd annual Modest Prom in Lexington on April 25.
"We wanted to create an event that encourages youth to participate in prom activities that uplift and uphold the standards of dress and conduct," said President Rex Holt, First Counselor in the Lexington North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Attendance is open to any high school junior or senior willing to abide by modest standards of dress and behavior which include: knee-length dresses with sleeves and music free of vulgar language. Drinking and suggestive dance are also on the list of don'ts for the — often called — MoProm.
Unlike traditional proms, MoProm is offered to these youth free of charge. For more information about the Modest Prom go to Kysixstakeprom.com.
■ The application deadline for FCPS's Career and Technical Education has been extended to Sunday for the upcoming school year.
Three locations — Eastside Technical Center, Locust Trace AgriScience Center and Southside Technical Center — offer more than 25 career pathway programs such as Pre-Veterinary, Pharmacy Technician, Advanced Gaming Technology, Auto and Diesel Technology, and Public Safety.