■ Parker Smith of Tates Creek Middle School, who scored a 36 on the English portion of the ACT, was one of three Kentucky students selected as 2015 William and Dorothy C. Bevan Scholars for earning a perfect score on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT. A total of 64 seventh-graders from around the country were congratulated May 18 during the Duke TIP grand recognition ceremony in Durham, N.C.
■ Billy Cameron of Mt. Vernon, a junior agriculture major at Eastern Kentucky University, was recently named president of the national Delta Tau Alpha organization. Ten students from the EKU DTA chapter, which Cameron serves as president, attended the recent national convention of Delta Tau Alpha, an honorary society for agriculture students. Cameron was state FFA reporter 2012-13 and represented EKU in the American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet Competition earlier this year.
■ Jacqueline Damron of Versailles has been named the recipient of Midway College's Florence Nightingale Award. The award is given to the student who best exemplifies the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health.
■ FCPS students received awards in the 2015 Youth Arts Council Exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Living Arts & Science Center. First-place honors ($100) went to Noah Poirier of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, runner-up ($75)was Kaitlyn Ralston of Bryan Station High, and third place ($50) went to Zoe Schroeder of Bryan Station. Receiving honorable mention were Station's Olivia Messer, Henry Clay High's Megan Andrew, and Dunbar's Christina Bacon, Grace Farish, Olivia Perkins and Mia Rambo.
The exhibit will be on display through July at the Living Arts & Science Center, 362 North Martin Luther King Boulevard.
■ Three local teachers received this year's Learning for Life Teaching Awards, presented by Central Bank and the Eastern Kentucky University Center for Economic Education.
Recipients were Wanda Wilson, a second-grade teacher at Daniel Boone Elementary School; and the partnership of Demetria Rogers and Ragan Knuckles, who taught fourth-graders at Waco Elementary School.
■ Kentucky American Water has awarded 2015 Ripple Effect Scholarships to three Kentucky high school seniors: Madison Hood and Hadeel Abdallah of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Kelsey Raulinaitis of Scott County High School. Each young woman received a $500 award for her academic achievement and commitment to the environment through such activities as enhancing recycling programs and contributing to urban community composting and gardening projects.
■ A team from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School received the top score in soils, aquatics and forestry en route to defending its title as Kentucky Envirothon champion. The winners included juniors Jinny Han, Jasmine Liu, Theo Livas, George Simpson and Lucy Yang. A group from Fayette County Public Schools has now won the state Envirothon four consecutive years and five of the past six years.
The Dunbar team will represent Kentucky this summer at the National Conservation Foundation's North American Envirothon in Springfield, Mo.
■ Providence Montessori Middle School received recognition as Bluegrass Greensource's Volunteers of the Year at a recognition ceremony at the Kentucky Theatre in honor of Earth Day. The Providence students were chosen because of their year-long dedication to providing Bluegrass Greensource with help prepping activities, labeling materials, organizing the resource library and painting furniture. Students spent two hours each month helping with these activities.
Providence students recognized were Josh Vujakovich, Jett Stewart, Riley Cunningham and Larken Barnes. Providence Montessori Middle School was also recognized for its outstanding efforts in waste reduction, water quality and conservation and energy conservation.
■ Fayette County Public Schools recognized four seniors who are among Kentucky's 32 recipients of the 2015 National Merit $2,500 scholarships: David Stevens of Henry Clay High School, who plans to study economics; Alice Li of Paul Laurence Dunbar High, medicine; Sahil Nair of Dunbar, business; and Eric Xiong of Dunbar, economics.
In the National Merit Scholarship Corp.'s annual program, 2,500 students were chosen for the $2,500 awards from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists.
■ Laura Wyly Johnson has been named vice president for student life at Georgetown College. Johnson completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Education from UK this spring.
■ Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents has approved naming the EKU Herbarium after Ronald L. Jones, a long-time biology professor. Founded in 1974, EKU's herbarium had an unofficial collection of a few thousand specimens when Jones began to serve as its curator upon his arrival at EKU in 1981. With approximately 80,000 specimens today, it is the largest in Kentucky and second only to the University of Tennessee herbarium in the two-state region.
■ Sixty-one students representing 37 counties from across Kentucky were recognized during The Gatton Academy's eighth graduation ceremony at Western Kentucky University.
Eleven members of the class were selected as National Merit finalists; four seniors earned National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarships; and five students were recognized as semifinalists in the Siemens competition. Ninety percent of the class participated in faculty-sponsored research during their time at the academy, and eight graduates completed the school's STEM + Critical Languages curriculum in either Arabic or Chinese; 92 percent of the senior class studied abroad while at The Gatton Academy; and 74 percent of the graduating class completed 60 or more hours of service during their two years at The Gatton Academy. The following area graduates are members of The Gatton Academy Class of 2015: Jackeline Orozco Cruz, Anderson County; Shelbi Broeking, a graduate with honors, Clark County; Taha Husain, Dimitri Leggas, graduates with distinction, John Meyers III, William Walters, graduates with distinction, all of Fayette County; NaKeya Owens, Laurel County; Michael Blankenship, a graduate with distinction, Pike County; Rachel Cook, a graduate with distinction, Washington County; and Melissa Anderson, a graduate with honors, Woodford County.
■ Two University of Kentucky seniors have been chosen for internships with Space Camp Turkey. Emily Furnish, a chemistry and music performance major, and Damir Kocer, an economics and marketing major, will serve among a select group of Turkish and American counselors at the facility in Izmir, Turkey.
As one of three space and science education centers, Space Camp Turkey is focused on motivating young people from around the world in pursuing careers in science, math and technology. The Space Camp Turkey counselor staff consists of college graduates and undergraduates who work with 9- to 15-year-olds. All program staff receive training in space education, Space Camp Turkey activities, and safety for simulator operations. As counselors, Furnish and Kocer will receive round-trip travel funds, accommodation and meals, and a weekly stipend.
Kocer, the son of Ivanka Kocer of Versailles, is a 2012 graduate of Woodford County High School. Furnish, the daughter of Anne Mary and Greg Furnish of Louisville, is a 2011 graduate of duPont Manual High School.
■ Fayette County Farm Bureau Variety Contest will be at 7 p.m. July 18 at the Bluegrass Fair, at Masterson Station Park. The application deadline is July 6. Contact email@example.com or visit Fayettecofarmbureau.com.