Education news of interest in Central Kentucky for week of June 29

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Cubaka Mutuyongwa N, an honor student from Lexington who is sponsored by American Legion Man o' War Post No. 8, has been selected as a delegate to Boys Nation. He finished first in the 74th annual Boys State Program. Only two participants from each Boys State program go on to attend Boys Nation, a national program.

Cubaka, who will be a senior this fall at Tates Creek High School, recently completed the American Legion Kentucky Boys State Program held at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville. He was elected by his peers in the program to be governor. He is the son of Joseph Bashombensho Nbo.

Cubaka's extracurricular activities include being captain of the men's soccer team at Tates Creek, a member of the key club welcome team and a young life junior leader who mentors younger students. He is a Lexington Police Explorer at Post 357 and volunteers monthly to help feed the homeless at the Catholic Rescue Center. Cubaka plans to attend college and then enter the military.

Lafayette High School's Wind Symphony has been awarded The Sudler Flag of Honor by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The application process requires a minimum of seven years of extensive documentation, recordings, letters of recommendation, high standards of excellence in adjudicated performances and statewide events, and outstanding professional commitment by the conductor.

Led by director Chuck Smith, the symphony was the only band program in the country to earn the award this year. It received a 4x6-foot red, white and blue flag trimmed in gold fringe; it was presented in May during a concert at the Singletary Center. Smith also got an engraved plaque, and each band member an individualized diploma.

Joanna Slusarewicz, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High, placed first in the senior division of the 2015 Future Problem Solving Program International's global issues individual competition. Joanna traveled to the June 11-14 event in Ames, Iowa, with the academic team from Winburn, where she attended middle school.

■ Some 3,000 students advanced to this summer's National History Day finale, where the theme was "Leadership and Legacy," and several from Fayette County presented outstanding work during the June 14-18 contests at the University of Maryland.

Kevin Jing and Rehan Ghanta of Winburn Middle School teamed up for fifth place in the group website category as well as Outstanding Entry for Kentucky honors in the junior division. Their entry was titled "Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Ideas that Shaped America." Also, Winburn's Nicholas Imam placed 13th in individual documentary with "Dr. Michael DeBakey: Pumping Innovation for the Future."

In the senior division, Joanna Slusarewicz of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School finished ninth in individual documentary and earned Outstanding Entry for Kentucky honors for "Pulling the Teeth: How a Collision Between Leaders Left a Lasting Legacy on the Federal Banking System."

In addition, the Salute to Courage award for Kentucky went to Amir Abou-Jaoude of Henry Clay High School after judges from the Kentucky Historical Society unanimously selected his essay. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans sponsors the award, which includes a paid trip to coincide with the opening of a new exhibit.

Kentucky Association of Professional Educators has awarded the following scholarships:

Family Members' Scholarships: Hannah Irvine, Senior at Boyd County High School, Ashland, and Bethany Hall, Senior at Estill County High School, Irvine.

Star Student and Teacher Mentor Awards: Taylor Saunders, a senior and his teacher/mentor, Andrew K. Sorrell, Mason County Agriculture Instructor/FFA adviser at Mason County High School, Maysville; and Kelsey Osborne, a senior at Whitley County High School and her teacher/mentor, Johnny White, WCHS English teacher, Williamsburg.

Continuing Professional Development: Matthew L. Olsen, Spanish teacher, Athens-Chilesburg Elementary; Paige Pelphrey, an 8th grade science teacher at Johnson County Middle School, Paintsville; and Cristi Simmons, a 7th grade science teacher at Farristown Middle School, Berea.

Teachers of Tomorrow: Stephanie Poelker, Student Teacher of the Year for Kentucky Christian University and Teacher of Tomorrow Scholarship.

The Rotary Club of Lexington has announced its 2015 Scholarship Awards. Over the last 55 years more than 900 scholarships have been awarded to students in Fayette County. The Rotary Club received 145 applications this year, along with 68 essays for the Jack T. Bryden Great Teacher Award — both record numbers.

Scholarship winners for 2015 are:

Jack Bryden Great Teaching Award: William Woodford "Woody" Snowden, Sayre School

Hurst Scholarship: Bria Simone Parker, Transylvania University

Rotary Scholar: Brianna Mayo, Lafayette High School

All-Fayette County High School Academic Team: Katherine "Kit" Anderson, Tates Creek High School; Zachary Byrd, Henry Clay High School; Nathan Vranicar, Lafayette High School; Sahil Nair, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Avery Zearfoss, Bryan Station High School; Dealla Samadi, Sayre School; Ashley Hayes, Blue Grass Baptist School; Timothy "Austin" Jones, Lexington Christian Academy; and Michael Rupinen Jr., Lexington Catholic High School

Milward Cup: Megan Grzywacz, Lafayette High School

■ Students from Locust Trace AgriScience Center picked up three top awards during the Kentucky FFA state convention June 9-11 in Lexington. Coleman Stivers placed first in agricultural process proficiency and in agriscience research, while David Ehlert placed first in the outdoor recreation competition.

■ This year's KET Young Writers Contest invited students in grades K-3 to submit illustrated stories, while fourth- and fifth-graders could enter the short story contest. The top e-books and PDFs are posted at

The top three winners in each grade are listed below.


1st place: Sophia Elena Mendes Spiegel, Louisville, "The Cat-Fairy"

2nd place: Evan Stemler, New Albany, In., "The Fishing Family"

3rd place: Sarah Gauhar, Louisville, "My Brother's Crazy Imagination"

First Grade

1st place: Piper Stevens, Nicholasville, "Chick and Mouse's Christmas Tree"

2nd place: Abigail Woolley, Louisville, "Carly Clair, Cut Your Hair"

3rd place: Joanna Yates, Winchester, "The Cow that Wanted to Fly"

Second Grade

1st place: Charles Weaver, Goshen, "An Out of this World Halloween Mystery"

2nd place: Hannah McGregor, Lexington, "The Wild Girls in the Meadow"

3rd place: Sean'nae Williams, Louisville, "Show and Tell Time"

Third Grade

1st place: Jaci Mathis, Huntington, W.Va., "A Peek into Delores's Past"

2nd place: Kiran Koul, Lexington, "The Musical Night in the Kitchen"

3rd place: Alexis Abboud, Goshen, "Adoption is Love"

Fourth Grade

1st place: Lauren Wood, Louisville, "The Traveler's Castle"

2nd place: Vance Mueller, Frankfort, "Tom and Chip"

3rd place: Makena Freese, Lexington, "How Rats and Their Bare Tails Came to Be"

Fifth Grade

1st place: Soraya Bouzouma, Lexington, "The Poster"

2nd place: Abby Kane, Crestview Hills, "The Evil Endoscopy"

3rd place: Montanna Carpenter, Owingsville, "The Best Papaw Ever"