Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

By Dorothea Wingo

Abigail King
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▪ The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that junior Abigail King of Lexington has been selected for a place at a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at England’s Durham University.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is a bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited university in the United States or United Kingdom.

King, the daughter of Dave and Deanna King of Lexington, is pursuing a degree in history and a minor in classics at UK.

▪ Riley Peterman, a first-grade student at Veritas Christian Academy in Lexington, has won first place in the Campaign for Cursive Cursive is Cool Handwriting Contest, a grass-roots, all-volunteer movement. Riley is the daughter of Molly Peterman of Lexington.

Inspiring a renewed interest in handwriting in the children of today, the contest was designed to bring public recognition and awareness to the importance of handwriting in brain development.

▪ Tiara Brown, a Transylvania University senior and graduate of Henry Clay High School, has won the 2016 Judy Gaines Young Student Writing Award.

The award goes to a student who demonstrates originality and achievement as a creative writer. Brown, who is from Lexington, has a double major in English and Spanish and a minor in writing, rhetoric and communication. She was selected by Transylvania Writer in Residence Maurice Manning.

Brown’s poem, A World Unnterrupted, honors her friend and fellow Transy senior Katie Stewart, who died in a fall at Raven Run this spring. She read the poem at Transylvania’s commencement May 28, where Stewart was awarded her bachelor of arts degree posthumously.

In addition to poetry, Brown is focusing on writing screenplays.

▪ A school counselor and team of second-grade teachers recently received the 2016 Learning for Life Teaching Awards, presented by Central Bank and the Eastern Kentucky University Center for Economic Education.

The recipients were Brittany Mauck, school counselor at White Hall Elementary, and the team of Tracy Hall, Lisa Sizemore, Jill Van Dyke and Angele Vaughn, who teach second grade at Daniel Boone Elementary.

▪ Fayette County Public Schools students were among the top prize winners in the seventh annual Youth Arts Council Exhibit, presented by the Living Arts and Science Center. Runner-up honors ($75) went to Zoe Ruth Felice of Lafayette High School for My Friends in pen and ink, and third place ($50) to Sophia Bell of Bryan Station High for White in mixed media.

Overall, 233 pieces were submitted by 112 artists, and 72 of the 78 entries selected were by students in Fayette County Public Schools. Lennon Michalski, a Lexington painter and art lecturer at the University of Kentucky, judged the competition. Receiving honorable mention were Bryan Station’s Nyla Clay, Cavan Hendron, Hunter Lewis, Kaitlyn Roark and Emma Worth; and Paul Laurence Dunbar High’s Jaydin Collins, Jennifer Lee, Terence Powell and Merlin Scanish.

▪ Two area teenagers have been named as 2016 recipients of the Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing scholarship administered by Youth For Understanding USA.

In 2016, Toyota has sponsored four summer study-abroad scholarships to Brazil, Germany or Japan.

This year’s recipients include:

Community Award: Kara Schuler of Wilde,r who will be traveling to Japan

Employee Dependent Award: Justin Geilear of Versailles, who will be traveling to Japan

▪ Apprentice jockey Chad Lindsay has been selected to represent the United States in the 2016 Longines Future Racing Stars International Apprentice Jockey Challenge Race on Sunday. Lindsay, who is currently riding at Santa Anita Park, will join 10 of the world’s most talented young jockeys in this international race on one of France’s most prestigious race days, when the Prix de Diane Longines (French Oaks) is to be run.

All competing apprentice jockeys have trained in the world’s top racing schools, are under age 25 and have between three and 35 total career wins. Lindsay, who is currently enjoying a 7-pound apprentice weight allowance, rides regularly at Santa Anita Park in California and has accumulated 17 wins, 14 seconds and 12 thirds from 129 total mounts in his career. His horses have $238,614 in purse earnings.

Lindsay trained at the North American Racing Academy, a racing and breeding industry work-force training program based at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Academy executive director Remi Bellocq will accompany Lindsay as his coach and academy representative.

▪ Winburn Middle School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School set the pace at the Kentucky Junior Historical Society’s 2016 state convention and the National History Day state competition.

The contest’s top placements included the following from Fayette County Public Schools. (Middle and high schools compete separately in the junior and senior divisions.)

History Bowl: runner-up, Winburn Middle No. 1: Aneesh Kadambi, Ashwin Kamineni, Josh Harris and Ryan Sperry; third place, Winburn No. 2: John Adkins, Reka Gal, Jada Meads and Libby Weaver.

Impromptu Exhibit: first place, Paul Laurence Dunbar High: Jin Cho, Karina Henson, Ivy Irihamye, Megan Slusarewicz and Divya Sunderam; runner-up, Winburn Middle: Katie Biddle, Anna Bird-Pollan, Melissa Hanneman and Charles Snoddy.

History Test: first place, Libby Weaver of Winburn and Cici Mao of Dunbar; runner-up, Reka Gal of Winburn and Jin Cho of Dunbar; third, Ashwin Kamineni of Winburn and Karina Henson of Dunbar.

Impromptu Essay: first place, Libby Weaver of Winburn and Joanna Slusarewicz of Dunbar; runner-up, Claire Qian of Winburn and Jin Cho of Dunbar; third, Reka Gal of Winburn and Megan Slusarewicz of Dunbar.

Art: first place, Claire Qian of Winburn and Joanna Slusarewicz of Dunbar; runner-up, Cici Mao of Dunbar; third, Josh Harris of Winburn and Karina Henson of Dunbar.

In addition, the regional winners met in the National History Day state showdown, presenting the theme Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The top two places advanced to the national competition taking place this week at the University of Maryland.

Group Exhibit: first place, Winburn Middle: John Adkins, Ryan Sperry and Evan Yang.

Individual Website: first place, Angus Maske of Dunbar; first place, Lily Gardner of Winburn; third, Ayush Kumar of Winburn.

Group Website: first place, Dunbar: Ronit Kar and Ben Xie, first place, Winburn: Claire Qian and Rocco Wrentmore.

Paper: first place, Amir Abou-Jaoude of Henry Clay High; runner-up, Austin Li of Dunbar; third, David Ma of Dunbar; third, Nicole Wong of Winburn.

Individual Documentary: runner-up, Sitara True of Winburn.

Group Documentary: first place, Dunbar: Joanna and Megan Slusarewicz.

Also, under special honors, Dylan Li of Winburn received the Kentucky Sports Authority Award for his documentary about the players association encountering the NFL to change views of sports law.

▪ A team called the Killer Whales, from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, paced Region 6 in Kentucky’s spring edition of The Stock Market Game; the team also placed fourth in the state out of 510 teams competing. Madeline Miller, Chris Natale and Holly Yessin saw their $100,000 virtual portfolio increase more than $16,000, or 7.6 percent above the S&P 500 growth. The Dunbar group, guided by business teacher Greg O’Bryan, will receive medals and certificates at the June 21 awards ceremony in Louisville.

▪  The Kentucky Center will host more than 200 young artists this summer from every region of the Commonwealth, as The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts takes place at Danville’s Centre College from Sunday to July 9.

During their three-week stay, 256 student artists from 53 counties will be immersed in daily seminars, master classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions. Instruction will be offered in nine disciplines: architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, new media, visual art and vocal music.

Participating from Fayette County are:

Amber Adkins, SCAPA, instrumental music, violin; William Arnold, SCAPA, instrumental music, violin; John Baker, Lafayette, visual art; Hope Bennett, SCAPA, instrumental music, French horn; Claire Bieber, Lexington Catholic, drama; Hannah Brewer, Tates Creek High School, new media; Sarah Byrd, SCAPA, instrumental music, piano; Jennifer Cheng, SCAPA, instrumental music, piano; Jin Cho, Paul Laurence Dunbar, instrumental music, cello; Aaron Choate, SCAPA, dance; Christopher Copley, Bryan Station High School, instrumental music, violin; Julia Crandall, SCAPA, instrumental music, flute; Bennett Creech, SCAPA, drama; Brent Comley, SCAPA, visual art; Rebecca Daugherty, Paul Laurence Dunbar, creative writing; Brenna Detwiler, Lexington Catholic, architecture and design; Lucy Dever, Lexington Catholic, vocal music, soprano; Mooney Ethan, Tates Creek High, vocal music, tenor; Ethan Ferguson, SCAPA, instrumental music, trumpet; Sarah Gleeson, SCAPA, dance; Eva Grossi, Tates Creek High, drama; Dara Golding, Henry Clay, visual art; Trey Hayden, Lexington Catholic, creative writing; Jason Jackson, SCAPA, vocal music, bass; Andrew Kauffman, SCAPA, instrumental music, piano; Young-Kyung Kim, Henry Clay, creative writing; Olivia Kramer, SCAPA, instrumental music, violin; Jennifer Lee, Paul Laurence Dunbar, architecture and design; David Ma, Paul Laurence Dunbar, instrumental music, violin; Viviana Ortiz, Henry Clay, instrumental music, oboe; Cameron Peck, Lexington Catholic, vocal music, bass; Wesley Rankin, home school, visual art; Lily Rasmussen, SCAPA, musical theatre; Sylvannah Regalado, SCAPA, dance; William Rizer, Lexington Catholic, architecture and design; Reid Robison, Tates Creek High School, drama; Tyler Rosenkrantz, Henry Clay, instrumental music, trumpet; Russell Scaife, Bryan Station High School, instrumental music, cello; Erica Scott, SCAPA, vocal music, alto; Ana Segovia, Lexington Catholic, dance; Elizabeth Stevens, Bryan Station High School, instrumental music, cello; Jordan Vescio, SCAPA, new media; Jamin Waite, Lafayette, creative writing; Hannah Wang, Paul Laurence Dunbar, instrumental music, cello; and Sukruthi Yerramreddy, Paul Laurence Dunbar, new media.


▪ The Council on Postsecondary Education and UK completed an upgrade of the Kentucky Regional Optical Network, a project that provides all public universities with a tenfold increase in high-speed access to Internet2, operator of the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education infrastructure.

The upgrade allows universities that are part of KyRON to transmit large databases, conduct complex scientific research and access remote computing systems.

▪ Kentucky Wesleyan College has appointed Maestro Nick Palmer as Distinguished Conductor in Residence. Palmer will work with students on conducting, composition and other music courses and will offer guest lectures and assist the instrumental and vocal ensembles.