Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

A Paul Laurence Dunbar High School team won the school’s third consecutive championship in the Kentucky Envirothon. The team included seniors, from left, Theo Livas, Jinny Han, Jasmine Liu, Lucy Yang and George Simpson.
A Paul Laurence Dunbar High School team won the school’s third consecutive championship in the Kentucky Envirothon. The team included seniors, from left, Theo Livas, Jinny Han, Jasmine Liu, Lucy Yang and George Simpson. Photo provided


▪ Fayette County Public Schools produced scores of outstanding entries in this spring’s Student Technology Leadership Program state championship at Rupp Arena.

Among the highlights was Best in State in the technical division for Visa-Tube, by Victor Yates, Cole Murphy and Joe Mattingly of Jessie Clark Middle School. They are developing an i7 dual processor media server for live video streaming as well as an on-demand media server for school and district video and audio content.

Best in State runner-up honors went to two groups. Isaiah Ogbulu, Drake Witt, Omar Bojang and Jaiven Smith of Bryan Station High School have developed and worked to improve an app to replace traditional pen-and-paper personal agenda books. The app has tools for tracking grades, assignments and appointments, and runs on Android and Apple products. Lucy Morris and Vincent Mattingly of Lafayette High School have created a chemistry-based educational video game in which students learn about mixing compounds in a Dungeon Crawler-style format.

▪ Sixteen sites in Fayette County Public Schools raised almost $17,000 in this year’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients drive. Sandersville Elementary led the way with a $3,736 donation, ranking it in the Top 10 among Kentucky and Southern Indiana participants.

Pennies for Patients supports the mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for blood-cancer patients and their families.

Other schools collecting more than $1,000 were Tates Creek Elementary ($1,977), Beaumont Middle ($1,693), Henry Clay High ($1,502) and Cardinal Valley Elementary ($1,215). Also donating were Mary Todd Elementary, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Harrison Elementary, Crawford Middle, Tates Creek High, Winburn Middle, Booker T. Washington Primary, Dixie Magnet Elementary, Paul Laurence Dunbar High, Bryan Station High and Garden Springs Elementary.

Schools can preregister for next year at

▪ Fayette County Public Schools has received a 2016 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Beaumont principal Kate McAnelly, who nominated Fayette County Public Schools, cited the district’s growing participation in World Fit, an initiative founded by U.S. Olympians that inspires students to be more active and combats child-obesity trends. Principals and teachers adjust schedules to accommodate walking during the school day, because they realize the benefits for students, including fresh air and reduced disciplinary referrals. Some schools promote walking time year-round.

Beaumont and Winburn were among World Fit’s pilot sites in 2010, and the program has since expanded to nine middle schools in Fayette County Public Schools. In this spring’s challenge, 6,000 students at Beaumont, Bryan Station, Crawford, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Morton, SCAPA at Bluegrass, Southern, Tates Creek and Winburn walked 30 minutes every day for six weeks. The web-based tracking system tallies their total miles and average miles per student per day, and Fayette County schools routinely earn recognition for their efforts, including four national titles to date.

▪ Ten artists earned first-place honors in the annual High School Art Show, held May 13 on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The big winners, as selected by UK judges, were Emma Guinnip of Lafayette for Best of Show (painting), and Taylor Stewart of Henry Clay with the Superintendent Award (printmaking).

The students’ teachers selected the entries throughout the academic year, and a committee including David Page, Alison Davis, Deborah Eller, Emily Storch, Ben Drake and Lynn Schentrup organized the competition. The show also included additional pieces of artwork.

Winners list:

Ceramics: Lily Wright, senior at Bryan Station

Crafts: John Clark Baker, sophomore at Lafayette

Digital media: Cooper Boss, sophomore at Henry Clay

Drawing/color: Annie Kane, junior at Lafayette

Drawing/black and white: Jaydin Collins, sophomore at Paul Laurence Dunbar

Mixed media: Alex Rose, senior at Henry Clay

Painting: Emma Guinnip, freshman at Lafayette

Photography: Estrella Waight, senior at Bryan Station

Printmaking: Taylor Stewart, senior at Henry Clay

Sculpture: Audrey Fields, freshman at Lafayette

▪ A team from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School recorded the top scores in soils, current issue, forestry and oral presentation in securing the school’s third consecutive championship in the Kentucky Envirothon. The winning team included seniors Theo Livas, Jinny Han, Jasmine Liu, Lucy Yang and George Simpson. A group from Fayette County Public Schools has won the state Envirothon for five consecutive years and six of the past seven. Dunbar’s “B” team, made up of juniors, placed third in the May 18-19 state competition, and the “C” team of sophomores finished fourth.

The Lake Cumberland 4-H Education and Leadership Center in Jabez hosted the contest, where students demonstrated their knowledge of Kentucky’s natural resources at five field stations, including aquatics and wildlife. The winning Dunbar team will represent Kentucky this summer at the National Conservation Foundation’s North American Envirothon in Toronto.

▪ The Kentucky Broadcasters Association has announced the recipients of its 25th annual Harry Barfield Scholarship awards program.

Five new recipients will receive $2,500 scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year: Marcus Browning of Western Kentucky University, Frederick "Gil" Brummett of Northern Kentucky University, Kalee Chism of WKU, Ethan Fedele of UK, , and Marisa Hempel of Eastern Kentucky University.

Three students who received the scholarship in 2015-16 have had their awards, also valued at $2,500, renewed for the 2016-17 academic year: Alan Branch of the University of Louisville, Elizabeth Gabbert and Taylor Gadberry of UK.

The program is named in honor of Harry Barfield, the late president and chairman of WLEX-TV in Lexington. Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing administers the program.