Fayette County

Education notes of interest for the week of Dec. 22

Sarah Ferry
Sarah Ferry


▪ David Moore, a freshman at West Jessamine High School, was the first-place winner Oct. 24 in the statewide junior high piano competition sponsored by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. David will represent Kentucky in the nine-state Music Teachers National Association southern division competition on Jan. 17 in Tampa, Fla.

▪  Sarah Ferry, who is pursuing a master’s degree in English while working at Eastern Kentucky University’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, has received the Southeastern Writing Center Association’s Graduate Tutor of the Year Award.

Ferry taught high school English in West Virginia and middle-school language arts in Wayne County, before returning to school to pursue a graduate degree. As a graduate consultant in EKU’s Noel Studio, Ferry has been a leader in training curriculum development, directing a seminar on discourse communities and literacy narratives. She also was elected chair of the studio’s newly formed events committee, charged with implementing small- and large-scale events hosted by the studio.

▪ Pam Parry, associate professor of communication at EKU, has been elected to at three-year term on the board of directors of the American Journalism Historians Association.

Parry, a lifetime member of the association, is serving as chair of its education committee and previously was a member of the group’s public relations committee. She has been active in the association’s annual meetings, presenting papers and winning two research awards from the organization in 2009.

Parry is the author of Eisenhower: The Public Relations President and addressed the subject earlier this year in a lecture at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kan.

▪ For the fifth time in six years, EKU ranks third or higher nationally among four-year schools in the Military Times “Best for Vets” rankings.

EKU finished third nationally (and tops in Kentucky) in the 2016 rankings, behind only the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of South Florida. The rankings measure schools on their commitment to helping military veterans further their education. EKU ranked No. 1 in 2011 and 2013 and No. 2 in 2012 and 2015.

To see the full list, go to Bestforvets.militarytimes.com/2016/colleges/4-year.

▪ Jim Hinerman, senior clinical faculty in EKU’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science, has received the 2015 Walter H. Mustaine Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

A member of the EKU faculty since 2005, Hinerman just completed his second stint as president of the association. He is one of only two people to have held the position twice.

▪ Eclipsing squads from Notre Dame University and Northwestern University, among others, a mock trial team from EKU won first place at the Great Lakes Mock Trial Invitational.

For the first time in the program’s history, EKU went a perfect 8-0 in a tournament. Eastern took both ballots in each of four rounds against Notre Dame, Northwestern, Hillsdale College and the University of Pittsburgh.

EKU’s historic effort also brought home multiple individual awards. Ryan Wiggins, a freshman criminal justice and psychology double major from Georgetown, was the top-ranking witness in the tournament, earning a perfect 20 rank and an Outstanding Witness Award. Maiya Lane, a freshman criminal justice major from Louisville, also earned an Outstanding Witness Award. Matt Boggs, a senior political science and history double major from Whitesburg, earned Outstanding Attorney Awards on both the prosecution and defense sides of the case.

Other members of EKU’s tournament-winning team included Allie Maples, a political science major from Mount Sterling; Sean Potter, a political science major from Whitesburg; and Andrena Mounce, a biology and chemistry double major from Berea.

EKU’s second squad at the tournament also performed well, going 4-4 and recording wins against Iowa State University and Northwood University. Members of that squad included Mackenzie DeSpain, Omar Salinas-Chacón, Laura Jackson, Sophia Chan, Caridad Echevarría and Erica Madden.

Faculty and staff assisting with the program include Thomas Parker, Lynnette Noblitt, Brandon Williams, Kristeena Johnson and Dean Sara Zeigler.

EKU Mock Trial is looking to add more students for the spring season, which begins Jan. 16-17 in Chicago. Interested students should contact Program Coordinator Thomas Parker at thomas.parker@eku.edu.

▪ Winburn Middle School topped its regional field in the 16th annual Kentucky Colonels Sixth-Grade Showcase, which wrapped Dec. 5. Beaumont Middle was runner-up in the academic competition, followed by Tates Creek Middle. Morton Middle placed fourth, and Lexington Traditional Magnet School was sixth.

The showcase, which is sponsored by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, is designed for students who are sometimes “lost” between elementary (4-5) and middle grades (6-8) in Governor’s Cup contests. Schools are grouped into competitive divisions of several teams each.

In the quick-recall portion of Section 28, Beaumont placed first, Winburn second, Tates Creek third, and Morton fourth. The contest also included written assessments in several areas. Here are the top individual results from Fayette County Public Schools:

Mathematics: 1. Ayush Kumar, Winburn; 2. Chandler Zhu, Beaumont; 3. William He, Beaumont.

Science: 1. Joanna Cholewo, Tates Creek; 2. Meena Ambati, Winburn; 3. Morgan Dawson, LTMS.

Social studies: 1. Ridley Wills, Tates Creek; 2. Audrey Wirasakti, Tates Creek; 3. Declan Wittkamp, Morton.

Language arts: 1. William He, Beaumont; 2. Angela Zhang, Winburn; 3. Preston Mullins, Winburn.

Arts & humanities: 1. Angela Sun, Winburn, and Joanna Cholewo, Tates Creek; 3. Duncan Wingfield, Winburn.

Composition: 1. Mallory Sparks, Morton; 2. Ella Williams, Beaumont.

For the Section 28 scores and the 2015 complete results, visit Kaac.com.

▪ James Campbell, University of Kentucky Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor and director of UK Percussion Studies, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Yamaha Legacy Award, which is presented annually to people considered to be legendary in their effect on music education.

This is the latest of numerous awards presented to Campbell over his career. In 2013, he was inducted into Music for All’s Bands of America Hall of Fame at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, where he was recognized for his impact on Bands of America, the nation’s band activity and music education. He is also a member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.

Campbell, a Yamaha Performing Artist, has toured extensively throughout North and Central America, Europe and Asia. Locally, he performs with the Lexington Philharmonic and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

▪ The Fayette County Education Association awarded this year’s $500 American Education Week scholarship to Carlos Bess, a behavioral curriculum specialist at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Excellence. This award goes to an association member who is pursuing a Rank 2, Rank 1, doctorate or national board certification.

The group, which is made up of local teachers, congratulated Bess at its Dec. 10 winter gathering along with these $250 classroom grant recipients: Kellie Derrickson of Lansdowne Elementary, Kirsten Fields of Picadome Elementary, Mary Henton of Henry Clay High School, Naema Shalash of Lansdowne, and Heidi Thompson-Abell of Squires Elementary.

▪ More than two dozen students earned spirit awards in the annual Fayette County Middle School Cheer and Dance Showcase, held Dec. 5 at host Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

Beaumont: Spirit of Cheer – Savannah Scott; Spirit of Dance – Lily McSpadden; Spirit of Step – Jonea Hayden.

Bryan Station: Cheer – Kimora Chestnut; Dance – Khia Jackson.

Crawford: Cheer – Hosanna Hunt and Tiana Clark.

Edythe J. Hayes: Cheer – Cate Jylkka; Dance – Mimi Doan.

Jessie Clark: Cheer – Hallory Becknell (white squad) and Galen Fletcher (maroon squad); Dance – Maria Beltran.

Leestown: Cheer – Shikela Myers (A team) and Chloe Chula (B team).

Lexington Traditional Magnet: Cheer – Natalina Hughbanks; Dance – Caitlin Shelton; Step – Iyania Lindsay; Hip Hop – Queenzlynn Boateng.

Morton: Cheer – Faith Altwies (A team) and Samantha Dukes (B team); Dance – Audrey Belle Childers.

Southern: Cheer – Daosharae Robinson; Dance – Mackenzie Reeder.

Tates Creek: Cheer – Alexis Pinkston; Dance – Sierra Simpson.

Winburn: Cheer – Adriona Williams and DeMaria Black.