Fayette County

Central Kentucky education notes for the week Jan. 26

Rachel Shane
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▪ Three Morton Middle School eighth-graders swept the 2016 Unity Breakfast essay contest, whose theme was “Unity: from Rhetoric to Reality.” Richard Stinetorf, who received the $500 first prize, read his entry aloud during the Jan. 18 sold-out event honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Runner-up was Caydon Voss with a $300 award; Haleigh Kaelin got third place and $100. More than 100 students entered the contest, which correlates with language arts and social studies content. The competition, which is open to all Fayette County middle school students, is sponsored by the Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Education Foundation.

▪ A Henry Clay High School team was the junior varsity overall runner-up Jan. 12 in the Thoroughbred Academic League’s season-ending tournament. Several students from Fayette County Public Schools ranked in the top five, based on written assessments.

Social Studies: 1. Karishma Srinivasan, Bryan Station JV.

Arts and Humanities: 3. Augustine Carlson, Henry Clay JV; 3. Russell Scaife, Bryan Station varsity; 4. Elyse Blakeman, Bryan Station varsity; 5. Dara Golding, Henry Clay varsity.

Math: 1. Joonyoung Park, Henry Clay JV; 2. Maia Taffe, Henry Clay JV; 4. Jawad Yousef, Tates Creek JV; 5. Kate Jones, Bryan Station JV.

Language Arts: 1. Shelby Amato, Henry Clay JV; 2. Joshua Pe, Henry Clay JV; 2. Dara Golding, Henry Clay varsity; 3. Ella Helmuth, Bryan Station varsity; 5. Braeden Bowen, Henry Clay varsity.

Science: 1. Joshua Pe, Henry Clay JV; 2. Joseph Dezarn, Henry Clay JV; 4. Stephen Johnson, Tates Creek JV; 4. Griffin Gensheimer, Tates Creek varsity.

Composition: 3. Iveta Marinova, Tates Creek JV; 2. Braeden Bowen, Henry Clay varsity.

The teams in the nine-school league hail from Bryan Station (coached by Carlos Verdecchia), Henry Clay (James Bright), and Tates Creek (Greshen Willis) high schools.

▪ Cecilia Wang, professor emerita of music education in the University of Kentucky School of Music, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Research Award presented by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. The award is given annually to an individual who is considered the top contributor of research scholars among the professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.

▪ Hundreds of high school students in several counties auditioned for the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s District 7 honor bands, and dozens of the selected musicians were from Fayette County Public Schools. The concert and symphonic bands’ Jan. 23 concert was postponed because of weather; the jazz groups are scheduled to perform at 11 a.m. Saturday at Henry Clay High School.

Concert band

Bryan Station: Monica Jensen, Bb clarinet; Ethan Rushing, trumpet; Brandon McGuire, tuba.

Henry Clay: Andrew Collins, alto saxophone; Jacob O’Donnell, alto saxophone; Jacob Ferguson, bassoon; Julia Hickey, Bb clarinet; Lexi Bensberg, Bb clarinet; Maddie Wheeler, Bb clarinet; Jakob Lowe, keyboard (mallets); Viviana Ortiz, oboe; Erika Sirrine, oboe; David Carruthers, snare; Lucas Sandford, timpani; Cole Privott, trombone; Jordan Bell, trombone; Elyiss Dozier, trombone; Jonathan Quevedo, trumpet; Tyler Gorman, trumpet.

Lafayette: Isaac Bane, alto saxophone; Emily Eckert, bass clarinet; Ava Tomb, bass clarinet; Matthew Mitchell, bassoon; Abby Nolan, Bb clarinet; Emily Rampulla, Bb clarinet; Ashley Cottongim, Bb clarinet; Kate Cox, euphonium; Tyler Conn, French horn; Rachel Booth, French horn; Kaylen McCullough, flute; Katherine Wild, flute; Bethany Bromagen, flute; Katherine Allan, flute; Meredith Hinkle, flute; Angelina Pius, oboe; Casey Trowel, trombone; Emilee Warner, trumpet; Niklas Johnson, trumpet; Evan King, tuba.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Juan Gonzalez, alto sax; Jamie Bradley, bassoon; Amy Zhang, Bb clarinet; Carlie Fugate, Bb clarinet; Viridiana Sibaja, Bb clarinet; Chase Faulkner, Bb clarinet; Brian Miller, French horn; Rohan Palla, French horn; Lorraine Fay, French horn; Jack Warren, snare; Zach Kilian, snare; Clinton White, trombone; Ellen Danford, trombone; Dustin Voss, trumpet; Derby Carter, trumpet; Maddie Baseheart, trumpet; Samuel Foley, trumpet; Jacob Rutledge, tuba.

Tates Creek: Kathleen West, flute; Jacob Francis, keyboard (mallets); Stefan Vaught, snare.


▪ After a fundraiser at Carter G. Woodson Academy, eighth-graders delivered a $210 check to the local Shriners Hospitals for Children to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on a day of service learning. They also learned about physical and occupational therapy techniques in a motion analysis lab and the facility’s history during a Jan. 18 tour.

▪ Focusing on family engagement in 2016, the 16th District PTA will offer a comprehensive training series with a variety of ways that parents and guardians can be more involved in their children’s education. All the events are free and open to the families of Fayette County Public Schools. The series will include the Urban Family Engagement Network curriculum, along with shorter sessions on such topics as gifted and talented advocacy, special needs advocacy, parent/teacher conference preparation and more.

Feb. 6: Training will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 210 at BCTC’s Newtown Pike campus. This program gives attendees tools to help them become powerful advocates for their children’s educational success.

Feb. 18: This district-wide PTA roundtable will cover the importance of school-based decision making councils and information on achievement gaps. Free lunch is provided at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at noon in Conference Room C at the Fayette County Public Schools district office.

▪ Nominations are being accepted for the Donna L.J. Murphy Award, which is presented to a senior female basketball player who exemplifies the meaning of being a great student athlete. High school coaches, principals and athletic directors can nominate deserving students online at Mrandmisskybasketball.com. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday. The award will be presented during the Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. March 15 in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center.


▪ Florence S. Huffman and Robert P. McNulty have been reappointed to serve on the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors.

Huffman is an attorney from Lexington. She was reappointed for a term ending Oct. 15, 2020. McNulty, of Lexington, is a retired letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was reappointed for a term ending Oct. 15, 2021.

▪  Rachel Shane, director of the University of Kentucky’s Arts Administration Program, has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.

In addition to serving as director of the UK Arts Administration Program, Shane teaches courses on marketing, financial management, fundraising, nonprofit management and legal issues in the arts in both the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.