Fayette County

Education notes for the week of Feb. 2

Brianna Saylor
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▪ For the fourth consecutive year, an Eastern Kentucky University Risk Management and Insurance major is one of 30 students nationwide selected to participate in the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program.

Brianna Saylor, a junior from Berea, will attend, all expenses paid, the Risk Management Society 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego in April.

The Madison Southern High School graduate is the daughter of Christy and Eugene Saylor and the granddaughter of Kathy and Robert Thompson.

▪ Fayette County Public Schools has produced 11 of Kentucky’s 90 seniors named as 2016 candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which honors high school students’ accomplishments. The candidates are:

Henry Clay High School: Kayla Beebout and Eliza Jane Schaeffer.

Lafayette High School: Annaliese McFarlane.

Paul Laurence Dunbar High: Jacob Cottrell, Thomas Huang, Dasha Kolyaskina, Jasmine Liu, Joanna Slusarewicz, Abigail Woolums, Kathleen Yang and Runyang Zhang.

About 4,000 candidates were chosen. About 800 semifinalists will be announced in mid-April, and as many as 161 winners in early May.

In June, the scholars will network with government leaders, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and others in Washington as they discuss global issues, volunteer for service projects, attend recitals and receptions, and tour museums and monuments. Each student will also receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

▪ Beaumont, Hayes and Winburn middle schools led their respective fields in the 2016 Governor’s Cup district-level contests in January. The Governor’s Cup, founded in 1986 to promote classroom achievement, is Kentucky’s premier academic competition. The contest consists of five written exams, composition (on-demand writing), future problem-solving and quick recall (quiz bowl).

FCPS team results in District 59

Overall: 1st Beaumont; 2nd Morton; 4th Jessie Clark.

Future problem-solving: 1st Beaumont; 2nd Morton.

Quick recall: 1st Beaumont; 2nd Morton; 3rd Jessie Clark.

District 58

Overall: 1st Edythe J. Hayes; 4th Southern.

Quick recall: 2nd Southern; 4th Hayes.

District 57

Overall: 1st Winburn; 2nd Tates Creek; 4th Bryan Station.

Future problem-solving: 1st Winburn.

Quick recall: 1st Winburn; 2nd Tates Creek; 4th Bryan Station.

For complete details and students’ scores, go to Kaac.com/results.

This year’s middle school regional concludes Feb. 13, and the state finals are March 19-21 in Louisville.

▪ 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 are from Fayette County Public Schools. The concert and symphonic bands’ Jan. 23 concert was postponed because of weather; the jazz groups performed Jan. 30 at Henry Clay High School.

Symphonic band

Henry Clay: Noah Beckett, baritone sax; Darrien Smithpeter, bass trombone; Luke Cave, Bb clarinet; Allison Pin, Bb clarinet; Sarah Ritter, flute; Tristan Garner, keyboard (mallets); James Gooding, snare; Reagan Cox, trumpet; Tyler Rosenkrantz, trumpet.

Lafayette: Magaret Scripps, alto sax; Ashley James, bass clarinet; Jordan Profitt, bass trombone; Ntinyari Miriti, bassoon; Zoe SirLouis, bassoon; Victoria Hall, bassoon; Ashley Williams, Bb clarinet; Bethany Boggs, Bb clarinet; Karlee Caswell, Bb clarinet; Josh Andreatta, euphonium; Herman Bratcher, French horn; Hope Bennett, French horn; Madeline Savage, French horn; Isaac Lane, French horn; John Clark Baker, French horn; Julia Crandall, flute; Anna Sommer, flute; Shelby Grow, flute; Catherine Donson, keyboard (mallets); Haley Potter, oboe; Ethan Ward, snare; Dee White, snare; James Kries, timpani; Britton Fugazzi, trombone; Austin Booth, trombone; Austin Lancaster, trombone; Caleb Matocha, trombone; Carson Crovo, trombone; David Vest, trumpet; Bailey Goff, trumpet; Ethan Ferguson, trumpet; Quinn Heltzel, trumpet; Michael Haymes, tuba; Wyatt Tharpe, tuba.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Olivia Zastro, Bb clarinet; Emily Cooper, Bb clarinet; Joanna Slusarewicz, Bb clarinet; Younjin Han, flute; Lucy Wang, oboe.

Tates Creek: Audra Tomme, trumpet; Logan Newby, tuba.

Jazz ensemble

Henry Clay: Andrew Collins, alto sax; Jacob O’Donnell, tenor; Reagan Cox, trumpet; Tyler Rosenkrantz, trumpet; Jordan Bell, trombone; Lucas Sanford, vibes; Simon Long, bass; James Gooding, drums.

Lafayette: Isaac Bane, alto; Ethan Ferguson, trumpet; Bailey Goff, trumpet; David Vest, trumpet; Carson Crovo, trombone; Britton Fugazzi, trombone; Jordan Profitt, bass trombone; Vanessa Meliksetyan, piano; Landon Feese, guitar; Tobias Holm-Hudson, drums.

Jazz band

Bryan Station: Ethan Rushing, trumpet.

Henry Clay: Noah Beckett, baritone sax; Elyiss Dozier, bass trombone.

Lafayette: Seth Roney, tenor; Herman Bratcher, trumpet; Casey Trowell, trombone; Austin Lancaster, trombone; Seth Mullins, vibes; Daniel Pemberton, drums; Thomas Kikuchi, drums.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Juan Gonzalez, alto; Emily Cooper, piano.


▪ The first registration window for the 2016-17 academic year in Fayette County Public Schools runs Tuesday through Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, and 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9. (If schools are closed because of bad weather, then registration is canceled as well.) Any child who turns 5 on or before Oct. 1 may start full-day kindergarten this fall. Kentucky law requires youth between ages 6-18 to attend school.

To enroll a kindergartner or other first-time student, families should go to their assigned neighborhood school and fill out a registration packet. To determine which school, use the online street directory or call 859-381-4122 for assistance. For a list of the required paperwork and documentation and to download health forms, visit Fcps.net/registration.

▪ A Fayette County Public School division called “It’s About Sustainability” will serve as a charter member of the nation’s first Green Schools Alliance District Collaborative, which will harness the collective power of schools to support greener, more efficient environmental solutions.

The Green Schools Alliance, an international organization of sustainable schools, announced Jan. 25 that the collaborative is composed of 21 U.S. school districts, eight of which are among the 12 largest in the country. Collectively, these districts affect the lives of 3.6 million children in 5,726 schools with more than 550 million square feet of building area. These districts will build and share best practices, leverage their combined purchasing power to increase access to sustainable alternatives, promote market transformation and influence policy decisions. They will also work together to accelerate hands-on sustainability action in local school communities and at the national level.

▪ About 700 Fayette County public, private and home-school students in grades four through 12 will compete in the 32nd annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools on Saturday at Tates Creek High School.

This year’s event will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Hunt Morgan, a Lexington native and scientist known for his experimental research with the fruit fly, by which he established the chromosome theory of heredity.

Students participating in the event have either received honors at their schools’ science fairs or earned recognition for their projects.

Project judging will begin in the school’s gymnasium from 9 a.m. to noon. The 650 projects represent a variety of science disciplines, such as chemistry, plant sciences, engineering and physics.

Special awards will be given for outstanding projects involving water and environmental science, too.

More than 30 student-friendly exhibits and hands-on activities, coordinated by Bluegrass GreenSource, will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hallways outside the gymnasium. The exhibits and activities are free.

The awards program will begin at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium.