Fayette County

Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

James C. Klotter
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▪ Kate Fetko, a fourth-grader at Seton Catholic School, has won a $1,000 college savings account after she shared her dream of becoming a teacher. Kate submitted a drawing for the Dream Out Loud Challenge, showing how she would change the world after college by teaching elementary school. The challenge was sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust.

The challenge invited students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade to submit an original poem, drawing, video or essay answering the question, “How will I change the world after college?” Kate submitted a drawing of a teacher reading to elementary school children while seated on top of the world. Kate’s school also received $500.

▪ The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, a non-profit dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders in the skills of negotiation, dialogue and compromise, has announced its 2016 class of National Student Congress.

Lucas Tanaka, a junior at Trinity Christian Academy, was selected and will be attending the congress June 12-18.

For more information, go to Henryclaycenter.org.

▪ The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation has awarded $29,000 in scholarships to 25 students. The Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarships were awarded to law enforcement officers’ dependents and survivors of officers killed in the line of duty. Telecommunicators and officers’ dependents were awarded $1,000 toward the fall 2016 semester, and officers’ survivors received $2,000.

Scholarship recipients are:

Rebecca Tribby* of Mount Sterling, University of Kentucky, College of Law

Anthony Jansen, Jr.* of Fort Thomas, Northern Kentucky University

Andrew Sticklen* of Dover, UK

Katherine Thacker* of Louisville, Liberty University

Samantha Ratliff of Virgie, EKU

Rashuad Kennedy of Burlington, NKU

Brianna Gipson of Madisonville, Asbury University

Colin Early of Cumberland, EKU

Ashley Bowling of Flemingsburg, Morehead State University

Savannah Caldwell of Danville, EKU

Madison Bryant of Junction City, Lindsay Wilson College

Hannah Lamb of Mayfield, Murray State University

Joseph Sparkman of Leburn, Alice Lloyd College

Ben Palmer of Owensboro, Murray State University

Lauren Wesley of Russell Springs, Alice Lloyd College

Katelyn Thomas of Winchester, Georgetown College

Kathy Jo Donahue of Bardstown, Galen College of Nursing

Courtney Sauerbeck of Alexandria, NKU

Madeline Knox of Waco, Morehead State University

Mary Pickett of Glasgow, Lee University

Andrew Sexton of Clearfield, Morehead State University

Callie Teague of Mount Sterling, Morehead State University

Hannah Shepherd of Hebron, NKU

Jonathan Melkulcok of Wellington, University of Tennessee

Madison Combs of Dry Ridge, NKU

* Denotes survivor

▪ The UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has awarded six UK students with Critical Language Scholarships to study Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian abroad.

The six UK students are:

Lee Clark, a graduate student in the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, from Richmond, for Russian

Lauren Copeland, a gender and women’s studies doctoral student from Gainesville, Fla., for Arabic

M. Ruth Dike, an anthropology doctoral student from Memphis, for Arabic

Faiyad Mannan, a College of Medicine student from Staffordsville, for Japanese

Bridget Nicholas, a Chinese language and literature and international studies junior, Chellgren Fellow and member of the UK Honors Program, from Covington, for Chinese

Kathryn Showers-Curtis, a linguistics theory and typology graduate student from Janesville, Wis., for Russian

▪ James C. Klotter has been named the 2016 recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement. The Lexington native, UK alumnus and Georgetown College scholar is the state historian of Kentucky.

The medallion was created in 1990 to recognize intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value to the Commonwealth. The award also promotes education and creative thought. The recipient is determined by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board after receiving nominations from the public.

Klotter received his doctoral degree in history from UK in 1975. He is the author, co-author or editor of almost 20 books, including The Breckinridges of Kentucky, Faces of Kentucky and the second edition of Our Kentucky: A Study of the Bluegrass State. He is also the author of the Kentucky history textbooks used at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels statewide.

The state historian since 1980, Klotter worked at the Kentucky Historical Society from 1973 to 1998, with his tenure culminating in eight years of service as the society’s executive director.

▪ Five students at Model Laboratory High School have been named Governor’s Scholars for 2016.

The quintet will join 1,000 other students from the Commonwealth for the five-week academic enrichment program this summer, held jointly on three college campuses.

Model also boasts one participant in the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs and one Gatton Academy enrollee.

The five students are Nate Frisbie, Harry Moberly, Mallory Smith, Abigail Vicars and Linda Yoder. Mac Ertel was accepted into the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, and Harper Sewells will attend the Gatton Academy.

▪ Nathan Richey, of Berea, a Model Laboratory School sophomore, has been accepted into the Tanglewood Institute program for young musicians.

After successfully auditioning by video in January, Richey will be among 11 clarinetists participating in this summer’s Young Artists Wind Ensemble.

Richey, who had previously played Appalachian-style fiddle, began playing clarinet at age 10, when he was starting fifth grade at Model.

▪  UK history 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 the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university.

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

▪ Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to five high school seniors, including Kate Cox of Lafayette and Kathleen Sandford of Tates Creek. Each received a $500 award for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment through such activities as eradicating invasive plant species at nature preserves, rerouting creek flows to reduce flooding, and creating or restoring rain gardens throughout his or her community.

▪ Three students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School earned recognition for projects competing at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

In the grand (category) awards, senior Kyra Seevers placed second in engineering mechanics. She received a $1,500 prize and will have a main-belt asteroid named after her. Meanwhile, junior Amy Wang and sophomore David Ma teamed up for third place in translational medical science, which earned a $1,000 prize.

In addition, Kyra received a second-place award from the American Meteorological Society, while Amy and David got a second-place award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Both special honors included $1,000 prizes.


▪ More than 80 Central Kentucky students attended Clark County’s first annual Color of Education Conference on April 22. The students all attend George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester.

The conference, held at Transylvania University in Lexington, was aimed at helping the minority, low-income or at-risk students find a better understanding of their options for post-secondary education.

More information can be found at Thecolorofeducation.org.

Learning opportunity

▪ Robotics Day Camp at Transylvania University will be June 27-July 1. The camp is for rising 6th-8th graders and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This camp will introduce campers to the fundamentals of robot building and programming using Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kits. Mindstorms robots are programmable in an intuitive visual language, so no experience is necessary, although campers should be motivated to learn about robots. The cost is $275. To sign up online, go to Tiny.cc/TUAcadCamp. For more information, contact Charlotte at 859-233-8228.