Henry Clay, Lafayette teachers recognized for enthusiasm, innovation

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▪ Steven Riley of Henry Clay High School and Whitney Walker of Lafayette High School have received the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award, which recognizes the state’s best history and civics teachers.

Riley has taught social studies since 2007 at Henry Clay, where he serves as department chairman. Walker has spent her 12-year education career at Lafayette, where she teaches government and geography.

▪ Danica Moon, a rising senior at Tates Creek High School, was elected vice president of the 71st session of American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington. Moon was chosen by her peers, the 99 other student senators from all 50 states. She took the oath of office July 27 on Capitol Hill.

At Tates Creek, Moon is a member of the orchestra, Young Democrats and the Academic Team. She also was the featured poet at the February 2016 meeting of “Teen Howl,” a poetry reading.

▪ Jacob Ball of Locust Trace AgriScience Center and Andrea Kirby of Bryan Station Middle School successfully completed the annual National Agriscience Teachers Ambassador Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. They joined nearly 370 other teachers from across the country who earned that distinction.

▪ A 3-by-5 ceramic tile mural created by art students at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School has been installed in Gardenside Park, off Della Drive near Harrodsburg Road. The tiles depict native plants near the stream, such as ironweed, phlox, and purple coneflower.

Teacher Deborah Eller and retired art teacher Elise Melrood, who both live in the Gardenside neighborhood, directed the school project last spring as part of an Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government stormwater quality incentive grant. The community-based artwork was unveiled Aug. 8 near the park pavilion as guests heard an update on stream restoration efforts.

▪ Beaumont Middle School paced Fayette County Public Schools participants in the 2017 World Fit competition, finishing first in Kentucky in the six-week, school-based walking and exercise program. Statewide, Bryan Station Middle was second, and Morton Middle placed third. Nationally, they finished third, fifth and sixth in their division.

Beaumont averaged 1.5 miles per student per day for 71,000 miles. Overall, 5,200 students registered for the spring contest, logging more than 466,000 miles.