▪ Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass recently recognized volunteers who have given five, 10 and 15 years of service educating students about work-force readiness, entrepreneurship and basic financial matters.
In the adopt-a-school program, local companies provide student materials and volunteer training for a particular school. Other community partners support the group’s financial literacy programs and curriculum. During 2016-17, the group coordinated 251 volunteers in Fayette County Public Schools and reached 22,500 students in several counties. Among those were more than 1,600 students who visited the Junior Achievement BizTown/Junior Achievement Finance Park facility off Georgetown Road.
Seventeen volunteers received pins and certificates to recognize milestone years of service and their combined 547 sessions taught.
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▪ Seventy students from Fayette County Public Schools completed the 2017 Governor’s Scholars Program, which helps develop Kentucky’s future civic and economic leaders as the teenagers exchange ideas and explore different points of view. The following were among the 1,078 rising seniors who attended one of the five-week summer sessions at Morehead State, Murray State and Northern Kentucky University.
Bryan Station High School: Drake Witt
Henry Clay: Grace Bond, Kalin Combs, Katie Consiglio, Tobias Cox, Safal Dumre, Jijie Fan, John Felty, Julia Hickey, Lena Ilagan, Ella Jensen, Nick Joseph, Saurav Khadka, Maddie Klumb, Nicole Loy, Elizabeth Salamanca, Alex Welch and Maria Wright
Lafayette: Amber Adkins, MacCarthy Baker, John Barton, Ansley Cooper, Mallori Cooper, Locke Cordle, Maya Elias, Chris Giuliani, John Giuliani, Sarah Gleeson, Tori Kauffman, Caleb Matocha, David Pippen, Blake Pulliam, Erin Remley, Tommy Sanders, Ben Stone, Chris Taylor, Jenna Tinnell and Katherine Wild
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Jasmine Ahmad, Dina Birioukova, Jonathan Browning, Kelly Chen, Adarsh Chithrala, Jin Cho, Carlie Fugate, Zsombor Gal, Akhil Kesaraju, Rohith Kesaraju, Linda Kim, Shelby McCubbin and Hannah Wang
STEAM Academy: Julian Fischer-Lhamon and Claire Page
Tates Creek: Mika Bose, Ben Davis, Mikayla Day, RoyseAnn Day, Kevin Ensor, Thomas Ensor, Jazmine Gardner, Eva Grossi, Jordyn Hurley, Hannah Isa, Evan Kinniard, Kailey Lewis, Brooke McNees, Ethan Mooney, Ben Porter, Lauren Skidmore and Adrian Soto
▪ Three groups from Fayette County Public Schools have been invited to perform during the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2018 professional development conference next winter in Louisville:
Henry Clay High School’s wind ensemble, directed by William Kite, on Feb. 8 at the Palace Theater.
Leestown Middle School’s seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra, directed by Nathan Miller, on Feb. 8 at the Palace Theater.
Tates Creek High School’s chamber choir, directed by Nicholas Johnson, on Feb. 8 at the Cathedral of the Assumption.
Visit Kmea.org for more information.
▪ Nine high school students from Fayette County Public Schools participated in the 2017 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.
From Henry Clay High School: Elizabeth Piper and Will Roberts
From Paul Laurence Dunbar: Eleanor Liu, Rachel Seevers, Sydney Sun and Angie Xiao
From Tates Creek: Ronald Delgado, Andrew Gazzaroli and Sam Newman
▪ Bingocize, a preventive health promotion program for senior adults founded at Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2013, will be implemented in 23 Kentucky certified nursing homes. In addition to Kentucky Wesleyan, Bingocize will be administered by faculty at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Murray State University, Spalding University and Western Kentucky University. The goal is to improve the functional performance of adults experiencing dementia while providing a learning experience for students.
▪ Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative has launched a two-year pilot program, Enduring Learning Leadership Lab, aimed at increasing student achievement and community prosperity in Eastern Kentucky. The initiative, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will involve teachers, principals, parents and community members. For more information, go to Wkkf.org.
▪ Beth Rushing has been named president of the Appalachian College Association. She will begin her duties Friday. The consortium of 35 small, private liberal arts colleges in five states — Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia — represents 54,000 students and has more than 25 years of service to the region. Go to Acaweb.org for more.