■ Each year Kentucky high school students compete for spots in several all-state music groups. The following students were selected and will travel to Louisville in February for three days of intense rehearsals with renowned conductors. The groups then perform as featured ensembles at the Kentucky Music Educators Association's in-service conference.
Lexington students chosen include:
All-State Concert Band: Henry Clay: Anna Kraemer, Bb clarinet; Andrew Osborn, French horn. Lafayette: Melanie Burrier, flute; Stella Sharpe, oboe; Marie Armbruster, oboe; Michael Balko, trumpet. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Michelle Peregrim, Bb clarinet; Youn Seon Han, Bb clarinet. Tates Creek High: Micah Tatum, bass clarinet; Alex Gray, trumpet; Jimmy Corcoran, mallets.
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All-State Jazz Band: Henry Clay: Walter Cox, trombone. Lafayette: Philip Moore, drums.
All-State Symphonic Band: Henry Clay: Nathan Bush, alto saxophone; Daniel Polk, trumpet. Lafayette: Chloe McIntosh, flute; Meredith Burns, oboe; Turner Hawkins, bassoon; Maria Kidd, Bb clarinet; Joseph Wrightson, alto saxophone; Danny Alford, trombone; Chris Baldani, euphonium; George Summers, tuba. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Katie Thompson, flute; Aaron Hudson, bass clarinet; Leia Wedlund, trumpet; Yuki Inoue, trombone; Blake Stahl, tuba. Tates Creek: Diashamar Marshall, trumpet.
All-State Symphony Orchestra: Bryan Station: Stephen Parsons, violin II; James Hardin, viola; Kathryne Harris, viola; Logan Jackson, viola; Allie Wood, viola; Cameron Jackson, cello. Henry Clay: Vanessa Fu, violin I; Jessie Zhu, violin I; Chris Chow, violin II; Caroline Miracle, violin II; Allen Tsai, violin II; Kevin Xie, violin II; Julia McCorvey, viola; Rachel Lorch, cello; James Piper, flute. Lafayette: Jonathan Karp, violin I; Heeju Son, violin I; Ole Wendroth, violin II; Sarah Grindle, viola; Alison Ward, viola; Alex DeMoll, cello; Emily Farrer, cello; Nicholas Blackburn, bass; Benjamin Healy, bass; Tyler Turcotte, bass, Emily Wilson, French horn; Clay Gonzalez, trombone. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Jessie Li, violin I; Andrew Quick, violin I; Stephanie Tseng, violin I; Maria Wu, violin I; Matthew Wu, violin I; Mike Yang, violin I; Enoch Yeh, violin I; Morgan Quick, violin II; Harper Smith, violin II; Randy Tsai, violin II; Sarah Bush, viola; Sarah Goad, viola; Abbey Smiley, viola; Chongho Jeon, cello; Jackie Young, cello; Cody Putman, bassoon. Tates Creek: Tamara Hounshell, violin I; Hannah Kim, violin I; Cynthia Springer, violin II; Coleman Pelfrey, tuba.
All-State Commonwealth Strings Orchestra: Bryan Station: Marylynne Anderson-Cooper, violin II; Peyton Thomas, violin II; Jenna Roseman, violin II; Michael Parsons, viola. Henry Clay: Kristen Morrill, violin I; Varun Ramakrishnan, violin II; Logan Garrity, viola; Morgan Varble, viola. Lafayette High: Michael Goffinet, violin I; Will Akel, violin II; Maya McCutchen, violin II; Sarah MacDonald, viola; Julia Mead, cello; Robert Wendroth, cello; Anna Wilson, cello. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Aaron Karp, violin I; Albert Kim, violin I; Alex Lucas, violin I; Melanie Schmocker, bass.
■ Western Kentucky University has announced the winners of a regional weather forecasting contest held during the fall semester. Mitchell Gaines, a 2005 graduate of Woodford County High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Kentucky, beat out almost 100 other students from the region to take first place in the competition hosted by the University of Georgia.
■ Twenty-five more teachers from Fayette County Public Schools have earned National Board Certification, bringing the total to 124 across FCPS.
This certification, which generally takes one to three years to complete, is a demonstration of a teacher's practice as measured against rigorous standards. Offered on a voluntary basis and valid for 10 years, the advanced system complements but does not replace state licensing.
The latest group consists of: Kristina Blair, Millcreek Elementary; Theresa Buczek, Winburn Middle; Jennifer Caravello, Leestown Middle; Naomi Carroll, Mary Todd Elementary; Amy Emmons, Squires Elementary; Heather Eppley, Bryan Station High; Rebecca Goff, Paul Laurence Dunbar High; Alicia Greer, Beaumont Middle; Samuel Hall, Edythe J. Hayes Middle; Megan Karr, Breckinridge Elementary; Crystal Kennedy, James Lane Allen Elementary; Kevin Lentz, Henry Clay High; April McGuire, Beaumont Middle; Jason Meenach, Tates Creek High; Kimberly Noreikis, Booker T. Washington Academy; Raquel Ortiz, Cardinal Valley Elementary; Lisa Osterman, Tates Creek High; Jessica Pollard, Jessie Clark Middle; Kelly Profitt, Jessie Clark Middle; Melissa Quinn, Bryan Station High; Caroline Rea, Leestown Middle; Jamie Stamper, Meadowthorpe Elementary; Julia Verax, Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet; Lisa Williams, Beaumont Middle; Linda Winke, "It's About Kids" Support Services.
■ Each year, Blue Grass Energy sends 10 high school juniors on a free trip to Washington, D.C., for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Selected participants will spend one week in June touring the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol, the Kennedy Center and the White House. They will meet with Kentucky's congressmen and learn about the role of electric cooperatives in national government.
High school juniors living with a parent or guardian served by Blue Grass Energy may download an application at BGenergy.com or ask a guidance counselor for one. The deadline to apply is March 1.
For more information on Blue Grass Energy's Washington Youth Tour, contact Sha Collier at (859) 885-2104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.