■ Sandersville Elementary School students held a celebration after winning the Lexington Legends/Chick-fil-A "Hit the Books" Reading Program contest for 2012.
In "Hit the Books," a baseball diamond is used to record credit for a student's reading. For every book a student reads, a teacher places his or her initials on a base. When the student has all three bases and home plate initialed by the teacher, the student may bring a "Hit the Books" bookmark to the Legends' box office at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to exchange it for two tickets.
The 2012 season was the 12th for Legends baseball, and also marked the 12th year that the Legends have been associated with the "Hit the Books" program. About 125,000 Central Kentucky students have participated.
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During the 2012 season, Sandersville Elementary students redeemed 260 bookmarks — more than any other school. All 800 students and faculty were rewarded with a free chicken nugget party, with the Legends' Big L and the Chick-fil-A cow serving as hosts.
■ Paul Laurence Dunbar High School's academic team has won a platinum-certified qualifier for the 2013 PACE national competition. Team members include juniors Athena Kern, John Luan, Joseph Schneider and Neelav Dutta.
The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE) is a nonprofit alliance of college and high school academic teams that organizes tournaments to expose students to top levels of competition. The Oct. 6 tournament, hosted by the University of Illinois, was written at the University of Michigan and the University of Delaware.
As tournament champion, Dunbar received a bid to PACE nationals next summer, where about 60 teams will vie for the title of most outstanding quiz bowl team. Last year, Dunbar finished 16th in the country.
■ As it prepares for its annual induction ceremony on Oct. 29, the University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society, has been recognized as a 2012 "Chapter of Excellence." The UK chapter is one of only 19 to be honored with this designation, which included two student members winning awards for their academic achievements.
Established in 2009, the chapter initiates eligible juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders into its ranks each fall. PKP recognizes students for their academic excellence and service to the community.
Two UK students, Taylor Lloyd and Brittany Kidwell, were awarded scholarships through the national office of PKP this year for their hard work.
Lloyd was awarded the $5,000 PKP Fellowship, which will be used to help pay for her tuition or housing for the current year. Kidwell, currently a fourth-year student in the UK College of Pharmacy pursuing her Pharm.D, was awarded a $1,000 study abroad grant, where she was able to study for six weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The UK chapter of PKP is led by Emmett "Buzz" Burnam, student affairs coordinator in the Office of Admissions and Registrar, who serves as the chapter president.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and boasts more than 1 million members. For more information, call 1-800-804-9880 or visit PhiKappaPhi.org.
■ The SCAPA at Bluegrass middle school band has been selected as a 2012 commended winner in the Mark of Excellence national wind band honors competition. Bands submit recordings for this contest, which is sponsored by The Foundation for Music Education, and this year 184 entries came in from 35 states. The SCAPA group, under the direction of Robin Barker and assistant Karen Akel, is the first Kentucky band named a commended winner and only the third band in Class A that was not out of Texas.
■ Michael A. Flannery will discuss "Civil War Medicine: What We Learned and Why It Matters" at Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday, Oct. 25.
The presentation, at 7 p.m. in O'Donnell Hall of the Student Success Building, is part of EKU's year-long observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial and the third of six lectures in the Department of History series. It is free and open to the public.
Flannery is the author or co-editor of eight books, including the award-winning Civil War Pharmacy: A History of Drugs, Drug Supply and Provision, and Therapeutics for the Union and Confederacy. He is also the author of 76 articles and invited reviews on topics ranging from the medicinal plants of Constantine Rafinesque to Charles Darwin and his critics.
Since 1999, Flannery has been professor and associate director for historical collections, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Previously, he was the longtime director of the Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati.