Education notes

By Dorothea Wingo

Erin Wolf Horrell
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▪ Erin Wolf Horrell, a student in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky, is one of 90 doctoral students in the United States and Canada selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by the Chapter AE of Lexington.

Erin is the daughter of Kay and Gregory Wolf of Columbus, Ohio. She is a 2010 graduate of Boston College, with a B.S. degree in biochemistry, magna cum laude.

▪ Mimi Doan, who recently completed eighth grade at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, received the Youth Citizenship Award presented by the Bryan Station Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Mimi volunteered at Breckinridge Elementary, tutoring and reading to younger students, and made blankets for the children’s hospital and the homeless. She was also a member of Hayes’ dance team, chorus, WEB and Beta Club.

▪ Lexmark International has honored two Fayette County Public Schools classroom instructors with the company’s Educating Excellence award: Linda Dewees, a math teacher at Henry Clay High School, and Nami Stager, a STEM teacher at Wellington Elementary.

▪ Three 2016 graduates of Bryan Station High School received end-of-the-year honors from the Bryan Station Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The recipients were Ella Helmuth, with the Louise Wieman Award for Leadership; Cynthia Casiano, with the DAR Good Citizen Award; and Yahaira Gonzalez, with the JROTC bronze medal. These students received certificates, medals and monetary awards.

▪ The UK Honors Program has selected 10 first-year students as recipients of the T.W. Lewis Scholarship, beginning fall 2016. This third cohort of scholars represents Fayette County and a number of Appalachian counties in Kentucky.

The scholars are:

Caroline Ackerman, a graduate of Lafayette Senior High School in Fayette County, majoring in human health sciences.

Peter Briggs, a graduate of Trinity Christian Academy in Fayette County, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Halley Burge, a graduate of West Carter High School in Carter County, majoring in architecture.

Andrew Calvert, a graduate of Lexington Christian Academy in Fayette County, majoring in English.

Kelsey Cole, a graduate of Magoffin County High School in Magoffin County, major undeclared.

Alyssa Dyer, a graduate of Sheldon Clark High School in Martin County, majoring in art studio.

Elyssa Slusher, a graduate of Harlan High School in Harlan County, majoring in political science.

Mahala Walker, a graduate of Perry County Central High School in Perry County, majoring in biology.

Noah Welch, a graduate of Henry Clay High School in Fayette County, majoring in history.

Megan Yorkey, a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School in Fayette County, majoring in animal sciences.

Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership potential, entrepreneurial potential, personal character, intellectual ability and financial need. They each receive $5,000 toward the cost of tuition, room and board, with a maximum of $20,000 per student.

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▪  UK international studies junior Shauna Rust and foreign language and international economics junior Amaris Wade have been awarded the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship for up to $20,000 toward the study of Russian and Chinese languages abroad. Rust and Wade are two of 165 undergraduate student award winners selected nationally from a pool of 820 applicants.

Rust, the daughter of Kelley and Michael Rust of Georgetown, was drawn to Russian studies because of her parents’ service in the military, and her brother, who is deployed with the U.S. Navy in Eastern Europe.

Wade, the daughter of Dewayne and Kathryn Wade of Lexington, has focused her studies on Chinese as part of her foreign language and international economics major at UK.

▪ The Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants recently awarded scholarships to college students across the Commonwealth who are studying accounting.

Among those receiving awards is Jessica Kidwell of Lexington, a May graduate of the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics Von Allmen School of Accountancy with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Kidwell received the PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship.

▪ Lexmark International will host Kentucky Science Center’s Lexington Youth Science Summit for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday at Lexmark’s global headquarters in Lexington. This day-long, science-focused event connects middle and high school students to STEM careers, programs and fields of study through individual and team interactions with regional STEM professionals.

The cost to attend the summit is $25 per student and includes a light breakfast and lunch, and an event T-shirt. The summit will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance by visiting

▪ Ten members of the Class of 2016 in Fayette County Public Schools are among Kentucky’s 82 recipients of National Merit scholarships financed by colleges and universities:

Elyse Blakeman, graduate of Bryan Station High School, UK, undecided career field

Maya Creamer, Henry Clay High School, Vanderbilt University, elementary education

Kyle Draper, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Tufts University, engineering

Jacob Ferguson, Henry Clay, Vanderbilt University, engineering

Thomas Kenny, Henry Clay, Centre College, computer science

Kyra Seevers, Dunbar, UK, computer science

Wesley Siebenthaler, Dunbar, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, computer science

Cole Terrell, Henry Clay, UK, computer engineering

Lucy Yang, Dunbar, Northwestern University, environmental science

Eric Zhang, Dunbar, Vanderbilt University, medicine

The sponsors selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their school. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

▪ Alex Gregorowicz, a graduate student at UK, has been recognized by the Endowment Fund of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity as the recipient of the Schroeder Family Finance Award. He is the son of Bernard and Susan Gregorowicz of Louisville.

The award is given to a graduate or undergraduate student preparing for a career in investment banking, sales and trading, asset management or a related field.

▪ A group from Tates Creek High School claimed first place in the senior division at the Future Problem Solving Program International conference June 1-5 at Michigan State University. New graduates Miles Dunn, Gabe Garcia, Griffin Gensheimer and Bri Stanley competed against champion teams from more than 40 states and abroad.

All four students participated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Tates Creek High School. They were coached by Kristina and Drew Trimble, Greshen Willis and John Hatfield, with assistance from recent International Baccalaureate graduates and UK students Alex Kowalewski, Gavin Holiday, Kylie Russ, Rachel Dixon and Richie Simpson.