Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

By Dorothea Wingo

Carey Cavanaugh
Carey Cavanaugh Photo provided


▪ Fayette County Public Schools produced three winners in KET’s 2016 Young Writers Contest, which drew more than 500 entries statewide. Seth Gladding of SCAPA at Bluegrass earned first-place honors among fourth-graders for his story Earl E. Bird. Kindergartener Nikhil Venkateswaran of Picadome Elementary placed third with Nero and the Kids, and first-grader Sandhya Karthick of Rosa Parks Elementary placed third with How the Peacock Got Its Feathers.

KET invited students in kindergarten through third grade to submit illustrated stories, while fourth- and fifth-graders could enter the short story contest. Full-color e-books and PDFs of the winning entries are posted at

▪ Joey Michael, a student from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School earned kudos in the 10th annual essay contest sponsored by the German Information Center, a department of the German Embassy in Washington. The rules stated that entries had to be in paragraph form, but then-junior Joey submitted a poem. Rather than toss it out, the embassy staff singled it out as an exceptional piece in a one-time category called “Special Mention.”

“This one stood out above the rest in terms of creativity, and it was obvious a lot of work was put into it. Joey Michael submitted a very creative, well-researched and thought-out poem. It was a great entry, but not an essay. However, for the first time since the contest started, we felt that a non-conforming entry deserved recognition and did just that. We are looking into how to change our rules for next year to allow for such entries,” said Jennifer Clardy Chalmers, senior public diplomacy officer and editor of the “Germany in Class” newsletter.

Students in grades 3-12 are eligible for the contest. New topics are chosen every year, and the entries are judged by German embassy employees. Another Dunbar student, rising sophomore Leni Broady, received honorable mention.

▪ The junior varsity academic team from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School won the 2016 PACE national junior varsity title during June 4-5 competition in Chicago. David Ma, Max Bograd, Hannah Wang, Zsombor Gal and Angus Maske were guided by coach/adviser Susan Magedanz as they tackled questions in various subjects.

“After 20-something years of trying, we finally did it. We should be proud that our students have done something so well that compares their skills in all academic areas to those of other top students in the country,” said Magedanz, who noted that teams from Beaumont, Tates Creek and Winburn also made it to the middle school nationals.

▪ To salute the work of educators who serve at-risk students, the Kentucky Department of Education has named seven Alternative Programs of Distinction, including The Learning Center at Linlee in Fayette County Public Schools.

The recipients each received $2,000 from the department and $1,000 from the Kentucky Center for School Safety for instructional support. Also, information about the seven programs will be posted on the department’s website so other schools can use them as models.

Linlee, which also earned this recognition last year, serves students in grades 8-12 who thrive in a nontraditional school setting. This school is designed for youngsters whose learning style is characterized by a different pace, who need a smaller classroom setting, or who want a more hands-on approach to instruction.

▪ A rising fifth-grader at Glendover Elementary, Will Bingham, is Kentucky’s winner in the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. This nationwide recipe contest for kids ages 8-12, which promotes cooking and healthy eating, received more than 1,200 entries featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients. The winners, representing all U.S. states, five territories and the District of Columbia, are invited to a Kids’ State Dinner on July 14 at the White House, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.

Will, 10, took top honors in the Commonwealth with his One Bag Bluegrass Bake recipe.

▪ Carey Cavanaugh, director of the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, has been awarded a fellowship at Cambridge University’s Clare College.

Cavanaugh has also been selected to be an executive-in-residence and fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy beginning July 1.

After 10 years of service as Patterson School’s director, Cavanaugh will spend this fall semester on sabbatical, writing and conducting research on international conflict resolution.

▪ UK professors Kathryn Cardarelli and Nancy Schoenberg recently joined the 2016-17 class of fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Cardarelli and Schoenberg were among 54 women chosen for participation in the 22nd class for ELAM, a program dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions.


▪ A director of law enforcement and two new principals have been selected in the Fayette County Public Schools system.

Veda Stewart has been named principal of Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Chris Salyers has been named program director of The Learning Center, and Lawrence Weathers has been named director of law enforcement.