Education news of interest in Central Kentucky

By Dorothea Wingo

Aedin Harpster
Aedin Harpster Photo provided

▪ Campbellsville University’s sports information department has claimed 10 media and publications awards at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Information Directors Association Convention.

CU earned 10 Top 6 honors, with a second-place finish in the most Twitter followers earned from Sept. 15, 2015 to May 15, 2016. The @CvilleTigers handle has now reached 4,944 followers — the most followed athletics account in the NAIA.

Campbellsville also had several third-place finishes. The sports information office partnered with corporate sponsor Gerald Printing for poster and schedule card designs. Barry Arnold, lead graphic designer at Gerald Printing, and Jordan Alves, sports information director, designed the men’s wrestling and football posters, while also teaming up with the football schedule card — all third place finishes.

CU also received third-place awards for the most Facebook likes and Instagram followers gained in 2015-16. To date, Campbellsville Tigers has 4,251 likes on Facebook, while Instagram (@CvilleTigers) has a following of 1,475 members.

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▪ Student musicians gathered recently at the University of Louisville for five days of rehearsal and performances prior to departing to seven European countries for a 16-day tour.

Students were nominated for the 2016 Kentucky Ambassadors of Music tour based on their musicianship, leadership and character, and were selected for participation by invitation.

The following students are among those that participated:

Haley Potter and Bailey Goff are graduates of Lafayette High School who have been members of the Lafayette High School music program, directed by Charles M. Smith. Haley is the daughter of Michael and Beth Potter of Lexington. Bailey is the son of Ed and Carisa Goff of Lexington.

Aedin Harpster is a violinist in the Tates Creek High School symphony orchestra, directed by Ben McWhorter. Her private instructor is Tiffany Mattingly of Lexington Music Education. Aedin is the daughter of Rachel Harpster and Frankie Wolf.

Katie Yoder is a member of the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School music program, directed by Tiffany Marsh. Katie is the daughter of Aaron and Lisa Yoder of Lexington.

Bonnie Kuntz is a member of the Lafayette High School music program, directed by Ryan Marsh. Bonnie is the daughter of Bruce and Rebecca Kuntz of Lexington.

Eli Dreyer is a member of the Lafayette High School music program, directed by Phil Kent. Eli is the son of Scott and Tracie Dreyer of Lexington.

Dustin Tucker Voss is a member of the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School music program, directed by Teresa Elliott. Dustin is headed to SCAPA for his junior and senior years, and he is the son of Jennifer Nichols of Lexington.

Lily Hurt is a member of the Tates Creek High School music program, directed by Aaron Cunningham. Lily is the daughter of Mark and Michelle Hurt of Lexington.

▪ Joseph L. Owens and Kristen Jacob, both of Lexington, were awarded Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards at Campbellsville University commencement recently.

Owens has served Campbellsville University for five terms as chair of the Board of Trustees and has been on the board for 13 years. He is in his 16th year as senior pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, and he was commencement speaker for the May 14 ceremonies.

Jacob, a recent CU graduate, has been a member of the Lady Tiger’s basketball team for four years. She received Mid-South Conference Champion of Character award in 2015 and 2016, the first time an individual won the award in consecutive years.

Kristen is the daughter of Eric and Connie Jacob of Lexington.

▪ Steven Riley, a social studies teacher at Henry Clay High School, and Traci Gross Rust, a visual arts teacher at Arlington Elementary, have received the 2016 Award for Teaching Excellence from the Fayette County Education Association.

Riley has taught at Henry Clay since 2007, and Rust has been a teacher at Arlington since 2004. The award includes a $500 check.

▪ Two students from Eastside Technical Center have received kudos from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Brandon Bradley earned a Student Production Award for his general assignment news entry, “Confederate Flag: History or Hate?” Brandon was the writer, photographer and editor on the project. Josh Wooldridge received honorable mention for reporting with “Big Man on Campus” in the short form/non-fiction category.

▪ Nearly 3,000 students presented their work in this summer’s National History Day Contest, touting the 2015-16 theme “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” Two entrants carried the banner for Fayette County Public Schools during the June 12-16 national conference at the University of Maryland, with each earning the title of National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar.

In the senior division, Stanford-bound Amir Abou-Jaoude captured first place with his paper, “A Pure Invention: Japan, Impressionism, and the West, 1853-1906.” Amir, who graduated in May from the Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay High School, was also featured in Time magazine for his 200-hour independent research project and 2,500-word paper.

In the junior division, Lily Gardner of Winburn Middle School received first-place honors for individual website with “An Unrepentant Risk Taker: Paul Durand-Ruel Encountering Parisian Culture.”

▪ Beaumont and Bryan Station middle schools led Fayette County Public Schools in the 2016 World Fit competition, finishing first and second in Kentucky in the six-week, school-based walking and exercise program. In the national rankings, Beaumont placed third and Bryan Station was fourth among large schools, and Fayette County had five other schools in the top 10. Fayette County Public Schools also had two of the top eight among smaller schools on the U.S. list.

Nearly 12,700 students in the United States and the United Kingdom tallied more than 1.3 million miles. Beaumont averaged 4.3 miles per student per day and logged nearly 201,000 total miles. Bryan Station also earned a gold medal with a 3.7-mile average and almost 90,000 total miles. In the statewide rankings, Morton placed third (silver medal), followed by Lexington Traditional Magnet, SCAPA at Bluegrass, Southern Middle and Tates Creek Middle, with Winburn and Crawford tied at eighth.


▪ Eric Parker has been selected to serve as executive director of Model Laboratory School.

Parker brings 17 years of experience in K-12 education, the last 13 in school and district administration. For the past year, he has served as executive director for K-12 leadership and continuous improvement for Montgomery (Alabama) Public Schools, where he led school improvement and support initiatives and supervised 12 elementary schools, six middle schools, three high schools and seven alternative centers and programs.

Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Radford University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Jacksonville State University, and a doctoral degree in educational and instructional leadership from Argosy University. He completed an MBA degree (Executive Program) at the University of Georgia in May.

Carrie Ballinger and Laura Dedic have been named directors of Model Elementary School and Model Secondary School, respectively.

For the past two years, Model Laboratory School has ranked among the top 2 percent of the nation’s public high schools, according to Newsweek magazine. In the magazine’s “America’s Top High Schools 2015” survey, Model was one of only three Kentucky high schools to rank in the top 500 among the nation’s 25,000 public high schools. Also last year, the research site Niche ranked Model as the third best public high school in Kentucky.