Education Notes: Child Nutrition’s Dawson named Southeast Employee of Year; merit award for Albrecht

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The School Nutrition Association has tapped Fayette County Public Schools food service employee Trish Dawson as its Southeast Region’s Employee of the Year.

Dawson, who was also Kentucky’s 2017 statewide honoree, is now in the running for the national award, which will be announced this July in Atlanta.

Trish Dawson

“We come to work every day in hopes that we fill up hungry bellies, help children learn, get to know how amazing these kids are, leave a positive mark on their lives, and see those smiling faces,” said Dawson, who has worked in the school district’s Child Nutrition Department since 2011.

Dawson really stepped up for students in Fayette County Public Schools this year, according to Child Nutrition Director Michelle Coker. She was appointed interim manager of the cafeteria at Cardinal Valley Elementary from August to January and then interim manager at Morton Middle School from February to May.

“She weathered many challenges at both places, but moved forward to ensure the students were always taken care of,” Coker said.

Dunbar senior receives corporate-sponsored National Merit award

Andrew Albrecht, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, is among Kentucky’s 22 recipients of 2017 corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards.

Albrecht, whose probable career field is computer science, will be supported by the Cardinal Health Foundation.

Corporate sponsors provide awards for National Merit competition finalists who are children of their employees, live in communities the company serves, or plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage. Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends ranging from $500 to $10,000. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

In the National Merit Scholarship Corp.’s annual program, winners of $2,500 awards will be announced May 10, and recipients of college-sponsored merit scholarships on June 7 and July 17. By the end, some 7,500 seniors will have received scholarships worth $32 million.

About 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 competition when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of seniors, included the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Fayette County Public Schools boasted 38 semifinalists, as announced last fall.

Three bring home honors in world languages competition

Three students from Fayette County Public Schools earned recognition in the Kentucky World Language Association’s latest showcase, hosted March 25 by the University of Kentucky.

In Chinese, Sarah Poston of Bryan Station High School took first place in the novice high division. And in Spanish, Bryan Station Middle’s Victoria Lowe was the overall runner-up while Esmeralda Alvarez placed second in the heritage speaker category.

The KWLA showcase is a long-running annual event that allows students from across the state to demonstrate their language proficiency skills in all modes of communication.

Each student presents their project to a judge and answers impromptu questions – all in the target language. Individuals’ scores are also based on presentational writing, an interpretive reading and listening assessment, and overall proficiency.

BSHS boasts two winners in Congressional Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has announced that the Sixth District’s winners in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition include Kaitlyn Roark and Caitlynn Lopez, both of Bryan Station High School.

Kaitlyn was the overall winner for her piece titled “Max in the Jungle,” which will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for one year along with winners from each congressional district.

Caitlynn received the Constituent’s Choice award for her entry “Play,” which collected the most “likes” on Barr’s Facebook page.  Her work will be displayed for the next year in Barr’s Washington, D.C., office.

In addition, Barr’s Staff Choice award went to a student from Wolfe County High School.

From Fayette County Public Schools Communications

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