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Education Notes: Bryan Station’s Verdecchia receives Rotary Award; Battle of Books winners announced

The Rotary Club of Lexington announced Carlos Verdecchia of Bryan Station High School as the 2017 recipient of its Jack T. Bryden Great Teacher Award, based on essays submitted by scholarship applicants.

Verdecchia is head of the science department at Bryan Station, where he has taught for 17 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and his Master of Arts, Master of Animal Science and Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky.

Carlos Verdecchia

Verdecchia also enjoys designing and making birthday cakes for his three children.

The Rotary Club, which regularly partners with Fayette County Public Schools, also recognized several outstanding high school seniors during its April awards program at Fasig-Tipton.

Maddie Covey of Tates Creek won the Rotary Scholar Award, and Jamin Waite of Lafayette (SCAPA) received the first-generation college scholarship.

In addition, members of the All-Fayette County High School Academic Team included Russell Scaife of Bryan Station, Chancellor Lewis of Henry Clay, Thomas Kikuchi of Lafayette, Emily Liu of Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Lauren Greiwe of Tates Creek.

Garden Springs, Beaumont finish atop Battle of the Books

Garden Springs Elementary and Beaumont Middle School won the 2017 Battle of the Books, a competitive reading incentive program in Fayette County Public Schools.

The final quiz-bowl showdowns were April 26-27 in Norsworthy Auditorium at the district’s central office.

Garden Springs won the elementary division of Battle of the Books. From left are Coach Kay Snyder and students Michael Mungillo, Merry Parrent, and Crystal Tharappel. (photo provided)


Winner: Garden Springs, with Michael Mungillo, Merry Parrent, and Crystal Tharappel.
Runner-up: Veterans Park, with Isaac Cook, Aidan Waters, and Haley Williams.
3rd place: Garrett Morgan, with Kate Brown, Tessa Ward, and Sara Yesufu.
4th place: Millcreek, with Matthew Bruner, Kate Hensley, and Caden Thacker.


Winner: Beaumont, with Erika Borck, Jenny Lee, and Erin Stratton.
Runner-up: Leestown, with Victoria Holliday, Rachel Holland, and Abby Peck.
3rd place: Bryan Station, with Grace Brown, Arden Ensor, and Zach Henz.

Twenty elementaries and six middle schools participated in this year’s Battle of the Books, which encourages students to read with particular attention to detail.

Each spring, the coaches select the following year’s titles – aiming to cover various interests and reading levels.

UK names FCPS Community Partner of the Year

The University of Kentucky’s Center for Community Outreach has named Fayette County Public Schools as its 2016-17 Community Partner of the Year.

During this school year, homeless education liaison James Hodge (pictured) and the FCPS Office of Student Support Services, the Community Action Council, Emmanuel Baptist Church, and multiple UK students helped provide 300 Thanksgiving baskets to nearly three dozen schools and families.

Hodge also teamed with UK’s outreach center to supply five elementaries with mentors for about 30 students experiencing shelter insecurity, offering support for the children’s academic and social development.

“Kudos for working in concert with other partners to provide direct services to some of our most vulnerable students. This recognition is well-deserved,” Superintendent Manny Caulk told Hodge and Faith Thompson, associate director of Student Support Services. 

From Fayette County Public Schools Communications

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