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Dunbar senior Rachel Seevers gets Grand Award in 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering fair

Rachel Seevers, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, is one of four Grand Award Winners in the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public. She is Kentucky’s first-ever top winner in this prestigious competition. Rachel received one of the two Intel Foundation $50,000 scholarships and Young Scientist Awards for designing,...

Dunbar senior Rachel Seevers places eighth in prestigious national science competition

Rachel Seevers of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School finished in the Top 10 of the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Rachel Seevers She placed eighth and received a $60,000 award for her project developing a virtual winglet, which works by ejecting high-speed air at the leading edge of the underside of...

Dunbar High School MSTC student one of 40 finalists for nation’s oldest science and math competition

Rachel Seevers of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is among 40 finalists in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. She was selected based on the originality and creativity of her scientific research, as well as her achievement and leadership inside and outside the classroom. “I created a new airplane...

Paul Laurence Dunbar media program wins national recognition for excellence in scholastic journalism

PLD Lamplighter, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s media program, has won numerous awards and achieved national recognition for excellence in scholastic journalism in 2017-18. Highlights include Best High School News Website in the 2018 Mark of Excellence competition, Distinguished Site status from School Newspapers Online (the only Kentucky school to receive this honor), a gold medal from the...

FCPS’s Family University series emphasizes importance of parents in education experience

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward The Fayette County Public School District’s Family University series partners with parents and other caregivers to actively foster students’ success. That’s exactly what mom Jessica Hunter had in mind when she signed up for this year’s kickoff event. “We just moved here in April (from Ohio), so we’re trying to get a feel for what the schools are all...

Paul Laurence Dunbar students create ceramic tile mural depicting native plants at Gardenside Park

Art students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School created a new mural for Gardenside Park as part of a community-based group project (Photo from Gardenside Neighborhood Association) There’s a new piece of public art at Gardenside Park, and it was designed by local students. Under the direction of their teacher, Deborah Eller, and a retired art teacher, Elise Melrood, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School...

Dunbar product Wang receives scholarship during finals of Distinguished Young Women competition

Amy Wang of Lexington was a multiple scholarship award winner during the 60th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. The scholarships were presented to competitors who received the highest scores based on an evaluation of their high school academic record and standardized test scores.   Following a selection process that began in her home state, Wang traveled to Mobile, Ala. along with 50 other...

Paul Laurence Dunbar junior Gal named Lexington’s Youth Leader of the Year, wins $500 scholarship

A junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Zsombor Gal, was named Lexington’s “Youth Leader of the Year” during the 2016-17 Youth Salute awards ceremonies last week at Transylvania University. He received a $500 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip, provided by Holifield Photography, to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership conference at Washington University in St. Louis. Zsombor...

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

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...

Fayette County dominates regional science fair, three qualify for national competition in Los Angeles

Students from Fayette County Public Schools set a torrid pace in the 2017 Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair, hosted by Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Dunbar’s Rachel Seevers (first), Amy Wang and David Ma (second), and Thirushan Wignakumar (third) swept Best of Fair honors in the high school division. They also qualified for this spring’s Intel International Science &...

Newton’s Attic hosting Fayette County’s FIRST competition robotics team this week in Ohio

For the third consecutive year, Newton’s Attic is proud to host Team 2856, Fayette County’s FIRST Competition Robotics Team, as the team prepares for the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. Newton’s Attic donates the use of their facility and engineering expertise Monday through Friday after school and Saturdays for the six weeks of the build season leading up to the final event. This year the...

Paul Laurence Dunbar senior Amy Wang named Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky

Amy Wang of Lexington, Kentucky was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky and awarded $6,300 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held in January at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. Wang is a senior at Dunbar High School and has been accepted at Harvard University. She is a Kentucky Governor’s Scholar and was also selected for...

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student receives leadership award during state GEAR UP Week

Mercedes Adams, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was one of 25 students recognized in a ceremony in the State Capitol recently as part of the first Kentucky GEAR UP Week Celebration. More than 100 students, parents and educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to recognize the GEAR UP Kentucky Students of the Year for their leadership among their peers, personal accomplishments and academic...

Three school bands from Fayette invited to perform for Kentucky Music Educators conference


Three groups from Fayette County Public Schools have been invited to perform during the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2017 professional development conference next winter. — Beaumont Middle School’s symphonic band, directed by John Bowmer, 1:25 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Louisville Palace Theater; — Paul Laurence Dunbar High School’s wind symphony, directed by Teresa Elliott,...

Six Fayette County students post perfect ACT score; 2,437 graduates in Class of 2016

Six students in Fayette County Public Schools scored a composite 36, or a perfect score, on the ACT college entrance exam during the 2015-2016 academic year, when they were juniors. The six are Alec Dupont of Henry Clay High School; Andrew Wachal of Lafayette High School; and Carlo Labianca, Ananth Miller Murthy, Nisarg Patil, and Benjamin Xie, all of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The ACT consists...

Three recent Paul Laurence Dunbar High School graduates among final National Merit winners

The last group of students receiving National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities included three May graduates of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: • Thomas Huang, who listed his probable career field as medicine, at Tulane University; • Connor Krolak, biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University; and • Angela Vichitbandha, computer science, University of Kentucky. These...

Three Fayette schools bring home national Technology Student Association honors

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Under the theme “Building a Legacy,” students from Fayette County Public Schools competed well at the Technology Student Association’s 2016 national conference. Southern Middle’s Michael Alaniz and Tyler Nichols set the pace, placing second in Junior Solar Sprint. Susie Rickert was fourth and Kainat Syed placed sixth in Essays on Technology, and Mason...

Paul Laurence Dunbar team captures third straight Kentucky Envirothon championship

A team from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School recorded the top scores in soils, current issue, forestry, and oral presentation in securing the school’s third consecutive championship in the Kentucky Envirothon. The winning team included seniors Theo Livas, Jinny Han, Jasmine Liu, Lucy Yang, and George Simpson (pictured, left to right). A group from Fayette County Public Schools has now won the state...

Helping Hands: Booker Washington elementary students benefitting from Dunbar High math mentors

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Take some 75 fifth-graders and add three dozen older helpers, and the sum is a thriving partnership between Booker T. Washington Intermediate Academy and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. “We decided to try peer mentoring, and the Dunbar kids really make a difference,” said BTW social worker Carla Bingham. “Our kids love them. The biggest thing is they have...

Dunbar junior is Kentucky’s representative in national Doodle 4 Google art contest

Maggie Cook-Allen, an MSTC junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, is Kentucky’s winner in the eighth annual Doodle 4 Google art contest and advances to the national competition. The eventual winner will receive a $30,000 academic scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant to their current school, a trip to Google headquarters in California with a teacher of their choice, a Chromebook, and an...