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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...

Lexington's Dunbar High School has both of Kentucky's 2014 U.S. presidential scholars

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School has produced both of Kentucky’s U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2014: seniors Athena Kern and Joseph Schneider.   This is one of the nation’s most prestigious honors recognizing high school students’ accomplishments.   Athena Kern (Photo provided)

Computer, math teacher awarded for helping more girls succeed in information technology

Jason Reed, a math teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, will receive an Aspirations in Computing Educator Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.   Reed, who has taught at Dunbar for 11 years, will be recognized by the NCWIT Kentucky affiliate at an April 22 program in Rupp Arena. He will receive an engraved commemorative award, up to $1,000 of expense reimbursement...

Recent graduates receive $74.5 million in aid, accepted at more than 200 schools, colleges

United College at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland is the destination for recent Fayette County Public Schools alumni. Prince William and Kate Middleton met at St. Andrews while attending university. (Photo from commons.wikimedia.)   The 2,262 seniors who graduated from Fayette County Public Schools in May 2013 have reported more than $74.5 million in scholarship offers to further their...

Dunbar High School takes first for fourth timein Beta Club's quiz bowl at senior convention

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School won the quiz bowl at the National Beta Club’s annual senior convention for a fourth consecutive year. The 2013 team included Athena Kern, John Luan, Valerie Sarge and Will Walters.   Several students also secured honors in individual contests. Athena took first place in English, Joseph Schneider in science, and Vania Ma in Spanish. Valerie placed third in...

Dunbar High School band selected to march in 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

  The 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature the marching band from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The surprise announcement thrilled students and families gathered for a concert Thursday.   “I make it my business to look across the country and identify the music programs that are the finest in the country,” said Wesley Whatley, the parade’s creative director and head...

Dunbar and Tates Creek high schools take top Governor's Cup FPS honors in Kentucky finals

Paul Laurence Dunbar wrapped up another first-place finish among high schools in the 2013 Governor’s Cup, and Tates Creek took top honors in the future problem-solving portion. Both schools will advance to the FPS international competition June 6-9 at Indiana University.   Tates Creek’s FPS team included Adam Childress, Rachel Dixon, Abby Mrvos and Richie Simpson; and the Dunbar team consisted...

Henry Clay senior is second on ‘Jeopardy!’
but takes home $35,600 in prize money

Henry Clay High School senior Barrett Block was runner-up in the 2013 “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament and pocketed $35,600 in prize money.   Barrett Block, shown earlier with his classmates, is the fourth Henry Clay student to compete in the Teen Tournament since 2007. (Photo from FCPS) After blazing through the early rounds, Barrett faltered a bit in the two-day finale – trailing the eventual...

Henry Clay senior is second on 'Jeopardy!' but takes home $35,600 in prize money

Henry Clay High School senior Barrett Block was runner-up in the 2013 “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament and pocketed $35,600 in prize money.   Barrett Block, shown earlier with his classmates, is the fourth Henry Clay student to compete in the Teen Tournament since 2007. (Photo from FCPS) After blazing through the early rounds, Barrett faltered a bit in the two-day finale – trailing the eventual...

Keep It Real contest features student-made videos educating peers on drinking risks

High school students across the Commonwealth, along with the general public are invited to View and Vote for their favorite student-made commercials during the 9th annual Keep It Real Internet/Video Contest Jan. 7 – 18 at keep-it-real.us.   These teen filmmakers have created 30-second PSA’s telling their peers about the risks of underage drinking. Now it’s time for friends, family...

Dunbar, Lafayette students bring home awards from Ky. Beta Club senior convention

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School repeated as the Convention Sweepstakes award winner at the 72nd annual Kentucky Beta Club senior convention, held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Galt House and Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. Lafayette High School’s club also secured individual honors.   From Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, kneeling: Athena Kern, Alice Liu, Vania Ma, Maria Wang...

Dunbar High School senior Jessi Li a regional finalist in Siemens research competition

Jessie Li, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was a regional finalist in this year’s Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s most challenging research-based contest. She received a $1,000 scholarship after mid-November judging at Georgia Tech, the Region 6 host.   The Siemens Competition, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, is administered...

Students from Fayette County, BCTC receive Partners For Youth/Toyota scholarships

The Partners For Youth/Toyota Scholarship Program recognized a dozen outstanding students at a recent reception at The Hilary J. Boone Center on the University of Kentucky campus.   Laura Benrey of Henry Clay High School received $2,000 for the A.J. Newcomb Scholarship, named in honor of a Lafayette High recipient who died of heart transplant complications soon after graduating in 2001. As this...

UK show features high school art

On the the curved walls of The Hub in the bottom of the University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library, local high schoolers’ artwork flashes on screens for a handful of seconds before flickering and shifting to another student’s work.   Art in the Hub, which opened Wednesday, is an exhibit featuring young artists in the library’s high-tech research area. The display — a...

UK show features high school art

On the the curved walls of The Hub in the bottom of the University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library, local high schoolers’ artwork flashes on screens for a handful of seconds before flickering and shifting to another student’s work.   Art in the Hub, which opened Wednesday, is an exhibit featuring young artists in the library’s high-tech research area. The display —...

Madison Central is No. 1 in KHSBCA top 25

The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its weekly top 25 poll. Check out the rankings below: Madison Central St. Xavier Eastern Central Hardin Lafayette Lexington Catholic Paul Laurence Dunbar Male Apollo Pleasure Ridge Park Covington Catholic Tates Creek Hopkinsville Ballard Bryan Station Harrison County Allen County Scottsville Woodford County Lawrence County Danville Ryle Pikeville Trinity Henderson...