Education Briefs

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By The Staff

Local juniors participate in Governor’s Scholars Program during summerThirty-two high school juniors attended this year’s Governor’s Scholars Program for five weeks in June and July.Oldham County residents include:• Rebekah Joan Green, Callie Ann Hardy, Andrew Granks Kangpan, John Zachary Motes, Joshua Harrison Rosenberg, Ross Christian Stanton, Marion Carlene Taylor and Kathryn Julia Wampler from North Oldham High School;• Andrea Elizabeth Atkin, Annie Rae Barry, Rebekah Elizabeth Clevinger, Logan Seth Crabtree, Michael Lewis Gasser, Ryan Edward Heite, Matthew Charles Hogue, Daniel Charles Mattingly, Carolyn Arose McBride, Bradley Andrew Nakamura, Erik Ryan Pearson, Elizabeth Marie Schaller, Aaron Matthew Smith, Evan Thomas Wesley and Kristofer Robert Yaple from Oldham County High School;• Maureen Elizabeth Dreckman, Katherine Leigh Ferriell, Jess Alan Heichelbech, Erran Michael Huber, Kacie Michelle Niemann and Natalie Elaine Pope from South Oldham High School;• Akash Kishore Gupta andPeter Lucas Meredith from Saint Xavier High School; and• Travis Mackenzie Stewart from Trinity High School.Oldham students named Jeff Green scholarsTwenty-nine students from Oldham County have been named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars. Students earn the designation by achieving a 4.0 grade-point average all four years of high school and scoring at least a 28 composite on the ACT.As Sen. Jeff Green scholars, these students are eligible for $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship awards. Students may receive up to $10,000 toward their college expenses if they continue to do well in school.Local students who earned the awards are:• Dewayne Bishop, Kaitlin Diffenderfer, David Dudley, Ashley Dunn, Emily McCarthy, Ramey Monem, Kimberly Osborne, Courtney Perkins and Stacey Schal from North Oldham High School;• Robin Clark, Joshua Dabbs, Grace Grogan, Esther Guest, Katrina Kent, Stephanie Martin and Patrick Mullaney from Oldham County High School;• Matthew Faller, Lauren Jones, Samantha Moore and Jennifer Morgan from South Oldham High School;• Madelynn Davis, Megan Jones and Jessica Shubert, from Christian Academy of Louisville;• Jessica Michal and Brittany Vorreiter from Mercy Academy;• Benjamin Eiden from St. Xavier High School; and• James Harris, Joel Lowery and Kenneth Minielly from Trinity High School.Motta namedto dean’s list, president’s list at EKUCrestwood student Michael Motta has earned dean’s list and president’s list honors at Eastern Kentucky University for the summer semester.Motta is one of 70 students named to the dean’s list and one of 36 named to the president’s list.To achieve dean’s list honors, students attempting 14 or more credit hours must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average. Students attempting 13 credit hours must earn a 3.65 GPA, and students attempting 12 credit hours must earn a 3.75 GPA.To be named to the president’s list, students must earn a 4.0 GPA for a semester.

Local student is one of 10 selected in poetry contestEarlier this year, Luke Pearson, son of Jennifer Pearson, submitted a poem to a contest for young poets. Pearson is a student at Buckner Elementary.His poem was selected from thousands of entries as one of the top 10 in his grade division. The contest involved students in grades K-12. The top 10 poets in each division each receivied special recognition in the poetry anthology “A Celebration of Poets.”Each top ten winner received a complimentary copy of the anthology and a $50 savings bond. Poems were selected for their literary merit, creativity and social significance.Parenting classes offered beginning Sept. 2; author will speak on parenting tonightOperation: SPIRIT has arranged for Hal Runkel, author of “Scream Free Parenting,” to speak at 7 p.m. today (Thursday) at South Oldham High School. Runkel will address the five truths every parent needs to know. Registration is free at www.operationspirit.org.Parents can also get involved in this year’s small group sessions.Parenting 101 sessions begin 9 to 10 a.m. or 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 3 at SOHS and will run for eight weeks.Parenting 101 sessions are available at North Oldham High School from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday or Thursday Sept. 2 and 4 and will run for eight weeks.Parents may also sign up for Parenting 201, which begins Sept. 4 and will run for four weeks. More information can be found at www.operationspirit.org.Operation: SPIRIT was formed at South Oldham High School two years ago as an effort to educate parents about the unique needs of their teenagers growing up in today’s world.