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Champions of Change - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with NBCLatino20!

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This Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), NBC Latino honors 20 achievers who are moving the needle in their respective fields and making our communities and our nation better. These honorees are fiercely proud of their heritage, which has informed and guided their work and inspired their accomplishments. Whether it be a park ranger or supermodel, a Harvard law professor or a student journalist, a philanthropist or marine scientist… these Latinos reflect th... More>>

Champions of Change - Nicole Funk Education Abroad in Ecuador

Nicole Funk (second from left) with Universidad San Francisco de Quito faculty and staff. Nicole Funk (second from left) with Universidad San Francisco de Quito faculty and staff.
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BY:  Amaya DeVicente and Gail Hairston LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2017) — Nicole Funk, a junior from Lexington majoring in natural resources and environmental science with a Spanish minor, participated in an Education Abroad semester-long direct exchange program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Quito, Ecuador. It was through a community internship that Funk...

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Champions of Change - Yetter Named 2017 James Madison Award Winner

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BY:  Mike Farrell LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — A journalist whose reporting on the deaths of children abused or murdered while under the supervision of a state agency is the 2017 recipient of the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment. Deborah Yetter, a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, is the 12th recipient of the award given by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism... More>>

Champions of Change - UK Dining Inspires Youth to Lead Healthier Lifestyles

UK Dining employees with a third grade class at Julius Marks Elementary School. UK Dining employees with a third grade class at Julius Marks Elementary School.
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BY:  UK Dining LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — Every year in mid-September, thousands of Aramark employees around the world enrich and nourish lives by inspiring families to lead healthier lifestyles and helping youth and adults achieve lifelong success through education and employment.  This year members of the University of Kentucky Dining Aramark team partnered with Julius Marks Elementary School for a healthy snack demonstration and distribution of snack k... More>>

Champions of Change - UK Alumnus on a Mission at SpaceX

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BY: Whitney Harder, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — When he was a little boy, he dreamed of being an astronaut. His earliest memory is watching a space shuttle light up the night sky as it was launched from Cape Canaveral. As he grew up, Jake Ingram realized maybe he isn't destined to fly the spacecraft, but to build it instead. He set out on a mission to study mechanical engineering, but never imagined just two year... More>>

Champions of Change - UK Recognized for Diversity

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By:  Blair Hoover Conner LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2017) — INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized the University of Kentucky as one of 15 Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels. “UK is a visionary leader among campus communities strivin...

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Champions of Change - Young Patients Learn There are No Limits with UK Baseball and Softball

Jaxon Russell, a participant in Saturday’s No Limits Camp, gets ready for batting practice. Jaxon Russell, a participant in Saturday’s No Limits Camp, gets ready for batting practice.
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By Olivia Ramirez and Allison Perry LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Participating in sports provides opportunities to learn valuable lessons. Through organized sports, young athletes learn to be part of a team, stay committed and push their limits. This past Saturday, patients from Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) and Shriners Hospital for Children learned there are no limits to what they can do. The annual No Limits Baseball and Softball Cam...

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Champions of Change: UK's Tobacco-free Ambassadors Partnership

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BY:  Melinda J. Ickes LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) — Members of the University of Kentucky’s BREATHE team, representing the UK College of Nursing and UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, hosted a kickoff for the Tobacco-free Ambassadors Partnership (TAP) project on Sept. 11, in partnership with Hazard High School’s ARI Student Senate and Leadership Team and Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC)...

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Champions of Change - Otolaryngology Residents Win National Academic Quiz Bowl

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By:  Ann Blackford  LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Medical residents from the University of Kentucky Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery recently won the 2017 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Academic Quiz Bowl at the AAO-HNS Annual Meeting held in Chicago Sept.10 to 13. UK residents Dr. Kristan Alfonso, Dr. Mitch Dobberpuhl and Dr. Michael Kaufman competed against teams from Stanford Uni...

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Champions of Change - Jennifer Harris, University of Kentucky

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Meet Danville native and architecture graduate student, Jennifer Harris, always dreamed of graduating from the University of Kentucky. However, as a deaf woman, she has faced many barriers along the way. With the help of her professors, interpreters and the Disability Resource Center, Harris' dream will become a reality. Disability Resource Center Director David Beach has been there every step of the way to provide Harris with the resources she needed to be successful. LEXINGTON, Ky....

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Champions of Change - Thomas Hager, Belfry High School

Champions of Change - Thomas Hager, Belfry Champions of Change - Thomas Hager, Belfry
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Local 11th grader Thomas Hager is featured in a major documentary narrated by Jamie Foxx, which will air on the National Geographic channel on September 26.  Thomas shares his experiences growing up in the coal-mining town with little access to technology. 

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Champions of Change - Garden Springs, Beaumont finish atop Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books - Beaumont Middle School and Gardensprings Elementary take home the division trophies Battle of the Books - Beaumont Middle School and Gardensprings Elementary take home the division trophies
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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. Elementary * 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,...

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Champions of Change - Blake Dilynn Donithan, International Studies Student Travels to Siberia

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Growing up in a small Appalachian town, Blake Dilynn Donithan dreamt of exploring the world. Looking at the mountains out of her bedroom window in Pikeville, Kentucky, she envisioned traveling first to Russia. She never thought that a few years later she would be in a small village near the Russian-Mongolian border in the Sayan Mountains. “I had no connection to Russia or the Russian language, and people often questioned my decision to study Russian,” Donithan said. &l... More>>

Champions of Change - Cayden Samuels, University of Kentucky Back Voices Gospel Choir President

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Meet Cayden Samuels, this year's UK Black Voices Gospel Choir president and soon-to-be 2017 graduate. A kinesiology student from Canton, Michigan, Samuels has always had a passion for gospel music and has been singing in church choirs since she could talk. This past year, the Black Voices Gospel Choir sang that national anthem at Commonwealth and Rupp Arena, and she cherishes that moment as one of her favorites during her time at UK. Learn more about Samuels in her "see... More>>

Champions of Change - The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts Program

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This summer, The Kentucky Center will host 256 eager, young artists from every region of the commonwealth, as The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) takes place at Danville’s Centre College from June 18 to July 8. This year marks the program’s 30th anniversary.

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Champions of Change - Nathan Feese, Morton Middle School - Young Achiever of the Year

Champions of Change - Nathan Feese, Morton Middle School Champions of Change - Nathan Feese, Morton Middle School
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The nonprofit International Leadership Network has selected Nathan Feese, who recently finished eighth grade at Morton Middle School, as one of its two Young Achievers of the Year.  Three other students from Fayette County Public Schools were also among the 15 total recognized as 2017 Young Achievers: Jackson Gonzales of Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Peyton Prichard of Tates Creek Elementary, and Alex Stumbur of Ashland Elementary. They completed eighth and fifth grade, r... More>>

Champions of Change - YMCA of Central Kentucky Swimmer Amina El-Amin Headed to USA Swimming’s Annual Diversity Select Camp and Summit

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YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer selected to attend USA Swimming’s Annual Diversity Select Camp and Summit   LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (June 21, 2017) – YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer Amina El-Amin, a seventh grader from Edythe J. Hayes Middle School is one of 40 up-and-coming athletes to attend the USA Swimming’s Annual Southern Zone Diversity Select Camp and Summit to be held June 22-25 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, NC. El-Amin, an ... More>>

Champions of Change Elkhorn Elementary Poppy Project

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Students at Elkhorn Elementary made 100 poppies for the WWI Centennial Poppy Project.  Their poppies along with those made by students, scouts and other groups across the Commonwealth will be displayed at the Kentucky State Fair WWI Centennial Exhibit in August.  Watch Heather French Henry, KDVA Deputy Commissioner, accepting the poppies from the students! Check out the video here!   More information on the Kentucky Poppy Project    More information about... More>>

Champions of Change - Camille Robinson

Camille Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, currently works as a draftsman for Prestress Services Industries in Lexington, Ky. Camille Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, currently works as a draftsman for Prestress Services Industries in Lexington, Ky.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Camille Robinson earned a bachelor of arts degree in teaching, but her passion is in computer-aided drafting and design.  She worked seven years for an engineering firm in eastern Kentucky.  Like most companies, her job was reliant upon the coal industry.  As jobs became few and far between, she found herself laid off not once, not twice, but three times. Enter Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).  Robinson enrolled in 2012 a... More>>

Champions of Change - UK College of Nursing Student, Karly Schmidt Donates Kidney to a 7 Year Old in Need

Champions of Change - Seven-year-old Logan, who was diagnosed with PKD five years ago, received a kidney from UK nursing student Karly Schmidt. Champions of Change - Seven-year-old Logan, who was diagnosed with PKD five years ago, received a kidney from UK nursing student Karly Schmidt.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 16, 2017) — To commit a textbook term to memory, UK College of Nursing student Karly Schmidt used a mental shortcut by naming her two kidneys George and Fred. George, her right kidney, reminded her of the word “glomerular,” and Fred, her left kidney, reminded her of “filtration.” Putting the two words together, she could recall the glomerular filtration rate, which is the medical formula used to measure kidne...

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Champions of Change - Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarships

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 31, 2017) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced four UK students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study Chinese, Japanese and Swahili abroad. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in 14 critical need foreign languages d... More>>

Champions of Change - UK Student Katy Brewer Receives P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholar Award

Champions of Change - UK Student, Katy Brewer Receives P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholar Award Champions of Change - UK Student, Katy Brewer Receives P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholar Award
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2017) Katy Brewer, a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, was chosen as one of 100 doctoral students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter C of Lexington, Kentucky. Brewer was a National Merit Finalist and a Patterson Scholarship recipient and graduated summa cum laude from UK in 2013 ... More>>

Champions of Change - UK Teaching Assistant, Sy Bridenbaugh, Uses Life-altering Injury to Motivate Students

UK Teaching Assistant, Sy Bridenbaugh, Uses Life-altering Injury to Motivate Students UK Teaching Assistant, Sy Bridenbaugh, Uses Life-altering Injury to Motivate Students
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2017) — It was a normal day in southern Ohio. Hot, but normal. The Huntington Huntsmen football players were giving it their all during practice. It was the first time they were running plays with full contact, wearing all their gear. It might have been more enjoyable, if only it weren’t so hot.    The heat wasn’t on Sy Bridenbaugh’s mind as much as other things, though. Like showing he could be...

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Champion of Change - UK’s Danielle Galyer is First Team Academic All-America for Second Consecutive Year

Champions of Change - Danielle Galyer, University of Kentucky swimmer. Champions of Change - Danielle Galyer, University of Kentucky swimmer.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2017) — Following the completion of her stellar University of Kentucky career, senior swimmer Danielle Galyer was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America At-Large First Team for the second consecutive year, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. “It’s a culmination of her outstanding career both as a student as an athlete at Kentucky,” said head coa...

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Champions of Change - Kentucky Wesleyan College - Meredith Daunhauer Receives All-American Honors

Champions of Change - Meredith Daunhauer Receives All American Honors Champions of Change - Meredith Daunhauer Receives All American Honors
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ROLLA, Mo. – Meredith Daunhauer of the Kentucky Wesleyan College softball team earned All-American honors from the Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association, being named to the Third-Team.  After bringing home a pair of All-Region selections this season, this marks the first career All-America selection for Daunhauer and the first in program history for Kentucky Wesleyan softball. The sophomore held a .457 batting average this season, helping the Pant... More>>

Champions of Change - Asbury University's ImpactU Camps Challenge and Inspire

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June 15, 2017 WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s ImpactU summer academic camps wrap up today, but for more than 150 high school students who explored new academic areas and experienced Asbury’s vibrant Christian community, the real impact has just begun.  Offering camps ranging from Film to Equine to Brass Music, ImpactU is a residential, college-type experience on Asbury’s campus that challenges high school students to explore new academic areas, sh... More>>

Champions of Change - 2017 Kentucky Environthon

Champions of Change - 2017 Kentucky Environthon Champions of Change - 2017 Kentucky Environthon
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Dunbar teams place second, third in state’s Envirothon Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School excelled in the 2017 Kentucky Envirothon, which ran May 17-18 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Education and Leadership Center in Jabez. In this statewide competition, the teams demonstrated their knowledge of Kentucky’s natural resources at field stations covering aquatics, soils, forestry, and wildlife.  Fayette County’s “B” team was runner-up with Dun... More>>

Champions of Change - Youth Leader of the Year 2016-2017 - Dunbar Junior, Zsombor Gal

Youth Leader of the Year, Zsombor Gal Youth Leader of the Year, Zsombor Gal
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Dunbar junior named Youth Leader of the Year 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 May 21 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. Anne Boggess of Henry Clay H...

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Champions of Change - Live Green Lexington, Morton and Julius Marks Set Bar High for Green Efforts

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Morton, Julius Marks set bar high for ‘green’ efforts! On the heels of Earth Day, students and staff in Fayette County Public Schools celebrated federal, state, and local awards for their outstanding environmentally conscious efforts.  Morton Middle has been deemed a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School because of its demonstrated excellence in the three pillars of sustainability: environmental literacy, student wellness, and energy efficiency. This... More>>

Champions of Change - Nate Williams, 4K for Cancer

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UK Grad Student Puts Down His Instrument  and Grabs His Bike to Take On 4K for Cancer LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2017) — Every year, more than 70,000 young adults ages 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer. Despite advancements in prevention, early detection and treatment, survival rates for this age group have been stagnant for the last 30 years. This summer, University of Kentucky arts administration graduate student Nate Williams will embark on a cross country bi... More>>

Champions of Change - Lexington Shriners Medical Center - Moran Nickodem

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By: Moran Nickodem (article written in patient’s own words) Monday, May 1, 2017, I will graduate from patient care at Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington after 21 years of having my life sculpted into what it was always meant to be.   The week of May 1st is a big graduation week for me. Not only am I graduating from Shriners Medical Center, but I will also graduate from the University of Kentucky with an undergraduate degree in integrated stra...

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Champions of Change - Model Laboratory Boasts Eight Governor's Scholars

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Model Laboratory School submitted eight applications to the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP), and all eight students were accepted. The juniors accepted into GSP are: Uma Aikat, Sophie Austin, Josh Collier, Laura Cole, Jarett Insko, Patrick Nnoromele, Avanti Patel and Sophie Gershtenson. Gershtenson (architecture and design) and Collier (film and photography) were also accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), and must decide between the two programs. Natha...

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Champions of Change - Zion Walker, Carter G. Woodson Academy, Distinguished Leader Award

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Woodson junior receives Distinguished Leader Award The Leadership Lexington Youth Program presented its 2017 Distinguished Leader Award to Zion Walker of Carter G. Woodson Academy. He accepted the plaque April 12 at the LLYP graduation luncheon, held at Fasig-Tipton. “This program opened my eyes to all that Lexington and the world have to offer and all that is possible,” Zion said as the eight-month series wrapped up.  Class members nominate candidates for the award...

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Champions of Change - Evan Winkler, Morton Eighth Grader State Champ National Geographic Bee

Evan Winkler, Morton Eighth Grader State Champ in National Geographic Bee Evan Winkler, Morton Eighth Grader State Champ in National Geographic Bee
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Morton eighth-grader state champion in National Geographic Bee. An eighth-grader at Morton Middle School, Evan Winkler, is Kentucky’s state winner in the 2017 National Geographic Bee competition. He is among the 54 students who will square off in the national championship, set for May 14-17 in Washington, D.C. On March 31, more than 4,600 students competed in state bees across the United States and its territories. Evan and the other champions each received $100, “Nation... More>>

Champions of Change - Jessica Tallarigo Honors Saddlemaker Eugene Minihan

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It has been called the Cadillac of all saddles. Many knowledgeable horsemen consider the “Kentucky Springseat” the finest riding saddle ever made, but few know the story of its creator, Eugene Minihan, who fashioned the unique product in his shop in Owingsville, Kentucky, from the late 1880s until his death in 1926. Now, an Eastern Kentucky University senior is helping to perpetuate his legacy. Jessica Tallarigo, a senior animal studies major from nearby Mt. Sterling, h...

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Champions of Change - Brandon Turner and Ricky Seth Hembree - Madison Southern High School

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The Madison Southern High School duo of Brandon Turner and Ricky Seth Hembree, both of Berea, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the 2017 TBF High School Fishing Kentucky State Championship tournament on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. A massive field of 192 teams competed in the no... More>>

Champions of Change - Rosa Parks Go Out on Top in Superintendent's Cup

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SCAPA, Rosa Parks go out on top in Superintendent’s Cup Elementary school teams from SCAPA at Bluegrass and Rosa Parks Elementary capped the 2016-17 Academic Challenge season with impressive wins in the Superintendent’s Cup. These students, along with individual winners in the math/science and writing assessments, received scholarship offers from sponsoring colleges. “How fitting that during March Madness, we’re gathered to recognize academic success,” ...

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Champions of Change - Jessica Bayne, Parker Van Houten, AllTech Vocal Scholarship Winners

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Jessica Bayne and Parker Van Houten are two of the winners of the 12th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition where they sang for a chance to win scholarships and prizes to help jump start their operatic careers.  Jessica a graduate of the University of Kentucky won First Place of the graduate division and Parker Van Houten of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville won First Place of the undergraduates.

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Champions of Change - Zoe Felice, Katrin Flores, Lafayette High School

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Two students from Lafayette High School have earned national honors in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.
Zoe Felice, a senior, received two silver medals – for her art portfolio titled “My Friends” and for a mixed media piece called “Stuffing Sausages.” Katrin Flores, a junior, received a silver medal in poetry for “The Poetic Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.”

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Champions of Change - Youth Showcase, March 18, 2016

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BYB's Valley Park Outreach Program and CKYO's MusicWorks team up for a performance showcasing Lexington's youth. Both of these programs focus on marginalized children and youth. The Valley Park Outreach Program was designed to also reach the Latino population as it offers bilingual ballet classes Monday-Thursday in Valley Park which is in walking distance to many of the dance students. 

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Champions of Change - Taveion Hollingsworth, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

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Taveion Hollingsworth, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball for the 2016-17 season. He received the award at a March 14 banquet at the Lexington Center. 

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Champions of Change - Lyndsey Crunk, Scott County High School

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Lyndsey Crunk is a 15 year old student at Scott County High School where she enjoys participating on the Trap Shooting Team.  In August 2014,she was diagnosed Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME) and has endured much change in her life since that diagnosis.  Instead of giving up on life and letting Epilepsy control her, this strong young lady has chosen to take on the “Big E” with perseverance and persistence like no other. 

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Champions of Change - Jessie Clark Robotics Team - Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette

Jessie Clark Robotics Team- Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette Jessie Clark Robotics Team- Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette
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A robotics team from Jessie Clark Middle School took first place in the Robo Challenge Xtreme (RCX) regional tournament on March 4 at host Georgetown College. Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette also qualify to compete again during the STLP State Championships, set for April 12 at Rupp Arena.  Nearly 100 students from several counties participated in the RCX regional, including teams from 16 elementaries, seven middle schools, and one high school. 

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Champions of Change - Charles Wilson, Southern Middle School

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An eighth-grader at Southern Middle School, Charles Wilson, will be Kentucky’s representative at the “Teens Speak Up!” advocacy conference March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Charles, who has generalized primary epilepsy, also plans to attend the national epilepsy walk and to speak with members of Congress and senators on Capitol Hill. 

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Champions of Change - Mary Richardson, Stonewall Elementary

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A fourth-grader at Stonewall Elementary, Mary Richardson, has earned first-place honors in a national art contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). Mary’s entry depicting the Year of the Rooster was selected as tops in the computer graphics category in the elementary division. She received an award certificate and a $25 Amazon gift card.  The other categories were artistic, comical, and original. Stonewall teacher Hiroko Hunter invited a...

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Champions of Change - Brit Bennett

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Brit Bennett, 26, Novelist | Hometown: Oceanside, California.  The Stanford and University of Michigan grad is just 26 but her debut novel “The Mothers” recently earned her recognition as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 30 and among those on the TODAY Show’s list of “12 Must Read Books for Fall.” "The Mothers" looks at the lives of three young people being watched and talked about from afar by church...

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Champions of Change - Joey Ilagan, Tates Creek Middle School

Champions of Change - Joey Ilagen, Tates Creek Middle School Champions of Change - Joey Ilagen, Tates Creek Middle School
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An eighth-grader at Tates Creek Middle School, Joey Ilagan, won the annual University of Kentucky Spelling Bee on the final word “toxicosis.” As a regional winner, he qualifies to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for May 28-June 3 outside Washington in National Harbor, Md. 

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Champions of Change - Chancelor Bennett, Chance the Rapper

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Chance the Rapper, 23, Rapper, Activist | Hometown: Chicago, Illinois.  Chancelor Bennett, better known to his fans as Chance the Rapper, woke up America with his jazz-in fused, uplifting and spiritual rap lyrics in the 2016 album Coloring Book.  The unsigned artist has co-written for Kanye West and is nominated for 7 Grammys this year. 

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Champions of Change - Kane Brown

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Kane Brown, 23, Country Music Singer | Hometown: Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia.  Country singer Kane Brown became a viral sensation after posting videos of himself singing pop songs on YouTube. He released his self-titled major label debut album in December 2016 and it shot to #1 on Billboard country chart, becoming the biggest country debut for a new artist in more than two years. The singer-songwriter -- who had a tough childhood, even living out of a car with his mom ... More>>

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