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Students make Fayette proud in Educators Rising state competition

Several Lexington students placed in the Top 5 at the 2019 Educators Rising Kentucky conference, thus qualifying for national competition this summer in Dallas. Educators Rising, formerly known as Future Educators of America, is a club organization for middle and high school students interested in education-related careers.

Nearly 250 students from 27 schools gathered March 5-6 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green to learn about the field and participate in 17 competitions, ranging from Lesson Planning and Delivery to Job Interview. These competitions are designed to showcase their skills in various aspects of teaching. Following are the top results from Fayette County Public Schools.

Children’s Lit K-3: third place – Janya Wilson and Sabrynn Wright of Frederick Douglass; fifth – Natalie Hollon and Jayda Josey of Lafayette; 

Children’s Lit P-K: fourth place – LeAnn Khong of Douglass; fifth – Dara Hisle and Cilica You of Lafayette; 

Creative Lecture: fifth place – Christian Melton of Douglass; 

Ethical Dilemma: second place – Helena Stevenson-Barnes, Sarah Jones, and Josie Grant of Bryan Station; 

Exploring Education Administration Careers: second place – Alleigh Baxter of Lafayette; 

Exploring Non-Core Subject Teaching Careers: fifth place – Emily Allen of Douglass; 

Exploring Support Service Careers: fourth place – Deshaun Snowden of Douglass;  

Impromptu Speaking: fourth place – Abby Vires of Douglass; 

Inside Our Schools: first place – Noah Langford, Daniel Bruner, and Karina Mora of Bryan Station; 

Job Interview: fifth place – Dara Hisle of Lafayette; 

Lesson Planning and Delivery / ARTS: first place – MaKenzie Anders of Lafayette; 

Lesson Planning and Delivery / CTE: first place – Olivia Greer of Lafayette; 

Public Speaking: third place – Talia Allen of Bryan Station; fifth – Kelsey Wise of Lafayette; 

Researching Learning Challenges: first place – Jacob Martin and Katherine Newnam of Lafayette.

The Educators Rising curriculum, which can be offered through the Teaching and Learning pathway, gives students a hands-on teaching experience, sustains their interest in the profession, and helps them develop the skills they need to be successful educators. As the state affiliate, Educators Rising Kentucky and Phi Delta Kappa partner to create a national network that helps students build resources and create connections that can significantly impact educational opportunities through co-curricular and extracurricular activities. ​For questions, the state-level contact is Kathy Collins.


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