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High school students display skills in Educators Rising Kentucky competition

Several students from Lafayette, Bryan Station, and Frederick Douglass high schools placed in the Top 5 at the 2020 Educators Rising Kentucky conference, thus qualifying for national competition this summer in Washington, D.C. Educators Rising, formerly known as Future Educators of America, is a club organization for students interested in education-related careers. Nearly 300 members from 22 schools were to gather March 12 at Northern Kentucky University, but the COVID-19 modified event allowed students to compete virtually via online meetings with judges. The 19 contests, ranging from Creative Lecture to Impromptu Speaking, highlighted students’ skills in various aspects of teaching. Following are the leading state results from Fayette County Public Schools. 

  • Children’s Lit (K-3): 2nd place to Lexi Newsome and Haley Watson of Lafayette;
  • Children’s Lit (Pre-K): 1st place to Jayda Josey and Natalie Hollon of Lafayette;
  • Creative Lecture (TED Talk): 1st place to Noah Langford of Bryan Station; 
  • Educations Rising Moment: 1st place to Bridget Studebaker of Frederick Douglass and 4th to Natalia Gonzalez of Bryan Station;
  • Ethical Dilemma: 2nd place to Sarah Jones, Micah Walker, Josie Grant, and Carlie Mathews of Bryan Station and 4th place to Olivia Greer, MaKenzie Anders, William Brown and Hudson Palmer of Lafayette;
  • Exploring Non-Core Subject Teaching Careers: 5th to Kayla Moore of Lafayette;
  • Impromptu Lesson: 5th to MaKenzie Anders of Lafayette;
  • Impromptu Speaking: 2nd place to Jeanieca Johnson of Bryan Station;
  • Inside Our Schools Presentation: 1st place to Rylan Grantz and Kala Decker of Lafayette;
  • Job Interview: 3rd to Julia Mendes of Douglass and 4th to Gillian Fields of Bryan Station;
  • Lesson Planning and Delivery / CTE: 2nd place to Courtney Hughes of Lafayette;
  • Lesson Planning and Delivery / Humanities: 2nd place to Tera Cook of Lafayette and 4th to Deshaun Snowden of Douglass; 
  • Lesson Planning and Delivery / STEM: 2nd place to Olivia Greer of Lafayette;
  • Researching Learning Challenges: 3rd to Isabella Steward and Elizabeth Shainfeld 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 enhance educational opportunities through co-curricular and extracurricular activities. ​For questions, the state-level contact is John Paise. Each participating school also has a club sponsor.