Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Kentucky Education Notes

Holmes junior had top essay

        COVINGTON — A Holmes High School junior has won a national essay contest. Her work was chosen from among 1,176 high school entries.

        Stephanie Dziczek, 17, won the Profile in Courage Essay Contest, sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Stephanie wrote about Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a strong advocate of gay rights. She will receive $3,000 and a trip to Boston to accept the award.

        Stephanie, along with Holmes classmate Tiffany Donnelly, was among 10 finalists whose essays were judged last week in New York City.

        The contest began in 1994 in the Northeast, expanding nationwide in 1999.

Teachers talk about reading initiatives

               ALEXANDRIA — Four Campbell County teachers are sharing the district's literacy initiatives with reading teachers from around the world.

        Grants Lick Elementary teachers Stacie Currie, Peggy Herald and Amy Razor, along with Diana Heidelberg, the district's curriculum and instruction director, are leading a workshop at the International Reading Association's annual convention this week in New Orleans.

        The teachers will be discussing Campbell County's efforts to promote family involvement in literacy through parent nights and transition programs.

Rope jumping raises money for research

               COVINGTON — Students at three Covington elementary schools raised $2,075 for the American Heart Association.

        Through the association's Jump Rope for Heart fund raiser, Sixth District, Ninth District and John G. Carlisle elementary schools raised the money for heart research.

        The students presented checks to the association last week.

NKU staffer helps first-year students

               HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — A Northern Kentucky University administrator was recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate.

        Fran Zaniello, director of First-Year Programs, was one of 10 recipients selected among 184 nominations from around the country. The award, given by the University of South Carolina's National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, recognizes college personnel for their efforts to support first-year college students.

        Ms. Zaniello has led several initiatives at NKU including developing a Learning Assistance Center and the university's first academic orientation course.

Top students to be recognized

               The Enquirer would like to honor the Tristate's top students in the Class of 2001 by publishing the names and photographs of each high school's valedictorians and salutatorians.

        For schools that recognize top students in another way, we'd like to honor them as well by including their names and pictures in our round-up.

        Our list will include students from Northern Kentucky's public and private high schools.

        To do that, we need your help. We plan to publish the list in June. Please send the names and photographs of your valedictorians, salutatorians or other top students to Lori Hayes, Kentucky Enquirer, 226 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, Ky. 41017, as soon as they have been identified. You can also e-mail the information to lhayes@enquirer.com. For information, call Lori at 578-5577 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays.

        Education Notes are compiled by Lori Hayes, education reporter at The Kentucky Enquirer. Contact her with news items at (859) 578-5577, by fax at (859) 578-5565 or by e-mail at lhayes@enquirer.com.


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