Berea College's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has been recognized as a Circle of Excellence Gold Chapter by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

According to a release, this is the second-highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization and is given to chapters who have exceeded expectation in chapter operations and that demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Chapters who score a 95-99 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators become Circle of Excellence Gold honors.

"It is a great honor to be awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Circle of Excellence Gold Status," said Chris Thomas, chapter president, in the release. "Like the students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, our local chapter seeks to excel too. I am thankful to work alongside a board that not only cares about students but strives for excellence."

Saylor accepted to Christian Scholars Program

Savannah Saylor was recently accepted into Georgetown College's Christian Scholars Program, Science Honors Program, and Health Scholars Program. The Christian Scholars Program, according to a news release, allows students to work closely with mentors and serve communities in need. Getting into the program is competitive and students who are admitted receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Students who are accepted into the Science Honors Program receive a $4,000 fellowship as a sophomore or junior that helps to support a 10-week internship with Georgetown College professors or research scientists anywhere, according to a news release. The program is meant to prepare students for careers in science fields through research based instruction.

Students who are in the Health Scholars program allows students to have professional experiences and gain the skills and preparation they will need to succeed in post-graduate health programs, according to a news release.

EKU's Upward Bound seeks students

According to a release, Eastern Kentucky University's Upward Bound program is looking for more applicants for the class of 2020.

Upward Bound is looking for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors in Casey, Estill, Lee, Lincoln, Powell and Wolfe counties to apply for the federally-funded college access program, according to the news release.

The Upward Bound program has tutoring classes, ACT preparation, college visits, college admissions assistance, financial aid assistance, as well as monthly on-campus Saturday sessions and other academic support services. All of these services come at no cost to the participants.

If students would like to apply for the Upward Bound program, they can request an application from their counselors. They can also visit www.upwardbound.eku.edu or call 859-622-1080.

Dean's List

Emma Atwell, of Waco, Emma Bond, of Richmond, and Leah Lane, of Richmond, have all been named on the Pensacola Christian College dean's list, according to a news release.

Nominations for 2021 Kentucky Teacher Awards

Nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher Awards have been opened.

Any full-time public school teacher in Kentucky with at least three years of experience is eligible to be nominated. Students, parents, peers, principals and anyone in the community who wants to nominate a teacher can. The deadline for nominations are Feb. 15, according to a news release.

Nominated teachers are required to fill out a formal application, which must be in by March 15, according to a news release. A blue ribbon panel of education professionals from Kentucky will be judging the contestants in March.

Kentucky Breakfast Champion Challenge

Nominations for the Kentucky Breakfast Champion Challenge are open. The challenge will last until Jan. 24, and the class of 2020 Breakfast Champions will be announced during National School Breakfast Week from March 2 to March 6, according to a release.

The nominations are hosted by No Kid Hungry Kentucky and the Dairy Alliance who say their shared goal is to increase public awareness of the importance of school breakfast. The media packet, associated with the release, states that students who have breakfast are improved in their academic performance as well as have fewer behavioral problems. The Breakfast Champion Challenge will be recognizing and celebrating people from every county who "make school breakfast work for children."

In order to nominate someone, visit the School Breakfast Champion Challenge Website www.kyschoolbreakfastchallenge.com.

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