Youth Events

‘Outstanding’ volunteer

St. Raphael School fifth-grader Madison Roy is one of two students in Kentucky selected to receive a Prudential Spirit of Community Award, a nationwide program that honors young people who do “outstanding acts of volunteerism,” according to a release from Prudential Financial.

Madison has raised more than $9,000 to help people suffering from leukemia and sickle cell anemia through the sale of two books she wrote with her brother: “Flower: A girl with Leukemia” and “Petethra’s Secret.”

Madison also raises money by taking part in walkathons and collecting aluminum cans. The other winner from Kentucky is Virginia Newsome, 17, of Lexington. They will receive $1,000, a silver medallion and an expense-paid trip of four days to Washington, D.C.

Art awards

Three Presentation Academy students received awards in the Scholastic Regional Art Competition. Senior Hayley Price received a Gold Key award for her self-portrait drawing. Senior Heather Kissel and junior Morgen Combs received Silver Key recognition. Hayley’s drawing, on display at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, will advance to the national competition. The other artwork are on display at Gheens Academy.

Athletic signings

St. Xavier High School has announced that 18 of its students have signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college. Those signing are football players Seth Combs (Army), Austin Gahafer (Morehead State University), Deonte Clyburn (Colorado State University), Brad Schickel (University of Indianapolis), Lamondray Clemons (University of Pikeville), and Corey Smith (Lindsey Wilson College).

Soccer players signing were Kaelon Fox (University of Kentucky), Joey Stoltz (Bellarmine University), Campbell Weyland (Lafayette College), Jon Otting (Xavier University), Adam Kirsch (DePaul University) and Ryan Sullivan (Clemson University).

Four cross country or track athletes signed, and they are Sam Lewis (Wake Forest University), Connor Sheryak (Georgetown University), and Nick Reader and Thomas Cave (both with the University of Louisville).

Lacrosse players Zayne Smith (University of Tampa) and Zack Riggs (Transylvania University) also signed.

Young orator

Claire Curtis, a sixth-grader at St. Raphael School, earned three blue ribbons in a regional public speaking competition. Her awards were earned in three categories: a 10 minute speech in public speaking, a 5 minute extemporaneous speech on a national issue and reading a series of poems. She will now advance to state competition.

Youth scholar

Tyler Rose, a fourth-grader at St. James School in Louisville, was recently selected to attend the week-long National Young Scholars Program in Washington, D.C., in July. The program offers interactive, hands-on learning for high-achieving third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, according to its website.

Literary lauds

Assumption High School’s literary magazine, “Rose Window,” received the rank of “excellent” in the National Council of Teachers of English 2012 recognition program.

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