Gina Caturano of Paducah has been selected for the 2018 Kentucky Ambassadors of Music tour of Europe this summer. Caturano, the daughter of Rob and Christie Caturano, has been a member of the McCracken County High School music program, directed by Carlyn Zimmerman. Students were nominated for the tour based on their musicianship, leadership and character and were selected for participation by invitation.

The Kentucky Ambassadors of Music honor bands, chamber orchestra and choir will share their music with European audiences in seven different countries and in a variety of performance settings.

Prior to their departure for Europe on June 30, student participants will gather for an intensive five-day rehearsal and orientation camp at the University of Louisville. On Friday, June 29, there will be two pre-tour concerts held at Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music on the campus of the University of Louisville. The Concert Bands will perform at 5:15 p.m. and the Chamber Orchestra and Choir will perform at 7:15 p.m. Both concerts will be open to the public with no admission charge. Dr. Frederick Speck, director of bands at the University of Louisville, and Dr. Kent Hatteberg, director of choral activities at the University of Louisville, will serve as music directors for the tour.

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Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences and College of Health Sciences in McKenzie, Tennessee, announce the names of local students who earned Honor Roll and Dean's List status for its spring 2018 semester.

Area students included: William Akin of Paducah, Honor Roll; and Abigail Shelby of West Paducah, Dean's List.

To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student must be a traditional undergraduate student who has completed 12 or more hours of academic work with an average of 3.70 or above with no grade below a "C." To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must be a traditional undergraduate student who has completed 12 or more hours of academic work with an average of 3.5 to 3.69 with no grade below a "C."

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The following local residents are among more than 1,200 Harding University students included on the Dean's List for grades achieved during the spring 2018 semester: Alicia Grady, senior nursing major from Murray; Jacob Jones, sophomore social science education major from Murray; and Abby Spicer, junior English education major from Paducah. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.

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Kelby DeJarnett of Paducah qualified for the spring 2018 Dean's List at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

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Recent local graduates of McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, include: Autumn Abbott of Vienna, Illinois, M.A.Ed., higher education administrative services; Grayson Dawes, of Vienna, Illinois, M.A.Ed., educational studies; Autumn Funkhouser, of Metropolis, Illinois, M.A.Ed., educational administration and leadership; Alana Riley of Paducah, M.A.Ed., educational studies; and Michelle Shreves of Karnak, Illinois, BSN, nursing.

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Murray State University's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society inducted 67 new members during a ceremony held April 17 in the Wrather Museum auditorium on campus.

Phi Kappa Phi is the highest academic honor society at Murray State. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students as well as the top 7.5 percent of juniors.

New members include the following local students: Sydney Chambers of Murray, Jill Cochran of Murray, Logan Copeland of Paducah, Kelly Dowdy of Mayfield, Amanda Ijames of Murray, Sarah Locke of Benton, Jesseca Melone of Paducah, Tanya Milam of Marion, Emily Monroe of Ledbetter, Terri Nance of Murray, Emeline Ojeda of Murray, Catherine O'Rourke of Paducah, Jessica Ray of Melber, Feruza Sakibaeva of Murray, Chanel Schwenck of Murray, Elizabeth Shaylor of Mayfield, Vanessa Smith of Benton, Christopher Stewart of Murray, Samantha Taylor of Murray, Amber Turska of Barlow, Sarah Watts of Mayfield and Kristin Williams of Mayfield.

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Eight West Kentucky Community and Technical College students were inducted into the college's newly formed National Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi's Sociedad Honoraria de la Lengua Espanola (SHLE). Sigma Delta Pi recognizes students in two-year colleges that excel in the study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. The following students are the first members of WKCTC's new Sigma Delta Pi chapter: Erin Gardner of Paducah, Kyle Garner of Paducah, Jenna Hackel of Mayfield, Emilye Hurt of Kevil, Jesus Lara of Benton, Tamera Lott of Paducah, Emily Sands of Paducah and Emily Strasser of Paducah.

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Cody Wilkins of Paducah was among more than 1,000 students from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, who received degrees during fall commencement in December. Wilkins graduated with an Associate of Applied Business degree, majoring in business management technology.

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Graves County High School senior Trevor Grant has been awarded a presidential scholarship to attend Murray State University's Honors College.

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Four West Kentucky Community and Technical College students recently won honorable mention in the 2018 Libraries Transform student essay contest. The contest is sponsored by the Community & Technical College Round Table of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA).

The students submitted a 250-500 word essay responding to the question, "Why do we need college libraries?" Each received a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card for their essays.

The following students received the library contest recognition: Jenna Hackel of Paducah, Erin Langan of Barlow, Dalton Simmons of Mayfield and Bobby Sayle of Grand Rivers.

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Paducah resident Audrianna Johnson was among the students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during spring commencement.

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Yalonda Uzzle of Hickman was named to the spring 2018 President's List at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. To be eligible for the President's List, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 4.0, receive an "A" grade in UC Engage and be in good academic standing.

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The following individuals were named to the spring 2018 Dean's List at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg: Clara Arnold of New Concord, Michael Bremer of Metropolis, Ill., Brandon Brinkley of Wingo, Skyler Downs of Ledbetter, DeKyra Grooms of Princeton, Amanda Murphy of Symsonia, Bobby O'Connor of Kevil, Debra Oldham of Dawson Springs and Yalonda Uzzle of Hickman.

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