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BMHS grads receive over $300,000 in scholarships and awards
Ballard Memorial High School honored its outstanding students at a ceremony held at the school on May 11. Guidance counselor Renee McDermott said that graduating seniors received over $300,000 in local, college and university scholarships.

Honor graduate designation is based upon a cumulative eight-semester grade point average of 3.50 or above while pursuing an honors-track program, and is contingent on remaining semester and final grades. The 2017-18 honor graduates are Connor Brooking, Candice Durr, Rianah Fields, Peter Green, Kameron Howle, Ross Jones, Hannah Lee, Lindsey Miller, Samuel Paul, Owen Renfrow, Leah Shelley, Maddison Waddell, Meghan Walker, and Madison Williams.

Walker was honored as valedictorian, attaining a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. Jones was honored as salutatorian with a cumulative GPA of 3.98.

Brooking and Shelley also received the citizenship awards. Paul and Walker received the Mr. and Miss BMHS awards. Both of these awards are voted on by BMHS teachers. The awards are given to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA, who have been students at Ballard Memorial for a minimum of two years, possess exceptional leadership qualities, and maintain good relationships with both students and faculty.

Students recognized for entering the military are Austin Dowdy and Mason LeFevre, Air Force, and Austin Higgins, Army.

Jennifer Sullivan, college and career readiness counselor, presented the senior class with their college and career readiness cords. She said 79 percent of the class has met the criteria pertaining to Transition Readiness, and that as a class, they have earned more than 484 college credit hours.

To be Career Ready, a student must have passed a KOSSA test or received an industry certification in his or her career pathway. Career Ready seniors received a green cord. The following seniors are Career Ready: Katelynn Bing, Caleb Bliss, Thomas Byerley, Cole Crisler, Austin Dowdy, Makayla Dowdy, Daryan Duran, Jordan Essary, Zachary Frensley, Ryan Hall, Brian Harvell, Bryce Haynes, Jesse Hedrick, Austin Higgins, Jordan Hoffmeyer, Dalton Ladd, Tristen Lampkin, Lawson Neihoff-Cooper, Jarrett Pace, Kailey Redden, Kimberly Rhea, Hayden Roberts, Kalin Skaggs, Alexis Smith, Slader Sullivan, Colson Swinford, Tara Taber, William Teeters, Kenslie Walters, and Landon Wicker.

To be College Ready, a student must have met the benchmarks of 18 in English, 19 in math, and a 20 in reading on the ACT. College Ready seniors received a white cord. The following seniors are College Ready: Zachary Drummond, Rianah Fields, Matthew Grogan, Hannah Lee, Jordan Morrow, Samuel Paul, Owen Renfrow, Tyler Smith, Morgan Tedlock, and Maddison Waddell.

To Be College and Career Ready, a student must have met all three benchmarks on the ACT, and passed a KOSSA exam or received an industry certification in his or her career pathway. College and Career Ready seniors received a green and white cord. The following seniors are College and Career Ready: Jackson Abell, William Allcock, Connor Brooking, Bradley Chandler, Jacob Davey, Grant Dunning, Candice Durr, Morgan Graves, Peter Green, Kameron Howle, Ross Jones, Jonnah McManus, Lindsey Miller, Jason Naas, Jordan Pickett, Leah Shelley, Cassidy Thompson, Meghan Walker, Jayson Wells, Lauren Wheeler, and Madison Williams.

Seniors earning gold Beta Club tassels have shown high academic achievement by maintaining a 3.2 GPA or higher. They have displayed moral character and social leadership, and have completed all service hour requirements during their years of membership. Advisor Tamara Hassa presented these students with tassels: Candice Durr, Rianah Fields, Sherie Fields, Morgan Graves, Kameron Howle, Ross Jones, Hannah Lee, Lindsey Miller, Jason Naas, Owen Renfrow, Leah Shelley, Meghan Walker, Lauren Wheeler, and Madison Williams.

Seniors earn HOSA cords by being a member of HOSA for two years, or competing at state level for one year. Those students are Tessa Blankenship, Kayto Buchanan, Alexis Donelson, Katelin Espy, Marisa Gonzalez, Tiffany Harper, Shelby Hawes, Phillip McKee, Mary Beth Myers, Abbi Nalley, Lexie Scott, Lindsay Tatum, Paige Throgmorton, Storm Wilson, and Adriana Worley.

Seniors earn FCCLA cords for being FCCLA members/working blood drives. Those students are Katie Bing, Candice Durr, Morgan Graves, Kailey Redden, Leah Shelley, Meghan Walker, Lauren Wheeler, Madi Williams, Cassidy Thompson, Dalton Ladd. These students earned their Nurse Aide pins: Dalton Ladd, Makayla Dowdy, Candice Durr, Austin Higgins, Leah Shelley, Cassidy Thompson, Meghan Walker, Kenslie Walters, Morgan Graves, Lauren Wheeler, and Madison Williams.

Seniors receive FFA cords by being enrolled their senior year and having earned at least a Greenhand degree or been an active member. Those students are Bradley Chandler, Zach Drummond, Ree Fields, Zach Frensley, Jesse Hedrick, Austin Higgins, Kameron Howle, Jason Naas, Jarrett Pace, Jordan Pickett, Hayden Roberts, Kalin Skaggs, Noah Sullivan, Slader Sullivan, Colson Swinford, Clayton Teeters, and Landon Wicker.

Students earn FBLA cords for being members for at least one year. Those students are Katie Bing, Connor Brooking, Candice Durr, Peter Green, Kameron Howle, Hannah Lee, Mason LeFevre, Ross Jones, Lindsey Miller, Bryce Haynes, Jordan Morrow, Sam Paul, Kailey Redden, Hayden Roberts, and Lauren Wheeler.

Senior SkillUSA members are: Jake Davey, Austin Dowdy, Daryan Duran, Zach Frensley, Jason Naas, Jordan Pickett, Owen Renfrow, Kalin Skaggs, and Landon Wicker. These seniors certified as NCCER Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrument technicians: Caleb Bliss, Jake Davey, Austin Dowdy, Zach Frensley, Jordan Pickett, and Jayson Wells. These students received a cord for passing KOSSA: Lawson Niehoff-Cooper, Ryan Hall.

Welding cords are given for passing the state welding certification. Those students are Bradley Chandler, Clayton Teeters, Kalin Skaggs, Jason Naas, Lawson Neihoff-Cooper.

National Art Honors Society members are Hannah Lee, Owen Renfrow, Maddison Waddell, Sherie Fields, Grant Dunning, and Morgan Tedlock.

Senior band members are Maddison Waddell, Brain Harvell, Owen Renfrow, Tyler Smith, and Sam Paul.

Senior choir members are Makayla Dowdy, Sabrina Doyle, Morgan Graves, Jesse Hedrick, Hannah Lee, Michaela Nutt, De'Naja Robinson, Leah Shelley, Alexis Smith, Ines Solustri, Tara Taber, and Cassidy Thompson.

 

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION SCHOLARSHIP recipients are as follows:

Midway University: Academic and athletic, Leah Shelley

Murray State University: Abby Miller

Southeastern Illinois College: Athletic, Shelby Elrod

University of Louisville: Leslee Davis Vogt Scholarship, Lindsey Miller; Trustee Scholarship, Jason Naas; UPS Loop program, Owen Renfrow, Maddison Waddell

West Kentucky Community and Technical College: Candice Durr

Western Kentucky University: Academic scholarship, Jackson Abell; Hiltopper Awards, Bradley Chandler, Matthew Grogan; Academic award, Jason Naas

 

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP recipients are as follows:

Antioch Baptist Church, presented by Leslee Davis: Recipient was chosen by the mission committee of the church and must pursue a degree through a college, university, or vocational school. Recipients are Lindsey Miller and Madison Williams.

Ava Hayes Memorial Scholarship, presented by Amber Hayes: Recipient must have a 3.5 GPA or higher with a preference for those going into the medical field. Recipient is Kailey Redden.

Ballard County Conservation District, presented by Amanda Tilford: Recipients must be willing to go into agriculture or agri-business fields of study. Recipients are Rianah Fields, Tristen Lampkin, Hayden Roberts, Slader Sullivan and Landon Wicker.

Ballard County Education Association, presented by Korrie Purcell: Recipient will be the child or grandchild of a BCEA member and must have at least a B average. Recipients are Bradley Chandler and Ross Jones.

Ballard County Extension Homemakers, presented by Bobbie Wray: Recipient must major in home economics, agriculture or related field. Recipient is Rianah Fields.

Ballard County Farm Bureau, presented by Justin Puckett: Recipient may plan to attend a college or vocational school and the recipient’s parent/guardian must be a member of Ballard County Farm Bureau. Recipients are Rianah Fields, Lindsey Miller, Jason Naas, Jordan Pickett, Hayden Roberts, Slader Sullivan. Fields also received an Ag Leadership scholarship.

Ballard Memorial Alumni Association, presented by Leslee Davis. Recipient shall demonstrate high academic standards. Citizenship and financial need shall be considered. Recipients are Lindsey Miller, Jordan Pickett, Kailey Redden, and Meghan Walker. The BMAA award in honor of the late Joe Ben Piper went to Jackson Abell; the award in honor of the class of 1967 went to Rianah Fields; the award in honor of Bob Buchanan went to Bradley Chandler.

BMHS Class of 1994 Memorial Scholarship, presented by: Korrie Purcell. Recipients will be chosen by a committee of 1994 class officers and graduates. Recipient is Tristen Lampkin.

BMHS Class of 2010 Memorial Scholarship, presented by Leslee Davis: This scholarship began to honor the memory of classmates Haifa Abukhadair, Blake Moore and Will Mallory. Recipients will be chosen by a committee of 2010 class officers and graduates. Recipients are Matthew Grogan, Leah Shelley and Madison Williams.

Ballard Telecommunications Cooperative, presented by Randy Grogan: Recipient must be a student whose parent or guardian is a member of and is served by BTC, shall have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must pursue education at a university, college or vocational school. Recipient is Kailey Redden.

Barlow First Baptist Church scholarships, presented by Pastor Scott Fickes: Church members will be given first priority. The awards are to recognize students who have demonstrated a record of attendance at church services and activities, good moral/ethical character, and have completed high school with a GPA and test scores necessary to continue their education. Recipients are Ross Jones, Lindsey Miller and Madison Williams.

Barlow-Kevil High School Alumni Wanda Crews Stallons Memorial, presented by Leslee Davis: Recipient must be a senior cheerleader who plans to attend an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to students with a high ACT and GPA while being involved in school, church, and community services. Recipient is Kenslie Walters.

Beatrice Jackson Memorial, presented by Casey Allen: Recipient shall be African-American. Funds may be used to attend a college, university, vocational/technical school, or another accredited institution. Recipients are Khalil Griffin, Bryce Haynes, De’Naja Robinson and Alexis Smith.

Beta Club, presented by Tamara Hassa: Recipient must be a senior Beta Club member who exhibits leadership and citizenship, with strong academic ability. Recipients are Rianah Fields, Morgan Graves and Lauren Wheeler.

Citizens Deposit Bank, presented by Lisa Laster: Recipient must be a senior who is going to major in finance or business. Recipient is Ross Jones.

Channel Your Brave, presented by Kristen Sickling; This scholarship is awarded to a senior student who has shown outstanding poise, perseverance and courage in facing whatever life has presented. The recipient of this award has made difficult decisions and sacrifices for the sake of others and done so with grace. Recipient is Candice Durr.

Chris Pigg Memorial, presented by Deena Myatt: In memory of BMHS student Chris Pigg, his family would like to recognize a student planning to continue their education at a post-secondary institution. Recipients are Jackson Abell and Thomas Byerley.

City of Wickliffe, presented by Lynn Lane: Recipient is Meghan Walker.

Clifton C. and Ruth Perkins Scholarship, presented by Casey Allen: This scholarship is selected by a committee, based on academics. Recipients are Candice Durr, Ross Jones, Lindsey Miller, Leah Shelley, Meghan Walker, and Madison Williams.

Dr. W.N. Coffee Memorial, presented by Leslee Davis: Students applying for this scholarship must give personal and academic data and reasons why he or she should receive it. Recipients are Leah Shelley and Madison Williams.

FFA Regional All Star: Hayden Roberts, Rianah Fields, and Landon Wicker.

First Community Bank of the Heartland Scholarship, presented by Kreg Denton: Student seeking a business-related degree beneficial to a career in the financial services industry will demonstrate high academic standards, and an appreciation for and commitment to our community. Financial need will be a consideration. Recipient is Lindsey Miller.

Holman and Olyn Boyd Memorial, presented by Casey Allen: Recipient will be chosen based on financial need, GPA, class rank, leadership qualities and career choice. Recipients are Sherie Fields and Morgan Graves.

Jan Nave Bowles Arts: This scholarship is awarded to a senior interested in pursuing a degree in the arts. Recipient is Hannah Lee.

Kerri Faye Stewart Memorial, presented by Leslee Davis: Awarded to a senior attending Western Kentucky University demonstrating leadership qualities in high school and having high academic standing. Recipient is Matthew Grogan.

Lewis Gale Hicks Memorial, presented by Leslee Davis: Preference given to a female softball or basketball player, and selected by members of the Hicks family. Recipient is Shelby Elrod.

Life Care Center of LaCenter, presented by Leslee Davis: Chosen by a committee. Recipient is Morgan Graves.

Lisa Jordon Memorial Scholarship: Chosen by a committee of the Class of 1999: Recipient is Candice Durr.

Louise Littlepage Memorial, presented by Casey Allen: Selected by scholarship committee. Recipients are Thomas Byerley, Jacob Davey, MaKayla Dowdy, Hannah Lee, Jason Naas, Samuel Paul, De’Naja Robinson, Tyler Smith, and Cassidy Thompson.

Mildred Maxberry Memorial, presented by Casey Allen: Selected by scholarship committee. Recipients are Katelyn Bing, Morgan Graves, Tristen Lampkin, and Lauren Wheeler.

Mimmie’s Pizza, presented by Leslee Davis: Recipient is Khalil Griffin.

New Liberty General Baptist Church, presented by Leslee Davis. Recipients are Jesse Hedrick and Owen Renfrow.

Oshea Haymes “Can Do Kids” Memorial Scholarship, presented by Leslee Davis: Recipient must have a minimum GPA of 2.85.Preference given to a senior who plans to major in education and has a financial need. Students had to write an essay as to why they deserved the scholarship. Recipients are Katelyn Bing, Bradley Chandler, Ross Jones, Lindsey Miller, and Cassidy Thompson.

Rhonda Leigh Buchanan Memorial Scholarship, presented by Whitney Nichols: Recipient is Cassidy Thompson.

River Valley Ag Credit, presented by Kelty Carlson. Recipient is Rianah Fields.

Scott Beadles Memorial Scholarship, presented by Heather DiPasquale: Recipient must be a student who plans to enroll in college with a music major/minor. Financial need, GPA, and leadership accomplishments will be considered. Determined by the band director and or committee. Recipient is Tyler Smith.

Shelter Insurance, presented by Monica Glisson: Applicant’s scholastic achievement, reputation for good citizenship and good moral character are considered. Recipient is Bradley Chandler.

Signet Federal Credit Union, presented by Paula Beardsley. Recipient is Meghan Walker.

Tommy Case Memorial, presented by Marie Case and Tina Moore. Recipient is Meghan Walker.

Tot Waldon Family and Tot Waldon Memorial Scholarship, presented by Sydney Leigh: Student must have at least a B average and/or financial need is a priority. Recipients are Jacob Davey, Jason Naas, and Leah Shelley.

Unlimited Graphics Scholarship, presented by Leslee Davis: Recipient must be a student who plans to enroll in college and demonstrates high academic standards. Financial need is a consideration. Recipients are Jacob Davey, Tristen Lampkin, and Cassidy Thompson.

Welch-Abanatha Memorial, presented by Casey Allen: Recipients were chosen by a school committee based on academic ability and/or financial need. Recipients are Bradley Chandler, Morgan Graves, Ross Jones, Hannah Lee, Lindsey Miller, Jason Naas, Samuel Paul, Leah Shelley, Meghan Walker, Lauren Wheeler, and Madison Williams.

Woodmen of the World, presented by Earl Wayne Davis. Recipient is Bradley Chandler.

 

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP recipients are as follows:

Ann Vescio HOSA, presented by April Jewell: This scholarship is awarded to a student who has been an active member of HOSA and plans to continue his/her education in the medical field; competition is against other applicants from around the state. Recipient is Meghan Walker.

Build Your Future, presented by Brian Jarvis: This scholarship is open to anyone planning to attend or currently attending a technical school or approved craft training program. It is provided by BYF and the Human Resources Construction Council, and is promoted by NCCER. Recipient is Jason Naas.

Ingevity Leader, presented by James Morrow: This scholarship will be granted to outstanding high school senior leaders who make a significant impact on their school and community in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Recipient is Hayden Roberts.

Jeremys Blazing Cane Vending, presented by Leslee Davis. Recipient is Caleb Lingle.

Joey Fosko Scholarship, presented by Leslee Davis: Recipients were chosen from deserving senior athletes from a Region 1 high schools who will continue their education at a post-secondary school within the state of Kentucky. Recipients are Meghan Walker and Ross Jones.

NSYL-I: Recipient is Jackson Abell.

Scholarship America, presented by Leslee Davis. Recipient is Meghan Walker.

United Steelworkers: Recipient is Jason Naas.

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