High School honored its outstanding students at a ceremony held at the school
on May 15. Guidance counselor Renee’ McDermott thanked all of the community
members and representatives of organizations, colleges, universities and
technical schools present for all of their support. “We appreciate your
investing in Ballard County’s future,” she said.
Then she addressed
the graduates, congratulating them and advising them to take a deep breath and
soak in their last days together as classmates. “Go make memories that will
last a lifetime!” she said. “Don’t take a moment for granted with your best
friend, family – anyone who supports you.” McDermott also advised them to be
ready for challenges, and learn from mistakes; that every day was a new chance.
she recognized this year’s honor graduates. That designation is based upon a
cumulative eight-semester grade point average of 3.50 or above while pursuing
an honors-track program. The 2018-19 honor graduates are Reese Abernathy, Dayna Dunker, Vincent Farris, Parker
Feezor, Benjamin Fithen, Madison Frye, Anessa Green, Taryn Hamilton, Cody Howard,
Chloe Irvin, Emma Kimbro, Madeline Kimbro, Wyatt LaPradd, Emma LeFevre, Daniel
Morrow, Sarah Petter, Abigail Phelps, Cassandra Pill, Mason Purcell, Robert
Russell, Logan Scott, Jenna Thomas, Drake Walsh, and Jordan Wood.
and Wood were honored as valedictorians, attaining a cumulative grade-point
average of 4.0. Irvin was honored as salutatorian with a cumulative GPA of 3.97.
Feezor and Hamilton also received the citizenship awards. Purcell and LeFevre 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 3.5 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 Josh Espy, A.J. Ross, Joseph Pegram,
and Jordan Ross, Marines; Drake Walsh and Logan Scott, Air Force; Tristen
Hammond, Landon Brown, Austin Parrott, Sonny Mathis and Larry Lamoureux, Army.
Sullivan, college and career readiness counselor, presented the senior class
with their college and career readiness cords. She said 88 percent of the class
has met the criteria pertaining to academic, career, or academic and career
ready, and that as a class, they have earned more than 757 college credit
To be Career Ready, students must have
passed a KOSSA test (now known as the End of Program Assessment), scored a C or
higher in two dual credit courses in their career pathway; or received an
industry certification in their career pathway. These Career Ready seniors
received a green cord:
Hanna Abernathy, Bryan Allen, Jayden
Anderson, Hannah Bartosz, Hunter Bishop, Heidi Boykin, Landon Brown, Sarah Burt,
Lance Colson, Drew Cox, Cera Elrod, Josh Espy, John Estes, Brenden Fletcher, Eden
Gardner, Dawson Heal, Brittany Hodges, Kameron Kelley, Devin Lamb, Sonny Mathis,
Clayton Moss, Austin Parrott, Joseph Pegram, Austin Rathman, Gage Riddle, Charida
Robinson, A.J. Ross, Jordan Ross, Chris Rundles, Teanna Rushing, Steven Seaton,
Tiffany Seaton, Cory Smith, Isaac Sommer, Charly Steinbrink, Lucas Suiter, Christian
Wallace, Darrell Williams, Levi Woodall
To be Academic Ready, students must
have met the benchmarks of 18 in English or 20 in reading, and a 19 in math; or
received a C or higher in two dual credit courses - one being a math or science
course, the other being an English or humanities course. These College Ready
seniors received a white cord: Reese
Abernathy, Dawson Collins, Kierstan Guynn, Jimmy Horn, Cody Howard, Emma
LeFevre, and Cassandra Pill.
To Be Academic and Career Ready, students must have
met all the benchmarks described for Career Ready and for Academic Ready. These
Academic and Career Ready seniors received a green and white cord:
Eric Alderson, Hunter Bray, Connor
Buchanan, Connor Carneal, Tyler Chandler, Coy Cox, Micheal Darnell, Kaitlyn
Driskill, Dayna Dunker, Vincent Farris, Parker Feezor, Benjamin Fithen, Madison
Frye, Katie Garner, Anessa Green, Taryn Hamilton, Tristen Hammond, Sydney Hobbs,
Chloe Irvin, Austin Jones, Emma Kimbro, Madeline Kimbro, Wyatt LaPradd, Sydney
Leigh, Rayanne Lindblad, Carl Logsdon,
Erick Marinelli, Daniel Morrow, Brandon
Myatt, Braden Nichols, Sarah Petter, Abigail Phelps, Mason Purcell, Preston
Reno, Chase Rundles, Robert Russell, Cameron Scott, Logan Scott, Samuel Tanner,
Benjamin Thomas, Davyonne Thomas, Jenna Thomas, Drake Walsh, Jacob Weaver, and Jordan
Seniors earning the Work Ethic Certificate have
demonstrated job readiness skills, positive attendance, and involvement in
school and community. Students’ participation in the program is voluntary, and
the pursuit of the certificate is the responsibility of the student. Sullivan presented
certificates to these students:
Reese Abernathy, Drew Cox, Coy Cox,
Kaitlyn Driskill, Parker Feezor, Benjamin Fithen, Madison Frye, Katie Garner,
Taryn Hamilton, Kameron Kelley, Emma Kimbro, Madeline Kimbro, Wyatt LaPradd,
Emma LeFevre, Daniel Morrow, Mason Purcell, Preston Reno, Charida Robinson,
Logan Scott, Steven Seaton, Jenna Thomas, Drake Walsh, and Jordan Wood.
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:
Bray, Connor Buchanan, Kaitlyn Driskill, Cera Elrod, Madison Frye, Katie
Garner, Kassidi Gonzalez, Chloe Irvin, Emma Kimbro, Madeline Kimbro, Wyatt
LaPradd, Emma LeFevre, Sydney Leigh, Erick Marinelli, Charida Robinson, Sarah
Petter, Abigail Phelps, Mason Purcell, Davyone Thomas, Jenna Thomas, Drake
Walsh, and Jordan Wood.
earn HOSA cords by being a member of
HOSA for two years, or competing at state level for one year. Those students are
Hunter Bray, Katie Garner, Anessa Green, Taryn Hamilton, Dawson Heal, Chloe
Irvin, Emma Kimbro, Maddie Kimbro, Rayanne Lindblad, Sarah Petter, Teanna
Rushing, Charly Steinbrink, Jenna Thomas, and Jordan Wood.
Students who earned their state-registered Nurse Aide Pins were Madeline Kimbro, Teanna Rushing, Kaitlyn
Driskill, Taryn Hamilton, Emma Kimbro, Rayanne Lindblad, Charida Robinson,
Jordan Ross, Jenna Thomas, Chloe Irvin, Katie Garner, Sarah Petter, Cassandra
Pill, and Jordan Wood.
Seniors earn FCCLA cords for being FCCLA members and contributing through leadership roles,
community service, and chapter projects. Advisor Karen Hudson presented cords
to these students: Hannah Bartosz, Manon Cahuzac, Cera Elrod, Teanna Rushing. Early
Childhood Education: Seniors receive cords for completing pediatric abusive
head trauma training and receiving their Commonwealth Child Care Certificate of
Eligibility. Those students were Sarah Burt, Brittany Hodges, Madison Frye, and
receive FFA cords by being
enrolled their senior year and having a
3.5 GPA or better, participating in at least one region speaking event in four
years, and being at least a Greenhand their senior year. Advisor Ryan Buchanan
presented cords to these students: Hannah Abernathy, Josh Espy, Anessa Green,
Lance Colson, Dayna Dunker, Sydney Leigh, Braden Nichols, Austin Rathman, and
earn FBLA cords for earning at least 150 points for being involved in FBLA each year. Advisors
Korrie Purcell and Marla Cooper presented cords to these students: Jayden Anderson,
Cecilia Beltramone, Connor Buchanan, Drew Cox, Dayna Dunker, Vincent Farris,
Parker Feezor, Ben Fithen, Madison Frye, Katie Garner, Kassidi Gonzalez,
Kierstan Guynn, Taryn Hamilton, Cody Howard, Chloe Irvin, Emma Kimbro,
Maddie Kimbro, Wyatt LaPradd, Emma
LeFevre, Sydney Leigh, Erick Marinelli, Daniel Morrow, Braden Nichols, Sarah
Petter, Abby Phelps, Mason Purcell, Austin Rathman, Preston Reno, Logan Scott,
Lucas Suiter, Ben Thomas, Jenna Thomas, Drake Walsh, Jordan Wood
Senior SkillUSA members are: Bryan Allen, Jimmy Horn, Austin Jones, Chase
Rundles, Steven Seaton, Connor Swinford, Ben Thomas, Davyonne Thomas, and
are given for passing the state welding certification. Instructor Robert
Sterling presented cords to these students: Gunner Abernathy, Bryan Allen,
Connor Buchanan, Lance Colson, Brenden Fletcher, Kameron Kelley, Devin Lamb,
Clayton Moss, Austin Parrott, Joseph Pegram, Gage Riddle, A.J. Ross, Chris
Rundles, Steven Seaton, and Darrell Williams.
tassels were presented by Advisor Jennifer Bittner to these members: Eric Alderson, Tristen Hammond, Kyrah Berry, Tiffany
Bartels, A.J. Ross, Manon Cahuzac, Michael Darnell, and Daniel Morrow.
Senior band members are Connor Carneal, John Estes, Parker Feezor, Kierstan Guynn,
Christopher Harvell, Emma LeFevre, Mason Purcell, Jordan Ross, Alex Russell, and
Senior choir members are Wyatt LaPradd, Brenden Fletcher,
Davyonne Thomas, Austin Parrott, Taryn Hamilton, Madison Frye, Jordan Wood,
Emma LeFevre, Kassidi Gonzalez, Kaitlyn Driskill, Tiffany Bartels, Dayna
Dunker, Abby Phelps, Kyrah Berry, Rayanne Lindblad, Sydney Hobbs, Cera Elrod,
Tomeicka Butrum, McKenzie Shirley.
INSTITUTION SCHOLARSHIP recipients are as follows:
LeFevre, Chancellor’s Excellence scholarship
Drew Cox, John B. Horton academic and football athletic scholarships
Tennessee State University: Jacob Weaver, Blue Raider Scholarship
Regents Scholarship and stipend
Benson D. and Novalee Roberts Blackie endowed scholarship, Provost Scholarship
Provost Scholarship and stipend
Wyatt LaPradd, Jenna Thomas: Carr Scholarships
Mabel Garrett Pullen freshman ag, River Valley Ag Credit, Road Scholars,
anonymous general, University scholarships
Century Club Alumni legacy, University scholarships
Abigail Phelps, Logan Scott, Drake Walsh, Jacob Weaver: University Scholarships
Mabel Garrett Pullen freshman ag, Deans scholarships
Benjamin Thomas: Matthai-Panzera
Geoscience, Deans scholarships
Davyonne Thomas: Deans Scholarships
Hunter Bray: Mabel
Garrett Pullen freshman ag, River Valley Ag Credit, Road Scholars, Anonymous
Jordan Wood, Governor’s Scholars scholarship
Hanna Abernathy, John Estes, Cody Howard, Clayton Moss, Cassandra Pill, Sam
Tanner, Davyonne Thomas, and Christian Wallace
Kentucky Community and Technical College:
Parker Feezor: KCTCS
Katie Garner: George
E. Beiderwell scholarship
Chloe Irvin, Academic Merit Scholarship
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 Hunter Bray, Daniel Morrow, Charida Robinson, and Preston Reno.
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 Madison Frye.
Ballard County ASAP, presented by Kelley Wray:
Recipient chosen for his/her passion in preventing substance abuse. Recipient
is Madison Frye.
Ballard County Conservation District, presented by Jennifer
Swain and Rachel Long: Recipients must be willing to go into agriculture or
agri-business fields of study. Recipients
are Hunter Bray, Sydney Leigh and Steven Seaton.
Ballard County Education Association, presented by
Bethany Spencer: Recipient will be the child or grandchild of a BCEA member and
must have at least a B average. Recipients
are Coy Cox and Mason Purcell.
Ballard County Extension Homemakers, presented by Ruth
Bowles: Recipient must major in home
economics, agriculture or related field. Recipient is Hunter Bray.
Ballard County Farm Bureau, presented by
Justin Puckett and Clint Dennis: 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 Chloe
Irvin and Sydney Leigh.
Ballard Memorial Alumni Association, presented by Lilah
Owsley. Recipient shall demonstrate high academic standards. Citizenship and
financial need shall be considered. Recipients are Emma Kimbro, Madeline
Kimbro, Abigail Phelps, and Mason Purcell.
The BMAA award in honor of the late Joe Ben Piper went to Drew Cox and Emma
LeFevre; the award in honor of the class of 1967 went to Daniel Morrow; the award
in honor of Frances Buchanan went to Chloe Irvin.
BMHS Class of 1994 Memorial
Scholarship, presented by Leslee Davis. Recipients will be chosen by a committee of 1994 class officers and
graduates. Recipients are Katie Garner, Mason Purcell and Steven Seaton.
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 Kierstan Guynn, Abigail Phelps, and
Ballard Telecommunications Cooperative, presented by Cheryl
Taylor: 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 Jimmy Horn.
First Baptist Church scholarships, presented by Youth Pastor Kevin Brown: 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 Dayna
Dunker, Katie Garner, Emma LeFevre, Daniel Morrow, and Jenna Thomas.
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 Jordan Wood.
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 Charida
Robinson, A.J. Ross, and Jordan Ross.
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 Wyatt LaPradd, Mason Purcell, and Jordan Wood.
Betty T. Lane Memorial, presented by Jackie Bray: Recipients are Hunter Bray and
Bob Buchanan Memorial, presented by Ryan Buchanan. Recipient is Madison Frye.
Citizens Deposit Bank, presented by Lisa Laster:
Recipient must be a senior who is going to major in finance or business. Recipient is Daniel Morrow.
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 Kierstan Guynn.
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 Emma Kimbro and
City of Wickliffe, presented by Donna Powell Daniel and Judy Hall: Recipients
are Kassidi Gonzalex and Preston Reno.
Clifton C. and Ruth Perkins
Scholarship, presented by Casey Allen: This
scholarship is selected by a committee, based on academics. Recipients are Parker Feezor,
Chloe Irvin, Emma LeFevre, Mason Purcell, Jenna Thomas, and Jordan Wood.
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 Drew Cox, Taryn Hamilton, Preston Reno, and
The Giving Tree, presented by Christy Webster and Kyler Dennis: Recipients
are Madison Frye and Charida Robinson.
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.
Recipient is Anessa Green.
Bowles Memorial Arts:
This scholarship is awarded to a senior interested in pursuing a degree in the
arts. Recipient is Charida Robinson.
presented by Vadessa Harper Carson: Recipient had to write an essay on why a
certification or vocational trade was important to his/her and the future.
Recipient is Steven Seaton.
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 Abigail
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 Katie
Life Care Center of LaCenter, presented by Leslee Davis: Chosen by a committee. Recipient
is Anessa Green.
Lisa Jordon Memorial Scholarship, presented by Amber Hayes: Chosen by a committee of the Class
of 1999: Recipient is Katie Garner.
Louise Littlepage Memorial, presented by Casey Allen: Selected by scholarship committee.
Recipients are Madison Frye, Kassidi Gonzalez, and Abigail Phelps.
Mildred Maxberry Memorial, presented by Casey Allen: Selected by scholarship committee.
Recipients are Kassidi Gonzalez, Kierstan Guynn, Cassandra Pill, and Preston
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. Recipient is Abigail Phelps
Rhonda Leigh Buchanan Memorial Scholarship,
presented by Whitney Nichols:
Recipient is Kierstan Guynn.
Scott Beadles Memorial Scholarship, presented by Joseph Powers: 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 Emma LeFevre.
Shelter Insurance, presented by Monica Glisson: Applicant’s scholastic achievement, reputation for good
citizenship and good moral character are considered. Recipient is Ben Thomas.
Tommy Case Memorial, presented by Marie Case and Tina Moore. Recipient is Drew
Tot Waldon Family and Tot Waldon
Memorial Scholarship: Student must have at least a B
average and/or financial need is a priority. Recipients are Sydney Leigh and
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 Erick Marinelli and Jacob Weaver.
SCHOLARSHIP recipients are as follows:
AGC, presented by Joel Crider: This scholarship is awarded to a
Ballard County Career and Technical Center student. Recipient is Christian
Eagle’s Rest and FFA Alumni, presented by Ryan Buchanan: Recipients are Sydney Leigh and
Ingevity Leadership, presented by Myron Wessel: 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 Hunter Bray.
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 Katie Garner and Erick Marinelli.
Union No. 236 International Brotherhood of Teamsters, presented by
Leslee Davis: Recipient is Levi Woodall.
presented by Korrie Purcell. Recipient is Wyatt LaPradd.
Signet Federal Credit Union, presented by Paula Beardsley: Recipient is Katie Garner.
presented by Cathy Terrell: Recipient is Emma LeFevre.