District News
Memorial Wall on BMHS football field again accepting plaques for program members
The Ballard Football Boosters are offering stainless steel memorial plaques to family members or friends for loved ones who were part of the Ballard Memorial High School football program and who have passed away.
These 2 ½x8-inch plaques of brushed stainless steel will be engraved with the names, graduating class and jersey number (if applicable) for former high school football players, cheerleaders, coaches or boosters, and filled with black enamel. Deadline for order this year is Monday, Aug. 3.
 
BMHS graduates 106 members of the Class of 2015
Ballard Memorial High School observed its 63rd commencement exercises on May 23, with 106 students crossing the stage in the gymnasium here.
The three valedictorians were Breanna Jones, Elizabeth Goodin and Jade Tilford. The salutatorian was Lindsey Sharer. There were 16 additional honor graduates: Ruby Anderson, Jillian Babb, Haley Bohn, Lee Chandler, Rebekah Hogancamp, Steven McGowan, Caitlyn Meinschein, Brennen Neeley, Jesse Rollins, Dakota Stigall, Kaylee Stover, Emily Sullivan, Trent Taylor, Taylor Whitt, Karley Wray and Megan Zerger. (A document with all honor graduate photos is attached on the following page.)
 
BMHS grads receive over $250,000 in scholarships and awards
Ballard Memorial High School honored its outstanding students at a ceremony held at the school on May 15. Guidance counselor Renee McDermott said that graduating seniors received over $250,000 in local, college and university scholarships. 
BMHS Principal Meinschein named assistant superintendent of instructional programs
Ballard County Schools has named David Meinschein as its successful candidate for assistant superintendent of instructional programs.
Meinschein has served as principal at Ballard Memorial High School since July 2011. In his four years here, BMHS rose from being designated “Needs Improvement” to a “Distinguished” school by the Kentucky Department of Education, with additional designations as High Progress and High Performing.
 
BMHS student Henderson accepted into Columbia University summer program
Ballard Memorial High School student Staci Henderson has been accepted to the Columbia University Summer Program for High School Students, and will reside on the school’s New York City campus from June 28-July 18. 
Football standout Bledsoe signs with Kentucky Christian University
Ballard Memorial High School senior Dre’ Bledsoe signed to play football for Kentucky Christian University in Grayson last week at BMHS. Bledsoe (seated, center) is shown here from left with his mother Raina Bledsoe and father Letoun Bledsoe.  
BMHS student Doom selected for Commonwealth Honors Academy
Ballard Memorial High School student Holly Doom has been selected for this year’s Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State University. The three-week academic, social and personal growth program will be held June 6-27 on the MSU campus with outstanding students chosen from the surrounding region.
Students will take an interdisciplinary humanities course and two elective courses to receive six hours of university credit.
 
Football standout Owsley signs with MacMurray College
Ballard Memorial High School senior Cash Owsley signed to play football for MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., last week at BMHS. Owsley (seated, second from left) is shown here from left with his father, Kris Owsley, mother Christy Webster and step-father Ric Webster.  
Ballard softball alumnus Babb signs with Shawnee College
Ballard Memorial High School 2014 graduate Jade Babb signed an offer to play softball for Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill., last week at BMHS. Babb (seated, center) is shown here with her mother, Tracy, father Barry (seated) and Shawnee softball Coach Mike Fitzgerald (standing).  
Ballard County schools lose over 150 years of certified experience with six retirements
Faculty and staff members retiring from Ballard County Schools at the end of the 2014-15 school year represent over 150 years of experience. Shown from left in the first photo are Ballard Memorial High School family and consumer science teacher Jo Ann Cooksey with 27 years, and BMHS social studies teacher Steve Quertermous with 15 years.  
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