Ballard Memorial High School News
BMHS graduates 85 members of the Class of 2016
Ballard Memorial High School observed its 64th commencement exercises on May 20 in the gymnasium here. The Class of 2016 ended with 85 graduates. 
Class of 2016 received over $400,000 in scholarships
Ballard Memorial High School honored its outstanding students at a ceremony held at the school on May 16. Guidance counselor Renee McDermott said that graduating seniors received over $400,000 in local, college and university scholarships. 
Ballard students take first place at FFA welding competition
The Ballard Memorial High School FFA arc welding team of Dylan Blankenship, Hunter Benton and Clayton Teeters took first place in the April 27 Purchase regional competition, and will compete at the Kentucky State Fair in August. Each student had to weld three separate welds in 15 minutes for the score.
FFA member Jabarie Bledsoe represented Ballard in the MIG welding competition and had the best flat bead in the region. Bledsoe placed third overall.
 
Ballard students place second, third in state SkillsUSA competitions
Two students from the Ballard Memorial High School chapter of SkillsUSA placed very highly in the state competition, held April 13-16 in Louisville. 
FBLA digital video group qualifies for national competition
The digital video design team of Staci Henderson, Brandt Marinelli and Johnathan Thompson took fourth place at the Future Business Leaders of America state conference, held April 18-20 in Louisville.  
BMHS choirs take gold firsts at national music competition
he Ballard Memorial High School concert and women’s choirs both took first place gold honors at the WorldStrides Orlando Heritage Festival on April 1-2. The women’s choir also won an Adjudicator award. Senior Hannah Morrow won a Maestro award, given to outstanding soloists. 
Football standout Hansen signs with Illinois College
Ballard Memorial High School senior Conrad Hansen signed an offer to play football for Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., on March 28 on Bomber Field.  
Kentucky Chautauqua's Justice John Marshall Harlan visits BMHS
U.S. Supreme Court justice and Kentucky native John Marshall Harlan (played by Edward Smith) visited with students from Ballard Memorial High School teacher Beth Prather’s class on March 14. The former Boyle Countian dissented in some of the court’s most important civil rights cases during his 33-year tenure from 1877-1911, including the Plessy v. Ferguson “separate but equal” case that upheld segregation.  
Five HOSA members qualify for national competition
Five members of the Ballard Memorial chapter of Health Occupations Students of America qualified to compete at the national level at the state leadership conference held March 17-19 in Louisville. Four other student teams placed in the top 5 in the state. 
Ballard softball team takes first place in Todd County tourney
The Ballard Memorial High School softball team placed first in the Todd County Lady Rebels Invitational tournament on March 19. The Lady Bombers beat Russellville 4-3, University Heights 6-2 and hosts Todd County 9-4 in the championship game. Ballard team members Rianah Fields and Jayde Newton received Outstanding Player awards. 
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