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2020 BMHS grads receive numerous scholarships and awards
Ballard Memorial High School honored its outstanding students in an online ceremony on May 13. Guidance counselor Renee’ McDermott addressed the graduates: “Three words I think of while staring into an empty gym where you should be sitting are unstoppable, unbreakable, and undefinable. Unstoppable – You make your dreams come true, and don’t let anyone stop you or stand in your way. Unbreakable – You have been through what graduating classes before you have not, and you rose to the occasion. Undefinable – You are made for great things. Let your resilience and character define you.”

Next, 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 2019-20 honor graduates are Cohen Adams, Dallas Butrum, Colby Dome’, Slade Donner, Kolbi Drummond, Peyton Lehmann, Faye O’Brien, Zoie Overby, Parker Rathman, Ryan Rehkemper, and Anna Thompson.

Dome’ and Thompson were honored as valedictorians, attaining a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. Lehmann was honored as salutatorian with a cumulative GPA of 3.98.

Rathman and Thompson also received the citizenship awards. Dome’ and Lehmann 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.

Parker Rathman was recognized for his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Students recognized for entering the military are Dallas Butrum, Jonah Ashworth, and Robert Viets, Marines; Joey McGuirk, Navy; Zachary Shepard and Beau Smith for active duty, Ryan Clark, Chance Gray, and Jaydon Sullivan, reserves, Army.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION SCHOLARSHIP recipients are as follows:

Bethany College: Parker Rathman, Bethany Award.

Bethel University: Colton Baker, Renaissance Participation scholarship

Kaskaskia College: Brady Parrott, full baseball scholarship

Midwestern State University: Shelby Taylor, Honors College and Merit scholarships

Murray State University:

Cohen Adams: Carr, Racer Academy scholarships

Hannah Dixon: Dean’s, Racers Give, Racer Academy scholarships

Colby Dome’: Dean’s, Road Scholars, Racer Academy scholarships

Kolbi Drummond: Dean’s, Racer Academy scholarships

Peyton Lehmann: Racer Academy scholarship

Madison Nichols: Racer Academy scholarship

Ryan Rehkemper: Mabel Garrett Pullen Freshman agriculture, River Valley Ag Credit, Road Scholars, Trustee and Trustee stipend scholarships

University of Louisville: Zoie Overby, Governor’s Scholars scholarship; Katana Byas and Macy Lanier, grants

West Kentucky Community and Technical College:

Slade Donner: Commonwealth and James C. Bowling scholarships

Robert Lee: PJC Scholar

Peyton Lehman: George E. Beiderwell scholarship

Riley Rollins: PJC Scholar

Western Kentucky University:

Anna Thompson: Academic Merit scholarship

Abigail Tyson: Academic Merit scholarship

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP recipients are as follows:

Antioch Baptist Church: Recipient was chosen by the mission committee of the church and must pursue a degree through a college, university, or vocational school. Recipient is Zachary Shepard.

Ava Hayes Memorial Scholarship: Recipient must have a 3.5 GPA or higher with a preference for those going into the medical field. Recipient is Peyton Lehmann.

Ballard County ASAP: Recipient chosen for his/her passion in preventing substance abuse. Recipients are Brady Parrott and Anna Thompson.

Ballard County Conservation District: Recipients must be willing to go into agriculture or agri-business fields of study. Recipients are Brady Parrott and Ryan Rehkemper.

Ballard County Education Association: Recipient will be the child or grandchild of a BCEA member and must have at least a B average. Recipients are Colton Baker, Reece Joles, Zoie Overby, Lance Reid, and Dylan Shrum.

Ballard County Extension Homemakers: Recipient must major in home economics, agriculture or related field. Recipient is Riley Rollins.

Ballard County Farm Bureau: Typically, the 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. This year, in lieu of a single award, every graduate was presented with $100.

Ballard Memorial Alumni Association: Recipient shall demonstrate high academic standards. Citizenship and financial need shall be considered. Recipients are Madison Nichols and Shelby Taylor. The BMAA award in honor of the late Joe Ben Piper went to Zoie Overby; the award in honor of Peggy Cooper went to Ella Waldon.

BMHS Class of 1994 Memorial Scholarship: Recipients will be chosen by a committee of 1994 class officers and graduates. Recipient is Anna Thompson.

BMHS Class of 2010 Memorial Scholarship: 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 Olivia Bailey, Hannah Dixon, and Riley Rollins.

Ballard Telecommunications Cooperative: 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 Hannah Dixon.

Barlow First Baptist Church scholarships: 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:

Jerry Don and Connie Moore Scholarship: Colton Baker

Eva Sanders Memorial Scholarship: Zoie Overby

Darrell E. “Preacher” Moore Scholarship: Ryan Rehkemper

Thomas Taylor Norment Scholarship: Shelby Taylor

Dathel Crews Norment Scholarship: Anna Thompson

Barlow-Kevil High School Alumni Wanda Crews Stallons Memorial: 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 Shelby Blankenship.

Beatrice Jackson Memorial: Recipient shall be African-American. Funds may be used to attend a college, university, vocational/technical school, or another accredited institution. Recipients are Katana Byas and Dequin Donlow.

Beta Club: Recipient must be a senior Beta Club member who exhibits leadership and citizenship, with strong academic ability. Recipient is Faye O’Brien.

Betty T. Lane Memorial: Chosen by the family. Recipients are Shelby Taylor and Anna Thompson.

Bob Buchanan Memorial: Recipient is Abby Tyson.

Citizens Deposit Bank: Recipient must be a senior who is going to major in finance or business. Recipient is Ryan Rehkemper.

Channel Your Brave: 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 Chantel Goldsberry.

Chris Pigg Memorial: 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 Colton Baker and Hannah Dixon.

City of Wickliffe: Recipients are Shelby Blankenship, Hannah Dixon, and Faye O’Brien.

Clifton C. and Ruth Perkins Scholarship: This scholarship is selected by a committee, based on academics. Recipients are Colby Dome’, Kolbi Drummond, Peyton Lehmann, Zoie Overby, Parker Rathman, and Anna Thompson.

Dr. W.N. Coffee Memorial: Students applying for this scholarship must give personal and academic data and reasons why he or she should receive it. Recipients are Olivia Bailey, Brady Cox, and Parker Rathman.

The Giving Tree: Applicants complete an essay using one word from the store logo and describing what it means to them personally. Recipients are Brady Cox, Peyton Lehmann, Brady Parrott, Riley Rollins, and Abby Tyson.

Heflin Scholarship: Ryan Rehkemper and Ridge Wildharber.

Holman and Olyn Boyd Memorial: Recipient will be chosen based on financial need, GPA, class rank, leadership qualities and career choice. Recipients are Cohen Adams, Olivia Bailey, Faye O’Brien, and Ryan Rehkemper.

Jan Bowles Memorial Arts: This scholarship is awarded to a senior interested in pursuing a degree in the arts. Recipient is Colton Baker.

Kerri Faye Stewart Memorial: Awarded to a senior attending Western Kentucky University demonstrating leadership qualities in high school and having high academic standing. Recipient is Hannah Dixon.

Lewis Gale Hicks Memorial: Preference given to a female softball or basketball player, and selected by members of the Hicks family. Recipient is Madison Nichols.

Life Care Center of LaCenter: Chosen by a committee. Recipient is Riley Rollins.

Louise Littlepage Memorial: Selected by scholarship committee. Recipients are Parker Rathman and Shelby Taylor.

Mildred Maxberry Memorial: Selected by scholarship committee. Recipients are Shelby Blankenship, Katie Gonzalez, Abby Tyson, and Carrie Woodall.

Oshea Haymes “Can Do Kids” Memorial Scholarship: 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 Brady Cox, Brady Parrott, Ryan Rehkemper, Shelby Taylor, and Anna Thompson.

Scott Beadles Memorial Scholarship: 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 Colton Baker.

Shelter Insurance: Applicant’s scholastic achievement, reputation for good citizenship and good moral character are considered. Recipient is Hannah Dixon.

Tommy Case Memorial. Recipient will be graduating senior planning to continue his/her education at college, university or technical school. Financial need, athletics, academics, extracurricular and community activities, school attendance, and answers to essay questions will be considered. Resume’ and letters of recommendation are required. Recipient is Shelby Taylor.

Tot Waldon Family and Tot Waldon Memorial Scholarship: Student must have at least a B average and/or financial need is a priority. Preference will be given to a senior who plans to attend MSU or WKCTC. Recipients are Ella Waldon and Carrie Woodall.

Unlimited Graphics Scholarship: Recipient must be a student who plans to enroll in college and demonstrates high academic standards. Financial need is a consideration. Recipient is Shelby Blankenship.

Welch-Abanantha Scholarship: Recipient will be chosen by committee; students will be considered based on academic ability and financial need. Recipients are Cohen Adams, Olivia Bailey, Hannah Dixon, Chantel Goldsberry, Madison Nichols, Ryan Rehkemper, Riley Rollins, Shelby Taylor, and Carrie Woodall.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP recipients are as follows:

Joey Fosko Scholarship: 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 Cohen Adams and Faye O’Brien.

School, class and club recognitions were earned as follows:

To be Career Ready, students must have passed an 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:

Tanner Chandler, Brady Cox, Savanna Elrod, Chantel Goldsberry, Kylie Guynn, Dalton Hawes, Emily Kearney, Kylie Koontz, Joseph LaPoint, Robert Lee, Karley Poloski, Lance Reid, Dylan Shrum, Tyler Simmons, Jaydon Sullivan, Grace Wilson

To be Academic Ready, students must have met the benchmarks of 18 in English or 20 in reading, and a 19 in math on the ACT; 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:

Olivia Bailey, Colton Baker, Slade Donner, Madison Nichols, Zoie Overby, Kolton Pearson, Parker Rathman, Shelby Taylor, Anna Thompson, Ella Waldon

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:

Cohen Adams, Dallas Butrum, Jacob Butrum, Ryan Clark, Hannah Dixon, Colby Dome’, Kolbi Drummond, Jacob Howle, Macyn Lanier, Peyton Lehmann, Brady Morrison, Faye O’Brien, Kaleigh Ray, Ryan Rehkemper, Riley Rollins, Beau Smith, Abigail Tyson, Colton Wheeler, Ridge Wildharber, Carrie Woodall

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. The certificate offers three levels:

Bronze: 94% attendance, no more than two unexcused; minimum 2.5 GPA; no level 3 or 4 discipline referrals; Students earning bronze certificates are Cohen Adams, Olivia Bailey, Colton Baker, Dallas Butrum, Jacob Butrum, Katana Byas, Hannah Dixon, Colby Dome’, Kolbi Drummond, Savanna Elrod, Chantel Goldsberry, Katie Gonzalez, Dalton Hawes, Jacob Howle, Eli Johnson, Kylie Koontz, Joseph LaPoint, Robert Lee, Joseph McGuirk, Wynter Grace Miller, Madison Nichols, Faye O’Brien, Zoie Overby, Joe David Phelps, Karley Poloski, Parker Rathman, Ryan Rehkemper, Riley Rollins, Dylan Shrum, Tyler Simmons, Beau Smith, Shelby Taylor, Anna Thompson, Abby Tyson, Colton Wheeler, Ridge Wildharber, Grace Wilson.

Silver: all Bronze-level criteria, plus completion of a four-course career-technical education pathway; completion of at least one extracurricular activity (sport, club, employment, etc.). Students earning silver certificates are Alex Overby, Brady Parrott, Lance Reid.

Gold: all Silver level criteria, plus meeting KBE transition-ready standards (academic/career ready). Students earning gold certificates are Brady Cox, Peyton Lehmann.

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. Students earning tassels are Katana Byas, Colby Dome’, Kolbi Drummond, Peyton Lehmann, Faye O’Brien, Parker Rathman, Anna Thompson, and Carrie Woodall.

Seniors earn navy and maroon HOSA cords by being a member of HOSA for two years, or competing at state level for one year. Students earning cords are Shelby Blankenship, Katana Byas, Hannah Dixon, Colby Dome’, Kolbi Drummond, Kaityln Gossum, Macyn Lanier, Peyton Lehmann, Riley Rollins, Anna Thompson, Abby Tyson, Ella Waldon. Students who earned their state-registered Nurse Aide Pins were Colby Dome’, Kolbi Drummond, Riley Rollins.

Seniors earn red FCCLA cords for being FCCLA members and contributing through leadership roles, community service, and chapter projects. Students earning cords are Emily Kearney, Kaleigh Ray, Chantel Goldsberry, Katie Gonzalez, Carrie Woodall, Karley Poloski, Kylie Koontz. 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 Savanna Elrod, Emily Kearney, Kylie Koontz, Macyn Lanier, Karley Poloski, Kaleigh Ray, and Carrie Woodall.

Seniors 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. Students earning cords are Ridge Wildharber, Ryan Rehkemper, Colton Baker, Brady Cox, Brady Parrott, Cohen Adams, Dequin Donlow, Colton Wheeler, Tanner Chandler, Ryan Clark, Brady Morrison, Jacob Howle, Beau Smith, Jaydon Sullivan, Lance Reid, Jaela Holt, Wynter Grace Miller.

Students earn blue and gold FBLA cords for earning at least 150 points for being involved in FBLA each year. Students earning cords Shelby Blankenship, Colby Dome’, Kolbi Drummond, Jacob Howle, Eli Johnson, Peyton Lehmann, Faye O’Brien, Parker Rathman, Ryan Rehkemper, Jaydon Sullivan, Shelby Taylor, Anna Thomson, Abby Tyson, Colton Wheeler, Grace Wilson.

Senior SkillUSA members earning a red cord are Ryan Clark, Chance Gray, Dalton Hawes, Reed Lee, Kolton Pearson, Parker Rathman, Dylan Shrum, Tyler Simmons, Beau Smith, Robert Viets, Colton Wheeler, and Roy Yarbrough. Black welding cords are given for passing the state welding certification. Students earning cords are Jonah Ashworth, Jacob Butrum, Ryan Clark, Chance Gray, Dalton Hawes, Trevor Howard, Brady Morrison, Brady Parrott, Kolton Pearson, Lance Reid, Dylan Shrum, Tyler Simmons, Beau Smith, Robert Viets, Colton Wheeler, Roy Yarbrough.

Senior band members are Jonah Ashworth and Joey McGuirk.

Senior choir members receiving pink cords are Colton Baker, Ella Waldon, Hannah Dixon, Kaitlyn Gossum, Katana Byas, Kylie Guynn, Madison Nichols, Shelby Blankenship, Wynter Miller, Zoie Overby.

Certificates of achievement, designated as completer, denote at least four credits in a career pathway. Skill attainment certificates denote at least three credits in a career pathway, and a score of at least 70 percent on an end of program assessment. Industry certifications are recognized, endorsed, or required by industries for employment. Students are required to pass both a written and performance-based exam.

Students earning those awards are as follows:

Cohen Adams: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; completer in horticulture and plant science systems, industrial maintenance electrical technician, and animal science systems.

Jonah Ashworth: Welder entry level completer

Olivia Bailey: Teaching and learning completer

Colton Baker: Horticulture and plant science systems completer

Shelby Blankenship: Pre-nursing completer

Dallas Butrum: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science

Jacob Butrum: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; OSHA 10; welder entry level completer

Katana Byas: Pre-nursing completer

Tanner Chandler: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; horticulture and plant science systems completer

Ryan Clark: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; 2-F (AWS) welding; OSHA 10

Brady Cox: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; completer in horticulture and plant science systems, industrial maintenance electrical technician, maintenance mechanic, and animal science systems

Angel Crawford: Consumer and family management completer

Hannah Dixon: NOCTI-Healthcare Core; completer in pre-nursing and allied health

Colby Dome’: Completer in pre-nursing and financial services

Slade Donner: Completer in industrial maintenance electrical technician and maintenance mechanic

Kolbi Drummond: Pre-nursing completer

Savanna Elrod: Kentucky early care and education orientation; completer in early childhood and early childhood education; consumer and family management certificate of skill attainment

Chantel Goldsberry: NOCTI-Healthcare Core

Katie Gonzalez: Food science and dietetics completer

Kaitlyn Gossum: Pre-nursing completer

Kylar Green: OSHA 10

Kylie Guynn: Consumer and family management certificate of skill attainment

Dalton Hawes: 2-F (AWS) welding; OSHA 10; completer in industrial maintenance electrical technician, maintenance mechanic, and welder entry level

Jacob Howle: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; horticulture and plant science systems completer

Trevor Howard: Completer in industrial maintenance electrical technician and welder entry level

Eli Johnson: Completer in e-commerce and financial services

Reece Joles: Industrial maintenance electrical technician completer

Emily Kearney: Kentucky early care and education orientation; completer in early childhood, pre-nursing, and early childhood education

Kylie Koontz: Kentucky early care and education orientation; completer in early childhood, early childhood education, and consumer and family management

Macyn Lanier: Kentucky early care and education orientation; completer in early childhood and early childhood education

Joseph LaPoint: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; industrial maintenance electrical technician completer

Robert Lee: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; completer in industrial maintenance and maintenance mechanic

Peyton Lehmann: Accounting certificate of attainment; completer in accounting and financial services

Joseph McGuirk: Completer in industrial maintenance electrical technician and maintenance mechanic

Brady Morrison: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; OSHA 10; welder entry level completer

Faye O’Brien: Certificates of skill attainment in marketing and accounting; completer in administrative support, accounting, e-commerce, and financial services

Alex Overby: Industrial maintenance electrical technician completer

Brady Parrott: Welder entry level completer

Kolton Pearson: OSHA 10; completer in industrial maintenance electrical technician, maintenance mechanic, and welder entry level

Karley Poloski: Kentucky early care and education orientation; completer in early childhood, early childhood education, and consumer and family management; consumer and family management certificate of skill attainment

Parker Rathman: Industrial maintenance electrical technician completer

Kaleigh Ray: Kentucky early care and education orientation; completer in early childhood and early childhood education

Ryan Rehkemper: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; horticulture and plant science systems completer

Lance Reid: Horticulture and plant science systems completer

Riley Rollins: Pre-nursing completer

Dylan Shrum: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; completer in horticulture and plant science systems and welder entry level

Tyler Simmons: 2-F (AWS) welding; OSHA 10; completer in industrial maintenance electrical technician and maintenance mechanic

Beau Smith: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; OSHA 10; completer in horticulture and plant science systems and welder entry level

Jaydon Sullivan: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; e-commerce completer

Anna Thompson: Financial services completer

Abigail Tyson: NOCTI-Healthcare Core, pre-nursing completer

Robert Viets: OSHA 10; welder entry level completer

Ella Waldon: Pre-nursing completer

Colton Wheeler: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; OSHA 10; horticulture and plant science systems completer

Ridge Wildharber: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; completer in horticulture and plant science and animal science systems

Grace Wilson: iCEV-Bayer Crop/Plant Science; consumer and family management certificate of attainment; completer in financial services and consumer and family management

Carrie Woodall: Kentucky early care and education orientation; completer in early childhood and early childhood education

Roy Yarbrough: Completer in industrial maintenance electrical technician, maintenance mechanic, and welder entry level

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