Ballard Memorial High School observed its 65th commencement exercises on May 18 in the gymnasium here. The Class of 2017 ended with 108 graduates.
The two valedictorians were Shelby Lynn Hawes and Kerrie Yen Pullen. The salutatorian was Cheyenne Rae Shely. There were 15 additional honor graduates: Tessa Kennedy Blankenship, Devyn Shurvia Bledsoe, Kayto Mary Buchanon, Alexis Michele Donelson, Hannah Elizabeth Gilbert, Matthey Riley Gilbert, Savanna Mae Rose Gray, Phillip Dale McKee, Zane Adam Parsons, Crystal Dilip Patel, Alexis Lyn Scott, Chance Allen Shely, Charles Jacob Sullivan, Lindsay Dale Tatum, and Adriana Nicole Worley.
Valedictorian Shelby Hawes is the daughter of Tina and Benny Hawes of Loveleaceville. She was a Governor’s Scholar, a WKCTC dual credit student, an allied health intern who earned her Certified Nurse’s Aide certificate, a six-year member of the varsity softball team, and a member of Beta and Pep clubs. She also was a member of the Health Occupations Students of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and served as her class president. Hawes plans to attend Murray State University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in pediatric nursing.
Valedictorian Kerrie Pullen is the daughter of James Pullen of Barlow and Lucilyn Pullen of Clinton. She was vice-president of the Art Club and a member of the Drama Club. She plans to attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College, then pursue a bachelor’s degree in visual fine arts at MSU.
Salutatorian Cheyenne Shely is the daughter of Lisa Shely and John Shely of Kevil. She was a two-year member of FBLA, serving one year as secretary; a three-year member of Beta Club; and volunteered as a youth member for four years at Twelve Oaks Baptist Church. She plans to attend Sullivan University to earn a baking degree, then MSU for a business degree so she can open a bakery.
Tessa Blankenship is the daughter of Leon and Marcie Blankenship of Kevil. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a bachelor’s degree to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Devyn Bledsoe is the son of Raina and Letoun Bledsoe of LaCenter. He plans to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College on a football scholarship and major in kinesiology/pre-physical therapy.
Kayto Buchanon is the daughter of Enetria Griffin of LaCenter and Mark Buchanon of Paducah. She plans to attend UK and major in biology/pre-dental to become an orthodontist.
Alexis Donelson is the daughter of Sabrina Nelson of Paducah. She plans to attend college and become a nurse practitioner.
Hannah Gilbert is the daughter of Anthony and Julie Gilbert of Kevil. She plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University and major in nursing.
Matthew Gilbert is the son of Anthony and Julie Gilbert of Kevil. He plans to attend the UK School of Engineering, Paducah campus, and major in chemical engineering.
Savannah Gray is the daughter of Stephanie Gray and Shawn Gray of Barlow. She plans to attend WKCTC to earn her associate’s degree in business administration, then transfer to MSU.
Phillip McKee is the son of Joe and Rita McKee of Lovelaceville. He plans to attend MSU and major in the medical area.
Zane Parsons is the son of Gwyn Parsons of Kevil. He plans to major in business and finance.
Crystal Patel is the daughter of Priyanka and Dilip Patel of Kevil. She plans to attend UK and major in biology.
Alexis Scott is the daughter of Kelley and Darrell Scott of Barlow. She plans to attend UK and major in communication disorders.
Chance Shely is the son of Lisa Shely and John Shely of Kevil. He plans to attend the UK School of Engineering, Paducah campus, and major in mechanical engineering.
Jacob Sullivan is the son of Mindy and Chris Sullivan of LaCenter. He plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in communications.
Lindsay Tatum is the daughter of Shaun and Rebekah Tatum of Wickliffe. She plans to attend UK and pursue a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, then attend physical therapy school.
Adriana Worley is the daughter of Tammy and David Worley of Barlow. She plans to attend WKCTC and pursue a degree in nursing.
A list of 2017 graduates follows. Those in bold have earned Honors diplomas; those with an asterisk (*) are honor graduates:
James William Dawson Agers, Tawnya Ellen Allee, Mason Scott Allen, Eli Benjamin Averitt, Antonio Demont Bacon, Joshua Donovan Baker, Matthew Colin Barkett, Jordan Lee Bartels, Kristian Michael Bivins, Tessa Kennedy Blankenship*, Devyn Shurvia Bledsoe*, Kayto Mary Buchanon*, Tashion Denea Burns, Audriana Jean Bush, Ty’Rell RaQuan Byas, Joshua Ray Byerley, Amelia Kathleen Chenier, George Miller Childress, Coby Andrew Collier, William Austin Cook, Annie Marie Cooper, Seth Collin Cooper,
Charlene Lee Crawford, Miah Lynn Curtis, Savonn Marqueze Davis, Alexis Michele Donelson*, Dustin Kyle Draper, Nakoda Chase Eagle Elrod, Katelin Rose Espy, Zachary Sean Etheridge, Mercedes Janay Ferguson, Tristan Gabriel Garrett, Dalton Drew Gentry, Hannah Elizabeth Gilbert*, Matthew Riley Gilbert*, Marisa Nicole Gonzalez, Savannah Allana Goodman, Joshua Taylor Graves, Parker Dalton Graves, Savannah Mae Rose Gray*, Ryan Conner Gudgell, Preston Lynn-Tilford Hack, Tiffany Lynn Harper,
William Thomas Harvell, Shelby Lynn Hawes*, Emily Nicole Hayes, Allie Beth Holmes, Nathan Dwight Hopwood, Courtney Renee Howell, Alexis Elizabeth Johnson, Morgan Ann Keeling, Steven Alan Kelley, Terra Lynn Knight, Erin Madison Langan, McKinsey Joyce Laster, Emily Anne Maples, Shayna Marie Mays, Matthew Tyler McDanel, Phillip Dale McKee*, Billy Savanna Miller, Elijah Jon Mitchell, Emily Nicole Morehead, Tyler Drake Morgan, Jadyn Elizabeth Morphew, Mary Elizabeth Myers, Abbigail Paige Nalley,
Jayde Nicole Newton, Kendra Nicole Nichols, Jarret Eston Oldham, Steven Levi Owens, Zane Adam Parsons*, Crystal Dilip Patel*, Meagan Corey Perez, Ashley Paige Pill, Mahaila John Pinchot, Kerrie Yen Pullen*, Sammy Ray Query, Alexis Lyn Scott*, Jasmine Dyan Shackles, Chance Allen Shely*, Cheyenne Rae Shely*, Tanner Allen Shepherd, Tyler Jordan Shepherd, Harlen Michael Showalter, Clayton Andrew Smith, William David Stewart, Austin Curtis Stone, Kaitlyn Elaine Stone, Daniel James Lindsey Stringer,
Charles Jacob Sullivan*, Marena Nicole Summers, Dakota Isaac Tallent, Lindsay Dale Tatum*, Paige Elizabeth Throgmorton, Jacqualyn Mary Paige Tipton, Madison Elizabeth Trusha, Madison Renee Watson, Lake Holden Wildharber, Ryan Nathan Wildharber, Jamarrion Da’Shojon Williams, Storm Elizabeth Wilson, Adriana Nicole Worley*, Breana Jean Worley, Dynasty Rhayne Yarbrough, Lacey Dawn Yarbrough, Trajan Zyarre Turner Yates, Erin Nicole Young, Jacob Matthew Zerger.