Ballard Memorial High School junior Wendy Burnley has been selected for the Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State University. The three-week residential academic enrichment program for outstanding rising seniors will be held on campus June 5-26. Students were chosen not only from Kentucky, but also from surrounding states.
She is the daughter of Walter and Valarie Burnley of Kevil, and says one reason she wanted to apply was because the experience was not far away. “I’m much more of a homebody,” Burnley explains. “This way I can still see my parents, and go to my church.”
Students chose potential classes when they applied, but won’t know for sure which ones they got until later. They will earn six hours of university credit, with the opportunity to take six additional MSU credit hours tuition-free. Those who go on to attend the university also will receive a renewable $2,000 per year housing scholarship.
Burnley said she would like to major in agribusiness sales and marketing, and would like to attend MSU – “especially when I qualified for this,” she said with smile. She works at Bandana Ag now and is the parliamentarian for the BMHS FFA chapter. She was looking forward to going to the first in-person competition this year, scheduled for later this semester.
Burnley also is a long-time 4-H member, and currently serves as both a state and county Teen Council member, as well as the Purchase Area 4-H president. She is secretary of the BMHS Student Council, FBLA historian, and a member of the BMHS News team. She and her family attend Kevil United Methodist Church, where Burnley says, “I kind of am the youth group” in the small congregation.
She says plans to return to Ballard County after college.