Joel Ben Thomas, the son of Allen and Sheila Thomas, Cadiz, earned the honor in the discipline of Social Studies/Economics.
Thomas, a senior at TCHS, competed in the Social Studies/Economics discipline part of the Regional Academic All-Star team. He was nominated by Donna Kranz. “Joel Ben is truly an amazing young man that gives 110% to everything he does and 110% to all people,” Kranz said. “He is one of those students that can always be counted on to carry through on his responsibilities, while maintaining a humble and enthusiastic attitude in all that he does.” Thomas plans to attend the University of Louisville to major in Political Science and minor in Cultural Anthropology. After graduation, he plans to attend Law School at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law to pursue a career as an international affairs lawyer.
Two other Trigg County students received honorable mention recognition which included $200 savings bonds from United Southern Bank.
Mallory Caroline Taylor, the daughter of Doug and Beth Taylor, Cadiz, earned the honor in the discipline of Journalism.
Taylor competed in the Journalism discipline part of the Regional Academic All-Star team. She was nominated by Sonya Forbes. “Mallory possesses a high level of motivation, and she excels in the classroom, producing quality work,” Forbes said. “Her success could be attributed to her drive to succeed, her leadership qualities and her natural aptitude to perform in the classroom setting.” Although Mallory is undecided on a school and a major area of study, she would like to attend the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky or Centre College. She is considering studying chemistry with a future occupation in pharmacy.
Ellie Jolly, the daughter of Scott and Ellen Jolly, Cadiz earned the honor in the discipline of Science.
Jolly competed in the Science discipline part of the Regional Academic All-Star team. She was nominated by Kim Adams. “Ellie is a respectful, motivated student with a pleasant personality, works well with others and displays a level of maturity beyond her years,” Adams said. “She is a very determined and focused young woman who possesses the qualities necessary to successfully reach her goals.” Jolly is currently undecided on which college she will attend. She plans to pursue a double major in Chemistry and Biology. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend medical school at University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville. Her goal is to return to a surrounding community and open up a private practice.
Five other Trigg County High School students were recognized for their academic achievements in the disciplines of the Arts, Career and Technical, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies.
Elizabeth Develvis, the daughter of Beckie Develvis, Cadiz, was nominated for her outstanding work in the discipline of Art.
Dylan Lancaster, the son of Wilton and Erika Lancaster, Cerulean, was nominated for his outstanding work in the discipline of Career and Technical.
Cassie Whitt, the daughter of Marvin and Geneva Whitt, Cadiz, was nominated for her outstanding work in the discipline of English.
Jessica Robinson, the daughter of Crystal and Delbert Powell, Cerulean, was nominated for her outstanding work in the discipline of Foreign Language.
Amanda Soladay, the daughter of Cheryl Soladay and Patrick Johnson, Cadiz, was nominated for her outstanding work in the discipline of Mathematics.
For being nominated to the program, each of the eight students earned $100 from Cadiz Rotary and qualify for additional scholarships should they attend Hopkinsville Community College, Western Kentucky University or Murray State University.
In addition, four Trigg County Middle School students were publicly recognized during the ceremony for their academic honors in disciplines of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
Mallory Mize, the daughter of Craig and Wendy Mize was selected for her outstanding work in the discipline of English. She was nominated by Mechille Allen who said Mallory is the epitome of what a student should possess for success. Her hard work, determination, and positive attitude motivate her peers to strive to do their best as well.
Sydney Geiger, the daughter of Jay and Nancy Geiger was selected for her outstanding work in the discipline of Mathematics. She was nominated by Michael Stinnett who said Sydney’s desire to achieve at a high level along with her attention to detail will certainly garner her many successes.
Nicholas Wolff, the son of Debbie and Jerry Wolff was selected for his outstanding work in the discipline of Science. He was nominated by Lisa Calhoun who said Nicholas was a very bright young man.
Andrew Steven Bryant, the son of John and Pam Bryant was selected for his outstanding work in the discipline of Social Studies. He was nominated by Carol Cook who said Andrew is an outstanding student and positive role model for his classmates. He is well-mannered, hard working and responsible in all aspects of his life.
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The Kentucky New Era / Rotary Regional Academic All-Star Team program was designed specifically to highlight and honor top academic scholars and performers from area high schools and now middle schools. The program lets students know … “the community is paying attention”. For more information about the program, visit www.kentuckynewera.com.
This press release was submitted by Taylor Hayes, CEO and publisher of the Kentucky New Era.