Elizabeth Johnson, the daughter of Connie and John Johnson, Gracey, earned a $1000 scholarship from the Kentucky New Era for her outstanding work in the discipline of the Journalism.
Aubree Burcham, the daughter of Christina and Shannon Burcham, Cadiz, earned a $500 scholarship from the Kentucky New Era and $1000 from Amfine Chemical for her outstanding work in the discipline of science. Ms. Burcham was also the winner from a random drawing for an Apple IPAD from Wal-M art Distribution Center.
Six other Trigg County High School students were recognized for their academic achievements in the disciplines of Arts, Career and Technical, English, Foreign Language, Math, and Social Studies/Economics.
Savannah Young, the daughter of Jessica White and Chase Young, Cadiz, was recognized for academic work in the discipline of the Arts.
Michael (Austin) Durham, the son of Patrick and Brigitte Durham, Cadiz, was recognized for academic work in the discipline of the Career and Technical.
Makaela Kennedy, the daughter of Connie and Roger Kennedy, Cadiz, was recognized for academic work in the discipline of the English
Blaine Alexander, the son of Kim and Kevin Alexander, Cadiz, was recognized for academic work in the discipline of the Foreign Language.
Ryan McCloud, the son of Sharon and Travis McCloud, Cadiz, was recognized for academic work in the discipline of the Math.
Madison Brooke Lane, the daughter of Tina and Mark Lane, Cadiz, was recognized for academic work in the discipline of the Social Studies.
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 or Western Kentucky University.
In addition four Trigg County Middle School students were recognized and presented medallions.
Matthew Skinner, the son of Roger and Sherry Skinner, was recognized for his excellence in the discipline of English.
Stuart Boyd, the son of Leah and Roger Boyd, was recognized for his excellence in the discipline of mathematics.
Belinda Perry, the daughter of Shawn Perry, was recognized for his excellence in the discipline of science.
Alexis Kent, the daughter of Michelle and Nathan Kent, was recognized for his excellence in the discipline of social studies.
Raymond Burse, a Hopkinsville native with a distinguished academic and professional career in law and business, gave the keynote address for the all-star ceremony. Speaking to a packed auditorium, Burse encouraged students to make the most of their time, to work hard and to choose friends wisely. “Get enough education so you won’t have to look up to anyone, and then get a little bit more so you won’t look down on anyone either,” Burse said. “For what each of you wants to accomplish, know that you must work to achieve it.”
Burse began his address by taking the audience back to his childhood in Hopkinsville. He named numerous relatives, teachers and mentors who influenced his life in Hopkinsville and said they were standing on the stage with him.
Burse graduated 10th in a class of 325 students at Christian County High School in 1969. He graduated from Centre College, then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. He earned a law degree at Harvard University. In addition to practicing law in Kentucky, he served as president of Kentucky State University. Burse is recently retired and lives in Prospect, Ky.
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 middle schools. The program lets students know … “the community is paying attention”. For more information about the program, visit www.kentuckynewera.com.
Visit www.kentuckynewera.com/academicallstars for a complete list of students honored from Caldwell County, Christian County, Todd County, Trigg County and Fort Campbell along with essays written by middle school students and a gallery of photos
This press release was submitted by Taylor Hayes, CEO/Publisher of Kentucky New Era, who can be reached at 270-887-3265 and email@example.com, and by Windy Ezell, Assistant to Publisher and Director of Academic All-Star Team program, who can be reached at 270-887-3259 and firstname.lastname@example.org.