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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom


Mayor Honors Outstanding High School Seniors

Tuesday May 20, 2014

48 Louisville students to be recognized Tuesday night

Public, private and Catholic students who have excelled in and out of the classroom are being honored today by Mayor Greg Fischer as recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors Award. Fischer will present the honor to 48 students this evening at 7:15 p.m., following a reception at Louisville Metro Hall.

This year’s recipients include a student who survived a refugee camp in Nepal, another who emigrated from Burma, several who survived serious accidents and life-threatening illnesses and several students who have excelled despite violence, abuse and their parents being incarcerated. The students include at least 22 National Honor Society members and ten Governor’s Scholars. One student who suffered from low self-esteem started creating self-portraits in 2012; she learned to embrace and accept all of her flaws through her artwork and has been offered over $500,000 in college scholarships. Another student has maintained a 3.9 grade point average while running four self-started businesses. At least one of the students will be the first in their family to attend college.

“These are young people who have shown dedication, who have overachieved and overcome obstacles in life and in the classroom while taking the time to help and motivate others along the way,” Fischer said. “They are real-life examples from schools large and small of what you can achieve through focus, teamwork and perseverance.”

In addition to their academic accomplishments, the winners include notable athletes in a variety of sports, artists, dancers, musicians and entrepreneurs. Principals and guidance counselors at public, private and Catholic schools throughout Louisville nominated students for the award.

AT&T, Gordon Food Service and Sullivan University are the presenting sponsors of the Outstanding High School Seniors Award which began in the mid-1980s.



2014 Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors

Charles Adams, Breckinridge Metro High School
Charles is an outstanding example of a student with exceptional academic achievements. His desire to succeed despite overcoming difficult personal challenges exemplifies his willingness to put forth effort in all tasks. He has reached Honor Roll status throughout the school year and has an excellent attendance and behavior record. Charles enjoys volunteering at Ridgewood Baptist Church. After graduation, Charles will attend Bluegrass Community and Technical College to obtain a degree in construction.

Loyd R. Beal, Seneca High School
Loyd is ranked in the top 10 percent of his senior class and was selected by the U.S. Naval Academy to participate in a fast-paced leadership experience for rising high school seniors. He is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Government and the football team. Loyd was the recipient of the Montford Point Marine Association Leadership Award, Elks Learn to Lead Award and Distinguished Athlete Award. Loyd has accepted an offer from the United States Military Academy. His long term goal is to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Nathan Bearden, Louisville Holy Cross
Nathan demonstrates great leadership skills both in and outside of class, while maintaining a 3.95 GPA. He is a member of the basketball, soccer, tennis and track and field teams. He is involved in the Guild Council, Math Team, Cougars for Christ, National Honor Society, Academic Team and Ambassador’s Club. Nathan has been named to the Basketball Academic All State 1st team and the All ‘A’ Regional Academic First Team. Nathan will attend the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering.

Christopher Bird, Youth Performing Arts School
Chris is a remarkably talented and intelligent student in the piano program at YPAS. He is on track to become a Valedictorian for his class and is the current President of Manual’s National Honor Society and serves as the YPAS Tri-M National Honor Society in Music Communications Chair. Chris received the highest ranking possible in the National Piano Playing Auditions and won the Louisville Orchestra Young Artists Competition. Other awards include multiple National Spanish Exam Gold Medals, a Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Gold Key, Wilson Wyatt Debate Scholarship, and 2013 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program. Chris has been named a Brown Fellow at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering.

Nico Botones, Atherton High School
Nico is an extremely talented musician. He is a member of the Kentucky All State Concert Band, All State & All County Choir, received a Distinguished Rating for percussion ensemble for KMEA and All State Marching Band. He is a member of the Eric Whiteacre’s Virtual Choir, Kentucky Vocal Union, Atherton High School Marching Band and Chamber Singers, Atherton High School Education Career Academy, National Honors Society and A Cappella Festival of Kentuckiana. Nico was the freshman and sophomore class president, 2011 Atherton Idol 1st place winner and August 2014 Atherton student of the month. Nico plans to major in secondary education with the intention of becoming a music teacher.

Greg Bryan, Bethlehem High School
Greg is a prime example of an outstanding senior. He has been on the A/B Honor Roll all four years with perfect attendance. Greg is a member of the National Honor Society, InterAct, Dance Committee, Adventure Club and Academic Team. Greg was awarded a Geometry Award and a Morehead University Honor Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in Physics and build upon that to gain a position in the field of astrophysics.

Adam Burba, Butler Traditional High School
Adam has demonstrated academic excellence throughout his high school career. He is the academic leader in Butler’s Class of 2014. Adam is a member of National Honor Society, BETA Club, Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), Kentucky Youth Assembly and is President of the Y-Club. He was a 2013 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar, National Merit Commended Student, University of Louisville John Yarmuth Book Award winner, KUNA Outstanding Ambassador and recipient of the Outstanding Speaker Award. Adam plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in Education and/or History.

Tori Cooper, Doss High School
Tori received one of the highest honors at Doss by being named to the Who’s Who of the Senior Class. She has a 3.74 GPA in honors, advanced and advance placement classes. She is in the top 10 percent of the senior class. Tori is a member of the National Honor Society, track team, Ladies of Leadership and Student Council. She is employed in our full operating ClassAct Federal Credit Union and is the treasurer of FBLA, in addition to being an athletic trainer for the football team. Tori plans on attending the University of Louisville and studying to become an athletic trainer.

Alexis Dawley, Westport (Teenage Parent Program)
Alexis excels in the classroom and has a heart for service. She has made the all “A” Honor Roll consistently. Alexis has received the TAPP Excel Award, Perfect Attendance, Outstanding Student Award, Co-Op Award, Writing Award, AP U.S. History Award and TAPP Leadership Award. She is a member of the Key Club, SMART (Science, Math and the Right Technology) organization, and the Student Technology Leadership Program. Alexis volunteers at Kosair Charities and the Lords Kitchen and helped build a playground for her church. She plans to attend Spalding University to obtain a degree in Social Work.

Jordan Duff, Kentucky Country Day School
Over the past four years, Jordan has built an impressive record of service participating in the Black Outstanding Leaders of Diversity and volunteering at the West End Boarding School. Jordan is a member of the football and track teams at KCD. He has been the recipient of the 2012 Class A Football Player of the Year and the Robertson Trophy Winner (MVP). Jordan will attend Campbellsville University on a full football scholarship and plans to attend law school.

Harold Eugene Elzy III, Ahrens Educational Resource Center
Harold is an extremely hard worker who takes his school work very seriously and puts 100 percent into his academics. Prior to attending the Work Transition Program, Harold attended Waggener High School, and was involved in the United Basketball Program by playing the drums during the halftime show. When Harold isn’t working at McAlister’s Deli, he volunteers at the University of Louisville and Kosair Children’s Hospital. Harold loves volunteering and takes great pride in helping others. After Harold graduates from the Ahrens Work Transition Program, he plans to continue working at McAlister’s.

Rachel French, Mercy Academy
Rachel is a natural born leader and is currently the vice president of her senior class, president of the Pep Club, publicist of the Student Council and Peer and Retreat Leader. Rachel is also a member of the Mercy Dance team, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and a Student Ambassador. In addition, she is recipient of the Yarmuth Book Award and a dedicated volunteer for several local non-profits. Rachel plans to attend the University of Louisville in the fall to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

Katherine Fuller, Whitefield Academy
Katherine, a dedicated student both inside and outside of the classroom, is the valedictorian of her class and has been on the Honor Roll for the past four years. Katherine is a member and captain of the softball and soccer teams. She is involved in the BETA Club, Student Government and the Sports Council and has received a Business First Newspaper Acknowledgement, Academic All-State First Team Award, Spalding Book Award and several softball and soccer MVP awards including the 7th region softball All-Tournament Team Award. Katherine will attend the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Austin Goss, St. Xavier High School
Austin is a role model and inspiration for other teenagers and even adults to keep going even when things are tough. He has earned spots on the Honor Roll as well as the Principal’s List. Austin is an active member of the National Honor Society, Y-Club, Peerleader, Kentucky United Nations Assembly/Kentucky Youth Assembly and is an Eagle Scout. He has also received the James D. Nesbit Award from Boys and Girls Haven for service. Austin will attend the University of Louisville where he will pursue a degree in nursing.

Cody Harral, The Academy @ Shawnee
Cody is a dedicated student and athlete. Since his freshman year he has been on the A/B Honor Roll and is a member of the Science Club, ROTC, Drill Team, Color Guard, Football, Basketball, Track and Cross Country teams. He was the recipient of the Air National Guard Leadership Award, “Player of the Week” with WAVE 3 Sports, two-time Athlete of the Month and Homecoming King. Cody plans to attend the University of Louisville to study Sports Administration. He aspires to become an athletic director at a college or university.

Colleen Elizabeth Hess, Assumption High School
Colleen is a young woman who is genuinely kind as well as helpful and responsible. She is a strong student maintaining an outstanding 4.0 un-weighted, cumulative grade point average since her freshman year and is in the top 5 percent of the senior class. Colleen is involved in many activities and is a leader. This is most apparent through her involvement as a peer leader, chosen because of her pledge to live and promote a lifestyle free from drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Colleen is also a peer tutor and helps underclasswomen with their course work. Colleen serves as Secretary of the National Honor Society, is Co-President of the Spanish National Honor Society, and Secretary of Mu Alpha Theta, the Math Honor Society. For the past four years, Colleen has given her time in service to Down Syndrome of Louisville. Colleen is planning on attending the University of Dayton.

Crystal Hodges, Moore Traditional High School
Crystal has a 4.0 grade point average while challenging herself academically with numerous AP classes. She plays an active role in the National Honor Society, varsity volleyball, Upward Bound College Access, and the Film/Drama Club. Crystal is a Governor’s Scholar, Transylvania President Scholar, Lindsay Wilson Bonner Scholar, Georgetown Oxford/Global/Christian Scholar and Business Scholar. She is also Editor-In-Chief of the yearbook and MVP of volleyball. Crystal plans to attend Lindsey Wilson College, where she has received a scholarship. It is her dream to create a non-profit organization that benefits students and their goals towards academics.

Sarah Holloway, Walden High School
Sarah is a leader. She is the President of the Student Body and Key Club all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Sarah is involved in the Student Council, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Kentucky United Nations Assembly/Kentucky Youth Assembly, Environmental Club, Math Team and Photography Club. She is also a member of the basketball, cross country and track and field teams. She has been recognized with the Harvard Book Award, Head of School Award, KUNA Outstanding Ambassador, Class Leadership Award, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, and Class of Kentucky Program. Sarah is undecided on college, but will major in Communication and Political Science to pursue a career in journalism.

Jakob Jewell, Southern High School
Jakob is a bright and intelligent student. He has held a 4.267 GPA throughout high school and will be Southern’s Valedictorian. He is currently the vice president of the National Honor Society, as well as a member of the BETA Club and Math Team. Jakob received the Southern High School Who’s Who Award, several scholastic awards, Bellarmine University Distinguished Scholar award, and Bellarmine’s Monsignor Horrigan scholarship. He plans to attend Bellarmine University to obtain a degree in computer engineering

Matthew Keeling, Evangel Christian School
Matthew has worked diligently to earn everything he has accomplished. He holds the highest grade point average in his class and is a member of the National Honor Society and BETA Club and is a student government representative. He has been recognized with an English Award, President’s Award and Phi Beta Kappa Book Award. Matthew has volunteered at the Evangel World Prayer Center, Henryville Disaster Cleanup, Lord’s Kitchen and Brooklawn. He will attend Bellarmine University to study Business Administration.

Elizabeth Lee, duPont Manual High School
Elizabeth is an astonishing student who consistently demonstrates intelligence and determination. She is an active member of the Women in Science & Engineering, BETA Club, Junior Engineering Technical, Science Olympiad, French Honor Society, Louisville Youth Orchestra, Youth Performing Arts School Concert Orchestra and Action for Africa. Elizabeth is a Kentucky Governor’s Scholar and National AP Scholar. She is a recipient of the Brown University Book Award and Regional Science Fair Best of Category. Other honors include Kentucky All-State Orchestra, Science Fair – Regionals 1st Place Team, Science Fair – State 1st & 3rd Individual Places and 2nd Place Team. Elizabeth wishes to pursue a career in the biomedical engineering field, with a goal of giving back to the community.

Eric Lesmeister, Christian Academy of Louisville
Eric is a student who has excelled in the classroom and out of the classroom. He is a National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar in addition to receiving a 35 composite score on the ACT. He is a recipient of the WKU Book Award and attended the 2013 Governor’s School Program. Eric is an active member of the BETA Club, National Honor Society and cross country and track teams. Eric enjoys volunteering and took a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Eric will attend the University of Kentucky.

Michael Lewis, Eastern High School
Michael knows adversity all too well, but it has only served to make him stronger. Michael has four self-started businesses. Running four businesses as a high school student is amazing on its own merit; he also participates in the Eastern Chorale, Eastern Varsity Soccer, and many commitments at church with his youth group and music ministry. He has achieved all this while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average and is also a published author.

John Loftus, Fairdale High School
John is the definition of perseverance. He has maintained straight A’s while participating in advanced coursework and was voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ by his peers. He is a member of the Bowling, Quick Recall and Debate teams, the Student Council and National Honors Society. John was a Governor’s Scholar and received awards from Business First-1st Honors, All Academic Award and All-Region Bowling team. John will be attending Lindsey Wilson to study mathematics.

Syann Lunsford, Fern Creek Traditional High School
Syann has a great love for the environment and has unselfishly given numerous community service hours over the past four years to worthy projects. She is the President of the Environmental Club, Secretary of the National Honor Society, member of the Principal’s Advisory Council, Chess Club and Beta Club. Syann has the highest Grade Point Average in the school, has been recognized on the All “A” Honor Roll, maintained perfect attendance for two years and participated in the Governor’s Scholars Program. She plans to attend the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering where she will study chemical or bio engineering.

Rachel Mahbubani, Louisville Male High School
Rachel has an impressive resume for such a young age. She is a member of the National Honors Society, BETA Club, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Club, Future Physicians of America Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Honor Roll. She received a Trustees Scholarship, Principals Award, Advanced Placement Scholar Award and Business First: First Honors Award. Rachel enjoys volunteering with Hope in Highview Homeless Ministry, Vacation Bible School and is a Junior Church Administrator. Rachel will attend the University of Louisville majoring in biology in preparation to attend Medical School.

Juna Mangar, Louisville Collegiate School
Living in a refugee camp in Nepal, twelve-year-old Juna and her family survived a devastating fire that destroyed all of their possessions. With the help of a United States refugee support program, the family resettled in Louisville and Juna entered the seventh grade at Collegiate with minimal English skills. Armed with determination, Juna persevered to tackle the language and a demanding academic curriculum. She has met this challenge with courage, confidence and grace as she continues to inspire both her classmates and her teachers. Juna has consistently maintained all A’s and B’s in a challenging, college preparatory curriculum and has been named a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar Representative, and earned the Louisville Rotary Club’s Unsung Hero Award and the Amazon Award for Collegiate Softball. She has qualified for Collegiate’s “Study-Out” List, a privilege awarded to students achieving the highest academic standards. Juna has committed to pursue a nursing degree which she hopes will lead to a career as a Nurse Practitioner.

Niaira Miller, Waggener High School
Niaira has been on the A/B Honor Roll all 4 years of high school and is in the top 15 percent of her class. She was the Junior Class Vice President, Senior Class Treasurer, member of Beta Club, Student Council, and Health Student Occupations Association. Niaira was selected to serve as a student aide for the counseling office and was the recipient of the University of Louisville Yarmuth Book Award and Woodford R. Porter Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in nursing.

Brandon Moore, Western High School
Brandon has already made the transition from high school to college. He is currently attending the Jefferson Community & Technical College Early Education program earning eleven college credit hours. At Western, he is a member of the National Honor Society, BETA Club, basketball team and City’s Youth Leadership Council. Brandon enjoys coaching and working with younger members in his church basketball league. In the fall, Brandon will continue at JCTC and transfer to the University of Louisville for pre-med studies.

Kinsey Taylor Morrison, St. Francis School
Kinsey is not only a brilliant student, but a true miracle. Overcoming cancer, she has made every minute of life successful. A gifted speaker, she delivered a moving presentation to the Rotary Club Downtown called “Bucket List” that brought the room to tears. Kinsey is a Merit Scholar and a National Merit Semifinalist and an AP Scholar with Honor. Her dedication to her school has involved her in many extra-curricular activities such as the Quick Recall team and field hockey. Kinsey won the Filson Historical Society’s Essay Contest, a Bell Award for Youth Volunteer and earned 3rd place at the Science Fair last year. After graduation, Kinsey will continue her education at Stanford University.

Kenny Nauert, DeSales High School
Kenny’s success has earned him numerous accolades over the past four years. Currently ranked in the top 10 percent of his senior class while taking all Honors and AP Classes, he is a Governor’s Scholar and member of the National Honor Society, BETA Club, and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly/Kentucky Youth Assembly. He is a Peer Leader, Yearbook Editor, and a member of the Key Club, Environmental Club and football and wrestling teams. Kenny is also the recipient of the Jamie Parsley Family Foundation Award and has dedicated time for numerous volunteer activities with DeSales. He will attend Western Kentucky University next year.

Hillary Newell, J. Graham Brown School
Hillary carries a high grade point average and consistently stays on the A/B honor roll. She is the president of The Brown School Pep Club, a member of the Brown School Bowling Team and co-president of the Beta Club. Hillary has been featured in Business First as an Outstanding Student and was awarded numerous college scholarships. She is a peer educator with Planned Parenthood of Kentuckiana, and a Humane Society and Ronald McDonald House volunteer. Hillary is deciding between the University of Connecticut and Centre on where to further her education.

John Oyler, Pleasure Ridge Park High School
John is a dedicated student and athlete. He is a member of the Beta Club, PRP Newspaper Staff, School Ambassador, FCA, and the basketball and baseball teams. He was named Mr. Senior for the Class of 2014 and was a member of the KHSAA State Baseball and 6th Region Basketball Championship teams. He is undecided on which university he will attend, but hopes to play baseball.

Jordan Pamplin, Sacred Heart Academy

Jordan, demonstrates great leadership skills both in and outside of class, while maintaining a 4.14 GPA. She is a member of the soccer team, 2012 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, Beta Club, 100 Club, National Honor Society, Future Doctors of America, Peer Leaders, Spanish Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jordan has been named to the Honor Roll and Academic All-State Team. Jordan enjoys volunteering with Gilda’s Club and Baptist East Hospital. She will attend the University of Alabama to pursue a career in the medical field.

Hayley Rader, Beth Haven Christian School
Hayley has the determination to succeed. Her extracurricular participation includes BETA Club, National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Class Officer, Associate Editor of the yearbook staff and she is ranked 5th in her class. Hayley has participated in volleyball, basketball and softball. Hayley has made the ‘All Tournament’ team for volleyball and basketball, and currently holds the record for the most rebounds for the Beth Haven basketball team. In her free time she volunteers for Brightside and the Louisville Zoo and tutors her fellow students. Hayley plans on attending Bellarmine University where she will major in Physical Therapy.

Brooke Raque, Ballard High School
Brooke has been on the Honor Roll all four years of her high school career. She is a Governor’s Scholar and an active member of the National Honor Society, Madrigal Singers, BETA Club, Dance Maroon Committee, French Club and Young Life. Brooke was recognized with the Yale Book Award, Furman Scholar, Singletary Scholar and Lester Scholar. She will attend the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.

Chasity Ritchie, South Park TAPP
Even with becoming a teenage mother, Chasity has made her education a top priority. Chasity has been on the all A's Honor Roll and received the College Algebra Outstanding Student Award and Senior Honors English Outstanding Student Award, Rotary Club Unsung Hero Award, S.M.A.R.T. Program Outstanding Student Award and Outstanding Attendance Award. Chasity is an active member of the Student Technology Leadership Program, Red Cross, and is a Senior Class Leader. She enjoys volunteering with Goodwill, Humane Society, and the Kentucky Railway Museum. After graduation, Chasity, will pursue a degree in radiology and communications.

LaNia Roberts, Central High School
At one time, LaNia did not love herself and suffered from low self-esteem. In January, 2012, she learned to embrace and accept all of her flaws by creating self-portraits. In a sense, she became flawless through her art. Her artwork is currently on display on the first floor of Metro Hall. She is a member of the track and field and volleyball teams, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Central High School Mock Trial, and Governor’s School for the Arts. She is an A/B Honor Roll student and is active with the Louisville Visual Art Association. LaNia plans to attend Syracuse University and follow her heart by majoring in painting.

Daniel Joseph Ryan, Trinity High School
Daniel has made the Honor Roll, Principal’s List and Shamrock Award from 2010-2014. He received a Louisville Business First-1st Honors Award for Young Leaders and has received several Catholic BSA Religious Awards. He holds a strong 3.99 grade point average. Impressively, as an Eagle Scout, he has completed 420 hours of service, including work with Dare to Care, Wayside Christian Mission, Louisville Project Warm, Metro Parks and Habitat for Humanity. Daniel and his family have faced many obstacles and through the help of physical therapists and self-determination, they have been able to overcome these challenges. Daniel will pursue a degree in Physical Therapy so that he can help others, just as he and his family were helped.

Rebecca Sauer, Presentation Academy
Rebecca is a student who has excelled both in and out of the classroom. Maintaining a 3.9 GPA, she is a member of the National Honor Society, STEM Club, Student Executive Board, Top Hat Theatre, Varsity Dance Team, the Prezettes, Louisville Rowing Club and Greater Louisville Math League. She is also a Governor’s Cup state finalist and founded Presentation’s Language Club. Outside of the classroom she volunteers with Westminster Nursing Home, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Teen Court, Doors to Hope and joined the Appalachia Spring Break Mission trip. Rebecca is still deciding on a college and plans to study medicine and environmental science.

Ahmed Sheikh, Mary Ryan Academy
Ahmed came to the United States in the third grade. Faced with numerous obstacles including language barriers and cultural differences, he didn’t let those hold him back. Ahmed is extremely friendly and enjoys bringing a smile to those around him. He enjoys helping his peers and volunteers with special needs students at Camp Crooked Creek. Ahmed would like to attend the Carl Perkins Center to continue his education in culinary arts.

Hannah Sisco, The Phoenix School of Discovery
Hannah has overcome numerous obstacles in her young life. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA for her entire high school career and perfect attendance for the past 13 years. Hannah has continually made the Honor Roll, is a Governor’s Cup Finalist and a member of the Quick Recall team, Principal’s Advisory Committee, Service Project Coordinator, school newspaper staff and Dog Rescue Rehabilitation/Therapy Committee. Hannah is also currently working toward achieving the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. She is the youngest of nine and will be the first in her family to attend college. Hannah will pursue a career in early childhood education.

Alec Stout, Jeffersontown High School
Alec has a heart for service and is ranked in the top 15 percent of his senior class. Active in his church and in the Jeffersontown community, he also has participated in two missionary trips to Haiti and Oklahoma. He has been the Junior and Senior class president, President of the BETA Club, a member of the baseball team, Project Lead the Way and Ecology Club. Alec has been recognized for Honor Roll and earned the Most Improved Player award for baseball and Golden Fern award from his church. Alec plans on attending the University of Louisville to major in business.

Sarah Stout, Liberty High School
Sarah has remained motivated to succeed in spite of losing both her parents. She has earned a spot on the “A/B” and “A” Honor Roll. Sarah continues to demonstrate compassion and dedication through her involvement and teaching with the Diane Moore Dance Academy Miracle Dancers for the past seven years. She has led her dancers to a 1st place finish at least ten times in various dance competitions. Sarah is also an extremely talented artist and plans on earning a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts with a minor in psychology and masters in art therapy.

Jonathan Taylor, Portland Christian School
Jonathan holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA. He is a member of the Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Student Council, and cross country and track teams. Jonathan has received the Daughters of the American Revolution History Award, Academic All-State Cross Country, Academic All-State Track, All Area Super Team Cross Country, Senior Homecoming Representative, Love of Learning Award and Principal’s Leadership Award. Jonathan will attend Taylor University and has received a scholarship to run cross country and track.

Huai Vung, Iroquois High School
Huai is a Burmese refugee who came to the United States speaking virtually no English. In 3 ½ years, Huai has achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average and has been nominated by her teachers for numerous awards and scholarships. She is a member of the Chess Club, International Club, Dress for Success, G.E. Internship, Principal’s Advisory Board, Book Club and Interact Club. Huai has been on the Honor Roll all four years and was the recipient of the Masonry Award and the Who’s Who Award for Iroquois Outstanding Senior. Huai plans to attend college and major in history. She hopes to someday earn a master’s degree and teach others about her homeland of Burma.

Quantez Walker, Churchill Park School
Quantez has mastered many abilities, but most impressive is his talent for technology. Named on the Honor Roll for the entire 2013-2014 school year he received the Most Improved Student award for his classroom. Quantez is a member of the Community Based Instruction team, where he goes into the community and practices life skills. Quantez plans to enter into a day program, where he will be volunteering in the community and spending time with friends.

Madison Werner, Valley High School
Madison became a mother during her senior year in high school, however this has not hindered her success academically or in her extracurricular activities. She is a member of the Valley High Cheerleading squad, Health Occupation Student Association, Louisville Water Company Hygiene Education Program and has made the all A and A&B Honor Roll. Madison has been accepted to Bellarmine University where she plans on pursuing a degree in nursing and will be a member of the cheerleading squad.