2021 Kentucky Lottery Outstanding High School Seniors

May 07, 2021

Ahrens Work Transition Program - KENNETH SMITH

Alfred Binet School - DONOVEN HIGGINS

Assumption High School - SARAH KOCH

Atherton High School - ANDREW NGUYEN

Ballard High School - NATNAEL HAMILTON

Bethlehem High School - HANNAH STEIN

Breckinridge Metropolitan High School - ISAIAH GRUNDY

Brooklawn School - MICHAEL HARRISON

Butler Traditional High School - NATALEE MACKIN

Central High School - CHEYLA TABARES CUESTA

Christian Academy of Louisville - JOSHUA HAYS

Churchill Park School - LATRELL SANDERS

DeSales High School - PIERCE BERGIN

Doss High School - ABIGAIL BENNETT

duPont Manual High School - LOGAN BIBBY

Eastern High School - JASMINE WARREN

Fairdale High School - DOADA SIEH

Fern Creek High School - OMAR DE LA OSA FEBLES

Georgia Chaffee - TAPP VANESSA GARCIA

Holy Cross High School - ADDISON DEWEES

Iroquois High School - KARA “KJ” PORTER

J. Graham Brown School - ANNA BENTON

Jefferson County High School - PEYTON GIVAN

Jeffersontown High School - MAGDALA FENELUS

Kentucky Country Day - JALEN TODD

Kentucky School for the Blind - ALEXANDER SALGADO

Liberty High School - AMYL THOMAS

Louisville Collegiate School - CHRISTIAN HANSEN

Louisville Male High School - KENNEDY KNIFFLEY

Marion C. Moore High School - HAYLEE CARDWELL

Mercy Academy - MAURANDA DOLLE

Newcomer Academy - GENESSIS POZADA VALENZUELA

Pleasure Ridge Park High School - ABIGAIL JOYCE

Portland Christian School - ALEX STEEN

Presentation Academy - EMILY BRANGERS

Sacred Heart Academy - GRACE HOVEKAMP

St. Francis School - DREW SICILIANO

Saint Xavier High School - LEO BIAGI

Seneca High School - GEORGE PAYOCONG

Southern High School - HANNAH ELBLE

The Academy at Shawnee - OTUN ABDULLAHI

The Phoenix School of Discovery - KAYCIE SAUER

Trinity High School - CADE WATSON

Valley High School - GARRETT LUNN

Waggener High School - RICHARD CHANDLER

Walden School - ALYSSA ALVAREZ

Western High School - YAHIR GUZMAN

Whitefield Academy - SARAH WILLIAMS

Youth Performing Arts School - MEREDITH THOMAS

 

 

 

Ahrens Work Transition Program

KENNETH SMITH

Kenneth was selected for this award because of his work ethic and drive to become the best version of himself. He always has a smile on his face, which brightens everyone’s day.  Living with an uncle, Kenneth goes the extra mile to help other people while overcoming challenges in his personal life and while working 5-6 days a week at UPS Worldport.  He also has worked at Kroger and attended school full time.  He has overcome an intellectual disability and has received two employee of the month awards at UPS in 7 months of employment.  After high school, Kenneth plans to work at UPS Worldport, continuing to provide for his family.  He also has a goal of living independently in the future.

Activities and Community:

All A student

Special Olympics of Kentucky

Employee of the Month December

Employee of the Month March

UofL Hospital Volunteer

Louisville Zoo Volunteer 

Norton Children’s Hospital Volunteer

Audubon Hospital Volunteer

 

 

Alfred Binet School

DONOVEN HIGGINS

Donoven is a true inspiration to all, a model to his peers, both young and old, who has overcome many personal challenges in his life and has risen above to reach the potential he knows he is capable of. He has not let difficult challenges or hurdles keep him from achieving what he wants from life.  Donoven was born with cognitive disabilities that limited him from certain experiences as same as his peers.  With these challenges, Donoven has risen to become a shining star and works hard at school to prove he is as capable as the next person.  Donoven works with his job coaches and will identify the perfect career that will allow him continued purpose and fulfillment and allow him to save money and spend time doing things he enjoys with his friends and family.  Donoven is very active and plans on participating in all available activities within the community.

Activities and Community:

Outstanding student worker

BSU Student Leader

Lead4Change Student Leader

Special Olympics basketball

Black Student Union

Leadership Award

 

 

Assumption High School

SARAH KOCH

Sarah is an independent-minded, intelligent, self-aware, and insightful young woman who has so much to offer and has truly matured through her high school career.  Her confident nature and quiet, though commanding presence have helped her develop her leadership style.  A perfect illustration is Quick Recall, of which she has served as captain for the past three years, and of Future Problem Solvers, a program that she helped resurrect in her freshman year at Assumption after 8 years of dormancy.  Sarah’s leadership extends to her grade school where she helped coach their Future Problem Solvers team.  Her intelligent, inquisitive nature aligns perfectly with these programs.  Passionate about Spanish language and culture, Sarah was thrilled when she was selected to be a Mercy Ambassador through the Argentina Exchange program, but due to Covid19, all travel was cancelled.  Despite the obvious disappointment, Sarah met this setback with maturity and grace, while also missing the personal connections and friendships developed, especially with Lola, her “Argentine Sister.”   Sarah plans to attend Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

 

Activities and Community:

Principal’s List

AP Scholar with Distinction

National Merit Finalist

Distinguished Scholar (top 5%)

Silver Medal National Spanish Exam

Mental Health Awareness Club President

Captain, Quick Recall Team (4)

National Honor Society

National Spanish Honor Society

Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society)

HSPT award and scholarship

McAuley Scholar

Brown Foreman INSPIRE Engineering Program

Varsity Letter Archery

Mercy Ambassador Argentina Exchange Program

St. Agnes Food Pantry

St. Agnes Parish Carnival

Camp Taylor Elementary School

UofL Department of Medicine

NHS Blood Drive

 

Atherton High School

ANDREW NGUYEN

Have you ever seen someone with so much determination and drive that they inspire everyone they meet?  Andrew is that person.  He believes that by helping others succeed, we all succeed.  Andrew is proud to be a first-generation graduate and often reflects on his time and experiences while living in Southern California, especially the enjoyment of being part of a large Vietnamese community who celebrate the same traditions as his family.  He plans to attend college and major in Biology and pursue a career as a Veterinarian.

Activities and Community:

Straight A’s throughout High School

4.44 GPA

32 ACT

National Honor Society

Math Team

Greater Louisville Math League

Louisville Math League Award

Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement

Cross Country

Outstanding World Language Award

Health Science Student of Month

Derby cleanup

Belknap Festival Set-up   

Bardstown Road clean-up                      

 

 

Ballard High School

NATNAEL HAMILTON

Natnael is an outstanding student-athlete who is an excellent representative of Ballard High School, where he transferred at the beginning of his sophomore year.  During this transition he quickly immersed himself into the school community and is now recognized as a leader among his peers.  Upon graduation Natnael plans to pursue a degree in criminology with a goal of entering the police force.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

National Honor Society

Dance Maroon

Varsity Soccer

Dartmouth Junior Book Award

 

 

Bethlehem High School

HANNAH STEIN

Hannah exhibits an exemplary attitude both inside and outside of the classroom and in her work ethic.  Hannah understands that leadership is about setting an example.  Her personality is infectious, and she brightens any room with her presence.  This young lady can do it all and is a great example of a student leader.  The cliché, “ask a busy person if you want something done,” is so true with Hannah.  You know if she agrees to do something, it’s going to get done.  During Hannah’s elementary and middle-school years her family moved frequently while her parents were in the military.  It was a challenging time as she had to learn to adjust to new environments, make new friends and keep up with her academics.  Hannah will be attending the University of Kentucky majoring in pre-dental studies with an Art Studio major.

Activities and Community:

Governor’s School for the Arts

Bardstown/Nelson County Young Leader

National Honor Society Honor Roll

Spanish National Honor Society

Student Council President

Top 10 2021 State Archery

Member of District Volleyball team

Green Dot, an Anti-bullying club

Hugh O’Brian Young Leader

Bethlehem Student Ambassador

Vestry Youth Representative

Meals from the Heart

Room in the Inn Vacation Bible School

St. Vincent DePaul Bread of Life

Kentucky Youth Assembly

 

 

 

 

Breckinridge Metropolitan High School

ISAIAH GRUNDY

Isaiah is a leader among his peers; whether serving as an officer in the Men of Quality Club, initiating a one-on-one conversation with a struggling classmate, obtaining an internship for real-world learning opportunities, or leading a classroom discussion on personal finance and investment, he serves as a role model for other students throughout the school.  Isaiah has a growth mindset and always works hard and seeks feedback.  As a goal-oriented person even a global pandemic could not stop Isaiah from achieving his goal of meeting high school graduation requirements early. Isaiah can achieve success in any endeavor but has also faced many challenges as a young adult but has never allowed himself to be consumed by them.  His attitude toward adversity has remained positive, always accepting personal responsibility for his outcomes.  His resiliency, determination, and grit have proven invaluable as he pushes forward in learning and in life.  Isaiah has applied to the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters to learn the carpentry trade and pursue a career in that field, with aspirations to own his own business in the future.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

Student of the Week

STLP State Competitor

Men of Quality Club Vice President

Student of the Week NTI

Intern at Common Table

Adopt a Park Program (Rubel)

 

 

Brooklawn School

MICHAEL HARRISON

Michael has really embraced his treatment and academics since coming to Brooklawn.  Behind academically, he decided that he wanted to make a positive change in his life and began advocating for himself in school.  Putting many hours into credit recovery, Michael communicated often with his school counselor and staff to ensure that he was still on track and has truly become an outstanding student and model citizen at Brooklawn since his arrival in June 2020.  Michael continues to work hard on his social/emotional development areas and to have a positive attitude, and being able to engage in mature conversations.  Michael is working on accreditation in Automotive Service Excellence in brakes and will continue to pursue certification with a goal of becoming an automotive mechanic.  Michael also plans to go to and Independent Living program to establish himself in the community.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

Gaming Club

Filming for Football

Bronco 100 Club

Summer Youth Employment Program

School Clean Up Day

Football Clean Up Day

 

 

Butler Traditional High School

NATALEE MACKIN

Natalee represents a genuine example of what we as a school, but more so, we as a city and country, expect students and our citizens to be.  A leader, not only in our school and JROTC program, but at work and in her community.  Natalee has an untiring devotion to duty and unmeasured selfless service for anyone in need.  An optimistic and passionate young lady that other students flock to and aspire to be like, Natalee provides inspiration to everyone that are blessed to be in her presence.  Raised by a single mom, Natalee also lost her cousin to suicide in October 2016, which left a huge void in her life.  Natalee has huge plans and aspirations for her life and intends to enroll at Western Kentucky University with a goal to become a high school special needs teacher, obtain a master’s degree and later become a high school counselor.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll, 9th-12th grades

Honors Program

JROTC Battalion Adjutant

Dual-Credit Courses

3.9 GPA JROTC BETA/NHS

Best Buddies-Special Needs Club

Marching Band

JROTC Battalion Leader, later Captain/volunteer activities

Honor Roll, 9th-12th grades

Academic Letter, 9th Grade, 3.5+ GPA

Academic Bar, 10th-12th grades, 3.5+GPA

Class Rank: 41 of 384

Duvalle Education Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central High School

CHEYLA TABARES CUESTA

Cheyla is truly an outstanding young woman.  She is ranked #2 in her class and her grades are a result of her incredible work ethic and her dedication to academics.  A phenomenal student, she is also empathetic, polite, respectful, conscientious, a role model for others, and is a positive leader in our school and community.  Cheyla moved to the United States just 3 years ago, without any knowledge of English, however Cheyla was committed to learning the language and succeeding in school.  Due to her hard work and dedication, she is now at the top of her class.  Cheyla plans to attend Bellarmine University, followed by medical school and would like to specialize in cardiology.

 

Activities and Community:

Perfect Attendance

All A Honor Roll      National Honor Society Excellence Award

Regional Science Fair Winner

National Honor Society, President

Key Club

AHEC Junior Scholars Program, Vice President

Hispanic Unity

Health Occupations Students of America Excellence Award

Adelante Hispanic Achievers

Cardinal Health Center volunteer

Doors to Hope Toy Drive

Cancer Walk/Run volunteer

National Honor Society Excellence Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Academy of Louisville

JOSHUA HAYS

Josh, a consistently kind, respectful, intelligent, and mature student, has demonstrated success by balancing an incredibly challenging course load along with many extracurricular demands.  He has developed his natural leadership ability through numerous opportunities and is known by his peers and teachers as always being prepared, encouraging, and ready to participate.  Joshua’s outstanding academic record, and leadership ability, is both obvious and impressive.  The character he has displayed as a student, leader, team member, and friend have served as a role model to other students.  Josh is the perfect choice for the Mayor’s Outstanding Senior recognition.  Josh remains undecided where he will attend college, but plans to major in pre-med.

 

Activities and Community:

School of Biomedical Science

National Honor Society

Governor’s Scholar Program

Varsity Soccer Captain

Student Council President

School Drama Productions

Chapel Band Member

FCA Huddle Leader

Principal’s Honor Roll

Yarmuth Junior Book Award

Academic All State

Community Swim Coach

Local Missions Club Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Churchill Park School

LATRELL SANDERS

Latrell is a school leader who accelerates academically and socially.  He is the class president and is a friend to all students and staff in the school. He usually has a smile and hug for all those he meets every single day. His attendance is excellent, and he always gives his best effort throughout the school day.  Born with Down Syndrome, Latrell, with the unwavering support of his mother, Bridget, decided that this challenge would not define his life.  He has flourished academically and socially and continues to learn and grow.  Latrell’s mantra could be:  “Different, not less.”  In the future, Latrell will continue to attend Down Syndrome of Louisville and will work with Access/Supported Employment for a career path that will utilize his vast social skills.

 

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

High Attendance

Backpack Certificate

Pathways to Career Certificate

Class President

Special Olympics Skiing

Special Olympics Swimming

Principal’s List

Cathedral Soup Kitchen volunteer

Southeast Christian volunteer

Meals on Wheels Delivery volunteer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeSales High School

PIERCE BERGIN

Pierce strives for excellence within and outside of the DeSales community.  Pierce exhibits excellence, maturity, and compassion in all that he does.  A service-oriented student with a desire to make positive change, Pierce is motivated and has an intrinsic drive rare among students his age, evident by his daily interactions with peers, faculty and staff, and by his resume of service and extra-curricular involvement.  As a school we have a statement said daily, “Stand Up, Stand Out, and Stand Proud,” and Pierce profoundly represents this credo.   Also, a student who will overcome any obstacle or challenge with a positive attitude, as demonstrated last year when he tore his ACL, Pierce maintained communication with teachers, staff, and students, including working remotely.  He aspires to become an anesthesiologist and will determine soon his college of choice.

 

Activities and Community:

2020 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar

President’s List (2018-2020)

National Honor Society

Key Club

Student Ambassador

Math Team

Student Government

Soccer/Tennis Teams

President List

Allstate We Initiative Program (2018-2020)

Highest Academic Achievement recognition

Beta Club

Prodigal Ministries volunteer

Lakeview Ministries Camp Counselor

Our Savior Lutheran Church volunteer

Crossroads Ministries

Spina Bifida Kentucky Walk

 

 

 

Doss High School

ABIGAIL BENNETT

A goal-oriented, determined student who chases after her educational and career dreams, Abigail is dedicated to her rigorous academic schedule and currently holds a 4.2 GPA and is 2nd in the class of 2021.  Abigail is involved in the community, volunteering at Southeast Christian Church and at a local nursing home where she watches the patients’ pets.  During her free time, she helps at home and works with a veterinarian at a local animal hospital, learning hands on training and experience while chasing her dream of becoming a veterinarian.  Abigail has overcome a life changing event in dealing with sexual assault, which led to her experiencing depression, but she sought the help and support she needed to overcome and persevere, and is now even stronger and more determined than ever before.  Future plans include college where Abigail plans to study to become a veterinarian.

 

Activities and Community:

AP Scholar

Dual Credit

Top 10% of her Class

Governor Scholars Program District Award

Who’s Who Recipient at Doss

National Honor Society   

Sources of Strength

Aspen Challenge

STEM Academy Student the Month

Salutatorian of the Class 2021

Southeast Christian Church volunteer

Local Nursing Home

 

 

 

 

duPont Manual High School

LOGAN BIBBY

What makes Logan unique is that she finds importance in seeing all sides and perspectives of life, especially if they do not correspond with her views and beliefs.  Logan constantly strives to deepen her understanding of the people around her who do not necessarily agree with her because she always likes to ask the question “Why?”  Logan was motivated to be someone who others could depend on and come to if they ever needed or wanted support in all aspects of their life. Logan is dedicated, conscientious, trustworthy, intelligent, open-minded and outgoing.  Logan and some peers started an online opportunity to build their entrepreneurial skills through their work of creating an app to solve community problems.  Tasked with creating the app, Logan served as the team’s software engineer and taught herself how to code in Python.  Logan is passionate about human rights and fair policies for everyone and believes college will give her a place to branch out and connect to people, as well as get involved in her community and politics.  Logan wants to dedicate herself to causes that matter to her, such as immigration, systematic and educational racism, and politics.

 

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

AP Scholar

ACT Score Excellence Award

Lincoln Foundation Scholar

Class of 2021 Officer

Manual Varsity Volleyball Captain

Executive Council

KHSAA 1st Team Academic All-State

JCPS Ambassador

HSU Magnet-World Studies Major

Student Rep School Climate Committee         

TECH-Nique through KentuckianaWorks

SummerWorks

Ronald McDonald House

Backpack Drive

Baptist Hospital     

 

 

 

Eastern High School

JASMINE WARREN

Jasmine is the epitome of a gifted scholar.  Her 4.22 GPA and 30 ACT score are outstanding academic achievements, but it is the type of person Jasmine is that sets her apart from her peers.  She has an incredible and infectious personality.  Self-motivated and driven, coupled with an incredible work ethic, Jasmine is well-respected by both her peers and the faculty at Eastern High School.  She is committed to bettering herself and looks forward to the challenges the next journey in her life may bring.  This past December, Jasmine’s closest friend and confidant, her father, died unexpectedly.  This tragic event had a tremendous impact on Jasmine, but despite this terrible loss, she has continued to excel in her academics and extracurricular activities.  While still dealing with her grief, Jasmine realizes that she must continue to push herself.  This fall, Jasmine plans on attending the University of Louisville for her undergraduate work.  She will then continue in medical school where she hopes to become a cardiovascular surgeon.

 

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll since elementary school

AP Scholar

4.22 GPA

30 ACT score

National Honor Society   

FCCLA

Spirit Club

Be The Change Club

Whitney Young Scholar

Wayside Mission volunteer

Holiday Care-A-Van

Berea Legacy Scholar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairdale High School

DOADA SIEH

Doada has overcome some great odds to be a very successful student and community member.  Extremely respectful, full of integrity, his work ethic cannot be beat.  Doada never rests, he is always doing more to be more.  An African immigrant, Doada transferred to Fairdale in the middle of his sophomore year.  He often writes about his struggle learning English, but his perseverance is resolute.  Once he grasped the language, he went on to take advanced and Cambridge courses.  After high school, Doada plans to attend college and become an engineer.  He has been accepted to several colleges and offered several scholarships, but he is still deciding where he will embark on his next adventure.

 

Activities and Community:

4.0663 GPA

Cambridge Coursework

Honor Roll

National Honor Society and Beta Club

Varsity Cross Country

Varsity Track and Field

Varsity Soccer Captain

Varsity Football

Governor’s Scholar Program Alternate

Activities with church youth group

Volunteer in community with church

Volunteer landscaping with church

Childcare for community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fern Creek High School

OMAR DE LA OSA FEBLE

Omar is an amazing student and represents the “total package.” Part of the Ivy Plus Academy - an advanced program for students who plan to pursue a college education at a top university, Omar also will represent his school as one of the valedictorians of his graduating class.  Omar is a genuine, caring individual who loves life, truly appreciates education, and wants to share that passion with others.  He always gives 110% effort, sees the best in others, and is a well-rounded individual.  Originally from Cuba, Omar and his family have endured many hardships, but he has overcome adversity to become a strong advocate for social justice in our school and community.  Recently, he joined STEMY, an organization that works to increase the learning resources for less fortunate students.  Omar has been accepted to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and plans to pursue a major in the medical field.

Activities and Community:

Valedictorian

Questbridge Scholar

2020 Governor’s Scholar

Honor Roll (all four years)

Ivy Plus Academy

STEMY

Whitney M. Young Scholars program

VP/Treasurer, Student Y Chapter

Quick Recall

Jazz, Pep, & Marching Band

Outstanding Ambassador

Award (KUNA/Student Y)

Microsoft Technology Associate   

Outstanding Speaker Award (KYA)

District Winner, 2020 Quick Recall

Runner-up, JV Region 3 Wrestling

North South Foundation volunteer Mentor

Baptist Health Louisville volunteer

Books With Buddies Program

Recycling with The Y Club

Alumni Breakfast volunteer

 

Georgia Chaffee TAPP

VANESSA GARCIA

Vanessa is an outstanding student and excellent role model for others.  She is extremely responsible, reliable and always willing to share knowledge and resources with those in need.  In addition, she goes out of her way to help peers and adults whenever she can.  Without a doubt, she leads by example, making good decisions, working diligently in the process of realizing her goals, and being compassionate toward others.  Reaching even higher, she will certainly continue to flourish in her future educational and artistic pursuits.  Although she supports her family by taking care of her child and working, she remains focused on learning at a high level and expanding her artistic abilities.  Undecided on her major, Vanessa plans to attend Berea College where she wants to continue to pursue her artistic interests.

 

Activities and Community:

AP Courses

Gifted Art Student

Honor Roll

Business Administrative Support Concentrator

Student Technology Leadership Program

SMART Program

Art Club

STLP State Award

Aspen Perseverance Award

Math, Science and Art Departmental Awards

Altruism & Academic Excellence Awards

Church (St. Rita)

Mayor’s Give A Day

Hamilton Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Cross High School

ADDISON DEWEES

Addie can best be described as a hard worker who shows perseverance and maintains a positive mindset.  During high school, she has worked hard to maintain high academic standards.  Her determination was best demonstrated in how she faced the challenges of the COVID pandemic yet remained focused on her pursuit of college and nursing.  Addie’s intellectual curiosity is unparalleled amongst her peers.  She embodies all the requisite virtues of a lifelong learner and is totally deserving of this award!   She is the epitome of the student-leader, making her an excellent candidate for the Mayor’s Outstanding Senior Award.  Addie overcame challenges in math as she met with a tutor so she could move into higher-level courses in her sophomore year.  A leader, Addie takes nothing for granted; she asks questions when necessary and helps others deepen their own understanding.  Addie plans to attend Bellarmine University in the fall where she will pursue nursing.

 

Activities and Community:

Academic Honor Roll

English Book Award

National Honor Society

Cougars for Christ

Ambassadors Y-Club

Intern at Norton’s Hospital

Principal’s List

Field Hockey

Basketball

St. Lawrence Parish Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iroquois High School

KARA “KJ” PORTER

KJ is a hardworking student who always works well with others and is never shy to step up and be a leader.  She is inquisitive, curious and passionate.  KJ is often a supporter and mediator to her friends and open to sharing her own struggles and does not let expectations define her.  KJ is the primary caregiver to her younger siblings and is responsible for most of the housework, including making meals.  She learned at a young age how to balance her home life and her schoolwork.  KJ is planning to pursue an associate degree from Jefferson Community and Technical College in culinary and later plans to transfer to the University of Louisville.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

FCCLA

Girl Scouts

 

J. Graham Brown School

ANNA BENTON

Anna is passionate about her contributions to art in the community. Much of her time is spent training with the Louisville Ballet School. Additionally, she assists the Louisville Ballet School with the spring show, “Petite Finale,” and also assists the elementary dancers as they prepare and stretch before they perform.  Strong in character, Anna works independently with the younger members of the school with the complete confidence of the instructors, which allows them to focus more on producing the show.  She also volunteers for multiple shifts annually to sell merchandise during the performance of the Nutcracker at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  Anna manages all of these activities despite struggles with extreme tendonitis, which impacts her ability in dance and moving about the school building, which at times, due to medical appointments and injury remove her from the stage as much as one month a year.

 

Activities and Community:

AP Student

Honor Roll

Dual Credit Student

Valedictorian

Yearbook Layout and Design Editor

Louisville Ballet School

Louisville Ballet School Petite Finale

Louisville Ballet School Merchandiser

 

 

Jefferson County High School

PEYTON GIVAN

Peyton has completed 14 classes during NTI and has communicated weekly with her teachers, asked for help when needed and really pushed herself to use her time wisely during the pandemic.   Switching schools and starting with Jefferson County High School just a few weeks before the pandemic, Peyton had to adjust to E-school with very little in-class time before COVID took us all out of the classroom.

Activities and Community:

Nursing school

Beta Club

Honor Roll

 

Jeffersontown High School

MAGDALA FENELUS

A unique young lady, Magdala does not let obstacles get in her way.  Her positive personality and energy are evident in everything she does.  Her peers voted her Senior Class President, and she has represented them very well.  Magdala is a role model to underclassmen at school by involving herself in sports, clubs, and organizations while maintaining a 4.184 GPA and is in the top 10% of her class.  When Magdala was 8 years old her mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer.  That same year, she was adopted and moved from Haiti to the United States.  She faced many challenges while her mother was sick and had to adapt to a new way of life.  Following high school, Magdala plans to attend college to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology on a pre-med track and then to medical school to become a radiologist.

 

Activities and Community:

4.184 GPA

Honor Roll all 4 years

Top 10% of Senior Class     

Passed most AP tests

Senior Class President and Class Officer all 4 years

Student Ambassador

Member of National Honor Society

Member of Beta Club

Aspen Challenge Winner

9th-State On Demand Writing/3rd-District On Demand Writing

Co-Captain of Cheerleading Team

Received Distinguished ratings-playing Violin

Cheerleader-Special Olympics

Gilda’s Club

Gaslight Parade Participant

Urban Marathon/Half Marathon worker 

Halloween in the Halls-Participant

 

 

 

Kentucky Country Day

JALEN TODD

Jalen represents the best of the KCD student body, universally beloved by his peers and faculty.  Intellectually driven, motivated and kind to everyone, Jalen has taken full advantage of all that KCD has offered him, and he has given a great deal more back to our community.  Jalen is a model student, talented athlete and dedicated servant to others. Being African American and from a single-parent household, Jalen comes from a much different background than most students at KCD and his transition was not without difficulties and struggle, but he handled these challenges with maturity and poise.  Jalen will be attending Washington and Lee University.

 

Activities and Community:

Malone Scholar

Whitney Young Scholar Ambassador

Selected for GSP

NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Finalist Youth Achiever of Year

Varsity Football Team

Black Student Union

Varsity Lacrosse and Track and Field

Student Ambassador

Football Permanent Captain Award

Robertson Award

Football MVP

VP Black Achievers Teen Senate

Football State Finalist

Sunday School teacher

KCD Peer Tutor      

Food drive for West End School

Barry’s Cheesesteaks Community Drive

1st G Baptist Church volunteer

 

 

 

Kentucky School for the Blind

ALEXANDER SALGADO

Alex came to the Kentucky School for the Blind his freshman year of high school.  He also participated in classes at Central High School for part of the day and has performed with excellence at both schools.  A very conscientious student, Alex does well regardless of the circumstance.  Being completely blind has required Alex not only to manage his academic performance, but also how to manage his schools and the world around him in a different way.  Adapting to technologies that allow him access to his schoolwork and other needs has enabled him freedoms and possibilities not previously available only a few years back.  Alex has been accepted to Indiana University Southeast where he plans to major in International Studies, with a minor in Spanish.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

Percussion Ensemble

String Ensemble

National Honor Society

Blood donor

 

Liberty High School

AMYL THOMAS

Amyl has exhibited maturity and outstanding communication skills.  Amyl came to Liberty, embraced a graduation plan and demonstrated that she had a tremendous work ethic, transferring at an age when most students give up.  Amyl is considering options with the military but also has a strong interest in becoming a real estate professional.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

Business Management Club

Excellence in Communicative Skills

Child Care Tender

 

 

Louisville Collegiate School

CHRISTIAN HANSEN

Christian is a humble, thoughtful, kind young man who exemplifies quiet strength and goodness.  He has also grown tremendously over the past couple of years, even more so following the sudden death of his father who passed away while Christian was in the fourth grade.  His dad would no doubt be very proud of the person Christian has become.  Christian plans to attend the University of Louisville this fall.

Activities and Community:

Robotics Team

Environmental Club

Chinese Scholar

 

Louisville Male High School

KENNEDY KNIFFLEY

A talented musician, a creative and curious student, who practices selfless service, Kennedy is an asset to our school community and the definition of an outstanding high school student.  Maintaining a 4.0 during a global pandemic, Kennedy practiced a positive outlook while transitioning into a completely virtual environment and new style of learning.  Kennedy will attend Transylvania University to pursue a major in English with a dream to become an acquisition editor and a published author.

Activities and Community:

Valedictorian                           Lindsey Wilson College Book Award

All A Honor Roll         

Governor’s Scholar Program participant

Governor’s School for Arts finalist

Beta Club

National Honor Society

Section leader for Marching Band

Church Youth Choir President

Governor’s Scholar Program

PTA Award of Excellence

All A Honor Roll

Governor’s School for Arts Finalist

Louisville Defender Newspaper volunteer

Sanders, Trowel, and Ward volunteer

Louisville Chapter of Delta G.E.M.S

Tutoring through Greencastle Baptist Church

PTA Reflections Award recipient

Whitney Young Scholar Ambassador

Marion C. Moore High School

HAYLEE CARDWELL

Haylee is a well-rounded student and an outstanding leader. She has an infectious, positive attitude that draws others to want to be around her. She is active on our varsity cheer team and does tumbling outside of school. Haylee is the student we know we can always count on to put a positive spin on a negative situation and lend a helping hand to those around her. Haylee lost her mother during her junior year of high school and before that had been in multiple foster homes. Haylee has never given up hope and has persevered through it all by reaching out for support from those she trusts and keeping herself active and engaged in school.  Haylee plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in nursing.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll Advanced Program

Varsity Cheer

Counselor’s Award

Fundraising for Cheer

Cheer Clinics for Young Kids

 

Mercy Academy

MAURANDA DOLLE

Mauranda has worked diligently to be successful, prioritizing academics while devoting considerable time and energy to service projects and activities that have allowed her to make lasting contributions in the community.  Conscientious, disciplined, compassionate, and highly motivated to pursue higher education and to serve others, she will be successful in whatever path she chooses to follow.  Mauranda has faced personal obstacles and challenges within her family but has used what others might consider a very difficult situation to fuel her desire to be the best she can be while also being mindful of her ability to help others.  Mauranda plans to pursue her undergraduate degree at Northern Kentucky University.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

Make Mercy Real Service Club

KYA

Quick Recall

Mercy Service Recognition

Foster Elementary School volunteer

St. Athanasius volunteer

Mercy Academy Solar Panel Initiative

 

 

Newcomer Academy

GENESSIS POZADA VALENZUELA

During these trying times of having to complete school remotely, Genessis has remained focused, motivated and determined to stay the course toward completing her high school diploma.  Genessis possesses a work ethic and commitment in completing her education beyond her years.  What makes Genessis most special is that in addition to being a role model for her peers, she is kind, compassionate and helpful to others.  Like her peers, Genessis has had to overcome the academic and social-emotional struggle of being a senior student during a pandemic.  Her success during this time is a testament to her resiliency as she has stayed the course while also learning English.  Genessis likes helping others and her immediate plan after high school is to obtain her translation certification so that she can use her bilingual skills in the medical and/or education fields.

Activities and Community:

Academic Honor Roll all four years

Accelerate to Graduate Student Leader

Outstanding Senior 2020-21

Alpha & Omega Church Choir

 

Pleasure Ridge Park High School

ABIGAIL JOYCE

Abigail exemplifies what it means to be a role model; kind to her peers and teachers, and she is the first to volunteer to help those in need.  Abigail also excels academically in all content areas while participating in extracurricular activities.  Abigail struggled during NTI in terms of focusing and during that time she realized that she has ADHD, so she started the diagnosis and treatment process with the help of her doctors.  While difficult to learn in a different way, Abigail pressed on and continued to earn a 4.0.  Abigail will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2021 to study engineering.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

AP Scholar

Beta Club

National Honor Society

Principal’s List

Volunteers at elementary schools

KYA

 

Portland Christian School

ALEX STEEN

Alex is a quiet leader.  He has inspired two young men in his class to pursue college.  He is part of many serving opportunities on campus, with his church and his family.  Alex has helped build a school in Guatemala and also taught classes in that same school.   Participating in Operation Christmas child, Alex helps with local food distribution, while also having invested many hours volunteering at school setting up and taking down events.  He conducts himself as a faithful Christian person and leads by example.  In addition to school, church and community activities, Alex also owns a lawn care business.  Born into poverty in Guatemala, Alex did not receive proper nutrition or care until his adopted family began to supply his needs and appears to be endlessly grateful for the blessings he has received and is generous, compassionate and purposeful as he shares his blessings with others.  Alex has been admitted to Campbellsville University and plans to graduate with a degree in business as well as to run cross country and track while in school.

 

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

Dual Credit Campbellsville University

National Honor Society

Student Council Vice President

All Area Cross Country Team

Academic All State four years

Operation Christmas Child volunteer

PCS Fall Festival volunteer

Guatemala Mission

Communion Server Worthington Church

 

 

Presentation Academy

EMILY BRANGERS

Emily leads quietly and with grace, impacting other students without even knowing she is doing so, earning the respect of students and staff.  Emily has experienced much loss this school year with the challenges of COVID, but she has continued to thrive and excel even under these circumstances.  She is well deserving of this award and is an example of what hard work and perseverance can do.  Emily has been accepted into Brescia, Bellarmine and Eastern Kentucky universities and currently has not decided upon her school or her major.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll every year

Co-President of STEAM

Principal’s List

Christian Health Center

Mariposa

Card Making for Nursing Homes           

 

 

Sacred Heart Academy

GRACE HOVEKAMP

An outstanding student and person, Grace shows kindness, humility and seeks always to do her best and support those around her.  Following a back injury during her sophomore year which prevented her from cheering, she set a goal to become her own team’s biggest fan.  Grace has a brother with Down Syndrome, which she believes has taught her empathy and given her the courage to speak out against discrimination.  When her father was in a serious car accident, she assumed more family duties without hesitation.  Grace is aptly named: her grace and positive spirit shine in all she does, and she has shown great resilience in pursuit of her goals while also helping her family.  Grace will attend either Indiana University, Bloomington or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Activities and Community:

International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate

National Honor Society

National English Honor Society

National Science Honor Society

Principal’s List/ Honor Roll

Student Council Representative

Sacred Heart Ambassador

Varsity Cheerleading

St. X Varsity Cheerleading

Cheer Team

Leadership Award

Positivity Award

Promotion at Jewish Community Center

Research Shadow University of Louisville

Francis Center tutor

Jewish Community Center daycare employee

Special Olympics volunteer

Hand in Hand Ministries

 

 

 

St. Francis School

DREW SICILIANO

St. Francis School’s most gifted scholar, Drew has taken the most advanced curriculum offered with a full load of AP courses starting in his sophomore year with members of the junior class.  Drew is a National Merit finalist and scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.  A leader in the classroom and on the soccer field, Drew spent his entire senior year at home learning remotely when most of his classmates were able to return in person in September.  Drew will attend college but has not yet finalized where and plans to major in aerospace engineering.

 

Activities and Community:

National Merit Finalist

Princeton Book Award

AP Scholar with Distinction

Math/Science Merit Scholarship

Honor Roll every semester

Science Olympiad

National Chemistry Olympiad

Quick Recall Team

Math League

Governor’s Cup 

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Food Pantry

Gilda’s Club

SFS Soccer Award

 

 

Saint Xavier High School

LEO BIAGI

Leo is an outstanding young man, respected by his peers, tennis coach, counselor, teachers, and principal and moves through the world with integrity and grace - a true gem, and a gentleman.  Leo’s dad died in the fall of his junior year after a 13-year battle with cancer.  Five months later, the pandemic hit, and everything went into lockdown, making for a tremendously difficult grieving period.  His resilience and strength are inspiring, and he has earned the respect of all who know him.  Leo plans to attend the University of Kentucky majoring in architecture.

 

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

AP Scholar

National Art Honor Society

Scholastic Art Award

National Art Honor Society President

WSTX Student News Anchor

Tennis Team

Young Democrats

Governor’s School for the Arts

Spirit of Saint Xavier Award

Scholastic Art Award

Saint Xavier Gala Student Speaker

Muhammad Ali Social Entrepreneurship Program

Volunteer Cathedral Assumption Soup Kitchen

Volunteer Epiphany Church Bible School       

 

 

 

 

Seneca High School

GEORGE PAYOCONG

A dedicated scholar and servant leader, George devotes himself to his studies, his friends and extra-curricular passions.  He forms part of the leadership of our community service group, the RedHawk Rangers, and participates in various community service projects that benefit the Louisville community.  Most recently, George obtained his American citizenship, his family having immigrated from the Philippines to the United States when George was a child, which initially created for his family economic hardship as a result of leaving their home country.  George plans to attend WKU to study music.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

CTE-Education Advanced coursework

Perfect attendance

RedHawk Rangers (member, officer)

Orchestra

Tennis team

National Honor Society and Beta Club

Student Government

Class Act Award for Service

Volunteers with church

 

 

Southern High School

HANNAH ELBLE

Hannah is not only an amazing student with a 4.16 GPA, but an athlete who is also involved in her school and community.  A driven and positive student, her joy for life is infectious and she is wise beyond her years in her leadership and her service.  Hannah has made plans for her future that she will certainly accomplish.  Hannah comes from a family with a history of mental health struggles that has caused a life of instability and even at times homelessness, and you would not know that she has her own mental health diagnosis as she is positive, full of energy and effective in all she does.  Hannah is leaning toward studying at UC San Diego to major in law and give a voice to those in poverty.

Activities and Community:

All A’s all high school

AP Student

Collaborative Work Experience

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Beta Club

Softball         

Aspen Challenge/People’s Choice Award winner

District Recognition for Voting Campaign

People’s Choice Award Aspen Challenge        

UPS School to Work

Registering to Vote Campaign

Key Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Academy at Shawnee

OTUN ABDULLAHI

Otun is the perfect example of the three qualities that represent this award.  He has demonstrated exceptional excellence through his academic achievements and involvement in community organizations.  He has maintained a 3.8 GPA while actively engaging in several extracurricular activities, becoming a leader in civic activism through the Youth Implementation Team.  His perseverance and determination to overcome his personal challenges is inspiring to others.  Self-motivated and driven to succeed, Otun started high school at the age of 13 when he and his family immigrated from Nigeria.  He faced many challenges while trying to understand his new society and had to teach himself everything, but thanks to perseverance and his teachers, he was able to keep up.  He plans to study computer engineering at the JB Speed School at University of Louisville while also developing his programming skills.

 

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

JCTC college course

Yarmuth Book Award

AP Scholar

Youth Implementation Team

Men of Quality  (2nd)

Aspen Challenge

Chess Club

Student Government

SOAR Award

Commanding Officer of Schools NJROTC       

Student Ambassador

Charter G. Woodson Legacy Scholar

Youth Implementation Team

Veterans Day volunteer

 

 

The Phoenix School of Discovery

KAYCIE SAUER

Kaycie is the epitome of an outstanding senior who has helped transform her school to become an Alternative School of Distinction.  From participating in and leading our Quick Recall and Future Problem-Solving teams to mentoring our middle schoolers and working with our AP teachers, Kaycie has changed the format of The Phoenix.  The community has been the benefactor of her recycling efforts and voluntary participation in another school’s production of Peter Pan, where she dedicated several nights to playing in the orchestra. She is also a candidate for the Valedictorian award.  Kaycie is an advocate for those who are unable to stand up for themselves.  She developed this ability through a situation in her own family and chose to confront these issues head on at school and in the community, becoming a voice for the voiceless!  Kaycie will be attending the University of Louisville pursuing either a degree in education to become a high school teacher or a doctorate in psychology to become a counselor or psychologist.

 

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll every grading period

2 AP courses 5.0 finals

Candidate for Valedictorian

A’s-5 extra online classes

Took German on her own

Future Problem Solvers lead

Quick Recall lead

Phoenix Rising Peer Mentor

Superintendents Committee Contributor

Student recommendation letter for ExCel

Recycling Club

Member of Holy Name Band

Mercy Academy volunteer band participant

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity High School

CADE WATSON

Cade is a student who puts forth his full effort into everything he does.  Cade has grown both personally and academically since he entered high school.  Hard working and smart, his sports statistics knowledge could beat just about anyone.  Simply, Cade is a deserving young man.  Cade is on the autism spectrum and has learned how to work with his diagnosis so that he can thrive in a school environment.  Cade has been accepted to four colleges and intends to study engineering and will soon decide where he will enroll this fall.

 

Activities and Community:

Principal’s List 

National Honor Society 

Quick Recall / Academic Team

Beta Club

Families for Effective Autism

Hand in Hand Ministries  

Mr. Trinity nominee

Shamrock Award

100+ hours of community service

Keynote speaker for event

Placed in multiple state and region QR examinations

Seven Counties

Dare to Care

Ronald McDonald House

St. Vincent de Paul

Kentucky Humane Society

Honor Roll

Book Awards (4)

 

 

 

 

 

Valley High School

GARRETT LUNN

Garrett is an outstanding young man. Garrett represents the very best of his generation. Garrett is kind, generous and represents Valley on any platform at any level.  In a world full of constant change, Garrett handles adversity with grace and maturity. Being a teenager is tough and Garrett has made it look like a breeze.  Garrett plans to attend Northern Kentucky University.

Activities and Community:

Governor’s Scholar

AP Scholar

Valley High Science Fair winner

First Build Science Award Finalist

Valley Tennis

Cross Country

HOSA Cross Country

Cross Country Most Improved

Kentucky Tennis Region Quarterfinalist

HOSA President

Sun Valley Community Center HOSA  

Regional Build Science Fair Award

Church Nursery

Waggener High School

RICHARD CHANDLER

A dedicated student to both his school and community, Richard came into Waggener sporting a resume filled with extracurricular activities and community involvement.  Throughout his high school career, he has been enrolled in all advanced level AP and dual credit classes while maintaining an above average GPA and still managing to give his time and commitment back to his school and local community.  A leader in every aspect, Richard is well-respected amongst the Waggener staff, his peers, and his community.  Richard has faced and overcome many challenges, including living in a single parent household with his mom, but he NEVER has let any issue stop him from reaching for the stars and achieving his goals.  After high school, Richard plans to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, with a dual major in biology and business.

 

Activities and Community:

A/B Honor Roll Top 10% of Class

Waggener High School Student Ambassador

Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council Member

Black Achievers Teen Senate President

Louisville Kappa League President

YMCA Metro Youth Advocate

YMCA Youth Achiever of the Year

2021 ALEF Academic Scholarship Recipient

2020 YMCA Youth Character Award

National Society High School Scholars

Norton Hospital Foundation Teen Ambassador

Whitney M. Young Scholars Program

Peace Education Program Youth Mentor

Jack and Jill of America

YMCA Black Achievers

 

 

 

 

 

Walden School

ALYSSA ALVAREZ

Alyssa has demonstrated tremendous concern for all members of our community and has also challenged herself academically with great success.  She is the quintessential Walden scholar, athlete, and generally good human being and gives her all in every situation.  Alyssa will attend Emory University and plans to major in biochemistry with a future career in medicine.

 

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

10 AP Classes

Honors Graduate

Student Body Co-President

Volleyball Co-Captain

Girl Up President

National Honor Society

Spanish National Honor Society

Community Service Award

Varsity Volleyball leadership award

Outstanding Walden Ambassador

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Center for Women and Families

La Casita

Camp Walden

All A Honors

Western High School

YAHIR GUZMAN

Yahir is an outstanding young man.  This year, he has shown leadership by volunteering to mentor his younger classmates through a difficult chemistry college class.  Yahir has also shown personal growth academically and socially as he has set a fine example for his peers.  Faced with challenges, Yahir’s attendance record was poor with no motivation to attend school, but all that changed once Yahir enrolled in the Early College program and now boasts almost perfect attendance.  Yahir will graduate from high school with his associate degree from Jefferson Community and Technical College and plans to enter the University of Louisville to study computer engineering.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

Early College High School Student

Candidate for Associate’s Degree

4.33 GPA

Rotary Club Honors Scholar

Class of 2021 Valedictorian

Boys and Girls Club mentor/tutor

 

 

Whitefield Academy

SARAH WILLIAMS

Sarah is a phenomenal student in the top of her class academically and has been throughout high school.  She excels in Honors classes as well as AP courses.  Above her academic achievements, she is a humble leader among her peers.  Sarah is a student of high character as shown through her kindness, integrity and work ethic.  She is also trustworthy, dependable, and her determination for success is unmatched.  Sarah’s father died when she was 4 years old from cancer and she has had to constantly work to overcome this loss throughout her personal, emotional and academic life.  Sarah plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and is the recipient of Eastern Kentucky University Academic Merit Scholarship, the Eastern Kentucky University Honors Scholarship and the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship.

Activities and Community:

AP Scholar, 11th and 12th grades

Principal’s Honor Roll

Honors courses, 9th and10th grades

Honor Roll

Dual Credit Enrollment Student

National Honor Society, 9th-12th grades

Robotics, 9th and 10th grades

Drama, 11th and 12th grades

Class officer representative

Bowling, 9th

FTC Dean’s List Award Finalist

National Society of High School Scholars       

All A Honor Roll

Vacation Bible School volunteer

WA Tech Club Volunteer

WA Red Cross Blood Drive

Outdoors Without Limits volunteer

Dare to Care volunteer

 

 

Youth Performing Arts School

MEREDITH THOMAS

Meredith is a student on the Honor Roll and has obtained straight A’s  this year.  She is involved in her community and has many roles of leadership, making advocacy her top priority. She is an academic and musical tutor, a Lady in Leadership, a music director at her church and a sitting member of duPont Manual’s Culture and Climate Committee. She utilizes every opportunity for leadership that is presented to her and does it in a poised and professional way while showing humility and grace.  Meredith has had to become a caretaker of her family as her father deals with the illnesses that are a direct effect of his previous cancers. When his daily functions became an issue, Meredith had to support him even more while fulfilling her obligations at school.  Meredith will be attending the University of Louisville, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Political Science while minoring in economics.

Activities and Community:

Honor Roll

Honors and Advanced Courses

Ladies Leadership

Educational Justice tutor

Culture and Climate Committee

Manual Academic Center tutor

Church Music Director

Performer at Black History Celebration

New Works Composition

Educational Justice tutor

Vocal Academy teacher/mentor           

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