2011 Rising Stars: Silver Team

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Savanna Beauchamp Barnett

  • High School: Mercer County Senior High School
  • Achievements: Two-time state finalist with the MCSHS Marching Band, ranked No. 1 in the girls singles division of the Central Kentucky Tennis Series for two years, A and A-B honor roll member for all of high school
  • Activities: Marching band, girls varsity tennis, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rally Chicks young girls tennis clinic
  • College Plans: Attend Transylvania University to play varsity tennis and study photography
  • Favorite Book: “P.S. I Love You” by Cecelia Ahern
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Being baptized at Hopewell Baptist Church
  • Most Influential School Employee: A.P. literature teacher Erin Milburn
  • Role Model: Brother Will Beauchamp
  • Parents: Diane Beauchamp and David Barnett

Stephanie Blandford

  • High School: Boyle County High School
  • Achievements: Youth Salute award recipient, Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program alternate, state Technology Student Association competitor, regional tennis competitor, regional forensics competitor
  • Activities: Varsity tennis, cross country, marching band, Technology Student Association, student council, Beta Club, Y-Club
  • College Plans: Attend the University of Kentucky to study pharmacy and Spanish
  • Favorite Book: “Little Women” by Lousia May Alcott
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Earning college credit by passing AP English and U.S. History exams
  • Most Influential School Employee: Spanish teacher Heather Wheeler
  • Role Model: Sister Samantha Blandford
  • Parents: Suzanne and Bob Blandford

Tyler Brown

  • High School: Mercer County Senior High School
  • Achievements: First-team all-academic varsity soccer player, National Honor Society member, Youth Salute award recipient
  • Activities: varsity soccer player, assistant coach of an under-6 Mercer Youth Soccer Association soccer team, MCSHS yearbook co-editor, MCSHS newspaper reporter, Life Teen member at St. Andrew Catholic Church
  • College Plans: Attend Eastern Kentucky University to study computer systems technology
  • Favorite Book: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Receiving the Presidential Scholarship from EKU
  • Most Influential School Employee: A.P. language and literature teacher Erin Milburn
  • Role Model: Grandfather Bill Huff
  • Parents: Cindy L. and Robert Brown

Grace Clements

  • High School: Casey County High School
  • Achievements: Art Club president, four-time Friends of Education award recipient, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts applicant, 4.0 grade-point-average student
  • Activities: Art Club, Future Business Leaders of America, student council, Beta Club
  • College Plans: Attend Eastern Kentucky University for undergraduate work, then attend the University of Kentucky to obtain a master’s degree in library information science
  • Favorite Book: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Losing my grandmother Kathryn Gilpin
  • Most Influential School Employee: Art teacher Rick Terry
  • Role Model: Actress Helena Bonham Carter
  • Parents: Sarah and Stuart Clements

Ben Coffman

  • High School: Boyle County High School
  • Achievements: Associated Press All-State offensive lineman, two-time Advocate-Messenger All-Area offensive lineman, All-State choir member, Youth Group Council member, Youth Salute award recipient
  • Activities: Varsity football, Y-Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, choir, praise band, sports referee, church youth group, Higher Goal Basketball
  • College Plans: Attend the University of Louisville to study political science and journalism
  • Favorite Book: “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Winning two consecutive football state championships in 2009 and 2010
  • Most Influential School Employee: Offensive line coach and special education teacher Justin Roe
  • Role Model: Father Jimmy Coffman
  • Parents: Karen and Jimmy Coffman

Nicole Coffman

  • High School: Casey County High School
  • Achievements: All-District and All-Region basketball teams member, top three finisher in state track competitions, No. 1 student in class academic ranking, 1000 Point Club member
  • Activities: Basketball, track, Y-Club, Beta Club, Friends of Rachel Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Science Club, Pep Club, Wesley Drug employee, softball team manager
  • College Plans: Attend Transylvania University to play basketball and study chemistry or biology with a pre-medicine emphasis
  • Favorite Book: House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Tearing her ACL, which made her stronger and taught her there is more to life than playing sports
  • Most Influential School Employee: Basketball coach Randy Salyers
  • Role Model: Parents Gayle and Paul Coffman
  • Parents: Gayle and Paul Coffman

Morgan Elizabeth Crutchfield

  • High School: Garrad County High School
  • Achievements: 2010 Death Valley Bowl Queen, Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors high achiever
  • Activities: Varsity cheerleading, girls golf, GCHS production of “Annie,” Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Young Democrats of America
  • College Plans: Attend Eastern Kentucky University to study communication disorders on a full scholarship
  • Favorite Book: “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Traveling to New Orleans for an eye-opening mission trip
  • Most Influential School Employee: A.P. chemistry teacher Diana Hart
  • Role Model: Any woman who can be a full-time wife and mother while working
  • Parents: Heidi and Greg Crutchfield

Brook Curry

  • High School: Casey County High School
  • Achievements: 2010 Eager Leader Award recipient, four-time Academic Achievement Award recipient, Casey County Junior Miss runner-up, Miss Casey County runner-up, top scorer in graduating class on Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, doubles runner-up in two tennis tournaments
  • Activities: Girls varsity tennis, Beta Club, student YMCA, Pep Club, Art Club, Dunnville Christian Church Student Ministries
  • College Plans: Attend Western Kentucky University
  • Favorite Book: “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Competing in the Casey County Junior Miss program, during which she made friends and overcame her stage fright
  • Most Influential School Employee: English teacher Virginia Rubarts
  • Role Model: Mother Rebecca Monday
  • Parents: Rebecca and Michael Monday and Troy and Leah Curry

Breanne Skye Gibson

  • High School: Mercer County High School
  • Achievements: Four-year Future Farmers of America Executive Team member, Greenhand and Chapter FFA degree recipient, four-year A-B honor roll student
  • Activities: FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 4-H Club, Beta Club, Kentucky State Fair Young Adult Advisory Council Agriculture Committee, sheep showing across the state, Meals on Wheels, Partners in Active Learning Support
  • College Plans: Attend the University of Kentucky to study agriculture biotechnology and achieve pre-pharmacy requirements
  • Favorite Book: The Bible
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Winning first place in the Bluegrass Region Parliamentary Procedure contest with her local FFA chapter, which allowed the team to compete at the Kentucky FFA convention
  • Most Influential School Employee: A.P. literature teacher Erin Milburn and agriculture teachers Michael Jones and Dan Stoltzfus
  • Role Model: Parents Angie and Kevin Gibson
  • Parents: Angie and Kevin Gibson

Caitlin Ariel Gooch

  • High School: Lincoln County High School
  • Achievements: 2010 Youth Salute recipient, 2010 Make It Better Award recipient
  • Activities: Teens for Change Club president, Commonwealth Club vice president, Teen Against Tobacco Use president, Relay for Life team member, Redefining Beautiful club member, LCHS peer tutor
  • College Plans: Attend Eastern Kentucky University to study psychology and later attend the University of Kentucky to attain master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology
  • Favorite Book: “Endless Summer” by Jennifer Echols
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Promising her dying Aunt Carol that she would attend college no matter what life throws her way
  • Most Influential School Employee: English teacher Kristen Story
  • Role Model: Musician Nicholas Jonas
  • Parents: Debra Hernandez and Teddy Gooch

Jennifer Harris

  • High School: Boyle County High School
  • Achievements: Kentucky Governor’s Scholar, Youth Salute recipient, Academic Team captain, Technology Student Association vice president
  • Activities: TSA, Academic Team, Forensics Team, church praise band, Environmental Club, Book Club, adult church choir
  • College Plans: Attend the University of Louisville to study computer science engineering
  • Favorite Book: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Realizing the importance of friends on seizing the day on the last night of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program
  • Most Influential School Employee: Calculus teacher Debbie Masden
  • Role Model: Older sister Rachel Harris
  • Parents: Julie and Mark Harris

Emily Susan Horn

  • High School: Mercer County Senior High School
  • Achievements: Central Kentucky and Mercer County Youth Leadership award recipient, Student Advisory Panel member
  • Activities: varsity soccer, dance team, Harrodsburg Baptist Church Youth Group and Youth Praise Team, MCSHS choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Priority,  Poetry Club, Key Club, Beta Club, Thespian Society and Drama Club, Green Club, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • College Plans: Attend Eastern Kentucky University to study sports broadcasting and dietetics
  • Favorite Book: “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Volunteering at Ephraim McDowell’s Camp Can Do for special needs children
  • Most Influential School Employee: A.P. literature and language teacher Erin Milburn
  • Role Model: Mother Donna Horn
  • Parents: Donna and Chris Horn

Tyler Huntsinger

  • High School: Boyle County High School
  • Achievements: Future Farmers of America vice president and chaplain, second-degree black belt martial artist, local Creed Speaking contest winner, FFA chapter leadership and scholarship awards recipient, FFA chapter and Greenhand degrees recipient
  • Activities: FFA, Drama Club, karate, forensics, Health Occupations Students of America
  • College Plans: Attend Wesleyan University in Connecticut to study medicine
  • Favorite Book: “The Odyssey” by Homer
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Receiving a black belt after a five-hour test and eight years of hard work
  • Most Influential School Employee: Assistant Principal Mark Wade
  • Role Model: Dr. Gregory House from the FOX TV show
  • Parents: Julie and Jim Huntsinger

Kaley Jackson

  • High School: Boyle County High School
  • Achievements: Two-time varsity volleyball MVP, All-Region and district volleyball teams member, varsity volleyball captain, 110 Percent Award recipient, JV volleyball best player award recipient, Academic All-Stars member, National Honor Society member
  • Activities: BCHS volleyball, club volleyball, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America
  • College Plans: Attend Shawnee State University in Ohio to study psychology and eventually obtain a master’s degree in occupational therapy
  • Favorite Book: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Volunteering at Ephraim McDowell’s Camp Can Do for special needs children and discovering her interest in occupational therapy
  • Most Influential School Employee: Spanish teacher Heather Wheeler
  • Role Model: Sister Heather Jackson
  • Parents: JoAnn and Michael Jackson

Aaron Lee

  • High School: Mercer County Senior High School
    Achievements: 2010 Central Kentucky Scholar, 2010 Carter G. Woodson Enduring Legacy Award recipient, 2010 and 2011 Boys Basketball All-Region teams member, 2010 National Guard Player of the Week, 2011 Boys Basketball District Champion team member, 2010 Boys Basketball Regional Runner-Up team member, 2010 Boys Basketball District Runner-Up team member
  • Activities: varsity basketball, student advisory council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Upward basketball referee at Harrodsburg Baptist Church
  • College Plans: Pursue basketball at a to-be-determined college
  • Favorite Book: “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Traveling to Puerto Rico for a mission trip and helping the less fortunate
  • Most Influential School Employee: Basketball coach Brian Britt
  • Role Model: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Parents: Mary and Rick Lee

Danielle Dawn Livasy

  • High School: Casey County High School
  • Achievements: 4.0 grade-point-average student, honor roll member, ranked in Top 10 percent of class
  • Activities: Art Club, Beta Club, Science Olympiad, Outdoors Club, Pep Club, Y-Club, Friends of Rachel Club, Prom Club
  • College Plans: Attend Eastern Kentucky University to study pre-veterinarian medicine and ultimately attend Auburn University for veterinary school
  • Favorite Book: Gary Paulsen novels, including Dog Song and Call of the Wild
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Skydiving on her 18th birthday to help her take fears and challenges head-on in the future
  • Most Influential School Employee: Mother and 21st Century Assistant Director Debbie Grabow
  • Role Model: Brother Ricky Moore
  • Parents: Debbie Grabow and Dan Livasy

Andrew Neal

  • > High School: Burgin High School
  • > Achievements: National Honor Society member, Spanish Honor Society Member, Academic All-State student, Youth Salute award recipient, Mercer County Youth Leadership Council member
  • > Activities: Cross county, golf, track, First Priority Club, church youth group, Kentucky Changers
  • > College Plans: Attend Campbellsville University to study medical technology
  • > Favorite Book: The Bible
  • > Most Meaningful Experience: Traveling to China for a mission trip and meeting believers who have been persecuted for their faith but maintain their passion for God
  • > Most Influential School Employee: Superintendent Richard Webb
  • > Role Model: Father Ralph Neal
  • > Parents: Janet and Ralph Neal

William Cody Richey

  • High School: Danville High School
  • Achievements: Principles and marketing class awards recipient, computer applications class award recipient, world civilization class award recipient, geometry class award recipient, academic achievement award recipient
  • Activities: National Honor Society, Young Achievers
  • College Plans: Attend Georgetown College
  • Favorite Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Most Meaningful Experience: Working at the Salvation Army and helping others
  • Most Influential School Employee: Marketing technology teacher Mike Pennock
  • Role Model: Mother Theresa Lynne Richey
  • Parents: Theresa Lynne Richey and William Marshall Baughman

Rachel Sims
High School: Linclon County High School
Achievements: 2010 Youth Salute award recipient, 2008 and 2009 All-Acadmic cheerleader, 2010 Odyssey of the Mind Division Three State Champion Team member
Activities: Odyssey of the Mind, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Teens for Change Club, Pep Club, Lincoln County Changers
College Plans: Attend the University of the Cumberlands to study accounting
Favorite Book: The Bible
Most Meaningful Experience: Cheering at Rupp Area during the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Boys Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament
Most Influential School Employee: Assistant Principal Christy Denny
Role Model: Church Youth Leader Josh Blanton
Parents: Connie and Rodney Sims

Owen Stone
High School: Boyle County High School
Achievements: All-Region swim team member, top eight Kentucky High School Athletics Association swimmer, soccer record holder for assists, AP College Board scholar, A-B honor roll member
Activities: Varsity swimming, varsity soccer, Kentucky Quad Swim Team, Kentucky Zone Swim Team, Kentucky Olympic Development Soccer Team, Science Club, Beta Club, Y-Club, Determined Against Sexual Harassment, Change of Heart, Teens against Tobacco Use
College Plans: Attend the University of Louisville to study bioengineering
Favorite Book: “October Sky” by Homer Hickam
Most Meaningful Experience: Traveling to Europe and gaining an appreciation for other cultures as well as our own
Most Influential School Employee: Calculus teacher Debbie Masden
Role Model: Dr. Rick Hempel
Parents: Stephanie and Paul Stone

Christian Taylor Turner
High School: Danville High School
Achievements: Girls Basketball All-District Team member, homecoming queen, senior class vice president, Spanish and English class awards recipient
Activities: Student council, National Honor Society, Youth Leadership, Young Achievers, NAACP, Go Go Gorillas employee
College Plans: Attend the University of Kentucky to study business and political science
Favorite Book: “Tricks” by Ellen Hopkins
Most Meaningful Experience: Transferring from private to public school, which allowed her to come out of her shell and become a leader
Most Influential School Employee: Social studies teacher Aaron Etherington
Role Model: Mother Lisa Turner
Parents: Lisa and Chris Turner

Jacklyn Elaine Wahl
High School: Casey County High School
Achievements: National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine participant, yearbook advertisement editor, 12th Region All-Academic Cheer Award recipient, People to People student ambassador, six-time Casey County Friends of Education Award recipient, 4.0 Cheer Award recipient
Activities: Cheerleading, yearbook, prom committee, Y-Club, Beta Club, Future Farmers of America, Social Justice organization
College Plans: Attend Somerset Community College to study pre-pharmacy and later attend the University of Kentucky’s pharmacy school
Favorite Book: “Night” by Elie Wiesel
Most Meaningful Experience: Traveling to Greensburg, Kan., on a mission trip and helping the community rebuild after a deadly tornado
Most Influential School Employee: Cheerleading Coach Susan Stringer and English teacher Virginia Rubarts
Role Model: Steve Hill
Parents: Amanda and Greg Wahl

Eric Wall
High School: Garrard County High School
Achievements: Youth Salute and Youth Leadership awards recipient, academic team medalist, Future Business Leaders of America third-place business ethics winner  
Activities: Marching band, tennis, academic team, FBLA
College Plans: Attend the University of Louisville to study chemistry
Favorite Book: “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burggess
Most Meaningful Experience: Competing in the Kentucky Music Educators Association 2008 state finals
Most Influential School Employee: Business teacher Tina Brogli
Role Model: Ronald Reagan
Parents: Ruth Ann and Steven Wall

Ryan White
High School: Casey County High School
Achievements: Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program participant, Class of Kentucky Scholar, Future Farmers of America president, Kentucky Outstanding Ambassador award recipient, Friends of Education award recipient, Kentucky FFA Outstanding Leader award recipient, 4-H shooting sports state trapshooting champion, Kentucky state Amateur Trapshooting Association champion
Activities: FFA, trapshooting, tractor pulling
College Plans: Attend the University of Kentucky to study mechanical engineering and business
Favorite Book: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Most Meaningful Experience: Participating in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program
Most Influential School Employee: English teacher Virginia Rubarts
Role Model: Father and business owner Shannon White
Parents: Cheri and Shannon White

Emily Wilson
High School: Garrard County High School
Achievements: Volleyball All-Region and All-Distric teams member
Activities: Volleyball, Beta Club, Spanish Club, Young Republicans, Kentucky Changers
College Plans: Attend Centre College to study Spanish
Favorite Book: “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
Most Meaningful Experience: Being saved by God’s grace
Most Influential School Employee: English teacher Katie Kneisley
Role Model: Grandmothers Eva June Wilson and Fanny Hensley
Parent: Melissa Cox

Jonathan W. Wilson
High School: Garrard County High School
Achievements: Ranked fourth in class
Activities: Weightlifting
College Plans: Attend Bluegrass Community and Technical College and later transfer to the University of Kentucky
Favorite Book: “Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Most Meaningful Experience: Getting a driver’s license
Most Influential School Employee: Social studies teacher Joseph Chamberlain
Role Model: Father Randall Wilson
Parents: Janet and Randall Wilson

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