GRC students recognized by Central Ky. Youth Salute

Published 4:05 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This year’s “Youth Salute” recognizes 816 high school juniors from 52 high schools in Central Kentucky. The 36th Annual Awards Ceremony was held in their honor on Sunday, May 8, at Asbury University.

A top Youth Leader was named for each high school, as well as “Youth Leaders of the Year.” Six all-expense paid trips to the National Leadership Workshop in St. Louis were announced along with $70,000 in scholarships and other awards. Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University and Georgetown College each provided $20,000 in scholarships. Private businesses provided an additional $10,000 in scholarships and other awards. A leadership seminar was held for all the students the same day as the awards ceremony.

The Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership was formed in 1980 to conduct the “Youth Salute” in nearby counties in cooperation with the National Council on Youth Leadership, a non-profit organization.  Students were nominated by teachers, guidance counselors and principals for this year’s “Youth Salute.”

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In order to qualify, the student had to be a junior (senior class of 2017), have a 3.0 GPA or better and have held at least two leadership roles to which they were chosen by their peers or an adult leader within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.

Several students recognized from George Rogers Clark High School will be featured in upcoming editions of the Sun.

Abigail Green

— Accepted by audition to Fine Arts Cohort program at George Rogers Clark High School as a sophomore.

— Chosen to part of the technology team for Carlisle United Methodist Church as a freshman.

— Won a local and regional art contests as a freshman and sophomore.

— Participated in Future Business Leaders of America state conference as a sophomore.

— Member of the Nicholas County Track Team and advance to region in several events as a freshman.

— Member of Nicholas County Lady Jackets basketball team with a district win as a freshman.

— Volunteered for Vacation Bible School as Carlisle Methodist Church as a freshman.

Abigail’s college plans are undecided, but she would like to major or minor in a visual arts field.

Allison Fink 

— Clark County FFA

— Clark County 4-H Ponies and Partners Club

— Clark County Youth Livestock Club

— Clark County Jr. Cattleman’s Association

— National Honor Society

— Beta Club

— United State Eventing Association

— Bluegrass Region FFA

— Clark County FFA Greenhand Award

— State 4-H Bronze Award

— Clark County senior 4-H’er of the Year

Allison plans to attend the University of Kentucky to study animal science and veterinary medicine at Auburn University to become a large animal veterinarian.

Carson Kovalic 

— Beta Club

— Bluegrass Soccer Club

— Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

— Kentucky High School Athletic Association Academic All-State

— Leadership Winchester

— Member of First Presbyterian Church Youth Group

— National Honors Society

— Smoke Signals student newspaper

— Varsity soccer

Carson plans to attend a four-year college to pursue a career in orthodontics.

Charles Miller 

— Beta Club officer

— GRCHS choir

— National Honors Society

— Member of Calvary Christian Church’s youth dram and technology team

— Fellowship of Christian Athletes

— Youth leader for Calvary Christian Church’s children’s service

— Jesus Prom volunteer

— Peer tutoring

— Perfect attendance

Charles plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and major in law and dentistry and minor in ministry.

Daniel Guerrant 

— Commander, GRC JROTC Bowman Company

— Superior Cadet Award

— National Honors Society

— GRC freshman baseball team

— National Sojourners Award

— Jesus Prom volunteer

— GRC JROTC Academic Excellence Award

— Sons of Union Veterans Commendation medal

— GRC JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl team

— Captain, GRC JROTC Raider competition team

Daniel want to attend the University of Kentucky, get a degree in engineering and then join the U.S. Army and fly helicopters.

Elena Guerra

— Varsity volleyball player

— GRC choir

— National Honors Society

— GRC Fine Arts Cohort vocalist

— Member of Calvary Christian Church

— Fellowship of Christian Athletes

— All-Region Volleyball award 2015

— Shrek the Musical 2015

— The Little Mermaid musical 2016

Elizabeth Hardiman 

— Varsity basketball

— Varsity volleyball

— Legacy Elite basketball

— National Honors Society

— Beta Club

— Health Occupations Students of America

— Fellowship of Christian Athletes

— Smoke Signals newspaper multimedia team

— Wesley Woods counselor

Faith Hughes

— Future Farmers of America sophomore scholar award

— Unlimited Power competition clogging team

— Ultimat Power clogging team mentor

— Future Farmers of America Sentinel

— Junior Cattleman’s Association reporter

— Ronald McDonald House volunteer

— Allensville Baptist Church

— Cardinal Singers

Faith would like to attend the University of Kentucky to get a degree in education and become a high school teacher.

More students will be featured in the Sept. 20 edition of the Sun.

Gracie Humphrey 

— GRC Varsity cheerleader 2013-14

— GRC Beta Club

— GRC National Honors Society

— KHSAA Academic All-State 2013-15

— Winchester Country Club swim team

— Fundraiser for Clark County Animal Shelter

Gracie is a junior at George Rogers Clark High School who is very active in her school and community where she takes every opportunity to volunteer. She has a passion for working with children, and although she is undecided on her college choice, she plans to study elementary education.

Haley Hounshell 

— Nation Honor Society

— Beta Club

— Miss Clark County 2015

— Teen volunteer at UK Chandler Hospital

— Drama team at Calvary Christian Church

— Wesley Woods junior counselor

— Jesus Prom volunteer and escort

— Three first place recognitions in art show

— Homecoming attendant

— GRC drama team

Haley wants to attend The Ohio State University and get degrees in art and genetics. She wants to become a genetic counselor.

Jacey Griffith 

— Vice president of service in Beta Club

— Two time National Champion clogger on Sassy Taps in Motion

— Health Occupations Students of America

— National Honor Society

— Student Leadership Council at First Church of God

— Leadership Summit attendee

— Special Kids Camp volunteer

— Junior counselor at clogging camp

— STRIDE volunteer

Jacey wants to attend the  University of Kentucky and go to medical school to become a surgeon.

James Miller 

— Officer of Beta Club

— GRCHS choir

— National Honor Society

— Fellowship of Christian Athletes

— EKU and BCTC dual-credit part-time student

— Calvary Christian Church drama team

— Youth leader for Calvary Christian Church’s annual Jesus Prom and children’s serviec

— Officer of Senior Smiles

— Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

— Perfect attendance

James wants to attend the University of Kentucky and get a degree in biology to become a physical therapist.

Kailee Weistroffer 

— National Honor Society

— Beta Club

— Y-Club

— Clogger at Studio One School of Dance

— Miss Teen Clark County Fair

— Clark County Animal Shelter volunteer

— Calvary Christian Church youth member

Kaille wants to attend the University of Kentucky to get a degree in law to become an attorney and later a family court judge.

Katie Wheeler 

— GRCHS symphonic band

— Beta Club

— National Honor Society

— Future Career Community Leaders of America

— Youth Leaders

— President of Spanish Club

— Secretary in Young Women’s Program, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

— Homeless shelter volunteer

— Salvation Army volunteer

Katie wants to go to the University of Kentucky and get a degree in communications and become a journalist.

Kylee Murray 

— National Honor Society

— Beta Club

— Fellowship of Christian Athletes

— Varsity Basketball

— Wesley Woods group leader

— Legacy Elite basketball

— EKY Now dual-credit student

Kylee wants to obtain a degree from a pre-medical program and become an orthopedic sports medicine physician.

Langdon Winburn 

— Clark County FFA treasurer

— Clark County Junior Cattleman’s treasurer

— National Honors Society member

— Glen Eden Youth Center teen advisor

— 2013 Miss Teen Clark County

— FCCLA member

— Beta Club member

— Junior Varsity cheerleader

— Golf team

Langdon wants to attend the University of Kentucky and graduate with degrees in agribusiness and agriscience, and have a career in those fields.

Laura Graves 

— 2015 HOBY ambassador

— Varsity cheerleader

— Mission NYC

— Jesus Prom volunteer

— National Honor Society

— Wesley Woods camp junior counselor

— Beta Club vice president of programming

— Calvary Christian children’s church leader

— Smoke Signals newspaper’s multimedia team

— 2013-15 super large division cheerleading state champ

Laura plans to become an occupational therapist.

Megan Marie Rowe 

— Smoke Signals multimedia team

— Beta Club

— National Honor Society

— Health Occupation Students of America

— Y Club

— 2014 GRC state cross country team

— Greenbrier CC lifeguard

— YMCA lifeguard

Megan wants to attend the University of Kentucky  to get her medical degree and become a forensic pathologist.

Micah Kindred 

— Tennis team co-captain

— Vacation Bible School group leader

— 2014 Final Four girls’ basketball team player

— Wesley Woods junior counselor

— Volleyball team setter

— EKU Now participant

— National Honor Society member

— Young Republicans member

— Christview Christian Church Christmas musical coordinator

Mina Rodgers

— Y-Club public relations chair

— GRC varsity cheerleading team

— Beta Club

— National Honors Society


Mina wants to attend the University of Kentucky and major in pre-med and pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist.

Natalie May 

— Skills USA vice president

— FCCLA historian

— GRC cross country and track

— Beta Club

— National Honor Society

— Y Club

— Member of the Young Republicans

Natalie wants to attend West Virginia University and become an aerospace engineer.

Paityn Palmer 

— Y-Club service chairman

— Member of varsity cheerleading team

— Beta Club

— Spirit Club

— Young Democrats of America

— National Honors Society

— Green Dot

— Member of the swim team

Paityn plans to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a degree in nursing and become a neonatal nurse practitioner.

Reagan Kolbi Rainey 

— Beta Club

— Y Club

— National Honors Society

— Calvary Christian youth group

— Walk With Friends

— Jesus Prom

— STRIDE volunteer


Reagan wants to attend the University of Kentucky to become a neonatologist.

Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy 

— Dancer’s Pointe teaching assistant

— Cardinal Singers section leader

— Beta Club

— National Honor Society

— French National Honor Society

— French Club

— Kentucky World Language Showcase, second place, French

— Winchester Dance Ensemble

— Dance: ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, musical theater

Sarah plans to pursue a medical degree in orthopedics or radiology.

Taylor Kincaid 

— Y Club president

— French Club president

— Beta Club vice president

— Young Republicans vice president

— National Honor Society

— French National Honor Society

— Varsity cheerleader

— Ruling Elder of First Presbyterian Church of Winchester

— National Society of High Scholars representative

— Speech and debate team

Taylor wants to go to the University of Pennsylvania and major in psychology with a minor in political science to become a criminal psychologist.

Thomas Bankes 

— Eagle Scout

— Y Club

— Ads team for Smoke Signals newspaper

— Junior Assistant Scout Master for Troop 22

— Science olympiad team

Thomas wants to go to the University of Kentucky and become an electrical engineer.