LACENTER -- Ballard Memorial High School observed its 64th commencement exercises on May 20 in the gymnasium here. The Class of 2016 ended with 85 graduates.
The three valedictorians were James Hayden LeFevre, Brandt Marinelli and Hannah Morrow. The salutatorian was Cutler Phillippe.
Valedictorian James Hayden LeFevre is the son of Jim and Whitney LeFevre of Kevil. He was a four-year participant in marching and concert bands and member of the academic team, a two-year Beta Club member, was selected for the Kentucky Music Educators Association All First District Symphonic and Murray State University Quad State honor bands for four years, and KMEA's All State Concert honor band for two years. He plans to attend MSU and major in music business.
Valedictorian Brandt Marinelli is the son of Stacey Marinelli of Kevil and Mike Marinelli of Paducah. He was president of his class and the Ballard chapter of Health Occupations Students of America, a member of Future Business Leaders of America and Beta Club, and a Student Ambassador. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky College of Engineering's Paducah campus and major in chemical engineering.
Valedictorian Hannah Morrow is the daughter of James Morrow and Jessica Morrow of Bandana. She was a four-year member of the Academic Team, Drama Club, where she served as vice president, and choir, where she served as president; a three-year class officer and member of Student Ambassadors; and a two-year member of Beta Club, the Bomber Belles and cheerleading squad. She received the BMHS Citizenship Award this year, and the Maestro Award from the national Heritage Music Festival organization. Morrow plans to attend Western Kentucky University and major in music.
Salutatorian Cutler Phillippe is the son of Cyndie and Chuck Phillippe of Kevil. He is a member of band, marching band, Beta and Drama clubs, FBLA, the Academic Team and a Gatton Academy interviewee. He plans to attend the UK College of Engineering's Paducah campus and major in mechanical engineering.
Other honor graduates:
Dustin Lewis Bowles, son of Chad and Rene Bowles of Barlow, University of Louisville's Speed School of Engineering; Kristen Compton. daughter of Gina and Denny DeBaun of LaCenter, West Kentucky Community and Technical College; Keagan Todd Cooper, son of Todd and Marla Cooper of Barlow, MSU; Holly Doom, daughter of Michelle Doom of LaCenter and Wade Doom of Barlow, MSU; Kylee Heal, daughter of Givonna Ross of LaCenter, St. Catherine College; Staci Lyn Henderson, daughter of the late Paul Henderson, Lyn Anderson and stepfather Robert Anderson of Barlow, New York University; Kayla Maze, daughter of Denise Whitty and Ben Whitty, both of Wickliffe, University of Tampa; Sara Meinschein, daughter of Mary Meinschein and David Meinschein of LaCenter, WKCTC, transfer to MSU; Matthew Miller, son of Thomas and Mary Miller of LaCenter, UK's Honors College; Noah Eric Overby, son of Eric and Susan Overby of Wickliffe, Southeast Missouri State University; Carra Summer Pearson, daughter of Scott and Vickie Pearson of LaCenter, WKCTC, transferring to MSU or the University of Tennessee; Katelyn Dawn Poloski, daughter of Kenneth and Crystal Poloski of Bandana, WKCTC and MSU; James Bradley Roberts, son of Jenny and Rick Roberts of Barlow, undecided; Olivia Robison, daughter of Brad and Tina Robison of Wickliffe, MSU; Theerapat Watsamrong, son of Napatsawan Watsamrong of LaCenter, Navy; Casey Wilson, daughter of Dawn Vaughn of Kevil and Brad Wilson of Murray, UK.
Brock Randallray Abner, Brittnee Rose Allee, James Ryan Armer, Emily Deonne Beaubien, Hunter Eli Bell, Hunter Michael Benton, Emmet Wayne Berry, James Dylan Blankenship, Jabarie Malik Beldsoe, Brittney Ann Nichole Bridges, Jasmine Alexus Brooks, Andrew LeRon Burton, Patra LaRenae Caldwell, Tami Renae Carroll, Courtney Linn Cochran, Madison Brooke Cooper, Andrew Thomas Craycraft, Joseph Reed Dillworth, Autumn Taylor Dunaway, Cavin Wayne Foster, Jesse Blake Fraser, Alejandra Karlaya Gonzalez, Kelly Marie Goodmon, Brenden Kieth Hall, Charles Dylon Hall, Laken Nicole Hall, Conrad Christopher Hansen, Kallie Briana Herod, David Austin Hornberger, Owen Reed Houston, George Travis Howard, Mathew Devin Johnson, Nathaniel Earl Johnson, Jason Anderson Keeling, Billie Michelle Loy, Rebecca Lynne Loy, Kelsey Ann Miller, Melody Jo Miller, Austin Patrick Moore, Carley Raye Moss, Sabrina Elizabeth Nunan, Tyler Edward O'Brien, Trinity Myron O'Neill, Zachary Neal Parsons, Brittany Dawn Peck, Alexandra Nicole Roberts, Christian Taylor Roberts, Dylan Robert Rodgers, McKenzie Morgan Scott, Danielle Nicole Seabolt, Taylor LaRae Smith, Anna Rene Steinbeck, Molly Jo Stokes, Spencer Gelon Stover, Darren Wayne Taber, Raeqwon Keeshawn Thomas, Johnathan Chandler Thompson, Austin Hughes Wilcox, Leah Beth Wildharber, William Adison Wildharber, Clinton Lee Williams, Neely Marie Williams, Madison Nicole Woodward, Tyler James Wray, Ashley Renee Young.