Valedictorians for the Paducah Tilghman Class of 2016 are Reese Elliott Butler, Teri Doss, Megison Montgomery Hancock, and Jackson Rudolph. The salutatorian is Lauren Nicole Eickholz.
Butler is the son of Danny and Lori Butler. He plans to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Alabama. He is an outstanding scholar and athlete, recognized as a National Merit Finalist and a member of the PTHS Football, Baseball, and Soccer teams. Butler is a recipient of the University of Alabama's National Merit Scholarship, Engineering Leadership Scholarship, and University Fellows Scholarship.
Doss is the daughter of Greg and Lori Doss. She will be attending Mississippi State University to study Industrial and Systems Engineering. She was the 2015 KHSAA Girls Golf State Champion, a 2015 AJGA Scholastic All-American, 2014 KHSAA Girls Golf Region I Champion, and the 2015 Kentucky Golf Coaches Association Girls Player of the Year. Doss is receiving the Freshman Academic Scholarship, Housing Scholarship, and Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship from Mississippi State.
Hancock is the daughter of Sid and Justin Hancock. She has been accepted into Duke University as a Duke Focus Scholar majoring in Public Policy. She is a National Merit Finalist and was named to the National Speech and Debate Team All-American, All-State Team. She has been a 4-year member of the Varsity Academic Team, serving as Captain, and was the District and Regional Champion in Composition, placing 3rd in the state. She was also a Distinguished Orchestra Student for 4 years and First Chair Viola for 3 years. Hancock is the recipient of an Independence Bank Scholarship, the Seaton Scholarship, the Kentucky American Legion Oratorical Scholarship, and various others.
Rudolph is the son of Eric and Cathy Rudolph. He plans to study Biology at Stanford University. He is a World Champion Martial Artist with over 50 World Titles in various forms and weapons, is expert in bo staff and proficient with nunchuks, kamas, and sword. He is a member of Team Paul Mitchell Karate and has been featured in various broadcast and print media. He is a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholar program and was recognized as a Rotary Student of the Month in March of 2016. Rudolph is receiving an Academic Scholarship from Stanford University as well as scholarships from the MGM Charitable Foundation and the Paducah Downtown Kiwanis Club.
Eickholz is the daughter of Jim and Kim Eickholz. She will be attending the University of Mississippi and majoring in Accounting. She is a graduate of the 2015 Governor's Scholars Program, a 6-year member of the Varsity Girls Golf Team, a graduate of the Paducah Youth LEAD program, and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Eickholz will receive a General Accountancy Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Holmes Scholarship at Ole Miss, as well as a High School Salutatorian Scholarship and Paducah Downtown Kiwanis Club Scholarship.
Logan Lee Bakehouse, son of Michael and Amy Bakehouse, Virginia Military Institute; Parker McKinley Belt, son of David Belt and Crystal Capps, University of Kentucky; Wesley Michael Blondell, son of Michael and Amy Blondell, University of Kentucky; Jack Milton Boyd, son of Brian and Ann Boyd, University of Kentucky; Shelby Browning, daughter of Michelle Browning and Robert Browning, University of Kentucky; Madelyn Chambers, daughter of Mark and Joni Chambers, University of Kentucky; Ivan Ardel Chwalik, son of Adam and Agnieszka Chwalik, WKCTC; Caroline Criner, daughter of Andrew and Janie Criner, Western Kentucky University; Jack Daniels, son of Jamison and Andrea Daniels, Centre College; Thailandria La'Shawn Daniels, daughter of Dontez and Vanita Johnson, Louisiana State University; Charli Jo Doss, daughter of Greg and Lori Doss, Murray State University; Heath Ford, son of Hal and Anita Ford, University of Kentucky; Clare Froehlich, daughter of Jackie and Randy Froehlich, Murray State University; Katlyn Fulton, daughter of Susan Dawes and Ryan Fulton, WKCTC; Alaysia Hamilton, daughter of LaCheryl and Moses Wheatley, University of Louisville; Ashlee Harris, daughter of Jason and Cathy Harris, University of Kentucky; Abigail Grace Hawkins, daughter of Melissa and Spencer Hawkins, Samford University; Hannah Louise Hunt, daughter of Kenny and Beth Hunt, Belmont University; Grant Kennon Hutcheson, son of David and Crystal Hutcheson, University of Louisville; Whitney Simone Jones-Shaw, daughter of Jimi Shaw, Jr. and Marlena Shaw, Western Kentucky University; Luke Stephen Massad, son of Andee English and Royce English, University of Louisville; Kelsey May Miller, daughter of Marzie Diane Miller, Northern Kentucky University; Jennai Mitchell, daughter of Jennifer Swanson and Todd Mitchell, Transylvania University; Carter Ray Emmons Noneman, son of Lee Emmons and Al Noneman, University of Kentucky; Connor William Orlowski, son of Deana Cain and Gabe Orlowski, University of Kentucky; Chaitreeben Vijaybhai Patel, daughter of Vijaykumar and Ajeshaben Patel, WKCTC; Veronica Pederzoli, (foreign exchange) daughter of Brian and Mary Katz; Molly Shannon, daughter of Kevin and Angie Shannon, University of Kentucky; Abby Spicer, daughter of David and Shannon Spicer, Harding University; Daly Spicer, daughter of Regina Spicer and Donald Spicer, University of Louisville; Lee Carol Threatt, daughter of Tony and Leesa Threatt, University of Louisville; Lucie Tyrrell, daughter of Dana and Michele Tyrrell, University of Louisville; Samuel Robert Tyrrell, son of Dana and Michele Tyrrell, Dartmouth College; Matthew Jameson VanHoose, son of Dr. James and Linda VanHoose, University of Kentucky; Kathryn Paige Winfield, daughter of Gina and David Winfield, Murray State University; Karla Pitt Winther, (foreign exchange) daughter of Kent and Julie Price.
Other members of the graduating class:
Treyontea Aiken, Hasaan Ali, Eboni Amos, Curtise Alexander Arnold, Tarique Jesse Barron, Nyla Tierra Blue, Conner Devin Brian, Daniel Brown, Chrishell Sharmar Burns, Unique Campbell, Matthew Carnes, Deneiro Cash, Anna Elizabeth Chambers, Alexis Monique Chandler, Bianca Elaine Chandler, Maya Nicole Cleary, Cameron Deshawn Cole, Andrew James Crosby, Dwight T. Cook, Travis Crouch, Zachary Lynn Crouch, George Dobson, Tyanne Donald, Miriah Angelica Donelson, Aaron Draw, Elizabeth Chantell Driver, Alex'Zandria Dunbar, Bradley Duncan, Jesse Cole Dunigan, Miranda May Duong, Erycah Juanita Edwards, Shawndeis Ellison, Johnathan David Farr-Finch, Kaitlynn Victoria Flanagan, Teriah Kierria Flournoy, Aprionna Ford, Jeffrey Hunter Golightly, Rhedaijah Janese Robinson Grace, Makayla Hamilton, Breonna Rhea Harriford, Dalvin Harris, Devon Hart, Rajiah Kianee' Harvey, Micheal Hassel, Ashton Lachelle Hayes, Payton Tyler Haymes, Adrianna Ariel Henderson, Christina Ryce Hern, Luis Enrique Hernandez, Anitra Antoinette Evon Hill, Del'Lesia Da'Shay Hill, Jade Montrese Holland, Anna Hollowell, Ashleigh Hollowell, Gabriel Leah Horne, Dylan Shan Howard, Kierra Taylor Huff, J'son Devonne Humphrey, Ashton Nicole Hurst, Helena Rachelle Icke, Brandon Michael Jarvis, Abigail Johnson, Daishae Catlyne Johnson, Jada Johnson, Philip Gayles Johnson, Jr., John Klayten Jones, Jerome Maurice Kelley, Jr., Harrison Patrick Kelly, Ion Thomas Kight, Epion Jisiah Mckenzie McCampbell, Damarion Isaiah Leggs, Jessica Rose Lopez, Tamera LaNell Lott, Owen Lyles, Venicia Lynn, Quentin Marshall, Jr., Steven Desean Martin, Hugh Jones Mattingly, Azaria Ty'Anna McCloud, Marcus McCutcheon, Olivia Nicole McDonald, Sayveon LaMar McEwen, Mykia Monet McHaney, Aniyah Seanique McKenzie, Kimbriel Danielle McKinney, Brian James McKinney McGee, Anna Mejia, Keishauna S. Menefee, Carly Nicole Miller-Menser, Keandre Aaron Jervone Minter, Johnathan Mitchell, Jesus Montoya, Peyton Lane Morgan, Maxim William Myre, Chelsea Nichole Nichols, Adriana Norris, Don'Tajia Osborne, Caio Guanaes Rodrigues Paixao, Aliyah Michelle Parnell, Julia Stone Parrish, Tkeriyana Zhane Pass, Stacey Danielle Penrod, Walker Earl Peoples, Brennah Amanda Perry, Jose Jacinto Posadas-Hurtado, Evan Powell, Jordan Prather, Cassie Sue Presnell, Danesha A. Proctor, Brynn Pruitt, Amariyon Lance Pryor, Jeon Zhyrei Quarles, Amber Nicole Radovick, Noe Salvador Ramirez Cortes, R'reon Reed, Darrell Alexander Reeves, José Manuel Reyes Montoya, Samantha Riddle, Antonio Robbins, Emily Caroline Robertson, Kayla Marie Rodriguez, Rafael Rodriguez, Artemio Romero, Allison Marie Rowe, Kelsie Mae Schultz, Andrew Lavon Shannon, Dei'Reaun Sims, Kiara Marie Sims, Ceriae Aja Quartice Smith, Jay Michael Smith, Madison Brooke Smithson, Olivia Lashaun Strong, Palmer Louis Stroup, Ahmad DeJon Thomas, DuJuan Lamar Thomas, Jessica Danielle Tillson, Tamia J. Travis, Blake Austin Turner, Jared Alex Turner, Cameron Twardoski, Shaelyn Hope Tyler, Chloe Michal Waggoner, Chelsi Dawn Waldridge, Patsy Ann Waldridge, Brannon Warfield, Abigail Elizabeth Watkins, Chianna Michelle Watson, Ty Dallas Weglarz, Dakota Ray West, Emily Paige West, Charnasia D. White, Irma Madison Elise Wilkinson, Jontasia Latrice Willett, Justice Williams, Noelle Williams, Marvonte Wilson, William Clayton Wilson, Tajhanique Chelé Wood, Brendan Yates.