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Top High School Sophomores Honored as 'Class of Kentucky'


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2010) − The University of Kentucky welcomed the newest members of its "Class of Kentucky" program to campus today. The program, now in its seventh year, recognizes academically talented and community-oriented high school sophomores from throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is facilitated through UK's Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar.

Class of Kentucky seeks to honor one top sophomore from each high school in Kentucky. Students are chosen by their respective schools and must demonstrate strong leadership and academic skills. The 2010 class honors 196 Kentucky sophomores.


During their time on campus, students will hear from UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., First Lady Patsy Todd and head UK football coach Joker Phillips as well as several student campus leaders.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said these students are the best of the best.

"These students will be recruited by colleges and universities around the country. We want them to know that the University of Kentucky is a great institution with a lot to offer," Todd said. "They can make their mark here as we strive to become a Top 20 institution."


The 2010 members of Class of Kentucky and their high schools are (listed in alphabetical order by last name):

Hunter Abel of Owensboro from Apollo High School; Joshua Akers of Wheelwright from South Floyd High School; Seham Aldabbagh of Lexington from Dunbar High School; Meaghan Allen of Fort Thomas from Highlands High School; Alex Allen of Clinton from Hickman County High School; Katherine Anderson of Burkesville from Cumberland County High School; Aleesha Anderson of Monticello from Wayne County High School; Kristofer Anderson of Louisville from Atherton High School; Thomas Appelman of Maysville from Mason County High School; Makayla Arnett of Salt Lick from Bath County High School; Maegan Arnold of Louisville from Pleasure Ridge Park High School; Rachel Bailey of Taylor Mill from Villa Madonna Academy; Meredith Baird of Hartford from Ohio County High School; LaNeika Baker of Sand Gap from Jackson County High School; Christina Baker of Carlisle from Nicholas County High School; Jonathon Baker of Campbellsville from Campbellsville High School;

Shaun Baluyot of Louisville from Saint Xavier High School; Victoria Bastin of Lexington from Lexington Christian Academy; Renee Bell of Monticello from Monticello High School; Bethany Berry of Roark from Red Bird Mission School; Scott Blain of Leitchfield from Grayson County High School; Shelby Blankenship of Scottsville from Allen County Scottsville High School; Shawn Bohac of Georgetown from Scott County High School; Luke Bosse of Harrodsburg from Mercer County High School; Bridgette Bowling of Jackson from Breathitt High School; Emily Bowman of Corbin from Lynn Camp High School; Jacob Brandel of Burlington from Cooper High School; Emily Bratcher of Bowling Green from Greenwood High School; James Brown of Pineville from Bell County High School; Emily Bruns of Marion from Crittenden County High School; Jakob Burnham of Elizabethtown from Central Hardin High School; Robert Butler of Bardstown from Bardstown High School; Taryn Cantrell of Pikeville from Pikeville High School; Tyler Carter of Barbourville from Barbourville High School; George Chalhoub of London from Sayre School; Lydia Clark of California from Campbell County High School;

Catherine Claywell of Murray from Murray High School; Autumn Clevenger of Grayson from East Carter High School; Katie Coldiron of Greenup from Greenup County High School; Courtney Collins of Elkhorn City from East Ridge High School; Kayla Colwell of Hazard from Perry County Central High School; Juliana Cybriwsky of Paintsville from Paintsville High School; Zachary Davis of Hindman from Knott County Central High School; Alexandra DeCarlo of London from South Laurel High School; Erin Deja of Union from Ryle High School; Divya Desai of Hazard from Hazard High School; Shelby Detring of Winchester from George Rogers Clark High School; Jenna Dillman of Fairdale from Beth Haven Christian School; Kelsey Dillon of Flemingsburg from Fleming County High School; Stephanie Dooper of Owensboro from Owensboro Catholic High School; Casey Dowty of Fulton from Fulton County High School; Cynthia Doyle of Louisville from Western MST High School; Phillip Dressman of Cincinnati from Covington Latin High School;

Emily Ebelhar of Princeton from Saint Mary High School; Logan Eckler of Covington from Ludlow High School; John Elliott of Hebron from Conner High School; Conner Elliott of Mayfield from Graves County High School; Eli Ellis of Calhoun from McLean County High School; Charles Elrod of Gamaliel from Monroe County High School; Madison Embry of Morgantown from Butler County High School; Brooke Engilman of Louisville from Eastern High School; Thomas Epperson of Middlesboro from Middlesboro High School; John Evans of London from North Laurel High School; Brittany Eversole of Buckhorn from Buckhorn High School; Braxton Fields of Partridge from Harlan County High School; Alec First of Louisville from Jeffersontown High School; Cassidy Flynn of Irvine from Estill County High School; Gabrielle Fong of Louisville from Mercy Academy; Leah Forsee of Owenton from Owen County High School; Joshua Fuqua of Benton from Marshall County High School; William Galusha of Kuttawa from Lyon County High School; Jordan Gamble of Louisville from Christian Academy of Louisville; Jonathan Gardner of Louisville from DeSales High School; Jennifer Gibbs of Lewisburg from Logan County High School; Taylor Graham of Elizabethtown from Elizabethtown High School; Michael Gray of Crestwood from South Oldham High School; Taylor Greene of Berea from Rockcastle County High School; Barrett Greenwell of Bardstown from Bethlehem High School; Richard Grewelle of Paducah from Lone Oak High School; Kevin Grout of Florence from Saint Henry High School;

James Gullo of Lexington from Tates Creek High School; Swathi Gutti of Pikeville from The Piarist School; Heather Hale of Paris from Bourbon County High School; Kaitlyn Handley of Arlington from Carlisle County High School; Rachel Hanks of Lawrenceburg from Anderson County High School; Sarah Harper of Louisville from North Bullitt High School; Haley Hart of Falmouth from Pendleton County High School; Matthew Hart of Campbellsville from Taylor County High School; Jessica Hatfield of Stearns from McCreary Central High School; Benjamin Healy of Lexington from Lafayette High School; Marissa Hillman of Beattyville from Lee County High School; Katrina Hlebiczki of Fort Thomas from Newport Central Catholic; Amanda Hobson of Henderson from Henderson County High School; Allison Holbrook of Hyden from Leslie County High School; Zachary Hollins of Harlan from Harlan High School; Kimberly Hollkamp of Jeffersonville from Presentation Academy; Morgan Hoover of Cox's Creek from Bullitt Central High School; Crystal Huff of Booneville from Owsley County High School; Hayden Hughes of Eminence from Henry County High School; Jared Hunter of Albany from Clinton County High School; Quinn Icke of Kevil from Paducah Tilghman High School; Emily Invergo of Paris from Paris High School; Timothy Jackson of Ashland from Fairview High School; Sean Jacobson of Louisville from Whitefield Academy; Natalie Johnson of Louisville from Butler Traditional High School;

Sayrah Jones of Bowling Green from Warren Central High School; Cheyanna Jude of Paducah from Reidland High School; Samantha Jury of Louisville from Ballard High School; Cassandra Kelsey of Louisville from Waggener Traditional High School; Andrew Kirk of Lexington from Henry Clay High School; Todd Lasley of Hawesville from Hancock County High School; Logan Leathem of Maceo from Daviess County High School; James Lucas of Hazard from Cordia High School; Logan Lucas of Jenkins from Shelby Valley High School; Emily Maness of Means from Menifee County High School; Kyle Mann of Columbia from Adair County High School; Gwen Martin of Waddy from Shelby County High School; Martika Martin of Eubank from Pulaski County High School; Corey Mason, Jr. of Fort Knox from Fort Knox High School; Chelsea Maynard of Catlettsburg from Boyd County High School; Erin Mays of Prospect from Assumption High School; Jonathan McCully of Corbin from Whitley County High School; Travis McEachern of Harrodsburg from Burgin High School; Kaira McKinnon of Crittenden from Grant County High School; Rihana McKnight of Dawson Springs from Dawson Springs High School; Savannah Meade of Harold from Betsy Layne High School;

Lacee Mefford of Augusta from Augusta High School; Michaela Melton of Central City from Muhlenberg County High School; Maria Metzger of Glasgow from Barren County High School; Benjamin Miller of Berea from Berea Community High School; Evan Miller of Owensboro from Owensboro High School; Taylor Moody of Corbin from Corbin High School; Brianna Mosby of Louisville from Doss High School; Madeline Moses of Mayfield from Mayfield High School; Christopher Mudd of Elizabethtown from John Hardin High School; Alexandra Mudd of Bardstown from Nelson County High School; Cory Mullins of Richmond from Madison Central High School; Taylor Noe of Edmonton from Metcalfe County High School; Anthony Otten of Erlanger from Lloyd Memorial High School; Stephen Parsons of Lexington from Bryan Station High School; Sergio Pascual of Carrollton from Christian Academy of Carrollton; Kinsey Patton of Pikeville from Pike County Central High School; Justin Paul of Prospect from DuPont Manual High School; Jamie Peters of Somerset from Somerset High School; Timothy Petrosius of Goshen from North Oldham High School;

Phillip Pollard of Louisville from Liberty High School; Cory Ramsey of Falmouth from Bracken County High School; Daniel Roach of Frankfort from Frankfort Christian Academy; Matthew Robbins of Richmond from Model Laboratory School; Chase Roberts of Versailles from Woodford County High School; Brandon Rogers of Flatwoods from Raceland Worthington High School; Laura Romito of Southgate from Silver Grove High School; Zachary Rowe of Prestonsburg from Prestonsburg High School; Erika Russ of Lexington from Lexington Catholic High School; David Sams of Somerset from Somerset Christian School; Amelia Samuel of Sparta from Gallatin County High School; Nathan Saylor of Bellevue from Bellevue High School; Nathaniel Schaefer of New Haven from LaRue County High School; Jacob Schlarman of Lakeside Park from Holy Cross High School; Pamela Schwartz of Frankfort from Frankfort High School; Alexandra Schwendau of Louisville from Seneca High School; Erica Seal of Crescent Springs from Dixie Heights High School; Victor Shepherd of Hueysville from Allen Central High School; Natalie Shields of Glasgow from Glasgow High School; Nickolas Slucher of Cynthiana from Harrison County High School; Margaret Smith of Mount Washington from Bullitt East High School; Hannah Smith of Manchester from Clay County High School;

Hilliard Smith of Campton from Jackson High School; Cory Smith of Lagrange from Oldham County High School; Troy Stafford of Greenup from Rose Hill Christian School; Kevin States of Carrollton from Carroll County High School; Julia Steffen of Alexandria from Bishop Brossart High School; Christina Stevens of Phelps from Phelps High School; Tabitha Strange of Barbourville from Knox Central High School; Jordan Strother of Horse Cave from Hart County High School; Corey Thomas of Fisherville from Spencer County High School; Brittany Thompson of Louisville from Shawnee High School; Lauren Tucker of Covington from Holmes High School; Kathleen Upton of Danville from Boyle County High School; Britni Vandervort of Nicholasville from West Jessamine High School; Andrew Vanover of Madisonville from Madisonville North Hopkins High School; Caleb Voss of Lexington from Trinity Christian Academy; Anthony Walden of Vine Grove from North Hardin Christian School; Damon Wallace of Belfry from Belfry High School; Tara Watkins of Frankfort from Cornerstone Christian Academy; Trevor Webb of Fort Mitchell from Beechwood High School; Margaret Wetzel of Princeton from Caldwell County High School; Tyler Wilke of Independence from Simon Kenton High School; Hunter Williams of Williamsburg from Williamsburg High School; Caleb Wills of Russellville from Russellville High School; Kalin Wilson of Olive Hill from West Carter High School; Kalie Winkler of Whitesville from Trinity High School; Robert Woford of Ashland from Paul Blazer High School; Robert Worthington, III of Crittenden from Calvary Christian School; Ashley Wright of Burdine from Jenkins High School; and Nicholas Zolman of Mount Sterling from Montgomery County High School.