FROM THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
RUSSELL The 2017 Russell High School graduation ceremony was held May 27.
Kevin Halter, the chief executive officer of the Bon Secours Health System Bellefonte Hospital was the speaker.
Co-valedictorians were Sara Natalie Hieneman an Jensen Scott Smith.
Hieneman is the daughter of Rod and Linette Hieneman of Flatwoods.
She was a member of the varsity softball team and was selected to the Eastern Kentucky all star team and chosen as an all-state honorable mention softball player.
She was the captain of the volleyball team and received all-district and all-area honors. She was a member of the Beta Club, Key Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and French Club as well as the Ashland Alliance Youth Leadership. She has received scholarships from the University of Kentucky where she will major in agricultural and medical biotechnology.
Smith is the son of Kevin and Cheryl Smith of Worthington.
He was a member of the academic team that won the State Governor’s Cup title in 2016 as well as the 2016 state champion Science Olympiad team.
He was a member of the Beta Club, the LIFT Club, and spirit leader of the Latin Club. He was a Russell High School Senior Salute and a 2016 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar.
He plans to attend the University of Louisville and study biology and chemistry. He has been awarded the Henry Vogt scholarship as well as the Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School (GEMS) scholarship from the University of Louisville.
Graduating with highest distinction: Riad Hassan Abul-Khoudoud, Seth Hayden Atkins, Anna Brooke Barfield, Kathryn Brooke Bess, Jacob Dale Bledsoe, Anna Katherine Rose Buckley, Peyton Holly Cantrell, Mark William Casto, Olivia Katherine Couchot, Katlyn Michelle Darling, Jacob Brooks Davis, Kathryn Hanna fried, Zackary Ian Gillum, Cameron Conley Hester, Nora Claire Hicks, Sarah Elizabeth Ann Hoback, Maggie Raine Jachimczuk, Ashley Nicole Keeton, Alexis Brooke Maynard, Madeline Frances Mc-Cloud, Annalee June Miller, Chandler Vinh Nguyen, Melanie Shawn O’Neal, Josey Mae Owens, Zachary Manish Parikh, Wesley Ryan Patterson, Carley Anne Patton, Ayush Prasad, Emily Berdan Punzal, Courtney Donn Blair Queen, Ethan Michael Raby, Krystiana Nicole Scott, Seth Ryan Skaggs, Taylor Ann Skeens, Adam Clay Sorrell, Kailey Renee Spainhower, Tyler Blake Ward, Ryan Gregory Wheeler, Claire Amanda Wilson.
Graduating with notable distinction: Darick Brennen Carter, Samantha Gail Cotton, Sarah Katherine Davis, Michael Kenan DeHart, Joshua Alan Elliott, Sydney Carol Fletcher, Grace Mekenzie Hall, Alexis Marie Hester, Emily Rose Justice, Madison Anne McHowell, Maddison Grace Moore, Kelsie Michelle Sallie, Charles David Waddell, Katherine Annette Wesley, Steven Alexander Wolley.
Graduating with distinction: Maxxton Keith Blackburn, Kyle Matthew Blevins, Grace Gypsy Branham, Austin Joel Brinkman, Rodney Zachariah Clark, Kendra Marie Cooper, Breanna Elizabeth Craft, Hannah Raenae Ellington, Walker Reece Foster, Kaitlyn Nicole Fraley, Jacob Hans Frazier, Peyton Bradley Hartman, Meaghan Kaley McHowell, Kaleb Andrew Mokas, Benjamin Stanley Naliborski, Jamie Ann Nance, Toni Myranda Vallance, Dakotah Rae Zimmer.
Graduating with honor: Harley Ann Abshire, Kaylie Breanna Andre, Eli Jackson Barnhill, Richard Michael Blevins, Dasia Celeste Brooks, Kayla Denise Clark, Nathaniel Connor Colt, Nathaniel Chase Collins, Nicholas Andrew Conley, Jacob Dylan Coon, Daryl Austin Elkins, Mitchell Lee Funk, Benjamin Jakob George, Makenzie Lynn Gillum, Troy Jacob Gillum, Alexis Jade Hill, Liberity Morgan Jacobs, Claudia Alexandra Kendrick, Andrew Stephen Lemmings, Cermilus Jonathan Melvin, Jacob Aaron Pierce, Hailey Brooke Proctor, Rhianna Fae Roar, Blake Randolph Thompson.
Graduating: Gregory Alexander Adams, Jesse Michael Allen, Robert Charles Andre, Ethan Lynn Applewhite, Savannah Rose Arthur, Rhiannon Nikole Bailey, Jason Alexander Blevins, Drey Ashlee Boehm, Baylee Ann Booth, Glenna Marie Borders, Landon Cole Brewer, Micah Lynn Brown, Alyssa Nancy Bryant, Tanner Joe Burgess, Nicholas Ray Caldwell, Chloe Brooke Canterberry, Adrian Todd Conn, Aries LaDawn Craft, Nathin Arthur Kane Crites, Seth Ryan DeBoard, Brandon Gregory Dillow, Rebekah Faith Downey, Cameron Wayne Smith Floyd, Hunter Lydell Foos, Sara Ray Gerahart, Eli Gabriel Gilliland, Ellea Devin Gollihue, Sarah Elizabeth Hughes, Evan Wayne Ison, Alan Jacob Jaworski, Logan Mark Jaworski, Kelli Lee Keever, Jenna Grace Kibbey, Elijah Dale Kirk, Matthew Todd Little II, Richard Thomas Luebben, Jr., Jesse Clay Lyon, Martina Danielle Masters, Michael David Perry, Quanna Jade Price, Madison Blair Renzi, Jayden Rae Sexton, Ace Adam Sligar II, Derek Ryan Smith, Hannah Marie Sparks, Kassie Lee Stull, Shayla Dawn Tackett, Benjamin Peter Thompson, Keira Kalea Wallace, Joseph Laithe Waugh.