2021 Kentucky Lottery Outstanding High School Seniors Awards



May 5, 2021 To the recipients of the 2021 Kentucky Lottery Outstanding High School Senior Awards: Congratulations! With resilience and resourcefulness, you successfully harnessed the power of technology to learn and grow during an extraordinary school year. One day, the challenges of 2020 during your final year of high school will all be part of our history. You made a commitment to yourself, your family and your future to apply yourself to your schoolwork. Through it all, you were dedicated to staying the course even while we’re all staying safely apart. I am deeply honored to recognize each of you with the 2021 Kentucky Lottery Outstanding High School Senior Award. As you will soon receive your diplomas, I ask you to do two things: First, congratulate yourself. You deserve this recognition because you have worked tirelessly to become leaders. Take a moment to recognize and appreciate all your hard work. Second, now that you are moving in new directions, recommit to learning. One of our city’s core values, in addition to health and compassion, is lifelong learning. To thrive in today’s economy, each of us must continually pursue learning so that we can be the difference makers of the future. Many students who have received this honor have pursued fulfilling careers such as doctors, lawyers, school teachers, business owners, CEOs, executives, and even leadership roles in the Kentucky Lottery. The Kentucky Lottery has contributed over $3.8 billion to our state’s education, and the proceeds annually fund student financial aid awards, including the merit-based Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). As exemplary students, you now have a platform. I encourage you to use your platform to improve your community. Where can you be the solution? How can you apply your skills to inspire those around you? Congratulations again. I look forward to watching you grow into innovators of our city! Sincerely,



To the recipients of the 2021 Kentucky Lottery Outstanding High School Seniors Awards:

You are the primary reason I really enjoy my job. Instead of working for a company where profits are sent to faceless shareholders, the proceeds from all Lottery sales in Kentucky go straight to fund college scholarship and grant programs to benefit Kentucky students like you. Less than a year ago, Governor Andy Beshear appointed me as the first female president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. I’m a native Kentuckian who went to high school and college right here in the Commonwealth, and I made the decision to stay here to start both my career and my family. It’s been a great decision! We also want you to stay in the Bluegrass to go to college, and we hope, very much, that you have chosen to do so. That’s why the KEES scholarship program was established 21 years ago – to keep our best and brightest here in Kentucky to pursue their degrees, and beyond. Every dime of KEES money ever awarded has come directly from the sale of Kentucky Lottery tickets. That’s something in which all of us at the Lottery take immense pride. More than $3.8 billion has been provided by the Lottery to a variety of scholarship and grant programs, including the College Access Program and the Kentucky Tuition Grant program. We also fund workforce development scholarships, and the Dual Credit Scholarship some of you may have used to earn college credit while still in high school. You’ve won this award quite simply because you’re the best of the best. Congratulations again on what you’ve achieved in the face of unprecedented circumstances – I look forward to congratulating each of you this evening, and good luck in what I know will be a bright future. With best wishes,



Alfred Binet School - DONOVEN HIGGINS Assumption High School - SARAH KOCH Atherton High School - ANDREW NGUYEN Ballard High School - NATNAEL HAMILTON Bethlehem High School - HANNAH STEIN Breckinridge Metropolitan High School - ISAIAH GRUNDY Brooklawn School - MICHAEL HARRISON Butler Traditional High School - NATALEE MACKIN Central High School - CHEYLA TABARES CUESTA Christian Academy of Louisville - JOSHUA HAYS Churchill Park School - LATRELL SANDERS duPont Manual High School - LOGAN BIBBY Eastern High School - JASMINE WARREN Fairdale High School - DOADA SIEH Fern Creek High School - OMAR DE LA OSA FEBLES Georgia Chaffee - TAPP VANESSA GARCIA Holy Cross High School - ADDISON DEWEES Iroquois High School - KARA “KJ” PORTER J. Graham Brown School - ANNA BENTON Jefferson County High School - PEYTON GIVAN Jeffersontown High School - MAGDALA FENELUS Kentucky Country Day - JALEN TODD Kentucky School for the Blind - ALEXANDER SALGADO Liberty High School - AMYL THOMAS Louisville Collegiate School - CHRISTIAN HANSEN Louisville Male High School - KENNEDY KNIFFLEY Marion C. Moore High School - HAYLEE CARDWELL Mercy Academy - MAURANDA DOLLE Newcomer Academy - GENESSIS POZADA VALENZUELA Pleasure Ridge Park High School - ABIGAIL JOYCE DeSales High School - PIERCE BERGIN Doss High School - ABIGAIL BENNETT Portland Christian School - ALEX STEEN Presentation Academy - EMILY BRANGERS Sacred Heart Academy - GRACE HOVEKAMP St. Francis School - DREW SICILIANO Saint Xavier High School - LEO BIAGI Seneca High School - GEORGE PAYOCONG Southern High School - HANNAH ELBLE The Academy at Shawnee - OTUN ABDULLAHI The Phoenix School of Discovery - KAYCIE SAUER Trinity High School - CADE WATSON Valley High School - GARRETT LUNN Waggener High School - RICHARD CHANDLER Walden School - ALYSSA ALVAREZ Western High School - YAHIR GUZMAN Whitefield Academy - SARAH WILLIAMS Youth Performing Arts School - MEREDITH THOMAS


Mayor Greg Fischer


Mary Harville President and CEO Kentucky Lottery Corporation


Dr. Marty Pollio Superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools


Leisa Schulz Superintendent, Archdiocese of Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer


Mayor Greg Fischer


Ahrens Work Transition Program KENNETH SMITH

Kenneth was selected for this award because of his work ethic and drive to become the best version of himself. He always has a smile on his face which brightens everyone’s day. Living with an uncle, Ken- neth goes the extra mile to help other people while overcoming chal- lenges in his personal life and while working 5-6 days a week at UPS Worldport. Prior to working at UPS, he worked for 3 years at Kroger and attended school full time. He has overcome an intellectual dis- ability and has received two employee of the month awards at UPS in 7 months of employment. After high school, Kenneth plans to work at UPS Worldport, continuing to provide for his family. He also has a goal of living independently in the future. Activities and Community: All A student Special Olympics of Kentucky Employee of the Month December Employee of the Month March

UofL Hospital Volunteer Louisville Zoo Volunteer Norton Children’s Hospital Volunteer Audubon Hospital Volunteer

Alfred Binet School DONOVEN HIGGINS

Donoven is a true inspiration to all, a model to his peers, both young and old, who has overcome many personal challenges in his life and has risen above to reach the potential he knows he is capable of. He has not let difficult challenges or hurdles keep him from achieving what he wants from life. Donoven was born with cognitive disabil- ities that limited him from certain experiences as same age peers. With these challenges, Donoven has risen to become a shining star and works hard at school to prove he is as capable as the next person. Donoven works with his job coaches and will identify the perfect ca- reer that will allow him continued purpose and fulfillment and allow him to save money and spend time doing things he enjoys with his friends and family. Donoven is very active and plans on participating in all available activities within the community.

Activities and Community: Outstanding student worker BSU Student Leader Lead4Change Student Leader Special Olympics basketball Black Student Union Leadership Award

Assumption High School SARAH KOCH

Sarah is an independent minded, intelligent, self-aware, and insight- ful young woman who has so much to offer and has truly matured through her high school career. Her confident nature and quiet, though commanding presence have helped her develop her leader- ship style. A perfect illustration is Quick Recall, of which she has served as Captain for the past three years, and of Future Problem Solvers, a program that she helped resurrect in her freshman year at Assumption after 8 years of dormancy. Sarah’s leadership extends to her grade school where she helped coach their Future Problem Solvers team. Her intelligent, inquisitive nature aligns perfectly with these programs. Passionate about Spanish language and culture, Sarah was thrilled when she was selected to be a Mercy Ambassador through the Argentina Exchange program, but due to Covid19, all travel was cancelled. Despite the obvious disappointment, Sarah met this setback with maturity and grace, while also missing the person- al connections and friendships developed, especially with Lola, her “Argentine Sister.” Sarah plans to attend Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Activities and Community: Principal’s List AP Scholar with Distinction National Merit Finalist Distinguished Scholar (top 5%) Silver Medal National Spanish Exam Mental Health Awareness Club President Captain, Quick Recall Team (4) National Honor Society National Spanish Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) HSPT award and scholarship McAuley Scholar Brown Foreman INSPIRE Engineering Program Varsity Letter Archery Mercy Ambassador Argentina Exchange Program St. Agnes Food Pantry St. Agnes Parish Carnival Camp Taylor Elementary School UofL Department of Medicine NHS Blood Drive

Atherton High School ANDREW NGUYEN

Have you ever seen someone with so much determination and drive that they inspire everyone they meet? Andrew is that person. He believes that by helping others succeed, we all succeed. Andrew is proud to be a first-generation graduate and often reflects on his time and experiences while living in Southern California, especially the enjoyment of being part of a large Vietnamese community who cele- brate the same traditions as his family. He plans to attend college and major in Biology and pursue a career as a Veterinarian. Activities and Community: Straight A’s throughout High School 4.44 GPA 32 ACT National Honor Society Math Team

Greater Louisville Math League Louisville Math League Award Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement Cross Country Outstanding World Language Award Health Science Student of Month Derby cleanup Belknap Festival Set-up Bardstown Road clean-up

Ballard High School NATNAEL HAMILTON

Natnael is an outstanding student-athlete who is an excellent repre- sentative of Ballard High School, where he transferred at the begin- ning of his sophomore year. During this transition he quickly im- mersed himself into the school community and is now recognized as a leader among his peers. Upon graduation Natnael plans to pursue a degree in criminology with a goal of entering the police force. Activities and Community: Honor Roll National Honor Society

Dance Maroon Varsity Soccer Dartmouth Junior Book Award

Bethlehem High School HANNAH STEIN

Hannah exhibits an exemplary attitude both inside and outside of the classroom and in her work ethic. Hannah understands that leader- ship is about setting an example. Her personality is infectious, and she brightens any room with her presence. This young lady can do it all and is a great example of a student leader. The old cliche, “ask a busy person if you want something done,” is so true with Hannah. You know if she agrees to do something, it’s going to get done. During Hannah’s elementary and middle school years her family moved fre- quently while her parents were in the military. It was a challenging time as she had to learn to adjust to new environments, make new friends and keep up with her academics. Hannah will be attending the University of Kentucky majoring in pre-dental studies with an Art Studio major.

Activities and Community: Governor’s School for the Arts Bardstown/Nelson County Young Leader National Honor Society Honor Roll Spanish National Honor Society

Hugh O’Brian Young Leader Bethlehem Student Ambassador Vestry Youth Representative Meals from the Heart Room in the Inn Vacation Bible School St. Vincent DePaul Bread of Life Kentucky Youth Assembly

Student Council President Top 10 2021 State Archery

Member of District Volleyball team Green Dot, an Anti-bullying club

Breckinridge Metropolitan High School ISAIAH GRUNDY

Isaiah is a leader among his peers; whether serving as an officer in the Men of Quality Club, initiating a one-on-one conversation with a struggling classmate, obtaining an internship for real-world learning opportunities, or leading a classroom discussion on personal finance and investment, he serves as a role model for other students through- out the school. Isaiah has a growth mindset and always works hard and seeks feedback. As a goal-oriented person even a global pan- demic could not stop Isaiah from achieving his goal of meeting high school graduation requirements early. Isaiah can achieve success in any endeavor but has also faced many challenges as a young adult but has never allowed himself to be consumed by them. His attitude towards adversity has remained positive, always accepting personal responsibility for his outcomes. His resiliency, determination, and grit have proven invaluable as he pushes forward in learning and in life. Isaiah has applied to the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Coun- cil of Carpenters to learn the carpentry trade and pursue a career in that field, with aspirations to own his own business in the future. Activities and Community: Honor Roll Student of the Week STLP State Competitor Men of Quality Club Vice President

Student of the Week NTI Intern at Common Table Adopt a Park Program (Rubel)


Michael has really embraced his treatment and academics since com- ing to Brooklawn. Behind academically, he decided that he wanted to make a positive change in his life and began advocating for himself in school. Putting many hours into credit recovery, Michael com- municated often with his school counselor and staff to ensure that he was still on track and has truly become an outstanding student and model citizen at Brooklawn since his arrival in June of 2020 during the COVID pandemic. Michael continues to work hard on his so- cial/emotional development areas and to have a positive attitude, and being able to engage in mature conversations. Michael is working on accreditation in Automotive Service Excellence in brakes and will continue to pursue certification with a goal of becoming an automo- tive mechanic. Michael also plans to go to and Independent Living program to establish himself in the community. Activities and Community: Honor Roll Gaming Club Filming for Football Bronco 100 Club Summer Youth Employment Program

School Clean Up Day Football Clean Up Day

Butler Traditional High School NATALEE MACKIN

Natalee represents a genuine example of what we as a school, but more so, we as a city and country, expect students and our citizens to be. A leader, not only in our school and JROTC program, but at work and in her community. Natalee has an untiring devotion to duty and unmeasured selfless service for anyone in need. An optimistic and passionate young lady that other students flock to and aspire to be like, Natalee provides inspiration to everyone that are blessed to be in her presence. Raised by a single mom, Natalee also lost her cousin to suicide in October 2016, which left a huge void in her life. Natalee has huge plans and aspirations for her life and intends to enroll at Western Kentucky University with a goal to become a high school special needs teacher, obtain a master’s degree and later become a high school counselor.

Activities and Community: Honor Roll, 9th-12th grades Honors Program JROTC Battalion Adjutant Dual-Credit Courses 3.9 GPA JROTC BETA/NHS Best Buddies-Special Needs Club Marching Band JROTC Battalion Leader, later Captain/volunteer activities Honor Roll, 9th-12th grades Academic Letter, 9th Grade, 3.5+ GPA Academic Bar, 10th-12th grades, 3.5+GPA Class Rank: 41 of 384 Duvalle Education Center


Cheyla is truly an outstanding young woman. She is ranked #2 in her class and her grades are a result of her incredible work ethic and her dedication to academics. A phenomenal student, she is also empa- thetic, polite, respectful, conscientious, a role model for others, and is a positive leader in our school and community. Cheyla moved to the United States just 3 years ago, without any knowledge of English, however Cheyla was committed to learning the language and suc- ceeding in school. Due to her hard work and dedication, she is now at the top of her class. Cheyla plans to attend Bellarmine University, followed by medical school and would like to specialize in cardiology. Activities and Community: Perfect Attendance All A Honor Roll National Honor Society Excellence Award Regional Science Fair Winner National Honor Society, President Key Club AHEC Junior Scholars Program, Vice President Hispanic Unity Health Occupations Students of America Excellence Award Adelante Hispanic Achievers Cardinal Health Center volunteer Doors to Hope Toy Drive Cancer Walk/Run volunteer National Honor Society Excellence Award

Christian Academy of Louisville JOSHUA HAYS

Josh, a consistently kind, respectful, intelligent, and mature student, has demonstrated success by balancing an incredibly challenging course load along with many extracurricular demands. He has devel- oped his natural leadership ability through numerous opportunities and is known by his peers and teachers as always being prepared, en- couraging, and ready to participate. Joshua’s outstanding academic record, and leadership ability, is both obvious and impressive. The character he has displayed as a student, leader, team member, and friend have served as a role model to other students. Josh is the per- fect choice for the Mayor’s Outstanding Senior recognition. Josh re- mains undecided where he will attend college, but plans to major in pre-med.

Activities and Community: School of Biomedical Science National Honor Society Governor’s Scholar Program Varsity Soccer Captain Student Council President School Drama Productions Chapel Band Member FCA Huddle Leader Principal’s Honor Roll Yarmuth Junior Book Award Academic All State Community Swim Coach Local Missions Club Member

Churchill Park School LATRELL SANDERS

Latrell is a school leader that accelerates academically and socially. He is the class president and is a friend to all students and staff in the school. He usually has a smile and hug for all those he meets every single day. His attendance is excellent, and he always gives his best ef- fort throughout the school day. Born with Down Syndrome, Latrell, with the unwavering support of his mother, Bridget, decided that this challenge would not define his life. He has flourished academically and socially and continues to learn and grow. Latrell’s mantra could be: “Different, not less.” In the future, Latrell will continue to attend Down Syndrome of Louisville and will work with Access/Supported Employment for a career path that will utilize his vast social skills. Activities and Community: Honor Roll High Attendance Backpack Certificate Pathways to Career Certificate Class President Special Olympics Skiing Special Olympics Swimming Principal’s List Cathedral Soup Kitchen volunteer Southeast Christian volunteer Meals on Wheels Delivery volunteer

DeSales High School PIERCE BERGIN

Pierce strives for excellence within and outside of the DeSales com- munity. Pierce exhibits excellence, maturity, and compassion in all that he does. A service-oriented student with a desire to make posi- tive change, Pierce is motivated and has an intrinsic drive rare among students his age, evident by his daily interactions with peers, faculty and staff, and by his resume of service and extra-curricular involve- ment. As a school we have a statement said daily, “Stand Up, Stand Out, and Stand Proud.” and Pierce profoundly represents this credo. Also, a student who will overcome any obstacle or challenge with a positive attitude, as demonstrated last year when he tore his ACL, Pierce maintained communication with teachers, staff, and students, including working remotely. Pierce aspires to become an anesthesi- ologist and will determine soon his college of choice. Activities and Community: 2020 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar President’s List (2018-2020) National Honor Society Key Club Student Ambassador Math Team Lakeview Ministries Camp Counselor Our Savior Lutheran Church volunteer Crossroads Ministries Spina Bifida Kentucky Walk

Student Government Soccer/Tennis Teams President List

Allstate We Initiative Program (2018-2020) Highest Academic Achievement recognition Beta Club Prodigal Ministries volunteer


A goal oriented, determined student that chases after her education- al and career dreams, Abigail is dedicated to her rigorous academic schedule and currently holds a 4.2 GPA and is 2nd in the class of 2021. Abigail is involved in the community, volunteering at South- east Christian Church and at a local nursing home where she watches the patient’s pets. During her free time, she helps at home and works with a veterinarian at a local animal hospital, learning hands on train- ing and experience while chasing her dream of becoming a veterinar- ian. Abigail has overcome a life changing event in dealing with sexual assault, which led to her experiencing depression, but she sought the help and support she needed to overcome and persevere, and is now even stronger and more determined than ever before. Future plans include college where Abigail plans to study to become a veterinarian.

Activities and Community: AP Scholar Dual Credit Top 10% of her Class Governor Scholars Program District Award Who’s Who Recipient at Doss National Honor Society Sources of Strength Aspen Challenge STEM Academy Student the Month Salutatorian of the Class 2021 Southeast Christian Church volunteer Local Nursing Home

duPont Manual High School LOGAN BIBBY

What makes Logan unique is that she finds importance in seeing all sides and perspectives of life, especially if they do not correspond with her views and beliefs. Logan constantly strives to deepen her understanding of the people around her who do not necessarily agree with her because she always likes to ask the question “Why?”. Logan was motivated to be someone that others could depend on and come to if they ever needed or wanted support in all as- pects of their life. Logan is dedicated, conscientious, trustworthy, intelligent, open-minded, and outgoing. Logan and some peers started an online op- portunity to build their entrepreneurial skills through their work of creating an app to solve community problems. Tasked with creating the app, Logan served as the team’s software engineer and taught herself how to code in Py- thon. Logan is passionate about human rights and fair policies for everyone and believes college will give her a place to branch out and connect to people, as well as get involved in her community and politics. Logan wants to dedi- cate herself to causes that matter to her, such as immigration, systematic and educational racism, and politics. Activities and Community:

HSU Magnet-World Studies Major Student Rep School Climate Committee TECH-Nique through KentuckianaWorks SummerWorks Ronald McDonald House

Honor Roll AP Scholar

ACT Score Excellence Award Lincoln Foundation Scholar Class of 2021 Officer Manual Varsity Volleyball Captain Executive Council KHSAA 1st Team Academic All-State JCPS Ambassador

Backpack Drive Baptist Hospital

Eastern High School JASMINE WARREN

Jasmine is the epitome of a gifted scholar. Her 4.22 GPA and 30 ACT score are outstanding academic achievements, but it is the type of person Jasmine is that sets her apart from her peers. She has an incredible and infectious per- sonality. Self-motivated and driven, coupled with an incredible work ethic, Jasmine is well-respected by both her peers and the faculty at Eastern High School. She is committed to bettering herself and she looks forward to the challenges the next journey in her life may bring. This past December, Jas- mine’s closest friend and confidant, her father, died unexpectedly. This tragic event had a tremendous impact on Jasmine, but despite this terrible loss, Jas- mine has continued to excel in her academics and extracurricular activities. While still dealing with her grief, Jasmine realizes that she must continue to push herself. This fall, Jasmine plans on attending the University of Louisville for her undergraduate work. She will then continue in medical school where she hopes to become a cardiovascular surgeon. Activities and Community: Honor Roll since elementary school AP Scholar 4.22 GPA 30 ACT score National Honor Society FCCLA Spirit Club Be The Change Club Whitney Young Scholar Wayside Mission volunteer

Holiday Care-A-Van Berea Legacy Scholar

Fairdale High School DOADA SIEH

Doada has overcome some great odds to be a very successful student and community member. Extremely respectful, full of integrity, his work eth- ic cannot be beat. Doada never rests, he is always doing more to be more. An African immigrant, Doada transferred to Fairdale in the middle of his sophomore year. He often writes about his struggle learning English, but his perseverance is resolute. Once he grasped the language, he went on to take advanced and Cambridge courses. After high school Doada plans to attend college and become an engineer. He has been accepted to several colleges and offered several scholarships, but he is still deciding where he will embark on his next adventure. Activities and Community: 4.0663 GPA Cambridge Coursework Honor Roll National Honor Society and Beta Club

Varsity Cross Country Varsity Track and Field Varsity Soccer Captain Varsity Football

Governor’s Scholar Program Alternate Activities with church youth group Volunteer in community with church Volunteer landscaping with church Childcare for community

Fern Creek High School OMAR DE LA OSA FEBLE

Omar is an amazing student and represents the “total package.” Part of the IVY PLUS academy - an advanced program for students who plan to pursue a college education at a top university, Omar also will represent his school as one of the valedictorians of his graduating class. Omar is a genuine, caring individual who loves life, truly appreciates education, and wants to share that passion with others. He always gives 110% effort, sees the best in others, and is a well-rounded individual. Originally from Cuba, Omar and his family have endured many hardships, but Omar has overcome adversity to become a strong advocate for social justice in our school and community. Recently, he joined STEMY, an organization that works to increase the learning resources for less fortunate students. Omar has been accepted to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and plans to pursue a major in the medical field. Activities and Community: Valedictorian Questbridge Scholar

Microsoft Technology Associate Outstanding Speaker Award (KYA) District Winner, 2020 Quick Recall Runner-up, JV Region 3 Wrestling North South Foundation volunteer Mentor Baptist Health Louisville volunteer Books With Buddies Program

2020 Governor’s Scholar Honor Roll (all four years) Ivy Plus Academy STEMY Whitney M. Young Scholars program VP/Treasurer, Student Y Chapter Quick Recall

Recycling with The Y Club Alumni Breakfast volunteer

Jazz, Pep, & Marching Band Outstanding Ambassador Award (KUNA/Student Y)


Vanessa is an outstanding student and excellent role model for others. She is extremely responsible, reliable, and conscientious and has a friendly dispo- sition and is always willing to share knowledge and resources with those in need. In addition, she goes out of her way to help peers and adults whenever she can. Without a doubt, she leads by example, making good decisions, working diligently in the process of realizing her goals, and being compas- sionate toward others. Reaching ever higher, she will certainly continue to flourish in her future educational and artistic pursuits. Although she sup- ports her family by taking care of her child and working, she remains focused on learning at a high level and expanding her artistic abilities. Undecided on her major, Vanessa plans to attend Berea College where she wants to continue

to pursue her artistic interests. Activities and Community: AP Courses Gifted Art Student Honor Roll Business Administrative Support Concentrator Student Technology Leadership Program SMART Program Art Club STLP State Award Aspen Perseverance Award Math, Science and Art Departmental Awards Altruism & Academic Excellence Awards Church (St. Rita) Mayor’s Give A Day Hamilton Award

Holy Cross High School ADDISON DEWEES

Addie can best be described as a hard worker, who shows perseverance, and who maintains a positive mindset. During high school, she has worked hard to maintain high academic standards. Her determination was best demonstrated in how she faced the challenges of the COVID pandemic yet remained focused on her pursuit of college and nursing. Addie’s intellectual curiosity is virtually unparalleled amongst her peers. She embodies all the requisite virtues of a lifelong learner and is totally deserving of this award! She is the epitome of the student-leader, making her an excellent candidate for the Mayor’s Outstanding Senior Award. Addie overcame challenges in math, meeting with a tutor, to move into higher level courses her sophomore year to push her academically towards her career goals. A leader, Addie takes nothing for granted; she asks questions when necessary, and she helps others deepen their own understanding. Addie plans to attend Bellarmine Univer- sity in the fall where she will pursue nursing. Activities and Community:

Academic Honor Roll English Book Award National Honor Society Cougars for Christ Ambassadors Y-Club Intern at Norton’s Hospital Principal’s List Field Hockey Basketball St. Lawrence Parish Member

Iroquois High School KARA “KJ” PORTER

KJ is a hardworking student who always works well with others and is never shy to step up and be a leader. She is inquisitive, curious and passionate. KJ is often a supporter, and mediator to her friends and open to sharing her own struggles and does not let expectations define her. KJ is the primary caregiver to her younger siblings and is responsible for most of the housework, includ- ing making meals. She learned at a young age how to balance her home life and her schoolwork. KJ is planning to pursue an associate degree from Jeffer- son Community and Technical College in culinary and later plans to transfer

to the University of Louisville. Activities and Community: Honor Roll FCCLA Girl Scouts

J. Graham Brown School ANNA BENTON

Anna is passionate about her contributions to art in the community. Much of her time is spent training with the Louisville Ballet School. Additionally, she assists the Louisville Ballet School with the end of the year spring show, “Petite Finale,” and also assists the elementary dancers as they prepare and stretch before they perform. Strong in character, Anna works independently with the younger members of the school with the complete confidence of the instructors, which allows them to focus more on producing the show while Anna serves in a mentor role to the younger students. She also volunteers for multiple shifts annually to sell merchandise during the performance of the Nutcracker at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Anna manages all of these activities despite struggles with extreme tendonitis which impacts her ability in dance and moving about the school building, which at times, due to medical appointments and injury remove her from the stage as much as one month a year, as well as keeping current with school functions. Activities and Community:

AP Student Honor Roll Dual Credit Student Valedictorian Yearbook Layout and Design Editor Louisville Ballet School Louisville Ballet School Petite Finale Louisville Ballet School Merchandiser

Jefferson County High School PEYTON GIVAN

Peyton has completed 14 classes during NTI and has communicated weekly with her teachers, asked for help when needed, and really pushed herself to use her time wisely during the pandemic. Switching schools and starting with Jefferson County High School just a few weeks before the pandemic, Peyton had to adjust to Eschool with very little in-class time before Covid took us all out of the classroom. Activities and Community: Nursing school Beta Club Honor Roll

Jeffersontown High School MAGDALA FENELUS

A unique young lady, Magdala does not let obstacles get in her way. Her positive personality and energy are evident in everything she does. Her peers voted her Senior Class President, and she has represented them very well. Magdala is a role model to underclassmen at school by involving herself in sports, clubs, and organizations while maintaining a 4.184 GPA and is in the top 10% of her class. When Magdala was 8 years old her mother was diag- nosed with Stage 4 Cancer. That same year, she was adopted and moved from Haiti to the United States. She faced many challenges while her mother was sick and had to adapt to a new way of life. Following high school, Magdala plans to attend college to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology on a pre- med track and then to medical school to become a radiologist. Activities and Community: 4.184 GPA Honor Roll all 4 years Top 10% of Senior Class Passed most AP tests Senior Class President and Class Officer all 4 years Student Ambassador Member of National Honor Society Member of Beta Club Aspen Challenge Winner 9th-State On Demand Writing/3rd-District On Demand Writing Co-Captain of Cheerleading Team Received Distinguished ratings-playing Violin Cheerleader-Special Olympics Gilda’s Club Gaslight Parade Participant Urban Marathon/Half Marathon worker Halloween in the Halls-Participant

Kentucky Country Day JALEN TODD

Jalen represents the best of the KCD student body, universally beloved by his peers and faculty. Intellectually driven, motivated, and kind to everyone, Ja- len has taken full advantage of all that KCD has offered him, and he has given a great deal more back to our community. Jalen is a model student, talented athlete, and dedicated servant to others. Being African American and from a single parent household, Jalen comes from a much different background than most students at KCD and his transition was not without difficulties and struggle, but he handled these challenges with maturity and poise. Jalen will be attending Washington and Lee University. Activities and Community: Malone Scholar Whitney Young Scholar Ambassador Selected for GSP NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference Finalist Youth Achiever of Year

Varsity Football Team Black Student Union Varsity Lacrosse and Track and Field Student Ambassador Football Permanent Captain Award Robertson Award Football MVP VP Black Achievers Teen Senate Football State Finalist Sunday School teacher KCD Peer Tutor Food drive for West End School Barry’s Cheesesteaks Community Drive 1st G Baptist Church volunteer

Kentucky School for the Blind ALEXANDER SALGADO

Alex came to the Kentucky School for the Blind his freshman year of high school. He also participated in classes at Central High School for part of the day and has performed with excellence at both schools. A very conscientious student, Alex does well regardless of the circumstance. Being completely blind has required Alex not only to manage his academic performance, but also how to manage his schools and the world around him in a different way. Adapting to technologies that allow him access to his schoolwork and other needs has enabled him freedoms and possibilities not previously available only a few years back. Alex has been accepted to Indiana University South- east where he plans to major in International Studies, with a minor in Span- ish. Activities and Community: Honor Roll Percussion Ensemble String Ensemble National Honor Society Blood donor

Liberty High School AMYL THOMAS

Amyl has exhibited maturity and outstanding communication skills. Amyl came to Liberty, embraced a graduation plan and demonstrated that she had a tremendous work ethic, transferring at an age when most students give up, but she buckled down and kept working even through the pandemic when it may have been easy to offer excuses instead of action. Amyl is considering options with the military but also has a strong interest in becoming a real estate professional. Activities and Community: Honor Roll Business Management Club Excellence in Communicative Skills Child Care Tender

Louisville Collegiate School CHRISTIAN HANSEN

Christian is a humble, thoughtful, kind young man who exemplifies quiet strength and goodness. He has also grown tremendously over the past couple of years, even more so following the sudden death of his father who passed away while Christian was in the fourth grade. His dad would no doubt be very proud of the person Christian has become. Christian plans to attend the University of Louisville this fall. Activities and Community: Robotics Team Environmental Club Chinese Scholar

Louisville Male High School KENNEDY KNIFFLEY

A talented musician, a creative and curious student, who practices selfless service, Kennedy is an asset to our school community and the definition of an outstanding high school student. Maintaining a 4.0 during a global pan- demic, Kennedy practiced a positive outlook while transitioning into a com- pletely virtual environment and new style of learning. Kennedy will attend Transylvania University to pursue a major in English with a dream to become an acquisition editor and a published author. Activities and Community: Valedictorian All A Honor Roll Governor’s Scholar Program participant Governor’s School for Arts finalist Beta Club National Honor Society Section leader for Marching Band

Church Youth Choir President Governor’s Scholar Program PTA Award of Excellence All A Honor Roll Governor’s School for Arts Finalist Louisville Defender Newspaper volunteer Sanders, Trowel, and Ward volunteer Louisville Chapter of Delta G.E.M.S Tutoring through Greencastle Baptist Church PTA Reflections Award recipient Whitney Young Scholar Ambassador Lindsey Wilson College Book Award

Marion C. Moore High School HAYLEE CARDWELL

Haylee is a very well-rounded student and an outstanding leader. She has an infectious, positive attitude that draws others to want to be around her. She is active on our varsity cheer team and does tumbling outside of school. Haylee is the student we know we can always count on to put a positive spin on a negative situation and lend a helping hand to those around her. Haylee lost her mother during her junior year of high school and before that had been in multiple foster homes. Haylee has never given up hope and has persevered through it all by reaching out for support from those she trusts and keeping herself active and engaged in school. Haylee plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in nursing.

Activities and Community: Honor Roll Advanced Program Varsity Cheer Counselor’s Award Fundraising for Cheer Cheer Clinics for Young Kids


Mauranda has worked diligently to be successful, prioritizing academics while devoting considerable time and energy to service projects and activ- ities that have allowed her to make lasting contributions in the community. Conscientious, disciplined, compassionate, and highly motivated to pursue higher education and to serve others, she will be successful in whatever path she chooses to follow. Mauranda has faced personal obstacles and challenges within her family but has used what others might consider a very difficult situation to fuel her desire to be the best she can be while also being mindful of her ability to help others. Mauranda plans to pursue her undergraduate degree at Northern Kentucky University. Activities and Community: Honor Roll Make Mercy Real Service Club KYA Quick Recall Mercy Service Recognition Foster Elementary School volunteer St. Athanasius volunteer Mercy Academy Solar Panel Initiative


During these trying times of having to complete school remotely, Genessis has remained focused, motivated and determined to stay the course towards completing her high school diploma. Genessis possesses a work ethic and commitment in completing her education beyond her years. What makes Genessis most special is that in addition to being a role model for her peers, she is kind, compassionate, and helpful to others. Like her peers, Genessis has had to overcome the academic and social-emotional struggle of being a senior student during a pandemic. Her success during this time is a testa- ment to her resiliency as she has stayed the course while also learning En- glish. Genessis likes helping others and her immediate plan after high school is to obtain her translation certification so that she can use her bilingual skills in the medical and/or education fields. Activities and Community:

Academic Honor Roll all four years Accelerate to Graduate Student Leader Outstanding Senior 2020-21 Alpha & Omega Church Choir

Pleasure Ridge Park High School ABIGAIL JOYCE

Abigail exemplifies what it means to be a role model; kind to her peers and teachers, and she is the first to volunteer to help those in need. Abigail also excels academically in all content areas while participating in extracurricu- lar activities. Abigail struggled during NTI in terms of focusing and during that time she realized that she has ADHD, so she started the diagnosis and treatment process with the help of her doctors. While difficult to learn in a different way, Abigail pressed on and continued to earn a 4.0. Abigail will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2021 to study engineering. Activities and Community:

Honor Roll AP Scholar Beta Club National Honor Society Principal’s List Volunteers at elementary schools KYA

Portland Christian School ALEX STEEN

Alex is a quiet leader. He has inspired two young men in his class to pursue college. He is part of many serving opportunities on campus, with his church and his family. Alex has helped build a school in Guatemala and also taught classes in that same school. Participating in Operation Christmas child, Alex helps with local food distribution, while also having invested many hours vol- unteering at school setting up and taking down events. He conducts himself as a faithful Christian person and leads by example. In addition to school, church and community activities, Alex also owns a lawn care business. Born into poverty in Guatemala, Alex did not receive proper nutrition or care until his adopted family began to supply his needs and appears to be endlessly grateful for the blessings he has received and is generous, compassionate and purposeful as he shares his blessings with others. Alex has been admitted to Campbellsville University and plans to graduate with a degree in business as well as to run cross country and track while in school. Activities and Community: Honor Roll Dual Credit Campbellsville University National Honor Society

Student Council Vice President All Area Cross Country Team Academic All State four years Operation Christmas Child volunteer PCS Fall Festival volunteer Guatemala Mission Communion Server Worthington Church

Presentation Academy EMILY BRANGERS

Emily leads quietly and with grace, impacting other students without even knowing she is doing so, earning the respect of students and staff. Emily has experienced much loss this school year with the challenges of COVID, but she has continued to thrive and excel even under these circumstances. She is well deserving of this award and is an example of what hard work and perseverance can do. Emily has been accepted into Brescia, Bellarmine and Eastern Kentucky universities and currently has not decided upon her school or her major. Activities and Community: Honor Roll every year Co-President of STEAM Principal’s List Christian Health Center Mariposa Card Making for Nursing Homes

Sacred Heart Academy GRACE HOVEKAMP

An outstanding student and person, Grace shows kindness, humility and seeks always to do her best and support those around her. Following a back injury during her sophomore year which prevented her from cheering, she set a goal to become her own team’s biggest fan. Grace has a brother with Down Syndrome which she believes has taught her empathy and given her the courage to speak out against discrimination. When her father was in a se- rious car accident, she assumed more family duties without hesitation. Grace is aptly named: her grace and positive spirit shine in all she does, and she has shown great resilience in pursuit of her goals while also helping her family. Grace will attend either Indiana University, Bloomington or the University of

North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Activities and Community: International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate National Honor Society

National English Honor Society National Science Honor Society Principal’s List/ Honor Roll Student Council Representative Sacred Heart Ambassador Varsity Cheerleading St. X Varsity Cheerleading Cheer Team Leadership Award Positivity Award

Promotion at Jewish Community Center Research Shadow University of Louisville Francis Center tutor Jewish Community Center daycare employee

Special Olympics volunteer Hand in Hand Ministries

St. Francis School DREW SICILIANO

St. Francis School’s most gifted scholar, Drew has taken the most advanced curriculum offered with a full load of AP courses starting in his sophomore year with members of the junior class. Drew is a National Merit finalist and scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. A leader in the classroom and on the soccer field, Drew spent his entire senior year at home learning remotely when most of his classmates were able to return in person in September. Drew will at- tend college but has not yet finalized where and plans to major in aerospace engineering. Activities and Community:

National Merit Finalist Princeton Book Award AP Scholar with Distinction Math/Science Merit Scholarship Honor Roll every semester Science Olympiad National Chemistry Olympiad Quick Recall Team Math League Governor’s Cup St. Matthew’s Episcopal Food Pantry Gilda’s Club SFS Soccer Award

Saint Xavier High School LEO BIAGI

Leo is an outstanding young man, respected by his peers, tennis coach, coun- selor, teachers, and principal and moves through the world with integrity and grace - a true gem, and a gentleman. Leo’s dad died in the fall of his junior year after a 13-year battle with cancer. Five months later, the pandemic hit, and everything went into lockdown, making for a tremendously difficult grieving period. His resilience and strength are inspiring, and he has earned the respect of all who know him. Leo plans to attend the University of Ken-

tucky majoring in architecture. Activities and Community: Honor Roll AP Scholar National Art Honor Society Scholastic Art Award National Art Honor Society President WSTX Student News Anchor Tennis Team Young Democrats Governor’s School for the Arts Spirit of Saint Xavier Award Scholastic Art Award Saint Xavier Gala Student Speaker

Muhammad Ali Social Entrepreneurship Program Volunteer Cathedral Assumption Soup Kitchen Volunteer Epiphany Church Bible School

Seneca High School GEORGE PAYOCONG

A dedicated scholar and servant leader, George devotes himself to his studies, his friends, and extra-curricular passions. He forms part of the leadership of our community service group, the RedHawk Rangers, and participates in various community service projects that benefit the Louisville community. Most recently, George obtained his American citizenship, his family having immigrated from the Philippines to the United States when George was a child, which initially created for his family economic hardship as a result of leaving their home country. George plans to attend WKU to study music. Activities and Community: Honor Roll CTE-Education Advanced coursework Perfect attendance RedHawk Rangers (member, officer) Orchestra Tennis team National Honor Society and Beta Club Student Government Class Act Award for Service Volunteers with church

Southern High School HANNAH ELBLE

Hannah is not only an amazing student with a 4.16 GPA, but an athlete who is also involved in her school and community. A driven and positive student, her joy for life is infectious and she is wise beyond her years in her leadership and her service. Hannah has made plans for her future that she will certainly accomplish. Hannah comes from a family with a history of mental health struggles that has caused a life of instability and even at times homelessness and you would not know that she has her own mental health diagnosis as she is positive, full of energy, and effective in all she does. Hannah is leaning towards studying at UC San Diego to major in law and give a voice to those in poverty. Activities and Community: All A’s all high school AP Student

Collaborative Work Experience Fellowship of Christian Athletes Beta Club Softball Aspen Challenge/People’s Choice Award winner District Recognition for Voting Campaign People’s Choice Award Aspen Challenge UPS School to Work Registering to Vote Campaign Key Club

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