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Fifteen students from the Pike County School District have been selected for the prestigious Governor’s Scholars Program for 2014.

In addition, one alternate was chosen.

The Governor’s Scholars Program calls for outstanding rising seniors to spend five weeks on a university campus in a stimulating summer program. All expenses, with the exception of pocket funds, are provided. This year the program will be held on the campuses of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Morehead State College in Morehead and Murray State University in Murray.

This year’s Scholars include:

Belfry High School:

Riley Marie Banks, daughter of Henry and Jonna Banks. Riley is active in Belfry Area Performing Arts, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Future Business Leaders of America, Spirit Team, Pike County Youth Leadership Council (PCYLC), AP Chemistry Club. She served as a HOBY Youth Ambassador at Transylvania University last summer and has been the overall class winner of the Pike County Spelling Bee her ninth-eleventh grades. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky major in the medical field.

Erika Coleman, daughter of Raymond “Eric” and Pamela Coleman of Canada. Her activities include PCYLC (Treasurer), National Honor Society, Yearbook Staff (Co-Editor), Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Students Against Destructive Driving (SADD), Kentucky UNITE, ARH Exploration Program (ME2), FCA , Campus 121 Leader, Beta Club, Library Student Council, Prom Committee, Quill and Scroll and Mu Alpha Theta.

Jordan Meddings, son of Woody and Kim Meddings. He plans to attend the University of Louisville to major in sports managements and pre-law and eventually graduate from law school. “I hope to become a Sports Agent representing the athletes being produced in our state and others,” he said. His activities include: Junior Class President, PCYLC (Membership Director), baseball team, Academic Team, KYA Bill author, Sports Editor for “Treasure Chest”, FCA, National Honor Society, HOBY, Environmental Club.

Cydney McCoy, daughter of Charley and Stephanie McCoy. Her activities include soccer, SADD, PCYLC, Science Olympiad, FCA, Mu Alpha Theta, Quill and Scroll, Church Youth Group. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a career in the medical field.

Caroline Hatfield, daughter of Ben and Anita Hatfield. Her activities include SADD, Unite Pike, PCYLC, Spirit Team, FCA, Science Olympiad, Prom Committee, Campus 121, Quill and Scroll, Mu Alpha Theta, Library Student Council, Yearbook Staff. She plans to attend UK and pursue a career in medicine.

Kyler Runyon, son of Kevin and Mary Runyon. His activities include Yearbook staff, PCYLC, Unite Club, SADD, Beta Club. He prefers a career in medicine but said any career in science would be great.

Eashwar Soma, son of Vellaiappan Somasundaram and Rajagopalan Kavitha. His activities include Academics, PCYLC (Vice-President), Robotics, SADD, UNITE,

Science Olympiad, STLP, Youth Government Association, Piano. He plans to become a doctor.

The alternate from Belfry is Dalton Hatfield, son of Bruce and Vickie Hatfield. He is president of PCYLC.

East Ridge High School:

Shelley Stiltner, daughter of Parents: Danny and Patty Stiltner. Her activities include Cheerleading, Waitress (current job), Student Government (President), Leadership Team, FBLA (Vice President), Yearbook Staff, Prom Committee, Beta Club

Future Plans: She plans to attend the University of Kentucky, pledge for a sorority, and pursue a career in the medical field.

Keeli Collins, daughter of Katrina Adkins and Keith Collins. Her activities include Community Theater, STLP, BETA, Drama Club, HOT Club, Student Government, Principal’s Leadership Team, Prom Committee. She plans to attend college to major in Communication Disorders and attend graduate school for Speech and Language Pathology.

Brady Spradlin, son of Dave and Cindy Spradlin. His activities include Academic Team and Student Leadership Team. He plans to attend college and pursue a degree/career in Engineering.

Kaleb Fields, son of Jeana Fields and Fonso Fields of Pikeville, Ky. His activities include, playing football and baseball, and being involved in Youth Group. He plans to attend college once he graduates high school.

Pike County Central High:

Emily Willis, daughter of Kathy Willis and Dayne Willis. Her activities include band, tennis, soccer, piano, Spelling Team, Student Council, World Changers, Academic Team, FBLA, NHS. She plans to attend UK or Transylvania and major in Psychology, go on to medical school, become a psychiatrist. She also has an ambition to visit all 50 states.

Christopher Malik Wesley, son of Tracy and Byron Wesley. His activities include playing football, Track Team, Academic Team, Student Council, FBLA. He plans to attend U of L to study either Computer Engineering or Chemical Engineering.

Tracy Connor Varney, son of Ralph Jr. and Vanessa Rogers Varney. His activities include Academic Team, Tennis team, Honors society, Band. He plans to attend UK and pursue a degree in Physics and Engineering.

Shelby Valley High:

Abigail Eliza Smallwood, daughter of Clif and Crystal Smallwood. Her activities include NHS, Operation Unite Club, Beta Club, PRIDE Club. She is also a member of the Back to Back Regional Champion Girls Basketball Team and plays on her school’s softball, soccer and golf teams. She plans to one day become a history teacher.

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