Finalists for the Harlan County Community, Harlan County Soil Conservation District and the Bianchi Memorial Scholarships have been announced.
The students will be honored at a banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. on May 5 at Benham Schoolhouse Inn.
Tickets are on sale at the Harlan Daily Enterprise, Cumberland Elementary School and Harlan High School for $15 each.
Scholarships are based on five areas of performance. These include evidence of promise as a leader, well-defined college and/or career plans, referees have positive assessment of applicants, high school performance and academic achievement as measured by standardized tests.
Honoring students from Harlan Independent and Harlan County Schools, community scholarships in the amount of $1,250 are awarded along with $750 Harlan County Soil Conservation District Scholarships. The Bianchi Memorial Scholarship recipients are awarded $500.
HARLAN HIGH SCHOOL
Holly Hatfield is the daughter of Debbie Harris and Hal Hatfield.
She is a member of the Beta Club, academic team, future problem solving team, volleyball team, Gifted Leadership, Pep Club and yearbook staff. She holds several leadership positions including historian for the Beta Club, secretary for the Pep Club and creative editor for the yearbook. She won numerous awards in academic competitions. She has extensive community service including volunteering at Christ’s Hands homeless shelter, assistant tee ball coach, Tennessee Christian Teen Convention Food Packaging, Cookies for Cops, assist with the weekend backpack food program through FRYSC, reads to children at the KCEOC Child Development Head Start Center and works with Sharing with Appalachian People and Fellowship of Christian Paramedics. She has volunteered as a counselor at Camp Blanton and also works at a local restaurant.
Holly plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University, where she has been accepted into the honors program. She will major in occupational sciences to pursue a career as a pediatric occupational therapist.
Nick Jarvis is the son of Michael and Tiffany Jarvis.
He is a member of the First Priority, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America and a tutor. He is praise leader, completed community service projects such as Angel Tree, Feeding Veterans of War, Give a Toy Spread Some Joy and community cleanups. He played football and baseball. He received numerous honors for his athleticism, including All-District and All- Conference first team honors for football. He was the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Offensive Back of the Year. He earned Academic All District honors for baseball and also was the 52nd District MVP and first team all-conference.
Nick plans to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a degree in chemistry with a focus on medicine. After completing his undergraduate work, he plans to attend medical school and work toward a career in pediatric medicine.
Kaitlin Jenkins is the daughter of Archie and Kathy Jenkins.
She is a member of the concert band and serves as first chair saxophone player, captain of the color guard team, president of the Beta Club, secretary of the History Club and captain of the softball team and future problem solving team. She is a tutor to fourth-grade math students, works as a waitress at a local restaurant, volunteers at Christ Hands, Dance Blue, Operation Christmas Child, Give a Toy Spread Some Joy, Relay for Life fashion show, fall festival and the local nursing home. She is a Zumba instructor.
Kaitlin plans to attend the University of Kentucky and major in psychology and minor in Spanish. Her immediate plans are to become a pediatric psychologist.
Lauren Madison McCurry is the daughter of Tom and Terri McCurry.
She is valedictorian and vice president of her senior class, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, Pep Club, Operation UNITE Club, Musettes vice president, Black Diamond yearbook staff, Beta Club, Gifted Leadership, cheerleader, marching band, color guard and academic team.
She has extensive community service including raising funds for Christ’s Hands Dance Blue, Angel Tree, making fleece blankets and socks for the homeless shelter, elementary school tutor and cleaning up local streams, river banks and dump sites by picking up trash as part of the Kentucky Waterways Clean-up initiative. She is also active in the Harlan Christian Church Youth Group, participating in numerous activities including cleaning at Christ’s Hands, assisting with vacation Bible school and Jesus Club events and also volunteers in Children’s Church and the church nursery. She has received numerous awards for work in and out of the classroom.
Lauren plans to attend Western Kentucky University and pursue a degree in communications sciences disorders and then a master’s in speech-language pathology.
Elyssa Slusher is the daughter of John and Clarissa Slusher.
She is valedictorian, a member of the future problem solving team, secretary of the Beta Club, Gifted Leadership and foreign exchange student committee leader, yearbook staff and copy editor, Musettes first alto section leader, prom committee, Future Business Leaders of America, Pep Club, cheerleading and track team member. She participated in the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and served as a teaching assistant for the Wallins Christian Church Vacation Bible School. She has volunteered at Christ’s Hands, and with numerous community projects such as cleanups, food drives and book drives.
Elyssa plans to attend the University of Kentucky to earn a political science degree and then attend the UK College of Law. She wants to become involved in government.
HARLAN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Haley Anderson is the daughter of David and Tanya Anderson.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, captain of the Dance Team, First Priority Leadership and volunteers at Christ’s Hands and participates in Teens for Jeans and the Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund.
Haley plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and pursue an education degree. Her career goal is to be a high school English teacher.
Jerry Blake Blevins is the son of Jerry and Nikki Blevins and Dan and Stephanie Mosley.
He is valedictorian of his class, a member of the Beta Club, academic team, National Honor Society, cross country, track and field, cafeteria committee, Gifted Leadership, Literature Club and talent search. He is a past member of the STARS community problem solving team. He is a Rogers Scholar, Kentucky Governor’s Scholar, freelance writer for the Tri-City News and works at a local restaurant. He has presented at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit (SOAR). He has collected money for the Alzheimer’s research, food for the Cram the Cruiser, volunteered with the Empty Stocking Fund, Tri-City Bass Anglers turkey distribution to unemployed miners, Repair Affair, Harlan County fall festival, tutors, Lake Cumberland cleanup, freshmen orientation and served as coordinator for Derby Dash 2 for Christ’s Hands.
Blake plans to attend the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics as a Global Scholar, a pathway in the university’s honors program. He will major in pre-finance with a pre-law track.
Logan Scott Burris is the son of Scott and Chrissy Burris.
He is valedictorian of his class, a Bank of Harlan Student Citizen of the Month, a member of the academic team, two-year member of the varsity tennis team, Kentucky State Storytelling Torchbearer, Kentucky Governor’s Scholar, member of the tennis team, president of the Beta Club and member of the National Honor Society. He works part-time as a pharmacy technician and is avid guitar and piano player. He is assistant children’s church teacher and volunteers with Tri-City Empty Stocking fund.
Logan plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and pursue a degree in American Sign Language English interpretation. His career goal is to become a sign language interpreter.
Erinly Morgan Cornett is the daughter of Jerry and Pam Cornett.
She is valedictorian of her class, a member of the softball team, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Gifted Leadership, piano program and others. She volunteers in her church nursery and is a member of the youth group and church cleaning crew. She participates in various events such as Teens for Jeans, Operation Christmas Child, church drama team and Cram the Cruiser food drive. She has been selected as an attendant for the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.
Erinly plans to attend Western Kentucky University and pursue a bachelor’s degree and then continue to become a physical therapist.
Kaitlynn Creech is the daughter of Jennifer Bargo and Kermit Creech III.
She is salutatorian of her class, a member and captain of the dance team, captain of the track and field team and a member of the yearbook staff, First Priority, Beta Club, National Honor Society and president of the Pep Club. She is a member of the Pine Mountain Church of God and Rockhouse Ministries. She volunteers with the Empty Stocking Fund, serves as a camp counselor at Pine Mountain Settlement School, volunteers at Cumberland Valley Electric Company and takes part in the Jeans for Teens project.
Kaitlynn plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and pursue a degree in nursing. Her career goal is to become a nurse anesthetist.
Taylor Howard is the daughter of Scott Howard and Stephanie Jenkins.
She is valedictorian of her class, a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, First Priority, Educational Talent Search, cheerleading and gymnastics. She has volunteered with Shop with a Cop, Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, served as choreographer for the Cumberland Elementary School cheerleading squad and as a team leader with the Dione Vacation Bible School. She has been involved with events for the Alzheimer’s Association, Angel Tree, Jeans for Teens, Cram the Cruiser, Sara Strong, Make a Muscle Make a Difference, Tri-City Empty Stocking fund, Derby Dash and tutored at Cumberland Elementary.
Taylor plans to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a degree and career as a physical therapist.
Abby Landis is the daughter of Mike and Michelle Landis.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. She is a member of the dance team, choir, Gifted Leadership, and a student representative on the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative’s Student Senate. He is treasurer of the NHS and choir secretary. She is a four-year member of the Southeastern Kentucky Music Educators Association choir. She works part-time and also serves as a dance instructor. She has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, Christ’s Hands, Empty Stocking Fund and Jeans for Teens. She is a Sunday School teacher, conducted Cram the Cruiser, NHS and Beta Club food drives, collected packages for Samaritan’s purse, raised money for a fellow student in the Sara Strong Walk, and volunteered as a tutor at Cawood Elementary School. She has performed at the Markey Cancer Center and University of Kentucky Albert Chandler Medical Center, Harlan Nursing Home and other venues. She is a charity store clerk at the Cranks and Mary Helen United Methodist Church.
Abby plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and then pursue a graduate degree at the University of Kentucky.
Katelyn Reynolds is the daughter of Jon and Stephanie Reynolds.
She is valedictorian of her class, a member of the volleyball team, National Honor Society, Beta Club, First Priority, Spanish Club, Gifted Leadership, Promise Zone Initiative representative, Title IX student representative, DAR school representative, and a four year member of the student advisory council. Her community service has included fundraising for Alzheimer’s research, Cram the Cruiser and other food drives, freshman orientation coordinator, volunteer at Christ’s Hands, Angel Tree, Empty Stocking Fund and elderly companion participant.
Katelyn plans to attend Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and transfer to Eastern Kentucky University to earn her Bachelor of Science in nursing.