The following 12 seniors at East Carter High School have been selected as the 2014 Senior Salutes in the program sponsored by the Grayson Rotary Club.
Hannah Rebekah Baldwin
Hannah Rebekah Baldwin is the 18 year old daughter of Van and Andrea Baldwin of Grayson, and the granddaughter of George and Alice Brumley of Milford, KY, D.C. Baldwin of Cowan, TN, and the late Berneeda Baldwin of Grayson.
While attending East Carter High School, Hannah has been involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Family Career Community Leaders of America, Beta Club, Champions Against Drugs, and Future Farmers of America where she is currently serving as Committee Chair of Cooperations. Hannah is a member of the East Carter Track Team and an active member of the Gregoryville Christian Church Youth Group and Praise Team.
After graduation, Hannah plans to attend Kentucky Christian University where she will pursue a degree in the medical field.
Taylor Adair Burnett
Taylor Adair Burnett is the daughter of Tony and Christi Burnett of Grayson, and the granddaughter of Jim and Barbra Davis of Grayson and Richard and Ann Burnett of Iron Hill. She is also the sister of Alysha, Kasin and Zane Burnett.
While at East Carter, Taylor has been involved in Future Farmers of America, where she is currently serving as the chapter president and regional reporter, along with being the Kentucky LTC Camp Council Sentinel. She was a member of Friends of Rachel, and is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Beta Club, Champions Against Drugs, and is the Parchment Ambassador.
Taylor was a runner for the Lady Raiders Cross Country Team for two years, and has been a member of the Lady Raiders Soccer Team for four years, being named on the All-District Team twice, the All-Region and All-Area teams three times, and also named Offensive Player of the Year three times.
She has volunteered and worked with numerous community service projects, including National and State FFA Days of Service, Smithfield Christmas and Easter parties, and has worked in the Lexington God Food Pantry.
Taylor plans to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, where she has received a soccer scholarship, and pursue a degree in Zoology.
Macy Alexandra Dyer
Macy Alexandra Dyer is the daughter of Karrick and Kristy Dyer, and the granddaughter of Ramona Salyer, Harold and Cita Dyer, and Sandra and James Cromer. She is also the sister of Maddie, Karrick and Kallin Dyer.
At East Carter, Macy has been involved in the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the East Carter Soccer, cross country and track team. She was selected to be a member of the All-State Soccer Team and All-State Cross Country Team, for three consecutive years. She is now East Carter’s all-time leading goal scorer, and is also the record-holder of the East Carter cross country record. Macy has been a Distinguished Scholar through all her school years.
Macy has been very involved in her youth group and other civic activities. She’s contributed time to the Heart, Hands, and Feet project, multiple mission trips, and other service projects with her church.
After graduation, Macy plans to attend Johnson University in Knoxville, TN, where she will play soccer. She will pursue a degree in Intercultural Studies, and hopes to someday become a missionary.
Bryana Grace Greenhill
Bryana Grace Greenhill is the daughter of Bryan and Rebecca Greenhill, and the granddaughter of Mary Ellen and the late Ronnie Greenhill, John and Donna Bush, and the great-granddaughter of Grace Brammell.
During her high school career, Bryana has been a Distinguished Scholar, Graduation Usherette, and has been involved in Beta Club, Future Career Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Champions Against Drugs, and the female student representative for the Title 9 Committee.
Bryana is a seven-year member of the East Carter Lady Raider girls’ basketball team, where she was named Defensive Player and Lady Raider of the Year 2013 and 2014, Ashland Independent All-Area Team 2013 and 2014, EKC Defensive Player of the Year 2013 and 2014, District All Tournament Team 2011-2014, Regional All Tournament Team 2013 and 2014, EKC Courage Award 2012.
She is a member of the Pactolus United Methodist Church and is active in her youth group. Bryana has had the opportunity to volunteer in many community organizations including Kentucky State Special Olympics, Project Merry Christmas, Stuff the Bus, Camp KIDS, and flood relief.
Bryana will be attending college at Bellarmine University and plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist.
Brianna Nicole Kiser
Brianna Nicole Kiser is the daughter of Neal and Bonnie Kiser and the sister of Cole Kiser. She is the granddaughter of Epp David and Connie Kiser and Bobby and Wilma Lewis. She is the great-granddaughter of Mary and Tom Crum and Della Mae Lewis.
Brianna has been a Distinguished Scholar since fourth grade, received the KHSSA Track Academic All-State Award, a member of the East Carter track team since 2010, and participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly from 2011 to 2013. She was a Graduation Usherette, and received the Eastern Kentucky Regents Scholarship.
She plans on attending Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in Paralegal Sciences.
Amber Nicole Hall
Amber Nicole Hall is the daughter of Cheryl Slone of Grayson, and Eric and Shannon Hall of Minford, OH. She is the granddaughter of Phillip and Betty Blackburn and the late Violet and Wallace Hall, and the older sister of Abby Hall, Brianna Stone, and Ethan Stone.
During high school, Amber has been involved in the Beta Club, Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Champions Against Drugs, Varsity Soccer and Varsity Tennis. She has served as Beta president, is a 2013 PEPP Alumni, a Graduation Usherette, a Distinguished Scholar, the 2012 Defensive Lady Raider of the Year, and the 2013 Tennis Lady Raider of the Year.
Amber will attend Morehead State University this fall and plans to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant.
Charles Dustin Sexton
Charles Dustin Sexton is the son of Darren and Cindy Sexton. He is the great-grandson of Charles and Sabra McGuire and Mary Sexton and the late Floyd Sexton.
At East Carter High, Dustin has been a Distinguished Scholar, graduation usher, and has been involved in Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Career Community Leaders of America, Champions Against Drugs, East Carter Boys Soccer and Track teams, and the East Carter Archery Team.
Dustin and the other members of the relay team in track have won back to back fourth place 3200 meter relay at the State Track Competition his 10th and 11th grade years. He was also Regional champion in the 300 meter hurdles in 2013. He has been a member of the boy’s soccer team for four years, with the team being district Champions in 2012 and 2013. Dustin was also the top male shooter and Regional Champion in the National Archery in the Schools Program/Kentucky High Schools Archery Association, and ranked fourth place in the NASP/KHSAA State Tournament in 2013.
He has also been involved in community service activities including the Salvation Army, Red Cross assistant at Blood Drives, school donation activities, and Project Merry Christmas.
Dustin will be attending the University of Kentucky after graduation and plans to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering.
Kaitlyn Leann Sexton
Kaitlyn Sexton, 17, is the daughter of Richard and Jami Sexton of Willard. She is the granddaughter of Julia and the late Jim Nunley and Lola Holtz and the late Leonard Sexton. She has four siblings: Ricky and Nathan of Michigan, Brandy of Pennsylvania and Kristi of Willard. She also has five nieces.
Family is very important to her and she says she couldn’t have achieved her goals without them. She would like to thank her family, in addition to her friends, for everything they have done for her and always being by her side, helping and supporting her.
Outside of school, Kaitlyn is involved in many different clubs and activities. She is a varsity softball player, Vice President of Star Events in Family Career Community Leaders of America, and in Champions against Drugs, Beta Club, French Honor Society, teen court and Sign Club.
Kaitlyn has had perfect attendance for 14 years of school, preschool through 12th grade, is a Distinguished Scholar, and a PEPP Alumni.
She is going to attend the University of Pikeville after high school to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.
Kristi Paige Sexton
Kristi Paige Sexton is the daughter of Richard and Jami Sexton, and the sister of Kaitlyn Sexton. She is the granddaughter of Julia Nunley and the late Jim Nunley, Lola Holtz and the late Leonard Sexton, and step-granddaughter of the late Walter “Bud” Holtz.
During high school, Kristi has been involved in several clubs and organizations, including Future Community and Consumer Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Art Club, Softball, Beta Club, Champions Against Drugs, American Sign Language Club, Teen Court and the National Society of High School Scholars.
Kristi has been a Distinguished Scholar, graduation usherette, and has volunteered with the Kentucky State Special Olympics, Beading For Autism, Project Merry Christmas, and Carter Nursing and Rehabilitation. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, sewing, fishing, working in her flower garden, and spending time with her family and friends.
She will graduate with honors and will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall.
Abigail Rae Stanley
Abigail Rae Stanley is the daughter of Randy and Lynn Stanley, and the granddaughter of the late Woodrow and Verna Stanley, Peggy and Fred Simpson, and John F. Scott.
While attending East Carter, she has been involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Family Career Community Leaders of America, Champions Against Drugs, and Beta Club. Abigail has been a varsity cheerleader for four years, and has danced at Center Stage Studio and Yvonne DeKay School of Dance since the age of three.
Abigail has been a student volunteer for five years at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV, and participates in the Miss America Scholarship Organization. She is also a first year member of the teen court.
After high school, Abigail plans to attend the University of Louisville to pursue a career in law.
Alexa Jordan Sturgill
Alexa Jordan Sturgill is the daughter of Kennith and Amy Sturgill. She is the granddaughter of Harold and Betty Brown and Henry and Junie Sturgill.
During her high school years, Alexa has been involved in Future Career Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Beta Club, and Champions Against Drugs. She was a four-year member of the Lady Raiders varsity soccer team, and a member of the All-District Soccer Team in 2013.
Alexa is a Distinguished Scholar and a member of the Best of the Class. She is a Robinson Scholar and will be attending the University of Kentucky this fall to pursue a degree in chemistry or biology.
Carter Donivan Waugh
Carter Donivan Waugh is the son of Donivan and Tammy Waugh of Rush. He is the grandson of Richard and Beverly Carter of Rush and the late Daunt Jr. and Anna Waugh of Catlettsburg. He has two sisters – Laura Waugh and Devan Waugh of Rush.
During high school, Carter has been an active member of Future Career Community Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, the AYUSA Student Ambassador Program, and Beta Club. He was also a member of the East Carter Raiders Soccer Team for one year, and has been a member of the East Carter Varsity Tennis team for two years.
He is an alumnus of the 2013 Governors’ Scholars program and the People to People Student Ambassador program. He has served as Regional FCCLA president, was a Distinguished Scholar, and vice president of the ECHS Beta Club.
Carter plans on attending Eastern Kentucky University in the fall and pursuing a career in the sciences.
On Sunday, 25 May the Grayson Rotary Club hosted a reception for our Senior Salutees and their parents. Several Carter County teachers were honored by the Senior Salutees as well. Each Senior described how their teacher has made their lives better by doing their jobs so well. Each teacher was given a rose by their Senior. These teachers and the Seniors were recognized by the community, their parents and the Rotarians assembled. A light lunch was provided by the Rotary Club and the Family Resource Center. A wonderful time was had by all.
A lovely thank you note was received by the club. The text follows.
Dear Rotary Club Members:
Each and every one of you is in my thoughts and prayers each night. Thank you for giving me the opportunity that you have as it means so much to me. The banquet was a wonderful gesture, and the perfect way for me to give back to the educator who has gone to the ends of the Earth for me. You have allowed me a chance to give back to her. I would also like to acknowledge and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the positive work that you do every day within our community. You provide a very much needed positive influence for not only the youth, but also for the adults of Carter County. You serve as an example of what doing for others can do for you. I look forward to attending the University of Kentucky in the fall and to adopt your motto while I am in Lexington, and to continue to put service above self when I re-enter our wonderful community, which is only bettered by all of you. Thank you again.
12 August, 2019
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