This year’s incoming class of ten Grawemeyer Scholars includes nine Kentuckians and one scholar from southern Indiana. They include Governor’s Scholars, Governor’s School for the Arts alumni, National Merit and AP-recognized scholars, musicians and athletes.
Sarah Burns, Boyle County High School, Danville, KY. Sarah graduated salutatorian of Boyle County High School and an AP Scholar with Distinction. She attended both the Governor’s School for the Arts for the discipline of vocal music and the Governor’s Scholars Program. She was captain of her soccer, swim, and dive teams as well as a state champion track and field athlete. She is currently an undeclared major.
Cameron Foutch, Salem High School, Salem, IN. Cameron graduated Summa Cum Laude from Salem High School where he was president of the school’s branch of National Honor Society and is a National Merit Commended Scholar. Cameron was also a core member of the SHS Choir and is a guitarist for the worship team at his church. As president of the Guitar Club, Cameron organized a guitar building project and implemented community service activities in the club. Cameron is a mechanical engineering major.
John Gilkison, Trinity High School, Louisville, KY. John is a graduate of Trinity High School’s Advanced Program. He played football until his senior year, winning two state championships and boasting a 20-0 record when dressed for games. He also began a community service club his senior year. Just months after the club’s founding, the group raised over $200 for children in developing countries in need of oral surgery. He is currently undecided, but is leaning towards a major in the medical field.
Samuel Kessler, Gatton Academy, Bowling Green, KY. Before going to Gatton at WKU, Sam attended Campbellsville High School where he played tennis and is a Governor’s School for the Arts alumnus. While at Gatton, he researched aquaculture and use of biogas byproducts, presented at a national conference in Las Vegas, and won a first place oral presentation at the KY Academy of Science. He plans to study renewable energy/policy and is majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Ekaterina “Katya” Kovatsenko, South Oldham High School, Crestwood, KY. Katya, Governor’s Scholar, Jeff Green Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor and Harvard Book Award recipient, has excelled in the classroom, contributed over 500 hours of community service and worked as a math and reading tutor for over 3 years. She was a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state officer, Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) Supporting Officer, and Senior Advisory Board member. She is majoring in bioengineering.
Erynn Overfield, Henderson County High School, Morganfield, KY. Erynn graduated Summa Cum Laude with an AP Capstone diploma, including a year-long historical research project, and was an AP Scholar with Distinction. She was a representative on her school’s Student Council, a founding member of the American Sign Language Club, an active community volunteer, and an outdoor enthusiast. She majors in history.
Cary Sebree, R. K. Cooper High School, Burlington, KY. Cary graduated from Cooper High School’s Academy of Mathematics and Science. She is a Kentucky Governor’s Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honor. She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and instructs classes regularly. She is an industrial engineering major.
Ryan Shackleford, Corbin High School, Corbin, KY. Among his honors, Ryan graduated at the top of his class, is an AP Scholar of Distinction, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and was a Governor’s Scholar. He was an active member of the Bowling team, Student Y-Club, an officer in Kentucky Junior Historical Society, and captain of his Academic Team. He majors in chemical engineering.
Tryphena Sithu, James Graham Brown School, Louisville, KY. Tryphena has been recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for her stop-motion animation, drawing, and music accomplishments. She is a Governor’s Scholar who has won numerous awards for Quick Recall Science Composition assessments, as well as science fair. She led her junior and senior class as a class officer and began research with the UofL Cellular and Molecular Biology Department during her senior year. She plans to major in biology.
Katherine Whitaker, Whitley County High School, Williamsburg, KY. Katherine Whitaker is a Governor’s Scholar, state-awarded actress, AP Scholar with Honors, and Highest Honors graduate. She was active on her school’s academic team, with district and regional recognition in Language Arts and Composition. Katherine also held leadership positions in her school’s International Thespian Troupe, Beta Club, and National Honor Society and worked at The Dance Centre in Williamsburg, KY. She majors in psychology.