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CHS honors top students

Campbellsville High School recently honored its top students.

 

CHS hosted its annual Top 10 percent banquet on Sunday, April 23, to honor the students making up the Top 10 percent of their class.

 

The Top 10 percent award is given to students by class based solely on their cumulative GPA. The honor is given to CHS sophomores, juniors and seniors.

 

Sophomores earn the award based on three semesters of grades. Juniors earn the award based on five semesters of grades and seniors based on grades from seven semesters.

 

A bronze medal is awarded to a first-year recipient. Students who have been named to the Top 10 percent of their class for two years receive a silver medallion and those who have been received the honor three years receive a gold medal.

 

Students honored include seniors Shauna Jones and Tiffany Stagner, bronze; seniors Blair Lamb, Laura Lamb, Murphy Lamb and Caroline McMahan, gold; juniors Madison Dial, Alex Doss, Sara Farmer, Kimberly Harden, Samuel Kessler, Bryce Richardson and Ryan Wiedewitsch, silver; and Davon Cecil, Abbie Dicken, Brandon Greer, Jeremiah Jackson, Ryan Kearney, Reagan Knight, Ian McAninch, Myles Murrell and Elizabeth Sullivan, bronze.

 

CHS Principal Kirby Smith said the event is to honor the students, but also the parents who have helped their children get to this point in their academic career.

 

“Students, thank you for all that you do on a daily basis here at CHS,” he said.

 

While the students at the banquet are the top in their class, Smith said, they are also the best anywhere.

 

“These guys can go out anywhere, and they’re still gonna be the best of the best,” he said. “I’m so proud of not just the kind of students they are, but the people they are.”

 

Smith said seeing the students care for each other is very rewarding.

 

“Seniors, you will be missed. You’re a special class,” he said. “I look forward to the wonderful things that life has ahead for you guys.”

 

Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton congratulated the students.

 

“[They’re] representing the best of the best,” he said, “and by golly we’ve got a lot of good ones in this District and obviously in this high school, as evidenced by our ranking in the state of Kentucky.

 

“We’re very proud of you.”

 

Deaton said he is also proud of the students’ parents.

 

“Obviously, these kids wouldn’t be able to accomplish what they do without the kind of support that you provide them day in and day out at home.”

 

Deaton said he hopes that the students’ know that and express their appreciation.

 

Each year, the senior Top 10 percent award recipients decide on who they would like to speak at the banquet. This year, the group chose CHS Media Specialist Valerie Davis.

 

She encouraged students to always thank their parents for their unwavering support.

 

That support, she said, comes in many different forms. Parents provide encouragement, time, energy, help and much more.

 

“But the most important thing your parents give you is love,” she said.

 

Davis said she sees love every day, in the hallways at CHS and in the community.

 

Love is defined as a noun and a verb, she said, as an intense feeling or deep affection or a deep romantic attachment to someone.

 

“We know we love our families and our friends,” she said. “We love pets. We even love activities, books or songs.”

 

Davis said she wants students to understand that love takes a lot of forms.

 

“You can love in different ways,” she said. “But what I want to ask you today is, ‘Do you love yourself?’”

 

Davis said she believes that if people don’t love themselves, they won’t have the peace and contentment in life that they deserve.

 

She said society is inundated with images of what people are supposed to look like. And we often wonder if we measure up to those standards.

 

But Davis said we all know those standards aren’t important.

 

“And as cliché as it sounds,” she said. “Each one of you is special in your own way without trying to measure up to what society thinks.

 

“Every one of us is here not by chance, but by divine placement. You are put here by a loving God, and you are put here for a purpose.”

 

Davis said we often compare ourselves to other people and see what they have that we don’t.

 

“But what I want you guys to remember is to not self yourself short. You each have a unique trait or characteristic that makes you who you are and makes you special.”

 

And those who don’t believe they have found that gift or talent in themselves, Davis said, should know that they will someday.

 

“The final cliché I want to share with you is to do what you love and love what you do,” she said. “Never, ever, ever settle.

 

“Blair, if Broadway calls your name, go ahead and belt out that tune,” Davis said. “Shauna, every bank has got to have a president, and you’re gonna be a good one.

 

“Murphy, whether you’re gonna sing, play an instrument or build a bridge, there’s always somewhere that will need you.”

 

To Tiffany Stagner, who wasn’t able to attend the banquet, Davis said, “One day we’re gonna walk through museums and see her artwork up on the walls.”

 

“And Laura, whether you decide you’re gonna sing in a choir or be a concert pianist, you’ve got this.

 

“And Caroline, Transy is just waiting for you to come and take it by storm.”

 

Davis said she wants the seniors to always let their gifts and love shine so that everyone can see them.

 

“You all are about to step out into a new adventure. And it’s gonna be different. But the one thing I want you remember is that at home, you have a family that loves you. And now, you’re part of a CHS family that’s always gonna be there and have your back. So don’t ever forget that.”

 

To the underclassmen, Davis said they, too, have gifts and talents to share with the world. And they will blink their eyes and be where this year’s seniors sit now.

 

“Practice loving everybody and practice loving yourself,” she said. 

 

CHS senior Shauna Jones gave the invocation.

 

Swan’s Landing catered the meal at the banquet.

 

CHS students honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, front, sophomores Brandon Greer, Davon Cecil, Abbie Dicken and Reagan Knight. Second row, sophomores Jeremiah Jackson, Myles Murrell, Ryan Kearney, Ian McAninch and Elizabeth Sullivan. Third row, juniors Madison Dial, Kimberly Harden, Sara Farmer, Ryan Wiedewitsch and Bryce Richardson. Back, seniors Laura Lamb, Shauna Jones, Blair Lamb, Caroline McMahan and Murphy Lamb. Absent are senior Tiffany Stagner and juniors Alex Doss and Samuel Kessler.

CHS students honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, front, sophomores Brandon Greer, Davon Cecil, Abbie Dicken and Reagan Knight. Second row, sophomores Jeremiah Jackson, Myles Murrell, Ryan Kearney, Ian McAninch and Elizabeth Sullivan. Third row, juniors Madison Dial, Kimberly Harden, Sara Farmer, Ryan Wiedewitsch and Bryce Richardson. Back, seniors Laura Lamb, Shauna Jones, Blair Lamb, Caroline McMahan and Murphy Lamb. Absent are senior Tiffany Stagner and juniors Alex Doss and Samuel Kessler.

 

CHS students honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, front, sophomores Brandon Greer, Davon Cecil, Abbie Dicken and Reagan Knight. Second row, sophomores Jeremiah Jackson, Myles Murrell, Ryan Kearney, Ian McAninch and Elizabeth Sullivan. Third row, juniors Madison Dial, Kimberly Harden, Sara Farmer, Ryan Wiedewitsch and Bryce Richardson. Back, seniors Laura Lamb, Shauna Jones, Blair Lamb, Caroline McMahan and Murphy Lamb. Absent are senior Tiffany Stagner and juniors Alex Doss and Samuel Kessler.

CHS students honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, front, sophomores Brandon Greer, Davon Cecil, Abbie Dicken and Reagan Knight. Second row, sophomores Jeremiah Jackson, Myles Murrell, Ryan Kearney, Ian McAninch and Elizabeth Sullivan. Third row, juniors Madison Dial, Kimberly Harden, Sara Farmer, Ryan Wiedewitsch and Bryce Richardson. Back, seniors Laura Lamb, Shauna Jones, Blair Lamb, Caroline McMahan and Murphy Lamb. Absent are senior Tiffany Stagner and juniors Alex Doss and Samuel Kessler.

 

CHS sophomores honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, front, Brandon Greer, Davon Cecil, Abbie Dicken and Reagan Knight. Back, Jeremiah Jackson, Myles Murrell, Ryan Kearney, Ian McAninch and Elizabeth Sullivan.

CHS sophomores honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, front, Brandon Greer, Davon Cecil, Abbie Dicken and Reagan Knight. Back, Jeremiah Jackson, Myles Murrell, Ryan Kearney, Ian McAninch and Elizabeth Sullivan.

 

CHS juniors honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, Madison Dial, Kimberly Harden, Sara Farmer, Ryan Wiedewitsch and Bryce Richardson. Absent are Alex Doss and Samuel Kessler.

CHS juniors honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, Madison Dial, Kimberly Harden, Sara Farmer, Ryan Wiedewitsch and Bryce Richardson. Absent are Alex Doss and Samuel Kessler.

 

CHS seniors honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, Laura Lamb, Shauna Jones, Murphy Lamb, Blair Lamb and Caroline McMahan. Absent is Tiffany Stagner.

CHS seniors honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, Laura Lamb, Shauna Jones, Murphy Lamb, Blair Lamb and Caroline McMahan. Absent is Tiffany Stagner.

 

CHS seniors honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, Laura Lamb, Shauna Jones, Murphy Lamb, Blair Lamb and Caroline McMahan. Absent is Tiffany Stagner.

CHS seniors honored at this year’s Top 10 percent banquet are, from left, Laura Lamb, Shauna Jones, Murphy Lamb, Blair Lamb and Caroline McMahan. Absent is Tiffany Stagner.

 

CHS Principal Kirby Smith congratulates this year’s Top 10 percent students.

CHS Principal Kirby Smith congratulates this year’s Top 10 percent students.

 

CHS Principal Kirby Smith congratulates sophomore Jeremiah Jackson.

CHS Principal Kirby Smith congratulates sophomore Jeremiah Jackson.

 

CHS Principal Kirby Smith gives sophomore Davon Cecil his bronze medallion.

CHS Principal Kirby Smith gives sophomore Davon Cecil his bronze medallion.

 

CHS Media Specialist Valerie Davis encourages students to love each other and share their talents with the world.

CHS Media Specialist Valerie Davis encourages students to love each other and share their talents with the world.

 

Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton congratulates this year’s Top 10 percent students.

Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Deaton congratulates this year’s Top 10 percent students.

 

CHS senior Shauna Jones gives the invocation.

CHS senior Shauna Jones gives the invocation.





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