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Graves County High School graduates earning honors in Class of 2017 provide details of their post-secondary plans

Graves County High School’s Class of 2017 commencement is the first in the school’s history to honor outstanding academics with the levels of summa cum laude (Latin, for “with highest honor”), magna cum laude (“with great honor”), and cum laude (“with honor”) designations, rather than valedictorians, salutatorians, and honor graduates. The change began with this class’ freshman year, making this the first graduation with the designations at the school.

This information identifies some 50 members of the class earning honors, along with their parents’ names and future plans for post-secondary education and career.

Suma cum laude

Sydney Grey Anderson is the daughter of Kenneth and Sherrie Anderson. She plans to attend Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., majoring in secondary education and mathematics.

Kayla Michelle Baker is the daughter of Freddie and Gina Baker. She plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in nursing.

Jessica McKenzie Bone is the daughter of Richard and Paula Bone. She plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in chemistry and forensic science.

Xavier Knight Brickeen is the son of David and Kim Brickeen. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky, majoring in biology.

Logan Fuller-Brittan Elliott is the son of Vanda Elliott and the late David Elliott. He plans to attend Murray State University to begin his pursuit of a career as a nurse practitioner.

Austin Scott Haley is the son of Melissa Butler and Tracey Butler. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering at Paducah, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Skylar Lee Hargrove is the daughter of David and Tracy Hargrove. She plans to attend Centre College, majoring in biology to begin her pursuit of a medical career.

Allison Brooke Jones is the daughter of Kevin and Debbie Jones. She plans to attend Bellarmine University, majoring in biology to begin her pursuit of a pediatric career.

Alec Brennan McClain is the son of Clay and Shelina McClain. He plans to attend Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., majoring in pre-medicine to begin pursuit of a career in cardiology.

Peyton Thomas McDaniel is the son of Keith McDaniel and Tom and Kristi Hendley. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky, majoring in biology.

Jacob Lane Mullins is the son of Angie and Joe Keith Mullins. He plans to attend Murray State University. His major currently is undecided.

Kaycee Lynn Ogg is the daughter of Jesse and Sonya Ogg. She plans to attend Western Kentucky University, majoring in broadcasting.

Ryan Daniel Overby is the son of Stacy and Stephanie Overby. He plans to attend Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., majoring in chemistry in pursuit of a career in dentistry.

Allie Lauren Seavers is the daughter of Eric and Kim Seavers. She plans to attend Murray State University in pursuit of a career as a software engineer.

Claire Noelle Thomas is the daughter of Steven Thomas and Cindy Thomas. She plans to attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College, majoring in nursing.

Christopher James Vogt is the son of Jim and Allyson Vogt. He plans to attend Northern Kentucky University to continue his academic and basketball careers.

Wyatt Lucas Walker is the son of Eric and Jennifer Walker. He plans to attend the University of Louisville, majoring in biology in pursuit of a career as a doctor of neuroscience.

Ellie Rachel Williams is the daughter of Shane and Lauren Williams. She plans to attend Western Kentucky University in pursuit of a career as a teacher in interdisciplinary early childhood education.

Matthew James Woods is the son of Robert and Virginia Woods. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering at Paducah, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Magna cum laude

Brooke Elizabeth Ellegood is the daughter of Russell and Staci Ellegood. She plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in secondary education-mathematics.

Austin Reed Glisson is the son of Frank and Paula Glisson. He plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in business administration.

Jacob Daniel Gonshorowski is the son of Edward and Stacie Gonshorowski. He plans to serve in the U.S. Navy.

Madison Emily Green is the daughter of Keith and Deena Green. She plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in early childhood and elementary education.

Jenna Dolores Hackel is the daughter of Doug and Heyde Hackel. She plan to pursue an associate of science degree at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Jordan Summers Hester is the daughter of Wesley Hester and of Julie and Mark Jones. She plans to enroll in the physical therapy assistant program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Drew English Jackson is the son of Gerald and Dana Jackson. He plans to attend Murray State University, to join the Kentucky National Guard, and to pursue a law degree.

Madison Nicole Jameson is the daughter of Mitch Jameson and Stephanie Cornwell. She plans to attend Murray State University in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Abigail Grace Lyell is the daughter of Steve and Jennifer Lyell. She plans to attend Murray State University to earn a secondary education degree in pursuit of a career as a high school agriculture teacher.

Maggie Elizabeth Marrs is the daughter of Shawn and Laura Marrs. She plans to enter the nursing program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Alexander Chase Mathis is the son of Chris and Rene Mathis. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky to earn a bachelor’s degree for education, while a member of the UK cheerleading squad.

Ian Shawn McLeary is the son of Chris and Shannon McLeary. He plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in nursing with plans for a career as a nurse practitioner.

Dawn Marie Nalley is the daughter of David and Debra Nalley. She plans to attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College in pursuit of a career as a radiology technician.

Judith Tayler Newsome is the daughter of Dina Newsome and the late Ted Newsome. She plans to attend Feed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., majoring in elementary education.

Brady McCoy Wetherington is the son of Roger and Melissa Wetherington. He plans to attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College in pursuit of a career as an electrician.

Alyssa Jade Yancey is the daughter of Ryan and Ashley Yancey. She plans to attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College in pursuit of a nursing career.

Cum laude

Zachery Michael Barnett is the son of Tony and April Barnett. He plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in nursing.

Channing Taylor Foster is the daughter of Chuck and Angie Foster. She plans to play soccer while attending the University of Mississippi, majoring in biology in pursuit of a dental career.

Morgan Danielle Jameson is the daughter of Mitchell Jameson and Stephanie Cornwell. She plans to attend Murray State University in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Nathan Louis Jones is the son of Steven and Missy Jones. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky in pursuit of a career as a doctor of physical therapy.

William Kaler Pierce Luker is the son of Aaron and Marshea Luker. He plans to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., pursuing a bachelor’s degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Kaitlyn Reese Marshall is the daughter of Brad and Jessica Marshall. She plans to attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College in pursuit of a nursing degree.

Marin Murillo is the son of Jose Murillo and Rosalba Cordoso. He plans to attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Levi Samuel Nesler is the son of Jody and Beth Nesler. He plans to play football while attending Murray State University, majoring in agribusiness.

Angelo Gabriel Scott Purcell is the son of Jason Purcell and Rebecca Orduno. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky, majoring in kinesiology in pursuit of a career as a physical therapist.

Bailey Noel Sims is the son of Hans and Carrie Sims. He plans to attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College in pursuit of a pharmacological career.

Mattison Reed Sullivan is the son of Matt and Stephanie Sullivan. He plans to attend Northern Kentucky University in pursuit of a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre.

Christopher Raymond Toon is the son of Craig and Cheri Toon. He plans to attend the University of Louisville, majoring in neuroscience.

Alexis Jae Watt is the daughter of Tracy Watt and of Jason and Kim Watt. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi in pursuit of a career in pharmaceutical marketing.

Cassie Ann Wooley is the daughter of Chad and Amanda Wooley and the late Christy Wooley. She plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in elementary education.

Patlin Lois Wyatt is the daughter of Jeffrey and Dana Wyatt. She plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in special education.

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