Kelsey Raikes earns scholarship

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HEBRON ESTATES--A thoughtful essay earned North Bullitt High School Senior Kelsey Raikes one of six scholarships from a Louisville business and radio campaign.

“I wrote about my work with a six year-old who has a lot of social anxiety,” Kelsey said. “I was able to spend a lot of one-on-one time with him. By working together, he is able to enjoy being in social settings instead of being so nervous. He is breaking out of his shell.”

Such a positive influence in the life of a child helped Kelsey receive a $3,000 Exceptional Student Scholarship from Neil Huffman, Jefferson Community and Technical College and SummitMedia Corp which owns radio stations New Country Q 103.1, Country Legends 103.9, Lite 106.9 and The Eagle 107.7.

Kelsey was one of only six students in the Louisville metropolitan area to earn a monetary award and one of only two to receive the highest scholarship amount.

“All the scholarships were presented at a banquet on March 18 and we all got plaques but no one knew who was getting a scholarship,” Kelsey said. “I was very excited when my name was called.”

She wants to attend the University of Louisville this fall and complete a nursing program to become a neonatal nurse practitioner.

“I have a lot of cousins who I am really close with so I am around kids a lot,” Kelsey smiled. “I always loved kids and, at first, wanted to be a kindergarten teacher but then I switched to nursing because I like taking care of people.”

Kelsey is an A-B Honor student and also attends school at JCTC every Monday and Wednesday. Her current classes are comparative religion and psychology.

She has learned that a high school and college schedule are vastly different.

“JCTC is only two days a week but much more fast-paced,” she described.
“There is a lot of homework but I have more time to get it all done. I also like the time between classes.”

Being in the same school setting for four years means a lot of friendship and bonding at North Bullitt which comes to an end upon graduation on June 8th.

“I will definitely miss the social interaction as well as closeness with my friends and teachers but I am also ready to move on with the next phase of my life,” Kelsey said.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and has played point guard on the Lady Eagles basketball team. She has also been in the Pep Club.

She advises classmates to take full advantage of every opportunity offered in education.

“Do not take anything for granted because it all goes by so fast and, before you realize it, you are entering the real world,” she said. “Keep in mind that the little things mean a lot and can really add up to something great over time.”

Kelsey has also worked part-time as a basketball referee for the Bullitt County YMCA. She said balancing such a busy schedule is not that difficult because her first priority is always completing all homework.

“There’s not a lot of downtown on my schedule,” said the 18 year-old daughter of Paul and Melissa Eversole. “In my spare time, I enjoy being with my parents and my three sisters.”

North Bullitt Senior Counselor Connie Hatfield described Kelsey as, “One of the most dedicated and dependable students that I have been around in my 26 years in education. I have had the pleasure of knowing Kelsey since she was in 6th grade and she has grown into such a wonderful young woman. She plans on a career in nursing and with her kindness and attention to detail will make this a great career choice for her!”

Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,200 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working to make the district the leader in educational excellence.