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Third class inducted into Bullitt Central Hall of Fame

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SHEPHERDSVILLE--The third annual Bullitt Central High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony features a mixture of alumnae and former staff and students.

Maiko Chambers Ashbyis a 1984 graduate and Class Valedictorian, Governor’s Scholar, Golden 100 achievement and a Third Place finish in the 1984 National Girls’ Extemporaneous Speaking competition.

ऀEnglish teacher JoAnn Belmarjoined the faculty in 1970, the school’s first year, as an English teacher. She also formed the Lemon Drop Club and sponsored the High-Q Team. She inspired many students to become published writers.

Rosanne Conlanis a 1982 graduate who excelled at athletics. She played golf and basketball during her four years in high school and accumulated quite a few records in the latter including career leader in points, steals and assists, most points in a game, highest point average and most free throws made in a season.

ऀCurrent Principal Christy Cruise Coulteris a 1983 graduate. She was a member of the Lady Cougar basketball team and earned All-District and All-Region Honors. She was also an active member of FBLA, Student Council President and football homecoming queen.

Janet Harlowis a founding staff member who served as bookkeeper from July 1970 until her retirement in 1977.

Frank R. Hatfieldnever attended or worked at Bullitt Central but his impact in just getting the school into existence is profound. During his 21 years as Bullitt County Public Schools Superintendent, he fought hard (ultimately victorious in a state lawsuit) to consolidate three community schools into what became BCHS. He is also a pioneer in school financial reform serving as President of the Council for Better Education which resulted in the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) in 1988.

D. Karen Haydenserved as a teacher and administrator for 21 years. She joined Bullitt Central in 1985 as an English teacher before moving up the ranks to Assistant Principal and Principal. She is also a Bullitt Central Teacher of the Year.

Ray Hodges Jr.is a 1988 graduate. He was a member of the Debate team, Science Club, Close Up, captain of the Academic team, a Governor’s Scholar, played tennis and ran track.

Lou Anne Mooreis a 1974 graduate and the owner/broker of Century 21 Advantage Plus. At Bullitt Central, she was a member of cheerleading, Pep Club, Student Council, BC Club, writer for the school newspaper, annual staff, and school photographer. She was also Junior Class Favorite and Senior Football Attendant.

Doris Phelpstaught for 30 years, 16 of which were spent at BCHS. She was one of the teachers who opened Bullitt Central, where she taught Spanish and English. She served as the English Department Head for several years, sponsored the Future Teachers of America and was a member of BCEA. Mrs. Phelps also served as the first female assistant principal for Bullitt Central.

Nick Raleyis a 1979 graduate. He participated in the Speech Team, High-Q and the National Forensic League. After graduating, Nick attended the University of Louisville. While there, he earned his BA in English in 1983; in 1999 he attended the University of Louisville Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor.

ऀAs the Non-Commissioned Officer Military Instructor for the Bullitt Central Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), MSG (Ret) Patrick Rishorembodies the spirit and values of BCHS. Following an exemplary military career spanning 27 years, MSG Rishor demonstrated daily the qualities of selfless service and devotion to his country, Bullitt Central, the community and the students. With his leadership, the Bullitt Central JROTC program was radically transformed from a low enrollment student program to a nationally ranked, award winning program, whose accomplishments include the 1988 National JROTC Drill team championship and training and mentoring over 200 future leaders.

Rodney Smithbegan teaching science at Bullitt Central in 1971, retired in June of 2000, then returned in the fall of the same year to continue teaching until 2004. He taught chemistry, biology and physics for 25 years and, upon his retirement, worked part-time as the School Technology Instructor. During this period, he is responsible for introducing computers to the majority of the faculty. This included loading software, conducting trainings, and setting up the hardware. He was the science department chairman for 20 years, and the science club sponsor for 25 years. During his tenure, he was recognized four times as BCHS Teacher of the Year and twice as the Bullitt County High School Teacher of the Year. His other honors include Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and Outstanding Science Teacher.

Jack Thompsonretired from teaching after 31 years in education, 26 of those at Bullitt Central where he taught Social Studies. He was an assistant varsity football, JV football coach for 2 years, a sponsor for both the academic team and Kentucky Youth Assembly for which the Outstanding Delegation award was received in 1999. He was the mock trial and Close Up sponsor and social studies chairman.

Norm Weaverwas a Driver’s Education teacher and basketball coach at Bullitt Central from 1971 to 1976. Norm was the coach for the only Bullitt Central basketball team to win the 1973 regional championship and go on to the state tournament.

ऀSpecial awards will be presented to 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year Anita Montgomeryand Distinguished Parent Volunteer Terry Stamps.

ऀThe ceremony will be observed Friday, May 9th with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner follows at 6:00 p.m. with the official induction at 7:00 p.m.

ऀTickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit the BCHS PTSA and Alumni Association.

ऀ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.