Two Ashland students have been named Gaines Scholars.

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 14 undergraduates, including Katie Braun and Peter Frailie, as new scholars in the UK Gaines Fellowship Program.

Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of students outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, interest in public issues and desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities. Fellowships are awarded for tenure in the junior and senior years or the last years of a five-year program.

Braun, daughter of Deborah and Charles Braun, is a 2004 graduate of Russell High School and is a rising junior majoring in psychology.

She has been named to the dean’s list, has served as a research assistant for one of UK’s social psychology labs, is a volunteer with the Explorium and is a member of UK’s Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry and Phi Sigma Pi, a national honor fraternity.

She plans to study social psychology in graduate school with hopes of researching stereotypes and prejudices as a professor.

Frailie, son of Cora and Pete Frailie, is also a 2004 graduate of Russell High School. A a rising junior majoring in chemical engineering, he is a Singletary Scholar, a member of Residence Hall Government and has been named to the dean’s list. He serves on the Engineering Student Council and acts as an advisor to the Freshman Engineering Student Council.

He plans to pursue a job in pharmaceutical research in the future.

Gaines Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 in the junior year and $3,000 in the senior year. All Gaines Fellows must take a specially designed four-credit per semester seminar in the humanities during both semesters of their junior year.

Founded in 1984 by a gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education.


Three local students have graduated from Centre College in Danville.

Rhese McKenzie, son of David and Susan McKenzie of Ashland, earned a bachelor’s degree in government. He is a graduate of Russell High School.

Courtney Ross, daughter of James and Darlene Ross of Ashland, earned a bachelor’s degree in government. She is a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School.

Taylor Vaughan, son of Jeff and Leslie Vaughan of Ashland, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated cum laude. He is a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School.


Derek Wayne Jones, D.O., of Ashland was awarded the Edward G. Stiles, D.O. FAAO Award during Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine’s Class of 2006 graduation.

The award is presented to the students who demonstrate excellence in the academic understanding and application of the principles and practice of osteopathic manipulative medicine. The awardees most exemplify the pioneering spirit of Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., the founder of osteopathic medicine.


Caroline Haeberle, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Haeberle of Ashland, graduated from the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., on May 26 and was inducted into the Foxcroft Chapter of the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society.

She also shared Foxcroft’s Haythe Science Award with a classmate. She will attend Washington and Lee University in the fall.

Founded in 1914, Foxcroft is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades nine through 12.


Local students Jason Mullins and John Darnell received bachelor of arts degrees from Transylvania University on May 27.

Mullins, a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School, majored in psychology and is a son of Danny and Charla Mullins of Ashland.

Darnell, a graduate of Russell High School, majored in history and is a son of John and Brenda Darnell of Ashland.


Julia Beth Abbott, daughter of Ed and Jacque Abbott of Catlettsburg, graduated summa cum laude from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City on May 16. She earned dual bachelor of arts degrees in specialized ministries and theology.

She was the recipient of the 2005-06 Inductive Bible Study and How To Teach the Bible Awards.

The 2001 graduate of Rose Hill Christian School is completing an internship in Lexington this summer and plans to attend seminary in the fall.


Five 2002 graduate of Greenup County High School have received degrees from Marshall University.

Ryan Stockton Adkins, son of Butch and Carla Adkins of Greenup, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He graduated from the university honors program and was a member of Yeager Scholars Program. He plans to pursue a master of arts degree in history at Marshall.

Alisa Renee Waugh, daughter of Clayton David and Sharon Waugh of Wurtland, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in communication disorders. She was named Outstanding Student in Communication Disorders, and inducted intothe following honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Gamma Beta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Golden Key International Honour Society. She served as chapter president of Marshall University chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society and received the 2005-06 Marshall University Outstanding Leader Award. She plans to continue an academic career at Marshall University by pursuing a master of science degree in communication disorders and certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Joseph Thomas White, son of David and Janie Budig of South Shore and Paul and Diana White of Lancaster, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in safety technology. He earned the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals to recognize graduates from qualified academic programs in safety. Because he holds the GSP designation, he received a waiver of the Safety Fundamentals examination. He was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi honor society and will pursue a master of science degree in occupational safety and health and the CSP certification.

Also graduating were Kristina Nicole Brown and Erin Mikelle Dowdy, both of South Shore.


Justin Harned, son of Lyndall and Hilma Harned of Ashland, has been awarded the $1,000 Boyd County Farm Bureau Scholarship.

The 2006 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School plans to enter the University of Kentucky in the fall and major in journalism.


Kala Faulkner of Ashland, a graduate of Rose Hill Christian School, has been awarded a scholarship by the Toyota Community Scholars program.

Toyota awarded 100 high school seniors with college scholarships valued at $20,000 and $10,000 each over four years for study at a four-year college or university starting this fall.

To be chosen, students must be proven leaders both in the classroom and in their communities.


Andrea Hieneman Plummer, daughter of Mike and Vicky Hieneman of Greenup, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University on May 20 with a doctorate of pharmacy degree and a Certificate of Aging Studies.

She is employed by Rite Aid in Lexington.

The 1999 graduate of Greenup County High School attended the University of Kentucky.

She is married to Ryan Plummer and granddaughter of Bill and Mary Ellen Hieneman of Greenup and Don and Betty Collier of South Portsmouth.


Jeremy Harbour, a recent graduate of Russell High School, was named to the Kentucky Academic All-State Team at The Courier-Journal awards luncheon in Louisville.

The son of Gregory and Deborah Harbour of Russell received a $500 U.S. Savings bond for being named to this five-member team.

Students are first nominated by their high school and then must be selected as a sectional team member. Judging criteria is based on grade-point average, ACT/SAT scores, school and community activities and a 250-word essay.


Julie M. Jaenicke, daughter of Kurt and Carla Jaenicke of Ashland, was one of 465 who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, on May 28. She received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematical science and art.

The graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School graduated cum laude and was named to the dean’s list.


Ashland BPO Elks Lodge 350 presented the following scholastic awards at the annual youth banquet on May 1.

Student of the Month Awards valued at $50 were given to Christy Clifford, Brittany Wall, Ashley Crawford, Deanna Hill, Kala Faulkner, Laura Pinkston, Courtney Boodry, Kyla Tolliver, Katie Daniel, Angela Brooks, Karissa Grizzle, Carey Broughton, Amanda Musick, Daniel Dundon, Steve Tussey, Thomas Goble, Ryan Rose, Bradlee Jones, Michael Collier and William Overton.

Family Scholarship winners were Thomas Goble and Ashley Crawford, who received $500, and Deanna Hill and Carey Broughton, who received $250.

Named Teenager of the Year were Bradlee Jones and Karissa Grizzle, who received $250.

Kentucky State Elks Scholarship winners were Katie Daniel and Marshall Murphy, who received $1,000.


Three local residents and 2006 Transylvania University graduates have been recognized for their involvement in the Transylvania Senior Challenge.

As part of the challenge, members of the senior class raised money to fund a scholarship for an incoming Transylvania freshman. Seventy-four percent of the senior class donated as part of the challenge and raised a record $21,385.

Honored as a Pioneer was Julie Potter, daughter of Terry and Beverly Potter of South Shore, an accounting and political science double major.

Honored as Pacesetters were Brent Craft, son of Robert and Janeann Craft of Greenup, a philosophy major, and Trist Johnson, daughter of Richard Johnson of Oak Hill, Ohio, and Deborah Johnson of Raceland, an accounting major.


John Dustin Thacker, son of John and Paula Thacker of Russell, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a degree in political science.

He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society and will attend Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville this fall.


Brittany Persinger, daughter of Amy and Mark Dickess and Curtis and Tammy Persinger, is a recipient of a Members Choice Credit Union scholarship. She is a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School.

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