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MCHS Seniors Sign College Scholarships

McCracken County High School recognized the following seniors for their accomplishments and signing college arts scholarships:

Declan Bingham – Murray State University – Band
  • All-District Jazz Band 2019-2022
  • All-District Symphonic Band
  • First District Choir 2018-2021
  • WKU Honor Band
  • Quad State Band
  • Member of the MCHS Wind Ensemble and McBigband for 4 years consecutively
  • MMB 2017-2021
  • PSO Summer Jazz 2016-2022
  • Solo and Ensemble Distinguished Plus Ratings 2019-2020
  • Yachtober Festival
  • MSU Jazz Festival
  • Lowertown Arts Festival
  • All-State Jazz 2020
  • All-State Jazz 2022
  • The Voice Finalist 2021-2022
  • ACDA (a national choir)
  • Jazz All-Stars of Central Kentucky (a global debut with world famous saxophonist, Derek Brown)
  • Enlistment in the United States Army as a petroleum lab specialist
Briah Cook – Murray State – Music Scholarship 
  • Advanced Placement Scholar- 2020-2022
  • Youth Leadership Scholar- 2021
  • All- District Symphonic Band Member- 2021-2022
  • Colorguard Captain- 2021
  • National Honors Society Member- 2021
  • Manchikanti Library Student Advisory Council Member- 2021
  • Beta Club Member- 2017, 2018, and 2021
  • National Art Honor Society Member- 2021
  • Wind Ensemble Member- 2018-2021
  • McBig Member- 2019-2021
  • All- District Concert Band Member- 2017-2020
  • 8 Distinguished Awards for various musical solos and ensembles- 2016-2020
  • Member of the National Society of Highschool Scholars- 2019
  • Silver Band Award- 2019
  • Third Place in Semper Melior Solo Competition on Clarinet- 2019
  • Most Outstanding Band Member- 2017
  • All A's All Three Years of Middle School- 2018
  • Presidential Award for Academic Excellence- 2017 and 2018
  • Phi Beta Mu Concert Festival Participant- 2017
  • Western Kentucky University Honor Band Member- 2017 and 2018
  • LOI Leader- 2015 and 2016
Avery Miller – Texas A & M –Band

Vanessa Adams – Choral Music Education – Murray State University 
  • Graduating with honors (4.0)
  • Soprano section leader in Advanced Women's Choir
  • 7 years of choir
Jacob Birdsong – Vocal Music Education – Murray State University 
  • Accepted into both the Vocal and Instrumental Departments 
  • Receiving a $500 a year vocal scholarship to Murray State University and $1000 music housing scholarship
  • Part of the Varsity Choir for 3 years and current section leader
  • 2 Time All-State 
  • Part of the First District Honor Choir each year
  • Wind Ensemble for 3 years and current section leader
  • Quad State Band
  • All-District Band
  • All-District Jazz. 
  • Lead alto in the McBig Band
  • 3 time distinguished solo and ensemble player
  • Section leader in the Mustang Marching Band and 4-year member
Avery Bryant – Choral Music Education – Murray State University 
  • National Honors Society
  • Commonwealth Honors Academy
  • All-State Choir 2022
  • Salutatorian
  • Alto section leader in Varsity Singers
  • Choir for 6 years
  • Teacher aide for Mrs. Buchanan (piano)
Savannah Watson – Choral Music Education – Murray State University 
  • Valedictorian
  • Piano for 13 years
  • Choir 4 years of HS
  • Teacher aide for Crimson Chorale 
  • National Society of High School Scholars
Reese Pohle – Marymount Manhattan College – B.F.A. Dance Program
  • Concentration in Modern and Choreography
  • Valedictorian
  • MCHS Dance Team Captain
  • MCHS Theatre Assistant Choreographer
  • National Honors Society
  • Mainstage School of Performing Arts Teacher and Student
  • Paducah Chamber of Commerce Youth Lead Class #10
  • National Dance Alliance Instructor
  • 2 Time NDA All American 
  • NDA Pin it Forward Award
  • 2 Time AP Scholar with Honors
  • 2 Time State Champion for Dance Team
  • 3rd in the Nation for Dance Team
  • Marymount Manhattan Presidential Scholarship Recipient 
  • Marymount Manhattan Dance Scholarship Recipient
  • Accepted into Marymount Manhattan’s Honors College
  • KHSAA Midway University Athlete of the Year – Dance

Caroline Beyer – University of Kentucky 
  • Received the Outstanding Freshman scholarship for $1000 from UK
  • Attending UK for Theatre and Arts Administration
  • French National Honors Society
  • Drama Club Vice President
  • Involved in classes/shows at MainStage
  • Participated in six plays/musicals at MCHS
Katelynn Humphries – Transylvania University
  • Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies along with minoring in theatre
  • Awarded the Pioneer Scholarship, Lucille C. Little Drama Scholarship, Achievement Award grant, and has just been chosen for the Independence Bank Scholarship
  • Theatre has been a part of her life since she was 10 years old, and she has learned so much over the years
  • She has been blessed to be a part of every MCHS production since the beginning of her freshman year and after being involved in Drama club all four years, she was named President her senior year
  • She is truly excited to pursue her dream and be able to continue her love for drama as well
Wyleigh Watson – University of Colorado Boulder – Majoring in Theatre
·      Five plays/musicals at MCHS, three years of Drama class
·      Drama Club officer - public relations 
·      Kentucky Theatre Association Outstanding Performer 2021
·      1st Place for Cyber Security at Future Business Leaders of America Region 1 Conference
·      2nd Place for Cyber Security at Future Business Leaders of America State Conference
·      Kentucky Governor's Scholar
  • AP Scholar
Visual Arts:
Callie Bowland – Murray State University
·      30 ACT 
·      3.92 GPA
·      Member of the National Art Honor Society for 3 years and in good standing
·      Participated in the first-ever Mural Painting at McCracken County High School
·      Received a gold award and was ranked 14/194 students in Kentucky on the Level 1 National German Exam placing her in the 91st percentile 
·      Certification in CAD scoring 950 out of 1000
·      Active Member of the 4-H Sewing Club for 8 years
·      Participated in two pre-college summer workshops offered at the Paducah School of Art and Design
·      Participated in the KAEA high school art exhibition, placing 2nd for digital art and 3rd for oil painting
·      Attending Murray State University in Fall of 2022 to study art in Graphic Design and Gaming Design
·      Awarded the Regents Academic Scholarship, Art Department Scholarship, Westlake Chemical Scholarship along with her KHEAAs money 
Abigail Nance –Western Kentucky Community and Technical College; Paducah School of Art and Design
  • Honor Graduate
  • National Arts Honor Society 2 years
  • Passed FACS Test and will receive cord for that pathway
·      John Randolph and Opal Moran Reid Endowed Scholarship for WKCTC/ Paducah School of Art & Design
Luke Medley – Western Kentucky Community and Technical College; Paducah School of Art and Design
  • McCracken County Varsity Soccer Team 4 years
  • Paducah McCracken Composite Mountain Bike Team 4 years
  • Yo-Yo Club Co/Founder and Member 1 year
  • Trick Scooter Rider 6 years
  • Heartland Church Member 10 years 
  • Academic All-State 1st Team10th -12th Grade
  • 3rd in Tennessee State NICA League Mountain Bike Team Racing   9th Grade
  • High Honor Roll 9th-12th Grade
  • National Honor Art Society Member  12th Grade
  • Paducah Parks and Recreation Skate Park Competition Committee 12th Grade
  • Moon Light Rides Paducah Cooperative Ministry -Volunteer with Bike World
  • Misaligned Minds Century Bike Ride at Land Between the Lakes - Volunteer with Paducah McCracken Composite Mountain Bike Team
  • Empty Bowls Project – Handmade artisan ceramic bowls made to raise money for Paducah’s Community Kitchen
Katelyn Walker – Eastern Kentucky University
·      Graphic Design and Marketing Major
·      Governor's Scholars Program (Summer 2021) 
·      Ap Scholar Award and the Ap Scholar with Honor Award (2020-2021) 
·      National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program For Excellence in Academic Achievement (2021-2022) 
·      Kentucky Art Education Association, 1st place (2022), 1st place (2021), 2nd Place and 3rd place (2020) 
·      National Honor Society (2020-2022) 
·      National Art Honor Society President and Treasurer (2019-2022) 
·      Beta Club (2019-2022) 
·      ASL Club (2019-2021) 
·      Ratio Christi Vice President (2019-2020) 
·      McCracken County High School Color Guard/Winter Guard Leadership team (2021-2022) 
·      McCracken County Theater Department (Spring 2022) 
Jamari Wilson – Murray State University 
·      Art Education Minor @ Murray State University 
·      2022 Basketball Homecoming king
·      National Art Honor Society member
·      FCCLA member
·      Employed by McCracken County schools  21st century after school programs @ Heath Elem and Middle
·      Responsible for the inception McCracken County High School's mural program
·      Drugs against kids advocate

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