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WJHS students named to Youth Salute

Twenty-three students from West Jessamine High School are among hundreds of high schools in Central Kentucky recognized in this year’s “Youth Salute.”

Students were nominated by teachers, guidance counselors and principals for this year’s Youth Salute.

To qualify, the student had to be a junior (senior class of 2021), have a 3.0 GPA or better and have held at least two  leadership roles to which they were chosen by their peers or an adult leader within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.

The Journal will feature several students each week.

Abby Jo Fitch

Abby Jo is vice president of FEllowship of Christian Athletes, historian on HOSA, a member of Sources of Strength and the National Honor Society, and a varsity sports athlete. She works at Chick-Fil-A and owns and operates The Stand. She is a referee and special referee committee member for the Jessamine Youth Soccer Association.

She plans to attend nursing school and go into the medical field.

Abigail Reed

Abigail is a member of Sources of Strength and FCCLA. She is a RHO KAPPA nominee, a varsity cheerleader and a UCA All-American cheerleader.

She plans to major in occupational therapy and attend Eastern Kentucky University.

Alicia Sallee

Alicia is a member of the member of the junior varsity and varsity softball teams, the track team and the ultimate Frisbee team. She participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the RHO KAPPA National Honor Society, fire academy and served as a peer tutor mentor. She was involved in FFA and is a member of the First Alliance Christian Church youth group.

She plans to major in occupational therapy at Eastern Kentucky university.

Brianna Erb

Brianna is a member of the Dually Noted show choir, West Side Sound acapella group, Chamber Singers and drama stage and tech crew, and the National Honor Society. She also is a member of GCF youth, a stage manager for COS Play, a camp counselor at All Abilites Drama Camp, a culinary apprentice at Sullivan University and an autism advocate.

She plans to earn a culinary degree at Sullivan University and continue her education at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in management and marketing.

Carlyn McCreary

Carlyn is vice president of the Y Club, chair for Jessamine County Dance Blue, a former service chair of the Student Y Chapter, varsity tennis team captain and a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in the 2019 KHSAA state tennis championship tournament. She is a WJHS student ambassador, student representative to the Family Youth Service Advisory Council, a Net Generation elementary tennis volunteer and won the COLTS leadership award.

She plans to major in broadcasting and meteorology to become a severe weather specialist on The Weather Channel.

Charli Reese Bolton

Reese is the Y Club officer and social media manager, Kentucky  United Nations Assembly member, 4H Jessamine Camp counselor and a 2019 participant in Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. She won the All-State Academic Award in 2018 and 2019. She was a member of the varsity soccer team and captain of the Central Kentucky Storm soccer club girls white team and started the RKI Kentucky International Soccer team in the San Marino Cup in 2019.

She plans to major in psychophysiology and become a physician’s assistant in dermatology. She also plans to play college soccer.