Belfry students inducted in Pike Co. HOF
by By Kyle Lovern
GOODY, Ky. – The Pike County Schools Academic/Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF) held its annual banquet and induction ceremony at Belfry High School on Tuesday.
Belfry graduate David A. Thaxton, the son of Roger and Kay Thaxton, attained a composite score of 32 on the ACT. He was introduced by faculty member Haridas Chandran.
Thaxton’s activities included the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Band, Academic Team and Robotics Team.
The other BHS student who was inducted into the HOF was Tony Messer. He was unable to attend the event because of a doctor’s appointment. Messer is the son of Carmella Casey and Craig McCoy. He was a First team All-State linebacker by the Louisville Courier Journal.
His highlights were presented by Belfry coach Matt Varney. He was a member of the Pirate’s Class AAA runner-up team for three straight seasons and played in the Kentucky-Tennessee Border Bowl. He will be attending Eastern Kentucky University on a football scholarship.
Others that were inducted included Madison Tackett and Courtney Paige Lucas, both of Shelby Valley High School and Amanda Arts of Pike County Central High School.
Both the Belfry High School and Belfry Middle School football teams were also inducted. Local board of education member Dr. Charles “Chuck” Johnson presented the two teams.
The Pirates made the HOF again after finishing as Class AAA runner-up. Johnson talked about the great community support Belfry gets for the football program.
The middle school team received the honor after winning the state championship last fall.
Many of the team members from both teams were in attendance and received plaques. The coaches were also at the ceremony.
The guest speaker was James A. Shaw, Vice President for University Advancement at Morehead State. Shaw was an Air Force Command Pilot with over 3,000 hours of flying time. He shared a story with those in attendance of a flight rescue mission he was involved with in Alaska.
His personal account stressed leadership and preparedness – but working as a team. He said preparation and self-discipline are important, as well as thinking outside the box.
Before the induction ceremony, the Belfry High School cooks prepared a tasty dinner for those in attendance.
Pike County Superintendent of Schools Roger Wagner presented the plaques to the HOF members. Besides Dr. Johnson, the other four Pike BOE members were in attendance including Frank Ratliff, Virgil Osborne, Justin Maynard and Ken Biliter.
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