2016 Woodford Hall of Fame
The Woodford County Public Schools Hall of Fame's fifth class will be inducted at a dinner on Sept. 10. at WCMS. The 2016 class includes 12 individuals and a group of eight longtime volunteers. This week we profile: Arts and Humanities (Widespread public acclaim in the arts: performing, visual or literary):
. Tammie Bradley (WCHS, 2000): An accomplished vocalist, Bradley has performed as a soprano with the Houston Grand Opera Chorus and with Opera Ebony in New York City. In 2015 she was selected to join the Lindemann Young Artist program of the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Bradley won the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and landed the grand prize in the Music Academy of the West's Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Last year she performed at Kentucky State University, her alma mater, in a recital titled "Home and Honored." Bradley has a master's degree in vocal performance from Bowling Green University.
. Joni Schenck Lanza (WCHS, 1995): A singer and dancer who made it from Jane's School of Dance in Versailles to the Broadway stage, Lanza acted in the Tony-award-winning "42nd Street." She also appeared on Broadway as a cast member of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with Leslie Uggams, and she toured with "Barry Manilow's Copacabana." Lanza performed in the "Christmas Spectacular" at Radio City Music Hall for five years. Now retired from dancing, Lanza continues to perform as a singer. Athletics (Extraordinary achievements as a high school athlete or as a coach in a Woodford County school):
. Mallory Blackwelder Trudeau (WCHS, 2005): The most successful golfer in WCHS history, Trudeau was the 2005 Kentucky High school state champion, the 2007 Women's Western Amateur Champion and the 2010 Kentucky Women's Open Champion. At UK, Trudeau recorded the best-ever scoring average for a season, and as a senior, she led UK to its first NCAA tournament appearance in nine years. Trudeau finished her UK career with the third-lowest scoring average in program history. She twice participated on the Golf Channel's "Big Break" and earned her LPGA Tour membership in 2014 after winning the Symetra Tour Championship.
. Gene Kirk (WCHS; 1971-1999, 2009-2010): The winningest boys' basketball coach in WCHS history, with 452 victories, Kirk ranks 23rd for total wins as a Kentucky high school boys' basketball coach. He led the Woodford basketball team to eight district titles and, in 1986, a trip to the Sweet 16. Also that year, Kirk coached the Kentucky All-stars team in a sweep of the series against Indiana. He also coached the Woodford Co. girls' golf team for 23 years and the boys' golf team for nine years. In 1985 Kirk led the girls' golf team to a second-place finish in the state high school championship.