• By Bob Rouse

Woodford Schools Hall of Fame 2017 Class

The Woodford County Public Schools Hall of Fame turns five this year, and the 2017 class will be introduced during halftime of the Aug. 25 Woodford County High School football game at Community Stadium. The following night, 10 inductees and one special team will be honored at a banquet at Woodford County Middle School. Tickets for the Aug. 26 banquet must be purchased by Friday, Aug. 18. Send $25 per person to Bob Gibson, Woodford County Schools, 330 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, 40383. Meet the Class of 2017: Academics

Mark Gormley Jr., M.D. (WCHS, 1979.) A leading expert in pediatric rehabilitation medicine, Gormley is medical director at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., the oldest and largest hospital for children in the world.

John Lodmell (WCHS, 1992.) Graduating with distinction from WCHS, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Pepperdine School of Business and Management, Lodmell now leads development of statistical underwriting models and data science capabilities for a financial services company. Arts and Humanities

Megan Schenck Dragoo (WCHS, 1997.) Dragoo has danced with the Radio City Rockettes and performed on TV shows, in parades and at two presidential inaugurations. She was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning revival of "42nd Street." Athletics

William Bland (WCHS 1966.) A four-sport athlete in high school and a three-year starter for the Tennessee Tech basketball team, Bland taught and coached at WCHS for 32 years, serving as a mentor and role model for hundreds of student athletes.

Joe Carr Jr. (WCHS 1997.) Carr won four Kentucky state wrestling championships, logged 242 career wins and earned First Team All-American status in high school. At West Virginia University, he won more than 100 matches and qualified for four NCAA tournaments. Career Achievement

Teresa Jones James (WCHS, 1980.) A nationally recognized expert in health and human services programs, James served as commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services from 2011 to 2015. She is in the UK College of Social Work Hall of Fame.

James McAfee (Versailles High School, 1947.) An effective and highly respected educator, McAfee was a high school principal, teacher and coach in Montgomery and Woodford counties. He also served two Kentucky government departments: Education and Surface Mining. Patron

Jack Kain. The owner of Jack Kain Ford, Kain has supplied vehicles to WCHS for driver's education, special events and Project Graduation. He also has raised thousands of dollars through Drive One for Your School and has sponsored career programs, field trips and athletic teams. Public Service

Walter Bradley (Simmons High School, 1943.) A historian and civic leader, Bradley was the first African-American elected to the Midway City Council. He wrote articles on the accomplishments of black inventors and leaders, and Midway's public park is named in his memory.

Decima Carl Osborne (VHS through 1951.) For 38 years, Osborne was the first teacher for thousands of Woodford County children who attended Jack and Jill Preschool. She has continued to work with children as an arts and crafts teacher for Woodford County Parks and Recreation. Special recognition The 1986 WCHS mock trial team won the Kentucky state title and advanced to the National Mock Trial Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. Members were Sarah-Andrea Adler, Anthony Atwood, Evan Bledsoe, Geri Etherington, John Meholovitch, Tanya Mirilovich, Sarah Pryor, Lucy Vance and Brenna Venis.

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