Roger Thompson from the class of 1935 is our first inductee. Roger was a versatile athlete in high school and at Centre college. He excelled in football and baseball. He was a decorated military officer fighting mainly in Belgium and France in 1944-45. As part of the D day invasion in Normandy he was wounded but soon returned to combat. He was given the Bronze star with 2 oak leaf clusters and the purple heart.
After the war he returned to Louisville and began a successful sales career, married and raised a family.
Ron Carson was in the class of 63. Ron was student council President, co-captain of the football and track teams, President of the F Club, a member of the National Honor Society and Mr. FCHS. He earned a full academic scholarship to Centre College. He has degrees from Centre, UK, Univ. of Sou. Cal. He also participated in Harvard university’s John F Kennedy School of Government.
He is a veteran Navy officer serving on the USS Franklin D Roosevelt. He has served the Commonwealth as a public servant for most of his lifetime. He currently serves the Council on Postsecondary Education as its Senior Fellow, Finance and Government Relations, Policy, Planning and External Relations.
Lt Col. Val Scott was a member of the class of 65. Upon graduation, Val earned an appointment to the Air Force Academy and had a distinguished career as an Air Force Pilot, instructor and commander. He was recognized for his valor numerous times and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew combat missions during Viet Nam, drug interdiction flights in South America and coordinated them in other parts of the world including South America and Desert Storm in Iraq.
Upon retirement Val became a businessman in Austin Texas where he and Louanna raised 2 sons who became lawyers and businessmen in Dallas. Living in Mc Kinney Texas now but they have maintained relationships with Fern Creek friends and classmates.
Mark Thompson graduated in 1974. His degree in Recreation Management at UK lead him into a career centered around Parks and Recreation. He has served in various positions in Georgetown KY, Boynton Beach Fl, Homewood Al, Vestavia Al and since 2001 has been Director of Parks Services in Paducah KY.
He has been honored as the South Paducah Kiwanis Citizen of the year in 2004 and the McCracken county Alben Barkley Distinguished Citizen in 2006.
Terry Stout was a member of the class of 79. At Fern Creek Terry was a member of the Beta club and National Honor Society. He earned a BS in Engineering at UL Speed School focused on computer science. His professional career for over 30 years has been at GE’s Appliance Park.
Throughout his career progression, Terry has been recognized for his many contributions and has received numerous awards, monetary rewards, and elite club invitations. His colleagues would tell you his no-nonsense approach and work ethic are his trademarks.
Our next inductee is Joey Wagner of the class of 1997.
From a very young age you could look at Joey, hear him talk and watch his demeanor and know that he was destined for greatness. His professionalism, respect and outgoing positive attitude attracts people to him and has led the way for what has turned out to be a career marked with many achievements.
During his time at Fern Creek Joey played and excelled in Baseball, Football and Golf. He earned a baseball scholarship to Morehead State University.
Joey owns and operates over 10 businesses under the Wagner umbrella.
Mario Urrutia graduated in 2004. He started out as a very raw athlete that focused more on basketball his first couple of years in high school. It was only after his sophomore year the football coaches convinced him to attend Michigan’s football camp. He really found his passion. He became one of the nation’s hottest recruits at the wide receiver position. Michigan, Nebraska, Miami of Fl, UK, VA and UL offered him scholarships. At UL he helped them to a 12-1 season in 2007 and a win in the Orange bowl. He went on to a career in the NFL and with other professional teams.
Mario has become a highly successful business person in the Louisville area. He is the Exec Dir of Super student Athletes, which develops many of the Louisville area youth mentally and physically at his facility.
Our final inductee today is Monique Reid class of 2008. She developed into the finest girls basketball player ever to walk the halls of Fern Creek. She played 4 seasons and was named a Courier Journal first team all-state selection her junior and senior seasons. She also finished second in the state in scoring averaging 31.6 points per game her senior year.
Monique signed a scholarship to play at UL. There she became the only player in UL history to play in 2 National Championship games. She is still in the top 10 of all-time career scorers at UL. She now plays professionally overseas.