Wow! What a turnout we had for the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony that finished up Homecoming Weekend 2019. Look below the inductee info for more photos!
Joy Williams Bell was in the class of 1950. At the age of 13 she began teaching ballet. That became her vocation for decades. Her popular dance studio, Joy Williams Dance, was the place that many young people came under her tutelage, some staying into adulthood. While attending the University of Louisville she won the Miss City Beautiful title and a few months later was named Miss Kentucky in 1952. She was the founder of the Louisville Ballet Company and served on its Board of Directors. Joy was dedicated to her Church’s ministries and volunteered for Meals on wheels and at the Episcopal Church Home. She passed away in January 2017.
JoAnne Clark Jenkins was in the class of 1966. She was the first young woman in the storied Miss Kentucky pageant to win the title on her first try. She had won the title of Miss Jeffersontown competition during her freshman year at Western Ky University. She wowed the judges with her clear, pitch perfect signing voice, her simple wisdom in responding to questions, and her stunning natural beauty. She chose to sing “Unchained Melody”. It is a melodic composition about everlasting love. The audience responded and the judges were impressed. She won the competition with her answer to the question “How do you decide what to sign?” Her answer was “I always have two songs – one happy and one sad” On days when I am happy, I sing my sad song and when I am sad I sing my happy one. Unfortunately, Joanne’s life ended before people could hear enough of her song. She tragically passed away with a brain tumor at the age of 24 leaving behind her husband sand 2-year-old daughter Andrea.
Janet Hatfield Lowman was in the class of 1968. She was crowned Miss Kentucky in the same year that she graduated. That made it back to back Tigers winning this coveted honor. She was not only an outstanding ambassador for the State of Kentucky but for Fern Creek High School as well. She has used her amazing musical talent as a professional singer and commercial actress at the local and national level for many years. While at Fern Creek, Janet was very active in many activities including Student Council, drill corps, Future business leaders, senior class play and cover girl on the 1968 calendar. After graduation, she continued her education at Morehead State University and Ashland Community College, majoring in Voice and Radio/Television broadcasting. She traveled to Vietnam as a member of the Miss America USO tour in 1969 to entertain our troops.
Dr Kenneth Leffew was also in the class of 1968. Ken retired from Dupont Research and Development after 43 years. While working at Dupont he earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Speed School at U of L. He earned the highest technical rank of Dupont Fellow. He was involved in the conception, development, and commercialization of novel and patentable processes for manufacturing of polymers and chemicals including Neoprene, Teflon, Kevlar and Lucite. He has written a book about his work and written many published articles as well as developing 28 different patents. While at FCHS Ken was a class officer, a member of the basketball team served as co-captain and was on an all-district tournament team. His academic achievements earned him the Presidential scholarship to U of L Speed school. He has also served as adjunct professor of chemical engineering at U of L and Villanova.
Robert Robinson was a member of the class of 1978. Rob has been a dedicated staff member at FCHS for the last 25 years and has mentored many young adults while under his leadership as a teacher, coach or supervisor. Many of the student athletes he has touched have decided to stay here at their community school when they had opportunities to go elsewhere, just because of Rob’s leadership and relationships.While a student at Fern Creek Rob in many sports and activities including marching band, concert band, and varsity baseball. Rob is now making a name for himself and the FC Softball team as they steadily improve under his coaching and guidance to be a force in their district.
Brent Guess was in the class of 1988. Brent was senior class president and participated in tennis, cross country and basketball. He has been with UPS for 31 years working in the areas of operations, solutions and contract logistics. He is currently managing director of enterprise healthcare sales leading a team of sales professionals that support medical devices, pharmaceuticals. Labs, clinical trials and health insurance for Fortune 500 companies that do business with UPS. He was UPS world of champion winner in 2017 and top sales performer in 2016,2018 and 2019.