Warren County Public Schools will induct ten outstanding individuals into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni at the annual induction dinner on April 28, 2017 at the Sloan Convention Center. This ceremony brings the total number of inductees to fifty-eight. This year’s representatives have an impressive list of accomplishments in business, medicine, military, education, law, entertainment, and community service.
The 2017 WCPS Hall of Distinguished Alumni class:
- Darel Carrier, a 1960 graduate of Bristow High School, is a basketball legend in south central Kentucky, known for his outstanding college career at Western Kentucky University, where he still holds the school record for the most points scored in a road game. Carrier took his talents to the national stage when he was drafted by the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1964. He played for the Saint Louis Hawks and the Phillips 66ers before finishing his career playing as Kentucky Colonel and later for the Memphis Sounds. With more than 1,400 points scored during his professional career, Carrier has been honored as one of the 25 “Greatest Shooting Guards of All-Time.”
- Commander Ellen Duffy, a 1980 graduate of Warren Central High School, dedicated her career to protecting our country with 29 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Prior to her retirement in 2011, Duffy held 14 jobs, moved 11 times, and received 11 promotions. Throughout her career, Duffy served in various positions including the Assistant Chief Staff Officer for Commander, Task Force 63/Commander, Service Force Sixth Fleet/Commander, Naval Services Group Mediterranean, Administrative Department Head for Amphibious Construction Battalion, and Program Manager for administration at Navy Region Southwest. Duffy also earned the Meritorious Service Medal upon her retirement.
- Justin James Hasford, a 1994 graduate of Greenwood High School, has positioned himself as one of the nation’s leading chemists and legal experts. Hasford graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and High Honors in Molecular Biology. From there, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2003. Throughout his career, Hasford has served as chair for the American Chemical Society, has co-authored peer review publications for scientific research, has represented major pharmaceutical companies, and has frequently spoken on the protection of U.S. intellectual property rights.
- Phil Moore, a 1968 graduate of Bristow High School, dedicated his career to serving the citizens of Bowling Green/Warren County. Following his graduation from Western Kentucky University in 1972, Moore became a leading force in establishing quality Parks and Recreation facilities in the community through his roles as Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Center Supervisor& Athletic Director and as Director of the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department. Under his leadership, the county founded little league programs in basketball, football, baseball, softball, and hockey. Moore also assisted in the establishment of several of the county’s public spaces, greenway parks, and recreational facilities.
- Doctor Larry J. Pack, a 1950 graduate of Alvaton High School, has served the southern Kentucky community for more than five decades. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University in 1950, Pack rose to the rank of Captain in the Army Reserve from 1955-1957. From there, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville in 1962. In addition to his successful dental practice, Pack has been an active member of the Bowling Green Rotary Club since 1987 authoring the book “Service Above Self: A History of the Bowling Green Rotary Club and the City that Made It All Possible.”
- Ben Keith Shaeufele, a 1955 graduate of Alvaton High School, was best known for his contribution to the music industry. Under the stage name Ben Keith, he was a singer, song-writer, producer and session musician lending his talents on such hits as Patsy Cline’s 1961 chart topper “I Fall to Pieces.” In 1971 Keith began working with the notable Neil Young. Their professional collaborations would include over a dozen albums and tours and span four decades, until Keith’s death in 2010.
- Brad Sparks, MD, a 1993 graduate of Warren East High School, is an Orthopedic Surgeon in Anchorage, Alaska. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Western Kentucky University and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2000. He completed a Sports Fellowship at the University of New Mexico in 2003 prior to finishing is residency at University of Louisville in 2004. Dr. Sparks is a generous and active member of his community and continues to give back to the citizens of Warren County.
- Anthony B. Wilson, a 1991 graduate of Warren East High School, is a Senior Human Resource Officer for the United States Military with 24 years of experience as a leader and professional representative of the U.S. Army. He has served in many capacities, including Chief Readiness Officer in Italy from 2001-2002, Operations Officer in Saudi Arabia from 2002-2003, Senior Resource Manager in Fort Knox Kentucky, as well as Military Advisor Battalion Executive Officer and Command Inspector General in Afghanistan. Wilson is currently the Executive Director and Human Resource Officer for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Carson, Colorado.
- Janell L. Wood Ph.D, a 1987 graduate of Warren East High School, has made a career of providing financial guidance and support to educational institutions. In 1991 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Western Kentucky University before completing her Masters of Arts in Education in 1995. In 2008 she completed her PhD in Leadership and Policies Studies at Vanderbilt University. Wood has since used her training to serve schools, students, and community organizations across Kentucky and Tennessee. She is currently the Director of Extended Learning Programs for the Tennessee Department of Education.
- Walter E. York, a 1980 graduate of Warren Central High School, is a partner of Miller & York Rentals in Warren County. He holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Western Kentucky University; one in Business Administration and the other in Physical Education. An active member of the community, York has dedicated his professional life to ensuring safe, affordable housing to the citizens of southern Kentucky. As an advocate for the advancement of all people, York regularly works with Bowling Green Section 8 Housing, The Bowling Green Housing Authority, and Lifeskills to provide shelter to families in need.
Tickets for the Hall of Distinguished Alumni dinner and induction ceremony are $30 a piece or $265 for a table of eight. Please contact Toni Langevin at (270) 781-5150 for more information.