The State Journal All-Academic Team


This year, there are 28 local high school students who will be honored as members of The State Journal All-Academic Team.

These hard-working students will be recognized at a banquet Wednesday, May 17, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, with Heather French Henry as speaker.

Team members are selected based on ACT scores and grades from Frankfort, Franklin County and Western Hills high schools.

Of the 28 students, 18 attend Franklin County High School and there are five students each representing Frankfort and Western Hills high schools.

The students from Franklin County are Samuel Robert Ault, Thomas Baker, Elizabeth Bell, Molly McKnight Costigan, Monica Gaines, Ben Hardesty, Houston Waterfield Hardy, Derek Hughes, Jonathan Jones, Sam Kessler, Aaron Lee Marston, Jonathan Nitz, Erin Overstreet, Bobby Pelosi, William G. Stroupe II, Jamie Sturm, Lindsay Leigh Thompson and Ryan Wright.

The students from Frankfort High are Davis Bates, Lynley Cracraft, Jiordan Griffin, Katie Halloran and Danielle Thomas, and the students from Western Hills are Stephanie Howard, Shaina Faizi Khan, Ben Riggs, Andrew Shipp and Sara Thurston.

Heather French Henry now lives in Louisville with her husband, former Kentucky Lt. Governor Steve Henry, and their two daughters.

She is best known as Kentuckys only Miss America and won the crown in 2000.

Her platform for the pageant was The Forgotten Heroes: Honoring Our Nations Homeless Veterans.

French Henry is the only reigning Miss America to win the Woman of Achievement Award, honoring her accomplishments on veterans issues during her reign.

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