Six outstanding graduates of Bowling Green High School will be recognized Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the 26th Annual Hall of Honor Dinner. The event will take place at Bowling Green High School with a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The meal is catered and sponsored by Cambridge Market & Cafe.
The Hall of Honor was established to recognize the outstanding achievements of Bowling Green High School graduates, distinguished in personal, civic, and professional careers and reflecting the highest values of service, community, and excellence. The Class of 2017 Hall of Honor inductees include Dr. Keely Jones (1988), Derrick Ray (1985), Cathy Meeks Bishop (1974), Dr. Kelly Elliott Kries (1989), John Pipes Gaines (1960), and Brad Odil (1982). Each will be introduced and recognized by Bowling Green Independent Schools Superintendent Gary Fields at the Hall of Honor dinner.
Tickets to the 2017 Hall of Honor may be purchased for $20 online at www.eventbrite.com or at the door for $25.
More about the 2017 Honorees:
Keely S. Jones
Dr. Keely S. Jones-Mason was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Vanice and Ora Lee Jones, the oldest of seven and proud mother of two. Dr. Jones-Mason attended Parker-Bennett Elementary, Bowling Green Junior High, and is a proud graduate of Bowling Green High School class of 1988. She continued her studies at Western Kentucky University receiving an Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Criminology. Dr. Jones-Mason’s graduate studies were at Tennessee State University where she received a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling, Master of Education in Special Education, Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision and her Doctor of Education in Administration and Supervision. She is currently the Executive Principal at Maplewood High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sergeant Major Derrick A. Ray Sr. (Retired), graduated in 1985 from Bowling Green High School. He enlisted in the United States Army in October 1985. During his 30 years of service, SGM Derrick Ray received training as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Army Career Counselor at Fort Jackson, SC and his last position served was the Inspector General Sergeant Major at III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas. Sergeant Major Ray has deployed to numerous overseas deployments: (Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm; Operation Sea Signal in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq) to name a few.
In his rise from Private to Sergeant Major he served in a variety of NCO leadership positions and assignments, all with distinction. Among his many assignments included service in Baumholder Germany; Fort Hood (Two tours), Texas; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Fort Bliss, Texas.
He is a graduate of numerous military educational courses to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, (Class 62) at Fort Bliss, Texas. His highest awards achieved is the Legion of Merit. He has also been awarded the Air Assault Badge and the Army Career Counselor Identification Badge. Sergeant Major Ray has achieved his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) and his MBA under Business Administration with the concentration in Strategic Leadership (Cum Laude) at Trident University International (TUI).
Cathy Meeks Bishop
Cathy Meeks Bishop is a 1974 graduate of Bowling Green High School, a 1978 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, and employed as a paralegal at English, Lucas, Priest, & Owsley, LLP for thirty years.
Cathy serves on the board of The Medical Center at Bowling Green, and is vice chairperson of the board of directors of its parent company, Commonwealth Health Corporation. She was president of the Kentucky Wesleyan Alumni Association, the Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club where she was named Kentucky’s Outstanding Junior Club Woman for 1995-1996, and is a P.E.O. and Kappa Delta.
Within the BGISD, she has served as a PTO president, a mentor at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary, a member of the BGISD Foundation Board, and on the BGHS Youth Services Committee.
Cathy and her husband, Mike Bishop, are active members of State Street United Methodist Church, where she serves as lay leader. They have one son, Keith, a graduate of BGHS and Belmont University.
Kelly Elliott Kries
After graduating from Potter Gray Elementary, Bowling Green Junior High, Bowling Green High School, Western Kentucky University, the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and completing her residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Kelly Elliott Kries has practiced pediatrics in her hometown the past 17 years. She says her favorite accomplishment is being able to watch "my babies in my clinic" grow and prosper into adults, and her best accomplishment is convincing my amazing husband to marry me and having two beautiful children.
John Pipes Gaines
Last September Pipes Gaines reached the milestone of having been employed at the Bowling Green Daily News for 50 years. The Daily News, with which he shares ownership with his sons Scott and Steve Gaines, has been owned and operated by members of his family since 1882. His interests outside of the newspaper are his family including four grandchildren, his farms, and time spent hunting and fishing the fields and streams in this area.
A 1982 graduate of BGHS, Brad currently serves as Vice President & General Manager of WBKO-TV. His career started at WBKO in 1986 in sales and over the years progressed through various station management responsibilities. Throughout his career Brad has devoted much of his time serving on local non-profit boards working to improve South Central Kentucky local communities through organizations like United Way, Jr. Achievement, BG East Little League, Safety City, Commonwealth Health Corporation, and many more. Brad has three wonderful children, Cameron, Kaelin, and Mia.