The Bowling Green Independent School District Foundation is proud to announce four 2019 inductees to the Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor: Patricia Moore Howard, Class of 1955; Rick Williams, Class of 1972; Jason Frakes, Class of 1991; and Akisha Townsend Eaton, Class of 1999. These individuals will be recognized at BGHS Homecoming on Friday, October 18, 2019. Honorees, family, friends, and fellow alumni are invited to the BGISD Foundation, Inc. Tailgate beginning at 6:00 p.m. at El Donaldson Stadium. Honorees will also be introduced on the field during the BGHS Football game vs. Christian County with kickoff at 7:00 p.m.
Patricia Moore Howard, BGHS Class of 1955
International Ministries Consultant
Patricia Moore Howard has spent her career as an English language consultant and trainer, as well as a Citizenship Representative. She has traveled to six continents training people to speak English as a foreign language, and at home, she has ministered to 33 different language groups and helped over 1,000 immigrants gain their citizenship.
Howard’s work has been primarily through the Bowling Green First Baptist Church, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Stanford Law Office as an Immigration and Citizenship Representative. Locally, she has also helped coordinate and establish four ethnic churches: Korean, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and the Ukraine-Eastern European.
Rick Williams, BGHS Class of 1972
Rick Williams is currently the General Manager of Forever Communications, overseeing WBVR, WUHU, WYLE and WBGN. His career spans from Department Store Manager at Sullivan’s to WAXO Radio, Storer/TKR/Insight Communications, Monticello Banking, and Marketing Manager at Jim Johnson's Automotive Group to his current role in local radio.
Williams has served our community in several roles, including Bowling Green City Commissioner from 2012 to 2018, with a mayoral appointment to the BGMU Board. He is active in organizations such as the Bowling Green DeMolay, Lodge #73 F&AM, Warren Co Jaycees, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, the HO Modular Railroad Club, Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club, and he was instrumental in the restoration of the Historic Railpark, where he continues to serve as a Board Member.
Rick and his wife Deborah are both 1972 graduates of BGHS. Their daughters Casey and Kristen are also BGHS graduates, classes of 2002 and 2009, and their grandsons Hunter and Easton Rouse are students at McNeill Elementary, future BGHS graduates in 2029 and 2032. Rick’s most recent pride and joy is “The Purple Spirit,” a fully-restored purple and gold 1972 Chevy Cheyenne pickup truck, in dedication to Bowling Green High School.
Jason Frakes, BGHS Class of 1991
Sportswriter / Editor
Jason Frakes is a high school sports reporter and editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville. He focuses on Metro Louisville schools, but maintains a presence throughout Kentucky. Frakes also manages the high school sports section of the Courier Journal website and has more than 22,000 Twitter followers @kyhighs.
Frakes won the 2018 Media Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary writing, an honor announced by the Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. Over the past 20 years, he has also received several awards and honors from the Kentucky Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Jason and his wife Edie live in New Albany, Indiana with their children Riley and Charlie.
Akisha Townsend Eaton, BGHS Class of 1999
Akisha Townsend Eaton is a legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society. She is one of the first full-time animal law attorneys in the nation, and has worked for advancements at the local, state, national, and international levels, including at the United Nations. In her present role, she works with local and state leaders and legislators to ensure that by 2025 no more healthy and adoptable pets will die in America's shelters.
Akisha is an Associate Fellow for the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a member of the American Bar Association's Animal Law Committee. She has served in various leadership capacities at public interest organizations focused on civil rights, child protection, and faith-based leadership. She is an author of several publications related to the field of animal law, and has served as a guest contributor for major news outlets. Akisha is an honors graduate of Stanford University and received her law degree from Georgetown University, where she was a Law Center Scholar, and an Orrick Sutcliffe & Herrington Scholar.
Akisha and her husband Jack live in Bowling Green with their two companion animals, Oreo and Snowflake.