As a 1987 graduate of Woodford County High School, Chris was an honor student and Valedictorian of her class. She also excelled as a three sport athlete. As a student at Georgetown College, she received many academic honors, the highest being the Fullbright Scholoarship. As a scholar/athlete, Chris was named 3 times as a District Scholar/Athlete and Twice as the NAIA National Scholar/Athlete. She is currently a leader for environmental issues both locally and nationally.
Trina Schimmoeller - Academics
Chris and Trina were co-valedictorians at WCHS in 1987 and won multiple awards in English, Spanish, art and other subjects. They also excelled as athletes in volleyball, basketball and track. Steve Williams, who coached and taught in Woodford County said this about the Schimmoellers: “They were not deficient in any single category. And they were the best examples of student athletes: considerate, straightforward…great to the other kids.”Trina received the USA Today Student of the Year award, earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Davis, and published a book in 2000.
Jim Curtis - Arts and Humanities
Jim Curtis captured this county on film. He graduated in 1960 from Versailles High, where he was editor and photographer of the school newspaper. Then Jim earned a degree from the U.K. School of Journalism. Jim was incredibly easy-going, and according to his wife, Toni, he never got upset when Woodford countians asked him to take a picture for the Sun, whether it was the first robin of the spring or the first deer taken in season – even when they came to the Curtis home at 3 in the morning with that deer. Jim was always humble, but he was good at promoting others, including his friend Steve Beshear. Jim and Steve knew each other from their days at UK, and when Steve ran his first race for state office, Jim wrote the copy for Steve’s brochure and took his picture in the Curtis living room.
Deborah Martin - Arts and Humanities
Woodford County class of 1981. Dr. Martin is Associate Professor of Theatre and Film at Berea College, where she has also served as Director of Theatre. She’s been teaching at the college level since 1993, and her courses range from Script Analysis and Advanced Acting to Principles of Directing. Before coming to Berea in 2001, Deborah taught at the University of Alabama, Florida State, Texas Tech and UK. Deborah is an actor herself, but in her role as academician, she moves art forward with the next generation of theatre practitioners. Deborah sees the study of theater and performances are ways in which the arts are challenged, discussed and enhanced. And even researched. Her productions – like other forms of visual art – are peer reviewed and evaluated on their themes, commentary and perspective. Deborah says this: “My colleagues in biology conduct experiments. My colleagues in history write papers. I direct productions and perform. And all us are peer reviewed.”