Jenkins Middle High School has named its valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2020.
Jacob Bryce Bentley, son of Brian and Lisa Bentley of Jenkins, is the 2020 Valedictorian.
Bentley is graduating academic ready with 30 college credit hours from the University of Pikeville and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. He is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as a Promising Appalachian Leader for GEAR-UP, and he has had perfect attendance for seven years in a row. He is the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award winner for his class, and a winner of the Rising Scholar Award from the University of Kentucky. Bentley was accepted into the Governor’s Scholar Program last year, and has played basketball and baseball all four years of high school. He is president of the UNITE club at school as well as a member of the student council.
He is the winner of the Whitesburg ARH Health Professions Scholarship and also the Viola Phillips Scholarship.
Bentley plans to attend Morehead State University, majoring in exercise science, with plans to become a physical therapist.
Brit Jeremy Ray Potter, son of Brit and Gia Potter, of Jenkins, is the Class of 2020 Salutatorian.
Potter is graduating academic ready with 27 college credit hours from the University of Pikeville and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
He is an honor roll student and has exemplary attendance for the year.
Potter has played basketball all four years of high school and this year was part of the 59th District All Tournament Team, as well as the Mountain Region Honorable Mention Team. He is also very active in jazz, pep, concert, and marching band. Potter plays the trombone and the advanced band has won many awards this year. He is this year’s winner of the John Phillips Sousa Award.
Potter is planning to attend the University of Pikeville in the fall, majoring in history and political science.