Warren County School District Names New Class of Distinguished Alumni

Feb 14, 2014

Professionals in the fields of business, medicine, athletics, and education, and entertainment make up the newest class of the Warren County Public Schools Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The school district will honor 13 graduates of Warren County high schools at its second annual induction dinner April 12 at the Sloan Convention Center.

The 2014 inductees include:

*Norah Lee Allen, a 1966 graduate of Warren County High School, has been a singer on the Grand Ole Opry stage for more than 25 years.

*Dr. Jack Britt, a 1962 graduate of Warren County High School, has fashioned an impressive career in agriculture and education. He has conducted research that has contributed to advances in veterinary medicine.

*Sam Bush, a 1970 graduate of Warren Central High School, is a legendary musician and one of the founders of the band Newgrass Revival.

*Floyd Ellis, a 1943 graduate of South Warren High School, excelled in business and politics and distinguished himself through his philanthropic activities before his death in 2009. Ellis spent 20 years as President and CEO of Warren Rural Electric Cooperative and also served on the board of directors for such organizations as Citizens First Bank and Commonwealth Health Corporation.

*Robert Henderson, a 1989 graduate of Warren Central High School, distinguished himself through his military service. A lieutenant in the National Guard, Henderson was killed in action while serving in Iraq in 2004.

*Joe Meng, a 1941 graduate of Woodburn High School, excelled in agriculture, business, and community service for more than 50 years. A cattle farmer until 1998, Meng was named Outstanding Young Farmer of Warren County in 1955 and Outstanding Adult Farmer in 1971. Meng died in 2011.

- David Resch, a 1986 graduate of Warren East High School, has fashioned an impressive career in the military and in law enforcement. In January, he was named special agent in charge of the FBI's Little Rock Division. Before joining the FBI in 1996, Resch served in the U.S. Army as an infantry lieutenant and a military intelligence captain.

*Tim Riley, a 1978 graduate of Warren East High School, is a distinguished and highly successful educator and coach. As boys' basketball coach at Warren Central High School, he guided the Dragons to eight Region 4 championships in a 10-year period.

*Buster Stewart, a 1968 graduate of Warren County High School, is a highly successful entrepreneur. One of the founders of Stewart Richey Construction, Stewart has been instrumental in that company's growth and success.

*Dr. Ryan Stokes, a 1995 graduate of Greenwood High School, has fashioned an outstanding career in the field of religious studies and is renowned as a Biblical scholar. He is now an assistant professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

*Jacinda Thedders Townsend, a 1988 graduate of Warren Central High School, has distinguished herself in the fields of academia and literature. After graduating from WCHS at age 16 as a National Merit finalist, Townsend earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, a law degree at Duke University, and a master’s degree at the University of Iowa.

*Roger Thomas, a 1968 graduate of North Warren High School, has a long history of success in dairy farming and in public service. A State Representative from 1996 until 2004, Thomas continues to play an influential role in Frankfort.

*Robert Young, a 1982 graduate of Warren East High School, has distinguished himself in the legal profession and in public service. A practicing attorney for more than 20 years, Young has developed an expertise in the area of medical malpractice while with the Bowling Green law firm of English Lucas Priest & Owsley.