Melanie Fields Horton and Larry Forrester were recognized as Rising Alumni for their professional achievements, pursuit of excellence early in their careers, and the commitment and positive impact they have made in service to others. An attorney in Pikeville, Horton is serving her eighth term as president of the Pike County Bar Association. Forrester began his career as a management trainee with Community Trust Bank and currently is vice president for the central Kentucky region.
Bruce Walters II and Kelly Wells were presented with the Honorary Alumni Award. The award is presented to individuals who are not graduates, but whose service reflects the spirit and tradition of Pikeville College. Walters, along with his family, have been friends and supporters of Pikeville College for many years providing support for admissions’ efforts, athletics and the annual scholarship golf tournament. As head coach of the Pikeville College men’s basketball team, Wells recently led the Bears to the school’s first NAIA National Championship and was named the 2011 NAIA National “Coach of the Year.”
Justice Will T. Scott and Dr. Orville Clark received the Distinguished Alumni Award, presented to alumni whose contributions have enriched the lives of others and who bring honor and distinction to the individuals, their families and Pikeville College. Scott has practiced law in Kentucky courtrooms for nearly 30 years. In 2004, he was elected to represent the 7th Supreme Court District, which consists of 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky. Scott served as deputy chief justice from 2006-2010.
An optometrist in Pikeville for more than 30 years, Clark’s ties to Pikeville College go back to his childhood. He graduated from the Training School, Pikeville College Academy and Pikeville Junior College. His wife, Betty, and son, Orville Clark Jr., are also alumni of the college.
The Pikeville College Alumni Association also recognized alumnus and longtime board member Gary Thrash, establishing the Gary Thrash Outstanding Ambassador Award. A long-time member of the Alumni Association, Thrash was honored for his special commitment and dedication to Pikeville College and its students. The award will be presented to recipients whose service to the college and the alumni association exemplifies Thrash’s dedication to Pikeville College’s mission.