Eighteen Wildcats to be Inducted into Frank G. Ham Society of Character
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Eighteen University of Kentucky student-athletes will be inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character on Tuesday at a ceremony to be held at UK’s Center for Academic and Tutorial Services.
Following the induction ceremony, the student-athletes will be introduced at Rupp Arena at halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. Alabama.
The Society of Character annually honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model. The SOC was founded during the 1998-99 school year and is named for Ham, a long-time UK administrator.
year's induction class is listed below in alphabetical order.
Dustin Beggs, Baseball
A top-quality pitcher who led UK in wins, strikeouts and innings in his junior season. He elected to return to UK after being drafted last year. On the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List. Was on the Dean’s List at his previous college: Georgia Perimeter College in fall 2013 and spring 2014. In the National Honor Society in 2012. Has community service experience at Perimeter Church, Iron and Fire Ministries, Northwood Elementary School and North Fulton Community Charities. Also served on the debate team in high school, taking first place in a biomedical debate. After athletics, is considering pursuing a career as a chiropractor.
Zack Brown, Baseball
One of the top starting pitchers in college baseball and a tremendous student. Academic All-SEC in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Also named to Dean’s List three times at UK. Drafted in 2013, but elected to attend UK. Has extensive community service experience, having worked Habitat for Humanity, International Walk to School Day, and Miracle League in addition to packing backpacks for the less fortunate, making blankets for children in hospitals and reading to children at the elementary school he attended. Hopes to pursue a career in baseball or the financial or business industry focusing on sports.
Landon Foster, Football
A great teammate, leader, punter and person who also has extensive community service experience. An Academic All-American, he’s three-time Academic All-SEC and has been on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll five times and Dean’s List six times. A four-year starter, Foster was first-team Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC in 2013. Devoted to community service, and for his efforts was named to the 2015 AFCA Good Works Team, and was honored at the Sugar Bowl. Hopes to work in athletic business.
Galyer, Swimming and Diving
A perfect student and world-class swimmer. First team All-American in the pool and in the classroom. SEC Champion in the 200-yard backstroke. SEC Academic Athlete of the Year and and a U.S. National Team member. Her grades are all the more impressive considering the commitment required to be as successful a swimmer as she is. Her schedule includes early-morning and afternoon practices nearly every day in addition to life and school responsibilities. On top of that all, she has recorded extensive community service hours. After swimming (she has Olympic potential), she hopes to pursue law school.
Dorian Hairston, Baseball
A strong baseball contributor and an excellent student. Came to UK as a walk-on outfielder and earned regular playing time in 2015. A team captain. A poet whose work has been published in multiple anthologies. Frequently involved in community service, including activities such as spending time with a patient at UK Children’s Hospital. Vice President of his fraternity. Plans to pursue his literary talent and is also considering pursuing a doctorate in Sociology.
Farrington Huguenin, Football
A high-character person who leads on and off the field. Graduated before he completed his athletic eligibility and is now pursuing a second degree. Not only is he involved in community service, extensivel, but he also coordinated a plan of service for 30 of his teammates. Has devoted a great deal of time pursuing personal development via shadowing opportunities with successful people and attending seminars and speeches. After football he hopes to pursue a career in public relations.
Kate Lanier, Women’s Tennis
A contributor to the program in traditional and non-traditional ways, embodying her strong character in more than one way. A Dean’s List and Academic Honor Roll student. Also in the Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society. A huge asset in the community having devoted more than 141 volunteer hours to service. Has diverse interests in terms of future plans including medical and marketing fields.
Kirsten Lewis, Women’s Tennis
A senior captain who has shown uncommon selflessness and maturity. Extremely influential in the team and has been a leading player in bringing the program’s renewed success recently. An SEC and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll student in addition to Dean’s List. Recipient of the William C. Parker Scholarship and a Flagship Scholar. Also Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award recipient. Named to the SEC Community Service Team. Would like to pursue a graduate degree and explore her options in coaching.
Kelly Mason, Football
A superb special teams performer on the football team and an outstanding student who also volunteers regularly in the community. A football team representative on UK’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.. Academic All-SEC all four years at UK. Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major. Considers himself a perfectionist in academics, applying principles he’s learned on the field. As a long snapper he holds himself to perfection as a standard. Hopes to pursue a career in accounting.
Zach Myers, Football
A student-athlete of high character who is committed to excellence in the community, classroom and on the field. Spends time volunteering with local hospitals, just one of his many community service pursuits. Three-time Academic All-SEC, three semesters on the Dean’s List and spent two semesters on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Has a passion for helping others, especially young people. Wants to pursue a career in educational counseling.
Kelsey Nunley, Softball
Not just an extremely reliable athlete, but also a great teammate. A Dean’s List, SEC Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll student. An extremely decorated softball player and a key contributor to UK’s memorable run to the 2014 Women’s College World Series, earning WCWS All-Tournament Team honors. Has devoted more than 33 hours to community service. After graduating wants to pursue business opportunities teaching pitching to pay forward the opportunities she has been afforded in the sport.
Courtney Raetzman, Women’s Soccer
A standout at Kentucky and third-round pick in the NSWL Draft by the Chicago Red Stars. Started every game she appeared in during her Wildcat career. All-SEC as a senior and was an SEC All-Freshman Team selection. Great student, great leader and has donated a great deal of time to community service, focusing on work with elementary school students. After soccer, she hopes to pursue a career in sports management.
Charlie Reymann, Men’s Soccer
Has stepped up in a leadership role on a conference championship team. An SEC Honor Roll and Dean’s List student. A captain, regular starter and contributor. Has devoted a great deal of time to community service taking part in the annual UK Athletics service trip to Ethiopia, which he credits with changing his perspective on life and service. After soccer would like to pursue a career in finance.
Noah Richter, Swimming and Diving
A hard worker who has contributed to the program and overcome multiple obstacles to do so while succeding in his challenging course of study. A Dean’s List student who earned the William C. Parker Academic Scholarship. Has participated in community service projects including cooking and serving dinner to the impoverished and homeless at a Lexington church. Hopes to pursue a career in web development.
Jason Sharbel, Rifle
A good athlete and teammate who is strongly seeking to become a great leader. Always willing to put team first and is a hard worker. Team captain and SEC Academic Honor Roll member. Has spent extensive time in community service with Habitat for Humanity, the Department of Forestry, Salvation Army, God’s Pantry, United Way, and others. He hopes to continue pursuing marksmanship after graduating. Eventually would like to pursue wild land firefighting.
Maisie Steed, Softball
A Scholar All-American and standout player. A great leader who seeks to set her best example for teammates. Member of UK’s 2014 Women’s College World Series team. A team captain who has worked hard at her communication skills to serve in that role. Also a perennial Dean’s List and SEC Academic Honor Roll student. Has given more than 37 hours to community service. Hopes to pursue a career teaching and coaching.
Christian Stokes, Softball
An incredibly hard worker who goes above and beyond in terms of effort. Her community service dedication focuses on working with the elderly. She is considered one of the team’s best leaders by her teammates. A three-year letter earner, starting shortstop on the 2014 Women’s College World Series team, two-year captain and 2014 SEC All-Tournament Team selection. Hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy.
Kristoffer Tollefsen, Men’s Soccer
A great leader who was at the forefront of transforming the soccer team into conference champions. From Norway, adjusted to the cultural and language barriers to succeed on the pitch and in the classroom. A two-time All-Conference selection, league champion and SEC Honor Roll member. Has community service experience, focusing on working with children as a mentor. After soccer, is interested in pursuing a career in the shipping industry.