The Trailblazers will induct nine individual members along with the 2013 4x800 relay state championship team for the Class of 2019. The ceremony will be held Oct. 24, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m at the high school. The induction is set to start at 6:15.
Also, the inductees will be introduced at halftime of the Musket Bowl game between Boone and David Crockett on Oct. 25.
In this year’s group are Jayme Jenkins, Jennine Duncan, Robert Winkle, Patti Hamilton, Sky Hicks, Nicky Jessen, Steve Cox, Peggy Greene and Cathy Reynolds. The relay team consisted of Chad Whitehead, Ashton Wilson, Adam Barnard and Jordan Roth.
Here’s a brief look at each inductee:
Jennine Duncan (2012)
The softball star graduated as the school’s all-time career leader in hits (300) and runs (237), and both of those totals rank in the top 10 all-time nationally, according to the National Federation of High Schools record book.
She helped the 2012 team finish as Class AAA state runner-up with a record of 50-6, and she continued her career at East Tennessee State University.
As a soccer player at Boone, she finished her career with 90 goals and 37 assists.
Steve Cox (1985)
One of the best basketball players in school history, Cox was honored as an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith magazine for the 1984-85 season.
During his junior and senior years, he was chosen to the all-state team.
Cox went on to play at ETSU and was co-captain of the 1989 Southern Conference championship team that earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Sky Hicks (2006)
He is considered one of the best running backs in school history.
In 2005, Hicks became the first running back in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season. He was a first-team all-state selection, regional player of the year and conference most valuable player.
Jayme Jenkins (1983)
A two-sport standout, Jenkins went on to become a two-sport athlete at Milligan College. In basketball, he was selected as honorable mention on the all-state team. In baseball, he was chosen to the IMAC all-conference and all-tournament teams.
Nicky Jessen (1999)
A multi-sport standout, she was a member of the 1,000-point club in basketball and helped Boone reach the Class AA state tournament. In college, Jessen scored over 1,000 points at Milligan.
In volleyball, she was an all-region choice and helped her team reach the state tournament, where she was a member of the all-tournament team.
As a member of the track team, Jessen placed sixth in the state in the 400 meters.
Robert Winkle (1973)
A two-sport standout, he played on Boone’s first-ever football team. Winkle later helped Boone set a school record with six shutouts while playing on both sides of the ball as well as special teams. He was an honorable mention all-state selection.
In track, he helped Boone win the Watauga Conference championship in his junior and senior years. He ran collegiately at Lees-McRae.
Patti Hamilton (1978)
The basketball standout was selected as the team’s MVP in 1977-78 while earning a second-team all-state selection.
She was a two-time second-team All-Upper East Tennessee choice while averaging 24 points per game, and led Boone to an Upper Lakes Conference championship.
Peggy Greene (1974)
A cheerleader in 1973-74, she spent the next 38 years in the Washington County school system as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.
Cathy Reynolds (special contributor)
A loyal supporter Boone for 18 years, Reynolds fills numerous roles within the athletic department.