By Jeff Phillips
Special to the Enterprise
Harlan County High School graduate Anna Jo Creech has been selected for induction into the Harlan County Schools Frank Brittain Academic and Athletic Hall of Fame.
“The Hall of Fame is a prestigious honor,” said Superintendent Mike Howard in announcing Creech’s selection. “Since the hall of fame was established in 2002, only 14 students have been selected. Miss Creech will make the 15th inductee.”
The induction ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. before a meeting of the Harlan County Board of Education. The public is invited.
Former HCHS principal Bob Howard said “I worked directly with her on a number of projects. Anna Jo is mature beyond her present years. She will go on to do great things.”
Howard said “she has stepped out over the last four years and been active in a number of activities at HCHS. Lead singer and actress in many state productions; an award winning singer in choir; a talented artist, she is multi-gifted and plays piano beautifully.”
Teacher David Powell said he has always found Creech “to be an honest, hard-working and extremely trustworthy young lady. She strives to do her best and excels in all situations.”
“I am so incredibly humbled that anyone would nominate me for such an honor,” said Creech. “When I saw the wall for the first time a few days ago, I was stunned to find that my picture would be hanging beneath Cumberland legends like Brooks and Kyle Hogue! I have always looked up to them.”
Creech said the accolade does not come without guidance and help along the way from many.
“I wouldn’t be who I am today without the love and wisdom given to me from my teachers and mentors these past 12 years,” she said. “I have had tremendous support from home and could never thank my parents enough.”
In addition to working 15-20 hours per week as a waitress at the Hoagie Shop in Cumberland, she is a student at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland.
“I am working toward my associate of arts,” she said. “I am considering education. I would really like to teach at the college level.”
She has just recently been named the music director for the play “Higher Ground.”
Creech was a 2013 valedictorian, maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school career. She was selected and performed in the 2012 and 2013 Kentucky High School All-State Choir. She served as president of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Drama Club and Choir. She received numerous lead roles and accolades for drama and was a member of the All Mountain Regional Cast, including Best Actress as a freshman for her performance in “Juvies.”
She was featured in Modern Mountain Magazine in the summer of 2011 for her performance as Christine in Phantom of the Opera.
As a high school student, she was a member of the Southeast Kentucky Community College Center Stage Players.
Creech was lead vocalist and pianist for the jazz band, performing at the University of the Cumberlands and Morehead State University. She also performed at the University of Louisville in the summer of 2011 during a jazz workshop.
She received the 2011 University of Kentucky’s Class of Kentucky Award. She was a four-year member of the All-Festival Choir.
She was a Kentucky Ambassador of Music in the summer of 2012 European Tour, performing in seven countries – England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany.
In addition to playing the piano and keyboard and signing high soprano for the Cumberland Pentecostal Church’s Praise team, she has performed in many community, church and school events. She participated in the Governor’s School for the Arts auditions and reviews in 2011.