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Boyd Class of 1963 honors Waggoner

Mar. 7—ASHLAND — A 91-year-old retired teacher was honored on Thursday a couple months after the Foundation for the Tri-State announced that she established a $100,000 permanent scholarship endowment that will benefit Boyd County seniors.

The Boyd County High School Class of 1963 recognized Roberta Waggoner during the Boyd County Retired Teachers' Association quarterly meeting at The Elks Lodge in Ashland.

Towler, the meeting's guest speaker, had high praise for Waggoner.

Waggoner retired in 1995 after teaching for 44 years — four in Carter County and then 40 at Boyd County.

With Waggoner and Kathryn Lamp, of Foundation for the Tri-State, sitting nearby, Towler chronicled Waggoner's career and noted several tidbits about her interesting life.

Waggoner, who will turn 92 in July, was one of eight siblings — there were seven girls and one boy.

As the business and commerce teacher at BCHS, she instructed around 3,000 females and 500 males throughout four decades.

According to Towler, Waggoner can remember the names of 90% of those students.

The innovative teacher started the first high school bank in Kentucky at Boyd County. During summer breaks, she would work at banks and the county courthouse in order to absorb knowledge to pass along to her students.

"Birdie" Waggoner was an active community volunteer, too, Towler noted. She delivered for Meals on Wheels and served as an usher at the Paramount Arts Center. She has traveled a lot, too, having visited many countries in Europe and most of the 50 states.

Waggoner engaged in a number of hobbies, playing golf well into her 80s.

Waggoner handled her finances well, according to Towler. That coupled with her generosity allowed her to provide $100,000 to fund scholarships for seniors at Boyd County High to attend advanced vocational training and university programs.

Two $4,000 scholarships will be up for grabs beginning this year.

"The BCHS Class of 1963 wishes to congratulate Roberta Waggoner for her outstanding career in teaching and her recent decision to assist future graduating students at Boyd County High School for many years to come," Towler said.

Waggoner received a token of appreciation on Thursday.

In May, a plaque in her name will be placed on display at Boyd County High School. It will be presented to Waggoner and the school on May 14 at the senior honors program.

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