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Casting Cardinal Kason Stockton signs with Kentucky Christian University

Casting Cardinal Kason Stockton signing with KCU Knights

Kason Stockton congratulated by Coach Gene Nornhold

WCHS Senior Kason Stockton congratulated by Coach Gene Nornhold, after signing to fish with the Kentucky Christian Knights.

Kason Stockton and his parents and new coach

WCHS Senior Kason Stockton signing with Kentucky Christian University while his parents Jason and Christy Stockton supported his decision.

Kason Stockton with his parents and grandparents

WCHS Senior Kason Stockton with parents Jason and Christy Stockton, as well as Grandparents (l-r:) Nancy Worley, Doug Stockton, Donna Stockton and Robbie Bell.

Kason Stockton with friends

Kason Stockton and his parents surrounded by friends from school (l-r:) Natalie Reagan, Austin Criswell, Alex West, Jenna R. Morrow, and Hannah Kempton.

Kason Stockton and College Coach Gene Nornhold

WCHS Senior Kason Stockton and Kentucky Christian Bass Fishing Coach Gene Nornhold

Kason chatting with his new coach and Dad after the ceremony

Kason chatting with his new coach and Dad after the ceremony. Coach Nornhold shared a recruiting booklet recording statistics on each of the top high school anglers that included Kason.

WCHS Casting Cardinal Kason Stockton signs with KCU

      Wayne County High School Senior Kason Stockton is headed to Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky, to further his education with the help of a scholarship earned through his participation on the school’s bass fishing team. Kentucky Christian is a private Christian university where Stockton is one of less than a dozen high school seniors being recruited out of 122 prospects to the Knights Bass Fishing Coed Team.

       Stockton and his family gathered for the official signing on Wednesday, March 9, with well-wishers from the Casting Cardinals present. Coach Gene Nornhold said, “Kason will be a great fit for our program.”

       Coach Nornhold is quite familiar with the university, which has an enrollment of 550, because he started his college career there. He has been following Stockton’s fishing career and had met him at a previous tournament. He realized it would be tough to recruit Stockton since he is such a talented student. Nornhold realized, “The Lord has sent him to us…I always like to pray about my kids.”

       Of course, Nornhold plans for his team to win a national title, but more importantly he wants Stockton to do well in college. “We want our students to fulfill their dreams, plus have a good academic experience. I know Kason will be a good role model to the rest of our kids on campus. Just because it is a Christian College, does not mean all the students on campus are Christians.”

       Coach Nornhold thanked Kason’s family for letting him get to work with him during his journey through his post-secondary education. “It’s God sent…we’ll get him through it.”

        Kason is an active member of Elk Spring Valley Baptist Church and wanted to attend a Christian College. He is a well-rounded student with a 3.9 grade point average. He has taken a couple of college courses in Math and Biology to help prepare for his next step. His favorite subject has been Science, so he plans to major in Biology. His end goal is to work for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has been an active member of Wayne County Future Farmers of America (FFA) for four years and competed in many competitions. He currently is serving as the FFA vice president and has spent many hours in the school garden, even during the hot summer months.

       “He has taken on more of a role with the School Garden this year, because his schedule has allowed more flexibility. He is a great asset to the Wayne County Ag. Department and FFA community,” said Wayne County Agriculture Teacher Justin Horton.

       Stockton said he appreciated his teachers because they have been really helpful to him. “They made it very easy for me to become successful.”

      Wayne County Schools Athletic Director Kevin Jones said, “On behalf of Wayne County Schools, we’re excited for Kason and the decision he has made to sign with KCU. First and foremost for his education, but also for his love of fishing. We are appreciative of him at school, as well as the support of his parents and grandparents. We look forward to his next step in education. Maybe someday he will come back here and help coach the bass fishing program.”

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