Meet the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Bearers: Jerry Kuykendall

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By Kelsey Schapker

Torch Bearers for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay have been nominated and numerous nominees in Posey County have accepted the role. Each week the Mount Vernon Democratwill introduce the torch bearers for Posey County.
The torch will be in the county on Sept. 11, from 11 to 1:30 p.m. It will come through Mount Vernon via Highway 62 and go down Walnut Street before hitting Main Street to travel to New Harmony.
Governor Mike Pence notified the nominees via a letter in the mail. All nominees were instructed to either accept or deny the nomination.


Jerry Kuykendall
Jerry Kuykendall dedicated 32 years to the Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon. He taught English at Mount Vernon Junior High School for 24 years, then for nine years he played an intricate role in setting up an alternative school for at-risk high school students; the school is still in operation today and is known as the Opportunity Center.

Kuykendall said the Red Cross nominated him to be a torch bearer.

“I am really, really excited about it. I was hoping that I would be nominated and selected, but I didn’t know that the Red Cross was going to be the organization to nominate me, so I was very surprised.

I am currently a volunteer with the Red Cross; previously I was the Disaster Chair for the Red Cross Chapter in Posey County, but the Red Cross operates regionally now. I also volunteer in Mount Vernon at the soup kitchen and the food pantry and I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

The mode of transportation that I’m traveling by is running. I am a big runner and am very active in the YMCA."