Tapke honored with Columbus Wall of Fame designation

Staff Reports

Stacy Hege Tapke, Class of 1996, was honored with a place on the Columbus East High School Wall of Fame Friday night.

Hege Tapke was chosen by a committee from a list of about 50 potential candidates to receive the honor.

Hege Tapke is the first woman in history to be elected Kenton County Attorney in 2014, working in the Kentucky Government Center in Covington.

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She attended a reception prior to the Eat game and was presented her plaque on the Wall of Fame and a certificate. The former Olympian cheerleader was also recognized during halftime of the Columbus East-Bloomington North basketball game.

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Position: Kenton County, Kentucky attorney (an elected position)

Age: 42

Hometown: Columbus

Education: Graduated from Columbus East High School in 1996. Received her bachelor of arts majoring in history and Spanish with honors from Purdue University in 2000. Earned her law degree from the University of Maryland in 2004.

Work experience: After earning her law degree, Tapke accepted the position of assistant county attorney in Kenton County, Kentucky in 2004. She was later promoted to assistant to county attorney Garry Edmondson, as well as head of the office’s civil division. She was elected Edmondson’s successor in 2014.

Family: Married 12 years to Richard "Trey" Tapke III, a financial consultant. Two sons: Richard IV, 10, and Teddy, 8.

Local family members: Parents, Vance and Jayne Hege, grandmother Elsie Hege, brother George Hege.

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