Bailey Gilliam first came to Boyd Christian School as a kindergartner. When she walks across the stage as a Boyd graduate in May, she will do so as class valedictorian.
“I’ve been here for 13 years and most people I’ve been in class with since I’ve been in kindergarten,” said Gilliam. “I’m ready to move on, but I also know I will miss it a lot when I’m not here.”
Gilliam will graduate No. 1 in her class in a ceremony scheduled for May 23 at Central Church of Christ.
Will Sullivan is the class salutatorian. He came to Boyd as a high school freshman and says he’s enjoyed the cozy atmosphere at the private school for the past four years.
“The faculty makes you feel welcome and more at home than in public schools,” said Sullivan.
The two say they enjoy the small class sizes at Boyd. This year’s senior class has 10 students.
“You’re really close to everybody,” said Gilliam.
“Maybe a little too close,” joked Sullivan.
Gilliam plans to attend the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga in the fall. She would like to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Sullivan is currently taking dual enrollment classes at Motlow. This has allowed him to get some of his college credits out of the way while still in high school. On mornings when he has college classes at Motlow, Sullivan usually arrives at Boyd after lunch.
“I’ll probably get the rest of my core requirements out of the way at Motlow,” said Sullivan, who said he would like to attend a four-year college after Motlow.