F.C. Boyd Christian School has announced its valedictorian and salutatorian for the 2019-20 school year.
Taking highest honors is Jamison Brock, who claimed the academic achievement with a GPA of 4.45. He was followed by Kaylee Jade Hash with 4.36 GPA.
“I’m excited for this opportunity,” said Brock. “I think my mom was more excited than I was. It wasn’t something I’ve really strived for, but I did work hard and I’m excited.”
He’s following in the footsteps of his role model.
“My brother, Philip, would be my role model. He graduated as valedictorian (2015-16). He’s now a senior at Freed-Hardeman University. We will both be graduating in May. I’ll also be attending Freed-Hardeman. I’ll be majoring in biology with plans to become a wildlife veterinarian.”
English teacher Chris Perry is his favorite teacher.
“Mr. Perry is very laidback and chilled,” said Brock. “He’s very relatable. He’s just a very fun teacher, but through the fun we learned a lot.”
Boyd Christian School will be missed, said Brock.
“I think my time at Boyd has prepared me well,” said Brock. “I’ve went to college and sat in on some classes to get a feel for it. Some of the stuff they talked about I already knew. I feel the education I’ve received here has prepared me well for the next level.”
To underclassmen, his advice is simple:
“Stick to it,” said Boyd. “Do your work. I know a lot of people start to slack off, but you have to stick with it. High school is not the end of the world. You can get through it.”
Hash did strive for a placement in the school’s top five and she earned second highest.
“Coming into this year, I thought I was in the top five,” she said. “As they’re calling out names, mine wasn’t called. I thought, ‘oh, no.’ Then, they called my name. I stopped breathing, but still had to make it down the bleachers. Being salutatorian was one of my goals. It was very exciting.”
Another goal is to attend UT Knoxville and become a veterinarian.
“There are many different fields, but I’d like to become an equine veterinarian,” said Hash. “I think I’d like to work with horses.”
Hash’s role model is the late John Henry Hash Jr.
“My role model is my father, 100 percent. He was always very supportive. He kept me motivated. He passed away in June 2019. It will be one year and a month from his passing when I graduate. My speech will probably include how much he meant to me and the positive influence he had on my life.”
Biology teacher Lane Dix is her favorite teacher.
“His teaching style can be a bit harsh, but he shows his wisdom through the things he says,” said Hash. “I can ask him a question and he’ll help me find the answer. He doesn’t shy away from any question. You can ask him any question and he’ll have an answer.”
Time at Boyd has provided a solid spiritual foundation moving forward.
“The Christian education I’ve received at Boyd has gotten me firmly rooted into Christianity. I feel that has helped me greatly with my future endeavors. I’ll miss this school, and knowing my sister is right down the hall. When I move onto college, I’ll be living her behind. Not looking forward to that part.”
This departing senior urges trust in one’s abilities and qualities.
“Work hard and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish something. You can do whatever you set your mind to do.”
Completing the top five are Zoe Witty, Kapri Talley and Ashley Vandagriff.