For the first year, as well as the last, this year’s valedictorians at Warren County High School make up the majority of the top 10 percent of the graduating class.
There are 34 seniors in the top 10 percent, with 20 of those being valedictorians:
• Girls — Ariel Maxine Bouldin, Kayla Ann Brown, Madison Paige Curtis, Kelsea Lea Grieves, Hannah Nicole Hale, Mindy Elizabeth King, Chloe Tres Majors, Marisa Lashae Rigsby, Lesley Faye Sweeton, Lauren Renae Wilson.
• Boys — Trevor Austin Crawford, Jonathan Griffin Ewton, Benjamin Walter Gawel, Lance Austin Kelley, Newby Parton, Jeremy Dale Pollard, Johnathan Lloyd Smith, Salem Travis Wanamaker, Dillan Chase Wood, Colyn Michael Young.
Each valedictorian will be allowed to speak during the graduation ceremony. However, because there are 20, each will be limited to one minute or less.
Brown says she will miss the more athletic part of life at WCHS.
“I’ll miss participating in sports and attending the games,” said Brown. “I play volleyball and run track. I’ll miss both of those.”
When asked which teacher they will most miss when the bell rings for the last time signally their final day, several said Clark George.
“He’s nice,” said Wanamaker. “His class is fun. He’s cool to be around and I learned a lot.”
Memories are too many to mention, says Rigsby.
“I don’t think I can pick just one memorable moment,” she said. “It’s been one big memory.”
Gawel has his sights set on Vanderbilt. “I will be attending Vanderbilt and majoring in physics.”
Curtis says she headed for Middle Tennessee State University to major in psychology, while Majors says she’s going to Florida State University and majoring in chemistry and pre-med.
Sweeton is considering MTSU, King and Rigsby UT. Wilson is considering the University of Memphis, and Grieves, Hale, Smith, Ewton, Crawfod and Kelley are considering TTU, Brown is considering Lipscomb, Bouldin and Pollard are considering Belmont, Wood and Wanamaker are considering ETSU, and Parton and Young are undecided.
This year will be the last class with more than one valedictorian. The school is going back to the way it used to be done in the years before 2007 with the naming of one valedictorian and one salutatorian. The change begins with the class of 2015.
Traditionally, on graduation day, the valedictorians wear gold gowns and the remaining top 10 percent wear blue.