Abby Thrasher and John Samuel miss on the “high five,” laugh, then try again in front of the high school Monday.
But the two certainly haven’t missed on much in class. Thrasher is the 2014 Madison County High School valedictorian, while Samuel is the salutatorian.
Both will stand at the podium Friday with their classmates at the Classic Center to bid farewell to MCHS and their grade school days. Moms and dads will be in the crowd. Speeches will be given. And hats will be hurled high before friends hug each other bye.
“I’m going to miss the teachers, because they really care about their students,” said Thrasher. “They want to know what goes on in your life, the extra-curricular activities you do, so they can support you.”
The top two MCHS graduates will both make the short drive to Athens in the fall to attend the University of Georgia.
“I’m going to UGA to major in animal sciences so I can go to vet school afterwards,” said Thrasher. “I’ve always just loved animals and my neighbor actually is a vet at the Comer Vet Clinic and she let me go and shadow her for the past couple of summers, and I’ve just really enjoyed getting to see all that and I want to help.”
Samuel, this year’s MCHS “Star Student,” said he plans to study mechanical engineering.
“When I was younger, I wanted to be an architect, but then I figured out I couldn’t draw, which is kind of important for an architect,” said Samuel. “So I decided to go into the actual planning of things and building of things. Machines have always interested me and robotics, the physics of all that.”
Samuel said he’s going to miss his friends.
Madison County valedictorian Abby Thrasher and salutatorian John Samuel share a high five Monday in front of MCHS.
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