Saltillo High School has announced Justin Barnett as the valedictorian and Jordan Kearney the salutatorian of the Senior Class of 2014.
Justin Barnett, the son of Cary and Kathy Barnett, attained the top ranking in this year’s senior class with a 3.6034 grade point average.
He has been very active in sports during his high school career at Saltillo. He was on the school basketball team all four years of high school, earning Newcomer of the Year honors his junior year when the team made it to the regional quarterfinals. He played baseball his freshman year, ran cross country his first three years of high school and track his freshman year, and made First Team-District in golf his junior year. He also ran triathlons his junior year.
Barnett was unable to be as active in athletics his senior year after suffering a knee injury. However, he indicates in his spare time, his hobbies include running triathlons, swimming, biking and fishing.
He was also active in several other school organizations. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America all four years of high school, and was sentinel his sophomore and senior years, and received his Star Greenhand his freshman year. He was in Beta Club four years as well, serving as club vice president his senior year. He was in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America his junior and senior years. He was on Homecoming Court all four years of high school, was named 2014 Prom King and has served as class vice president. He also attended the Sulphur Springs Leadership camp and the last two years was involved with Relay For Life.
Barnett also competed in academic UIL the last two years. As a junior, he competed at the district level in science, biology and chemistry, qualifying for region by taking first place honors in science. As a senior, he earned first place honors in current events and second place honors in science, advancing him to region.
The valedictorian has been accepted into Texas A&M-College Station, where he plans to study petroleum engineering.
Jordan Kearney, daughter of Bobby and Tonya Kearney and Kelly Lane, attained the second highest rank in the senior class, a 3.5538 GPA.
The salutatorian counts among her honors being on the AB Honor Roll All four years of high school, being named a class favorite her senior year including being voted Mostly Likely to Succeed. She was also on the Homecoming Court her freshman and senior years.
She has been involved in several school organizations. She participated in FCCLA and Relay For Life all four years of high school. In FCCLA, she attended the state convention in both her freshman and senior years, recently receiving a gold medal in Family and Consumer Sciences Assessments testing.
Kearney also served as a class officer every year except her junior year, including as president. She, too, was a softball manager as a sophomore.
She also worked on the yearbook her sophomore year and competed in Citizen Bee as a junior.
She helped with the Handicapable Rodeo her freshman, sophomore and senior years of high school.
Her hobbies include reading, working and spending time with family and friends.
Kearney has been awarded a $250 PTO Booster Club Scholarship and Paris Junior College has awarded her one free summer class scholarship.
She is currently a certified pharmacy technician in training and is working in the field. She plans to become a technician and continue her studies to obtain a pharmacist degree.
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