Sulphur Bluff High School has named Cheyenne Lacey Bryant and Tyler Joseph Raine as this year’s top seniors.
Valedictorian Cheyenne Bryant is the daughter of Kim and Ray Bryant and sister of Ashley Bryant.
This year marks the second time Tyler Rainer, son of Gina and Fred Rainer and brother of Caleb and Tori Raine, has been named salutatorian at Sulphur Bluff. He was the eighth grade salutatorian four years ago and this year was named SBHS salutatorian. Bryant was third in eighth grade.
Both top students have been very active in sports and Beta Club.
In Beta Club, Bryant served as chapter vice president her sophomore year and as president her senior year. Both have competed in the state contest in character skit the last two years. The school character skit team was asked last year to perform at nationals. They won third at state this year, advancing them to compete at nationals. Raine said this will make his third year to go to nationals and has also competed in Quiz Bowl. Bryant also has competed in character the last two years, and participated in the banner competition for three years.
With Beta, both had the opportunity to participate in various service projects, including blood drives, collecting drink tabs for Ronald McDonald House, collecting and donating books and art supplies for children at Scottish Rite Hospital, Pennies for Patients Drive and projects for the leukemia and lymphoma foundations.
Bryant played softball, basketball and volleyball all four years of high school. In softball, she was named Second Team All-District Catcher her freshman year, Second Team All-District pitcher as a sophomore, then was All-District Infielder, First Team All-District catcher on the team that went undefeated in district.
In basketball Bryant’s freshman and sophomore years, the team was area qualifiers.
She also was in track for three years, competing at area her freshman and junior years in discus, and area in shot put her junior year.
“I love sports. I’ve played softball since I was four. I used to play Dixie softball in Sulphur Springs. I’ll play softball this summer,” Bryant said, noting she’d consider playing on an intramural team at college or the new team at college if an opportunity presents itself.
Raine played basketball and ran track all four years, playing baseball this year. He’s also run cross country and played golf for the SBHS Bears. In track, he earned third at region in high jump. He made First Team All-District his junior year. This year he was named First Team All-District in baseball.
Both Bryant and Raine also participated in UIL One-Act Play the last two years. Raine has received All Star Cast nods at zone, district and area competition as the school’s play advanced and Bryant received All Star Cast recognition at the zone and district contests this year.In academic UIL, Raine has advanced several times to the regional contest after winning first and second place honors in editorial writing. Bryant competed both this year and last year in academic UIL. Her sophomore year, Bryant advanced to region by winning second at district in headline writing.
She served as class president as a sophomore and junior, and was class secretary this year. She was also involved in Future Farmers of America, serving as reporter her sophomore year.
Raine also served as a class officer his freshman year and, more recently, Raine has started reading for pleasure again — specifically John Steinbeck. Originally from California, Raine says he was born in the same town as Steinbeck and finds it neat to read about places he recognizes in an area where he used to live
Bryant has also been active in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, testing in Leadership Enrichment Opportunities and Family and Consumer Sciences Assessments, receiving gold in creed, mission statement and purpose. She has especially enjoyed Janie Vandiver’s classes.
“I love her classes. I love to cook, but don’t like sewing, not until recently,” she said, noting that the class dealing with childhood development was enlightening. “I had to take home the baby that cries. It cried every 30 minutes all night. I got no sleep!”
Creativity and crafts are fun things Bryant shares with her mom. They’ve already made curtains and decorations for her college dorm room.
Bryant said she’s always liked to help people and has always had an interest in the field, a desire heightened by her grandmother and sister that has lead to her career choice.
“My grandma, DeeAnn Irby, does nursing. In her 60s, she decided to be a nurse. I like to hear her stories. I’m not queasy around blood or things like that. My sister, Ashley, is a radiology technician at the hospital,” Bryant said.
Bryant plans to go into nursing and obtain her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce, then transfer to Texas A&M-Corpus Christie, where she will continue her studies to become a nurse practitioner.
The SBHS 2014 valedictorian has been accepted into the Regent Scholars program at A&M-Commerce, which covers 70 percent of her college costs over the course of four years. As part of the program, she’ll also get to go to Europe.
She credits her parents and Sulphur Bluff staff members Leah Gore, Tressie South, Janiece Joslin, Phyllis Brown, Jill Mahan and Sharon Cox as the most influential in her life.
Bryant’s advice for others students is to “get involved in all the groups you can. You’ll make better grades to work to be involved. For Beta you have to maintain an A. Involved in groups, you learn to work well with others. And, also, just work hard and try your best, even if it’s not your best subject.”
Raine also participated in FFA, serving as district treasurer from 2013-2014. He showed pigs at the county livestock show, winning for best in class last year. He said he really likes raising pigs, watching them run fast and squeal.
Raine also is very active in rodeo, having won “different stuff through the years.” He participates in team roping ranch rodeo events as part of the Cross Spur Cowboy Church youth team mainly during the summer as he doesn’t have as much time during the school year. He generally competes on the ranch rodeo team with his older brother Caleb and two other boys.
While he was admitted to Texas A&M-Commerce Honors College, he also plans to be on the college rodeo team.
He recently participated in Alliance Bank’s Junior Advisory Board, which piqued his interest in another area — finance. He plans to study finance at college with the goal of becoming an agriculture loan officer.
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