Virginia Mae Thomas and Julia Tamsma have been named the top students of the 2009 Senior Class of North Hopkins High School. Thomas achieved a 5.7597 weighted grade point average on a 6.0 scale and will serve as valedictorian. Tamsma’s 5.6016 grade point average makes her the salutatorian.
Thomas is the 17-year-old daughter of Sulphur Bluff teacher Weldon Woodrow Thomas and of Janis Diane Thomas, a teacher at North Hopkins school and Paris Junior College. She is also the sister of 2007 North Hopkins High School graduate and valedictorian Sabra Thomas.
Tamsma is the daughter of Piter Tamsma.
Both girls were active in sports and University Interscholastic League competitions throughout their high school careers at NHHS.
Thomas in her senior year participated in volleyball, basketball, cross country and softball, and in UIL advanced to the regional contest in cross examination debate and competed at the district level in headline writing, spelling and number sense.
This year’s valedictorian also counts among her accomplishments advancing from regionals to the state solo piano competition to be held at the end of the month. She also scored a one in solo piano in UIL competition as a sophomore. She’s been taking piano lessons from Deanna Spraggins since she was in sixth grade. She has been playing the piano at Enloe Methodist Church and Lake Creek Methodist Church for the past two years.
Thomas also scored a 32 on the ACT test and took three college classes at PJC as a senior. She also was a member of the Alliance Bank Junior Advisory Committee. In addition to her extracurricular and academic activities, Thomas works at Brookshire’s.
In the fall, Thomas plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she will major in either business or music.
Tamsma this year in UIL qualified to compete in the state cross examination debate as well as in extemporaneous speaking. She played volleyball and golf all four years of high school, was named Defensive Player of the Year in District 21A in volleyball this year and was a regional qualifier in golf during the 2007-2009 school years.
The salutatorian served on the Student Council for three years, holding the office of vice president as a junior and as president as a senior. She has served as Beta Club treasurer for four years. She also was a member of the Hopkins County High School Leadership Class.
Tamsma will be starting classes this summer at the University of Texas at Austin, where she plans to major in accounting at McComb’s School of Business.
Thomas and Tamsma, along with the rest of the NHHS senior class, will be honored with a baccalaureate service May 31 at 7:30 p.m. as well as commencement exercises at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6, both in the high school gymnasium. Brian Brewer of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs will be the speaker at the baccalaureate, during which the seniors will present their mothers with roses; a reception will follow the ceremony. Commencement exercises will close with a candlelight ceremony, a tradition that has continued at North Hopkins since the school was established.
For a complete look at North Hopkins’ Class of 2009, see page 8.
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