Emily Ann White and Nolan Keith Garmon were named valedictorian and salutatorian of the 2009 senior class at Saltillo High School. Only 0.02 points determined the placement of the top seniors. The school also recognized Courtney Goldsmith as valedictorian and Chelsea Moore as salutatorian of the eighth grade class.
White, daughter of Timmy White and Tammie White and younger sister of Jenna and Daniel White, takes top honors with a 3.78 grade point average. Garmon, son of Kerry Garmon and Brenda Garmon and younger brother of Colin Garmon, takes salutatorian honors with a 3.76 GPA.
Although neither graduate has yet to narrow their selection of a college, both will start classes ahead of some other beginning freshmen. Both took and received dual college and high school credit in English and American history.
Valedictorian White served as FCCLA vice president her junior year and president as a senior. She also was involved in FFA for three years, serving as chapter secretary her senior year. She also was involved in Beta Club.
She played varsity basketball and varsity softball all four years of high school, and for the last two years has played tennis. This year White was honored for her athletic skills as Offensive MVP in softball. She also was named Defensive MVP in basketball. She ran cross country and was a regional qualifier her freshman, sophomore and junior years.
White was also involved in UIL competition as a junior and senior. She competed in and was named to the All Star Cast in One Act Play her junior year. She also competed in headline writing.
She also participated in Relay For Life, helping raise money for the American Cancer Society all four years of high school, and was also named in ‘Who’s Who.”
White credits the support she’s received from her mom and dad for many of her successes, and encourages others striving for academic excellence to “set priorities” so they “don’t get swept up in other things.”
She plans to attend college to begin studying toward a career in dentistry, an industry that interests her. Although the school won’t release a full list of scholarships the seniors have been awarded until graduation, In addition to the valedictorian Highest Ranking scholarship, White will benefit from a $250 PTO/Booster Club scholarship, a $400 NTCC Principals and Counselors Scholarship.
Salutatorian Nolan Garmon was a four-year member of the FFA chapter, serving as sentinel his junior and senior years. He competed as part of the FFA skills team all four years, advancing to state as a freshman, and was an area qualifier the other three years. He competed in beef production one year. For the second year in a row, he has been part of the school ag mechanics team which advanced to the state contest. He and team members Bobby Goldsmith, Colton Smith, Brett Smith and Chase Carr won the state championship and this October will compete at nationals. He also earned his Lonestar Degree as a junior.
Garmon was a member of FCCLA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a four-year member of Beta Club, serving as president one year. He has been on the yearbook staff this year, achieved perfect attendance as a freshman, junior and senior, made the AB Honor Roll the first three years of and the A Honor Roll as a senior, and was honored as a Student of the Month as a junior and senior.
He played on the varsity basketball team and baseball team all four years. As a senior, he was named Defensive MVP in basketball and as a junior made 2nd Team All District. In baseball, he made 1st Team All-District as a freshman, was Offensive MVP as a sophomore, and 1st Team Pitcher as a junior. He’s played tennis the last two years and was a regional qualifier as a junior, and ran track, placing second in district in high jump.
Garmon also earned sixth place in computer applications at the district UIL academic meet, and was a regional qualifier in both math and number sense academic UIL contests.
He will receive Professional Land and Title Company’s Frankie and Glenna Jo Price Memorial Scholarship, as well as a $250 PTO/Booster Club Scholarship and has been offered a $700 Rupat/Phoebe Cobb Memorial Scholarship from NTCC.
Garmon’s not sure where he will attend college but is leaning toward a major in computer engineering. He’d also like to play college baseball. He will be playing baseball with a traveling team this summer.
Garmon attends Center Grove Baptist Church.
White and Garmon will be honored along with the rest of the Saltillo Class of 2009 at a baccalaureate service Sunday, May 31, at 6 p.m. at Weaver Baptist Church, and with a graduation ceremony Friday, June 5, at 8 p.m.
Eighth grade valedictorian Courtney Goldsmith is the daughter of Tonya and Donald Biggs and the late Michael Goldsmith. She has been active in both academic and sports UIL activities.
Goldsmith competed in calculator, listening skills, math, impromptu speaking, number sense and ready writing in both seventh and eighth grades, in modern oratory and editorial writing in eighth grade and maps, graphs and charts in seventh grade.
She was part of the basketball team which both years were district champs. She also ran cross country and track and played softball.
Goldsmith participated in the science fair and was on the A Honor Roll both years. She also competed in the spelling bee.
Eighth grade salutatorian Chelsea Moore is the daughter of Chris and Kim Moore. She too has been active in both athletic and academic UIL contests.
Moore competed in impromptu speaking, ready writing, science and calculator applications both as a seventh and eighth grader. In seventh grade, she also competed in oral reading, and in modern oratory in eighth grade.
She was a member of the school basketball team named district champs the past two years. She played softball and ran track and cross country in both seventh and eighth grades, as well.
Moore competed in both the school and regional science fairs both years, made the A Honor Roll as a seventh grader and AB Honor Roll in eighth grade. She also was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The eighth grade class will be honored with a graduation ceremony Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. in the new Saltillo ISD gym.
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