SSHS top graduates introduced
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

May 1, 2006 - Sulphur Springs High School Principal Chuck King Monday morning announced Morgan Baima and Jeffrey Kramer as the top students of this year’s graduating class.

King noted self confidence as a unique characteristic both noted to be a significant factor in their academic achievements which resulted in Baima being named valedictorian and Kramer salutatorian.

This year’s SSHS valedictorian is the daughter of Laura and Steve Baima and younger sister of University of North Texas students Erin Baima. Morgan Baima will graduate from SSHS with a 5.636 weighted grade point average. 

Salutatorian Jeff Kramer will graduate at the end of this month with a 5.55 weighted grade point average. He is the son of John Kramer and Susy Kramer. He is the younger brother of Devry University student Matthew Kramer and older brother to Stephen and Sarah Kramer.

After graduating from SSHS, Baima plans to go on to St. Edward’s University in Austin, a “really good Catholic school” where she will begin her studies toward what she hopes will one day lead to a career in obstetrics.

Baima said aside from an uncle who is an oral surgeon, no one in the family is involved in health careers; her mother is the department manager at Allied Home Mortgage and her father is the plant superintendent at Keller’s Creamery.

She said obstetrics is just something she finds “interesting,” particularly the fact that the obstetricians get to share the “gifting” experience of child birth as their work.

After high school, Kramer plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin, where he has earned a full scholarship as a Terry Foundation Scholar where he will begin his studies in psychology. Kramer said he is fascination with minds, particularly the ways in which they work, mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and how those disorders can be “fixed.”

King, upon naming the top students, noted each to be well-rounded standouts, participating in a number of sporting, social and academic extra curricular activities in addition to their classroom successes.

Both have participated in a number of University Interscholastic League contests during their academic careers at SSHS. 

Kramer’s UIL activities have included One Act Play and debate, while Baima was on the math and science teams. Baima’s activities also included playing soccer and running cross country as well as playing the piano. Kramer also played basketball and was active in his church youth group including going with them on mission trips.

Both have earned a number of awards during their career at SSHS. Baima received the Spanish II, Spanish III and Spanish IV awards, pre-AP chemistry award and was in National Honor Society. Kramer served as president of the National Honor Society, was a member of the High School Leadership Class, and was also named  National Merit Scholar finalist.

Kramer noted that a lot of work and concentrated focus went into his achievements. He also attributed his confidence in his abilities to his successes at SSHS.

“We’re excited for him, all the good work he’s done,” said his mother Susy Kramer. “We know he’s brilliant. We look forward to seeing what God has in store in life for him for a great future ahead.”

Suzy, a special education aide at Early Childhood Learning Center, said they realized Jeff was going to be exceptional from an early. The “brilliant” youngster taught himself to read at age four, which she said was entirely his own accomplishment as has been all of his other successes. Kramer’s mother said both she and his dad, a quality manager at Aerostar International had to really work hard at their successes as learning did not come as easy to them as it has to their son.  

Baima noted self motivation, a strict work ethic instilled by her parents and determination as the traits contributing to her achievements.

Laura Baima, Morgan’s mother said, “She’s one dedicated kid, always has been.”

Baima’s father Steve noted his daughter’s natural talent and hard work as contributing to her success thus far, and anticipates will bring her continued successes in the future.

“He’s got a great future ahead,” John Kramer said of his son. “We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do over the next four to six years, 10 years down the road.”

King noted the sound foundation from each of the top graduate’s parents are the cornerstone which paved the way for their successes.

Baima also cited Senora Kate Dennis who is “great example, a really good person who works hard and is dedicated to serving her students” as having a significant impact on her. Kramer cited Chrystal Reneau for “stimulating my interest in science” as a “really good teacher” of biology.

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