Pamela Baxley, Reece Caddell top graduating class at Como-Pickton

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 20, 2007 - Como-Pickton High School this week announced Pamela Kay Baxley and Jared Reece Caddell at the top of this year's honor graduates.

Pamela Baxley, daughter of L.D. Baxley and Sherry Baxley, will graduate from CPHS with a 6.0734 weighted grade point average, the highest cumulative four-year average in her class.

Baxley participated in a number of activities during her high school career. She was on the C-PHS University Interscholastic League journalism team, participating in headline writing, feature writing, editorial writing and news writing at the regional contest. She also served as president of the National Honor Society and was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

During a recent awards program at the school, she was also lauded for receiving first place in the art exhibit and was named overall student in physics, English 4/PAP, advanced art and speech classes to name a few. She also was presented the principal's award in intro to agriculture mechanics class for her hard work in tackling her first agri-science class as a senior amid a class of mostly freshmen.

Outside of school, she sang in Fellowship Baptist Church's choir and was part of the youth group. She also enjoys reading, painting, drawing and singing.

After high school, Baxley plans to take advantage of the four-year academic/housing scholarship she was offered to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce's Inaugural College of Honors, where she will study to become an elementary teacher.

Saluatorian Reece Caddell is the son of Judy Rhodes and Randy and Karrie Caddell. He will graduate from CPHS with a 5.57 weighted grade point average.

Caddell's high school career included participating in various school clubs and organizations and sports. He  was a 4-year letterman in football, was on the basketball team and was a two-time regional qualifier in pole vault. He served as vice president of C-PHS Student Council and was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and Future Farmers of America.

When not occupied with school work and activities or working at East Texas Ford in Winnsboro, Caddell enjoys fishing, camping, sports, riding dirt bikes and "building things."

He also plans to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce his first year out of high school, then transfer to Texas A&M University at College Station to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering.

The top 10 honor graduates in order from 1 through 10, based on their cumulative 4 years GPAs, are Baxley, Caddell, Allysa Taylor, Gayle Spearman, Karen Preciado, Jensen Mabe, Andrea France, Justin Blount, Shelby Smith and Olga Tellez.

If the order was selected based solely on scores from their senior year, the top 10 would look a bit different: Karen Preciado would be fist and Pamela Baxley second, Taylor would still be third, France would be fourth, Spearman fifth, Tellez sixth, Smith seventh, Karina Perez eighth, Jensen Mabe ninth and Caddell 10th.

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