Class of 2018 top 10% announced


Greta Horton

After four years of hard work, the Class of 2018’s valedictorian, salutatorian, and top 10 percent in their grade point averages were recognized this past Wednesday after Mass.

According to vice principal Mrs. Ann Taylor, the top 10 percent of the graduating class represents those who accumulated the highest GPA by taking the most rigorous coursework offered in every subject area, including many AP and dual credit courses.

“I think those students represent a solid work ethic and excellent commitment to academic achievement. Those students are the ones who were relentless in their pursuits of a high standard in learning,” said Mrs. Taylor.

For the students who strive for that achievement of honor, valedictorian Kelby Atha recommends working hard. “Take classes that challenge you and be ready to learn. It isn’t easy, but anyone who puts in the effort has a shot at it. But also have fun in high school; you don’t have to let this goal consume your whole experience,” Atha added.

Senior Jess Tyler earned a place in the top 10 percent also recommends “having set times when you just grind and get work done.”  For her, those times were at school. “If I wake up in the morning and think, ‘I am going to be super productive today and get all of my work done the best I can, I won’t have homework,’ and not having homework is a huge motivation to me. So much of learning is about the mental attitude you have going in,” said Tyler.

Class of 2018 Valedictorian – Kelby Atha
Class of 2018 Salutatorian – Sam Klieman

Class of 2018 Top 10 Percent
Kelby Atha
Erik Compton
Rachel Doyle
Emma Kennedy
Sam Klineman
Sarah Mastrian
Abby McDonald
Gabe O’Hara
Christine Oppold
Rachel Smith
Nicholas Sowinski
Jessica Tyler
Sara Wallander
Neil Wang
Tyler White
Reagan Willhoite


Each student will have a medal and cord given them to wear at graduation May 18, 2018.