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Milner named Horseshoe Bend valedictorian

Published 8:23pm Thursday, May 26, 2011

By Jason Johnson

Horseshoe Bend High School senior Marlee Milner was named class valedictorian with a grade point average of 98.971.

Milner confessed that she has been actively trying to become the Valedictorian throughout her high school career.

“My mom was the influential part of my life in academics,” said Milner. “My dad has always pushed me toward sports.”

Milner was very active in the sports programs offered at Horseshoe Bend.

The New Site native played softball and volleyball for the school.

She was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Beta Club, the Lettermen Club and the Drama Club.

Milner also participated in Girls State at Troy University during the summer following her junior year.

Milner has already been accepted to Troy University and received the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which covers 100 percent of her tuition costs.

She also received the Bryant-Jordan Athletic Scholarship and the East Tallapoosa Medical Scholarship, among others.

As for her plans at Troy, Milner said that she is “not the sorority type.”

Instead, she is going to continue her athletic career at the school.

“I’m going to try to walk on to the softball team at Troy,” said Milner.

She plans to major in nursing and would like to become a nurse anesthetist, which could require a transfer to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Her mother, Shannon Milner, said she felt very blessed and was proud of her daughter.

“She’s worked very hard,” said Shannon. “I’m very proud she was able to keep up her GPA and participate in all the extracurricular activities that she did.”

Shannon said she’s excited and relieved that her daughter will be getting to attend college at a four-year institution.

“Troy has been very good to us, and very cooperative,” said Shannon.

Joan Evelyn Railey was named salutatorian of the class of 2011 but was unable to comment, due to a scheduling conflict.