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Worthy, Duffie, Railey named top three

Published 12:04pm Friday, June 1, 2012

Horseshoe Bend High School has named Allie Worthy as valedictorian and Duston Duffie and Samantha Railey as co-salutatorians for the class of 2012.

Worthy, who finished with a 4.0 GPA will be continuing her education at Troy University, as she was awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is a full-tuition, four-year scholarship.

Worthy said her favorite subject in high school was chemistry. She said that she plans on majoring in biochemistry and pre-pharmacy and hopes to attend pharmacy school at Auburn University.

“I wanted to do something in the medical field, and I decided on pharmacy after talking with a couple of family friends who are pharmacists,” Worthy said.

Worthy said she is excited about graduation but is going to miss a lot of her friends and teachers.

“Some of my teachers have become more like friends and mentors,” Worthy said. “I will continue to keep in touch with these mentors after high school.”

The high school senior said that after she graduates from college, she hopes to return to the area.

Duffie graduated with a 4.0 GPA and will be heading to Southern Union on a full scholarship before transferring to Auburn. Although Duffie had a 4.0, he was named co-salutatorian because class ranking goes by numeric grade point average and not by a four-point scale.

Duffie said that he has always loved science and that he plans on majoring in wildlife and forestry.

“Auburn has the major I wanted, and it’s a really nice college,” Duffie said.

Duffie said he doesn’t know where he wants to go after Auburn and that he is going to miss playing football for the Generals.

Railey was also named co-salutatorian with a GPA of 3.94, and she said that math was her favorite subject in school.

“It’s tough, but it is really interesting to be able to solve problems,” Railey said.

Railey was awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Auburn University at Montgomery, where she plans on studying secondary mathematics.

“I want to be a high school math teacher,” Railey said. “Math and science teachers are in demand right now.”

Railey said that she is going to miss all her friends at HBHS, but she plans on returning one day.

“Overall, I am ready to move on and start something new,” Railey said. “But I don’t want to move off. I am really family-oriented and I am hoping to move back to the area one day to teach.”