BRHS names valedictorians, salutatorianPublished 12:01pm Friday, March 1, 2013
Benjamin Russell High School has a three-way tie for the top spot in the senior class.
Hamp Haynes, Kelly Harris and Robert Weaver were all named BRHS’ valedictorians for the class of 2013 with a 4.21 grade point average.
“It feels really great to represent our class,” Haynes said. “We’ve taken the most challenging classes we could and done our best. We’ve all taken the same classes and been involved in a lot of the same clubs and activities, so it’s great to get to stand beside each other – that makes it really special.”
Haynes will be continuing his education at New York University, which he said is a dream come true for him.
“NYU has been my dream school since I was in the seventh grade,” Haynes said.
Haynes said he plans to major in international relations and work in Foreign Service.
For Harris, being named valedictorian was a way to continue her father, Mark Harris’, legacy.
“My dad was valedictorian (at BRHS in 1981),” Harris said. “I’m keeping it in the family, and I’m honored to be a part of this class.”
Harris, who is involved with band, Key Club and serves as the head majorette and National Honor Society secretary, said she plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham and study something in the healthcare field.
Weaver is also planning a future in the medical profession. He said he plans to attend the University of Alabama and hopes to one day attend medical school.
Weaver said that being named one of the valedictorians is a great reward.
“It’s a good feeling knowing all of our hard work since we got to BRHS has paid off,” Weaver said.
The senior class president, Anna Lee Price, was named salutatorian for the class of 2013.
“It’s an honor to get this position,” Price said. “All of our class has worked so hard and I just feel like it’s an honor to be the salutatorian of our class.”
Price said she plans to attend the University of Alabama and also pursue a career in healthcare.
“I love children, so I’m thinking of doing pediatrics,” Price said.
Price, who has been a cheerleader at BRHS and treasurer of NHS, said she will also be trying out for cheerleading at the University of Alabama.
Other students named into the category of top 10 were: Trey Kidd, Elizabeth Nelson, Gavin Fuller, Kaydee Gray, Lorin Holcombe and Alex Brazzell.
“We’re extremely proud of all the students who are in the Top 10,” said Jose Reyes, BRHS principal. “These students have worked extremely hard. They’ve chosen to take the most challenges classes and sacrificed a lot to do well in these classes.
“We’re extremely proud of them, as I’m sure their parents are.”