The Tribune-Herald presents the final installment of the top high school graduates in McLennan County this year.
Valedictorians and salutatorians of area high schools are presented by school. Other schools were presented the past two Sundays.
Some schools or students did not provide information or photographs.
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Bosqueville High School
Valedictorian: Mykenzie Frost
Parents: Jeannie and Melvin Frost
College plans: Texas A&M University, majoring in animal science and wildlife and fisheries; plans to become a veterinarian.
Achievements: FFA high-point individual in floriculture; varsity track, cross country and tennis; One-Act Play Honorable Mention Cast; National Honor Society treasurer; FFA chapter secretary.
Salutatorian: Robert Blue
Parents: Traci and Shawn Blue
College plans: Texas A&M University, majoring in psychology in the Cornerstone Liberal Arts Honors College. Plans to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist.
Achievements: National Honor Society president; class president (all 4 years); two-time state qualifier in track; two-time state qualifier in tennis; first team all-state punter by coaches in Padilla Poll.
China Spring High School
Valedictorian: Blake Golden
Parents: Julie and Jeff Golden
College plans: Texas A&M University, then plans to attend dental school.
Achievements: Varsity baseball shortstop; Student Council; National Honor Society; part-time jobs at MVP Batting Cages and Waco Paddle Co.
Salutatorian: Ana Olvera
Parents: Ofelia and Jose Olvera
College plans: Pursue a double major in psychology and studio art and eventually master’s and doctorate in psychology.
Achievements: State theatrical design (4th place in 2017, 5th place in 2016); UIL news writing state qualifier (2017), Visual Arts Scholastic Event state qualifier (2017); UIL regional qualifier (4 years).
Lorena High School
Valedictorian: Keaton Marek
Parents: Deanna and Kenneth Marek
College plans: Baylor University, majoring in music composition.
Achievements: National Honor Society; varsity track (area qualifer) and cross country; band president; All-Region and Area Band (French horn); UIL State Solo & Ensemble (French horn); performed original music compositions at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest.
Salutatorian: Savana Jones
Parents: Laurie and Gene Jones
College plans: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, majoring in elementary education. Plans to become an elementary school teacher.
Achievements: Serving as a PAL (Peer Assistance Leadership); National Honor Society; Principal’s Council, Girls State (served as a senator); UIL editorial writing and other UIL academic teams.
Riesel High School
Valedictorian: Alexandra Aycock
Parents: Christina and Brian Aycock
College plans: Texas A&M, majoring in agribusiness/business and accounting.
Achievements: National Honor Society; two-time Farm Business Management state qualifier; three-time regional and state qualifer in powerlifting; varsity cheerleader and cheer captain; Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Salutatorian: Samantha Grace Gray
Parents: Angela Hughes and David Gray
College plans: Texas Tech University, majoring in business administration; plans to earn BBA and MBA.
Achievements: National Honor Society; Academic All-District in basketball; Academic All-District in softball; attending her school of choice, which is her father’s alma mater.
Bruceville-Eddy High School
Valedictorian: Sutton Amthor
Parents: Susan and Carey Amthor
College plans: Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, majoring in English and creative writing, and will pole vault for the track team.
Achievements: National Merit Commended Scholar; first place in state and fourth nationally in Beta Club Creative Writing Contest; yearbook editor; three-time state track and field qualifier; homecoming queen.
Live Oak Classical School
Valedictorian: Amber Rhodes
Parents: Grace and Brett Rhodes
College plans: Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in audio engineering.
Top achievements: National Merit Commended Scholar; TMEA All-State Choir (2 years); second place in TAPPS state advanced math competition; runner-up in Congressional Art Contest and TAPPS state art competition; State All-Star Cast in One-Act Play.
Premier High School
Valedictorian: Ankit Chhetri
Parents: Tara and Dhruba Chhetri
College plans: Texas State Technical College to complete associate’s degree in Web design.
Interests: Playing soccer; singing; playing guitar.
Salutatorian: Dabria Page
Family: Bettina Page (mother); Laveda Brown (nana)
College plans: McLennan Community College and eventually get degree in psychology to become a forensic pyschologist.
Achievements: Photographer at various events; beauty pageant participant at age 4; drove from Waco to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and back while in driving school.