REEDSVILLE — Katelyn Nicole Edwards and Laura Elizabeth Pullins will address their fellow graduates on Sunday as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, of the Eastern High School Class of 2017.
Graduation for the Class of 2017 will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 in the Eastern High School gymnasium.
Edwards is the daughter of David and Debra Edwards of Pomeroy. She plans to attend Ohio University in the fall to major in criminology.
During her four years are Eastern High School, Edwards has participated in golf, basketball, National Honor Society for which she is historian, class president, educational talent search and quiz bowl. Outside of school, Edwards is part of the Chester Volunteer Fire Department and has a part-time job at Fox’s in Tuppers Plains.
Pullins is the daughter of Thomas and Stacie Pullins of Long Bottom. She will be attending Marietta College to major in sports management. Pullins will be participating in basketball and track at Marietta College.
Pullins has been a four year members of the cross country, basketball and track teams at Eastern, serves as the class secretary and the National Honor Society secretary, and has been part of educational talent search. She is also a participant in 4-H.
Reflecting on their four years at Eastern High School, both Edwards and Pullins said the first thing that stands out to them is the Homecoming Olympics.
“We are the most competitive class,” said Edwards of the Class of 2017.
As to whether that competitive spirit carried over into the classroom when it came to the top of the class, both girls agreed that while it was not really a competition, it did help them to want to get better grades.
Describing the class of 2017, respectful and kind were two words that came to mind for the girls, something that was echoed by Principal Shawn Bush during the awards ceremony on Thursday.
Pullins and Edwards both said that their classes at Eastern, as well as the real life lessons taught have all helped to prepare them as they move on to college in the fall.
Graduates of the Eastern High School Class of 2017 are, Grace Ranae Adams, Hannah Dawn Bailey, Katlyn Marie Barber, Brooke Ashley Bearhs, Gary Michael Blankenship, Cody William Brooks, McKenzie Kory Browning, Danielle Rose Burrelli, Kaytlin Renee Carl, Corbett James Catlett, Jordan Wyatt Chadwell, Katelynn Ann Chevalier, Charles Bret Cleland, Jessica Sharon Coleman, Katelyn Nicole Edwards, Jett Pratt Facemyer, Matthew Kyle Frank, Abbie Nicole Hawley, Alia Grace Hayes, Austin Michael Heater, Amber Lee Holland, Jeffrey Hunter Kauff, Kelsey Jo Kimes, Jacob Aaron Laudermilt, Sabrina Rose Lauer, John Casten Little, Jeremiah Lyman Martindale, Makenna Rose McGrath, Tyler James Misner, Austin Trever Murphy, Jeremy Taylor Nelson, Taylor Dawn Parker, Laura Elizabeth Pullins, Hunter Colton Reed, Clayton Wayne Ritchie, Taylynn Faith Rockhold, Gracie Ellen Roush, Hannah Morgan Sharp, Meghan Hope Short, Mickayla Marie Starcher, Amber Bree Sturgeon, Ashley Nicole Tolliver, Jonathan Dory Wolfe and Brody Warren Wood.