ROCKSPRINGS — They say it can be lonely at the top, but that is far from the case for the Meigs High School Class of 2017.
Four valedictorians and one salutatorian will be addressing their fellow graduates on Friday evening during the school’s annual commencement ceremony.
Valedictorians for the Meigs High School Class of 2017 are Gracie Hoffman, Elena Musser, Raeline Reeves and Jordan Roush. Dillon Mahr is the class salutatorian.
Hoffman is the daughter of David and Kathie Hoffman of Middleport. She plans to attend Ohio State University for nursing.
Musser is the daughter of Steve and Barbie Musser of Pomeroy. She plans to attend Ohio State University, majoring in EEDS (Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability) and Theatre.
Reeves is the daughter of Bryan and Susan Reeves of Pomeroy. She plans to attend Ohio University to major in psychology.
Roush is the daughter of Michelle Roush of Rutland. She plans to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University as a pre-med major.
Mahr is the son of Ryan and Carol Mahr of Rutland. He plans to attend Ohio University to major in computer science/electrical engineering.
The five students recently sat down to talk about their time at Meigs High School and some of the things that have stood out to them over the years.
“The whole staff is very dedicated,” said Mahr of the teachers and staff who have helped them along the way at MHS.
Toney Dingess and Rick Ash were two mentioned by name from the group of students.
Musser said that Dingess had made a positive impact on her and numerous others, and was open to anyone who was willing to try to be part of the music program. Dingess’ impact reaches beyond the students, making a positive impact on the community as well.
Ash, noted the students, is always challenging the students in his class to take advantage of the opportunities given to them.
The group noted the broad range of classes available to the students, as well as the advice and assistance from the guidance office to help each student find the classes that fit best for them.
It is also the coaches that have helped to shape the students into the people they are as they graduate and co on to college.
Hoffman noted that Coach (Mike) Kennedy taught the members of the track team and cross country teams to work hard and not to put forth a half effort.
But it not just inside the classroom that the teachers and staff have helped the students.
“They care about who we are as people,” said Hoffman. She added that the teachers offer life advice as well as classroom lessons.
Reeves added that it was surprising the number of teachers that keep up with what the students are doing outside of the classroom and will therefore ask about the previous evening’s sporting event or other activities.
While each has taken their own path to the top of the class, they have been involved in many of the same projects, classes and clubs, creating memories along the way.
From the drama club to the animal care club (which was only for one year), the five students, along with many of their classmates have been involved in numerous activities.
Jordan Roush has been a member of the volleyball team, student council, National Honor Society, Spanish club, Spanish National Honor Society, FCS, Drama Club, Salem Center Go-Getters 4-H club and the Northbend Youth Group.
Raeline Reeves has been a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, drama club, marching band and participates in martial arts.
Gracie Hoffman is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, cross country, swimming, track, Northbend Church and has done community service for the OSU James Cancer Center.
Elena Musser has been the field commander for the Meigs High School marching band, was a founder of the Meigs High School swim team, a participant in the drama club and the annual musicals, Schrader Youth Ballet Company member, National Honor Society and Sacred Heart.
Dillon Mahr has been a member of National Honor Society, FCS, drama club, cross country, basketball team, and track team. He is also involved in Epicenter Ministries and is an Eagle Scout with Troop 299.