BOE recognizes valedictorians and salutatorians

By Haley Mitchell Godwin

The Crenshaw County Public Schools regular board meeting was held April 18 at 5:30 p.m. The Crenshaw County Class of 2022 valedictorians and salutatorians were honored, and each student shared their plans for after graduation.  Dodd Hawthorne recognized these Crenshaw County seniors. 

“We are super proud of these students and their accomplishments and can’t wait to see what their futures hold. They have things figured out and that is why they are in the position they are in. Reaching the point of being named Valedictorian or Salutatorian is not easy. We appreciate you guys and your hard work, not only during senior year but over a span of 13 years, specifically the last four-in ninth through twelfth grade.  We want to recognize you all and give a small token of appreciation,” Hawthorne said.

As the students were called up, they shared their plans for after graduation.

Owen Russell is valedictorian for Luverne High School for 2022. He is the son of Amy and Jason McManigle and Mike Russell.

“I will be going to Abraham Baldwin, an agricultural college in Tifton, Georgia, to study crop production. I plan to get a minor in ag business,” Russell said

Jordan Bess, daughter of Steve and Delicia Barrow, and Jamie Bess is the salutatorian for Luverne High School.

“I will be attending Troy university to pursue a degree in nursing,” she said.

Valedictorian for Highland Home School is Gracie Brown, daughter of Dale and Mitzi Brown.

“I am moving three hours away to the University of South Alabama in Mobile,” Brown said. “I will pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and then get the hours needed to do early childhood and special education.”

Salutatorian for Highland Home School,Lauren Duffell, is the daughter of Robert and Ivy Duffell.

“I plan on going to Lagrange College, in Lagrange, Georgia, for a pre-vet biology major and then, hopefully, on to Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine for my major,” she said.

Sheonte’ Barginere is Brantley High School’s valedictorian. She is the daughter of Marvin and Shantel Barginere.

“I plan to go to Northwest Florida State College, in Niceville, Florida, to play softball for two years,” Barginere said. “Then I plan to transfer to South Carolina State to play softball and get a degree in nursing with a minor in Spanish.”

Salutatorian for Brantley High School is Walt Johnson, son of the late Eric Randall (ER) Johnson and Dionne Warrick Johnson.

“I plan to go to UAB and study pre optometry and then, after my four years, I will apply for optometry school at UAB,.” Johnson said.