Weatherford Democrat

May 19, 2013

VALS & SALS: Poolville High's Fulton, Henson graduating at top of class


Weatherford Democrat

Valedictorian Kelsey M. Fulton

Class rank: First

Extracurricular clubs/activities: basketball, volleyball, baseball, cross country, track, FFA, National Honor Society, Science Club, UIL Math and Science, Spanish Club, yearbook, One-Act Play, theater and Student Government.

How many in class? 32

Parents: Lannie and Susanne Fulton.

Post-graduation plans

Attending the University of Texas at Arlington to obtain a degree in Engineering.



Post-college plans

Apply my knowledge and engineering degree to a career in engineering and a future dream of creating something to better the world.



What will be your best memory of high school?

Competing with my math team at the UIL state competitions. Every math meet we went to was so much fun, and winning isn’t half bad either.



To who or what do you feel you owe your academic success?

I feel like reading is the main reason I have achieved success. As a young child my grandparents read to me, and I soon learned to read on my own before starting kindergarten. Throughout the years my quizzical nature led me to read to gain knowledge and educate myself on a variety of subjects.



Anything especially interesting in your background, possibly obstacles such as family, moving around a lot, etc., that could have but did not prevent you from graduating at the top of your class?

The only big issue I’ve ever had is time-management. I’ve been involved in so many groups and participated in so many activities that it at times became hard to focus on school work. Balancing sports, academics,

leadership and college work has been the most difficult task during my high school career.



Was graduating in the top two a goal of yours throughout high school or before?

Yes, my parents have always pushed me to do my best and I’ve maintained high grades since elementary school. What message do you have for your classmates as you move to the next phases of your lives? Don’t be

afraid. The “real world” may be different but it’s not bad, just a new chapter in your life. Embrace it and live it to the fullest.



What advice do you have for your schoolmates and younger students concerning their academics?

What is something that you can tell them that might help them in their studies and grades and help them achieve their goals and dreams? Enjoy your time in school. Learn everything you can in class and from your teachers. Make your school years worth it and seize every opportunity you can.

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Salutatorian Heather Lynn Henson

GPA: 3.778

Extracurricular clubs/activities: volleyball, basketball, tennis, track, cheerleading, yearbook, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, class president.

How many in class? 32

Parents: Tony and Diana Henson.



Post-graduation plans

I plan on attending Tarleton State University to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Post-college plans

After college I plan on starting right into my career in the nursing field.



What will be your best memory of high school?

Going to state in tennis, and volleyball and basketball tournaments and games.



To who or what do you feel you owe your academic success?

I owe it to my parents, most importantly, and to my teachers. My parents were always there to help me and push me to do my very best.



Was graduating in the top two a goal of yours throughout high school or before?

Yes, it has always been an important factor for me since I have been in elementary.

What message do you have for your classmates as you move to the next phases of your lives?

Always go after your dreams and goals, and remember the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”



What advice do you have for your schoolmates and younger students concerning their academics? What is something that you can tell them that might help them in their studies and grades and help them achieve their goals and dreams?

Do not slack off. Make sure you turn your papers in on time and always study for any tests and quizzes. Try your very best, and always give 110 percent. Because remember, “If you are not willing to give 100 percent, someone else will.”