Weatherford Democrat

May 22, 2013

Vals & Sals: Springtown High School

Marsh, Sandlin graduate at the top of SHS Class of 2013


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Valedictorian Madeline S. Marsh

GPA and class rank: 105.78, 1st

Extracurricular clubs/activities: National Honor Society president, class officer, student council, Teens For Christ, BPA, Polecats Pole Vault Club, First United Methodist Church of Azle, PAL, track and field, soccer, cheerleading, dance team and FCCLA.

How many in class? 217

Parents: Dr. Michael and Paula March



Post-graduation plans

Attend Texas Christian University on an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship ($170,650) and major in nursing.



Post-college plans

I will serve eight years or more in the Army as a nurse and, hopefully, be stationed abroad. If the military permits it, I will pursue a master’s and specialize in whatever they deem best.



What will be your best memory of high school?

My best memory of high school will be the night of June 1. I will graduate knowing I made my family proud and, soon, my country as well.



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?

As an Army brat, my family moved frequently when I was younger but we finally settled down in Springtown.



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

It became a goal of mine during my freshman year.



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

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)



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?

Live by the phrase, “Carpe Diem.” Always remember the wise words of Jim Rohn, “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

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Salutatorian Kittie Elizabeth Sandlin

GPA and class rank: 104.732, second

Extracurricular clubs/activities: Sound of Springtown Band, National Honor Society, PAL and CIA (Council for International Affairs).

How many in class? 217

Parents: Anjie and Jackie Sandlin

Post-graduation plans

Attend Abilene Christian University on a Chancellor’s Award. Major is undecided.



Post-college plans

Since I haven’t decided a major or career field, I may or may not continue on to get a master’s degree. I want to help people in my career.



What will be your best memory of high school?

Marching band, going to state and all of the other successes we had, all the great times and friendships made.



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?

My parents divorced the summer before my sophomore year, and since then I have been living in two houses.



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

Throughout high school I wanted to be one of the top 10 people of the class.



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

Keep up the hard work, and remember all the awesome things we’ve done.



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?

Keep trying, don’t give up if you aren’t good at something yet, eventually you will have to be better at it. And don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help.