In their own words: WCHS Top Ten

Posted By | May 16, 2006 12:00 am

Expositor Report
As a continuing weekly feature leading to graduation week, The Expositor will be profiling members of the academic Top Ten for the class of 2006. In celebration of their achievements and the unique diversity that each brings to the class of 2006, The Expositor is proud to present the academic Top Ten…in their own words.. .
Megan Raye Farris
Co-Valedictorian
My name is Megan Raye Farris, and I was born in August of 1988. I am the daughter of John and Laura Farris; I have one older sister Kara and a new brother-in-law, Nathan Johnson. My grandparents are Bruce and Martha Vaughn, and Louise and the late Clifton Farris. I am the co-valedictorian of the 2006 graduating class and it is an extreme honor to represent my fellow classmates.
I was born and raised in Sparta and attended Woodland Park Elementary. I tried my luck in cheerleading and soccer in my elementary and middle school years, but once I reached high school I soon realized my passions lie in activities such as singing, acting, and helping to design the school annual. I have been singing since birth in church choirs and school programs, now I sing in the Advanced Chorus. I have been privileged to be involved in the Mid-State Choir for three years and would like to thank Mrs. Terri Dickerson for all of her instruction and support.
I also have participated in all four of the high school’s spring musicals. Ms. Sandy Lewis devotes countless after school hours blocking scenes, choreographing dances, and sewing costumes. These productions would not be possible without her dedication and love for her students. Through drama practices and our productions I have made some of the greatest memories of my high school career. My favorite role was last year when I was cast as Annie. Being on stage and getting to become someone I’m not, even for a short while, is one of the greatest experiences I have had. I will greatly miss all of the people I worked with and my fan club of ten year old boys, but I won’t miss sleeping in sponge rollers!
Another one of my favorite activities has been working on the high school yearbook. I have been working with the same group of people for several years now, and we have made quite a team. We have laughed, cried, and pulled our hair out, but have enjoyed the privilege of creating a book of memories that the student body can cherish for a lifetime. Thank you Mrs. Carolyn Walker for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this team, and thank you Mrs. Amy Hawkins for leading us, yet trusting us enough to run with it. I have also been involved in many clubs such as Beta, International Club, Young Republicans, and FCA. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teachers at White County High School. I greatly appreciate all that you do for us. We are truly blessed.
I was raised in a loving, Christian home, and have grown up at First Baptist Church. My Church family has been a wonderful example to me and has continually been a support and encouragement to us all. The youth group is like a second family to me. We spend a lot of time together and have grown very close through the years. Thank you Tim and Wendy for opening your hearts and home to us. I love you and appreciate all that you do.
I made the single most important decision of my life when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. The assurance of my salvation fills my heart with overwhelming joy! I want to thank my parents for everything they have done for me. It is their love and support that have helped me through all the rough spots and encouraged me to strive forward.
After graduation, I plan to attend Tennessee Tech and major in business. I have enjoyed every moment of high school and am excited to see what the next chapter in my life will hold.
Amy Rebecca Gladys Sims
Co-Valedictorian
My name is Amy Rebecca Gladys Sims- that sure was a mouthful at a young age, and I am the daughter of Ted and Becky Sims. I am also the baby of four children. I may have been the youngest child, but I always wanted to run the show. My sisters were much older than me and became my bosses, but my brother was just the right age to be my worst enemy. Needless to say, growing up in my home was never boring. My oldest sister, Rachel, was my biggest influence in my life from a young age. She, as well as the rest of my family, pushed me to be the best I could be and stay out of trouble. Even though I sometimes had second thoughts about her advice, I am abundantly grateful that I did take it. My parents and grandparents have really supported me too. Anything less than an A was not acceptable, and for that, I am thankful. They have always encouraged the goals I have set for myself. I would not be where I am today if it were not for my family’s influence.
Now I am the Student Council president, Spartan Staff co-editor, and one of the busiest persons I know. Throughout high school, I have been part of almost every club and challenged myself with a full academic plate.
Sometimes I might even say that I have gotten in over my head. However, looking back on my high school career, I would not change any of my decisions.
This year I have even taken on something new for me- sports. I joined the tennis team to add to my many hobbies. My afternoons are always jammed packed with tennis practice, piano practice, church, and working on the annual. Most of the time I do not have much time for anything else. I have been privileged to receive several honors while in high school. My junior year I was a Girls’ State delegate, and it changed my life. This year I was voted Miss WCHS, Miss Senior Class, Who’s Who, and DAR Good Citizen.
Now that I am finally finished with high school, I wish that I had not wanted it to pass by so quickly. I am, however, stepping away from White County High School with experiences and knowledge that will help me succeed in life.
This fall I plan to attend Tennessee Tech University and pursue my goal of becoming an ophthalmologist.After I complete my undergraduate degree, the sky is the limit to where I will go next. I hope that my life will lead me to a place where I can use the skills, knowledge, and experience I have gained from my family, my teachers, and my community.

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