NHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2016

Valedictorian: Thomas Schulz

By: Meg Oldham

Thomas Schulz, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2016. He will be graduating with fifteen AP classes and one dual enrollment class.

Thomas describes his high school experience in one word as “surprising” because he “had a lot more freedom and fun at school then I ever had at elementary or middle school.”  His favorite courses were his  AP Chemistry class and his other AP science classes.  

Thomas said the thing that he will miss the most from Newnan is the people. “Not just the students,” he said, “but I also got to know a lot of the teachers and staff really well, so they became like my extended family.”

Besides being an exemplary student in the classroom, Thomas was a four year member of the NHS Tennis Team as well as a four years competitor on the Newnan Science Bowl and Science Olympiad as well as two years on Academic Bowl. He pursued these activities because of his passion for the subject matter, but he grew to enjoy the “above and beyond” people that were part of these groups.  

“I know I keep saying that,” Thomas joked, “but it’s so true.  The people here are amazing, and getting to know them will definitely help you to get where you need to be – in basically every aspect of life.”

Thomas was also named a STAR Student for Coweta County and chose his elementary REACH teacher, Mrs. Ingrid Richardson, as his STAR Teacher.  He believes that elementary teachers have a huge impact on student lives because of the important and formative time at which they have students. “They’re able to help us grow tremendously,” Thomas said. “The deserve a LOT more credit than they currently receive.”

Thomas will be attending Georgia Tech in the fall of 2016 and majoring in Biochemical Engineering.  Though he is unsure of the level of degree that he will be pursuing, Thomas is interested in trying out many different career options, including medical school.

Salutatorian: Lindley Hudson

By: Madeline Schindler

The end is near.  Well the end of high school is for seniors anyway. As graduation draws closer, many students are taking this time to reflect on their high school career. For Lindley Hudson, Salutatorian of the class 2016, high school has been an incredible journey that has indeed paid off.

Lindley was selected to participate in the STEM program, an academically rigorous course.  Some of her favorite classes includes Anatomy, taught by Mrs. Morgan, and AP Chemistry, taught by Mrs. Mossberg.

Whether cheering on teams from the NHS student section or making serves for the Varsity Tennis Team, Lindley has remained involved both off and on the court and inside and outside the classroom. Lindley was a Varsity Tennis player, Captain of the Girls’ Cross Country Team and a competitor of Science Olympiad.

Throughout high school, she has been an active member of National Honor Society, Key Club, FCA and French Club.  During her senior year, Lindley served as Key Club President and Treasurer of National Honor Society.  Lindley was also a member of the FCA leadership team who planned meetings and encouraged students to grow in their faith.  

Lindley’s post-high school plans are just as ambitious as her high school career.

“I am going to Georgia Tech (where my sister goes), and I plan to major in Biomedical Engineering.  Ultimately, I want to attend medical school and become a doctor. I want to practice in foreign countries, where they have little to no medical help or equipment. I want to tell people about Jesus while doing it and help people find joy and hope,” Lindley expressed.

“[I’m] so thankful for the last 18 years of my life. I have grown in many ways and learned so much from parents, friends, and teachers that has prepared me for the future. I cannot wait to go to Georgia Tech after I graduate,” she commented.

Lindley has a positive message to younger students, as well as her fellow graduates.

“Your life has a purpose,” she explained. “Find what you are passionate about and set goals and work towards them. Place your trust in God because he has a plan for you.”