Webster’s Graduates are honored in special section
Graduation ceremonies are in full swing around Webster Parish. The following is a look at the top graduates of each high school. Be sure and check out the special graduation edition inserted in Thursday's Minden Press-Herald.
Congratulations to all of these seniors and their classmates.
Ashley Lorine Walton is Cotton Valley's Valedictorian this year. Her parents are Nicole Walton-Thompson of Cotton Valley and Lorenzo D.K. Johnson Jr. of Irving Texas. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Ray Anderson of Cotton Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Harris Sr. of Irving Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Walton Sr. of Dallas Texas, and Georgia Lewis of Cotton Valley.
Walton attends church at Greater New Betheal A.M.E. of Springhill, and has been a member of Wildcats for Christ for three years. She has also been a member of the Beta Club and Student Council for three years. She has been on the basketball team for four years and a member of L.Y.F.E. for one year.
The 17-year-old enjoys playing basketball, babysitting, doing hair, texting and talking on the phone, making friends and meeting new people.
On weekends, Walton cooks for the elderly in her neighborhood as well as occasionally mowing a few of their yards.
She has achieved the Principal's list, Student of the Year, the Scholar Award, Business Award and Science Student of the Year.
She has achieved All-State and All-District in basketball as well as, Coach's MVP, CVHS all tournament team, Tri-State Classic Tourney Team, All-Area Team, Semi-finalist All Parish Team and Lakeside All Tournament Team.
Walton plans to pursue a major in nursing. She thanks God, her mom, Mrs. Rayborn, Mrs. Lacobee, Mrs. Hanson, Coach Rodney Thrash and others who have encouraged her.
Shykiia Deuxieme Hawkins is the Salutatorian for Cotton Valley High School. Her parents are Shonta Hawkins of Cotton Valley and Robert Gladney of Haughton. Bettie Hawkins of Cotton Valley is her grandmother.
She attends Valley Peace Baptist Church where she has been an assistant secretary for one year.
The 17-year-old enjoys reading, shopping, spending time with her family and friends, basketball, four-wheeling and riding horses.
Hawkins has been a member of Cotton Valley Youth Excellence, Wildcats for Christ and the basketball team for seven years, Beta Club and the softball team for three years and Character Counts for one year.
She has delivered boxes to the needy, tutored and acted as an assistant teacher at Vacation Bible School.
She has achieved the B honor roll and plans to attend Grambling State University and major in nursing.
Zachary D. Spurgin is this year's Doyline High School Valedictorian. His mother is Sharon Spurgin of Doyline. His grandparents are Andrea Reeves of Minden, the late Kenneth and Opal Spurgin, C.B. Spurgin Jr. of Bossier City and LaVerne and Billy Reeves of Doyline.
The 18-year-old attends West Lake Baptist Church, and his hobbies include automotive works, physical fitness, sports, fishing, music and movies.
He has made the Principal's List, BETA and Quiz Bowl Team all four years of high school. He was a student of the year finalist, LA-STEM nominee and part of the Webster Parish Honors Banquet his senior year. He was a member of the National Honor Society his last three years of high school and was voted Most Likely to Succeed.
Spurgin participated in literary rallies including District Literary Rally, French I Placement, French II Placement, IBCA Placement and State Literary Rallies in the same categories.
He has been awarded Brookshire's Courtesy Clerk of the Year, Boy's State Police Juror, American Legion Speaker and BETA Convention Representative. He was the Panther Talk Editor and is employed at Brookshire's.
He has participated in 4-H, toy drives, food drives, paper drives, the Doyline Beautification Project, Doyline Welcome Sign project and nursing home visits with the National Honors Society and BETA.
Spurgin plans to major in industrial engineering and has accepted the Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Student Scholarship with the GPA and Valedictorian upgrades.
Cheyenne Caddy is this year's Doyline High School Salutatorian. Her parents are Candy Hunter of Doyline and Ricky Caddy of Homer. Her grandparents are Rhonda and Marvin "Pee Wee" Morgan of Doyline, Barbara Brown of Homer and Morris Caddy of Bismark Arkansas.
The 18-year-old attends Doyline First Baptist Church and enjoys reading, scrapbooking, swimming and relaxing.
She has been a member of the National Honor Society for four years, Panther Talk Staff for one year and varsity cheerleader for four years. She has been a member of BETA for six years and participated in Literary Rally three years, Quiz Bowl for five years and Character Counts for one year.
She has volunteered for Doyline Volunteer Fire Department and the St. Jude Auction. She received Student of the Year in 2010-2011 and was Cheerleader's pick in 2008-2009.
She plans to attend Bossier Parish Community College to major as a RN in pediatrics.
Levi Chris Reagan is Glenbrook Valedictorian. His parents are Randy and Denise Reagan of Minden and his grandparents are Sue and Jack Morgan of Minden and the late Tom and Opal Reagan of Dubberly.
His hobbies include football, baseball, fishing and traveling. The senior class president has held the office of class treasurer for three years in addition to being on the quiz bowl and football and baseball teams for four years. He was also member of the Spanish club for one year. He was a member of the National Honor Society for three years and president his senior year.
The 18-year-old attends Living Word Worship Center and has been part of the Joy Story Christmas production since it began.
He has been awarded a Presidential Tier I scholarship to the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the amount of $6,000 per year. He plans to attend ULM to pursue a degree in pharmacy.
Reagan has achieved the highest overall GPA of Glenbrook School his sophomore and junior years, as well as the highest class GPA all four years of high school.
In 2009 and 2010 he made the All-District Football team, as well as offensive MVP in 2010. He was also awarded offensive MVP in 2010 for his efforts on the baseball team. He was awarded a position to All-District Baseball in 2010.
Micah Joseph McGraw is this year's Glenbrook Salutatorian. His parents are Lee and Natalie McGraw of Minden. His grandparents are Randall and Betty McGraw and Frank and Nelda (late) Ivy.
McGraw attends First Baptist Church in Minden. The 17-year-old enjoys playing the guitar and gun and crossbow target shooting.
He was a member of Glenbrook Music Club his senior year and made the National Honor Society three years.
He has been awarded a four-year scholarship from Southern Arkansas University for $36,000 and will accept a four-year Outstanding Student scholarship from Louisiana Tech University in the amount of $10,000, where he will major in electrical engineering.
McGraw placed second in Physics at the 2011 Louisiana State Literary Rally for Division. He has worked for T.G. Companies during the summer since 2009.
Garrett Dru Lambert is this year's Lakeside High School Valedictorian. His parents are Scott Lambert of Dubberly and Kristi Young of Minden. His grandparents are Terry and Gwen Lambert of Natchitoches and Roger and Betty Lacoy of Alexandria.
The 17-year-old attends First Baptist Church in Minden and enjoys fishing, hunting, golf and playing baseball and basketball with friends.
He has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Quiz Bowl team, Student Council and Varsity baseball team for four years. He was the vice president of the National Honor Society, which he was a member of for two years. He served as junior class vice president. He was a Boys State Representative.
He has volunteered for the St. Jude Auction for four years and has been an assistant coach in Dixie League baseball.
He has received National Merit Finalist Award, Webster Parish Scholars Award, Tops Honors, Academic All-District in Baseball for three years and All-Academic Composite Baseball team.
He has accepted a scholarship to LSUS, where he will pursue a major in biology/pre-med while playing baseball for the LSUS Pilots.
Maria Guadalupe Soto-Torres is the Lakeside High School Salutatorian. Her parents are Ruben Soto and Maria Guadalupe Torres of Heflin. Her grandparents are Pascual Torres, Teresa Trujillo, Angel Soto and Natalia Romero, all of Guanajuato, Mexico.
The 19-year-old attends St. Paul Catholic Church and enjoys talking on the phone, listening to music, drawing, studying and playing volleyball.
She has been a member of the Travel Club, French Club, Student Council and FCA for one year. She has been a member of the National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Quiz Bowl Team, and participated in dual enrollment for two years. She has participated in FBCA and FCCLA for three years and has four years with the Scholars Competition.
Soto-Torres has mentored in a program at her school and has tutored Mexican children.
She has held the title of Miss Lakeside and Minden Fair Princess. She has been on the Principal's list and A Honor Roll. She was awarded Scholar of the Year and the Who's Who Award for Algebra I, World Geography and Food/Nutrition. She placed District and State in the Literary Rally and has been awarded Student of the Month.
She has accepted a Dorothy L. and Frank A. Therrell Jr. Endowed scholarship for $1,000 and a Counselor's Choice Scholarship for $500.
She plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in early childhood education. She also plans to become a flight attendant by starting a training program.
She thanks all of her teachers, family, friends and classmates.
Heather Brooke Harmon is one of two Valedictorians at Minden High School this year. Her parents are Tim and Belinda Harmon of Minden. Her grandparents are Verna Hubenak of El Campo, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Niemeier of El Campo, Texas.
Harmon attends St. Paul Catholic Church where she has been a member of the youth group for five years as well as being a lector and religion teacher for two years.
The 18-year-old enjoys scrapbooking, reading, babysitting and spending time with friends and family.
Harmon has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America for four years, three years of that time she held the position of treasurer. She served as class representative her two years on the Student Council and has been a member of the National Honor Society for two years. One of the years she held the position of vice president.
She has been a member of the Nature Club, First Priority and the FCA for four years.
Harmon served as senior class vice president as well as serving on the senior steering committee. She was on the ring staff for one year, prom committee for two years and Drama Club and Foreign Language Club for one year.
She has volunteered for the St. Jude Auction for three years, participated in Webster Youth Leadership and AHEC of a Summer.
Harmon was a Minden High Science Fair winner for three years, and has been a MHS Top Ten for four years. She has won FBLA District I Superior in Word Processing I and Business Math as well as being a district winner in Desktop Publishing and placing 10th in State in the same category. She was a Literary Rally participant for three years. She was awarded AHEC of a Summer Outstanding Student and she was a National Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Semifinalist.
Harmon was awarded a Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Student Scholarship in the amount of $10,800, a Southern Arkansas University Scholarship in the amount of $36,000 and a University of Louisiana at Monroe Academic Scholarship in the amount of $8,000.
She has accepted a Coca-Cola Scholarship in the amount of $6,000 and a Northwestern State University Academic Scholarship in the amount of $31,880, where she will pursue a degree in nursing.
Breann Brewster is one of two Minden High School Valedictorians this year. Her parents are Robert and Theresa Brewster of Minden. Her grandparents are the late Robert and Barbara Brewster and the late Richard and Jane Thibeault.
Brewster attends Living Word Worship Center where she is involved in the youth group and church productions such as Joy Story.
The 17-year-old enjoys dance and volunteers at a soup kitchen outreach and nursing home visits.
She has been a member of FBLA for four years and served as co-vice president and president. She has also served as president of NHS, where she has been a member for two years. She held the office of Senior Class Treasurer.
She has received two scholarships from Louisiana Tech University, including the Valedictorian Scholarship.
Brewster plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in elementary education.
Kayla Hardy is this year's Minden High School Salutatorian. Her parents are James and Geri Lynn Hardy of Minden. Her grandparents are Evelyn Hardy of Macedonia, Arkansas and adopted grandparents are David and Becky Thomas of Minden.
Hardy attends First Baptist Church of Minden where she volunteers with nursing home visits, apartment ministries and the Nicaraguan Mission Team. She has also volunteered at the St. Jude Auction.
The 18-year-old enjoys playing soccer, painting, drawing, reading and listening to music.
She has served on the Student Council for two years and as captain of the soccer team. She has been a member of the Nature Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society.
Hardy has been awarded the Artist of the Year her sophomore and junior years, English Student of the Year 2008-2009, American History Student of the Year 2009-2010, Top Ten all years of high school, Outstanding Achievement award in World Geography, Algebra II, Advance Math and Algebra I. She has played on the soccer team and has been awarded All-District second team for soccer in 2009-2010, and All-District first team for soccer in 2010-2011.
Hardy has made the Principal's List from 2007 to 2011 and made All-State Academic Team. She has accepted the highest level of TOPS scholarship from Louisiana Tech University, Outstanding Student Scholarship with GPA and Valedictorian upgrades. There she will pursue a major in education and minor in studio art.
Emily McGuffey is this year's Sarepta High School Valedictorian. Her parents are Charles and Rebecca McGuffey of Sarepta. Her grandparents are Margaret Mosley and Tommy and Helen McGuffey, all of Sarepta.
The 18-year-old attends Old Sarepta MBC and enjoys cheerleading, softball, traveling, spending time with friends and family, babysitting and going to LSU sporting events.
She has participated in FBLA, Literary Rally, Student Council and cheerleading for four years, Beta Club for three years, yearbook, Quill and Scroll, track, and Character Counts for one year and softball for two years.
She served as varsity cheer captain, student council president, BETA Club president, and FBLA president and as a Louisiana Girls State delegate.
She has been awarded the Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award and All-Academic Team.
She has received a Sheriff's scholarship and a Boardwalk Pipeline scholarship. She plans to attend LSU in Baton Rouge to major in sports administration.
Kelsey Cook is this year's Sarepta High Salutatorian. Her parents are Bubba and Karen Cook of Sarepta. Her grandparents are J. B. and Virgie Cook of Plain Dealing and Jean and the late Harlen Norton, also of Plain Dealing.
The 18-year-old attends First United Methodist Church and enjoys playing softball, running track and cross-country, cheering, riding four-wheelers, hunting, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.
She participated on the softball team, track team, student council and as a cheerleader for four years. She participated in cross-country and was a member of the BETA Club for three years and participated in Character Counts for one year.
Cook has held the titles of 2010 Homecoming Queen, freshman and sophomore maid. She made All-District track team and softball team four years and All-District cross-country. She has been awarded the Perfect Attendance Award, Senior Scholar Award, All-American Cheerleader, and the Principal's List.
She plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in animal science.
Natalie Kristen Newsom is this year's Shongaloo High School Valedictorian. Her parents are Mary and Jeffery Newsom of Shongaloo. Her grandparents are Lucy Sampognaro of Monroe and Hervis and Yvonne Newsom of Shongaloo.
The 18-year-old attends St. Paul Catholic Church where she volunteers. She enjoys hanging out with friends, showing in 4-H, riding horses and playing softball.
Newsom participated in BETA and 4-H for four years, FFA and FBLA for two years and has volunteered at a veterinary clinic.
She has held the title of Homecoming Queen and placed Academic All-State in softball. She has made the Principal's List and achieved the Honest and Integrity Award. She has been awarded a 4-H scholarship and plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe to become a nurse practitioner.
Bradley Wayne Miller is this year's Salutatorian for Shongaloo High School. His parents are Kevin and Denise Miller of Evergreen. His grandparents are Robert and Pat Gryder of Homer and the late Billy and Margie Miller of Evergreen.
The 18-year-old attends Evergreen Union Church and enjoys shotgun shooting, dirt bike racing and hanging out with friends.
He has participated in 4-H for nine years, FBLA for four years and Beta for five years.
Miller has volunteered at 4-H Funday, CASA and Toys for Tots.
He has achieved the Honest and Integrity Award and Academic All-State Basketball and Baseball.
He has received a Lindenwood shooting scholarship for $16,000, a Scott Tracker scholarship and a NWTF scholarship. He plans to attend Lindenwood University to major in optometry.
Alexa Edwards is this year's Springhill High School Valedictorian. Her parents are Lisa and Alex Edwards of Springhill. Her grandparents are James and Meresa Mitchell and Huey and Betty Edwards, all of Springhill.
The 18-year-old attends Central Baptist Church and enjoys softball, writing, playing Call of Duty, working out and participating in youth group activities.
She has participated in Character Counts and Emerging writers for one year, Beta Club for three years, National Honor Society and Student Council for two years, Expanding Horizons for nine years and softball for four years.
Edwards has volunteered at Vacation Bible School, church activities, rodeo concessions and gift-wrapping.
She has been awarded Student of the Year, Tulane Outstanding Junior, All Academic Team and MVP three times, All-District first team infield twice and All-State honorable mention.
She has accepted a Louisiana College scholarship worth $8,5000 a year. She plans to major in English with an emphasis in creative writing.
Jessica Mills is this year's Springhill High School Salutatorian. Her parents are Shirley and Clifford Mills of Cullen. Her grandparents are Essie Moore and Willie Mae Presley, both of Cullen.
The 17-year-old attends Harnson Chapel Baptist Church and has worked at McDonald's for two years. She enjoys dancing, working and studying.
She has participated in the Heart of Gold dance line. She was a member of the Beta club and flag line for three years. She served as class president, NHS secretary and yearbook co-editor.
She has volunteered at the Teddy Bear Clinic and has worked at the concession stand for softball and junior football games.
She has received MLK, Charles Brown Alumni, Jackson Memorial, Sam Walton, AKA and Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Student scholarships.
She plans to pursue a major in psychology and a minor in business administration at Louisiana Tech.