By Tia Lynn Ivey
The 2017 Morgan County High School (MCHS) Valedictorian and Salutatorian have been announced. MCHS senior, Isabella Scoggin, earned the highest grade-point average in the class, making her this year’s valedictorian. MCHS senior Bobby Jones followed with a close second for the highest grade-point average, making him this year’s salutatorian.
“As a school, we are very proud of these students earning the Valedictorian and Salutatorian designations,” said Miki Edwards, MCHS principal. “They are both successful and involved students who have made their studies a priority while contributing to Morgan County High School. It takes consistent excellence to build transcripts like theirs over four years. On top of being strong students, Izzy and Bobby are also truly good people who will do well after they leave us.”
Superintendent of School James Woodard praised the students for their academic achievements.
“Each year we are excited to recognize our system’s top academic performers,” said Woodard. “Academically speaking, Isabella Scoggin and Bobby Jones represent the top students in our system. They have applied themselves their entire school career in order to reach this pinnacle.”
Both Isabella and Bobby are both proud to have earned the top slots in their class.
“I feel relieved. It is like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” said Isabella, who set out during her freshman year of high school to become valedictorian. “I decided to set myself a goal, so I figured I might as well go for number one and try to go from there. I had to take the hardest courases available, so it was a lot of effort.”
For Bobby, academic study was always a priority, but he was not purposely setting out to arrive at the top of his class.
“It sort of just happened,” said Jones. “It just came about as the result of me taking difficult classes. it is not something I aimed for.”
Both Isabella and Bobby are still weighing their options before deciding where to go to college. Both are considering the University of Georgia in Athens. Isabella is interested in studying chemistry or criminal justice. Bobby is considering studying business or engineering.
Isabella and Bobby are grateful for their experiences at MCHS.
“It is a really good community,” said Isabella. “No matter what you’re interests are, there is always somewhere you can fall into place. There are always good people around the corner who will be there for you.”
“It’s been great,” said Bobby. “There is an amazing sense of community here and all the teachers and people are great.”