In the Loop Editor
Valedictorian and Salutatorian 2018
Grenada High School Seniors will grace the field of Charger Stadium tonight for the last time as they take that final walk during graduation. Scheduled for 7:00p.m., commencement is the culmination of many years of hard work and determination. Tears will be shed, laughter will ring out, and dreams will be realized as the graduates accept their diplomas and move that gold tassel that symbolizes the passage from child to young adult. Leading the graduates will be the 2017-2018 Grenada High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Ranking first and second, respectively, in their class, the 2018 Valedictorian is Kimhou Kangheng, and the 2018 Salutatorian is Sydnie Clements.
Kimhou Kangheng is the son of Horng Pheng. Mrs. Pheng is a dedicated mother, whose love and care for her children shines brighter than the glow of the sun. No one can replace Mrs. Pheng in Kimhou's life. Mrs. Debbie Montgomery, Kimhou's fourth and fifth grade teacher, has exerted a defining influence on his life, nurturing and educating him since his first day as a new student struggling to learn English. Mrs. Montgomery made it possible for Kimhou to achieve such great success in school.
Kimhou became a member of Mu Alpha Theta and Academic Team during his sophomore year at GHS, and in his junior and senior years served as captain of the Academic Team and vice president of Mu Alpha Theta. In addition, during his junior year, Kimhou was accepted into Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society where he served as secretary during his senior year. Kimhou also joined the Excel Club during his senior year. Kimhou is grateful for the experiences gained during membership in these groups and is proud of all the club activities that created a positive impact on society.
Kimhou was voted Most Intellectual both his junior and senior years, as well as Most Likely to Study Abroad during his senior year. He is a proud AP and honors student. Kimhou has attended every Superintendent's Breakfast during his career at GSD and was inducted into the GHS Hall of Fame for 2018.
Kimhou received numerous awards during his time at GSD ranging from Academic Excellence awards or highest average awards to Student of the Month. He enjoys volunteering at the animal shelter, grading papers for teachers, and helping his classmates solve mathematics problems. Kimhou plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in Aerospace Engineering after graduation.
Sydnie Clements is the daughter of Lynda Clements, who is her best friend, confidant, and rock on which she stands. She is the beloved granddaughter of Ralph and Beth Smith of Cleveland, Albert and Lattra Britt of Grenada, and the late Edward Clements of Carrollton.
Sydnie has been greatly involved in school activities as the Captain of Mu Alpha Theta and Academic Team and Treasurer of National Art Honor Society and Excel Club. Sydnie also served as a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Club, Interact Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has excelled in her AP classes and attended the Superintendent's Breakfast every year possible. She also received the extraordinary honor of being inducted into the 2018 GHS Hall of Fame.
Sydnie donates much of her time to the community as volunteering is very important to her. She is an active Girl Scout, working on her Gold Award and plans to someday lead her own troop. She has also been an active participant in Bible Drills for two years. Sydnie was recognized as the 2018 Youth of the Year by the Grenada Exchange Club. She is currently enrolled at Holmes Community College where she will serve as an ambassador with aspirations of attending Mississippi State University. Thanks to Novipax sponsoring the pilot engineering program at Grenada High School and the guidance of Matthew Gardner, her career path is set for engineering. Because of her love for art and the beautiful teachings of Melissa Taylor at GHS, she also plans to obtain a teaching degree in art in order to one day become a teacher, herself, at Grenada High School.
Congratulations to these two extremely talented Grenada High School graduates and the rest of the graduating class of 2018!