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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor

               

Valedictorian and Salutatorian 2019

Tonight at 7:00p.m., approximately 267 Grenada High School Seniors will take their final steps on Charger Field during graduation. As the students accept their diplomas and move those golden tassels from one side to the other, they also step into a new life as a young adult. No longer a child, yet not quite a grown-up, they take on new roles and responsibilities. Work, college, military service, whatever the case may be; these students will face new challenges as they find their way on the path to adulthood.

Tonight highlights years of hard work and effort, struggles, and accomplishments by these young people. Graduation is an achievement that not all accomplish. The struggle is real, but the rewards are many. As the graduates step onto the field tonight, they will be led by the 2018-2019 Grenada High School Valedictorian Cody Junkin and the Grenada High School Salutatorian Huey Chan. Graduating at the top of their class, these two young men reap the rewards of years of hard work and dedication.

Valedictorian Cody Michael Junkin is the son of Michael and Kim Junkin of Grenada. He is the grandson of Roy and Betty Junkin of Cleveland and the late Bob and Madge Connell of Collins.

Cody's high school achievements include membership in the GHS Hall of Fame and National Society of High School Scholars. He was named to the Superintendent's List his entire academic career and received numerous highest academic average awards. Cody served as a member of Academic Team, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, Spanish Club Vice President, Anchor Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He attended Lions of Mississippi Boys Leadership Conference for two years. Cody was elected Most Likely to be President.

A member of Grenada Marching and Concert Bands, Cody served as alto saxophone section leader during his senior marching season. He received Most Improved Musician Jazz II and Most Dedicated awards in band. Cody attends Emmanuel Baptist Church and is active in the youth group, summer mission camps, and participates in various community organizations such as God Loves Grenada.

Cody plans to attend Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University to major in computer science and engineering with concentration in Cyber Defense Security. He is the recipient of the Freshmen Academic, Colvard Future Leader, Housing and Study Abroad, and Engineering Excellence scholarships.

Salutatorian Huey Chan is the son of Wallace Chan and Lixia Peng. One of the top students in his AP and dual credit classes, Huey served as captain of the Academic team and as a member of Mu Alpha Theta. Some of Huey's extracurricular activities at GHS included playing alto saxophone and keyboard in the Grenada High School Band. Other pursuits he enjoyed during his days at Grenada High School included volunteer work for the National Honor Society and performing in various piano recitals and festivals. Reading and traveling are some of Huey's favorite hobbies, and he has visited numerous places around the world. After graduation, Huey plans to major in Aerospace Engineering.

Congratulations to these two young men for this outstanding accomplishment.