HONAKER, Va. — On June 4, Russell County School Superintendent Dr. Gregory Brown, the Russell County School Board, and Honaker High School Principal Anthony Bush awarded diplomas to 112 graduating seniors. The top 10 students of the class of 2017 were also recognized. They included:
» Erin Elizabeth Taylor, the daughter of Karen and Wade Taylor, was recognized as the 2017 valedictorian of her class.
She has served as president of the Fellowship of Christian Students/Athletes. She has been a four-year varsity letterman in track and field, a three-year varsity letterman in forensics and a two-year varsity letterman in cross country. Erin has also been a member of the art and BETA clubs, and the Gifted and Talented Program. Her written work was published in The Appalachian Divergent: Volume III. She received a certificate of participation from the Barter Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival. Erin has received numerous first place academic awards in multiple subjects.
Erin plans to attend Radford University and pursue a degree in computer science and art.
» Keisha Dawn Hill, the daughter of Terry Hill II and April Hill, was recognized as co-salutatorian of the Honaker High School senior class.
She has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America for five years and has held the office of secretary for the past two years. She has placed at the Regional FBLA Conference for five years and has attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference the past four years. She was on the Student Council Association serving as Parliamentarian for the past two years. She has participated in BETA club, French club, and was a member of the journalism club in which she served as the editor of the 2016 Torch Yearbook. She has served as senior class vice president and has been elected as an officer each year since ninth grade. She has received numerous first and second place academic awards. Keisha played varsity soccer her senior year.
Keisha plans to attend Southwest Virginia Community College in the fall then plans to transfer to a four-year university. She plans to pursue a degree in either wildlife biology or film production.
» Caleb Perkins, the son of Wayne and Christy Perkins, was also recognized as co-salutatorian of his senior class. Caleb was captain of the 2016-2017 Varsity Scholastic Bowl Team which has claimed two back-to-back state titles for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. He has held office in 11th and 12th grade in the Fellowship of Christian Students, has been reporter for the BETA Club, and Spanish Club co-president his senior year. He has served as Student Council Association reporter for two years, and has served as the student reporter from Honaker High School to the Russell County School Board his senior year. Caleb has also been a member of the art club. Caleb has received numerous first and second place academic awards.
Caleb will be attending Southwest Virginia Community College for the 2017 fall semester in pursuit of a degree in education.
» Dru-Ann Elizabeth Harris, the daughter of Thomas and Kim Harris, was recognized as fourth in her senior class.
Dru-Ann has been a member of FBLA for five years and was elected treasurer. She placed first in journalism at the FBLA State Leadership Conference and will be competing at the National Leadership Conference this summer. She has been BETA Club president, Fellowship of Christian Students’ president the past three years, class president the past five years, and Student Council Association president. Dru-Ann has also served as the Honaker High School We Care Russell County representative. She has been a two-year varsity volleyball letterman, a one-year varsity cross-country letterman, a two-year varsity forensics letterman, a four-year varsity soccer letterman, and a four-year basketball cheerleading letterman. She has also been a member of the art club and the Spanish club. She was chosen as a William & Mary Leadership Award recipient in 2016. She was also selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award recipient during her senior year.
Dru-Ann plans to attend Appalachian State University in the fall and has received an academic excellence scholarship from the university. She plans to double major in photojournalism/multimedia studies and environmental science. She would like to work as a photojournalist for a major news company like Time or National Geographic to cover environmental and humanitarian issues.
» Hunter Blake Eaton, the son of Jim and Jennifer Eaton, was fifth in his senior class.
Hunter has participated in the Spanish club, FCS, FCA and BETA club. Hunter has been a member of FBLA and placed second in Banking and Financial Systems at the State FBLA Leadership Conference and will compete this summer at the National Leadership Conference in California.
He has played varsity football and has received honors including First-Team Wide Receiver Black Diamond District, First-Team Wide Receiver Conference 47, First-Team Wide Receiver Region 1A West, and Second-Team Wide Receiver 1A All-State and Coaches Choice. He has played soccer and received honors including First-Team Defender Conference 47 and Second-Team Defender Region 1A West. Hunter has also played basketball, participated in track, and has been a high school bass angler.
Hunter plans on attending Southwest Virginia Community College to study pre-medicine.
» Alyssa Brooke Dye, the daughter of David and Teresa Dye, was number six in her class.
She was a three-year varsity softball letterman and received awards including First-Team All-Crooked Road Conference Pitcher 2014 and 2015 and Second-Team Conference Pitcher 2016. She was a three-year varsity letterman in volleyball and received All-Conference Honorable Mention 2016. Alyssa was a varsity basketball cheerleader for one year. She has been a member of the art club, FCA, the BETA club, the Spanish club and the SADD club. She has been in FBLA for two years and has placed second in regionals for client service and first at regionals in entrepreneurship.
Alyssa will be attending James Madison University and she was accepted into the Centennial Scholars Program which includes a full scholarship to the university. She plans to major in biology and eventually go to dental school with aspirations of becoming a dentist.
» Anthony Mason Phillips, the son of Mark and Hazel Phillips, was number seven in his class.
Mason has participated in FBLA for five years, Spanish club for three years, BETA club for three years and the art club for two years. He has played varsity football for four years, varsity baseball for three years, and varsity basketball for one year. He was a member of the varsity wrestling team for one year.
Mason has been a competitor at the FBLA State Leadership Conference 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. He placed second at the 2016-2017 FBLA State Leadership Conference in banking and financial systems and will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California this summer.
Mason will begin at Southwest Virginia Community College to study pre-medicine. He then plans to transfer to Emory & Henry College to become a physical therapist.
» Lauren Elizabeth Hurt, the daughter of Jim and Kim Hurt, was also number seven in her class.
She has been a varsity football cheerleader for three years and a varsity basketball cheerleader for four years. Lauren has been on the forensics team for three years. She has played varsity soccer three years. She has been a member of FBLA for five years and has served as historian for two years.
She placed third in state FBLA in advanced accounting and in advertising. She was chosen as reporter for one year of the SCA and SCA Vice President for two years. She has been a class officer for five years.
Lauren has been a member of Fellowship of Christian Students, the BETA club, the art club, and the Spanish club. She served as BETA Club Vice President for one year. Lauren has competed in two forensics state championships.
Lauren received the Mary Sue Fuller Memorial Scholarship valued at $5,000 per year renewable for up to four years. Lauren plans to attend Virginia Tech and major in university studies until she decides on a specific career path.
» Kaylan Rowe, the daughter of Lisa Rowe and Willis Rowe, was number nine in her class. Kaylan has been a member of the Spanish club and the BETA club. She has also been a member of the marching band for six years. She is a member of the LSU Chamber and Wind Ensemble.
Kaylan will attend Radford University for a bachelor’s degree in music therapy.
» Kiana Hope Roman, the daughter of Michael and Barbara Roman, was recognized as number 10 in her senior class.
She has been a four-year varsity letterman in soccer and has been chosen as First Team All-Conference Midfield and First Team All-Conference Forward. She has been a four-year varsity volleyball letterman and a three-year varsity basketball letterman.
Kiana was a junior and senior league world series participant. Kiana has been a member of the BETA club for three years, FBLA for five years, FCS for five years, and art club for two years. She was chosen Jr. Miss HHS in 2013 and Miss HHS in 2016.
Kiana plans to get her degree in elementary education to pursue her teaching degree.