Lovell High School will honor three top students for their academic achievements during the school’s 2014 commencement exercises next Tuesday, May 20, at the LHS Johnny Winterholler Gym.
Valedictorians Brandon Wolvington and Kim Shumway as well as Salutatorian Chelby Lewis will speak during Tuesday’s program.
Wolvington has a 4.0 grade point average for his high school career and plans to attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah, this fall. He will receive the Presidential Scholarship.
The son of Dan and Melissa Wolvington, he plans to major in engineering and minor in business. He said he will focus on either mechanical or aerospace engineering.
“I want to design and help build things,” he said, “and eventually start my own business.”
Wolvington said his favorite classes at LHS have been math classes, but he said it would be difficult to name a favorite teacher.
“There haven’t been any that I haven’t liked,” he said.
Wolvington has been active in golf, basketball, cross country (one season) and track and field at LHS. He is vice president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter and served on the student council his sophomore year. He competed at SkillsUSA this year and last.
Asked who was his inspiration, he replied, “My parents. They’ve always wanted me to do my best in everything.”
He would give similar advice to younger students.
“I would tell them to always do their best and to work hard because it really pays off,” he said.
Co-valedictorian Kim Shumway also carries a 4.0 GPA. The daughter of Joyce and Glynn Collins, she will attend the University of Wyoming on a track scholarship after breaking numerous school records at LHS. She will major in elementary education, hoping to become a reading tutor for kids.
Shumway said biology was her favorite class in high school, and she named Joshua Sanders and Doug Hazen as her favorite teachers.
She has participated in cross country, basketball and track and is a member of National Honor Society.
Shumway named her older sisters, Susie and Amanda Robertson, as her inspirations, noting that, since they were also valedictorians, she wanted to follow in their footsteps.
Asked what advice she would give to younger students, Shumway replied simply, “Don’t procrastinate.”
Salutatorian Chelby Lewis just missed being a third valedictorian, earning a 3.978 GPA after receiving an 89 in one college pre-calculus class.
The daughter of Nick and Georgette Lewis, she plans to attend the University of Wyoming, where she was on Sunday chosen for the school’s spirit squad after a grueling tryout process over the weekend.
Lewis will major in kinesiology and health as part of a pre-professional (pre-med) course of work. She hopes to be a physician’s assistant specializing in cardiology.
Lewis said her favorite class was biology II her junior year taught by Mike Greenlee, who she also named as her favorite teacher.
She has been active in cheerleading, the dance team, track (one year), NHS, FCCLA, concert choir (one year) and swing choir for three years. On student council she served as class president for three years and this year is student body president.
Asked who her inspiration was, she quickly named her parents.
“My dad always called me ‘My Little Valedictorian’ – sorry, Dad – so I set goals for myself to get straight A’s.”
Lewis said she would tell younger students, “Don’t take this time in high school for granted. And develop good habits.”
By David Peck