LHS Top of the Class | Six receive top academic honors at Lovell High School

Six senior girls with perfect or nearly perfect grade point averages have been named valedictorian and salutatorian for the Lovell High School Class of 2016.

Sara Clark, Karlie Keller and Mykelle Nichols will be honored as valedictorians during the May 23 commencement ceremonies, and Jaclyn Caldwell, Metya McArthur and Savanna Savage will be honored as salutatorians.

Sara Clark is the daughter of Allan and Cindy Clark and carries a 4.0 grade point average. She has been active in school through basketball for four years and volleyball three years. She has also been active in FCCLA, National Honor Society and Student Council.

Earning top honors as valedictorians (left) for the Lovell High School Class of 2016 are (l-r) Mykelle Nichols, Sara Clark and Karlie Keller.  David Peck photo
Earning top honors as valedictorians (left) for the Lovell High School Class of 2016 are (l-r) Mykelle Nichols, Sara Clark and Karlie Keller.
David Peck photo

Asked about the inspiration for her academic success, she cited her parents, noting, “They helped me and encouraged me to work hard and do my best.

Though she didn’t note a particular teacher, Clark said she has enjoyed all of her classes but mentioned specifically math and art, adding, “I really like to learn.”

Clark plans to attend Northwest College for one semester, serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a year and a half, then finish up her degree at BYU-Idaho, majoring in psychology with a goal of becoming a psychologist or counselor.

Karlie Keller is the daughter of Diane and Mike Asay and also carries a 4.0 GPA. She has been a standout on the volleyball team during her two years at LHS and prior to that in Hysham, Mont., she played basketball and competed in track, as well, and was active in FFA and student council. She is a member of National Honor Society at LHS.

Keller said a number of teachers inspired her over the years but said her primary influence in Lovell has been Kevin Walker, who has been her weight coach for volleyball.

“He is my inspiration,” she said. “He’s the person who made me hit hard and jump higher (for volleyball).”

Keller cited three teachers at LHS for helping her succeed: Danielle Malson, Joshua Sanders and Caleb Sanders.

“They’re challenging, but they’re amazing people outside of school, too,” she said.

Future plans for Keller include NWC for two years, then further schooling to become a dental hygienist.

Mykelle Nichols is the daughter of Travis and CaMee Nichols and has also carried a 4.0 through her high school career. She has been active in volleyball and basketball at LHS and this spring is playing soccer at Powell High School. She is a leader in student council and National Honor Society.

Nichols said her parents have “encouraged me to work hard and be my best,” and she said she enjoys math and science in school, noting that Jeny Gardner “has been a really amazing teacher this year” in calculus.

Salutatorians (right) for the Class of 2016 are (l-r) Metya McArthur, Jaclyn Caldwell and Savanna Savage. David Peck photo
Salutatorians (right) for the Class of 2016 are (l-r) Metya McArthur, Jaclyn Caldwell and Savanna Savage.
David Peck photo

Nichols plans to attend Utah State University and major in biological engineering and eventually work with prosthetics and artificial organs.


Jaclyn Caldwell is the daughter of Dr. Troy and Echo Caldwell. A runner throughout her school career, she has excelled in cross country and track, both indoor and outdoor, and has also played basketball and volleyball earlier in her career.

Caldwell has been a student leader through student council, serving as class secretary for two years, then student body secretary for two more years. She is a three-year member of National Honor Society, serving as vice president her junior and senior years.

She said her parents have pushed her to succeed, noting, “They hold high expectations for me and expect me to meet them.”

She listed Caleb Sanders as an inspirational teacher and coach.

“He’s willing to work with students and he cares about their well-
being,” she said.

Caldwell plans to attend Utah State University and is looking into a law career, noting, “I’ll see where that takes me.”

Metya McArthur is the daughter of Mel and Jen McArthur. She has been active over the years in basketball, volleyball and indoor track, along with FFA, FCCLA and NHS.

McArthur cited her parents as encouraging her to succeed, noting, “They always told me that anything I could put my mind to I could do.”

She said her second-grade teacher, Kim McCaslin, set her on the right path academically, noting, “She encouraged
us as students to do
our best and help each other.”

McArthur plans to attend BYU in Provo and major in global affairs with a focus on Asian studies.

Savanna Savage is the daughter of Doug and Robyn Savage and has excelled in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She has also been a member of National Honor Society.

Savage said her older sister Nikki, who was LHS valedictorian in 2006, was her inspiration, adding, “She was always working hard in school. I wanted to be like Nikki.”

As for a teacher who led the way, Savage noted two. She said third-grade teacher Jamie May was a positive influence in her academic life and stuck with her throughout the years. She said high school math teacher Danielle Malson has been her teacher for three years and has “been great.”

Savage plans to attend NWC and play basketball as a walk-on while earning an associate’s degree in elementary education. She then plans to finish her degree at BYU-Idaho and hopes to teach at the K-3 level.

“When we go to the elementary school I love the energy they have,” she said. “They’re so fun.”

By David Peck