Angel Tovar-Yanez, left, and Kirstie Wallace, right, were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian
of the 2012 SSHS Graduating Class, by high school principal, Charlie Alderman, in ceremonies,
Tovar-Yanez and Wallace Named
Valedictorian and Salutatorian at SSHS
by: Bobby McDonald
Photos by Kelly Humphrey
In traditional ceremonies at Sulphur Springs High School, in the library, on Friday morning, High School Principal, Charlie Alderman, named the valedictorian and salutatorian of the 2012 Class at SSHS. Alderman named Angel Tovar-Yanez, the son of Benito and Maria Tovar, as the 2012 valedictorian. Tovar-Yanez tops the class and plans a career in astrophysics, to become a research scientist. Overcoming the language barrier of not speaking English, until four year's ago, Angel has excelled in a number of activities at SSHS, including National Honor Scoeity, UIL Academics in Calculator Applications and Number Sense. He has been awarded school honors in Geometry, Pre-AP Biology, Algebra, and Chemistry, among others.
Tovar-Yanez related that he believed his perseverance and "never give up" attitude have helped him to overcome barriers and excel as the academic leader of the 2012 Class. He named his UIL Science Sponsor, Ms. Kristen Herschler, as his most influential teacher, during his course work.
Valedictorian, Angel Tovar-Yanez, is shown with his parents, Benito and Maria Tovar.
Tovar-Yanez plans to attend Rice University and in parting remarks, states that he would like to see a change in attitude at SSHS in the highlighting of academics, over sports.
Alderman then named Kirstie Wallace, the daughter of Mark and Michelle Wallace, of Sulphur Springs, as the class salutatorian. Kirstie has been actively involved in National Honor Society, a four year member of the Lady Wildcat Golf Team, a Fellowship of Christian Athlete member and officer, and was named three years as an Academic Athlete.
Salutatorian, Kirstie Wallace, is shown with her parents, Mark and Michelle Wallace.
"I'm determined to do everything with excellence, because I believe that to those who have been given much, much will be required," expresses Kirstin. "And, I would like to see the academic standards at SSHS raised, as well as activities implemented to bring unity among students, as I leave SSHS.
Kirstie named fifth and sixth grade teacher, Karen Potter, as one of her favorite teachers, during her learning process, "because I respect Mrs. Potter as a former teacher and admire her for the exemplary life she lives inside and outside the classroom!"
Congratulations, Angel and Kirstie!!!!