Alyssa Bussell Ty Dakota Davis
Bussell and Davis Top Grads
For Yantis Class of 2012
From Yantis ISD
In an announcement from Yantis High School, Alyssa Mae Bussell and Ty Dakota Davis have been named the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of Yantis' Class of 2012.
Class Valedictorian, Alyssa Bussell is the daughter of Steve Bussell and has two brothers, James and Stephen. She posted a 3.1 grade-point average and has participated in sports, FFA, and UIL. She was a member of the Lady Owl volleyball, basketball, crosscountry, track and softball teams, during her high school career. She participated in UIL for four years and was also a four year member of the Yantis FFA. She has served as a class officer and been involved in numerous other activities.
Alyssa placed 2nd in District UIL Newswriting, her Junior and Senior years and says her favorite memory from high school is showing her ag mechanics project her sophomore year, at the Wood County Show.
She plans to attend TJC and major in sonogram technician. She leaves her fellow students at Yantis High School with the following advice, "Never half-way do anything, if you can do it to the best of your ability, and always work hard, no slacking!"
Alyssa attends Spur On Ministry Church, in Quitman.
Class Salutatorian, Ty Dakota Davis is no stranger to most people in Northeast Texas, as he's the tall, lanky, and personable basketball player from Yantis, that has set school records and excelled on the basketball court. He is the 18 year old son of Tommy Davis and the late Stacy Walker. He has one older brother, Jordan Davis, and is the grandson of Tommy and Patsy Davis and Gary and Marcille Graham.
Ty has lettered four years in basketball and has been a member of the Spanish Club, FCCLA, Beta Club, FFA, and the Yantis Owl Baseball Team for four years.
He was named Mr. Yantis High School for 2012 and Homecoming King, during his senior year. He was named District Newcomer of the Year in District Basketball, his freshman year, and 2nd Team All-District, his sophomore year. He was named Offensive Player of the Year, his Junior year and was MVP of the District his senior year, as well as being named to the All-Region Team.
Naturally, he lists his favorite high school memory as being the basketball game, this past season when he scored a school record 51 points, in a single game. He's already signed a letter of intent to play college basketball for Brookhaven College, where he will begin his studies in the fall.
He plans a college major of criminal justice to become a state trooper.
He is a member of First Baptist Church in Yantis and leaves the following advice for the underclassmen, "Enjoy your time in high school, because it will be over before you know it, and keep enjoying life to the fullest, as you never stop chasing your dreams!"
Congratulations, Alyssa and Ty!!!