Guthrie wants to make mark with degree in business from Auburn
COVINGTON - Some high school valedictorians have said they felt relieved or were happy when school officials told them they were chosen as the school's top student.
Alcovy High School Valedictorian Joseph Guthrie was excited, too, but he also had some apprehension about it.
"When they first told me, I thought "Oh, no, now I have to give a speech," he said.
Now, he's halfway through the battle - he's written his graduation speech and now is waiting for May 24 to stand before the rest of his classmates to see them off to the "real world."
After graduation, he plans to attend Auburn University, majoring in business administration.
"Business was always something that interested me, and I liked Auburn when I visited" on a college trip, he said about why he choose that path.
After he obtains his bachelor's degree, he would like to get a master's degree.
He's not sure yet what kind of job he'd like to pursue after college, but he might like an executive position at a bank or corporation.
He said keeping up with reading assignments, taking Advanced Placement classes and working hard has allowed him to secure the top spot in the class. He also was involved in Key Club, the Junior Classical League and the Creative Writing Club.
Before heading to Alabama in the fall, Guthrie plans to take a family vacation, attend freshman orientation and participate in some of his favorite activities - hunting, fishing and reading.
Edwards uses joint enrollment to get ahead before hitting Georgia campus
When Alcovy High School's Salutatorian Morgan Edwards graduates from high school May 24, she will almost be a sophomore in college.
This year, she's been in the joint enrollment program with Georgia Perimeter College.
When she starts school at the University of Georgia in the fall, she will have accumulated 20 credit hours; sophomores generally are students with 30 credit hours or more.
"I wanted to get out of high school a little and try something new," she said about why she chose to participate in joint enrollment.
She also took Advanced Placement classes, which are college-level classes that allow students to earn postsecondary credit depending on testing scores, while she was at Alcovy.
In her little free time, she was involved in Key Club and liked to scrapbook and skydive, which she started this year. Also during high school, she was an all-star cheerleader and enjoyed bowling and working out.
When she attends UGA, she will major in biology for pre-dentistry. When she finishes with her undergraduate degree, she would like to attend the Medical College of Georgia's School of Dentistry or the University of Southern California's dental school.
"I've always had an obsession with teeth," she said.
When she finishes her education, she wants to be a pediatric dentist or orthodontist and start a family.
This summer, she hopes to get some experience by working at a dentist office, but she also wants to have a little fun before she heads into a busy college lifestyle. She will take a break by visiting family in California.
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