VALEDICTORIAN: Rary 'always wanted' to attend UGA

COVINGTON - Alcovy High School valedictorian Kimberly Rary hopes to spend the rest of her life in school.

Upon graduation from high school in May, Rary plans to attend the University of Georgia to study education. She hopes to eventually be a high school teacher and then make her way into school administration.

"I want to provide a good education for future generations," said Rary, 17, daughter of Scott and Rhonda Rary of Covington.

She's even already had some teaching experience while in high school - she was in the Future Teachers club and had the opportunity to shadow teachers.

"I like being in school," she said.

Rary also participated in student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes club and tennis and softball while at Alcovy; she also works at Subway.

While at the University of Georgia, she said she will miss her friends - only a few people from Alcovy have said they will attend UGA - but she's looking forward to the next phase of her life.

"I've always wanted to go to UGA," she said. "I'm looking forward to being on my own."

She also knows that she'll have a lot of studying to do - she'll be enrolled in UGA's honor program. She's not worried because she's developed some useful study skills while at Alcovy.

"I definitely do all of my homework and study if there's a test," she said.

SALUTATORIAN: Wright looks to help others across the globe

COVINGTON - Alcovy High School salutatorian Mary Wright can't wait until she has a chance to combine her favorite interests - helping people and traveling.

In the fall, Wright will go to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to study biology and Spanish.

"I want to go into pre-med because I want to travel abroad, preferably with Doctors Without Borders," said Wright, 18, daughter of Mark and Melissa Simmons of Covington and Jim and Stacy Wright of Sasser.

She hopes to concentrate her studies in pediatrics and use the skills she learns in college, as well as the ones she learned in two of her favorite high school classes, human anatomy and biology.

"I love helping people," she said.

Wright said Doctors Without Borders travels to such places as South Africa and other foreign countries, but she doesn't care where she ends up.

"I'll go anywhere," she said, adding that she went on a trip to Spain last summer.

Also during high school, Wright has been involved in student government and tennis and took joint enrollment classes at Georgia Perimeter College.

This summer, she plans to go to the beach with her friends before she heads to UAB, where her grandparents also attended college.

"I'm looking forward to being on my own and having independence," she said. "I fell in love with the campus. ... It's so gorgeous with southern plantations and big trees. Everything is really pretty."

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.