Alcovy High School's 2013 valedictorian is Briana Clark, left, and the salutatorian is Jansen Lindner. Clark is headed to the University of Georgia in the fall, and Lindner will go to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
COVINGTON -- For now, the top Alcovy High School graduates are united, but in the fall, it may be a different story.
The 2013 valedictorian Briana Clark and salutatorian Jansen Lindner are headed to traditional state rival schools.
In the fall, Clark will head to the University of Georgia in Athens, while Lindner will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology.
"We're going to be rivals soon," Clark said.
Eighteen-year-old Clark is excited to pursue her dreams.
Clark, the daughter of Debbie Henderson-Clark and Roderick Clark of Covington, has loved UGA since she was younger, and now she has the chance to attend the school, from which she received a merit Presidential Scholarship.
Her mother attended the business school at UGA.
"I wanted to follow in her footsteps," Clark said.
She's also ready to pursue the steps to become a lawyer.
"I like speaking up for people," she said. "I want to be the voice for people who others refuse to listen to. I like helping people."
She plans to double major in economics and either criminal justice or political science on the pre-law track. Eventually, she hopes to be a prosecutor.
Clark is ready for the challenge -- she's taken eight Advanced Placement classes while at Alcovy, and her favorite ones include forensics, government and macroeconomics. She's also been on the mock trial team.
"It's helped me a lot -- it's given me real-life situations that will help me prepare for the future," Clark said. "And government has taught me important information."
This summer, she plans to go on an educational tour of Europe with a group and also hopes to get an internship at a law office.
She's also received scholarships from Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Kiwanis Club of Covington.
While in high school, she's also been involved with volleyball and the Key and Anchor clubs, and she's also the student body president.
She said she was surprised and happy to be able to earn the top spot.
"I try not to procrastinate, study all the time, a lot of people support me and I prayed a lot," she said.
Eighteen-year-old Lindner also was surprised to be in a top spot of the graduating class.
"I knew I'd be in the Top 10, but I didn't think I'd be salutatorian," said Lindner, son of Shey and Kari Lindner of Covington. "I was pretty happy."
He ended up taking nine AP classes. One of his favorite classes was Roman philosophy as part of a Latin class.
"I just took the most challenging courses I could that the school had to offer," said Lindner, who has earned a scholarship from Delta Air Lines.
The cyclist plans to attend Georgia Tech in the fall to study engineering.
"I want to be an engineer and it's really the best engineering school in the area," he said.
Lindner might study mechanical engineering but he isn't yet sure what type of career he will have in the future.
"I enjoy building things -- I always have," he said. "And I'm very mathematically inclined."