Alcovy High’s 2014 Salutatorian Victoria Wardlow, left, and Valedictorian Lesley Ochei, right, will be graduating on May 23. Wardlow plans to go to UGA, while Ochei will be attending Georgia State University. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)
COVINGTON — Alcovy High Valedictorian Lesley Ochei and Salutatorian Victoria Wardlow will be graduating later this month, capping off their senior year with the top two grade point averages in their class.
The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Ochei moved to Newton County from Ohio just days before beginning ninth-grade at Alcovy. She spent her senior year in dual enrollment, attending classes at Georgia Perimeter. After graduation, she plans to attend Georgia State University and plans to major in pre-nursing and eventually become a nurse practitioner.
“I’d really like to become an emergency department nurse practitioner,” Ochei said on Tuesday. “You’re like an E.R. nurse, but you’re above the other nurses, and you’re kind of like a doctor.”
In her free time, Ochei enjoys reading and eating various cereals, with Honey Nut Cheerios being among her favorites. She also volunteers frequently, and fancies watching old, cancelled cartoons from Cartoon Network such as “Sym-Bionic Titan.”
Wardlow, a native of Utah, moved to Georgia when she was 4 years old. She attended Veterans Memorial Middle before coming to Alcovy. Prior to attending the University of Georgia in the fall, she will be working at the Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp over the summer. While enjoying many subjects at school, her love of Latin and Greek classes inspired her to major in these languages while attending UGA, while also studying dramatic arts.
“I was going to be a Latin teacher, but I’ve realized I don’t think I could go to school and have my entire life revolve around going to a high school,” she stated. “So, I’m either going to be a linguist or an actress — or both. That would be cool.”
Wardlow also like likes to read in her spare time, as well as watch British television shows.
Along with the rest of Alcovy’s class of 2014, Ochei and Wardlow will be graduating on May 23 at Springfield Baptist Church in Rockdale County.