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Castleberry, Waller to lead Class of 2017

Valedictorian Amber Castleberry and Salutatorian Brannon Waller will lead the Lamar County High School Class of 2017 through graduation exercises Saturday morning at Trojan Field at 9 a.m. Castleberry and Waller have excelled in both their high school classes and college curriculum through the Lamar County’s dual-enrollment program with Gordon State College. Both Castleberry and Waller will continue their studies in their chosen fields at Mercer University next in the fall. Castleberry has been a strong academic presence at LCHS while also serving as team manager for both the Trojan football and track and field programs. She has been a member of the math team, earning first place in the Trig-Star Math Contest, and has maintained high averages in all of her courses. She is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. She concluded her studies as an honor graduate and Top Trojan, holding the highest average in AP calculus and earning the DAR good citizenship award, the Marine Corps. scholastic excellence award and the Southern Rivers Energy Trust scholarship. At Mercer, she plans to study psychology, minor in chemistry and eventually attend medical school. ’I have always had a love for math but I have gained a strong interest in psychology and am looking forward to seeing where a degree in psychology and medicine will take me,’ Castleberry said. She is the daughter of Vikki Trice and granddaughter of Lynda Sue Trice and Harolyn Castleberry. Salutatorian Brannon Waller has also excellence at both LCHS and on the college level, graduating Suma Cum Laude from GSC May 12 with an associate of arts degree. Having already completed his first two years of college and graduating with the highest of honors, Waller will enter Mercer as a junior in the fall to begin his studies in law. He plans to major in pre-law English and eventually go to law school. ’I am thankful to have been a part of a school system that had such a great dual enrollment program and am happy to have the first two years of my college career behind me. I am looking forward to beginning Mercer as a junior and getting started on my bachelor’s degree and soon a degree in law,’ Waller said. Aside from his collegiate achievement, Waller earned multiple honors at LCHS. He served as captain of the academic team for his entire high school career and was named the school’s STAR student last fall. He has maintained a high grade point average and will attend his second graduation of the month as a Top Trojan and honor graduate. He is the son of Candy Thompson and David Waller, and step son of Grant Thompson and Tammy Waller. He is the grandson of the late Larry Waller and Glenna Waller, Alton and Lynda Kendrick, Skipper and Sally Brannon and Johnnie and Midge Thompson.

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