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Final Four: LCCHS lauds top achievers

“Oh, the places you’ll go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights,”Dr. Seuss spells out in the book Oh, The Places You’ll Go! The book has become one of the most popular gifts for graduates everywhere and spells out some of life’s smaller lessons about believing in yourself and always being encouraged. But it is not a book that will be read at graduation. Says newly minted valedictorian of the Class of 2009 Dinh Le, “I won’t be doing any Dr. Seuss. Whatever I say though, I will try to be funny and make everyone enjoy the day.” Just last week Lamar County schools announced their valedictorian, salutatorian and STAR student for this spring’s graduation. Valedictorian is Dinh Le, salutatorian is Katie Lifsey and the STAR student ‘“  and his respective STAR teacher ‘“ are Phillip Henry and Gael Johnson. Le, the son of E.T. and Susan Le, plays on the high school tennis team and is on the academic team. Active in the Student Government Association and Beta Club, Le has lived in Lamar County since age 8. He plans to attend Georgia Tech and major in aerospace engineering. ”It’s a lot of work,” he said, but Le should know about that. After school and every summer he helps his parents at their local shop, Rose Nails. When not at school or work he enjoys reading historical fiction and playing games with his brother Kevin Le, 9. ”I’d like to help make him a better person than me,” he said. Salutatorian Katie Lifsey is an ideal student and within thousandths of a point from Le although the two refuse to admit any competition. ”It’s a big event. We sure are proud. She is full of determination. She is always striving to be at the top of whatever she does. Read the rest of the story in the print edition available throughout the city…..

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