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Seleb, Ctibor to lead Class of 2016 at commencement Saturday

By Walter Geiger Valedictorian Ben Seleb and salutatorian Elizabeth Ctibor will lead the Lamar County High School Class of 2016 through graduation exercises Saturday morning at Trojan Field. Approximately 170 seniors will receive diplomas during the ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. In addition to Seleb and Ctibor, other students, board members, central office and high school staff and superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson will take part in the ceremony. So far, the forecast for Saturday is perfect but Dr. Wilson and his staff are watching the weather for Saturday morning. Inclement weather would require moving graduation to the Fine Arts Center and limiting each senior to three or four tickets. ’We will do everything in our power to keep the ceremony outside in the stadium so that no family member or friend is excluded from the event. With a Saturday morning start time, we can delay if needed for weather concerns. Graduation is a big deal. We are very proud of each student. They only get one of these from high school. We want to do it right and make it enjoyable for the students and all of their family and friends,’ Dr. Wilson said. Valedictorian Ben Seleb: Lamar County High School Valedictorian Ben Seleb has the academic abilities to shoot for the stars – and as he follows his career interests in engineering and physics, the stars could align for a job with NASA. ’I’ve always been interested in engineering and how things are built,’ he said. ‘My dream job would be to work for NASA as an astronaut, but only a small percentage of those who apply are accepted. You have to have an engineering degree and pilot’s license just to be considered.’ He will pursue a career in engineering or physics at Georgia Tech. During his senior year, he attended Gordon College full time to take his core college classes. In addition to graduating as Valedictorian, he is an Honor Grad, Top Trojan, member of the Beta Club, Art Club, Skills USA and Leo Club. He played soccer throughout high school. He also enjoys working with animals like his mother and his father, who is a farrier. He is the son of Marcie and Gregg Seleb of Milner. Salutatorian Lizzie Ctibor: Lizzie Ctibor works as hard on the soccer field as she does in the classroom and her hard work paid off as she became Lamar County High School’s 2016 Salutatorian. She played soccer all four years of high school after starting in eighth grade. She also ran cross country as a senior, showcasing her speed and improving her conditioning. She will attend Mercer University in the fall to major in biochemistry. She plans to be a Physician Assistant and study at Mercer Medical. She is an Honor Grad, Top Trojan, member of the Beta Club, National Honors Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She took seven Advanced Placement courses at LCHS – three as a senior and four as a junior. She transferred as a sophomore from Griffin Christian High School. In addition to her academic and athletic accomplishments, she also shows Tibetan Spaniels, traveling around the southeast for competitions. ’I’ve been doing dog shows since I was 9 years old,’ she said. ‘I got my first dog for my ninth birthday and I was in the Junior Showmanship Competition that year.’ She started breeding dogs at age 11 and chose her dog Dozer from that first litter. Since Dozer isn’t allowed in student housing at Mercer, she plans to visit often and continue showing Dozer when she has the time. She is the daughter of Jerry and Susan Hope and has two sisters and a brother, Claire Ctibor, Yulia Hope who is also a senior at LCHS and Matthew Ctibor who is in sixth grade.

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