Parker County Today June 2016 - Page 26

Springtown High School Valedictorian Kylie Hornback Parents Jennifer Hachtel and Carl Hornback GPA 105.558 This Springtown valedictorian is on her way to the Texas Track and Field championships in Austin. She is a shot putter and will be competing against 8 others during her event and hopes to beat the Springtown record of 38.5’. Her longest throwing distance of the 8.8 pound shot put is 37.9’. She will be attending Tarleton University and participating on its track team in the fall. She’s looking forward to adding the javelin and the hammer to her list of track and field events in college, “I’m excited to be throwing new things. The javelin you run and throw it. The hammer is a shot put attached to a handle and you spin to throw it. It’s a whole new technique,” she said. While at Tarleton she will be working towards a math teaching degree with a minor in kinesiology. When asked about specializing in math, she said, “I kind of read math like another language. I think English is harder to read.” She would like to be a middle school shot put and discus coach along with coaching volleyball. She will be living in the honors residence hall and when asked what she was looking forward to she honestly answered, “I don’t know just yet. The whole experience.” She’s attended Springtown schools since third grade and she said, “I’m going to miss the people who have influenced my life the most. It’s a long list including my coaches and my teachers.” She thinks her favorite memory of school will be JUNE 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY WRECKER SERVICE 24 Congratulations to Parker County 2016 Graduates Light & Heavy Duty Towing • Local & Long Distance 3601 North FM 51, Weatherford, TX 76085 • 817-596-3566 tomorrow’s state track meet, but she also said, “Every track meet is different and I can only do my best.” Salutatorian Michelle Padilla Parents Deborah and Michael Padilla GPA 105.13 Springtown’s salutatorian is going east to the University of Kentucky where she will study psychology. But she doesn’t want to be a psychologist, “I want to go a weird route with it. I want to get into acting with it, to be more authentic,” she said. During school she participated in debate and played on the school’s tennis team where she made it to the regional tournament with her good friend and doubles partner. About leaving Springtown, she said, “I’ll miss having a whole bunch of people around that I know. I usually just found someone to hang out with and do something fun. There are all the restaurants in town and then if we leave Springtown, the movies aren’t that far. I also go to the tennis courts a lot and just play for fun,” said Michelle. She received a great scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky and has visited the campus where she said, “The campus was well put together and really pretty. It was fancy.” The university is in Lexington, Kentucky and it’s a much larger city than Springtown, but according to Michelle, “It is really posh,” she said. She’s looking forward to, “All the fancy places and the people. All the new things and new experiences.” Story continues ...