Parker County Today June 2017 - Page 62

administra- tion, which will lead her to a master’s degree and probably a doctorate before she could lead a school district. “I like the flexibility of working in educa- tion, and when I do have kids, to have the same schedule that they do,” she said. Lindy was active in the student council, where she served as president, National Honor Society and the suicide prevention group Hannah for Hope. She also played basketball and ran cross country. In June, she’s looking forward to the annual Parker County Stock Show where she will be show- ing her pigs and hopefully helping to pay for college upon their sale. She also competed in the UIL calculator competition and one-act play. She’s very familiar with the College Station campus, having recently attended the on-campus Muster, an annual Aggie tradition with her family. She’s excit- ed to follow them to attend school in Aggieland. “I’m so excited to meet new people. My whole family went to A&M. It’s a family thing. I’m excit- ed for the traditions and the sense of community, even though it’s a huge school,” she said. Salutatorian: Ashley Brawner Parents: Melissa & Brian Brawner GPA - 101.75 60 From a few moments of adversity, Ashley has determined about what she wants to be after college. She will be attending the University of Texas in Austin and majoring in Kinesiology, Applied Movement Science with her eyes on becoming a physical therapist or athletic trainer at the college level. Even at her young age, she had experience with athletic trainers when she had a career- ending concussion on the basketball court her sophomore year, and physi- cal therapists as she battled back from reconstructive back surgery resulting from a scoliosis diagnosis.  She didn’t let anything slow her down, as evidenced by her busy year as a Brock Eagle. As National Honor Society president she scheduled a drive to benefit a different charity each month of the school year. She was a member of the student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and volunteered with Hannah for Hope, a suicide prevention program. She found success with the UIL Math competition, taking it all the way to state in Austin earlier this year. Through her volunteer work with the NHS, she said she’ll miss all of the people she met along the way. “Having constant contact with the community in Brock and in Weatherford and meeting all those people was the coolest thing I’ve done in the past two years,” she said. Some of the charities the group assisted include the Pythian Home, Holland Lake Nursing Home, Adopt a Highway, Cook Children’s Hospital, Grace House and the Weatherford- Parker County Animal She lter. They also do tutoring at the elementary, junior high and the high school through NHS. “I mostly tutor at the junior high. I prefer math. Anything that seems like a puzzle, like logic puzzles and that form of math. That’s probably my favorite,” she said. Millsap High School Valedictorian: Chase Buchanan Parents: Bryan and Karen Buchanan GPA 103.596 This graduate intends on staying busy after high school, with plans of majoring in business at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. Chase plans on pursuing a career in either general business or something in the medi- cal field. He has attended schools within Millsap ISD his entire life. “My favorite memory has been play- ing baseball, collectively,” said Chase. “All the seasons, wins, comebacks, hard- fought victories, I’ve loved doing it all.” He has participated in multiple activities throughout his time at Millsap High School, and this past year participated in the Beta Club, Spanish Club and, of course, was part of the baseball team. He did admit that he loves Parker County’s local atmosphere, and how you are sure to have a friend no matter where you go throughout the county. “It has a good energy,” said Chase. Salutatorian: Buster Lee Parents: Jody and Chris Lee GPA 102.016 Buster has big plans after his move to College Station to attend Texas A&M this fall. He is planning on studying computer science in hopes of eventually becoming a computer scientist. Though he has not been at Millsap High School long, two and a half years to be exact, he has gotten involved with many of the activities that the school provides. He is a part of both the track and cross country teams, and is also a part of the Beta Club, the Book Club and the Spanish Club. He loves Parker County because “it is a smaller area, but it’s not,” Buster said. “There is a lot to do for such a small area; there seems to be a lot around. Plus, everyone seems to know everyone.”