Parker County Today June 2017 - Page 64

During his time at MHS, his favor- ite memories have been making it to the state championship with his cross-country team, and also making his fellow classmates laugh while he was on stage for the school’s talent show. Springtown High School Valedictorian: Chanae Pitts Richardson Parents: Timothy Richardson and Carla Pitts-Richardson GPA 106.26 62 The vale- dictorian of Springtown High School has known what she wanted to do since she was 9-years-old. It was that year that Chanae Pitts Richardson’s dad, Timothy, was in a car accident that left him disabled and unable to continue as a minister at Hilltop Baptist Church. It was the transformation she saw and his remarkable recovery that solidified her desire to help people by becoming a physical therapist. She has also experienced first-hand as a patient and as a volunteer with a local physical therapist.  She will start her journey to her chosen career at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene in the fall, where she will be majoring in biolo- gy with a pre-physical therapy focus, and will be working towards degrees in biochemistry and honors inter- disciplinary studies.  She was very active during high school as the band drum major and was a cheerleader all four years. She was also involved in student council and National Honor Society. One of her favorite things she did while at school was chairing the Pink Out activities that benefitted the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor, Scott and White of Fort Worth. It culminated in the annual Pink Out football game. Over a two-year period, she and the committee raised almost $20,000 for breast cancer research. Chanae will miss the close-knit Springtown community when she goes off to school. “My grandparents moved out here in 1969. You just know every- one through everyone; everyone has a connection somehow,” she said. She’s looking forward to Abilene which she described as, “a big town with a small town feel.”  Salutatorian: Phillip Connor Kelley Parents: Mike and Teresa Kelley GPA 104.66 Phillip Connor Kelley is going to have to get used to not having his mom down the hall as he heads off to Texas A&M in College Station this fall. That’s because his mom, Teresa Kelley, has been his school counselor for the past nine years at Springtown. She moved with him from elementary school, to middle and through high school. His mother and her husband Mike will be seeing Phillip off to college where he is going to study civil engineering. “Really, I hope to actually come back to Parker County to work here. There is definitely work here,” he said. He hopes to specialize in water resource management as a civil engi- neer.  He has been involved in athlet- ics as part of the varsity baseball and tennis teams. He also served as student body president this year and is currently planning a dodge ball tournament to help the junior class kickoff their fundraising for next year. He participated for two years in UIL academics and was the regional champion for Ready Writing, placing 12 th in the entire state at competition.  When he’s not at school, he spends his time working on a local ranch helping with whatever needs to be done. He will miss the land when he moves to College Station this fall. “My mom’s family has been in Parker County for five generations and there are some really pretty places in Parker County. The people are nice. I also really like going to the rodeo. It’s a fun hangout for those four days,” he said. Phillip has attended Springtown ISD his whole school career, and is happy about it. “I’m really glad to have gone to Springtown because I will be graduating with a lot of kids that I’ve had a kindergarten class with,” he said. Weatherford High School Valedictorian: Kenzie Ballard Parents: Christi Mize and Randy Ballard GPA - 4.960 With her almost perfect GPA on a five- point scale, Kenzie will be headed to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., this fall. Until then, she will cherish the time she has left in Parker 6VGvFW"&VG2( &W 6VGvv2&RגSgVb6f'BBf֖Ɩ&G( 6R6B2&W6FVBbFRvVFW&f&Bv666FW"bFRF 66WG7Ffbw&FW"f"FRw&74'W'"&Vf"ƖfRV&W"BVbЦǒffVBV&W"bFRt20&w&V禖R2&VVffV@6VG6W'f6R7FfFW0vFW"66BF&VvWBFP6VG*B'FvW7FW&6R2&r76wvF֖'0&FVGV6FB'W6W72( gFW"גVFW&w&B6&VW"vV@ƖRFfRFFR'FvW7B67@F&V6RVVVF'66