Chiefs hold commencement

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Just over 100 students graduated from Northview High School Saturday afternoon in Bratt, Fla. Pictured is the 2012 graduating class in its entirety

Northview students Elizabeth Wright and Holly Dickson finished their high school careers Saturday in Bratt, graduating as number one and two in the class respectively.

Wright, NHS’ 2012 Valedictorian, and Dickson, Salutatorian both scored high marks in the classroom, but both girls were also heavily involved in their school in areas other than just academics.

In addition to landing the top spot in the classroom, Wright was also a member of the Florida Virtual School program, a member of the Beta Club, A peer mediator, Student Government Association vice president and historian and a member of MENSA. Wright held several offices with the Future Business Leaders of American, including district president, served as the assistant drum major of the Tribal Beat Marching Band, represented the American Legion, Post 90 at city council meetings and was named a Rotary Club Academic All-Star. Wright was also selected to the American Legion Auxiliary and represented NHS at Girls State. She was a member of Art Club, a three-time winner of the Voice of Democracy essay contest, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes member and the recipient of the High School Heroes Award. Wright secured over $23, 360 in scholarship awards, not including the Florida Bright Futures Florida Medallion Scholars scholarship. She plans to attend the University of West Florida, majoring in social work. She said she would eventually like to become a psychologist with her own private practice.

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Dickson too was heavily involved at NHS both in and out of the classroom. She participated in the Dual Enrollment program full time with Pensacola State College, where she was named to the President’s List. Dickson was also involved in Rho Kappa, the Beta Club, the Science Club, was named a Rotary Club Academic All-Star, played volleyball; and was a member of the Math Team.
Dickson plans to attend the University of West Florida and complete her undergraduate degree in pre-med biology, continuing on to Florida State University for medical school in order to pursue pediatric medicine. Her ultimate goal is to become a missionary to India, caring for young victims of sex trafficking and those infected with HIV/AIDS.