Baseball seniors make impact on and off field

 

by Lily Jones/staff writer

Throughout the class of 2015’s baseball career, they have made multiple state runs, and have created major impacts on their team by heavily practicing, and giving everything they have for the game.

“I believe our grade has strongly impacted the team.  We have been stacked with studs this year and last year,” Rashaud Townsend said.

Each year, there is an impressive set of seniors.  This year, Rashaud Townsend, Cole Weber, Tyler Mann, Lance Nolen, Kelton Cole, and Jonathan Carruth lead the team.

Shawn impacts others with positive view on life

Shawn and her prom date Nicholas Jones dance the night away (photo by Claire Thompson)

by Ethan Dial/school news editor

She walks through the halls just as any other senior in high school, but she does it joyfully despite everything she has been through in life. This year senior Shawn Morehart will graduate as the first Down Syndrome student who is enrolled in regular classes.

Throughout her journey at Central, Shawn has impacted many including both students and teachers.

Top students question value of class rank, see significance in factors like extracurriculars

By Diana Basnakian/staff writer and Taylor Smith/staff writer

Valedictorian Sherry Gao and Salutatorian Zen Tang are looking forward to a new chapter in their lives. (photo by Taylor Smith)

Valedictorian: top of the class. The concept of valedictorian has been around for many years, and every year the title is awarded to the senior with the highest GPA. Class rank has been assigned immense value among high school students, and valedictorians have been constantly characterized under several false stereotypes.

This year’s valedictorian is senior Sherry Gao, who has earned a GPA of 4.563 and plans on attending Harvard University in the fall of 2015. Unfortunately, many high school students among Sherry assign significant value to their ranking, and are thusly under constant stress to improve it.  Although Sherry understands the honorability of her accolade, she believes that essentially, it is just a title.

“I don’t think it has much intrinsic value,” Sherry said. “I don’t think it defines you, and I don’t think it necessarily predicts your success later in life.”

Blake Mei, Central’s valedictorian for the Class of (blank), argues that based on his experience after high school, Sherry’s belief holds true.