What Alex Barrett and Kristen Adair will miss most about Graham High School is the bond they have with their fellow classmates.
Barrett, GHS valedictorian, and Adair, salutatorian, have known each other since the first grade and have become good friends over the years. Barrett is the daughter of Marlene Barrett and Mark Hause, and Adair is the daughter of Kara and Kelley Adair.
The soon-to-be graduates have taken advanced classes since middle school.
While their official grade point averages were not yet available, their status as exemplary students is clear in many other ways.
They’re both members of GHS’s Technology Students Association, are involved in UIL academics, Student Council, Key Club, Interact, Spanish Club and the National Honor Society. Barrett is a member of DECA and is a section leader of the Rompin’ Stompin’ Big Blue Band, and Adair is an art 4 student and is on the GHS varsity volleyball team and pole vaults for the track team. Between school and extra-curricular activities, the girls said they try to squeeze in some time with friends and family.
“My friends and I would plan to have a free weekend to all hang out,” Barrett said.
Adair, who broke the triple jump record in track, said most of her free time is consumed by sports, but she makes time for art and work.
“My sports are equal to my academics,” she said. “I love painting. Art’s my thing. I like to work, because money is good. I’m a four-year ice princess at the snow cone shack.”
The students worked hard and earned their positions as valedictorian and salutatorian.
“I never thought it would happen, I just did everything I could to make good grades,” Adair said.
The Class of 2014 graduates have been taking AP/dual credit classes for college credits, received scholarships and will leave for college in August. Barrett plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in chemical engineering.
“I took engineering and chemistry and enjoyed it.,” she said. “I’m probably going to minor in business. I’ll probably do something in business and engineering.”
Adair will attend Hardin-Simmons University, where she will pole vault and triple jump while majoring in physical therapy and health science.
“I want to be a physical therapist,” she said.
Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.