SF To Hold Graduation Ceremonies June 4
The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
The valedictorian of Southern Fulton's Class of 2009 is Daniel Franklin Wolfe, son of Dennis and Linda Wolfe of Warfordsburg. He is an active participant and leader in many school activities, serving as captain of the Scholastic Scrimmage team, band president, chorus vice president, Student Forum treasurer, National Honor Society Web master, drama club member and a part of the morning announcement team. In addition to being selected as the outstanding senior bandsman, Daniel has received scholastic awards in the subjects of math, history, physics, chemistry and Spanish. On June 4, Daniel will deliver his speech, "Taking Care of Your Dreams," to the Class of 2009, faculty, administration and parents. His speech will emphasize that "while dreams and goals are important, they fall apart without hard work and perseverance." Daniels' postsecondary plan is to attend the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in economics.
Southern Fulton is pleased to call Elaina Blessing Truax, daughter of Larry and Sue Truax of Needmore, the salutatorian of the class of 2009. Elaina has held various leadership positions, serving as the president of the National Honor Society and president of the senior class. She is a member of the girl's varsity basketball and track teams and is on the school's Scholastic Scrimmage team. Elaina participates in chorus and Ensemble and has been involved in several school musicals. She has been honored by receiving the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship award, winning the VFW school essay contest, and was recently named the 2009 prom queen. Elaina is also very active in her church and community, and has discovered that her passion is working with children. Following the June 4 graduation, Elaina plans to attend Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, majoring in preliminary medicine with an emphasis on pediatrics. Elaina will address the graduates with her speech, entitled "Remembering Our Heritage," emphasizing the benefits of growing up in a close-knit community and the fact that "while our lives may grow in different directions, our roots will always remain as one."
Jesse Smartt, son of Scott and Karen Smartt of Needmore, has earned the honor of being ranked third in the 2009 graduating class of Southern Fulton High School. His activities include varsity football, baseball and basketball, Art Honor Society, Student Council, Honor Guard, and attending Needmore Bible Church. His speech, "The Potential of Potential," will address the ability everyone has in life and what may result if this ability is applied in the most productive manner. Jesse has a profound interest in the anatomy of the human body and a passion for helping the injured return to full strength. It is his hope that these qualities will propel him in the future as a physical therapist. He plans to attain his degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, beginning this fall.
Elizabeth Gwen Hartman, daughter of Larry and Carla Hartman of Warfordsburg, has achieved the rank of fourth in Southern Fulton High School's Class of 2009. Elizabeth has been very involved in several groups, including National Honor Society, chorus, ensemble and band. She has also been involved in track, earning a varsity letter. Elizabeth participates in her church youth program and also leads the music in the Sunday morning meetings. She has been honored with awards in district and regional choir and district band, as well as holding lead roles in "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma." Because of her love for children and her passion for music, she has decided to pursue a career in music education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Earning this rank has given Elizabeth the opportunity to deliver the "Class History" speech.