Sequoyah High School names Herrin as valedictorian


(L to R) Sequoyah High School seniors Melody Proctor, 18, and Baylee Herrin, 17, both of Tahlequah, are the salutatorian and valedictorian, respectively, of the graduating class of 2014.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Tahlequah native Baylee Herrin, who has a 4.25 GPA, has been named Sequoyah High School’s valedictorian for the graduating class of 2014.

Herrin, the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a volleyball middle blocker and student council representative, will give her valedictorian speech during Sequoyah High School’s graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 16, at The Place Where They Play gym. Sequoyah will graduate 89 seniors in its 2014 class.

“I’ve always been very determined to do my best in whatever I put my time into, whether it’s academics, sports or something else, because my parents raised me that way,” Herrin said.

Herrin, a Cherokee citizen, plans to attend Northeastern State University in the fall. She already has 18 hours of classes completed from NSU through the high school’s concurrent enrollment program. She plans on studying optometry.

Melody Proctor, 18, of Tahlequah, is the class salutatorian with a 4.23 GPA.

The yearbook editor and cheerleading manager will have 15 hours of college credit completed from NSU by graduation. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma this fall and is undecided on a major.

Meet the Valedictorian

Name: Baylee Herrin
School Clubs: Student Council, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, “The Preventers” bullying and suicide prevention mentor, and volleyball
Favorite SHS Experience: Going undefeated at home and making a state tournament appearance in volleyball senior year
Fun Fact: Has played the piano since third grade
Post-Graduation Plans: Going to Salcha, Alaska, for first mission trip

Meet the Salutatorian
Name: Melody Proctor
School Clubs: Yearbook, National Honor Society, Student Council, “The Preventers” bullying and suicide prevention mentor, Book Club, cheerleading, and Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society
Favorite SHS Experience: Creating and maintaining unique handshakes with friends
Favorite Book Series: Harry Potter
Fun Fact: Second in her family to attend college
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