Rikki Duvall, left, is the salutatorian, and Taylor Selky, right, is the Sequoyah High School 2013 valedictorian.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Two Sequoyah High School teens not only juggled traditional high school, but also took concurrent college courses, worked part time, were involved in school clubs and still managed to pull off a 4.29 and 4.23 GPA.
Meet the valedictorian
Sequoyah High School’s valedictorian Taylor Nicole Selky, of Locust Grove, and salutatorian Rikki Leann Duvall, of Stilwell, say being determined and setting goals made all the difference.
Selky, 17, will graduate from Sequoyah on May 17, with half of her freshman year completed from Northeastern State University. Duvall also graduates with 12 college hours under her belt.
“My parents have always pushed me in my academics and told me ‘this is your job right now’,” Selky said. “They knew I was capable, so they expected A’s out of me. Sequoyah provided the tools, like our Mac notebooks, and really tried to push adapting us to what college is going to be like.”
Selky will attend Oklahoma State University this fall. She is considering business administration, health care administration or education administration majors.
“I know that I want to be in charge somehow,” Selky said. “I’m a little bit of a control freak, and I like things done in order. I’ve just always wanted to organize things, and I’ve always been a natural leader.”
Duvall, 18, has been at Sequoyah since her freshman year. Her biggest challenge was managing school while waiting tables part time in order to make her car payment and pay her cell phone bill.
“Grade wise, it started to affect me when I had to get a job last year,” she said. “I had to start staying up later to do homework, so I had to get in the routine of coming to school, going to work, staying up late doing homework and getting up early to redo it all. I was tired every day, but I made it happen.”
Duvall will either attend the University of Tulsa or OSU and plans to major in nursing or athletic training.
Sequoyah Schools’ graduation ceremony for its 77 seniors starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at The Place Where They Play.
Meet the salutatorian
- Name: Taylor Selky
- Tribe: Osage
- School Clubs: National Honor Society, Students Working Against Tobacco, book club and freshman mentorship program
- Favorite artist: Jason Aldean
- Favorite SHS Experience: Dancing so much at sophomore prom she ripped her dress
- Would hang out with: The characters from Gossip Girl
- Fun fact: Has more than 650 followers on Twitter and nearing her 5,000th tweet
- Name: Rikki Duvall
- Tribe: Cherokee
- School Clubs: National Honor Society, student council, Students Working Against Tobacco, Fellowship of Christian Students and cheerleading
- Dream Job: A singer and on stage doing duets with Brantley Gilbert
- Favorite SHS Experience: Getting football boys to dance at a pep rally
- Biggest motivator: Her older sister, who provides support and experiences to learn from
- Fun fact: Avid badminton player
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