he latest Pittsylvania County School Board meeting had valedictorians, salutatorians and others recognized before the board and their families.
From Chatham High School, Alette Kegerris was valedictorian and Austin Elliott was salutatorian. Dan River High School had Rebekah Stowe as valedictorian and Kayla Wise as salutatorian. Gretna High School had Jerri Ratliff Jr. as valedictorian and Skyler Glodeck as salutatorian. valedictorian of Tunstall High School was Landon Jones and there were co-salutatorians, Tatlia Preston and Enming Song. For the Piedmont Governor’s School, Austin Elliott was valedictorian and Mohammad Khan was salutatorian. The last one was the Academy for Engineering and Technology. Nikolas Hearp was valedictorian and Addy Littlefield was salutatorian.
The outgoing student representatives were also recognized: Alette Kegerreis (Chatham), Rylee Fletcher (Dan River), Noah Andrews (Gretna) and Parker Holt (Tunstall). Pittsylvania County Schools Superintendent Mark Jones gave a brief background on each.
Kegerreis is the daughter of Lorz and Rebecca Kegerris. She participated in varsity soccer, Southside Soccer Club U19 with previous participation in JV volleyball, Interact Club, FFA and FCA. Kegerreis also received all A’s and has been on the honor roll from 9th grade to present.
Fletcher is the daughter of Joel and Megan Fletcher. She participated in JROTC Drill and Colorguard, ACE team, leader of FCA, Younglife, Book Club, among others.
Andrews is the son of Rev. Jason Andrews and Jessica Andrews. He has been involved with Beta, FBLA, Science Club and Young Adult Youth Group. He will attend Danville Community College and transfer to Virginia Tech to major in Pharmaceuticals,
Holt is the daughter of Jamie and Michele Holt. She was involved with dance, Interact Secretary and Vice-President, Beta, FBLA, FCA and other church related services. She will be attending the University of Tennessee and will be in the Chancellor’s Honors Program. She is majoring in English and minoring in psychology on a pre-law track.
Replacing them for the next school year will be Cody Scarce (Chatham), Grace Doss (Dan River), Matthew Hearn (Gretna) and MacKenzie Harris (Tunstall). The outgoing representatives had some words for the new group.
“Take advantage of this experience,” Kegerreis said. “I learned how important it is to get involved at the base level. I appreciate this opportunity.”
“I never understood how much impact the school board has,” Fletcher said. “If you have a problem, say something. If it’s not necessarily taken, at least you know you voiced it. Your voice does matter. Have fun with it.”
“Have fun and soak it all in. I enjoyed every moment,” Holt said.
“School board members know what they are doing. The speeches don’t get any easier, but you’ll get through it,” Andrews said.
Earlier in the evening, numerous students were awarded and recognized by the board for achievements in BETA, test scores, FFA and SkillsUSA.
Board member George Henderson gave a short comment after all the awards were given out.
“I am impressed with what I think are our future leaders. If America is fortunate to have people like this, we’ll be ok.”
In other business, School Board member Kelly Merricks addressed the school dress code.
Merrick said that there were some articles of clothing that girls could not wear. The four outgoing student representatives gave a presentation on the character word of the month, citizenship and how they displayed citizenship and the board passed a few actions. All passed with a 5-0 vote. Board member Kevin Mills and Chairman Calvin Doss were absent.
The next meeting is scheduled for June 14.