Chloe Lacey has been selected as the valedictorian for the Raymond High School Class of 2018.
When Chloe Lacey was asked to go meet with Principal Todd Heggie on Monday, she was nervous. She had definitely been hoping to be selected as the Raymond High School valedictorian, so when she officially got the news she was thrilled.
The RHS valedictorian is selected based on the student who earns the highest average of several core subjects, including math 30, english 30, social studies 30 and two of the four 30-level science classes. It was a tight competition, but Chloe came out on top.
“I feel like I’m not the best at other things, but I’m disgustingly competitive and academics is kind of my thing, so I was really hoping to be chosen,” she explains, laughing. Chloe has also been involved with the jazz band, the concert band and the samba band as a percussionist during her time at RHS.
Chloe has had a lot of great experiences during her time at RHS, and one of her favorite memories is spending a class playing with a porcupine that was brought in by another student. Another positive experience she talks about is the relationships she built in her english class, which she calls her “english family.”
“We had a really varied grouping of people,” she explains. “There were definitely people who would never usually work together, but through that class we turned into a little family. We were all able to say whatever we thought and all feel connected. It was really fun.”
Chloe is grateful for all the teachers who have influenced her during her time at RHS, but one in particular stands out; Cristy Duce, her English teacher.
“Miss Duce taught us that things won’t always work out the way you think they will, or happen in the same order that you think they should,” says Chloe. “She has told us that sometimes in life you may end up taking the scenic route, but that’s ok because the scenic route is beautiful.” Chloe also loves how Miss Duce is accepting of everyone and is passionate about what her students are passionate about. “She sees each of our potential and just runs with it.”
Chloe plans to attend Brigham Young University in Provo this fall to study psychology with the ultimate goal of being a researcher and possibly a professor at a university one day. She also wants to see the world, travel and just “live her best life.”
What advice will Chloe be sharing with her fellow RHS graduates this week at the graduation ceremony? She’s still working on her speech, but so far what she’s come up with is “make sure that the life you’re living is yours and it's the life you want to be living.” We can’t wait to hear the rest of it, Chloe!
The RHS graduation ceremony will take place this Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. Congratulations to the class of 2018!