POINT PLEASANT — This Saturday, June 3, over 170 seniors at Point Pleasant High School will be presented with their diplomas.
Commencement begins at 7:30 p.m. on the football field at the PPJ/SHS athletic complex.
This week, PPHS announced its top two students of the Class of 2017 as Emma Rice and Alexis Smith, respectively.
Rice, ranked number one in her class, is from Point Pleasant and is the daughter of Jonna and Olin Rice. She’ll be attending West Virginia University this fall majoring in biology with long-term plans of becoming an orthodontist. She has been admitted to the honors college at WVU. She has been a four-year varsity Letterman of the Lady Knights soccer team and served as tri-captain this year. She has a 4.39 GPA and is graduating summa cum laude.
Rice has also been a member of the National Honor Society where she served as treasurer and was on student council. She received the Scholarship of Distinction level two from WVU, as well as a valedictorian scholarship and the Promise Scholarship. She received a soccer booster scholarship, the Rotary Scholarship, American Legion Scholarship, Roosevelt Scholarship and the Mason County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. She also attended WSAZ’s Best of the Class to represent PPHS.
Smith, ranked second in her class, is from Point Pleasant and is the daughter of Jason and Melissa Smith. She’ll be attending The Ohio State University in the fall to double major in psychology and criminal justice. While in high school she lettered in both band and softball, was an active three-year member of student council, and participated in theatre productions as well. She is also a part-time library resident. Her junior year she was on prom committee and every year she’s participated and placed in Math Field Day competitions.
In addition, she’s a member of Lifespring Youth Group and Girl’s Group. She is also employed, working a part-time job 15-20 hours a week. She has received the Scarlet and Gray Grant from OSU worth $3,000 and multiple other grants. She was also chosen to represent PPHS at WSAZ’s Best of the Class.
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