POINT PLEASANT — The honor of “top student” will be shared by three young people at Saturday’s graduation commencement ceremony for Point Pleasant High School’s Class of 2016.
Principal William Cottrill and his staff have announced Brandon T. Hall, Brandon S. Henderson and Makinly P. Higginbotham share the title of “top student.” Alexa A. Toth ranked second in this year’s class at PPHS.
Hall, of Gallipolis Ferry, is the son of Larry and Manuela Hall. He plans on attending West Virginia University where he wants to study computer science and statistics. His school activities include: Student Council Treasurer and President; Youth Leadership Association President; Youth in Government participant; cross country; National Honors Society member. Scholarships he’s received are: WVU Presidential Scholarship; Statler College Engineering Achievement Scholarship; Promise Scholarship Eligible; WVU Valedictorian Scholarship.
Henderson, son of David and Jennifer Henderson, plans on attending Marshall University, majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. While at Marshall, he will be attending the Honors College. His activities include: Student Council, National Honor Society Vice President, varsity cross country, basketball and track, National Society of High School Scholars, Governors Honor Academy, Distinguished AP Scholar. Scholarships he has received include: John Marshall Scholarship, Accelerated BS/ MD program, Francis A. Scott Memorial Scholarship.
Higginbotham, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of James and Selena Higginbotham. She plans on attending West Virginia University, where she’ll also be a member of the Honors College. She will be majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. School activities include: Varsity softball letterman (four years), varsity cross country letterman (one year), Student Council, National Honor Society, Sophomore Class Vice President, Junior Class Treasurer, Senior Class Secretary, Prom Committee, Yearbook, Ivy Chain, and Daisy Chain. Scholarships she has received are: the WVSSAC BB&T Scholarship, Holzer Science Award, and Mason County Education Association Scholarship, Promise Scholarship, Mountaineer Scholarship and Engineering Achievement Scholarship.
Toth, of Point Pleasant, is the daughter of Kelly White and James Toth, and plans on attending West Virginia University, majoring in Biochemistry with aspirations of going on to medical school to become a pediatrician. School activities include: four years as a varsity cheerleader, with two years as co-captain, varsity track, and treasurer of the National Honor Society. Scholarships she has received include: Promise Scholarship and Vandelia Scholarship.
Commencement beings at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at the PPJ/SHS football field. A wrap-up of the ceremony and a complete list of graduates will appear in the Tuesday edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
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