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Well-rounded students top Briarwood senior class

As if Anne Wills didn't have enough accolades from her high school career, she learned late last Wednesday that she had earned the highest average in the Briarwood class of 2005.

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Anne Wills, Valedictorian

An all-state basketball and softball player and this year's homecoming queen, Anne added valedictorian to her long list of accomplishments. She was followed in the salutatorian slot by Lydia Lamar, another well-rounded student who is heavily involved with 4-H.

Teachers had nothing but praises for the highly accomplished academic -- and extracurricular -- pair of pupils.

"Anne Wills is the consummate student," said English teacher Meredith Parrish. "She is so well-rounded and always prepared, always willing to contribute to class. She is also so involved with extracurricular activities, but she always has it done...

"Lydia Lamar is a very conscientious student, very sweet. She's not one that really stands out. She's really quiet and reserved but very dependable."

After graduation, Anne will attend Sewanee College where she will play basketball and prepare for her future in the medical field.

Learning of the class placement for Anne was something of an affirmation of her efforts.

"It was very exciting. It's a high honor," said the daughter of Dr. Joe and Lucy Wills of Thomson. "I worked really hard throughout school."

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Lydia Lamar, Salutatorian

As the announcement came, Anne was reminded of the family atmosphere she will be leaving behind after graduating from the school where she has spent her entire academic career.

"Everyone there is so close that even the younger kids, they all know who we are and hug us throughout the day," Anne said.

The teachers and coaches also had many fond memories about Anne, saying that she is a rare find among students today.

"I shall really miss her next year," Ms. Parrish said. "The Anne Wills' in the world don't come along very often."

Salutatorian Lydia Lamar is the daughter of Ben and Kathie Lamar of Wilkes County. While she was surprised at the announcement of her placement, she knew exactly what it was that got her to the top two in her class.

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Alyssa Sutton, First Honor graduate

"I've been an active member in Wilkes County 4-H for six years. So doing that and being a leader in that and doing leadership roles and competitive events have made me want to try harder," said Lydia, who has attended Briarwood since second grade. "Plus my parents have always been behind me and gave an extra push when I needed it."

Though she still finds time for her studies, Lydia works at a florist after school.

But after graduation Lydia will attend Georgia Southern University where she plans to major in math, working toward her goal of being a high school math teacher.

Briarwood also announced last week that Alyssa Sutton is this year's first honor graduate and Lauren Brown is the junior class marshal.



Web posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005











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