Jaylie Ray Jones, the daughter of Ray and Betsy Jones, is the Class of 2017 valedictorian.
Jaylie is a four year member of the Mountaineer Band where she served as Drum Major her junior year. She served as Vice President and Healthy Life-style Ambassador with 4-H. Jaylie was a three year participant in the State 4-H Roundup for Food and Nutrition Quiz Bowl; for three years served as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader; and two years on the Student Council, including this year as President. She has been Class President as a freshman and Vice-President as a senior. She is a four-year Varsity Cheerleader, serving as head cheerleader this year. She played tennis her sophomore year. She has played both basketball and softball for four years. As a freshman, she received Second Team All-District in basketball and First Team in softball. Her sophomore year she was Offensive MVP in basketball and First All District in softball. Her junior year she was First Team and All Big Country Honorable Mention in basketball and First Team in softball. This year she was First Team and All Big Country in basketball, as well as All Region. She was awarded MVP in basketball and Offensive MVP in softball her senior year. She was awarded Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year this year. She has been very active in UIL, participating in Number Sense, Calculator Applications, Math and Science. In Number Sense, she qualified for Regionals three years. In Mathematics, she was a Regional and State Qualifier as a junior and senior. In Calculator Applications, she qualified at the Regional levels her sophomore, junior and senior years, and at the State level this year where she placed second. This year she was chosen as Homecoming Queen and Most Likely to Succeed. She is a member of the “A” honor roll. As a senior, she received the department award in both mathematics and science. She is a member of the First Baptist Church. In the fall, Jaylie will become an Aggie at Texas A&M, where she plans to major in mathematics followed by medical school to become an anesthesiologist.
The salutatorian for the Class of 2017 is Katelynne Elaine Craig, the daughter of Christopher and Bobbie Jo Craig.
Katelynne is a four year member of the FFA where she served as Reporter her junior year and Secretary her senior year. As a freshman, she placed third in FFA Creed Speaking. She has been a member of the Horse Judging Team for one year. Katelynne has shown rabbits for two years and goats for three years, winning Grand Champion last year. She is a one year member of 4-H. She served her class as Reporter as a sophomore and Secretary as a senior. Katelynne was the recipient of the class award in American History as a freshman. In UIL, she was a two-year member of the One Act Play where she was on the All Star Cast as a junior. She has been a Regional qualifier in Ready Writing for three years, in Literary Criticism for two years. In sports, Katelynne is a four-year member of the softball team, and has served as football and basketball manager the last two years. This year she also ran cross-country. She received the softball Most Improved Award two years and was this year’s Most Valuable Player in cross-country. She was a member of the Santa Anna Mountaineer Band for four years and the National Honor Society for two years. Katelynne has been on the “A” Honor roll all year. In addition, this year she received the department award for both English and Social Studies. Katelynne is affiliated with the Feed Store Ministries and the First Baptist Church. She plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall.
Both of these young ladies have been active in academic and sporting events bringing honor to themselves, their families, their teams and their school.
Congratulations and best wishes, Jaylie and Katelynne! You make us proud!!!