Tiffani Ellington

Graves High Class of 2012 graduats 307

Graves County High School’s 27th annual graduation commencement will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the Eagles’ Nest Gymnasium. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Chair seats are reserved for parents with the tickets they receive from their children; all other seating takes place on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors close at 7 p.m. for the processional, which usually lasts about 20 minutes. After the graduation candidates are seated, spectators who have been waiting are allowed to filter into the gymnasium. To accommodate spectators, parking is available in the lot adjoining the soccer and football fields. That area is accessible from Jimtown Road.
Dr. R.B. Mays, the school’s principal, will welcome guests. Senior Blake Thomas will lead the invocation. Megan Durham and Tiffani Ellington will deliver the valedictory addresses. The GCHS Choir will perform the original Glee arrangement of Lean on Me. Cortni Cruse and Rachel McCracken will present the senior video. School administrators will award diplomas and Superintendent Pete Galloway will confer degrees.
The Class of 2012 includes some 307 graduates.
Valedictorian Megan Dawn Durham is the daughter of Dawn Durham and Scot and Tiffany Durham. She plans to attend the University of Louisville followed by medical school in preparation for a career as a pediatric neurologist. She has taken advantage of job shadowing opportunities in neurology, neurosurgery, and sleep laboratory at Murray-Calloway County Hospital and Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. She was named to the Kentucky Music Educators’ Association’s Senior High All-State Choir this year. She is a national Merit-Commended Student and an AP Scholar with Distinction. She participated in the Governor’s Scholars Program and was named a Rotary Club Student of the Month. She has won several Kentucky High School Speech League regional and state honors. She also won Student of the Year Awards in AP Calculus, Anatomy, and AP U.S. History. Other organizations in which she has participated include Beta Club, French Club, Interact Club, the Forensics Team, the Paducah Symphony Youth Chorus, and the Cunningham School of Dance Competition Troupe.
Valedictorian Tiffani Renee Ellington is the daughter of Shannon and Tonya Ellington. She plans to attend Campbellsville University and to major in psychology and Christian counseling in preparation for a career as a child psychologist or counselor. She has been a Rotary Club Student of the Month, this year’s GCHS Football Homecoming Queen, named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Broadcast 1 and 2 Student of the Year, and a statewide winner in Future Business Leaders of America competition. She has participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Beta Club, the Agape Club, Interact, and GCTV.
Salutatorian Samuel Parker Williams is the son of Dr. Wayne Williams and Julie Williams. He plans to attend UofL and to major in chemistry, followed by medical school and a career as a physician. His grade point average is 4.2. He won perfect attendance awards during all four years of high school. This year, he is an AP Scholar with Honor. He was named the Math/Science/Engineering Academy’s Student of the Month for September. Over the past three years he has earned five MSE Academy AP Achievement Awards. He played varsity tennis his junior and senior years and was a member of the forensics team his senior year.

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