Tyler Consolidated High School has announced the Class of 2013's valedictorian and salutatorian. Darren Heintzman has earned the title of the top student in the class, while Allister Seckman is the salutatorian.
They will lead their class in commencement exercises on Friday at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the TCHS gymnasium.
Darren is the son of Dennis and Clista Heintzman of Sistersville. He received varsity basketball letters in his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was selected for OVAC and BACF basketball all-star games in 2013 as well as all-tournament basketball teams for both the Bob Burton Classic and Boggs Classic. He was a LKC Scholar Athlete.
Valedictorian Darren Heintzman
Obviously an academic leader as well, Darren has been a Boys State representative and HOBY ambassador. He has also participated in Regional Math Field Day.
In his time outside of school, Darren enjoys fishing and hunting. He does his part to keep the earth clean by participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program.
A member of the Church of Christ in Sistersville, Darren is active in church service.
He plans to attend Freed-Hardeman University in the fall and pursue a double major in Biology/Education and minor in Chemistry. "I eventually want to do research in the area of genetics to cure diseases currently incurable," said Darren.
Allister is the son of Stephen and Licia Seckman of Middlebourne. He has been in the top 15 percent of his class every year since the fifth grade. Allister has received his academic letter for every qualifying year of high school and has participated in various academic events. He has completed several hours of community service throughout middle school and high school, and has been a volunteer through Ameri-Corps at Energy Express for the last two years.
Allister participated in a research program called the Discovery and Recovery Project and has successfully completed several difficult college courses during high school.
Upon graduation, he will be pursuing a degree in pharmacy and has been accepted into the Pre-Pharmacy program at West Virginia University for the 2013 fall semester. Allister will also be working with Habitat for Humanity through WVU before general classes begin in August.