TCHS Announces 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorians
Destry Bryant Nelson II, senior at Tyler Consolidated High School, son of Destry Bryant Nelson and Jami Kay Nelson is the Valedictorian of the class of 2019.
Throughout his career at Tyler, he has had many academic achievements aside from that of Valedictorian which include: being inducted to the Academic Hall of Fame which meant he was one of the top 15 percent of his class every year since the fifth grade; an Academic Letter every year in High School; and Elks Student of the Month for October. Outside of Academics, Vice-President of the senior class along with Vice-President of the National Honors Society Chapter at TCHS, other clubs he is a part of include National Art Honor Society, Stars, and the student section club. Destry is also a member of both the soccer and track teams at TCHS, playing defense in soccer and running many events ranging from the 100 meter dash to the 1600 meter run in track. Destry has qualified for the state meet every year thus far in his track career at TCHS. Next year, Destry plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College to run track and study Biochemistry as part of the Honors program.
Alaina May Thompson, daughter of Phillip Thompson and Sarah Totten, graduated as co-salutatorian of her class on May 23, 2019. In April, she was inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame with several of her classmates. She was honored as ELKS Student of the Month in September, and she is a state winner of the ELKS Most Valuable Student Scholarship. Thompson attended the Junior Trooper Academy, the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, the Governor’s Honors Academy, and Rhododendron Girls State in her high school career.
Thompson was an active member of the Lady Knight’s soccer team. She was co-captain of the team her senior year and received her soccer letter all four years. For her senior soccer season, she was awarded First Team LKC.
Along with academics and sports, Thompson takes part in many school clubs. She is the secretary for the school’s National Honor Society. She is also involved in student government as she is the senior class historian and Student Council secretary. Thompson was a member of the Math Field Day team and competed at the Regional competition in her ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade years. She was also a member of the Science Bowl Team her senior year.
Alaina could not have made it this far without the support from her family and friends and the guidance from her teachers. She will be attending West Liberty University as an Elbin Scholar in the fall of 2019 to major in accounting.
Miranda Shae Weekley is the daughter of Brian and Tamie Weekley of Sistersville. She and eight of her classmates were inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame in April. Weekley was named the ELK’s Senior Teen of the year, and is this year’s recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award for her good character and kindness towards others.
Weekley was captain for both her junior and senior years on the Lady Knight’s soccer and basketball teams. She has received many awards in each. Last soccer season, she received First Team LKC, First Team All-Region, and Honorable Mention All-State. In basketball this year, she received Honorable Mention LKC and 2018-2019 LKC Scholar-Athlete.
Weekley is involved in many clubs at her school, and is a member of the Pursley Church of Christ. She is the President of her school’s National Honor Society, and the Senior Class President. She is also Vice President of STARS, a community service and leadership club, and a member of the Book Club. Weekley is in the alto section of the high school choir and attended All-State Junior choir her freshman year. She has received the Outstanding Performance Award in choir for the past two years.
Weekley is a hard worker as she has worked seasonally at the Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne since her freshman year. Last year she was a waitress at Bogg’s Pizza & Grill, and she has also worked for the Tyler County Commission.
Miranda is very excited to be one of the Salutatorians of her class, especially since she shares this honor with her best friend, Alaina Thompson. She would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for their support throughout her high school years.
In the fall, Miranda will be attending Marshall University to major in Communication Disorders. She plans to be a Speech-Language Pathologist upon completion of graduate school. Miranda looks forward to becoming one of the herd next year!
Tyler Consolidated High School’s Class of 2019 graduated on May 23. 81 graduates were honored, approximately $1.5 million in scholarships awarded, and 25 percent of the class are WV PROMISE Scholarship Recipients.