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TCHS Announces 2020 Valedictorians and Salutatorian

By Staff | May 13, 2020

Valedictorian Rachel Thomas

Shawn Jones, son of Marianne Stewart and Aaron Jones, is proud to be representing the Tyler Consolidated Class of 2020 as one of their two valedictorians. This is a goal he set for himself after his older brother, Brannon Jones, received the same honor just four years earlier in 2016. Jones is heavily involved in Marching, Concert, and Jazz Band, as well as theatre. He has maintained perfect attendance his junior and senior year and placed first in the 2020 Math Field Day Contest.

Along with that, Jones was a We The People Competition District Champion and honored as an Outstanding Panelist at the state level. He was named senior teenager of the month for January as well. Jones proudly serves as the Historian of his senior class, Drum Captain of the Marching Band, Captain of the Science Bowl Team, and founder of the TCHS Film Club. Additionally, he is a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, and SADD club. He volunteers his time by tutoring middle school percussion students. After high school, Jones plans to attend West Virginia University’s Honors College and study aerospace and mechanical engineering.

Rachel Thomas, one of Tyler Consolidated’s Co-Valedictorians, has been an active member of many clubs including: Technology Student Association, Student Council, National Honor Society, and among several others.

She has received state champion titles for several science and technology competitions in TSA and have competed nationally for her projects. This year, she was elected as Student Body President and chosen as the 2019 Homecoming Queen.

Her athletic career includes several runs at the State Track & Field Championship, and Region I solo and team placements in varsity track & field. Rachel is quite proud of her time management skills and academic career and wants to thank all that have gotten her here.

Valedictorian Shawn Jones

In August, Rachel will be pridefully attending the University of Pittsburgh as a chemistry major and hopes to one day work in a laboratory as a research chemist.

Salutatorian James Chase Tanner released the following statement:

“I am James Chase Tanner, Salutatorian for the Class of 2020, at Tyler Consolidated High School. My parents are Zoey Tanner and David Tanner, of Middlebourne, WV. I have spent four years in the Technology Student Association, and have remained at the top 15 percent of my class with perfect attendance throughout high school. I will be majoring in aerospace engineering, spending two years studying at WVU Institute of Technology in Beckley, and another two years at WVU in Morgantown. I focus on my academics, and enjoy activities like long walks and contemplation. I have formed valuable relationships during my time here, and I can’t wait to experience new things in the future.”

Salutatorian James Tanner