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Posted: May 28, 2010 12:00 a.m.

Spreading their wings

Both top Eagles are the daughters of Air Force fathers

Photo by Brittany Thomas/

Eastside High School’s 2010 valedictorian Katelyn Yeomans and salutatorian Naomi Wills have worked hard for their entire school careers to earn good grades. Although their high school years officially end Saturday, hard work still lies ahead of them as they have both chosen challenging college majors.

Valedictorian

As the daughter of a father who served in the United States Air Force, Katelyn Yeomans moved around quite a bit. She came to Newton County just before beginning her ninth grade year.

She chose Michael Poor, her calculus teacher as her favorite.

"He’s a really fun teacher and he made the subject challenging," Yeomans said.

Math being her favorite subject, she has chosen it as her major at Georgia Southern University. She said she would like to be a high school math teacher and ultimately a college professor.

Yeomans earned a 32 out of 36 on the ACT and is the recipient of the prestigious 1906 Scholarship at Georgia Southern. Each fall, 15-18 freshmen are admitted as 1906 Scholars and each is awarded a full tuition scholarship, which can be used with any other financial aid the student receives. A student may retain the scholarship for all four years if he or she remains in good academic standing.

As a lover of art and photography, Yeomans served on EHS’s yearbook staff for three years. She also was a member of the school’s colorguard team for two years. It was participating with colorguard that Yeomans created her favorite memories from high school.

"I really liked going to all the football games," she said. "It was really exciting this year because we got so far."

Yeomans is the daughter of Kevin and Krista Yeomans. She has five siblings.

Salutatorian
Also the daughter of a father serving in the Air Force, EHS salutatorian Naomi Wills moved to Newton County at the beginning of her high school career. 
She chose Eric Adams, her Latin teacher, as her favorite high school instructor. 
“Latin is my favorite subject pretty much because he made it really fun,” Wills said. 
This fall Wills will begin studying classics and linguistics at Harvard University. She said she would like to minor in Arabic in order to be able to pursue a job as a translator. Her dream job would be working for the CIA as a secret operative. 
Wills earned a 29 out of 36 on the ACT, and was a member of the Junior Classical League, Latin Club and volleyball team for all four years at Eastside. 
Her favorite high school memory was made on her first visit to the state Latin convention.
“I was 8th overall, but I was the No. 1 lower level Latin student,” she said of her experience. 
Wills is a huge fan of the show “Mythbusters” and an avid reader of mysteries, especially from the Sherlock Holmes series. 
She is the daughter of Gene and Kathy Wills and has an older sister, Kali. 
Eastside’s graduation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church in the Now, located at 1877 Iris Drive, Conyers.
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