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Posted: May 24, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Jump for joy

Alcovy's valedictorian and salutatorian headed to UGA, Alabama

Brittany Thomas/

Enthusiasm: Alcovy High School's valadictorian Kimberly Rary and salutatorian Mary Wright show their excitement about graduating Saturday.

 With Alcovy High School's graduation less than a week away, valedictorian Kimberly Rary and salutatorian Mary Wright are positively giddy at the thought of giving their speeches and accepting those hard-earned diplomas. The girls, who say they are good friends, have enjoyed their time in high school but are ready to move on and make their mark at their respective universities.

Kimberly Rary

Heading to the University of Georgia to enroll in the school’s honors program in the fall, Rary,17, plans to study education. She is considering becoming a high school teacher and then moving into education administration. Though not completely sure at this time, she is considering teaching math.

Rary's favorite subject thus far has been her forensics class at AHS. She is involved in tennis, the student council and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). She works at Subway and attends Covington Christian Church. She plans to work throughout the summer to save up for college.

When asked if she had been keeping track of her rank throughout high school, both girls looked at each other and laughed.

"She has," Wright said.

"Well," Rary said, "it was my goal in high school to become valedictorian."

Mary Wright

Alcovy's salutatorian Mary Wright, 18, will enroll at the University of Alabama in the fall where she plans to study biology. Wright plans to attend medical school and study pediatrics.

Her favorite subjects in high school have been anatomy and biology.

"I like the science stuff," she said.

Wright is involved in tennis and student council and she has been taking joint enrollment classes at Georgia Perimeter College. She attends Bethany Presbyterian Church and works for a catering company.

When asked what her plans were for the summer before her first year of college, she said she plans on working and hopefully going to the beach. Wright will also move into her dorm early in order to work with Alabama Action, a community service-based program at the university.

"Kimberly and Mary are such great young ladies. They are without a doubt the best of the best in not only the academic area but in everything else," said AHS Principal Dave Easterday. "They are friendly, involved in other school activities, and are just good people. Alcovy High School is very proud of their accomplishments."

Alcovy High Seniors will graduate at 1 p.m. Saturday in the school's gymnasium. Eastside and Newton seniors will also graduate Saturday at the Church in the Now in Conyers at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

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