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Rotary Club honors top 10 students
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The Covington Rotary Club recognized 30 students and more than 25 teachers at its 48th annual Top 10 Banquet and Awards ceremony Tuesday night at Alcovy High School.

The top 10 students from Alcovy, Newton and Eastside high schools were honored for their academic achievements by the Rotary Club and the Newton County School System.

Students also picked their favorite high school teachers, who were also recognized during the event.

The top 10 students for Alcovy High School included Sandra Aguilera; Briana Clark, valedictorian; Sandra Davis; Derrick Felix; D’Lexus Harvey; Jeffery Jones; Jansen Lindner, salutatorian; Avree Martinez; Lindsey McDonald; and Brandie Weathersby. Favorite teachers for AHS included Bill Gibbons, Amanda Briggs, Troy Davis, Kelly Musgrove, Jennifer Mason, Anita Anderson, Scott Rains, Marie Heard, Ryan Denison and Anna Herbert.

Eastside High School top 10 students included Cameron Boyd; Haley Brickell; Musashi Briem; Marshal Bryan, salutatorian; Joseph Ellwanger, valedictorian; Jazmin Ireland; Bryant Johnson; Leamon Jourdan; Julianna Laseter; and Mary Lathem. Favorite teachers named by the top 10 students at EHS included Lin Lindsay, Joel Singleton, Eric Adams, Tyler Smith, Michael Poor and Judy Smith.

Newton High School top 10 students included Alexia Ardon; Amber Broughton; Aaron Cole; Imari Daniels; Alexis Duffey; Martha Gourley; Alex Grady, valedictorian; Brittain Hunt, salutatorian; Chrishandra Perkins; and Daijeonna Walker. Favorite teachers at NHS included Paige Meakins, Everen Williams, Kandi Manning, Laurin Blanks, George Miles, Kia James, Aaron Robinson, Colleen Anman, Theresa Shields and Nick Jones.

Rotary club member Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton emceed the event and past Covington Rotary Club president Bob Stafford explained the history of the club and congratulated students.

NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews explained the credentials for the students being named as top 10 students and club member Keith Adams spoke to students about the art of good communication and how it would help them succeed in their future.

“Learn how to listen and talk to others,” Adams said. “No matter how many times your career path changes, [there will always be] the constant need to effectively communicate with others.”

The ceremony ended with refreshments and photographs.