For four years Brooke Wilson and Janae' Jackson have worked on a number of things. On getting good grades and scoring well on their tests and on being involved in their schools, and on Friday evening their hard work will pay off when they take the stage as valedictorian and salutatorian of Newton High School's class of 2010.
Brooke Wilson has been accepted to the University of Georgia where she plans to major in biochemistry and molecular biology and possibly enter the field of pharmacology.
She has been a member of the Beta Club for three years, as secretary in her sophomore and junior years, then president as a senior, a member of the creative writing club and senior committee and publicist of the French Club.
In her junior year she was a finalist in Governor's Honors and as a sophomore participated in the state level of the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, also earning local and state recognition.
Brooke said her favorite class was advanced human anatomy and physiology, saying her teacher, Mrs. Oswald, was "a great teacher" and that she "thoroughly enjoyed the subject."
Her favorite memory of high school is hanging out with her friends at lunch.
Janae' Jackson's favorite memory of high school is when she was officially told that she would be the school's salutatorian.
“It was like all the hard work had finally paid off,” she said. Adding she thought her mother may have been even more excited then she was.
Like Brooke, Janae' plans to attend UGA where she will double major in business and psychology. She hopes to go on to graduate school and one day own her own psychology practice.
She has been a member of the Beta club for the last three years, the psychology club and Future Business Leaders of America. She has also participated in events like Relay for Life, gathering gifts for teens in shelters and making valentines for residents of local nursing homes.
Her favorite subjects in school were social studies and world history.
Both girls will represent NHS at their graduation Friday night at 7 p.m. at Church in the Now.