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Launching off
From preschool to college, Salem's valedictorian and salutatorian share competative edge
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On your mark: Salem High School's class of 2010 valedictorian Samuel "Walker" Whitley, left, and salutatorian Lindsay Kaiser prepare to launch themselves into college and beyond. - photo by Michelle Kim

The same preschool class is not all Salem High School's valedictorian Samuel Whitley and salutatorian Lindsey Kaiser have in common. Both will be attending University of Georgia in the fall.

Born in Jackson, Michigan, Samuel Whitley, who is commonly known as Walker, has been raised in Conyers for the majority of his life.

The youngest of three, Whitley said he is still exploring his options of a major at UGA, but is leaning towards veterinarian medicine or law. Whitley was actively involved in extracurricular activities and sports throughout his high school career, and even captained the swim team.

When asked if he was surprised at being named valedictorian, Whitley shook his head. "She was," he said with a grin, motioning to Kaiser, "but I wasn't surprised." His hobbies include spending time with his friends, swimming, and going to the gym.

Salutatorian Lindsey Kaiser, the oldest of three, said she learned she was named Salem's salutatorian on Tuesday, after exam scores came in. Kaiser was ranked sixth in her class in her junior year. School officials said the competition for the number two spot was close this year.

Also UGA bound, Kaiser plans on majoring in business then sees herself as either an accountant or going onto law school.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kaiser was involved in cross-country, tennis, National Honors Society, Beta Club, and the track team at Salem. She enjoys running, going to the beach, tanning, spending time with her friends, and shopping.