Peachtree Academy celebrated the graduation of its six seniors in a Class of 2014 commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17, at its Covington campus.
Paige Johnson, Valedictorian
Peachtree Academy valedictorian Paige Johnson will continue to pursue her love of sports when she transitions from a Panther to a Bulldog.
Johnson heads to University of Georgia in the fall to study athletic training in hopes of working in the field or going into orthopedic medicine.
The 18-year-old, voted "Most Spirited," took part in varsity volley ball, varsity cheerleading, varsity tennis, and National Honor Society, Christian Leadership team, served as a Student Ambassador. She also won the GICAA State Doubles Tennis Championship. Her favorite subject was math.
She is the daughter of Brad and Jenna Johnson and is the older of two girls.
Tristan Watson, Salutatorian
Peachtree Academy salutatorian Tristan Watson is headed to the top, according to his peers.
The 17-year-old, voted "Most Likely to Succeed," is headed to Georgia College and State University in the fall to study Mass Communication and Business Administration. He eventually hopes to become a TV personality or work in broadcasting.
He first caught the broadcasting bug in school. "It first started when I was in charge of editing the weekly show for our school's journalism class. Then, when I started to host certain events at school, it all started to snowball from there," he wrote.
His favorite subject is European history, he wrote, because he loves learning "just how ironic history is with today's cultures and values. Especially, how people today tend to fall very close to repeating history over and over."
Watson was vice president of the National Honor Society, part of the National Society of High School Scholars, part of the Christian Leadership team, and volleyball team manager.
Besides his parents' moral support, he credits the guidance of science teacher Derek Krieder, who "thought me to think differently than what society might think."
He is the son of Eunice Dunlop and Wesley Watson and is the youngest of four boys. Born in Bermuda, Tristan Watson moved to Queens, N.Y. when he was 4 years old and then moved to Georgia in middle school in 2010.
Peachtree Academy Seniors and where they're headed:
Joseph Carr - Morehosue College
Zani Dembure - Furman University
Daniel Hill - Georgia College and State University
Paige Johnson - University of Georgia
Ethan Miller - Georgia Southern University
Tristan Watson - Georgia College and State University