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Rockdale County High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian
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Melissa Freeman - photo by By Michelle Kim

Valedictorian Ansley Mitcham

Higher Education: Appalachian State University, where she’ll be attending in the Plemmons fellowship, a scholarship and leadership program

Activities: President of Student Council

Speech topic: "It’s OK if you don’t exactly have everything planned out, because things are going to change along the way."

Summer plans: Working, enjoying the last summer with everyone

Salutatorian Melissa Freeman

Higher Education: Florida State University, where she’ll be attending with a $6,000 scholarship

Course of Study: vocal performance major; "It’s my goal to have a band and be on the radio, ultimately."

On being named salutatorian: The 18-year-old said it came as a surprise. "That was pretty exciting. I had no idea. I was number six last year. I guess I pulled it up."

Summer plans: Earning her driver’s license, working at the Renaissance Festival, being an extra in a film