Elizabeth High School graduates group of all-female valedictorians

Nine seniors achieved perfect grade point averages, took part in activities

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Elizabeth High School held its commencement ceremony on the cool, sunny morning of May 14, with hundreds of students and family members gathered at the EHS stadium to listen to the hopeful words of peers and educators, all encouraging the graduates on their life journeys.

The Elizabeth High School class of 2022 was honored to have nine valedictorians, those who exemplify the pinnacle of academic scholarship. This year, the distinguished group was made up of entirely of women. Each of the valedictorians had a perfect grade point average and was involved in school activities.

The Elbert County News held short interviews with several of the 2022 valedictorians and asked them all the same questions:

 

Kaylie Bott

How does it feel to be valedictorian?

It feels very accomplishing to be a valedictorian because I put every ounce of effort and extra time I had into my schooling. I am a very busy person and even with sports and multiple jobs I was able to finish everything I needed to for my schooling to ensure I kept the best grades I could. Knowing that my hard work paid off is very reassuring.
 

What is your fondest memory from your time at EHS?

My fondest memory from my time at EHS is probably my team. I was a part of the gymnastics team and every bit of time I spent with them I appreciate very much. The moment we won the 4A State Championships for the third time was probably my favorite part of my time at Elizabeth because I could feel the love from every person on my team and all the people we had behind us. It was a very accomplishing moment.
 

What are your post-graduation plans?

My post-graduation plans involve a lot of fun and trips over the summer before I head to Phoenix, Arizona to attend Grand Canyon University. I plan on getting my bachelor's degree in business management with a minor in marketing. I want to make the most of free time before I have to officially become an adult.
 

What advice do you have for the class of 2022?

My advice for the class of 2022 would be to never stop working hard. We all have our own talents and goals. No matter what they may be, the harder you work for them, the more likely you are to reach your goals. Don't forget what you are capable of.
 

Piper Gustafson

How does it feel to be valedictorian?

It feels fulfilling to be valedictorian. I mean, I've been working hard for four years, and now I have this achievement to show for it.
 

What is your fondest memory from your time at EHS?

My fondest memories come from EHS extracurriculars such as playing soccer and doing stage crew in theater productions, where I've met wonderful new people and formed lasting friendships.
 

What are your post-graduation plans?

I plan to major in biology and minor in mathematics at Colorado State University this fall. I'm hoping to become a small animal veterinarian and eventually open my own animal clinic.
 

What advice do you have for the class of 2022?

This may seem cliche, but I urge the class of 2022 to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. Enjoy life. We often find ourselves caught up in the past or worrying about the future, but it's the present that really matters in any given moment.
 

Avery Martinez

How does it feel to be valedictorian?

Being a valedictorian felt so rewarding and exciting! I was beyond happy when I found out that I had the honor of being a valedictorian and speaking on behalf of the 2022 senior class.
 

What is your fondest memory from your time at EHS?

I have so many great memories from being at EHS and my top memories have to be our homecoming volleyball game and playing in front of the whole school, senior sunset and having one last hoorah and running at state with the best track team in the world!
 

What are your post-graduation plans?

After graduation I will be attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and going on fun adventures with my friends and family!
 

What advice do you have for the class of 2022?

My advice for the class of 2022 is have fun and don't be afraid to mess up because it happens. Thanks for being such a great class!
 

Emmaline Mott

How does it feel to be valedictorian?

It feels really good to be a valedictorian. I have worked really hard during my high school career so seeing that hard work pay off is really nice!
 

What is your fondest memory from your time at EHS?

My fondest memories from high school come from my time as a member of the marching band. I made so many new friends and participated in so many new experiences, all of which I will remember for the rest of my life.
 

What are your post-graduation plans?

For post-graduation, I plan on attending college at BYU-Idaho in the fall. I intend to study within the field of social work.
 

What advice do you have for the class of 2022?

My advice is to remember your time in high school. High school is only the beginning, and now it's time to continue to try new things and learn even more. Remember how high school changed you and continue to grow as you make the next steps in your life.
 

Courtney Tauger

How does it feel to be valedictorian?

It's honestly such an honor and I feel almost unworthy of the opportunity. It was almost surreal, but I felt so honored to be able to speak on behalf of my class.
 

What is your fondest memory from your time at EHS?

One of my favorite memories is when the gymnastics team this year won state for the third time in a row. It was an amazing experience and I loved being able to experience it with my team.
 

What are your post-graduation plans?

I am going to be attending Eckerd College located in St. Petersburg, Florida this fall to study marine biology.
 

What advice do you have for the class of 2022?

My advice to my class is to always strive for your goals and continue to do what makes you happy. People are going to continue to try and bring you down but don't listen to them and just continue to do your absolute best.
 
 

The full list of the Elizabeth High School 2022 valedictorians is:

Kaylie Bott
 
Piper Gustafson
 
Avery Martinez
 
Emmaline Mott
 
Elle Mowbray
 
Lily Roncaglia
 
Karyssa Sparks
 
Courtney Tauger
 
Natalie Yates
 

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