Ryann LeighAnne Ramey, Valedictorian
Ryann LeighAnne Ramey is the daughter of Arlen and Heather Ramey. She is the oldest of three daughters; her younger sisters being Elena and Paige Ramey. Ryann has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations, including Student Council, the National Society of High School Scholars, French Club, of which she is co-president, National Honor Society, of which she is president, and Junior and Senior Class Officers; she is the senior class president. She has run both Cross Country and Track & Field since her 7th-grade year, and was part of the first girls' team in Vinton County history to qualify for the Cross Country Regional Championship.
Ryann has been named March's Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month, WSAZ's Best of the Class, and Vinton County's Distinguished Young Woman of 2018. She has received the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award, All-A Honor Roll recognition, the Student Scholar Athlete Award, and three Congressional Nominations to attend multiple military service academies. After graduation, Ryann will report to the United States Air Force Academy for Basic Cadet Training. Once the academic year begins she will study Biology, in hopes of one day being a Forensic Anthropologist.Madyson Newsome, Salutatorian
Madyson Newsome is the daughter of Kristina and Travis Newsome. She is the oldest of her siblings, Ryan Newsome, Delaney Clary and Hunter Clary. She is the National Honors Society Treasurer, French Club Vice President, and Senior Class Media Specialist, as well as involved in FCCLA, Science Olympiad and Tennis. She was chosen to attend Regional Scholars and Buckeye Girls State her junior year. Madyson was named the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce's Student of the Month in October and has received an Award of Academic Excellence for all four years of high school. After receiving the full tuition Land Grant Scholarship, she has decided to attend the Ohio State University this fall.
The Top Ten of the Class are: 1. Valedictorian, Ryann Ramey; 2. Salutatorian, Madyson Newsome; 3. Naylan Yates; 4. Sara White; 5. Brad Mercer;
6. Cassie Bentley; 7. Brookesann Barnett; 8. Bethany Kinnison; 9. Samy Thompson; 10. Darian Radabaugh.
Honors Diploma recipients include: Ryann Ramey, Madyson Newsome, Naylan Yates, Sara White, Brad Mercer, Cassie Bentley, Brookesann Barnett, Bethany Kinnison and Cade Gray.
Mariah Davidson, Top Vocational Student
My name is Mariah Davidson and I grew up in Ray, Ohio. I grew up with my mother Sandra Davidson, brother Joshua Reid, and sister-in-law Katrina. I had some struggles throughout my life but I honestly believe that those struggles have made me who I really am today, and even though I still face tough times, it reminds me that I’ve survived all of them so far, and I shall continue and thrive. I made the decision to go to Buckeye Hills and took Criminal Justice. It was full of many great experiences and led me to the decision that with my life, I shall pursue Social Work. I have been accepted to Liberty University and will do the online bachelors program, while working some sort of job to get by. Despite my struggles, I have continued to stay focused when it comes to education, because honestly, the only way you’ll get somewhere in the world is with a good head on your shoulders. Even though being financially stable, and having everything seemingly figured out is a good mindset, my main goal is to be purely happy no matter what. It’s my main priority, and even if these paths in my head don’t work out, if I’m happy, this life of mine will be a success.