Posted Date: 05/04/2021
Rains High School recognized Katie Robin Thurman as valedictorian and Brandon Scott Bacon as salutatorian of the RHS Class of 2021 during the Honors Banquet that was held on April 26th to honor some of our Class of 2021 graduates. Top graduates, National Honor Society graduates and several other awards were given out at the event.
Thurman, daughter of Jarrod and Wendy Thurman, graduates with a 103.4396 grade point average. The 18-year old is the second in her family to be among the top honor graduates her senior year. Katie said her brother, Kyle Thurman, earned salutatorian honors in 2018. He served as an example of what Katie could accomplish with tons of hard work and extracurricular activities.
Katie extends thanks to her parents for everything they have done for her and their continuously support in every aspect of life. Thurman said, “I absolutely would not be where I am today without my parents. I am very blessed to have had such excellent role models in my life.” She wanted them to know how much she loves them both.
When Thurman was asked about what has contributed to her success, she said she set a goal as a freshman to be either valedictorian or salutatorian of her class. “It was an excellent motivator for me to consistently work hard in school.” Ms. Thurman has taken every honors course available all four years, which has required more effort but also help boost her grade point average. Katie also mentioned that she has been blessed with some excellent teachers during her time at RHS. She wanted her teachers to know how much she appreciates everything they have done and continue to do for students and that their efforts do not go unnoticed. “To every teacher who has genuinely invested in me; Thank you!”.
Thurman’s advice for younger students, “decide what matters most and set high goals early on. Always strive to be the best at whatever you are doing, and never settle for just being average.”
After high school, Thurman plans on attending University of Texas at Tyler where she will major in Nursing. She has been accepted into the honors program at UT-Tyler and will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Salutatorian, Brandon Bacon, son of Paul and Angie Bacon, graduates with a 103.0667 grade point average. The 18-year old salutatorian offers thanks foremost to his parents. “Thank you mom and dad for pushing me to be the best possible person I could be.” Bacon said they are the best parents he could ask for and wants to live by the example they have shown him growing up.
Bacon was asked what are some things that have contributed to his success. “In the last four years, I’ve learned that the key to success is having one’s priorities straight.” Brandon said it’s important to make loose schedules and turn work in when it’s due but also to make time for fun. “In the end, if you stay relaxed and do what’s asked of you, high school is easier than you’d think.” Mr. Bacon also wanted to thank all of his teachers and coaches. He said they have helped in developing him into the smart, well rounded kid he is today. “I will take the knowledge that you all have given me and use it to continue to have a successful future.”.
Brandon said his advice to younger students would be to not take any opportunities for granted. “You never know if you’re are going to get a second chance and regrets will eventually weight you down.”
Bacon said he plan to attend University of Texas in Tyler and major in biology. After that, he would like to get a doctorate to become a radiologist.
Mrs. Penny, the High School Counselor said, both Thurman and Bacon are amazing leaders at Rains High School. They have worked hard and will do amazing things when they leave here. We wish them the very best in whatever and wherever life leads them after graduation.