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Fifteen eighth grade valedictorians and salutatorians honored

Fifteen eighth graders were recognized for being named valedictorians and salutatorians of their respective classes at Cherokee, Burlington, Timberlake and Aline-Cleo.


Cherokee has four valedictorians and two salutatorians.


Olivia Cortright

Olivia Cortright is the daughter of Daniel and Bridgit Drew. Cortright is involved in softball, academic team, basketball, volleyball, art, music, choir, Netflix binge watching and baking.

Her honors include valedictorian, superintendent’s honor roll and STUCO.

Naomi Heim

Naomi Heim is the daughter of Luke and Melissa Heim. Naomi is involved in First Christian Church Youth Group, basketball, track, cross country and choir.

Her honors include honor roll, valedictorian, three years medaling in state Bible Drill and fifth grade citizenship award.

Kinsy Roberts

Kinsy Roberts in the daughter of Kevin and Kari Roberts. Kinsy is involved in softball, academic team, Faith Center Cherokee tech team, choir, basketball, volleyball, art, piano, music, baking and movie marathons.

Her honors include superintendent’s honor roll and valedictorian.

Masen Ryel

Masen Ryel is the son of Travis and Ashlee Ryel. Masen is involved in basketball, baseball, FFA and FCCLA.

His honors include superintendent’s honor roll, 8th Grade STUCO representative, FCCLA District 1 Star Events New Members Facts Level 1 first place, first place junior FFA Division CUTS Livestock Judging Contest.


Alaina Frazier

Alaina Frazier is the daughter of Stacey Newman. Frazier is involved in FFA, fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball, travel softball and rodeo.

Her honors include FFA Discovery Degree, principal’s honor roll, president of the 8th Grade Class of 2025.

Mae Nevels

Mae Nevels is the daughter of Kody and Marie Nevels. Mae is involved in FFA, FCCLA, cross country, track, basketball, slow-pitch softball and fast pitch softball.

Her honors include FFA Discovery Degree, honor roll and sports awards.


Burlington has one valedictorian and one salutatorians


Ranee Russell

Ranee Russell is the daughter of Rodney and Brenda Mustard. Russell is involved in FFA, FCA, robotics, vocal and band.

Her honors include perfect attendance, Student of Today, superintendent’s honor roll, Oklahoma Junior High School Honor Society and valedictorian of the eighth grade class. 


Haylee Jantz

Haylee Jantz is the daughter of Kevin and Jami Jantz. Haylee is involved in FFA, basketball, cheerleading, FCA and Driftwood Christian Church Youth Group.

Her honors include Oklahoma Honors Society, Eighth Grade Class Salutatorian, superintendent’s honor roll and 2021 AEC Energy Camp winner.


Timberlake named four valedictorians and one salutatorian.


Christopher Diller

Christopher Diller is the son of Roger and Jennifer Diller. Christopher is involved in basketball, baseball, football, quiz bowl, FFA, FCA, ATA, AIM and 4-H.

His honors include superintendent’s honor roll, fourth in regional quiz bow, Star Discovery Award and AIM National Trap Shooting Champion.

Autumn May

Autumn May is the daugther of Diana May and the late Kelly May. Autumn is involved in basketball, FFA, track and academic team.

Her honors include Star Discovery Award in FFA, high academics, superintendent’s honor roll, Junior Hall of Fame for 4-H, fourth at quiz bowl at regionals and showmanship showing pigs.

Marlee Pecha

Marlee Pecha is the daughter of Lenny and Kelly Pecha. Marlee is involved in fast pitch and slow pitch softball, basketball, track, quiz bowl, student council, gifted and talented and FFA.

Her honors include eighth grade class valedictorian, Alva Region speech contest runner-up and area qualifer.

Karson Shepard

Karson Shepard is the son of Sunny and Missy Shepard. Karson is involved in quiz bowl, basketball, football, FFA and track.

His honors include valedictorian, superintendent’s honor roll and Discovery FFA Degree.


Staysha Cummins

Staysha Cummins is the daughter of Rob and Jessica Cummins. Staysha is involved in FCCLA, FCA, band, softball, baseball manager, basketball manager and academic team.

Her honors include class secretary, superintendent’s honor roll, principal’s honor roll, fourth at regional academic bowl and academic bowl state qualifier.


Aline-Cleo had one valedictorian and one salutatorian.


Carly Hamen

Carly Hamen is the daughter of Daren and Hope Hamen. Carly is involved in FFA and a member of the Aline Christian Church.

Her honors include valedictorian and chosen for the SWOSU STEAM Camp.


Jonas Warlick

Jonas Warlick is the son of Tim and Ashley Gomez. Warlick is involved in FFA and basketball.

His honors include salutatorian.

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