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Henry County Schools Recognizes Class of 2024 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Henry County Schools is proud to announce the valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2024.

The 20 outstanding seniors were among 3,300 graduates from the district’s 10 traditional high schools honored during commencement ceremonies held May 17-23 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Additionally, a total of 25 students graduated from Excel Academy, the district’s alternative school, in a May 17 ceremony at the McDonough Performing Arts Center.

“Districtwide, students have given Henry County Schools many reasons to celebrate this school year,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Carl Knowlton. “Honoring our high school graduates, including our valedictorians and salutatorians, marks the culmination of an exceptional year of achievements. We congratulate all our graduates and wish them continued success as they prepare to embrace the next chapter of their lives.”

“It is always a pleasure to witness the excitement on our graduates’ faces and see the genuine pride displayed by their loved ones as they share this special moment,” said Board Chair Sophe Pope (Dist. 4). “Our students worked diligently to get to this stage, and they leave with a wealth of experience that has equipped them for college, career, and life. Congratulations to our valedictorians and salutatorians and all HCS graduates. You have made the district proud, and we look forward to all you will accomplish in your continued ‘Pursuit of Exceptional.’”

The following are the 2024 valedictorians and salutatorians from the district’s 10 traditional high schools:

Dutchtown High School: Valedictorian Palash Janak Patel plans to study computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology, and salutatorian Vienna Quynh-Vi Vu Nguyen plans to study business administration at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Eagle’s Landing High School: Valedictorian Komal Gupta Singh plans to study neuroscience at the University of Georgia, and salutatorian Mahil Hiren Patel plans to study biology at the University of Georgia.

Hampton High School: Valedictorian Austin Gabriel Renz plans to study computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology, and salutatorian Glenn Eric Coleman II plans to study cybersecurity at Southern Crescent Technical College and Clayton State University.

Locust Grove High School: Valedictorian Paul Samuel Romano plans to study industrial engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and salutatorian Logan Rae Seigle plans to study nursing at Georgia College and State University.

Luella High School: Valedictorian Grace Perez plans to study elementary education at Georgia State University, and salutatorian Ronick Lusan Joseph Jr. plans to study aerospace engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

McDonough High School: Valedictorian Maximiliano Villeda-Macias plans to study pre-medicine at the University of Georgia, and salutatorian Keara Santori Field plans to study humanities at Brown University.

Ola High School: Valedictorian Dylan John Anthony Fayad plans to pursue a career in soccer while taking college courses online, and salutatorian Desdemona Dionne Stubbs plans to study chemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Stockbridge High School: Valedictorian Ari Micah Hall plans to study education at Clemson University, and salutatorian Alana Christina Whitmire plans to study architecture at Prairie View A&M University.

Union Grove High School: Valedictorian Ved J. Patel plans to study business administration at Georgia Institute of Technology, and salutatorian Albany Savanna Robinson plans to study computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Woodland High School: Valedictorian Jose-Julian Elias Borrero and salutatorian Anuoluwagbemi Blessing Olusanya both plan to attend Georgia Institute of Technology.

“It always gives me such joy to see our students collect their diplomas,” said Board Vice Chair Annette Edwards (Dist. 2). “This season represents the outcome of years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Congratulations to all our graduates, and may your journey beyond Henry County Schools continue to be filled with more learning, more growing, and more celebrating.”

About Henry County Schools

Henry County Schools (HCS) is the eighth-largest school district in Georgia, consisting of 52 schools, including two academies, located about 20 minutes south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Over the past 20 years, our community has grown in population from 113,000 residents to over 244,000 residents. Since 1999, student enrollment has grown from 21,000 to 43,000 students, and our number of employees has grown from 3,000 to 6,000.

HCS is “In Pursuit of Exceptional,” taking action to advance opportunities, access, and outcomes so that every student in our school district has Exceptional Support, Exceptional Access, and an Exceptional Future. In 2020, our Board of Education adopted our 2021-2026 Community-Inspired Strategic Plan and laid out a clear vision and mission for Henry County Schools. Our vision is to ensure a high-quality, world-class education for every student, and our mission is to empower all students with exceptional opportunities and access that lead to success in a global society.