BHS Class of 2014 graduates with $5.5M in scholarships
By Echo Staff
May 27, 2014, 18:38
Bay High School's Top 10 graduates include (standing, from left) Christa Reed, Hanna Fitzpatrick, Miriam Keith, Salutatorian Kady Ott, Jennah Duncan, Merritt Baria, Jeffrey Headley, Alexandra Walker, Valedictorian Alex Sandoval; and (front row) Patrick Ponder.
Bay High School celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2014 at Friday night's commencement ceremony.
One hundred and fourteen seniors walked across the school football field to accept their hard-earned diplomas and academic honors.
The class overall earned $5,540,905 in scholarship offers, setting a new record at the school. The Bay High valedictorian of 2014 is Alex Sandoval, and the salutatorian is Kady Ott.
Sandoval is the son of Erubiel Sandoval and Ana Araiza of Waveland. At Bay High, he was a member of Interact, the Student Government Association, the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society. During his valedictorian address, Sandoval thanked Bay High's faculty and staff who helped guide and encourage him throughout his high school years.
Sandoval plans to major in neuroscience and cognitive studies in preparation for medical school.
Ott is the daughter of Amy and Keith Ott of Waveland. She has been involved in numerous organizations at Bay High, including the National Honor Society, French Club, Student Government Association, Be the Change, Hancock Youth Leadership Academy and Spirit Club.
Ott will attend the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall on a Presidential Scholarship.
Hanna Fitzpatrick, daughter of Kevin Fitzpatrick and Kimberly Lake of Waveland, is ranked third in the class and will attend Millsaps College on academic scholarship.
Christa Reed, daughter of Jeffrey and Tina Reed of Bay St. Louis, is ranked fourth in the class and will attend Vanderbilt University on a full athletic and academic scholarship.
The following graduates round out the top ten students in order of highest academic averages at Bay High: Merritt Baria (Loyola University), Jeffrey Headley (Mississippi State University), Miriam Keith (Millsaps College), Jennah Duncan (University of South Alabama), Alexandra Walker (University of Southern Mississippi) and Patrick Ponder (Jones Jr. College).
“This class has a personality and energy about them that easily helps them to stand out. They have the ability to make us smile, they function as a family unit and they will be so sadly missed by the faculty and staff and by me personally,” said Dr. Amy Coyne, principal of Bay High.
“I feel blessed for each day that I was able to watch them grow and for each lesson that they taught me. The memories that we share will forever be imprinted on my mind and in my heart. I will surely miss this incredible group of young people.”