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‘Only the beginning’

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West Gadsden High School names top scholars

By Erin Hill

Tahir Montgomery and Russell Harrison Jr., have been named West Gadsden High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian.
WGHS Principal James Mills said both young men are jovial, respectful and excellent inside and outside the classroom.  Both were on the football team, which won the regional championship, and the basketball team, which won the 2017 Class 1A State Championship.
Mills said Montgomery is well respected by his peers and teachers.
“He’s a true testament of what good things can come out of Gadsden County,” Mills said.
Mills said by the end of the last semester, Montgomery had 32 credits, and a 4.2 weighted GPA, which doesn’t include the classes he is taking now, both at WGHS and through dual enrollment at Tallahassee Community College.
Montgomery said he plans to attend the University of South Florida in the fall to major in computer engineering.  He said his career goal is to work for a big making phones.
Mills said Harrison has 29 credits, and a 4.045 GPA, which doesn’t include the classes he is taking now.  His GPA also doesn’t reflect the classes he is taking at WGHS and through TCC this
semester.
Harrison said he hasn’t decided what college he will go to yet, but he wants to major in psychology and minor in forensic science so he can one day become an interrogator with the Central Intelligence Agency.
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Harrison said.
Superintendent Roger Milton said this was the proudest day and moment he has had in the four months he has been
superintendent.
“To actually witness two students at the top of their class, that are not only students, they’re athletes, and they’re young men on top of it, and they’re African-American males at that,” Milton said.
Milton told Montgomery and Harris graduation is not the end, it’s only the
beginning.

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