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June 4, 2014

AHS names val and sal

Athens — Two of Athens Independent School District’s brightest minds were teammates throughout the year in the speech and debate program.

Elizabeth Warren has been named the district’s Valedictorian for the Class of 2014 while Madalyn Mikkelsen is the Salutatorian.

Warren finished the year with a grade-point-average of 111.093 on a 100-point scale while Mikkelsen had a GPA of 108.883.

Warren has been an active participant in the speech and debate program at Athens High School for the past four years.

She has mainly participated in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking.

She was awarded LD Debater of the Year twice; she qualified to the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament in LD this year; she was an alternate to National Forensics League Tournament twice in LD; she qualified for UIL Region in LD twice; she was an alternate to UIL Region in extemporaneous speaking twice; she was an alternate to Nationals in extemporaneous speaking this year; she qualified to UIL state in LD this year; and she was the silver medalist at UIL state this year.

She was also in band her first three years of high school. She played the clarinet in the marching band and the varsity wind ensemble for all three years she participated. The band received consecutive sweepstakes all three years; she was first chair at region band sophomore year; she qualified for state solo and ensemble twice; and she received a first division at state solo and ensemble her junior year.

She is currently a member of the National Honor Society; she has been a member for two years. At this time, she serves as vice president. She helps plan events for the organization, leads monthly meetings, and plans fundraisers.

She is co-creator of a recycling program at Athens High School through NHS.

She has participated in Bible Quiz, Bible Bowl, and Public Speaking events in Leadership Training for Christ. She has received a bronze in Bible Quiz twice, a gold in Public Speaking, and a bronze in Bible Bowl at LTC.

She has also taken weekly piano lessons for six years, performing in local recitals and playing piano with the high school band as well. She has won several awards for academic performance in school.

She is an AP Scholar, and a four-time Superintendent Scholar. She received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, National Forensic League Premier Distinction, and the DAR Good Citizens award.

She is attending Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin next fall. She will study finance.

Madalyn Mikkelsen is the daughter of John and Alisha Mikkelsen.

She is an active member of the Athens FFA Chapter and has been an officer for all four years of high school.

She is also on the varsity debate team and was a founding officer for the club.

In her spare time she takes piano lessons from Nancy Hicks and raises animals.

Some of her many accomplishments include: two time qualifier to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in policy debate; two-time Texas Forensics League State qualifier in policy debate; Division UIL Class 3A state champion in policy debate; received premier distinction from the National Speech and Debate Association and two-time state qualifier to the Texas FFA Speech Competition in extemporaneous speaking.

She is a four-time area qualifier to the Area VIII Leadership Development Events Competition in public relations, chapter conducting, and quiz.

She was named as an AP Scholar, was a four time APEF Superintendent Scholar, two time regional qualifier to the UIL Region II Speech competition in extemporaneous speaking.

She sold two market steers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and took fourth place in Job Interview at the Houston Ag Mechanics show.

She claimed first in class at the Houston Ag Mechanics show and made the premium auction nine years in a row at the Henderson County Livestock Show.

She will be attending Texas A&M in the fall to study Aerospace Engineering.

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