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May 27, 2009

Athens to graduate 176 at commencement Friday

Commencement exercises for 176 seniors at Athens High School will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bruce Field.

Leading the class of 2009 will be Valedictorian Logan Henderson and Salutatorian Kalli Porter.

Henderson is the son of Kyle and Cindy Henderson.

Logan came to Athens while in Kindergarten. He was enrolled in the Athens Christian Academy through the sixth grade and then attended Athens Middle School and Athens High School. Logan will be graduating in the Distinguished Achievement Program carrying a straight A average for all four years of high school. He has also completed 15 hours of courses at TVCC with all As.

He participated in number sense, calculator, general math, computer science and science in UIL competition, winning numerous awards. He advanced to regionals this year as part of the calculator team and to regionals his sophomore year in computer science. In his sophomore year he was named the outstanding student in Spanish. He played basketball all four years of high school.

He has participated extensively in his youth group at the First Baptist Church of Athens. He has served on humanitarian aide mission teams in Mexico on three different occasions. He served in hurricane relief after Katrina and Rita first with those sheltered in First Baptist, in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans rebuilding the Galilee Baptist Church, and in Vidor/Orange rebuilding homes. He has participated in an Extreme Makeover of the Monument Baptist Church youth room, Monument, Colo. In the summer of 2008 he was on a health education team that worked in Ethiopia. He taught eye care and hygiene in several rural villages as well as assisting in a medical clinic and community survey.

At the conclusion of his African trip he climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,330 ft. At 17, he was the youngest member of the 11 person climbing team that included his brother, Lance, mother and father. The seven-day, 50- mile trek is the only route that approaches the mountain from the north and descends to the south, meaning a climber experiences the huge range of climate zones of the mountain.

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