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May 17--  The top students at Toombs County and Treutlen High Schools are leading their classmates in graduation cermonies this weekend.

{mosimage}The valedictorian at Toombs County High School is Natalie Kirkley (right) who says she has a lot of people to thank.

"My parents always encouraged me to do my best.  When I was a young child, I was always required to make "A's" and that's why I am valedictorian today.  I also want to thanks the Wilkes family.  They are a great inspiration and a very strong motivator for me.  Courtney should have been our valedictorian.  With everything that happened, they just motivated me, too, and I want to do her proud," she said.

The Bulldog salutatorian is Alex Dismuke.

"It definitely took a lot of work.  I know I worked very hard for the grades I made.  The "A's" haven't been easy and I'm very proud of the work I've done," she said.

{mosimage}At Treutlen High School, Hunter Dennard (right) takes top honors.

"It feels great.  I love my high school and I've worked so hard for this all my life.  I'm so proud to be able to represent my class," she said.

Hunter's advice to freshmen is work hard and have fun, "Dont' give up even if you have a rough week or a bad test.  One grade isn't going to effect everything so stay relaxed and have fun.  High school is the best time of your life," she believes.

The Viking salutatorian is Keegan Smith who hopes to be a game designer and knows hard work pays off. 

"Now that I have it, it's like all that work finally paid off.  I did what I was supposed to do," he said.