State Lawmakers Pay Tribute to DCHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

April 10, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kelsey Evins
Ashley Barnes

The State House of Representatives has adopted resolutions paying tribute to the DCHS Class of 2014 Valedictorian Kelsey Evins and Salutatorian Ashley Barnes.

The resolutions were sponsored in the State House by Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody and were adopted by a vote of 97 to 0 on Wednesday. The State Senate is also expected to adopt the resolutions, sponsored by State Senator Mae Beavers.

Evins and Barnes will be formally presented copies of the resolutions by Representatives Weaver and Pody and Senator Beavers at a soon to be announced breakfast or luncheon.

The resolution honoring Evins is as follows:

"A RESOLUTION to honor and recognize Kelsey Evins, 2014 Valedictorian of DeKalb County High School.

WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Kelsey Evins is one such exceptional student who was recently named Valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Kelsey achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in her remarkable high school career, Kelsey earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Literature Club, Senior Beta Club, and Student Council; and

WHEREAS, Kelsey’s display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for her future success as a student at Vanderbilt University; and

WHEREAS, Kelsey’s noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for her parents, Dub and Edie Beth Evins, her school, and her community; and

WHEREAS, Kelsey’s dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of this legislative body; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that we hereby commend and honor the 2014 DeKalb County High School Valedictorian, Kelsey Evins, on her impressive academic achievement and extend to her our best wishes for a happy, successful future."

The resolution honoring Barnes is as follows:

"A RESOLUTION to honor and recognize Ashley Barnes, 2014 Salutatorian of DeKalb County High School.

WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Ashley Barnes is one such exceptional student who was recently named Salutatorian of the 2014 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Ashley achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in her remarkable high school career, Ashley earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in many extracurricular activities, including Student Council, Beta Club, Literature Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, and basketball; and

WHEREAS, Ashley’s display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for her future success; and

WHEREAS, Ashley’s noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for her parents, David and Suzette Barnes, her school, and her community; and

WHEREAS, Ashley’s dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of this legislative body; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that we hereby commend and honor the 2014 DeKalb County High School
Salutatorian, Ashley Barnes, on her impressive academic achievement and extend to her our best wishes for a happy, successful future."

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