Jessica Bertram is the valedictorian of the Stone Memorial High School Class of 2014, the school announced Tuesday at a special breakfast for the students and their parents.
Principal Scott Maddox said, "We know your proud of your kids. We're proud of them. They've worked hard the past 13 years, and especially the past four years. But this is not the end. It's just the beginning."
Maddox noted many of the students would be making the transition to post-secondary education. As they did, he encouraged them to remember to be persistent.
"Persistence is a key factor to success," he said. "The work ethic you've developed will serve you well in the future."
Bertram said her honor was the results of lots of hours of homework and studying. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the fall and begin her studies to enter the medical field. She knows she wants to be a doctor, but is unsure of a possible specialty at this time.
Bertram was followed by Briar Kerley as the salutatorian.
Seth Sherrill was next in the third spot, with Kailee Gerzema fourth. Kate Zecher was fifth, with Abbi Martinez-Hernandez at sixth.
Three students tied for the seventh-place spot. They are Samantha Ellis, Chasity Hancock and Jordan Thompson.
Mackenzie Pugh rounded out the top ten students at number ten.