By Heather Mullinix
Chelsey Long has been named the valedictorian of the Cumberland County High School Class of 2014.
She learned of the honor Monday night at a special dinner for the top eleven students in the class, as two students tied for the tenth spot.
"It is a huge honor to represent my class in this way," said Long. She added, "I'm proud of all my classmates. We're all close friends."
Long is the daughter of Kim and David Long. She is planning to study computer science when she goes to college, and is eyeing continuing her studies at Tennessee Technological University.
Principal Jon Hall said, "I'm so proud of all of our students for their hard work, not only in their studies, but in their extra-curricular activities. We've got athletes, musicians, kids active in the theater, art and dance. It's wonderful to have such a well-rounded group of students."
Nithya Kanagasegar followed Long and will represent the class as salutatorian. Jay Patel earned the third spot.
Jennifer Hedgecoth was fourth, with Emily Standefer at fifth. Gabriella Norris was sixth.
Austin Brown earned the seventh spot, while Drake Parrott is in the eighth spot. Kristin Houser is ninth.
Derrick Sherrill and Brooke Golden tied for the tenth spot.