England, Langworthy earn top honors at Marion High School

MARION — On May 25, a group of students in Marion will reach a significant milestone in their lives — graduation from high school.

There will be celebrations and congratulation at Marion High School as family and friends gather to proudly watch the 40 members of the class of 2012 receive diplomas, signaling the successful completion of their high school education and the beginning of new and challenging experiences.

“We’re proud of all our graduates this year and their successes,” said Beth Robb, principal of Marion High School, “and we want to offer our congratulation on the outstanding achievements of the valedictorian and salutatorian of the class.”

Robb announced that Elizabeth England is this year’s valedictorian and Ray Langworthy is the salutatorian.

Valedictorian

England is the daughter of Jerry and Sandra England and Teri Quibell.

A student in the Marion schools from kindergarten through high school, England excelled in the classroom and also participated in many extracurricular activities.

“To be valedictorian was something I worked for,” England said, “and I looked forward to achieving it and always had it as a goal.”

She was a member of the Osceola Youth Advisory Council and the National Honor Society, serving as the group’s president during the current year. She was recognized by the Society of Women Engineers for excellence in math and science and received second place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy essay contest.

Participating in sports was also an important part of England’s high school life. She played basketball, volleyball and softball, helping to win two district trophies for volleyball and softball. This year she was named All-Conference and All-Area in volleyball.

Among her favorite classes were creative writing and all her English classes. “I love writing,” she said, “and am working on a novel.”

England will attend Saginaw Valley State University and has not yet decided on a major. “I know I want to go on and earn a master’s degree, too,” she said, “but I haven’t decided in what field yet. I’m thinking I might want to be a college professor.”

Salutatorian

Ray Langworthy’s parents are Eugene and Donita Langworthy.

Langworthy, who has attended Marion schools since the third grade, has also excelled in the classroom. He enjoys video games, programming and drawing.

He is interested in attending Davenport University to pursue a career in video game development and design, integrating his artistic talents with the creation of games.