Valley High School salutatorian loves people and aspires to attend law school – Reuters

Hazel Floyd considers it a “great honor” to have been chosen as the 2022 Valley High School salutatorian.

“I’m so grateful,” she said. “I’ve worked so hard for the past four years and I’m glad it finally paid off.”

Floyd said she had always been a high-achieving student academically.

“I have a natural drive to succeed,” she said. “I don’t like not being busy.”

A central element of Floyd’s personality is his love of people. She said her most positive experience at Valley High School was spending time with friends. She plans to apply her love of people to her future career.

Floyd said she was dual-enrolled at Southern Union State Community College. After graduating from high school, she plans to earn an associate’s degree, likely in general studies, from Southern Union before transferring elsewhere to earn a degree in political science. Floyd eventually wants to transfer to law school.

“I love people and I love helping people,” she said. “And since I want to be a lawyer, I feel like political science is a great gateway into law school. And once I get into law school and become a lawyer, I could either create my own law firm or join the government.

Floyd considers her greatest achievement at Valley High School to be the fact that she was the club leader of several organizations. She was president of the Key Club, president of Mu Alpha Theta, president of the National Honor Society, and vice president of the Beta Club. Floyd said she was also part of the Scholars’ Bowl, marching band, orchestra, yearbook team and was a junior ambassador for the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce .

One obstacle Floyd faced at Valley High School was time management.

“Since I’m dual-enrolling and being a student at Valley High School, I’ve struggled to balance all the clubs I attend with college classes and a normal seven-period schedule,” she said. declared.

Floyd would tell new students coming to Valley High School that building good relationships with people and starting out with good grades are the best ways to succeed throughout the four years of high school. As for what she would say to current students, she said it’s important to have fun and live life a little.

“School isn’t always just work, work, work,” she said.

Floyd is particularly fond of band manager Kitty Deloach and deputy band manager Mark Meadows, both of whom she says shaped her into the person she is today.

If Floyd could change one thing in the world, it would make people more open-minded.

Floyd said she was born and raised in Valley.

Nancy I. Romero