Gabe Hayden has been named Valedictorian of the 8th grade graduating class of 2021 with an overall GPA of 93.71. Gabe is the son of Jimmi and Marcella Hayden of Miller Grove and has six siblings: Kavan Smith, Ashley Hayden, Heather Melton, Chandra Hayden, Melanie Hayden, and Jessica Linex. Gabe has competed in UIL events such as Oral Reading, Spelling, Modern Oratory and One Act Play. Outside of school he has been a part of Shining Star Productions Community Theater where he has played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Michael in Mary Poppins, and most recently the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. In his free time, Gabe enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele, drawing and painting, as well as baking.
Emma Knight secured the Salutatorian spot with an overall average of 90.9. Emma is the daughter of Josh and Robin Knight. Her siblings are Jace and Luke Knight. Emma has competed in several UIL academic events throughout junior high such as Maps, Graphs and Charts. In her spare time, Emma enjoys swimming, cooking, and working with her horses and cows.