Mikaela Sweet is the salutatorian for the Class of 2012 at Terry High School. The daughter of Kristine and Welby Sweet, Mikaela finishes her high school career with a 108.8196 grade point average.
She plans to attend Baylor University and study neuroscience, followed by a career in medical research.
Sweet hopes that she live a life that she can look back at and be proud of; a life dedicated to God’s plan.
While at Terry, she was active in Tennis, Choir, Interact and National Honor Society. Sweet has received the Baylor President’s Gold Scholarship.
Sweet’s advice to fellow Ranger graduates is that you may have to push through some tough times to reach the good times and to not give up with life gets tough. Sweet said she’ll remember all the good times she had with friends, especially at tennis tournaments.
Conor Danaher is the salutatorian for the Class of 2012 at Lamar Consolidated High School. The son of Chris and Laura Danaher, he graduates with a 109.6582 grade point average.
He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and enroll in the Plan II Honors Program, which has an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He also wants to study political science and while he has not decided on a career path, can envision working in the fields of politics or law.
Danaher said he hopes to make a positive impact on people’s lives, whether by professional or private means and to help raise a family and watch his children live meaningful lives.
While at Lamar, he was active in Theatre, including UIL One Act Play, Speech and Debate, served as the Parliamentarian for the National Honor Society, volunteered in the Friends of North Richmond’s “You Can Academy,” which encourages underprivileged youth through after-school activities.
Danaher is a National Merit Finalist, an AP Scholar with Distinction, English Student of the Year in grades 11 and 12, UIL One Act All-Star Cast Member in grades 11 and 12, Lions Club Award for Outstanding Theatre Participation in 11th grade and earned acting awards in the LCHS Playhouse.
He issued this advice to his fellow Mustang graduates, which he said has always been relevant for him: Don’t wish your life away.
Danaher said he’ll remember the excitement of high school, always having an upbeat outlook on the road ahead. He said he also missed his friends with their diverse and zany quirks that always made him laugh.
Elizabeth Kellogg is the salutatorian at Foster High School. The daughter of Robert and Denise Kellogg, she finishes her high school career with a 111.45 grade point average.
She plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in Computer Science. Her career goal is to work in engineering, specifically computer science. Kellogg hopes to graduate college with honors and have a successful career and a loving family.
She is a National Merit Commended Scholar, an AP Scholar with Distinction, an Academic All American and made the All A Honor Roll every year at Foster.
Kellogg was active in National Honor Society, PALS and Swimming while at Foster.
Her advice to her fellow Falcons is to make smart decisions and don’t stop working hard and don’t stop doing your best in school or at work.
Kellogg said she’ll always remember the hours in the pool and the wonderful friendships she has made.