Tyrone Names Class of 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Tyrone Class of 2022 Valedictorian – Stephanie Ramsey 

Senior Stephanie Ramsey has been striving for academic success since elementary school and is extremely honored to earn the title of Tyrone Area High School Class of 2022 Valedictorian.

“I have worked very hard over the past four years, and I feel that this highlights that hard work pays off,” said Ramsey.

It’s a great honor to [be Valedictorian.] I have worked very hard over the past four years, and I feel that this highlights that hard work pays off”

— Stephanie Ramsey

Ramsey has excelled both academically and athletically over her distinguished high school career.

In addition to being at the top of her class academically, Ramsey is also a four-year, three-sport athlete competing in cross country, basketball, and track.

She is also involved in several student clubs and organizations, many in leadership roles. She is an officer for Youth Action Network (YAN), a member of the National Honor Society, sports editor of the Eagle Eye, a member of the Quiz League team, and a member of Golden Revolution.

“Steph is hands down one of the most capable students I have ever had and she has worked hard. She is disciplined and self-motivated, and those are traits that have to be honed each and every day. It takes a lot of work to get where she is and she certainly deserves this recognition. I have worked with Steph over the past eight years and she has made it a joy each and every day,” said Tyrone social studies and gifted education teacher Cummins McNitt.

Ramsey will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall to major in aerospace engineering and continue her basketball career.

While Ramsey is looking forward to moving on to college, there are many aspects of high school that Ramsey will miss.

“I will mostly miss the sports. I loved competing in all three of my sports. I will miss my teammates, friends, and having beneficial conversations with my teachers. I have loved my 4 years at Tyrone High School,” said Ramsey.

In sixth grade, Ramsey had an opportunity to skip a grade but decided not to due to her involvement in sports.

Ramsey credits much of her success to her teachers who have supported her academic goals and helped guide her through high school.

She would also like to thank her family for being a great support system to her throughout her life.

Steph is hands down one of the most capable students I have ever had and she has worked hard…It takes a lot of work to get where she is and she certainly deserves this recognition.”

— Cummins McNitt

Until her senior year, her school day was mostly spent with students in the Class of 2021 as she pursued more challenging classes. But this year Ramsey was able to return to classes with her former classmates and has stated how she is very thankful for the new friends that she made this year, and for reconnecting with old ones.

“The hardest thing [in high school] was balancing my busy schedule. Taking hard classes while constantly having sports is not easy, but I tried not to stress too much,” said Ramsey.

Ramsey recalls her greatest achievement during high school as being able to be at the top of her class while playing the sports she loves. She also recalled how she is proud of being actively involved in almost every club and not letting the tough classwork stop her.

Ramsey wishes the best of luck to the underclassmen pursuing their academic goals.

“My advice is to be actively involved as much as you can and don’t overstress! School can be a lot sometimes, but it will all work out,” said Ramsey.

Tyrone Class of 2022 Salutatorian – Olivia Ewing

Senior Olivia Ewing is the Tyrone Class of 2022 Salutatorian. Although she is proud of her accomplishment, she was also surprised when it was announced that she is the class salutatorian.

“I was surprised. I feel honored to have earned this because learning took a lot of time and effort. Throughout high school, I struggled with being myself and stepping outside my comfort zone. Academics was something that I worked at and spent many long nights on,” said Ewing.

“I was surprised. I feel honored to have earned this because learning took a lot of time and effort.”

— Olivia Ewing

Throughout her high school career, Ewing has been involved in many clubs and extracurricular activities such as drama club, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), National Honor Society, soccer, and student council.

Health tech teacher Christie Taylor knows Ewing well, having had her for several classes, and as the advisor for HOSA.

“Olivia is a very special person. She has many positive attributes- intelligence, work ethic, thoughtfulness, and a great sense of humor,” said Taylor, “She has outstanding people skills, in her calm, cool way. One thing that has always struck me that sets her apart from many is her humility and willingness to help out anyone at any time, no matter the circumstances or person in need.”

Ewing will attend Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania this fall in their veterinary nursing program.

“I am most excited to meet new people and be involved in different activities at Wilson College. I am eager to get hands-on experience with animals,” said Ewing.

Ewing hopes to help animals by providing them with the necessary care while also being compassionate and understanding to their owners.

Although she is also looking forward to college and a future career working with animals, there are many aspects of high school that Ewing will miss.

“[I will miss] the social aspect, not only my peers but also the teachers who helped me. I know I would not be where I am today without those surrounding me,” said Ewing.

One thing that has always struck me that sets her apart from many is her humility and willingness to help out anyone at any time, no matter the circumstances or person in need… I believe that this honor is just the beginning of many good things that will happen on her life’s journey and she will be deserving of it all”

— Christie Taylor

In her junior year, Ewing was the historian for HOSA, and this year she is the Vice President of the club. Due to the pandemic last year, Ewing wasn’t able to be as involved as she wanted to. This year, she stated how she was able to grow closer to the members of HOSA and further develop her leadership skills.

“Health tech allowed me to understand health care by providing me with terminology, hands-on practice, and certifications. Some of the certifications I received include CPR and OSHA. I also have certification in Alzheimer’s Disease. We learned the stages and effects of the disease while also exploring how to care for a person dealing with the disease,” said Ewing.

Ewing has left a lasting impression on many students and teachers with her positive attitude and joyful personality.

“In all the years I have had her in class, she has been consistent in all of these traits, no matter what she may be dealing with outside of school. I believe that this honor is just the beginning of many good things that will happen on her life’s journey and she will be deserving of it all,” said Taylor.