Despite working at WLYU Radio, calling Toombs County Bulldog baseball games all by himself, leading the Redcoat Marching Band as the drum major and playing keyboards in two rock bands, senior Bryce Braddy found enough time in his busy 24-hour day to also be named the valedictorian of the Toombs County class of 2020.
“To be the valedictorian, is one of the highest honors you can receive for the four years of going to high school,” Braddy said. “I recollect my ACE teacher in middle school, Mrs. Pierce, telling me and a few others in eighth grade that we were the predicted ones to be valedictorian and salutatorian. At the time, I didn’t exactly know what a valedictorian did or what it meant until after I attended the graduation of 2016 for Toombs County High. I knew as soon as I watched the valedictorian of that class’s speech that I wanted to be the valedictorian of my class.”
“Ninth grade came, and I didn’t focus on being the valedictorian. I just did my work, turned everything in on time, and was a good student. At the end of that year, I found out I was first in my class, and that’s when the race began. I didn’t just do my work promptly, I strived to have the highest grade. Between 10th and 11th grade, I started taking dual enrollment classes through Southeastern Technical College, and then making good grades was a necessity,'” Braddy added.
“To me being valedictorian is an honor gifted to one particular student but also an honor given to a student who earned it. I want to thank my parents and friends. I also want to thank all my teachers from the past, but specifically my ACE teachers Mrs. Ann Murphy and Mrs. Marshia Pierce and my high school science teacher Mrs. Wendie Sikes. Being valedictorian will be one of the best honors I will ever receive and I am very excited to represent my class in our commencement ceremonies.”
Bryce will be attending Georgia Southern University in the fall and he has already planned his double-major. “I want to major in political science with a minor in communications with the hopes of one day working for a premiere news station and someday starting my own broadcasting company.”
2020 TCHS Honor Graduates with Distinction
Valedictorian Bryce Braddy through the years