Valedictorian Mallory Fleming said earning the top spot in her class is an honor.
“For me, it’s kind of a way of recognizing all that I’ve worked for in the last four years,” Fleming said.
Fleming, the daughter of Keith and Sherry Fleming, is the kind of student who leaves a lasting impression, said counselor Marie Stephens.
“Mallory is a very modest young lady,” Stephens said. “Upon meeting Mallory and talking with her, you can immediately tell that she is very intellectual but also warm and friendly.”
Fleming will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall as a double major in music and English.
The aspiring writer and musician said her high school matriculation has taught her a valuable lesson.
“It’s not all about classes and grades,” Fleming said. “School is training for the future and helps you to overcome roadblocks.”
Salutatorian Logan Rempe said he knows about adjusting to the challenges students face in the classroom.
Rempe was ranked 20th in his class when he decided that he wanted to graduate at the top.
The cross country and track athlete said he took the same approach to his studies as he did with his running.
“It’s all about training,” Rempe said. “You have to have a good work ethic. That really is where my success comes from.”
Rempe, the son of Anthony and Dawn Rempe, is headed to Southern Polytechnic in the fall as an electrical engineering major.
His counselor K. K. Smith said he is a hard-working, goal-oriented student.
“Logan is very dedicated, responsible and goal-oriented,” Smith said.
“When he set his sights on moving up in the class rank of the class of 2013, he excelled in honors classes and advanced placement courses. Logan’s competitive side, which comes with being an athlete, also came into play.”
As the top two students at Woodland enter a new chapter in their lives, Smith said she hopes the lessons they learned in high school provide a solid foundation.
“I hope these two young people continue the next chapter as well-rounded and outgoing as they were at Woodland High,” Smith said.
“They found the key to unlock the doorway of success. I am certain they will do the same in college and future endeavors.”