HAMLET — Richmond Early College High School this week announced its valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2017.
Veronica Griffin is the valedictorian, finishing first amongst its graduates. The daughter of Michael Little and Carole Griffin, she is a member of Junior Civitan and the REaCH Beta Club.
Griffin was also the chief junior marshal in 2016 and a three-year scholar athlete for Richmond Senior High School’s varsity girls basketball team. She’s an active member of her church, Hamlet’s Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as their Sunday school superintendent. She also enjoys assisting with her church’s Vacation Bible School and highway cleanup days. Additionally, she volunteers with Christian Closet and has assisted with Richmond County’s Relay for Life.
When she’s not studying, playing basketball or volunteering with her church, Griffin is often working at McDonald’s or as a tutor for Richmond Community College. She is also the recipient of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s William A. Whitaker Scholarship, the Cole Foundation Scholarship as well as the Cascades Excellence Award. Having already earned her associate in science degree from Richmond Community College, Griffin plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall, where she’ll major in biochemistry.
Finishing second amongst her classmates, Zariah Williams is Richmond Early College’s salutatorian. The daughter of Larry Williams Jr. and Kendra Miller, she is a member of Junior Civitan as well as REaCH’s Beta Club and Science Olympiad team. A 2016 junior marshal, Williams too was a Richmond Senior High School girls varsity basketball player for three years, where she was recently honored with the All-Tournament Team Player Award.
When she’s not on the basketball court or hitting the books, Williams is often volunteering with her church, Bible Way Ministries of Rockingham. Additionally, she enjoys helping out with Richmond County’s Relay for Life. Williams was awarded the Golden Leaf Scholarship as well as the J.W. Mask Jr. Alumni Scholarship. In addition to earning her high school diploma form Richmond Early College, she holds an associate in science degree from Richmond Community College. Her postgraduate plans are to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she’ll major in clinical lab science.
Along with Griffin and Williams, the Richmond Early College Class of 2017 will be turning their tassels Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.