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Valedictorian and Salutatorian named at Pickens High School

During Thursday’s school board meeting, Michael Land was recognized as this year’s valedictorian for Pickens High. Jessica Bell was recognized as the salutatorian.

Besides the valedictorian and salutatorian, students involved with reading bowls, academic teams, the high school band and Pickens Middle School basketball were recognized.

PHS Principal Chris Williams said involvement in extra-curricular activities leads to and helps build success in school.

“There is a direct correlation between extracurricular activities and academic performance,” Williams said in a follow-up interview. “Anything that is positive and challenges them after school correlates into success in the classroom.”

Read more about these exceptional youth in our print edition on sale at these locations.

Above, Valedictorian Michael Land and Salutatorian Jessica Bell receive recognition plaques during Thursday’s school board meeting.

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