Borger High School names top two graduates
Borger High School has named its top two graduates for the Class of 2012.Abbie Madden is this year’s valedictorian with a weighted GPA of 106.7857, and Rachel Thompson has been named the salutatorian with a weighted GPA of 106.2291.Madden has had an active career during her years at BHS. She was on the varsity tennis team all four years of her high school career and served as team captain for one year.She participated in band for one year, playing the flute, and was a member of the UIL Literary Criticism Team for three years. She served as the senior class vice president and was a member of the National Honor Society for two years, serving as vice president for a year.Madden has been a referee for the Hutchinson County Youth Soccer Association for five years and participated in PEAK for seven years. She has served as a youth intern and worship leader for youth at Faith Covenant Church for a year. She has also been on the worship team at FCC as a vocalist, keyboard player, piano player, and guitar player for three years.She has been a Grace Girls Middle School Bible Study leader for two years, a tutor for the TAKS test for two years, and has participated in the 5K Run/Fundraiser for Child Abuse Prevention for two years.Madden has also been a volunteer for school supply distribution for Living Water Ministries for three years, and will be going into her third year as a BCAC Summer Youth Program leader.She was honored with the E.J. Webb Award for top female senior athlete at BHS for 2012, was named Academic All-State in tennis for 2012, received the “Top Dawg” award in tennis in 2011 and 2012, and is a three-time district champion in tennis, and a three-time regional qualifier and finalist.She is a three-time state qualifier in tennis (2010, 2011, and 2012), was named the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Female Tennis Athlete of the Year for 2011, received honors as the Happy State Bank/Amarillo Globe News Female Tennis Athlete of the Year for 2011, and and received the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Sports Achievement Award (Spring Sports) in 2011.Madden was a part of the 3A State Tennis Mixed Doubles Champion Team with her brother Josh in 2011. She was also named BHS Band Outstanding Freshman Bandsman during the 2008-09 school year, advanced to state solo and ensemble contest in band her freshman, and was named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist.As a member of the BHS UIL Literary Criticism Team, she is a two-time state qualifier. She also received the BHS Teachers’ Award for Outstanding Senior Student in 2012, the Most Talented Yearbook Award (voted by senior students) in 2012, and the Spanish Department Award for a Senior Student in 2012.Madden has received the Oklahoma State University Academic Scholar Award, a scholarship that equates to $10,590 a year for five years. She also received the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Academic Scholars Cash Award, a scholarship totaling $2,800 a year for five years.She has received the OSU Presidential Distinguished Scholarship, totaling $2,200 a year for four years, the Chevron Phillips Chemical Dependents Scholarship, totaling $2,000 a year for four years, the Borger Classroom Teachers’ Association Scholarship totaling $1,600 spread over four years, a $1,000 scholarship in the Pantex Federal Credit Union Essay Competition, and a $500 scholarship in the Borger Credit Union Essay Competition.Madden plans to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall, where she will major in elementary education and minor in Spanish.Thompson has also had an active career during her four years at BHS. She was a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior years, and served as president her senior year. She was also voted Most Likely to Succeed by the senior class.She has received four department awards during her senior year, which includes the English Department Award, the French Department Award, the Visual Arts Department Award, and the Mathematics Department Award.She was a VASE Art regional qualifier her sophomore, junior, and senior year, and was a VASE Art State medalist her senior year. She also has been a regional qualifier in UIL Spelling and Vocabulary during all four years she has been at BHS.Thompson was a Social Studies team member her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, was a regional qualifier in UIL mathematics her senior year, and has been an active participant in UIL Ready Writing. She was a regional qualifier in this area her sophomore, junior, and senior years, was district champion her sophomore and junior years, was named regional champion her junior year, and received fourth place at state her junior year.She was a participant in the Duke Talent Identification Program during the summers of her freshman and sophomore years. She attended Duke University in Durham, N.C. During both of these summers.Thompson was accepted into the Summer@Brown Program her junior year. She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and took classes during the summer of her junior year.She will be attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., this fall.Borger High School graduation ceremonies are set for 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Bulldog Stadium.