West Texas High School names top two graduates
West Texas High School has named its top two graduates for the Class of 2012.Matthew Goodale is this year’s valedictorian with a 101.89/4.0 GPA, and Sarah Kelly has been named salutatorian with a 101.28/4.0 GPA.Goodale is the son of George and Dallas Goodale. He has taken honors courses in English I, II, III, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Government, and Economics. He has also taken dual credit courses in English IV, Chemistry, and U.S. History.While at WTHS, Goodale had the school-wide top GPA in 2011 and 2012, had the class top GPA from 2008-2012, was a TCEA Robotics State Qualifier in 2011 and 2012, was a Number Sense State Qualifier in 2011 and alternate in 2012, was a UIL Ensemble State Qualifier in 2010, 2011, and 2012; and was named to the One-Act Play Honorable Mention Cast for 2011.He has participated in student council, National Honor Society, TCEA Robotics, Band, and UIL Academics.His community activities include participating in the Veteran’s Day program from 2008-2011 and he served as a Special Olympics volunteer in 2011.Goodale plans to attend South Plains College and major in sound technology.Kelly is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Hazle. She has taken honors courses in English I, II, and III; Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Government, Economics, Chemistry, and Physics. She has also taken dual credit courses in English IV, Chemistry, BCIS, and U.S. History.She has been an active athlete during her years at WTHS. As a member of the volleyball team, she was named 2010 All-District, 2010 Academic All-District, the 2011 District Most Valuable Player, 2011 All-State, 2011 Academic All-State, and was invited to participate in the All-Star Game in 2011.Kelly also was a member of the Lady Comanches Basketball Team, where she was named 2010 Academic All-District, 2011 Academic All-District, and 2012 Academic All-State. As a member of the softball team, she was named 2009, 2010, and 2012 Academic All-District.As a theater participant, she was named to the 2008 and 2011 Dinner Theater Honorable Mention All-Star Cast, was named to the 2009 All-Star Cast, was named Best Actress in 2010, and was named to the District All-Star Cast for One Act Play in 2012.While at WTHS, Kelly has been a four-year participant in Dinner Theater, two-year participant in One Act Play, four-year participant in the WTHS band, has been a part of the student council and National Honor Society, a four-year participant on the LD Debate team, a four-year participant in UIL Informative Speaking, and a cheerleader for four years.Her community activities include participation in Vacation Bible School, a canned food drive, nursing home activities, and the Special Olympics track meet.Kelly plans to attend Wayland Baptist University, where she will major in pre-med.Graduation ceremonies are set for 7 p.m. tomorrow evening in the WTHS field house.pion 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.