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Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Kelsie Haydon

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our third featured Valedictorian is Kelsie Haydon.

Parents/guardians: Lisa and Jason Haydon. 

List of high school accomplishments.  Rotary Scholar, KU Honors Scholar, National Honors Society, 2016 Up and Coming Female of the Year, and WHS Leadership. 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): I will attend Pratt Community College in the fall studying pre-med to start off but my all time career goal is to become a geriatrician.

Favorite past time: I do not normally have a lot of free time but when I do I take a lot of naps, play with my dogs and spend time with my friends and family.

Favorite television show: I also watch a minimum amount of TV, but when I do anything it is on HGTV. 

Favorite movie: Coach Carter always gets me. 

Favorite book: A tie between “Fish” by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christiensen or The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. 

Favorite teacher: Every teacher I have had has made a lasting impact. But through my eyes at WHS, I have created a special bond with two in particular: Mr. Wilmoth and Mrs. Defore. They keep me on my toes.

Person you most admire. Why? I admire many different people in every aspect of my life, but the person I admire most would probably have to be my best friend, Brooke. Most people spend their whole lives searching for a friend like her and I was fortunate enough to have one as soon as I left the womb. Our friendship is strange because we have never lived in the same town, but with this she has taught me some of the most important life lessons: always use your communication and make the best of every moment spent together. We are forever in debt to our mothers for forcing us into this friendship. 

Most memorable school moment: I would have to say it was probably my sophomore year when I made varsity for the WHS Cheerleader squad. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is always hard and I definitely did that day. But it worked out for the best. 

Your favorite quote or words to live by: Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody – Kid President. 

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