Coleman High School

Autumn Nichols

GPA: 2.8

Favorite subject: English

Favorite book: “Wonder”

Favorite food: BBQ boneless wings and queso with chips

College: Midland College

Major: Education (wants to teach K-sixth grades)

Parents names: Gary Nichols and  Mandi Nichols

What advice would you give to younger students about trying to be successful in school? “Remember, while school is hard, if you focus and work harder you can accomplish anything. Don’t listen to others around you, and follow your dreams.”

Early College High School

Enrique Mangan

GPA: 4.0 and 4.56

Favorite class: Chemistry

Favorite book: “The Catcher in the Rye”

Favorite food: Lobster tails

College attending: Midland College and University of North Texas Program


Expected major: Biochemistry

Parents’ names: Michael and Yomar Mangan

What does it mean to be valedictorian? “It means to strive for greatness and authenticity in all your endeavors while trying to lift up your peers in any way possible.”

What advice would you give to younger students about trying to be successful in school? “Do not let bad exam grades bring you down, and remember it is more important to understand the concepts in class than simply getting a good grade.”

Greenwood High School

Christian Bell

GPA: 4.0

Favorite class: Chemistry

Favorite book: “Till We Have Face” by C.S. Lewis

Favorite food: T-bone steak

College attending: Angelo State University

Expected major: Biology (Pre-medicine)

Parents’ names: Allen and Diana Bell

What does it mean to be the valedictorian?

“For me, it is the result of four long years of hard work both in classroom and at home, balancing my academics with my athletics and personal life. It wasn’t ever easy, often involving extra time after class and painfully late nights, but the investment was well worth the cost.”

What advice would you give to younger students about being successful in school?

“Enjoy your time in school! High school should be fun and exciting! But just remember that when you graduate, the education that you have received is more important than anything else.”

Lee High School

Elizabeth Bodily

GPA: 4.53
Favorite class: AP Biology
Favorite book: “The Book Thief”
College attending: Brigham Young University
Expected major: Business
Parents’ names: Chris and Kerstin Bodily


What does it mean to be valedictorian? “Achieving the honor of valedictorian represents my commitment to excellence in every assignment, from pop quizzes to group projects. I decided long ago while a GT student at Carver Center Elementary School that I would always work hard and dedicate myself to my personal best.”
What advice would you give? “My advice is very simple; do your best in everything you do, and don’t be afraid to go above and beyond.”

Midland Christian School

Austin Battles

GPA: 4.53

Favorite class: Spanish

Favorite book: “And Then There Were None”

Favorite food: I think I’m legally obliged to say steak.

College attending: Texas Tech University Honors College

Expected major: Theater and Psychology

Parents: Aaron and Amy Battles

What does it mean to be the valedictorian? “Ever since I found out what valedictorian was in junior high, I’ve worked tirelessly to reach this position, and I am so grateful to receive this honor from the school that has provided me with the means to be successful for 13 years. I have been blessed with overwhelming support from friends, teachers, and my family since then, and to them I say thank you; we did it.”

What advice would you give to younger students about being successful in school? “Give it your all in everything you do — from sports and academics to your beliefs and your faith — and take nothing for granted as you progress through high school and higher education.”

Midland High School

Opeyemi Olubajo

GPA: 4.80303

Favorite class: Robotics

Favorite book: The Bible

Favorite food: African food

College attending: Harvard University

Expected major: I am going to major in Biology to study Medicine.

Parents’ names: Ademolu and Oluwafunmilayo Olubajo

What does it mean to be the valedictorian? “It is a great privilege to be the valedictorian of the MHS Class of 2020. I am very grateful to God for granting me this opportunity and give Him all the glory.” What advice would you give to younger students about being successful in school?

“I would advise them to work hard in all they do, never giving up, and to trust God always.”

Trinity School

Nikkie Galindo

GPA: 4.04

Favorite class: Band

Favorite book: “Make your Bed” by Admiral William H. McCraven

Favorite food: Waffles with strawberries & whipped cream

College attending: Southern Methodist University Honors Program & Meadows School of the Arts

Expected major: Music

Parents’ names: Crystale Galindo

Grandparents: Rudy and Rosemary Galindo

What does it mean to be the valedictorian? “To me, being valedictorian means achieving a goal that I set for myself when I was in the 5th grade. I remember attending the Trinity graduation that day when I was 11 years old and my teacher, Mr. Thompson, looking at me and saying, ‘One day, that will be you.’ It was at that moment I knew that this was an achievement I wanted to strive for.”

What advice would you give to younger students about being successful in school?  “I would advise younger students to develop hard work, dedication, and determination from a young age and apply it in everything they do.”

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Salutatorians

Early College High School

Jamie Gomez

Lee High

Philip Wallace

Midland Christian

Bethany Decker

Midland High

Shaquila Sarapao

Trinity School

Kyle Alworth

Outstanding students

Midland Classical

Leia Beattie

Caden Corzine

Note: MCA doesn’t pick a valedictorian or salutatorian.