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The 2014 top four seniors are, from left, Ben Suter, Jae Beach, Marjorie Bonner and Daniel Hambleton.

The Dade County High School Class of 2014 will receive their diplomas Friday night at the school. This year’s top four seniors took some time to give us an overview of their days at DCHS and their plans for the future.

Ben Suter, son of Pierre and Amber Suter, is this year’s Valedictorian. During his time at Dade County High School he participated in Odyssey of the Mind, Mu Alpha Theta, Future Business Leaders of American and was a member of the high school soccer team.

Suter plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology and obtain an applied mathematics degree. He then wants to attend Georgia State for some actuarial science classes before looking for an actuarial job. He has received the STAR Student Award, Zell Miller Scholarship and the UGA Charter Scholarship.

He stated his best memory while at DCHS was in the spring of 2013 when the soccer team faced off against Coosa High School. “They slaughtered us, but within the last minute of the game, I took a hopeless long shot for goal that somehow managed to go in. The goal didn’t help us at all; we still lost 5-1. However, because I played defense, that was the sole goal of all my school soccer years, so that insignificant moment was not so meaningless to me,” stated Suter.

When ask what he will miss most about DCHS, he stated “I hear college professors are not nearly as kind or understanding as high school teachers, so I know I will miss my teachers. However, I will miss my friends – the people I’ve shared many laughs and experiences with over the years – more than anything else.”

Jae Beach, son of James and Angie Beach, is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2014. During his years at DCHS he was active in the Boy Scouts, track and cross country.

His plans after graduation include attending the University of North Georgia and majoring in mathematics. Beach has received the Zell Miller Scholarship and Eagle Scout Award.

Beach stated his best memory at Dade County High School was running his first ever cross country meet as a freshman. When ask what he will miss most about high school he stated, “being with my friends that I have known for many years.”

Marjorie Bonner, daughter of Jamie and Wesley Bonner, is this year’s Faculty Representative. Her activities while at DCHS include Key Club, HOSA, FBLA, Beta Club, tennis and basketball.

Bonner plans to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy after graduation. She has received an academic award, senior and Lady Wolverine award in basketball.

Her fondest memory at DCHS was playing basketball. When ask what she will miss most about high school she stated, “the friends I have made.”

Daniel Hambleton, son of Todd and Lisa Dumas, is the Class Representative for this year’s graduating class. His high school activities include the theater department, helping bring non-perishable items during the 2011 tornado and the calculus food drive.

Hambleton plans on attending the University of West Georgia after graduation. He has received a Zell Miller Grant, Pell Grant and is the Student of the Year in honors physics.

He stated his best memory at DCHS was when a couple of girls told him to take drama, he stated, “I did, and now it’s an enormous part of my life.” When ask what he would miss most about DCHS Hambleton said, “all the wonderful people I had the opportunity to be on the stage with.”

Dade County High School will have class night festivities at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the high school gymnasium. Graduation will be Friday evening also at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

We wish the very best to the Class of 2014.



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