Outstanding Seniors!

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The day every student dreams of is quickly approaching for Muscogee County teens. High school graduation is just a few days away and the class of 2009 has produced some pretty impressive students. News Leader Nine caught up with some soon-to-be grads to hear their stories.

Laketa Lewis made her way to the top of her class, but sadly, her parents won't see her walk across the stage. She told News Leader Nine, "I lost both parents at a young age and was taken in by my God parents because my aunt works in Iraq as a contractor."

Her loss hasn't slowed her down too much, though. In the fall she will attend Savannah State University on a four year scholarship.

"It shows through hardships there are rewards in the end. All your hard-work does pay off in the end. I'm so happy I finally made it and I feel glad I can make my mom and dad proud," said Lewis.

Lacey Williams will be taking the stage this weekend as the Valedictorian of Columbus High School. She moved a lot with her father's job and had to adjust to this school in just over a year.

"Every move I just concentrate on school work because there aren't as many distractions. I got involved in music so I made friends through that and class," Williams told News Leader Nine.

After receiving her diploma, Lacey will study biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia. She laughs, "I'm excited. I have three little sisters so I'm sure they're thinking: is this what I have to live up to?"

Several students will be walking across the graduation stage this weekend as they finish their time in high school. All eight Muscogee County High Schools will hold graduation ceremonies this weekend.

Northside (4 PM), Kendrick (6:30 PM) and Columbus (8:30 PM) high schools are on Friday, May 22nd, and on Saturday, May 23rd seniors from Shaw (9:00 AM), Hardaway (11:30 AM), Jordan (2:30 PM), Carver (4:30 PM) and Spencer (7:00 PM) take the stage.