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Cloudland High School Valedictorian: Abbey Gouge

Zach Vance • Updated May 18, 2018 at 8:58 AM

Today we bring you the first in our series of profiles of the area’s high school valedictorians and class speakers in the Class of 2018.

As students wind down their last days of classes and prepare for graduation, we have asked each school in our circulation area to provide profile information about each of the honored graduating seniors and pose questions to the students.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll read about students from both public and private high schools. Some schools have yet to respond, but we hope to feature as many as possible.

Not all schools select valedictorians and salutatorians these days for various reasons, including weighted grade formulas. At those schools, students often select a class speaker from their peers to represent them at commencement. You will see those students honored in the series, as well.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018.

Abbey Gouge has earned the distinction of being Cloudland High School’s class of 2018 valedictorian.

• She plans to continue her education in the fall at East Tennessee State University, where she will major in dental hygiene. 

• Gouge has accumulated a 4.0 GPA during her high school career, while serving as president of the Beta Club, Future Teachers of America and Relay for Life Club.

• In addition, she’s a member of the Health Occupations Students of America organization, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Knitting Hearts. 

• She plays varsity basketball and is a softball player.

• Her parents are Chris and Holly Gouge. 

What will you remember most about high school? 

“I have had several good memories through my high school years, but the thing I will remember most about high school is simply, the people. Between sports and classes I have made several close friends. All of the memories I will take with me when I graduate wouldn’t be possible without these people in my life.

“Going our own separate ways is going to be difficult, but I am beyond thankful for the times that I have shared with my friends. I want to continue our friendships even after high school. They don’t have to end here. I hope to remember most, the people that have made these four years so amazing at Cloudland High School.”

Where do you think you will be 10 years from now? 

“It wouldn’t be realistic to say I have a detailed path laid out for my future, but when I look around at the beauty that surrounds me, I would be lying if I didn’t say I hope my future is here. Right now, I plan to become a dental hygienist and use my skills and education to help people in my area. In 10 years, I see myself serving my community by making them feel confident in their smiles. God has my future planned, and I pray that I will be obedient to His plan for me.”

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