PARIS, TN: Top Three for HCHS Class of 2019

At right is the Henry County High School Class of 2019 valedictorian, Kester Nucum. In center is salutatorian Delia McDevitt, and at left is honorable mention Logan Lacy. These students, along with others from HCHS and other local schools, will be recognized Thursday during the annual Top Ten program.

Henry County High School announced Friday the top three graduates for the Class of 2019 who, along with other students from HCHS and other local schools, will be recognized Thursday during the annual Top Ten program.

The top three includes Kester Magalong Nucum,  valedictorian, Delia Lynn McDevitt, salutatorian, and Logan James Lacy, honorable mention.

Nucum is the son of Joseph Kim and Theresa Nucum and he was named the valedictorian with a GPA of 102.0967. He plans to major in computer engineering and minor in music at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

Some of the awards and accomplishments Nucum has received include being a National Merit finalist, Tennessee Boys’ State secretary of state, a six-time honoree for Tennessee All Northwest Honor Choirs, and two-time DECA International Career Development Conference qualifier in state marketing communications series, placing in second place both times.

“I would like to thank my mom, my dad, my sister and my entire family for their unconditional love and support,” Nucum said.

He also thanked his teachers and his music mentors.

“Most importantly  I would like to thank God for his infinite love, mercy and grace,” he said.

McDevitt was named salutatorian with a GPA of 101.758. She is the daughter of Scott and Mandy McDevitt. She plans on majoring in philosophy with a minor in English at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After earning a four-year degree she hopes to go to law school.

Awards and accomplishments McDevitt has received include Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (district 2 best actress), was a participant in the Governor’s School for International Studies, UT Haslam Scholar, received the AP language and literature outstanding student award and was a Ned McWherter scholar.

“I would like to thank my parents, my brothers, Liam and Riley, and my best friend … for helping me achieve this accomplishment,” said McDevitt.

Lacy, who was named as the honorable mention with a GPA of 101.5645, is the son of Kristi and Tony Lacy. He plans on attending Washington University in St. Louis in the fall, where he will major in biology. After he gets his  bachelor’s degree, he plans to attend graduate school.

He has received the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Achievement Award and the AP Science Award. Lacy was president of the Leo Club and he was a College Board AP Scholar.

“I would like to thank my parents for all you’ve done to help me succeed, my parents for preparing me for college and my family and friends for always supporting me,” said Lacy.

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