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Operation Valedictorian: Elizabethton High School's dual graduation speakers

Molly Tipton
Posted On: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Molly Tipton

Kaylee Bowers

Kaylee Bowers

BY JONATHAN ROBERTS, Johnson City Press

Elizabethton High School may not name a valedictorian, but that doesn’t mean the school is short on students with impressive resumes.

Two of those students, Student Government President Molly Tipton and Senior Class President Kaylee Bowers, are taking their talents and 4.0 GPAs to college in the fall, albeit in different locales. 

Tipton is bringing her skills to Johnson City, as she’s planning on attending East Tennessee State University as a marketing major. Bowers, meanwhile, will be attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she will be studying political science.  

Both will be speaking during their class’ graduation on May 25. 

Tipton & Bowers briefly:

Favorite Musician:

  • Tipton: Thomas Rhett and various Christian artists
  • Bowers: Rex Orange County

Extracurricular Activities: 

  • Tipton: Cheerleading, Watts Dance Studio Dancer, Student Government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes President, National Honors Society VP, Yearbook Editor, Member of First Baptist Church, Assistant Teacher at Watts Dance Studio.
  • Bowers: President of the National Honor Society, Senior Class President, Key Club President, Kentucky-Tennessee Division Seven Key Club Lieutenant Governor, Science Bowl Team. 

What will you remember most about high school?

  • Tipton: The relationships I have made with my peers and my teachers are something that I will cherish for a lifetime. They have been here for me throughout these four years and I will forever be grateful for the memories I have made and the lessons I have learned.
  • Bowers: I will remember all the laughs and good times spent with my friends, classmates and teachers during my four years at EHS.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

  • Tipton: In the next 10 years I see myself working in the marketing field. My dream job would be to own a Chick-fil-A. I would like to stay in this area because of the opportunities that are arising in Elizabethton.
  • Bowers: I plan to continue serving my community and helping to make a difference. I hope to attend law school after attaining my undergraduate degree. My goal is to be a child advocate and work in children's law.

What are you most proud of accomplishing while you were in high school?

  • Tipton: Throughout my various leadership positions at EHS I have been shown how to be a successful leader. I am proud to say that I have grown in my leadership capabilities and by being an accomplished leader of all organizations. I am excited to see how these skills will impact my future.
  • Bowers: I am glad I chose to join Key Club while in high school. Throughout my time in this wonderful organization I was able to attain different leadership positions. These positions allowed me to travel and meet new people all over Kentucky and Tennessee. This opportunity allowed me to grow as a person and become a more effective leader.

What's the best advice you've ever gotten and who gave it to you?

  • Tipton: Over my lifetime, my mom, Mary Tipton, has riddled to me, “let your light shine, no matter what you are going through.” This has taught me to be a positive influence on my classmates, because you never know what someone is going through. It is my goal to be someone that is a light in the darkness.
  • Bowers: "Be a duck. A duck lets water roll off its back. Let all the little things, grievances, and tribulations roll off your back so you can stay focused on the positive."

What are you most looking forward to after graduation?

  • Tipton: I am looking forward to the new experiences that are coming after graduation. I am excited to see what college has to offer, like opportunities to join new clubs and organizations on campus and meeting new people.
  • Bowers: I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life at Tulane. It will be exciting to experience the distinct culture of New Orleans and to pursue my goals.




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