Walnut Grove High School’s graduating Class of 2020 is the final Walton County Public School high school to have its 2020 in-person graduating ceremony. It will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2020, on the football field of WGHS. This too will be streamed live at this link for those who will not be able to attend. As well as the seniors who will be recognized for their accomplishments, also honored will be WGHS Class of 2020 valedictorian Joshua Walker and salutatorian Shehza Anjum.
Valedictorian – Joshua Walker
Joshua will be attending the University of Georgia majoring in International Affairs (B.S.A. and Economics (B.S.A.)
In response to how he feels about being named valedictorian, Joshua said, “The words ‘valedictorian’ and ‘salutatorian’ are just that: words. It’s an amazing opportunity to be recognized for my achievements, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my family, friends, and especially teachers. I hope that the title of ‘valedictorian’ will shine brightest on those who have supported me for the past 18 years,” adding that it the teachers and counselors at Walnut Grove that he will miss the most. “They are incredibly supportive and hands-on, and I realize that the intimacy of a small class size will be lost at UGA, but I eagerly anticipate meeting new people from diverse backgrounds. UGA has many people who come from all over the country, as well as all over the world. I think that becoming more familiar with different cultures and practices allows someone to be a more rounded and appreciative person who can make solid judgments about the world around them.”
Salutatorian – Shehza Anjum
Shehza will be attending Georgia Tech where she plans on studying Public Policy with a concentration in Philosophy and Environmental and Energy Policy. She said she feels very honored to be named WGHS Class of 2020 salutatorian and will miss her teachers most when she graduates from high school. But she is looking forward to her college years.
“I look forward to enriching my understanding of the global impact of scientific and technological innovation so that I may make informed policy decisions during my career,” Shehza said.