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Larken Barnes is the Valedictorian for the Scott County High School Class of 2020. 

“We are extremely proud of Larken and what he has been able to accomplish,” commented SCHS Principal Meocha Williams.  “Not only is he an example of academic excellence, but is also a student of high moral character, integrity and perseverance.  We were blessed to be able to celebrate with Larken and his family.”

Barnes learned of this distinction during a Zoom call with Williams and the leadership team at SCHS, who had nothing but accolades for Barnes.

“His academic success exemplifies hard work, determination, and his ability to set and achieve his own high expectations,” noted Assistant Principal Elizabeth Gabehart.

“We are so excited to see where his future takes him,” added Counselor Meredith Schwindel.

Described as a man of few words, Barnes was thoughtful in his response to this esteemed honor.

“It means a lot to me that I have been honored as valedictorian, especially when there is only one this year,” Barnes said.  “It really makes me feel like my work paid off.  It’s also made me very grateful for my teachers and parents, as I know they are equally a part in this.”

Wearing a Summa Cum Laude cord and a valedictorian medal, he will share his thoughts with members of his graduating class during the Scott County High School virtual graduation program scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 8pm on YouTube.

His advice to high school students includes being organized and staying on top of the work, tips that will serve him well as he continues his education as a computer science major at the University of Kentucky next year.

Continuing a tradition of excellence, congratulations to Larken Barnes, valedictorian of the Scott County High School Class of 2020.

Don't miss the community parade to celebrate SCHS graduates on June 13 at 6pm.  

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