Alvord Graduation 2018: Bailey, Edgett form a dynamic duo

Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Cydney Bailey and Paycee Edgett

Valedictorian Cydney Bailey and Salutatorian Paycee Edgett. Messenger photo by Joe Duty, design by Joy Carrico

Perhaps that’s because Bailey, the valedictorian, and Edgett, the salutatorian, have been basketball teammates for four years at AHS.

And like all successful teammates, they each bring their own complementary talents.

Cover design by Pierre Moua

“We’ve always been friends. But Cydney excels in English, and that’s where my lowest grades are in, English. And I’m like a math whiz, so I think we’ve helped each other out along the way,” Edgett said.

As evidence of their success, both have grade-point averages over 5.0 as they finish out their high school careers.

Bailey will attend Texas A&M University in College Station this fall where she will major in sociology and minor in forensic and investigative science.

“My goal is to be in the FBI,” she said. “I know it sounds a little crazy, but that’s my goal. … I watched a lot of ‘Criminal Minds.'”

Edgett will continue her studies this fall at Weatherford College where she will study nursing. She then plans to transfer to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls to work on her bachelor’s degree in nursing with a goal to work with a plastic surgeon.

Her inspiration for that career path came in a rather unusual way after her injured dog bit off part of her lip, which resulted in consultation with a plastic surgeon.

“We went to Decatur, and they said they couldn’t do anything for me, so they transferred me to Cook (Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth) where I met Dr. Max, my plastic surgeon. He was the coolest dude ever,” Edgett said.

It turned out, she didn’t even need surgery. The doctor said her lip would grow back in a couple of weeks, and it did.

In addition to being teammates on the court, the two have also been a part of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and student council. Bailey has also been a member of the cross country and softball teams and played select basketball. Edgett competes in rodeo events.

Both shared advice for next year’s freshmen at AHS.

“Bring a jacket every single day. Alvord High School is so cold,” Edgett said.

“You shouldn’t try to decide who you are. You should just let yourself evolve as you meet people and have new experiences,” Bailey said.

She added that she stressed over things unnecessarily.

“I took everything really seriously, but I think I stressed out over stupid stuff. You shouldn’t sweat the small stuff,” Bailey said.

Edgett encouraged incoming high schoolers to get involved in school activities.

“Freshman year was probably my favorite year of high school. You get to be a part of everything and enjoy football no matter if they win or lose every game,” Edgett said.

They and their classmates will now enter the next chapter of life which includes leaving Alvord for college or careers. But both said Alvord will hold a special place in their hearts.

“I think Alvord will always be home,” Edgett said.

“Whenever you are going places, don’t forget where you came from. Some of us are more fortunate than others, but it’s still Alvord. It’s humble beginnings,” Bailey said.

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