Bridgeport Graduation 2018: Barton, Hudson ready to swing into action at college

Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Cole Barton and Katie Hudson

Valedictorian Cole Barton and Salutatorian Katie Hudson. Messenger photo by Joe Duty, design by Joy Carrico

After making their way to regional golf together in May, Cole Barton and Katie Hudson will walk across the stage one after the other at Bridgeport High School’s graduation.

Barton and Hudson are top athletes and top students, shooting in the 70s on the golf course and earning 4.0s in the classroom. They’ve been aware they were at the top of their class since their freshman year.

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“He definitely knew. It was pretty obvious. He was way up there,” Hudson joked. “We have so many people in our grade who are so smart. I was really proud [to be salutatorian].”

Barton, the valedictorian, will attend the Colorado School of Mines and plans to major in chemical engineering.

“Math and science have always been my strong suit,” Barton said. “Plus, engineering has a really high salary.”

Hudson will attend Texas Tech University, where she plans to major in nutrition and eventually go to nursing school. “I’ve always wanted to do something in the medical field, and as a nurse you can change your field of study, which doctors don’t do,” Hudson said.

They feel their rigorous AP class schedule – both took chemistry, calculus, economics, government and English – and the support of their teachers and coaches have prepared them for college.

“[Joey] Reyes, my pre-cal teacher, pushed me to pursue a STEM career,” Barton said. “He showed me I’m not as smart as I thought I was.”

Their golf coach, Alan Green, also played a big role in their success.

“Coach Green cares about his students and athletes outside of school,” Hudson said.

In addition to golf, Barton played football and competed in UIL academics. His fondest memory from high school is entering a calculus competition with his friends and making it to the final round.

Hudson played volleyball and golf and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her best memories from school are advancing to golf regionals her freshman year with the rest of her team and forming a solid group of friends her senior year.

“This year I’ve found a really good group,” Hudson said. “They’re good, genuine people.”

Though they’re very excited about college, Hudson and Barton said they’ll miss their hometown.

“The community here is just really supportive,” Hudson said.

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