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Victory Christian Academy Graduation 2018: Boswell, Stone emerge victorious from high school

Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Salutatorian Samantha Boswell and Valedictorian Shelby Stone. Messenger photo by Joe Duty, design by Joy Carrico

Victory Christian Academy seniors Samantha Boswell and Shelby Stone are ready to navigate the waters of the real world.

The duo, enrolled in VCA since seventh grade, hope their voyage from home goes more smoothly than their 10th grade canoe trip, though.

Cover design by Pierre Moua

Stone, who is salutatorian, said the trip is her most memorable experience from high school, although perhaps because the circumstances were difficult. She explained every 10th grade class at VCA goes to Camp Grady Spruce, and her class canoed 20 miles up the Brazos River.

“We had to canoe with our peers,” she said, “not like people that knew how to canoe! Then we had to camp on the river. I’m not like a pro canoer, but when you put bad and bad together, it only gets worse.”

Boswell, the valedictorian, chimed in and said it was so cold overnight that their pillows froze.

“There were some good times, too,” Stone said, “but it’s something I’ll never forget, whether I wanted to or not.”

Neither plan to pursue water sports in college.

Boswell is moving to Wichita Falls to attend Midwestern State University, and Stone will go to Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

“I’m excited to go,” Boswell said. “I’m ready to start college and that way I can get started teaching. It’s a step-by-step thing.” Boswell plans to major in early childhood education.

Stone is majoring in athletic training, and she’s especially excited about making the cheer team.

“I chose Hardin-Simmons because of their cheer team and physical therapy program,” she said. “(Physical therapy) is something I’m interested in, and I’d like to end up doing.

“They’ve got a really good medical program for any direction I want to go.”

The girls’ graduating class has nine students, but they enjoyed the small class size.

“I’m sure there are moments where other people would disagree,” said Stone, “but in the long run with my learning career, it’s definitely benefited. I’m one of the people who sits next to the teacher’s desk, so I’ve been really appreciative.”

It comes as no surprise that both girls were members of the National Honor Society. They both also played several sports at VCA, and Boswell was also in Spanish Club.

Her advice for underclassmen is don’t put things off because procrastination makes things harder.

“And maybe just be nice to your peers,” she said. “No one is going to remember that ‘being funny’ joke you made.”

“All they’re going to remember is how rude you were,” Stone added.

Her advice to next year’s seniors is “don’t clock out too early.”

Boswell is the daughter of John and Miranda Boswell of Greenwood, and Stone is the daughter of Stacy and James Stone of Decatur.

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