Megan Bower and Grace Baker lead Atlee High School Class of 2019

MECHANICSVILLE – Megan Bower will receive her diploma on Saturday, June 15, as valedictorian of the Atlee High School Class of 2019. She has a grade point average of 4.73973.

Grace Baker, with a 4.72973 GPA, has been named salutatorian of her class.

Commencement ceremonies will begin at noon at the E.J. Wade Arena of the Stuart Siegel Center on the campus of VCU at 1200 W. Broad St. in Richmond.

Megan is the daughter of Karen and Douglas Bower of Mechanicsville.

She served as treasurer her junior year and president her senior year of the Key Club.

She was a member of the Atlee Archery Team, and participated on the state, national and world competition teams.

Megan was a member of the Atlee Marching Band, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and German National Honor Society.

In her community, she has been a member of the Girl Scouts and received the Gold Award Girl Scout. She served as a member of the Board of Directors her senior year.

She attends All Souls Episcopal Church, where she is a Youth Group member, Acolyte, and Sunday School assistant.

Megan has served as a volunteer counselor “Buddy” at St. Elizabeth’s camp, a camp for young adults with special needs.

She also is involved with Community Bible Study.

Atlee’s valedictorian will be attending the University of Virginia (UVA) to study chemical engineering.

As for her years at Atlee, Megan said, “I have enjoyed my high school experience. I am glad to have been impacted by so many wonderful teachers and friends, who have challenged me to be my best. Looking to the future I know that my time as an Atlee Raider will be an important and valuable memory.”

Grace’s parents are Bob and Debbie Baker of Mechanicsville.

While at Atlee, Grace served as captain of the Advanced Girls’ and Mixed Show Choirs, captain of the Atlee High School Tennis Team, president of the National Beta Club, and vice president of the Spanish Honor Society.

She also has been a student mentor for SODA and was a member of the Atlee High School Field Hockey Team.

Grace has served as a counselor at the Westview on the James Non Profit Summer Camp, a volunteer for Church Ministries in RVA, piano student and teacher at Grand Staff Studios, and middle school leader and high school member of Small Group.

Grace will be attending the University of Virginia in the Echols Scholars program. She will be studying biology and Spanish on a pre-medicine track.

“Although challenging, Atlee was an amazing environment in which I was able to develop my skills and personality through interdisciplinary education,” Grace said. “The collective efforts of my teachers and parents have prepared me, along with the rest of my class, to fulfill my role in improving the world. I am honored to receive this academic recognition and grateful for my experiences at Atlee throughout the last four years.”

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