ASHLAND -- Grace Elizabeth Phillips, with a grade point average of 4.78378, leads the 2019 Class of Patrick Henry High School as valedictorian. Salutatorian is Samuel Brown, who follows with a 4.722 GPA.
Commencement ceremonies for PHHS will get underway at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the E.J. Wade Arena at the VCU Stuart Siegel Center at 1200 W. Broad St. in Richmond.
Grace is the daughter of Stephen and Nicole Phillips of Beaverdam.
At Patrick Henry, she has served as class president, president of the National Beta Club, vice president of the National Honor Society, and president of the Science National Honor Society.
She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, 7th UP, and SODA.
She also served as past president of the Latin Club. She was a coach for the All Star Basketball team.
Grace founded the Meadowgate Alpacas Therapy Animal Program.
In her community, she also has been involved with Empower RVA Teens as a youth leader/facilitator, volunteer for the Richmond Youth Philanthropy Program, volunteer for Greater Richmond HandsON, volunteer for Miracles in Motion, and a buddy for Night to Shine.
She plans to attend the College of William and Mary where she will study Biochemistry and International Diplomacy.
In looking back over her high school years, Grace said, “I could not be more grateful to the community of people who have surrounded me throughout high school, encouraging me every step of the way to reach for my goals.
“The journey wasn’t always easy, but I am blessed to have constant support from my family, teachers, and friends, who have encouraged my voice in serving my community and reaching my academic goals.”
“I feel so rewarded and grateful to have reached the finish line of a goal that has inspired me to push myself academically for many years,” she added.
“I am very excited to attend William and Mary next year, but I know that it will be tough saying goodbye to a school which has had such a lasting impact on the person I have become,” Grace said
Samuel’s parents are Daniel and Margaret Brown of Montpelier.
While at PHHS, he was a four-year member of the marching band, three years in the Beta Club, two years in the National Honor Society, and two years as an officer in the Spanish National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.
His community interests include being involved with his church youth group.
Samuel will be attending the University of Virginia, where he will pursue a degree in Statistics.