Copperas Cove High School recognized students’ accomplishments May 31 during Senior Achievement Night.

“It takes a village to get these kids through school, and tonight the village — and the students — can be proud,” Principal Earl Parcell said.

Nicholas Alexander was the first student on stage, where he stood for several minutes as his list of awards, accomplishments and scholarships was read.

“It was a little embarrassing at first,” he said. “But I worked hard to get here, so I was really happy to be up there.”

Valedictorian, salutatorian awards handed out

Superintendent Joe Burns presented Alexander with the valedictorian award at the end of the ceremony.

“It’s such a huge honor. I’m really happy,” Alexander said.

The salutatorian award went to Lisa Rivera, who will attend the University of Texas on a Navy ROTC scholarship.

“I’m so excited about college,” she said. “I’ll be learning the major I want, meeting new people, being more independent. It’s a time to get to know myself.”

Rivera plans to major in biochemistry before going to medical school, but that’s not her only idea.

“I’m very open-minded,” she said. “You never know what turn anything can take, and if there is something else that I like better, I will pursue that.”

Parcell was particularly proud of the scholarship opportunities his students earned. “It was really great to see them all out there,” he said. “The variety of scholarships is impressive. There are so many different ones you can get, and these students went out and got them.”

The Class of 2013 graduates tonight at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

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