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Gaston County high schools name valedictorians and salutatorians



Chief Communications Officer

Gaston County Schools

Gaston County Schools has 22 students in the Class of 2019 who have achieved Valedictorian or Salutatorian honors. Each Valedictorian and Salutatorian were recognized during high school graduation last week. 

The senior with the highest weighted grade point average (GPA) is selected Valedictorian and the senior with the second-highest weighted GPA is chosen Salutatorian.

For Cherryville High School, the Valedictorian was Chase Abernathy.

Chase’s parents are Amy Heavner and Kevin Abernathy, and his college plans are that he will attend Campbell University in the Fall to major in pre-pharmacy. 

His accolades include, but aren’t limited to: Gaston Gazette Star Student; Campbell University Presidential Scholarship; Cherryville Rotary Club Scholarship; and various local and college-specific scholarships. 

The CHS Salutatorian is Jace Brittain, who is the son of Kelvin and Linda Brittain. Jace’s college plans include his attending Maryville College in the Fall to major in computer science. His accolades include, but aren’t limited to, the Gaston Gazette’s “Best and Brightest”; the Cherryville High School Harrelson Scholarship; various academic and athletic college-specific scholarships; and he has signed to play football at Maryville College.