Valedictorian, salutatorian honored for academic success

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Clover Danos (left) and Kayden Eckman were named the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Eureka Springs High School Class of 2019.
Photo by David Bell

When decimal points separate the valedictorian and salutatorian, it has been a good race to the top.

Eureka Springs High School announced that Clover Danos is this years valedictorian, and Kayden Eckman is the salutatorian.

The seniors said they felt honored to be recognized for their academic achievement.

It feels pretty good, Danos said.

I just did the homework, Eckman said, laughing.

Danos said she has heard that she will be giving a speech at graduation but plans to write it closer to that time.

Im not sure what Id like to write about yet, she said.

Danos said she has received a full scholarship to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and plans to study creative writing.

Eckman said he is waiting to hear about a potential appointment to the U.S. Military Academy before making his final decision.

Im still waiting for confirmation from West Point, he said. If that doesnt work out, I got enough scholarships for a full ride at the University of Arkansas.

He said he plans to study mechanical engineering.

Eckman said he is excited for the independence of college.

Im ready to live away from my parents, he said, laughing.

Im excited to go somewhere new, Danos said, and meet more people. Im excited to learn more, too.

Eckman said he will miss being part of the athletics program at Eureka Springs.

Im going to miss soccer, cross country and track, he said. That was always me.

Im going to miss art and film the most, Danos said.

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