Being high school valedictorian is a family thing for Katherine Bartley who will become a second-generation valedictorian at the Mount Vernon-Enola graduation on Sunday afternoon.

Bartley said she always wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps, who was valedictorian of her high school, and worked hard throughout high school, taking multiple AP courses to help make that dream a reality.

Bartley is one of 26 Mount Vernon-Enola seniors that will receive a diploma. The Class of 2013 has four honor graduates, including Bartley and class salutatorian Katie McClure.

The small environment and family atmosphere at Mount Vernon-Enola is what Bartley said she expects to miss the most.

It’s one of the reasons she has decided to enroll at Lyon College in Batesville, where she will attend on a full softball scholarship.

Bartley excelled in the classroom, finishing with a GPA over 4.1, while starring as a multi-sport athlete. Bartley was a two-time All-State selection in cross country, basketball and softball, and was a three-time All-State selection in golf.

Bartley was the individual golf state tournament champion her junior year. She plans to continue playing golf at Lyon.

Katherine, the daughter of Kevin and Ami Bartley, said she will major in pharmacy. Bartley said she’s always had an interest in the field, and wants to be able to help people in need.

While saying goodbye to high school is expected to be tough, Bartley said she still expects Sunday afternoon’s ceremony to be exciting.

"I think I’ll still be happy that I’ve accomplished this milestone in my life and be ready to move on," she said.

The ceremony is set to begin at 3 p.m. at the high school gymnasium at 38 Garland Springs Road.

The graduates are as follows:

Katelyn Alexander

Katherine Bartley***

Carley Beene

Wyatt Beene

Shawn Bowie*

Seth Brady*

Preston Brock

Tori Burroughs

Kathy Dillaha

Taylor Hahn

Lakin Harris

Collin Jackson

Blake Keathley

Lauren Kohut-Belote

Allison Leach

Vicki Lee

Quinton Linn

Cody Love

Katie McClure**

Katie McNinch

Hannah Powell

Shanna Smith

Megan Ussery

Rance Warden

Jacob Webb

Michael Youngblood

***Valedictorian

**Salutatorian

*Honor graduate

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