As is the case with most seniors, class valedictorian Sigan Chen said leaving high school is a bittersweet experience, as she said she’ll be leaving behind good friends and encouraging teachers that she has come to know over the last four years.

"I will always look back on this time as some of the most fun years of my life," Chen said.

Chen has been accepted to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. and will begin there in the fall. She said the move to the northeast will be a big adjustment, and said she will miss the culture of Arkansas, and the south in general.

Chen graduates high school with a 4.43 GPA, and admits earning the honor of valedictorian was not a big surprise because of the support and encouragement from her parents, Xiaowei and Zhirong Chen.

"My parents have always encouraged me to take the hardest classes possible," Chen said. "They always said if I try my hardest and never give up, the end result won’t surprise me."

Chen said finding out she was valedictorian was still a relief, because she knew the GPA of fellow classmate Elisa Sandra De Togni, the salutatorian, was close behind.

While at Conway High School, Chen was a member of the quiz bowl team and competed in History Day at the national level three years.

Chen is still undecided on a major, but said she is leaning towards something in economics or math.