Being named valedictorian was almost too much for Breanna Keith to handle.

The Conway Christian senior said she expected one of two other classmates to garner the title, and the moment she realized she would be valedictorian was an unexpected one.

"My mom said my face turned red," Keith recalled. "I had to sit down, and then my mom said my face went from bright red to white, I started to hyperventilate a little, it surprised me."

Keith said she also worried about the task of having to write a speech, and give the speech before her fellow seniors, friends and family.

Despite the awe factor, Keith, who will graduate with a 4.0 GPA, is still excited to be class valedictorian.

Keith said her experience at Conway Christian was great, and that she will miss the Christ-centered atmosphere of students and teachers, and the ability to discuss God freely.

Keith, the daughter of Nick and Wanda Keith, will enroll in Arkansas State’s Honors College in Jonesboro this fall, where she will major in accounting.

Money has always been somewhat of an interest for Keith, who said she used to have a briefcase filled with toy money as a child.

"I would always play with it and count the toy money, and math was always a favorite subject," Keith said.

Keith is a recipient of the Arkansas State Leadership Scholarship and Arkansas Lottery Scholarship.

Keith not only excelled in the classroom, but in sports as well. She was a two-time All-State selection in golf, and also a district champion her senior year, which followed a runner-up finish in her junior year.

Keith also received Conway Christian’s Joshua Award as team most valuable player for golf.

The school’s 44 graduates will bid farewell to Conway Christian at 10 a.m. at Central Baptist Church at 3333 Dave Ward Drive.

The class features 26 honor graduates, including class valedictorian Breanna Rachel Keith and class salutatorian Mandi Nicole Shelton. A reception will follow the graduation ceremony at the Family Life Center.

The graduates are:

Jonathan Steven Antonio

Matthew Blake Austin*

Emily Grace Beckman*

Mark Belvardi*

Seth Andrew Bickford

Brian Jarret Bowden

Robert Pierson Castle

Brent Thomas Clay

Payton Erin Cope*

Andrew Christopher Dather

Brandon Ray Davis

Andrew Benjamin Dodge*

Karalee Ann Duker

Hannah Noel Eaton*

Brandon Christopher Erwin

Michael Davis Gattis*

Griffin Paul Guinn*

Kimberly Amber Hays

Brandon Alexander Helms*

William Walker Henley*

Emily Anne Hill*

Luke Gregory Hogan*

Andrea Sarah Howell

Daniel Glenn Hudson

Breanna Rachel Keith***

Allison Anne Lea

Allison Nicole Martin*

Morgan Elizabeth May*

Landon Lewis Meriweather

Olivia Grace Meriweather*

Sidney Beth Meriweather*

Virginia Gazelle Mode*

Logan Michelle Myers*

Sarah Elizabeth Nekonchuk*

Hailey Lynne Perritt*

Sarah Allene Roberson*

Mandi Nicole Shelton**

Savannah Lindy Marie Sparrow

Shane Thomas Starkey

Jonathan Tanner Stevenson*

Jordan Lindsay Williams

Kayla Nicole Williams*

Sarah Jessica Wilson

Sarah Ashley Winston



*Honor graduate