By Jill Richardson
Ashli Hunter began school in Melba her fifth grade year and this year she graduates with her classmates as their Valedictorian. Ashli earned this high honor with a 3.98 GPA. Ashli has excelled in sports and organizations as well as academics. She played volleyball, basketball and softball. She participated in National Honor Society, Mustang Readers and Student Council. She also spent a few years coaching the youth in Little League Basketball.
Ashli is the oldest of five kids in her family. Her parents, Greg and Christie, are planning a senior trip with the whole family to Hawaii this summer. “I am so excited about that trip,” said Ashli. She also plans to continue with her current job in the financial field through the summer.
Ashli will attend Utah State in Logan, Utah, in the fall, to study biology for the medical research and development field. During her time in high school, she has earned 39 college credits through dual credit courses which will allow her to bypass most freshman classes at college as she transfers those credits to Utah State.
Ashli has always been keenly aware of her potential and has purposely worked to succeed in school. “I am always pushing myself to take harder classes and do more than what is required,” said Ashli. “When I was younger, I wanted to be Valedictorian. I made a goal to accomplish that. When I moved here in grade school, my friend, Troy, and I would compete for the highest score on the math ISAT.”
Ashli has earned many scholarships including the Presidential Scholarship at Utah State, the Governor’s Cup Scholarship and the Scholastic Scholarship from Distinguished Young Women.
Ashli will deliver her Valedictorian speech at the graduation ceremony on Friday May 24.