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Hampton City Schools announces top students in the Class of 2019 at Phoebus High School

Congratulations to Phoebus High School students Richard Cordner and Morré Hicks.  Cordner has been named the valedictorian and Hicks has been named the salutatorian for the Class of 2019.

Richard Cordner

Cordner’s activities include serving as the Phoebus robotics team programmer, and serving as a member of the National Honor Society, golf team, and sailing team.

He was accepted to Old Dominion University and the University of Richmond. He will be attending Old Dominion University and plans to major in cyber security. Following graduation Cordner hopes to pursue a career in cyber security or music.

Fondest high school memory:
“(My fondest memory is) walking in on the first day of school during my freshman year. I didn’t know anyone, and when I look back on it I think about how far I’ve come.”

A tradition at your school you will miss:
“It’s really more of a superstition than a tradition, but my favorite tradition was not to walk in between the flagpoles.”

An achievement you are most proud of:
“(I am most proud of) becoming the valedictorian and being a part of the robotics team when we won a district competition last year.”

I am proud to be an HCS graduate because:
“I am proud to be an HCS graduate because graduating from an HCS school has given me opportunities that I would not have if I had gone to other schools – such as robotics and the teachers at the school.”

If you could thank a teacher who had the greatest impact on you, who would it be and why?
“(I would thank) Mr. Evans and Mr. Williams. They come in a pair and they are both the coaches of the robotics team. I’ve had multiple classes with both of them that I enjoyed.”

Morré Hicks

Morré Hicks

Hicks’ activities include National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, marching band (majorette), Student Council Association treasurer, freshman mentor, field hockey, Key Club, G.I.R.L.S. (Girls Influenced by Righteous Living in all Situations) Club, and Shalom Baptist Church choir, praise dance, usher, and junior missionary.

She was accepted to Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, George Mason University, Virginia Wesleyan University, Old Dominion University, University of Mary Washington, Bluefield College, Mary Baldwin University, Virginia Union University, Randolph College, North Carolina Wesleyan University, Radford University, and North Carolina A & T State University.

Hicks has decided to attend North Carolina A & T State University and major in biology. She plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician after college.

Fondest high school memory:
“(My fondest high school memory is) becoming a member of the marching band and majorette captain.”

A tradition at your school you will miss:
“I will miss the Friday night football games.”

An achievement you are most proud of:
“(I am most proud of) becoming salutatorian. Entering Phoebus High School, I started off ranked as #4. In the end, my hard work paid off and I moved up to salutatorian.”

I am proud to be an HCS graduate because:
“I am proud to graduate from Hampton City Schools because they promote opportunities for students like myself to advance and cultivate our growth to become the leaders of tomorrow that we were born to be.”

If you could thank a teacher who had the greatest impact on you, who would it be and why?
“It is difficult to single out one teacher because so many have made a difference. Ms. Davis from Eaton Middle School had the first major impact on me. She motivated me through good, bad, and indifferent. From high school, I would say Mrs. Conyers-Brinkley. She encouraged me to be involved and is always there when I need her.”

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