Grant Rucker Earp and Jordan Clinton have been announced as the top graduates of the Miller Grove High School Class of 2019.
Earp, son of Calvin and Sonia Earp and the brother of Candace Earp, graduates not only as this year’s MGHS valedictorian, but also is graduating from Paris Junior College with an associate’s degree in multidisciplinary studies.
He also includes among his achievements being in the National Honor Society and winning back-to-back State Cross Country Championships in 2017 and 2018.
While at school, Earp captain of the basketball and baseball teams, competed four years at regional track competitions. As a member of the FFA, he showed pigs.
The valedictorian’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and being a member of Miller Grove United Methodist Church
Earp has been accepted to Texas A&M University College Station, where he will be majoring in Technology Management.
Jordan Clinton has achieved the honor of being this year’s MGHS salutatorian.
Clinton, daughter of Rita and Clarence Clinton, grew up in Miller Grove alongside her older brother, William Clinton.
Before attending Miller Grove ISD, she was enrolled in Bright Star Christian School. While there, she was able to be a part of the Bright Star Band Program as first-chair clarinetist and alto-clarinetist, as well as a member of the Bright Star Tennis team.
Clinton transferred to Miller Grove for her junior and senior years of high school.
She is the treasurer of Miller Grove’s National Honor Society and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, the junior college honor society.
During her time at Miller Grove, she has competed in various academic UIL events including ready writing, cross examination debate and literary criticism.
She offers thanks to her teachers for inspiring her and helping her each step of the way.
“My teachers have helped shape me into the person I am today and have inspired me to change the world,” Clinton said.
The MGHS 2019 salutatorian is also a part of County Line Baptist Church’s youth group and enjoys helping with the annual Vacation Bible School.
Jordan will be pursuing a degree in electrical engineering at Texas A&M Commerce,where she has earned a spot in their Honors College.
She said she is looking forward to the future and making a difference in her community.
Earp and Clinton, along with the graduating class of 2019 will be honored at a graduation ceremony Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. A baccalaureate is also scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19.