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Upper School Academic Honors Programs

The Westfield School is pleased to award Elizabeth Marie Gentry as the Valedictorian and Aaron Michael Cross as the Salutatorian for the Class of 2020.

Elizabeth Marie Gentry is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Dan Gentry.  As the 2020 Westfield and Houston County STAR student, Elizabeth is a National Merit Commended Scholar, National AP Scholar, and Governor’s Honors semi-finalist in World Languages.  She has earned numerous academic excellence awards during her high school career including University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Presbyterian College Junior Fellow, Wofford Scholar, Golden Eagle Award nominee in World Languages, the University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Science Award, and multiple Journey National Bible Quiz Awards. Elizabeth is a high honor with distinction graduate and has received top academic average award in every subject during her high school career. As a member of the literary team, Elizabeth earned a region championship title in Spelling and also finished second in the region in Piano. She has been a member of the Beta Club, Math Team, and Foreign Language Club. Elizabeth has been a member of the Mercer University Youth Choir for eight years and served as a peer tutor in chemistry during her high school career. Her volunteer service to the community includes hours donated for Camp Winshape and singing at nursing homes and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.  She and her family attend Green Acres Baptist Church where she has served as a volunteer in the church nursery.  Elizabeth plans to attend the University of Georgia where she has been accepted into the Honors Program and plans to major in a science-related field.

Aaron Michael Cross is the son of Mr. Raymond Cross and Ms. Misty Cross. A high honor with distinction graduate, Aaron has earned many academic awards during his high school career including highest academic average in every subject. Aaron earned the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Presbyterian College Junior Fellow, Governor’s Honors semi-finalist in Engineering, and Golden Eagle Award nominee in Technology. He has been a member of the Beta Club, Key Club, Foreign Language Club, Academic Bowl Team, and Math Team. Aaron served as a technology intern for Westfield and founded the school’s first E-sports Club. He has been a peer tutor and involved in community service projects including the Rotary Centennial Park clean up and Perry Volunteer Outreach Kids’ Give program. Aaron was a Beta tester/debugger for the Indie Game Company. His artwork earned awards in both the 2019 GA National Fair Student Art Contest and the 2020 City of Perry Student Art Show. Aaron is a Taekwondo Youth Instructor and has won regional and national titles in Taekwondo. He has been awarded several scholarships including the GEICO Family Scholars Scholarship, Robins Federal Credit Union Scholarship, and the Flint Energies Scholarship. Aaron plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering.