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Salutatorian of the Lincoln County High School Class of 2012, Greg Patterson not only graduated with the second highest grade point average in his class but also received an award for 13 years of perfect attendance.
Patterson, the son of Rickey and Lisa Patterson, and brother of Sarah, 13, of Lincoln County, poured over his books, studying hard to earn a 102 GPA, which gave him the title of salutatorian.
“It was a good year – I’ll miss all my friends and teachers,” Greg said.
Greg was a member of the Lincoln County High School band as a trumpet player for four years, a member of Beta Club and Junior Civitans.
When he was in the sixth grade, he said his mom took him to her high school to show him her name on a plaque for achieving valedictorian of her senior class.
That, along with a lot of encouragement from his parents, inspired Greg to aim for valedictorian. Although he realized in his junior year that he probably wouldn’t get valedictorian since eventual valedictorian Keaton Stamps had scored a 35 on his ACT, Greg continued to strive to do his best, even when he didn’t feel well.
“If I got sick, I just pushed through it,” he said.
He said his hardest subject in high school was geometry.
“I thought I wanted to be an engineer until I took algebra,” he explained.
His professional goal now is to become a doctor.
Greg was awarded a $10,000 Martin Methodist College Barton Scholars Scholarship, renewable for four years, and a $4,000 Tennessee Hope Scholarship, four years renewable. He plans to major in biology at Martin Methodist. After that, he’s considering the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“I want to go to college where I can intern at a hospital,” he explained. “I want to be an emergency room doctor and want to travel to other countries to give medical care to people who can’t afford it.”
On Friday evening, Greg delivered the salutatory at the LCHS commencement.
“Thanks to my family and friends for pushing me, and thanks to my friends for understanding when I couldn’t go with them,” Greg said the day before graduation.
Greg was presented the award for 13 years of perfect attendance during Senior Awards Day held at the high school prior to graduation.