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Woodland valedictorian a high achiever
by Christine Fonville
May 20, 2014 01:43 PM | 2767 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Woodland High School valedictorian Kyle Haney looks over some of the projects he helped create as co-captain of the robotics team.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Woodland High School valedictorian Kyle Haney looks over some of the projects he helped create as co-captain of the robotics team.
Woodland High School valedictorian Kyle Haney credits hard work, focus and an interest in a wide array of subjects and activities as factors in his academic success.

The 17-year-old Stockbridge resident’s list of academic honors includes awards in math, engineering and physics as well as a Southern State Scholarship for engineering.

Haney said starting high school with the right mindset helped him achieve.

“I’ve had a great time at Woodland High, but I’ve worked hard as well,” he said. “I always focused on academics first and prioritized my time.”

As president of the Technology Student Association, National History Honor Society and co-captain of the school’s robotics team, Haney said he particularly enjoyed excelling in engineering and history classes.

His AP and Honors U.S. History teacher, Margaret Duncan, said Haney is a natural leader and his work ethic is a good example for other students.

“As his teacher, I observed many examples of Kyle’s ability to make good academic choices, observed his interaction with fellow students and know him to be a school leader,” she said.  “In class, Kyle did exceptionally well academically through his strong work ethic and he has shown outstanding organizational skills and was able to successfully complete multiple tasks to achieve his academic success.”

Duncan said Haney always goes above and beyond what is expected in the classroom and in his leadership positions as well. 

In particular, Haney said he enjoyed his time being mechanically creative on the school’s robotics team.

“Working with our team to try to solve problems and beat other schools in competitions was really fun and rewarding,” he said.

When not excelling in the classroom, Haney dedicates his time as a varsity wrestler and youth leader at Conyers First United Methodist Church.

Haney, who has a 4.4 GPA and will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall to study mechanical engineering, has some advice for other students who aim to achieve.

“Always try your hardest,” he said. “I’ve done my best and stayed focused, but being well-rounded and participating in clubs or sports is important, too.”


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