Reynolds inspired to become coach

Zephyr High School students Hannah Thomas and Meadow Reynolds have just a few days left of secondary education before moving on to much larger classrooms.

Thomas, this year’s valedictorian, finished her high school education with a 3.78 grade point average and will study English at Texas Tech University, already walking in the footsteps of the 2017 valedictorian Georgia Thomas – Hannah’s sister.

“I have been planning on being valedictorian. It was just something I’ve been looking forward to and getting ready for all year. It’s a really exciting thing to be able to do for my class,” Thomas said.

While attending ZHS, Thomas - the daughter of Joe and Heather Thomas – participated in cheerleading, cross country, track, basketball, FCA, one act play and national honor society. She recently took first in a UIL state ready writing contest. After college, she will take her writing skills to the professional level where she hopes to one day be an editor or a publisher at a publishing house.

“English is has always been something I’ve had a passion for,” Thomas said. “In school, writing has always been my favorite thing. I always had my nose in a book as a child. It’s the one thing that stuck with me over the years … I’m a little nervous about going to Lubbock because I’ve always been in a small town, small school environment. Going from a campus of 22 students to 50,000 is going to be a big shock for me.”

Salutatorian Meadow Reynolds, the daughter of Jason and Jessica Reynolds, finished her high school education with a 3.4 GPA. While at ZHS, she participated in cheerleading, cross country, track, basketball, FCA, one act play and national honor society and UIL film. Thomas and Reynolds had been friends since sixth grade. Reynolds said she knew Thomas would be the valedictorian and instead fought for the salutatorian spot.

“Mine was more of a competition between me and another friend of ours,” Reynolds said. “She had valedictorian secured forever. You just try and do your best and strive for that spot. I’m just grateful. I didn’t know if I would be able to or not and being able to speak in front of our class is such a large accomplishment.”

Reynolds will attend Ranger College her freshman and sophomore year, where she will student physical therapy and cosmetology.

“I wanted to do physical therapy, more coaching and trainer stuff because of our coach here – Mrs. Perkins,” Reynolds said. “She has been an inspiration in my life. I wanted to be able to do that for other kids so I wanted to try the whole coaching thing. Cosmetology is just a backup in case something falls through. If you hit a rough patch you can always do cosmetology.”