Early High School’s top students will share the Brownwood Coliseum stage Saturday for graduation and a dorm when they move on to Texas A&M next fall.

Valedictorian Lacie Brianne “Bri” Mason and salutatorian Jaden Maria Satterlee said they were friendly, but never close until sophomore year when they roomed together while attending a literary camp at the University of Dallas.

“We were friendly with each other, then we attended a camp for two weeks and had to live in a dorm together,” Satterlee said. “It’s all been friendly competition, but definitely competitive. We’re both competitive. We help each other a lot, especially last year … I just wanted to be second because I was battling with a guy that got third and he used to be second. I was just thankful to get second and happy for Bri that she got first.”

Mason is the daughter of Adam and Lindy Mason. While attending EHS she participated in debate, one act play, key club, basketball, volleyball, track and field, the UIL literary criticism team and was National Honor Society vice president. She plans to study engineering while attending A&M.

“My goal is to be a lawyer and do patent law,” Mason said. “That’s why I’m going to do engineering first. I think aerospace engineering right now. I always wanted to be a lawyer since I was 7, I just didn’t know what kind. I started going toward engineering and still wanted to be a lawyer, but I needed something that could fit with that.”

Satterlee is the daughter of Brian and Stella Satterlee. While attending EHS she participated in cross country, tennis, literary criticism team and was NHS treasurer. She plans to study chemical engineering and attend graduate school focusing on physical therapy. 

“I just wanted to have a four-year degree in case I being a PT it doesn’t work out or I don’t like it. I am going to shadow a physical therapist this summer,” Satterlee said. 

Although studying two separate fields of engineering, they will likely share many classes with Texas A&M’s engineering program placing all undergraduate engineering students in general engineering courses.

“It will be a lot better when we first get there and really don’t know anyone,” Satterlee said. “When we get in our separate groups, we’ll join different clubs or the same clubs. I think it will help in the beginning.”

Satterlee and Mason both consider the EHS class of 2018 as a very competitive class in academics and feel honored to finish atop a group of students they feel are much more intelligent. They felt bonded to their peers, often sitting at the same table during lunch. Mason said she wants to focus her valedictorian speech on their class’ legacy and progressing as as a school and a community.

“I want to talk about legacy,” Mason said. “My parents did not go to college, neither did any of the generations in my family. I am the first to do that. I know a bunch of students in my class are the first to do that. It might not even be college. It could be the first ones to go to the military, be doctors or lawyers. That is what I want to celebrate – breaking that family tree and getting after it.”