Sarah Brown is used to living in various places around the United States.


The daughter of a Marine, Brown, along with her two brothers and younger sister, and her parents have lived in states like Virginia, California and Oklahoma, among others, before settling in May the last five years since her father went into the reserves.


“I’d move every year, so I’d learn how to let go of friends and make new ones,” Brown said, referring to her 21 other classmates set to receive their diploma Friday night from May High School. “I’ve known them for a big chunk of my life, so that’s going to be the hardest part — me letting go.”


Brown, class salutatorian, will once change move to a new city, this time to Levelland to study at South Plains College as an incoming freshman. She said she plans to complete her core classes her first two years before transferring to a bigger school and study art, with a focus on painting and drawing.


Brown, born in San Marcos, has been drawing since she was a kid, and has completed portraits of her, family members and friends at school.


How do you know when the drawing is finished?


“You’re pretty much never done. When the deadline comes, that’s when it’s done,” Brown said. “I’m hard on myself because I know there’s always something better I can do to it. Once it’s framed, that’s when I’m done.”


She added that she would consider earning a teacher certification so she can teach art and hope to illustrate books.


White, valedictorian


Reading fiction novels has always intrigued Amanda White. One of her favorite authors is William Shakespeare, and some of her more enjoyable sets of novels include Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments and the Divergent trilogy.


Already in the process of writing her own fantasy novel, which she said involves angels and demons, White said she is looking forward to learn more on writing when she enrolls at Schreiner University in August.


“I like writing. It’s one of the things I’m good at,” said White, class valedictorian. “I don’t really do sports so I try and focus on academics.”


The 18-year-old said she would major in graphic design and minor in English. White, who has visited the private liberal arts school in Kerrville three different times, said though it is “such as small school,” it grew more enticing because each time she became for comfortable.


“I wasn’t opposed to a larger college, and I didn’t really want to go to a small [one], but it just grew on me,” she said.


One of the programs that the university offers is the Global Scholars Living and Learning Community program, which focuses on providing students, more so freshmen, with a broadened worldview through special courses, cultural events and international travel.


The summer after their freshman year, the Global Scholars travel to South Korea and attend the Korean Studies Summer Program to learn about one of Asia’s most affluent countries.


“That was one of the bigger things for me,” she said. “I’m really interested in learning about other cultures.”