MAY — Seventeen-year-old seniors Hannah Williams and Tabbie Meador are the youngest and second youngest members, respectively, of their graduating class at May High School.
    They’re also the top two students.
    Hannah, the daughter of David and Allison Williams, is valedictorian, and Tabbie, the daughter of Ron and Wanda Meadow, is salutatorian.
    The two have been friends since they were toddlers and have gone through the May school system together.
    Hannah plans to become an elementary school teacher, and perhaps that isn’t a surprise, considering her heritage: her mother is a teacher at May Elementary School, and her grandfather, Don Rhodes, retired last year as superintendent of the May school district.
    Hannah — who had her mother as a teacher in the second and eighth grades — plans to live at home and attend Howard Payne University. Having her mother as her teacher was “different,” Hannah said with a laugh, but added, “here, basically every teacher is your mom.”
    She wanted to make sure she was choosing education as a career because she wanted to and not because that was the path she was expected to follow. Hannah explored other options and became confident that becoming a teacher was her choice.
    “I’ve always wanted to be one of the problem-solvers in the school,” Hannah said. “I want to help kids.”
    Her recipe for success is simple: “work hard at everything you do,” she said.
    Hannah’s extra-curricular activities have included cross country, basketball, cheerleading and band.
    Tabbie plans to work with children in the vision field, although she’s not sure in what capacity. Her interest in working with vision comes from a couple of sources. One is her own congenital vision condition that affects her eyesight and cannot be totally corrected, and the other was her experience last year when she helped out in a classroom where two students were visually impaired.
    “I’ve always been interested in children,” Tabbie said. “I just really like kids.”
    Both of her parents are in the medical field, and she plans to attend Tarleton State University, where her mother works in the university’s health center as a nurse practitioner.
    Tabbie’s extra-curricular activities have included cross country, cheerleading, band, color guard and track.