NORTH CRAWFORD - I want to salute Grace Babb and Martha Bransky, who are North Crawford’s co-valedictorians this year. These two students are prime examples of what hard work, dedication, perseverance and integrity look like. We are extremely proud of these two outstanding individuals and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish in their lives after leaving North Crawford High School.
Grace Babb’s participation during her time at North Crawford has been impressive to say the least. Grace is a National Honors Society member, was student body president her junior year and has participated in honors band. She was a second team all-conference math team member her junior year and was awarded first team all-conference this year. Grace has participated in softball, basketball and volleyball during her high school career and has been a member of the Yearbook staff all four years.
Grace has been a PALS participant working with our younger students, a member of the Spanish Club and was a big help bringing back our Homecoming parade and bonfire. Grace participated in forensics her first three years and has maintained a 4.0 grade point average, while juggling all of her other activities. She has volunteered for close to 100 hours at the Applefest Run, blood drive, Feed My Starving Children, PALS, Lions Club food stand, Booster Club pizza making, Read Across America and was a science fair judge.
Grace’s future plans include attending the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse majoring in biology with the intent of continuing on in a physician’s assistant program or medical school, after receiving her bachelor’s degree.
Our other valedictorian, Martha Bransky, has accomplished an incredible amount in her years as a student at North Crawford. Her leadership in this school has been exhibited through being the class president or secretary throughout high school and she is currently the secretary for National Honors Society. She has been on the high honor roll all four years and has been a member of the North Crawford Playhouse since sixth grade. She has participated in cross country and track all four years, forensics since her sophomore year and was the top scorer in math league as a sophomore and a member her first three years.
Martha has also participated in solo and ensemble during high school and made it to state her junior year. She has been proactive in building her engineering foundation by attending women in engineering days and attending summer engineering programs at Stanford University and Washington University during the the past two summers. At the summer programs, she received a Rising Star Award and placed third for the final research symposium.
Martha has volunteered often in the community during the flood clean up, at the food pantry and at the nursing home. She is the current president of Nifty Neighbors 4-H Club, where they have done numerous service projects. Martha’s future plans are to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she will major in engineering with a minor in Spanish.
The North Crawford School District couldn’t be more excited to have these two strong young ladies represent us as our co-valedictorians. Their futures are extremely bright and we wish them the best moving forward to their next adventures.Toby Tripalin is the North Crawford Middle School/High School Principal.