The 203 seniors of the St. Pauls High School Class of 2012 will be led one last time, during Friday’s Commencement exercises, by Andrea Bound, Valedictorian, and Joseph “LJ” Clayton, Salutatorian, the two top students who have led them academically throughout their years at the school.
Those exercises will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Fri., June 8, 2012 at the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Valedictorian: Andrea Bound Andrea Bound compiled a grade point average of 4.48 during her career at SPHS. She will enroll at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she will study Forensic Chemistry.
Andrea combined a demanding slate of academic responsibilities with playing three sports at SPHS, working as a cashier and volunteering at a Lumberton veterinary hospital and the Animal Shelter during her career at the school.
The daughter of Teresa B. and Gregory Locklear of Saint Pauls, and the late James A. Bound Jr., of Las Vegas, Andrea received many honors and awards while studying at SPHS. Among these were the math, physical science and English awards in 2010. She was named to the Superintendent’s Honor Roll each of her four years, was named a Junior Student of Excellence in 2011, a North Carolina Scholar in 2012, and during her junior year became a member of the National Honor Society and earned American Scholar Recognition. As a senior she was voted “Top Dawg” and Most Likely to Succeed by her classmates.
At SPHS, she played softball, basketball, and volleyball. She was also a member of the Concert Band and the Marching Band.
In the community, she worked as a cashier at a local restaurant and volunteered over 80 hours with Dr. Kurt Locklear at Southeastern Veterinary Hospital and over 60 hours at the Robeson County Animal Shelter. She was also a member of the Youth Group at First Baptist Church.
Salutatorian: Joseph “LJ” Clayton Joseph Clayton, or LJ, as he is called, compiled a grade point average of 4.26 during his four years of study at SPHS. He will attend North
Carolina State University, where he will study Animal Science. He is the son of Dawn Edwards Clayton of St. Pauls and Jarvis Clayton, currently stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany.
During his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years, Joseph was a member of the FFA Chapter where he participated in various competitions including hunter safety, truck driving, poultry judging, forestry and the Envirothon. He was also a volunteer in the FFA’s Partners in Active Learning (PALS) program that mentors third grade students at the elementary school. Being affliated with the FFA has helped him earn many awards including his Greenhand, Chapter, and State degrees. At this year’s annual banquet he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award as well as the FFA Beau Superlative.
Joseph was also a member of the JROTC program his freshman and sophomore years. While in this program he was promoted to Command Sgt. Major. He was also awarded the JROTC’s AMVETS Award for his leadership ability.
In his sophomore year, he received the Geometry Award. As a junior, was a marshal for the commencement of the class of 2011 and became a member of the National Honor Society. He also became a member of the Big Marsh Volunteer Fire Department where he still serves his community and began his employment at the local Farmers Exchange, where he works every afternoon after school as well as on Saturdays.
During his senior year, Joseph became a member of the National Technical Honors Society, continued his membership in the National Honor Society and was named a North Carolina Scholar. He also received the Student of Excellence award for the senior class and the Superintendent’s Academic Award. He was voted the “Most Dependable” by his senior class.
Joseph attends Second Baptist Church and has been active with the youth department there. He assisted with teaching the 3 to 6 year old class with Vacation Bible School last summer and will do the same this year.