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Teen Spotlight: Grace Coker

stats: 17, Junior at Tallassee High School

notable: Student Body PresidentChoir Section Leader, Pride of Tallassee Marching Band Majorette

quotable: “Anything worth having is worth the hard work you put into it.”

her story: Simply put, Grace is a leader. She was elected Student Body President at Tallassee High School for the 2018-2019 school year, a position that requires the votes of students in ninth through twelfth grade. She is a section leader of Tallassee High School’s choir and is also a member of the Divas Show Choir and the concert band. She has been a majorette in the Pride of Tallassee Marching Band for two years. When asked to share her favorite thing about Tallassee High School, Grace replied, “I have to cheat and name two things! My favorite thing is that my daddy is the principal of THS, and we have had the opportunity to be together every day for the past three years. Good Lord willing, he will present me with my diploma next May!  Homecoming Week is my other favorite thing about THS.  We like to say that nobody does Homecoming like Tallassee!  The whole town shuts down; we have a huge bonfire, two pep rallies, and a parade.”

what’s next: “I really want to be in a field that helps kids- maybe a clinical child psychologist. I love children, and my goal is to find a profession where I get to help those that need a positive role model or guidance.”

PG (parental guidance) rating: “My family is a giving family. The Coker’s have created a scholarship fund that presents a scholarship to a senior at Tallassee High School in memory of my great grandparents: The Mildred and Thurman Coker Memorial Scholarship. That is something that really makes me happy.”

parents’ perspective: Matt admires “Grace’s confidence and willingness to go for it, whether that be taking a part in a musical or twirling in front of large crowds at football games.”

parent-to-parent: Being a principal of a high school, and being in education for close to 25 years, the best advice I can give is to be present.  Children are mostly happy and driven to reach their potential when their parents are involved in their lives.

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