Callaway High valedictorian heads to Georgia Tech – Reuters

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By Chase Davis

LaGrange Daily News

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series about Troup County high school valedictorians.

With Callaway High School’s graduation fast approaching, valedictorian Charlie Lin looks back on a memorable past and looks forward to a bright future.

Lin said it took “a lot of hard work” to become valedictorian and he was proud to have earned such an honor.

“High school wasn’t easy, but I’m glad I made it. It’s really cool that I’m valedictorian this year. Lin said.

While at CHS, Lin was involved with the Kiwanis-affiliated chess club and youth program known as Key Club. He was also a tennis player, which he said was “tough to balance with his schoolwork, but a lot of fun”.

After graduating, Lin plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology as part of its IGNITE program, which gives freshmen the opportunity to take foundation courses over the summer so that they are in advance at the beginning of the fall semester. He plans to continue his studies in a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

While Lin is thrilled to be moving to Atlanta, he knows he will miss LaGrange.

“I was born here and love the small town vibe of LaGrange. I will miss all of my friends that I have made as well, Lind said.

As for the advice he would give to underclassmen, he said to stick to it, even when you’re unmotivated.

“You have to keep your momentum. Seniority is a real thing, but so is juniority. You have to stay focused and keep working to do your best. Lin said.

“If you have an ambition, do your best to pursue it.”

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