Grand County High School senior Maren Larsen has been named valedictorian and Kamron Call is salutatorian of the graduating class of 2013. Both students will be featured speakers at the commencement ceremony, scheduled to take place Thursday, May 30, at 8 p.m. at the high school.
As they posed for photos wearing their graduation caps, gowns, and medallions on the morning of May 21, Larsen and Call said they hadn’t written their speeches yet, but expect to at least touch on the class’ chosen theme of “Step Out of the Shadows and Cast Your Own.” Larsen and her fellow art students have been busy helping paint the accompanying mural illustrating the class theme. Next week’s graduation program will also feature longtime GCHS counselor and current school board member Peggy Nissen as the commencement speaker.
Among their many activities at GCHS, Larsen and Call have served together in student government this year. Larsen is the senior class president and Call is the senior class vice president. Larsen has a near-perfect grade point average of 3.99, while Call’s GPA is 4.0. A weighted multi-category system is used to determine the class valedictorian and salutatorian at GCHS, and both Larsen and Call edged out a handful of other top-notch classmates to receive the honors.
Larsen, the daughter of Annie and Dave Larsen, plans to attend Drexel University in Pennsylvania this fall, but has not yet decided on an intended focus of study. She is a National Merit Scholarship finalist. As a key member of the GCHS debate team, Larsen was the impromptu speech 2A state champion in 2012 and 2013. Larsen also was a runner-up in the English category of the regional Sterling Scholar competition held in March.
Larsen’s other activities include being the founder and president of the school’s Earth Club, an active member of the schools’ art club, Quiz Bowl team, school newspaper staff, and National Honor Society chapter. Larsen has also received numerous awards and honors in English, debate, chemistry, mathematics, and other areas.
Call, the son of Russell and Kimberly Call, is the ninth of their 12 children. He recently received a mission call to serve two years in the Russia Samara mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His mission begins in late July. Call is the eighth son in his family, all of whom have served missions to foreign countries.
Call said that after returning from his mission to Russia he hopes to attend Brigham Young University in Provo and study either chemical or mechanical engineering.
Call has been active in sports and other activities while at GCHS, and was named to the 2A Academic All-State teams for football, basketball, and soccer. He had a lead role in the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” last fall. He served as class president for three years before being elected vice president his senior year.
Call also participated in Quiz Bowl and is a member of the National Honor Society. He attended the Governor’s Honors Academy held at Southern Utah University last summer and is also an Eagle Scout.