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Frankston High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian Emily Cook chose Band Director Heather Chitty as the teacher who made a difference during the honor banquet on Monday, May 7. Cook said she hated band before Chitty came to Frankston schools. Now, she said, she loves music and playing in the band and will play in the band at the University of Texas in Austin. She presented her teacher with a collection of framed sticky notes the teacher had written her for encouragement and assignments. Chitty said Cook has made incredible accomplishments since switching to the French horn including making the All State Band and marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for several years. “It is hard to let you go,” Chitty said. “I know you will succeed in college and in the next chapter and the next.”

Frankston High School Class of 2018 Salutatorian Maria Orozco chose Dean of Students Cindy Owens as the one who made a difference during the honor banquet on Monday, May 7. Orozco said Owens has been one of the most influential people in her life and has taught her not to take anything for granted. Owens described the student as honest, enthusiastic and dedicated. She said Orozco is polite, dependable and has common sense. “She said she always does the right thing, understands that her great family is important and focuses on education. Orozco plans to attend UT Tyler and major in nursing.

Top Frankston Class of 2018 graduate Becca Bacon chose English Teacher Shannon Vittrup as The One Who Made a Difference during the Honor Banquet on Monday, May 7. Bacon said the teacher has prepared her for college more than anyone else. Taking Vittrup’s classes since middle school, Bacon said she has learned that the teacher is tough, not scary like she first thought. “I will miss you. You may not say it, but you will miss me too,” she joked. Vittrup said Bacon has a light within her that can change an environment simply with her presence. He said that he is certain that there is nothing the student cannot do and said he has been blessed to have her in his classroom.

Top Frankston Class of 2018 graduate Catelin Jones chose animal science Teacher Chelsea Grinnell as The One Who Made a Difference during the Honor Banquet on Monday, May 7. Jones said the teacher is comfortable to talk to and who she wants to be in the future. Grinnell said the student is driven, dedicated, quiet and reserved. “You taught me a lot,” Grinnell told Jones. “I hope I taught you as much as you taught me.”

Top Frankston Class of 2018 graduate Bailee Fleming chose Coach Marc Chitty as The One Who Made a Difference during the Honor Banquet on Monday, May 7. Fleming said Chitty changed the whole softball program in Frankston and that he has inspired her by being available to all players. “He has taught me on and off the field,” she said. Chitty said Fleming has the best work ethic and has learned to be a leader. The Coach said he admires her boldness about her faith and toughness.

Top Frankston Class of 2018 graduate Katie Roark chose Teacher and Coach Sunni Boles as The One Who Made a Difference during the Honor Banquet on Monday, May 7. The student said Boles invests so much time in the lives of her students. “I look up to her in so many ways. She is a well-rounded woman,” Roark said. Boles said Roark is a talented athlete and much more. “She is a hard worker, determined to improve and very coachable,” Boles said. “You will always be one of my daughters,” the Coach told her.

Top Frankston Class of 2018 graduate Sydnie Ellis chose Teacher Chelsey Vinzant as The One Who Made a Difference during the Honor Banquet on Monday, May 7. Ellis said the teacher is always happy and positive. She said she has been a blessing to many students. Vinzant said that she will never forget Ellis. “She is such an amazing leader and teacher to all who are around her. She doesn’t quit,” Vinzant said.

Top Frankston Class of 2018 graduate Emily Pryor chose Middle School Secretary Beth Ward as The One Who Made a Difference during the Honor Banquet on Monday, May 7. Pryor said Ward always has a smiling face and has made a big impact on her this senior year. “She is a Proverbs 32 woman,” Pryor said. “A strong Christian woman.” Ward said she had Pryor as an office aide this year. She said it has been amazing to see the student grow and mature and told her that the Lord will always stand with her. Ward presented Pryor with gifts including a tiara to remind her that she is a princess.

Top Frankston Class of 2018 graduate Cash Gideon selected Teacher Kim McGuffey as The One Who Made a Difference during the Honor Banquet on Monday, May 7. Gideon said he has known McGuffey all of his life and that she was the only babysitter he had ever had. He thanked her for all that he has learned in her geometry and pre-calculus classes. McGuffey said Gideon is a gifted math student with “God given talent.” She said she would be proud for her sons to look up to Gideon. “Don’t change a thing about yourself,” she said. “The world is a better place with you.”

Left: Top Frankston Class of 2018 graduate Savanna Cooper chose Coach Greg Branch as The One Who Made a Difference during the Honor Banquet on Monday, May 7. She said Branch had been an inspiration to her over the past two years and has made a significant impact on her life. “He is always available and has become my Christian mentor,” she said. “He is the one I always go to with good news and for advice. Branch said he was honored to have been asked to be her Christian mentor. He said he has seen her grow in the Christian faith.