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Florentine, Thieme named top students
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Valedictorian Amanda Florentine, left, and Salutatorian Nina Thieme are tops in the class of 2011 at Dawson County High School. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

Principal Jute Wilson said it’s always a distinct honor to recognize Dawson County High School’s academic elite.


“They’re both excellent students,” he said of the school’s valedictorian and salutatorian, which were recently announced for the class of 2011.


“It’s probably the highlight of every graduation ceremony ... to be able to honor your top kids.”


Valedictorian Amanda Florentine, 18, plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she’ll study business.


Salutatorian Nina Thieme, also 18, plans to study music at the University of Georgia.


Thieme, who has been in marching band for four years, plays the saxophone.


Florentine has been a cheerleader for four years, plays tennis and is involved with several clubs at the high school.


Wilson said the valedictorian and salutatorian are chosen based on their grade-point average throughout their academic careers.


He noted that high school can be such a busy time and “to have the discipline to go home each day and to prepare for tomorrow’s lessons ... it shows you how dependable these girls are.”


“They’re going to be successful where they go and whatever they do,” he said.