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Operation Valedictorian: Johnson County HIgh School valedictorians have big dreams

Jonathan Roberts • May 17, 2019 at 8:27 PM

For Johnson County High School valedictorians Noah Mullen and Renie Morrow, their high school graduation is just the first of many steps they look to take before they pursue jobs in computer science and chemical engineering, respectively.

Mullen will attend Milligan College to study computer science and hopes to work for one of the top tech companies, such as Google or Microsoft. He’s an avid gamer who listens to a lot of classical music (but prefers soundtracks) and whose favorite movie is any of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Morrow will attend Tennessee Tech University to study chemical engineering, and hopes to one day work for a major player in her field, such as ExxonMobil. Morrow’s favorite movie is “Castaway,” and she listens to a lot of indie/alternative music and enjoys playing volleyball in her free time.

Also among Johnson County High School’s three valedictorians is Stanley Mason, who was unavailable during the Johnson City Press’ interview with Mullen and Morrow.

What will you remember most about high school?

Mullen: Probably a lot of the things I did in band with all the ball games and competitions and things like that.

Morrow: I think I’ll remember most of the relationships I’ve made with a lot of people and most of the friendships.

What was the best advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?

Mullen: I’m not sure. there’s so much advice coming from all different directions I can’t really pick out one single thing.

Morrow: Probably because it’s so recent, but my English teacher, Ms. Schmal, wrote in my yearbook “Do not go gentle” and it was a reference to a poem we went over about life and to take it by the horns, I guess.

What’s your greatest high school accomplishment?

Mullen: Probably either (receiving) the Presidential Academic Award or being valedictorian.

Morrow: I would agree with valedictorian. Or, I won an essay competition and a trip to Washington, D.C., and that was probably one of the best school trips I’ve ever taken.

What’s one thing you’re looking forward to after graduation?

Mullen: Being able to choose what I do with my time and doing things more because I want to, rather than having to.

Morrow: Probably having some more diversity. We’ve gotten so used to this environment, so getting used to another one and learning more about yourself in that environment.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Mullen: Hopefully I’ll have finished my higher education and have a job somewhere, where I’m not sure, just wherever will take me. Hopefully working with one of the tech giants like Google or Microsoft; one of the big names.

Morrow: I’m pretty much similar, hopefully I’ll be working as a chemical engineer, and I don’t really have a choice of where that is, but it just depends on where the jobs with; potentially Exxon (Mobil), maybe.

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