Grovetown High School graduates a pair of twins Saturday as its valedictorian and salutatorian.
Emily and Erin Chizmar, both 18, respectively attained the first and second spots of their senior class with smarts and a strong sense of competition.
“When the (school) year started I think I was fourth in the my class,” Emily recalled. “I remember going to all my teachers and telling them, ‘Hey, I need a 100 in your class so I can be valedictorian.’”
But that sense of competition doesn’t extend to each other.
“We’re more competitive with ourselves,” Erin said.
In addition to salutatorian, Erin also is Grovetown High’s STAR Student. Erin noted, though, that Emily is a Georgia Scholar for the school.
“It all kind of balanced out,” Erin said of the pair’s academic accolades.
The twins said they both will attend the University of Georgia in the fall and plan to live in the same dorm. Erin wants to study international affairs and hopes one day to become a diplomat for the United Nations. Emily wants to study math to become a theoretical mathematician, biomedical engineer or physicist.
They’ll graduate at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the James Brown Arena in downtown Augusta with 235 other Grovetown High seniors.
Greenbrier High School will leadoff graduation ceremonies for Columbia County’s public schools at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Nearly 350 students will cross the stage for Greenbrier.
The second group of Columbia County seniors to graduate will be Harlem High School at 11 a.m. Saturday in what will be a bittersweet occasion for about 120 graduating seniors.
Popular Harlem High senior Jonathan Hartman, 18, died last week in a single-car wreck.
Hartman’s classmates plan to recognize him by hanging large orange banners in the arena with notes to him written by his peers.
Hartman’s chair will be left empty except for a big orange bow tied to the back of it.
Hartman, an honors student, was a big Florida Gators fan, and many of this classmates wore orange and blue clothes last week in his memory.
Next to graduate will be Lakeside High School at 1:30 p.m. Lakeside also has a class of about 350 graduating seniors this year.
The guest speaker for the ceremony will be Lakeside High language arts teacher Karen Chase.
Evans High School will end the day of graduation ceremonies at 5 p.m.
Evans High also will have about 350 seniors receiving diplomas.
In addition to the public schools, Columbia County private schools Evans Christian Academy and Augusta Christian Schools will conduct commencement ceremonies on Saturday.
Graduates of Evans Christian will celebrate at noon at Crossbridge Baptist Church at 3130 Skinner Mill Road in Augusta.
Augusta Christian graduates will receive diplomas at 4 p.m. at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans.
A graduation ceremony for Augusta Preparatory Day School will be held at 2 p.m. June 3 at the school’s gymnasium.