Burch is now a graduating senior at Huntsville High School who most likely would have been named valedictorian. So when the school district decided last fall it would no longer recognize the honor, she went to the board requesting that decision be overturned. Still, Huntsville City Schools stood by its decision to do away with the prestigious class rank.
Despite not officially being recognized as top of her class, Burch is still headed to do great things.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Burch’s high school career certainly ended in unexpected ways, but she’s grateful one thing is certain.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to start on campus in the fall. I’m not sure how my graduation is going to go, the end of senior year, things that I was supposed to experience... but I’m glad I know where I’m going and that there is a future waiting for me.”
Burch’s success is certainly proof that hard work pays off, and that’s something she wants other students to remember.
“No one else is going to get you there except your own motivation,” she says. “So, if you’re ambitious, get out there and meet people and work your way up.”