As the final days of high school wraps up, members of the Grove High School Class of 2019 are making preparation for this weekend's graduation ceremony.

The event is set for 3 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at Ridgerunner Stadium, next to the Grove Middle School campus. Seniors are asked to arrive by 2 p.m. at the Upper Elementary Gymnasium for final instructions and pre-ceremony preparation.

During the ceremony, the top three scholars, Valedictorian Kenneth "Kenny Wright IV, and Co-Salutatorians Luke Hammock and Alyssa Perry will address their classmates.

Meet the Top Three

Valedictorian

Kenneth "Kenny" Wright IV is the son of Kenny and Christy Wright, and the grandson of Donald and Patricia Lincoln, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Kenny and Patricia Wright of Zena.

Wright, 18, plans to attend Newman University, where he will major in bio-chemistry and pre-dental. He has the ultimate goal of attending dental school. He will also be part of the Newman University Tennis Team next year.

Wright wants to pursue a career as a dentist.

"Dentistry was always kind of a second choice to me, but I have always been drawn to it all the same," Wright said. "So this past spring break I went to shadow my dentist Dr. Karl Jobst.

"Over the course of the three days I spent with him and his staff I realized that this life path was no longer a second choice, I had found a love for the work and the atmosphere."

Wright said he knew he wanted his career to have an emphasis on helping others, and serving his community.

"Dr. Jobst showed me just how attainable this goal is through this field. So now I want to become a dentist," Wright said.

While at Grove High School, Wright has been involved with the tennis team, speech and drama, Character Counts, Rotary's Interact, math club, SAFE Committee, as well as his church's youth group, Kickin' Asphalt and Youth Force.

Wright said his time at Grove High School has been marked by one constant thing - the way the school's faculty and staff have helped him become a success. He credits his counselors, the front office staff, Debi Troppman, Bobby Kreutz and Renae Dozier among those who helped him the most.

"The thing I will remember most from my high school years will be not only the memories, but also the relationships made with all of my teachers and the faculty members," Wright said.

He said the last week and a half of school, while his busiest week, as also been an "amazing culmination" of his high school career. In the days leading up to graduation Wright is competing in the state tennis tournament.

During his speech, Wright said he plans to thank everyone who has helped him get to where he is today.

"I truly do owe all of my success to them," Wright said. "I also plan to give a few parting words to my fellow graduates about some of the most important life lessons I have learned thus far during my life in the hopes they might actually take them to heart."

Co-Salutatorians

Luke Hammock is the son of Samantha Lane and the grandson of Tom and Kathy Donley of Grove.

Hammock, 18, has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations at Grove High School including student council, Rotary's Interact, Character Counts, National Honor Society and Spanish Club.

The captain of the Grove High School men's soccer team, Hammock is also involved in his church's youth group.

Hammock plans to attend the University of Oklahoma this fall because he believes OU will provide him with the best possible education in Oklahoma, as well as "open doors to meet new people and make new connections."

Hammock plans to major in finance with minors in business administration and Spanish. He has also been selected to be part of the OU Leadership Council.

He chose this career path because of his love for math, which has grown since middle school, as well as his love of business and languages.

"Ultimately, I want to inspire others to be the best versions of themselves they can possibly be," Hammock said. "Our world around us is constantly asking why we should do something, or why we should try. Instead, I want to challenge and inspire people with, 'Why not?.'"

He said he will most remember his time working with student council and helping to develop C.O.W. Week [Changing Our World].

"This has helped me the most with putting myself out there and understanding that when you do the right things for the right reasons, everything will fall into place," Hammock said. "I will forever remember C.O.W. Week as the week that has changed our school forever."

He said he will remember his senior year because of being "stressed 24/7."

"Having to balance classwork, scholarships, extracurriculars, a social life, and sleep was very hard, but all worth it in the end," Hammock said.

During his address, he plans to talk about the "why" in students' lives and how it directs each person's future.

Alyssa Perry is the daughter of Shannon and Clark Ingle and Ray and Shaney Perry. She plans to attend San Diego State University, to major in aerospace engineering.

She chose the school after visiting family in California. She visited the campus and fell in love with what she saw.

"I specifically chose SDSU because of their amazing aerospace program and Rocket Project as well as the fact that a few of my family members are SDSU Alumni and the location is exactly where I want to be," Perry said.

The 18-year-old student picked aerospace engineering because of her love of space.

"For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by space and all that has yet to be discovered about it," Perry said. "So, I decided that I wanted to be a part of space exploration making those discoveries myself."

Ultimately she is striving to live in the moment.

"There is a lot of life ahead of me but it’s all in the future and I just want to take it one step at a time," Perry said. "I am most excited to just be able to start breaking the surface of all that there is to learn about aerospace engineering as that will be the beginning of the rest of my life."

While at Grove, Perry has been involved with robotics, student council, the National Honors Society, math club, cheerleading and Rotary's Interact.

She credits both her family, and her teachers, for helping her make the most of her time at Grove.

"All my teachers have always been so great and dedicated to making sure I have the best education and that I will be prepared for my future," Perry said. "Also, my parents have always been there to support me through anything and everything, encouraging me to be the best version of myself that I could be.

"These people were my backbone through high school, and I wouldn’t have been so successful without them."

Perry said she will remember this year, for how important relationships are.

"When you reach your last year of high school it finally hits you that you won’t have your people forever, so you begin to cherish their company more and more," Perry said. "It makes you realize that the time you spend with ‘your’ people is the most important."

During her speech, Perry plans to talk about "Believing in Yourself."

"My fellow classmates need to know just how important it is to know that they can do whatever it is in their lives that they want to," Perry said. "They just need to believe in themselves and do what it takes to get it done."

Saving Seats at Ridgerunner Stadium

While it is not a new rule, school officials once again plan to enforce the "no saving" seats at Ridgerunner Stadium.

The move comes after school officials refinished the bleachers during the 2014-15 school year and worry the tape will cause residual damage.

Inclement Weather Plans

In the event of inclement weather, plans are in place to have the graduation take place inside the Grove Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Grove High School.

If the decision is made mid-day Sunday to move the graduation, it will still take place at 3 p.m. An All Call will be sent out to let parents know of the change. The information will also be posted on The Grove Sun's Facebook page.

If it changes, seniors will need to report to the Black Box Theatre at the PAC by 2 p.m.

Each graduate will receive six tickets for seats within the PAC. Overflow seating for non-ticketed guests will take place in the cafeteria and high school gym.

In both locations, the graduation ceremony will be simulcast as a live feed projected on big screens, and the graduates will process and recess through both areas. School officials assure patrons everyone will see the graduates in person and on a screen.

Watch www.facebook.com/grovesun for any last minute graduation related announcements.

If You Go

The Grove High School Graduation will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at Ridgerunner Stadium, on the middle school campus.

In the event of inclement weather, plans are in place to have the graduation take place inside the Grove Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Grove High School.

If the decision is made mid-day Sunday to move the graduation, it will still take place at 3 p.m. An All Call will be sent out to let parents know of the change. The information will also be posted on The Grove Sun's Facebook page.

Each graduate will receive six tickets for seats within the PAC. Overflow seating for non-ticketed guests will take place in the cafeteria and high school gym.

In both locations, the graduation ceremony will be simulcast as a live feed projected on big screens, and the graduates will process and recess through both areas. School officials assure patrons everyone will see the graduates in person and on a screen.

Watch www.facebook.com/grovesun for breaking updates concerning the location of graduation.

Class Stats

Class Flower: Sunflower

Class Song: Country Roads Take Me Home by John Denver

Class Colors: Ridgy Red

One Thing With Wright

One person who has inspired you

Ms. Debbie Troppman. This lady works her tail off for the students of Grove High School.

If ever I had a question or needed advice, she was the first person I would turn to. My relationship with her is one I will cherish.

One book that's stuck with you.

The one book that I believe has shaped my life more than any other is Eragon. It is a fantasy book about dragons and dragon riders and elves and the such.

While many may not see this as a truly moving or life changing book, I must disagree. Eragon was the first Lord of the Rings kind of fantasy storyline I had ever gotten really into.

And to this book, and subsequent series, I must attest my love for all fiction. Which I believe, in turn, has made me the imaginative, intuitive person I am today.

One thing you can’t live without

This one is easy, my girlfriend Jordan Ashworth. It is a cheesy answer, but a sincere one.

Without her I’m not sure where I would be going in life, she gives me something I can always work toward, a reason to always be better. I know a lot of people don’t believe in young love and may laugh at what they believe to be my naiveness, but if there is such thing as a soulmate, I know I have found mine. Yeah I know, I’m a cheesy romantic!

One thing people might not know about you

I am in love with nature. For several years now over the summer I have travelled to more National and State Parks than I can list. I don’t really know what it is about it that just keeps calling me back. The serenity, the beauty, the sheer incredibleness, you name it.

One piece of advice you've been given

Don’t hang out with the wrong crowd. The people you spend your time around will determine what kind of person you will become.

If you decide to spend your time with the wrong crowd, bad things will start to happen, doors will start to close, and you hard work will begin to crumble.

I have seen this happen first hand to some of my best friends growing up and countless others. Don’t let it happen to you. Learn from others mistakes.

One thing you'd want people to know

I like money. I am going to college next year, so I need a lot of it!

If you have any business opportunities or simple chores around the house you would like help from a valedictorian with, then please feel free to contact me!

One Thing With Hammock

One person who has inspired you

Mrs. [Donetta] Kerr, because she helps turn the dreams of a few student council kids into reality everyday by never turning down an idea.

One book that's stuck with you.

“Tuesday’s With Morrie” has taught me to never take life for granted and to live and love others each day like it is our last.

One thing you can’t live without

Food; because 1) we’d die, and 2) I loooooove it.

One thing people might not know about you

I was named Luke after Luke Skywalker from Star Wars; my parents were big fans to say the least.

One piece of advice you've been given

"Do Not Procrastinate." It causes an unneeded stress in your life and encourages bad habits. Being proactive will always help you in the long run.

One thing you'd want people to know

I am ready for the future and all it has to hold!

One Thing With Perry

One person who has inspired you

I know I’m only supposed to pick one person here, but I just can’t. All my parents inspire me every single day.

No matter what their days consist of or what obstacles they may be facing, the always live each day to the best of their abilities.

They are such caring people and do all that they can to love and support myself as well as those in times of need. I am so happy that I have had them to take care of me throughout my life.

One book that's stuck with you

Tuesday’s With Morrie is a book that has stuck with me ever since I read it in school.

This book teaches us to live our lives the way we want to and to put relationships first. It opened my eyes to what is important in life and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to read it.

One thing you can’t live without

I can not live without my pens. Keep in mind that I mean my favorite pens not just any pens.

There is always something to remember or something that just needs to be written down and it’s easy to find something to write on (I would just rewrite it later anyways) so I would have to say that I would be lost without my pens.

One thing people might not know about you

I can be a total goofball when I am with my close friends and family.

Most people may think I’m all serious and no fun but I promise you that I am not serious all the time, I simply know when the time and place is to be serious and professional and when it is that I can let loose and have fun.

One piece of advice you've been given

I would have to say that a piece of advice that has stuck with me is a quote that I came across some time ago.

It reads “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” I just love this quote because it encourages me to reach for my highest of dreams because even if I don’t achieve them, I will have achieved greatness on the way there.

One thing you'd want people to know

I would like people to know that I am a very passionate, dedicated, and caring person.

I believe that people should know this about me because it’s not all talk and I’m sure I can speak on behalf of all of the top students in my class when I say that we all care so very much about our futures and are so dedicated and passionate that anything we dream of can become a reality.