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Meet the Valedictorian: Chase Hearn of Porter’s Chapel Academy



Chase Hearn: Photo by Keith Phillips

Just a little over a month ago, one high school graduate achieved ultimate success. Porter’s Chapel Academy’s Chase Hearn was named the 2024 Valedictorian.

Since attending kindergarten at PCA, Hearn testified that he always made straight A’s.

“I always wanted to be the best because I don’t like being beaten,” Hearn joked.

Chase began his journey to become Valedictorian at a young age. At his sixth grade graduation, he was valedictorian so he figured he should aim to do it twice.

“I said that since I won I should win this one as well,” Hearn added.

Although he played basketball and baseball, Hearn never let that get in the way of his studies. He was President of the Student Government and the National Honor Society. Just shortly before graduation, he received the news that he finished out on top.

“That made me feel good knowing that I hit this goal,” he said.

Hearn credits his parents for staying on him about his grades as well as educators like Lynn Baker, Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Wilbanks, and Mr. Crabtree.

Hearn graduated with a 4.59 grade point average but noted that his time playing sports was something he’ll always remember about high school.

Chase is the son of William Hearn and Lisa Ferguson. He will soon be attending Mississippi State University where he plans to major in civil engineering.

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