Orangefield High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Erin Heimbach is the Valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Orangefield High School. She ranks first in a class of 98 and has a GPA of 4.93 on the school’s weighted ranking scale.
She is the daughter of Karl and Paula Heimbach.
Her high school activities have included being a member and Secretary of the National Honor Society, Vice President of her Senior class, a member of the OHS Drama Club and a member of the officer committee of the Drama Club, a Band Captain, Student Government member, member of the national Forensic League, and a participant in several UIL events including Informative Speaking, Prose Interpretative Reading, Social Studies, One-Act Play and CX debate.
Heimbach has also been a member of the BADD (Bobcats Against Drunk Driving) Club.
She was the highest-ranking student for all four years of high school. She was selected for Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
As a Sophomore she received the American Chemical Society Award, was chosen to represent OHS at the HOBY conference and placed 2nd in the OHS Stark Reading and Declamation Contest.
Her Junior year she was one of four Juniors to represent OHS at the RYLA Leadership Camp and received the Woodmen of the World Award as the outstanding U.S. History student.
In UIL events she has placed first in Informative Speaking.
She was selected by the English Department as the OHS September Student of the Month for the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge City-Orangefield Rotary Club.
Heimbach is also active in the Saint Helen’s Catholic Youth Ministry.
She received the Golden Oak Scholarship and will attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., and will pursue a career in law.
Salutatorian of the Class of 2008 at Orangefield High School is Erin Kelley. She ranks second in the class and has a GPA of 4.77 on the school’s weighted ranking scale.
Her parents are Gary and Denise Kelly.
In her first three years of high school Kelley played volleyball and served as team captain. All four of her high school years have been spent on the tennis team; she has played both singles and doubles and been team captain. A regional qualifier her Junior year, she was the district singles champion in 2006.
Until a scheduling conflict her Senior year she was a member of the marching and concert bands. Her Junior year she was a lieutenant.
Kelley has represented OHS on the UIL Ready Writing Team and the UIL Literary Criticism Team.
Her club and organizational memberships have included the FTA (Future Teachers of America), the newspaper and yearbook staff, secretary of Uprising a student-led prayer group, historian of the Drama Club, Senior class treasurer.
In her Junior year she was president of the Library Club and led the book drive for New Orleans libraries after Hurricane Katrina.
In each year of high school she has received Scholastic All-District recognition for maintaining a 90 or above average while playing varsity sports. She has been on the “highest honor roll” every six weeks of high school and was recognized last year at the 16th Annual Honor Student Rotary Club Program.
In Kelley’s Junior year she was a participant in the National Youth Leadership Forum of Medicine. She has participated in the Nightingale Experience at Christus Hospital in conjunction with Lamar University’s Department of Nursing.
She was selected by the Social Studies Department as the OHS December Student of the Month for the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge City-Orangefield Rotary Club.
Her community service projects have included participating in the beach cleanup at McFadden Beach, cleaning ambulances after Hurricane Katrina to help cleanup New Orleans, and a trash cleanup on Adam’s Bayou. She has also taken part in the VFW Blue Santa passing out presents to needy families, as well as volunteering at the Salvation Army packaging food and presents to needy families.
Kelley was instrumental in forming the National Honor Society team that participated in the Relay for Life in May. She volunteers with the Special Olympics each year and is a helper with Vacation Bible School at her church.
The 98 Seniors of OHS will have their graduation ceremonies on May 31, at 6:30 P.M. in McClain Stadium.