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South Summit students have diverse school

Jason Strykowski, of the Record staff

Two of the top students graduating from South Summit High School this Friday, are also two of the best athletes.

Melanie Chamberlain and J.T Adlard, who will both attend Brigham Young University (BYU) next fall, each played four years of sports at South Summit and still managed to finish high school as two of the top performing students in their grade.

Melanie Chamberlain

Born in the area and raised in Kamas, Chamberlain began to play basketball at only five years old. When she reached high school, she played all four years and served as team captain each of those years for both the junior varsity and varsity squads. Chamberlain used her good hands on the volleyball team as well. She played "setter" for the team during each of her years at South Summit as well. This year, Chamberlain made Academic All-State in both sports and was voted team MVP in volleyball for the second year in a row. She also finished as a state finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman vote.

As demanding as all these sports were, maybe the greatest challenge to Chamberlain was "being able to balance school with sports," she said. Nonetheless, she has been able to rank first in her class for the past four years. She has also been able to take concurrent enrollment classes at UVSC, racking up an impressive total of college credits.

These accomplishments are important to Chamberlain, but to her, the most rewarding aspect of her life is helping people. She works with the special-needs students at South Summit High School on a daily basis and said that she has formed many friendships thanks to this work. She also volunteers once a week as a fourth-grade tutor. On any given day at the elementary school, she might tutor in virtually every subject.

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Chamberlain said of herself, after four years of high school, that she has "gotten more confident, I’m more accepting of everybody." As she graduates this Friday, she added that she will miss the people and watching them change as well as the sports that were so much a part of her life.

Next year, Chamberlain looks forward to attending BYU and working toward a career in sports medicine. As a long-time athlete, she said she has become very skilled at applying tape and wraps to herself and eagerly anticipates serving as an athletic trainer for one of the BYU teams or for a Provo area high school.

J.T. Adlard

A native of Independence, Missouri, Adlard moved to Woodland at the age of seven and has been a resident of the area ever since. When he first entered South Summit High School, Adlard recalls that he was to "ready to play sports" immediately. Adlard participated in track, football and wrestling in every year, but during his senior year he also competed in cross country and soccer.

For his efforts and academic prowess, Adlard received Academic All-State in, football, wrestling and track. He also won the state tournament in wrestling at the 130-pound class. The greatest award he received for his athletic accomplishments, however, came just a few weeks ago when he took home the "Male Athlete of the Year Award." The award recipient is selected by a committee led by the principal of the school.

Off the sports field, Adlard has proved himself as both a high school and a college student. Not only will he graduate from South Summit this month, he will also receive an associate’s degree from UVSC. Through the Ednet program Adlard has amassed more than 60 credits at the college.

Adlard has also maintained membership in the National Honor Society for three years and been a part of the Future Business Leaders of America. This year, he served as president of the student body. Although he has enjoyed the position, Adlard admits that it has often challenged him to be in a position of authority over his friends who voted him into office. He said that he tried to lead by example.

Already an experienced business person thanks to Adlard Marketing, which he founded a year ago, Adlard plans to continue his study of business and management next year at BYU. In part, he will finance his education with the scholarship money he took from the Sterling Scholarship competition that he won in April for Business and Marketing.

Adlard said that he would encourage other students to follow his example in participation, but not in procrastination. He would advise other students to "study a lot before the test and not cram." Most importantly, he also would advise other students not to get lost in the social complexities of high school and take advantage of it as a rare time in life where students have lots of freedom and opportunity.

Both Adlard and Chamberlain will walk with the rest of the graduating Class of 2008 at South Summit High School on May 30 at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium in Kamas.

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