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Crum seeks a career in teaching

Keith High School Class of 2014 valedictorian Shannon Crum delivers her speech during the school’s recent graduation services. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Keith High School Class of 2014 valedictorian Shannon Crum delivers her speech during the school’s recent graduation services. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Editor’s note: This is the next in the Times-Journal series focusing on each of the valedictorians from each of the seven high schools in Dallas County.

As terrified as Keith High graduate Shannon Crum initially was to deliver the valedictorian speech at her school’s commencement ceremony, the excitement of the honor made it all worth it.

Crum graduated with a grade point average of 3.89 and the great feeling of knowing her years of focus and determination led to her graduating at the top of her class.

“It feels really good to know that I worked really hard and had the highest GPA in our class,” Crum said. “I’ve very honored.”

During her high school career, Crum made sure to immerse herself in various organizations, clubs and athletic groups in hopes of bettering her college opportunities.

Crum was involved in Jobs of America, Future Businesses Leaders of America, Keith High cheerleading squad, volleyball team and track team, Selma-Dallas Youth ambassador, National Council of Negro Women and was a Delta Kappa Gamma Girl of the Year finalist.

Crum has received scholarships from Alabama State University, Tuskegee University, Judson College, Wallace Community College, Lawson Community College and the Chesterfield Club totaling more than $65,000.

Crum plans to attend Alabama State, where she received a full scholarship to pursue a career as a high school English teacher with an education major.

Keith High School counselor William Powell said Crum is a great role model and deserving of the valedictorian title.

“It’s always great to see students when they strive for excellence,” Powell said.