LHS Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Abbey Scott

LHS Class of 2020 Valedictorian Abbey Scott is the LHS Student Body President this year after serving as vice president last year and class representative the prior two.

She has been part of the National Honor Society and LINK crew for the past two years. She is involved in choir and is a member of the Laurelaires, as well as acting and singing in two school musicals. Scott played volleyball her freshman year and was been a manager for the past three. Outside of all her school activities she has studied jazz and contemporary dance for the past 10 years.

Last summer she traveled to Europe as part of the Northern Ambassadors of Music. Scott joined approximately 300 students from North Dakota and Montana to perform in churches, cathedrals and town squares in London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Venice over 16 days.

She said it was her first time out of the United States and she enjoyed the trip immensely. “I loved everything, especially singing.” Scott said Switzerland was her favorite country to visit “because it was like Montana, but leveled up. Just beautiful.” Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva was also a highlight.

She went to Glacier National Park last summer for an annual family reunion as well and said, “Glacier is my favorite place in the world.”

Abbey plans to attend St. Olaf College in Minn. next fall to study English and Linguistics. “I plan to continue singing, but the acting is just a high school thing,” she said.

Abbey has one sister, Jenna, who is a junior at LHS and both her parents are teachers in the Laurel School District. Her mother, Nancy, is a first grade teacher at West school and her dad, Brent, is a high school English teacher.

 

Trinitee Powell

LHS Class of 2020 Salutatorian Trinitee Powell has been in Speech, Drama and Debate all four years of high school and was one of the Speech captains this year. She capped off her successful high school career becoming the Class A 2020 Montana State Speech Champion in the Original Oratory category in early Feb. She was also a state finalist in Memorized Public Address, taking 7th place. Trinitee said she started writing her performance in September and began using it in competition in December.

She only found out she had won during the awards ceremony and was surprised to hear it when one of her toughest competitors from Columbia Falls was announced as runner–up. “I thought, ‘this is a mistake, I’m pretty sure I am not the State Champion,’” she said.

She also ran cross country, is a member of the Art Club and Business Professionals of America and had been in the Spring Play and Fall Musical multiple times. In last year’s musical, “Back to the 80’s,” she sang on nearly every song and said afterwards that 80’s music now made her cringe. She also had a lead role in this year’s school musical “Seussical” where she played The Cat in the Hat.

Her grandmother, mom and aunt all work for Laurel Health and Rehab and Trinitee said she worked there as a hospitality aide for more than a year. “It’s a subject I’ve been close and intimate with for a long time,” she said.

She has been in the Laurel School District since 7th grade and her parents are Caton and Amanda of Billings. Trinitee’s family has two dogs, Kota and Sadie, they got from Rez Dog Rescue of Montana. This fall she will attend MSU–Billings to study business.

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