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Morris, Smith Lead Valley High School Graduates

By Staff | Jun 10, 2015


Valley High School held commencement ceremonies May 25, 5 p.m. The class was led by Co-Valedictorians James D. “J.D.” Morris and Donald Lee Smith, III. Salutatorian was Townsend Sue Midcap.

James David Morris is the son of David and Jami Morris. His maternal grandparents are Carol and the late Spike Bishop. Paternal grandparents are Sam and Marie Morris.

J.D. served as class president for two years at Valley. He is the president of the Livestock Club and president of the National Honor Society. He has participtated in Math Field Day, served on the Quiz Bowl team, and attended HOBY.

J.D. has been very active in the FFA all four years at Valley, serving as secretary, vice president, and president. He was on the Land Judging Team that placed third in the National in Land Judging, where he placed fourth individually; and Reserve National Champion in Home Site, where he placed first individually in this competition in Oklahoma. He was on the Meats Team that placed first in the state and silver in the National Contest in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has also been on the Livestock Judging Team and Floriculture Team.

J.D. will be attending WVU this fall, where he plans to major in Agriculture and Extension Education in hopes of giving back to a program that has given so much to him.


Donald Lee Smith III, “Trey” is the son of Donnie and Cshawn Smith of Reader and is the grandson of Georgia Smith of Pine Grove and the late Chloe Anderson of Pine Grove.

Smith has been active in track for four years and in football for three years.

Smith is an academic letterman; he has been a member of the National Honor Society, Tech Honor Society (TSA), French Honor Society, and he was also senior class president. Trey attends the First Baptist Church of Pine Grove. He plans to attend Belmont College in the fall to study Industrial Electronics.

Townsend Midcap is the daughter of Roger and Tina Midcap of Chiselfinger Ridge, and the granddaughter of Roger and Martha Midcap of Chiselfinger Ridge, and Nancy and the late Clarence Rush of Sardis.

During her high school career, Townsend has been a member of the following clubs and committees: Student Council, Raze, pep club, prom committee, and also a member of the National Honor Society. Along with this, Townsend has also been a member of the varsity cheerleading squad for two years. In the summer of her junior year, Townsend attended 2014 Rhododendron Girls State where she spent a week of her summer learning about different aspects and forms of the government. She has also volunteered at American Cancer Society Relay for Life walks and has volunteered at four American Red Cross Blood Drives.


An academic letterman, Townsend has made the Principal’s list (4.0) all four years of high school with the exception of being on the Honor Roll twice. She has pushed herself academically by taking college-level courses and will be going into her freshman year of college with 15 credit hours. She is also an Administrative Support Completer. Townsend was the recipient of the West Virginia Northern Community College Academic Award, Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union Scholarship, and also the Keith Highley Scholarship. In the fall, Townsend plans on attending WVNCC where she will go for two years. She then plans on transferring to West Liberty University for two more years, majoring in Elementary Education.

Valley High School’s Class of 2015 is made up of the following individuals: Christina Nicole Arnett, Nathan Arnolds, Aryean Brooke Baker, Chelsea Marie Barr, Elisha Kay Barr, SArah Marie Bassett, Taylor Trent Bates, Issic Allan Bickerstaff, Bailey Suzanne Brown, Shayla Renee Brown, Logan A. Byard, Megan Dee Cain, Tyler Jordan Cogar, Zachary Davison, Samantha Nicole Dulaney, Dillon L. Edgell, Gabriella Imogene Greathouse, Allison R. Grimm, Kailee Jane Haught, Haiden McCoy Headley, Charles E. Highley, Kara L. Hindman, Alyssa Eileen Kinkade, Hayden Riley Lancaster, Rebecca Lynn Long, Andrea Raquel Loy, Megan Renee Martin, Townsend Sue Midcap, James D. “J.D.” Morris, Karrie Faith Yvonne Morrison, Peyton D. Palmer, Dakota Phillips, Samantha Sue Roberts, Robert M. Roe, II, Rebecca Nicole Rose, Daniel Cole Sell, Pete S. Shaw, Travis M. Slater, Victoria P. Smallwood, Donald Lee Smith, III, Keera Lashae Stackpole, Matthew Brian Starkey, Allison Louise Ueltschy, Lathe A. Ueltschy, John David Wells, Benjamin M. Williams, Kristian Lee Williams, and Tyler Cole Williams.