Even with a strong class of academic seniors at Carrollton High School this year, two still had to rise to the top in performance to claim the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian.
Belle Esslinger earned the top honor — valedictorian —for finishing her career at CHS with the highest average while Walker Camp was recognized for earning the second highest average to be designated the salutatorian for the Class of 2023. The announcement was made Thursday preceding the commencement ceremony.
Belle’s passion for science landed her in the Governor’s Honors Program her junior year, further fueling her fascination for learning. Walker is an Eagle Scout and also an alum of the prestigious Governor’s Honors program. He is a pianist and saxophonist in the Trojan Band. Both Belle and Walker were nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Awards.
Belle, the daughter of Bill and Debbie Esslinger, will attend Georgia Institute of Technology this fall. Belle was a member of National Spanish Honor Society, HOSA, FBLA, and served as treasurer of Key Club. She was a National AP Scholar with Distinction and received the Georgia Certificate of Merit.
Walker, the son of Andrew and Molly Camp, is also attending Georgia Institute of Technology this fall. He plans to major in biochemistry. He was a member of the Anchor Club, National Honors Society, Bring Change 2 Mind, Math Team, Spanish Club, and Student Council.
CHS Principal said he thinks the two students will go far in life.
"Belle and Walker are the epitome of students who seize every opportunity to succeed,” said Lyle. “Their efforts have paid off and I am confident they will go far. I am proud to call them alumni of Carrollton High School."