Merka, Korenek top grads for 2009


Merka Merka Thomas Merka IV is the valedictorian and Jason Korenek the salutatorian of the 111-member Rockdale High School graduating class of 2009.

That announcement was made Thursday at the end of the annual Awards Assembly by Chad Jones, RHS principal. (See page 4B.)

Merka, son of Tommy and Connie Merka, compiled a 4.1667 grade-point average in his fouryear RHS academic career.

GPAs are compiled on a 4- point average but higher GPAs are possible due to weighted honors and college dual credit courses, according to Chad Jones, principal.

Korenek compiled a 3.898 average during his four years at RHS. He is the son of Mike and Genella Korenek.

Both will deliver speeches during commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Field.

In the event of rain the event will be moved indoors to the KC Hall.


Jones listed other honor graduates as follows:

• Blake Skrhak, 3.8500, son of Jeff and Cathy Garbs.

• McKenna Galbreath, 3.8039, daughter of Billy Dale and Robin Galbreath.

• Ayrton Gerthe, 3.7300, son of Duane and Lisa Gerthe.

Korenek Korenek • Ashley Carter, 3.6551, daughter of Jimmy and Vicki Carter.

• Lacy J. Talley, 3.6542, daughter of Mark and Georgia Talley.

• K'Lee Jenkins, 3.5622, daughter of Lee Jenkins and Angie Dry.

• Gabriella Eastridge, 3.5521, daughter of Jason and Antoinette Eastridge.

• Kara Phillips, 3.5318, daughter of Gene and Paula Phillips.

• Morgan Rios, 3.5047, daughter of John & Becky Rios.

• Huston Burgess, 3.5023, son of Stanley and Theresa Burgess.

• Kr ysten T. Brooks, 3.4977, daughter of Tony and Sharon Brooks.

• Patti Free, 3.4500, daughter of Art and Susan Free.

• Chance Betchan, 3.4349, son of Glenn and Christy Betchan.

• Mark Drake, 3.4196, son of Tom and Sandra Drake.

• Garrett Erskin, 3.4116, son of Rod Erskin.

• Caitlyn Daniels, 3.3455, daughter of Steve and Mickie Daniels.

• Kasie Blevins, 3.3000, daughter of Mary Deshayes.

• Myleka Tindle, 3.2773, daughter of Vedo Tindle.

• Kayleigh Farek, 3.2220, daughter of Marvin and Laritha Farek.

• Randy Korenek, 3.2109, son of Alan and Vickie Korenek and Brenda Korenek.

• Erica Gerlock, 3.1902, daughter of Eric and Dana Gerlock.

• Morgan Alford, 3.1804, daughter of Reggie and Ramona Alford.

• Shelby Jordan, 3.1511, son of Roy Jordan and Jeana Milam.

• Charayne Inman, 3.1429, daughter of Richard and Glynda Inman.

• Matthew Voyles, 3.1260, son of John and Pat Voyles.

• Matthew Smith, 3.1146, son of Betty Smith.

• Nicholas Hammett, 3.1070, son of Arlyn Hammett and Pam Hammett.

• Taylor L. Cripps, 3.0922, daughter of Gregory and Krissy Cripps.

• Amy Dromgoole, 3.0585, daughter of Cynthia Lockwood.

• Robert A. Johnson, 3.0542, son of Robert Sr. and Valerie Johnson.

• Reina Flores, early graduate.

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