Two vals, sal for HVA

Hardin Valley Academy ends the 2024 year with two valedicatorians, David Hart and Samara Stewart, who tied with their 4.696 grade-point average. Salutatorian is Luke Daniel.

“I was surprised,” Hart recalled upon hearing of his designation. For the senior, “It means I had the highest GPA and my hard work had paid off.”

At HVA, Hart, son of Julie and Jason Hart, is involved in soccer, Tennessee Student Association and National Honor Society. He also was honored as a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

After graduating Wednesday, May 22, he plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station to study mechanical engineering.

Looking back over the years, Hart said William Michael Shaffer and Braden Salsbury most inspired him.


Stewart said she was “completely shocked” to hear the news she was chosen.

“I had no idea that I was even in the running, so I was not expecting it at all,” she said. “I still cannot believe it.”

For Stewart, being chosen as one of the valedictorians means “that you can surprise yourself and do anything as long as you put your mind to it and try.

“It means more than anything to be chosen, and it reminds me that even though it can be tough, there is always light at the end of the tunnel if you just keep going and don’t give up,” she added.

At HVA, Stewart was involved in the Student Council executive board, National Honors Society and HOSA. She also is part of the clinical internship program.

Last year Stewart was in FCCLA, as well, and volunteered as a soccer coach for 5- to 8-year-old girls for two seasons through AYSO.

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