Ste. Genevieve High School recently announced the Class of 2020 valedictorian, Christian Boyer, and salutatorian, Koby Hatfield.
During high school, Boyer earned A honor roll every semester and a spot in the top 10 percent each year. He also won numerous class awards, including two for French and one for English.
He also was chosen to attend Leadership in Practice to learn more about leadership and what it takes to be a good leader.
All four years of high school, Boyer was a member of the Ste. Genevieve High School basketball team. During his time on the team, he won the leading rebounder award and the most improved award.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing sports.
Boyer credits his ability to balance school, extracurricular activities and his personal life with implementing time management well.
“When you’re involved in activities outside of school, it’s important to use your time well and prioritize,” he says. “With playing basketball and finishing homework, sometimes you have to sacrifice some of your free time to make sure you can focus on what needs to be done.”
His proudest moment would be getting to this point — becoming valedictorian of his class.
“I’m motivated through realizing that I can carry out my full potential,” he says. “I don’t ever want to slack off or give less than 100 percent in anything that I do.”
Boyer will remember Ste. Genevieve R-II as a place where everyone is part of a close-knit family, where the teachers truly care about every single student.
To underclassmen, he said: “Your time at SGHS goes by quicker than you think. Make sure to take advantage of all that our schools have to offer.”
Boyer is the son of Brian Boyer and Barbara Boyer.
He plans on attending the University of Missouri in the fall to major in business, an area where he feels he can utilize his strengths and launch a successful, enjoyable career.
Hatfield plans on attending Truman State University in the fall to pursue a degree in economics.
He was chosen to attend the 2019 American Legion Boys State program, which invites students to develop their leadership skills through going through the motions of governmental processes. This experience solidified his interest in economics.
“The concept of how money works, how it affects us — that’s what interests me about the field,” Hatfield said.
During high school, he earned A honor roll every semester and a spot in the top 10 percent of his class each year. He won numerous class awards, including college prep English II and III, Spanish II and III, college prep American history, advanced algebra II, trigonometry and pre-calculus.
Hatfield also has been involved in a number of clubs and organizations, including National Honor Society (where he served as president), the math team, Spanish club, Future Teachers of America, Spirit Club and the Principal Advisory Group. He also was chosen to attend Missouri Leadership Seminar.
Hatfield was a member of the Ste. Genevieve High School football team, where he was selected all-conference honorable mention linebacker and as a member of the academic all-state football team. In his senior year, he was selected first-team all-conference linebacker and first-team all-district linebacker. He was also chosen to receive the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player award. His experiences on the football team are times that he will remember the most. He is especially proud of his team for their performance and teamwork throughout this past season.
In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with family, his girlfriend and his friends, playing the guitar and video games, lifting weights and playing sports. He balances academics, work and his personal life by focusing on what needs to be done and putting effort into everything he does.
“What motivates me the most is the thought of my life in the future,” he said. “That, and wanting to do my best to make everyone happy and proud.”
Hatfield thanked those who have offered support and guidance, because each and every one of them had a part in making his experience great.
To underclassmen, Hatfield said: “Always work hard, and get involved in the things that interest you. No matter what it is, if you put in the effort, you’re going to see some success.”
He is the son of Tiffany Langeneckert and Christopher Hatfield and stepson of Adam Langeneckert.
(Information in a release from the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.)