MILES - The Miles valedictorian and salutatorian are two young ladies with plans and the two who are top of the 2018 Miles graduating class want to encourage their classmates to strive for the best.

MILES - The Miles valedictorian and salutatorian are two young ladies with plans and the two who are top of the 2018 Miles graduating class want to encourage their classmates to strive for the best.

Seniors Marial Kalina, who is the valedictorian and Taylen Book, the salutatorian, are setting their sights high in the coming years.

Both will lead the way for 31 students to receive their diplomas from Miles High School on Friday night.

Principal Jamie Rouse said he is proud of this graduating class.

"This is a graduating class full of bright and energetic students and I believe they will achieve great things in life," Rouse said. "We wish them the best."

Kalina is the daughter of Paul and Dawn Kalina of MIles and has participated in many campus groups, organizations and events this year. She was senior class vice president, yearbook editor, was a member of the National Honor Society and the Business Professionals of America and competed in Academic UIL.

It would be a 101.23 grade point average that propelled Kalina to the top of the 2018 Miles High School graduating class. And, she said that is a good feeling.

“It took a lot of hard work, and it feels good to have your hard work pay off and be noticed for that,” Kalina said.

In her speech, Kalina said she will challenge her classmates to be present and to be brave in everything they do.

“I am going to challenge them to be present in everything, no matter if it is in college, at work or any event in life - I want them to be an active participant in everything they do. And second, I want them to be brave - I heard this from a guest speaker at a leadership forum - to replace the word fearless with brave. Everyone can be brave in some form.”

Kalina counts competing at the National Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America in Florida in 2017 as one of the highlights of her high school career. She placed fifth at the competition last year and 14th at the conference this year, which was held in Dallas.

She has completed 21 dual credit hours in college, some at Angelo State University where she plans to pursue a degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Book, who graduates with a 100.09 grade point average, is salutatorian. She is the daughter of Bill and Eyrin Book.

She has served as the president of the National Honor Society and as a senior class officer and has participated in volleyball and softball. She has also competed in the Academic UIL and was a senior class officer in Business Professionals of America.

She plans on attending Angelo State University where she will pursue a teaching degree.