LHS salutatorian plans to be attorney

Published 9:00 am Saturday, May 13, 2023

Luke Patton, LaGrange High School’s salutatorian, said he began working toward earning the title during his sophomore year of high school.

“When I was told I got the title, I was a little surprised. I’ve been working for it for a while and I knew that I was in the running for it, but to actually get it, has been a rewarding experience,” Patton said. “When I realized that I was close, I started taking extra hard classes to make sure that I can get it.”

During his time in high school, Patton was involved in many organizations, including cross country, tennis, soccer and service club.

As his time in high school winds down, Patton said he will miss his friends and teachers the most.

“I’ve had some great teachers at LaGrange and a lot of friends. Not being able to see them as often will take some getting used to,” Patton said. “Lately, I have been soccer-focused and trying to make sure that I keep up my grades to finish strong.”

In preparation for his speech at graduation, Patton said he has been watching and reading old speeches for inspiration.

“I was sent some of the old speeches to look at, and I’ve been reading some other speeches to get inspired in writing my own,” Patton said.

Patton said he credits his parents, Brian and Julie Patton, for his academic success.

“My parents have helped me a lot. At a certain point, they could no longer help me with my homework, but they’ve definitely helped me keep things in line, like meeting deadlines, helping me create my schedule and being the support system I needed to get where I am now,” Patton said.

After graduation, Patton said he plans to attend Auburn University to major in law and justice.

“I want to go to law school afterward and become a criminal justice lawyer,” Patton said. “I’ve always had an interest in criminal justice and done a lot of research on it. It’s something I feel like I can make help make an impact in and help other people.”

As graduation day approaches, Patton advises rising seniors on a few things.

“Make sure that you have a good life balance. School is important, but it’s also important to be social and have things that bring you joy,” Patton said.