Lafayette Christian School’s valedictorian plans to attend UGA to pursue mechanical engineering

Published 9:30 am Saturday, June 3, 2023

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Alex Tusing, the valedictorian of Lafayette Christian School, said he was excited when he was told he’d earned the title.

“I was happy to have received such an honor. It was a lot of hard work that went into it that culminated with everything I’ve done over the years,” Tusing said.

During his time in high school, Tusing was the Star Student for his school and was involved in many organizations, including the chess team, National Honor Society and the Miracle League. He was also  the captain of the football and soccer team.

As his time as a high schooler comes to an end, Tusing said he will miss getting to see his friends every day.

“I am going to really miss my friends as I move away to college. I know I’m not going to see some of them, and I will miss being able to see them all the time,” Tusing said.

As Tusing penned his speech, he said he wanted to reflect on the past and motivate his fellow students on their next phase of life.

“I have gone through so much this year with three season-ending injuries. That was a lot, but it helped me write my speech because not just about getting hurt, it’s about what you do after that. I also thanked everyone who’s been there along the way helping me get to where I am now,” Tusing said.

Tusing credits his parents, Sarah and Russell, and brother, Isaiah Tusing, for his academic success.

“Ultimately, it’s down to me as a person to have the work ethic and abilities to do everything. But my mom and dad definitely helped me early on to establish a good base and foundation for what I do now,” Tusing said. “I’m also super competitive with my brother who’s less than a year older than me so that helped push me too.”

After graduation, Tusing said he plans to attend the University of Georgia to major in mechanical engineering to work toward a career in nuclear energy.

“I want to work in nuclear energy to help make it more assessable because I feel like it’s an energy source that’s not used enough, and it’s capable of producing a lot of energy,” Tusing said. “I was always interested in nuclear reactors, but I also like math and science. They have always been my two favorite subjects, and I thought pursuing that would be the best option for me.”

As the class of 2024 awaits their turn for the big stage, Tusing leaves them with a few words.

“Rising seniors, don’t procrastinate too much. It’s going to happen but try to stay on top of it and finish out your last year of high school strong because it does matter. You need those grades for your transcript for college. Have fun and hang out with your friends while you can,” Tusing said.