Porter is the son of Jared and Diana Farley. He has a cumulative GPA of 4.0, and has taken an impressive seven AP courses as well as a Concurrent Enrollment class; along with six honors classes. Porter earned a 32 on the ACT. He represented Roy High School as the Sterling Scholar for Computer Technology. Through a series of interviews and presentations, Porter was able to qualify as a top 12 finalist in the state of Utah. Along with his academic accomplishments, Porter is a natural leader. He has been involved in Student Government since he was in 7th grade serving as president five times. This year we were honored as he served diligently as the Student Body Officer over Public Relations and Service. Porter has worked hard on behalf of students and the community organizing and fundraising events like Cars for Cancer. All of the proceeds from this event were donated to the American Cancer Society. Other awards and associations include the high honor roll all four years, as well as being a member of the National Honors Society. When asked what his most challenging class was at Roy High, he said, AP Literature and Composition. His favorite teachers and classes include Mr. Allen, his 3D Animation teacher and Mr. Jones, his AP Calculus teacher. Porter shared that his greatest accomplishment so far in his 18 years is earning the honor of Valedictorian. It has been a lifelong goal. He also shared that he looks forward to serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and should receive his call sometime in the middle of June.
After high school, and returning from his mission, Porter plans to take his skills and talents to Weber State University to pursue a degree in Computer Science in the specific field of Web Development. Today, it is my honor to present this year’s Valedictorian for the Roy High School graduating class of 2019, Porter Farley.
I want to give a shout out to Emily’s Mom and Dad and brother and sister and extended family that are seated right over here. Good work Mom and Dad!
Emily took seven AP courses and passed all 7 of the tests. Completed three concurrent enrollment courses. She competed on the Academic Olympiad team that Mr. Ellsworth took to Utah State. She scored 31 on her ACT with a perfect 36 on the English portion of the test. Emily is the Roy High sterling scholar for Visual Arts and she will attend right here at Weber State next year on a full ride academic scholarship where she will be an English Major with the goal of becoming an author. She wants to minor in Design and is also very artistic and enjoys drawing and painting in which she is quite skilled.
Mrs. Hartnett had this to say about Emily: Emily’s dedication and attitude are widely respected and she is an exceptional thinker and writer. She also said that Emily is an avid reader. The breadth and depth of her reading is apparent in her analytical thinking and purposeful writing. As a quiet, refined student, Emily does not often raise her hand during class discussion, but her writing speaks volumes.
Emily’s mom Trish said, anything Emily sets out to do, she follows through and accomplishes it with very little complaint! She is awesome at studying and she loves to create, whether it is through writing, painting or drawing. Emily taught herself how to sew by hand and made some small monsters that she took down to Primary Children’s Hospital and donated to the little patients. Mom says she has a kind heart and even though she may be a little shy and quiet, her kind heart speaks volumes.
Emily thought this award would be an amazing honor but she didn’t know where she ranked in her class…Well congratulations Emily, you now know where you rank. Please put your hands together for your class of 2019 Salutatorian, Emily McPhie.