DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Bacon, eggs and kudos were the order of the day at the Houston County Top Ten Honor's Breakfast, Friday morning.
Fifty students, from the county's five high schools, were recognized for their academic achievements.
The elite group of high school senior gathered at Sterling Event Services, reflecting on accomplishments 4 years in the making.
"This is the highlight of my year, every year, to honor these students,” said Director of Human Resources for Houston County Schools, Rhonda Lassiter.
“And to see how they've done during their school years, also to see where they're going, and what their plans are, and how they return back here to Houston County," Lassiter said.
Out of about 450 high school seniors in Houston County, 50 emerge as standouts, proving hard work brings reward.
"These students are the cream of the crop,” said Houston County Superintendent, David Sewell.
“The effort they've put forward to maintain these grades is tremendous. It's something that even their peers recognize; their hard work and achievement to be here," Sewell said.
One by one they stood at the podium declaring their plans for the future.
Some intend to continue their education at colleges and universities.
"After graduation, I'm going to the University of Alabama,” said Houston County High School Honoree, Rebecca Martin.
“I'm going to study in Creative Media. I really like photography, and creative type things, and I think it would just be a great field, that I'll actually enjoy and have fun in, as well as actually make a living," Martin said.
Other students plan to follow in the footsteps of close relatives.
"I'm going into the Air Force to be a Technical Aircraft Mechanic,” said Cottonwood High School Honoree, Cameron Stringer.
“I already enlisted. I'm just waiting. My granddaddy, he's a retired veteran from the Vietnam War, and I just wanted to pretty much follow. I always was interested in planes and all that," Stringer said.
And as they close this chapter of their lives, and begin the next, Superintendent Sewell wishes them well in all their future endeavors.
"I hope them the best. I hope that they continue to achieve on the high level that they have done, so far, and I hope that we have prepared them as a school system to achieve their dreams," Sewell said.
The Top Ten honorees will be joining the rest of their peers in graduations on Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Dothan Civic Center.
Students from all five Houston County High Schools, will be crossing the stage on this day in separate ceremonies.