HHS 2019 Val & Sal
HHS 2019 Val & SalCongratulations to Heritage High School 2019 Valedictorian Maya Davis and Salutatorian Sydney Gaylor! These two friends met in elementary school On their first day of 9th grade at Heritage in Samantha Swaney's class, they wrote a letter to themselves that included the goal of one day becoming Valedictorian/Salutatorian. Read more about them:

Valedictorian Maya Davis
College/University:  University of Georgia.
Intended Major:  Biology/Pre-Med.
Intended Career Field:  Pediatric Oncologist.
RCPS Schools Attended:  Lorraine Elementary,  Gen. Ray Davis Middle, Heritage High.
Awards:  Rotary Senior Award – Science, Superintendent’s Academic Award Scholar, Board Scholar, HHS Marching Band Drumline Ensemble Section Leader Award.
Activities:  Band Percussion, Model Arab League Political Committee, Rosetta Society, Teen Court, National Honor Society officer, Demuth Society (art history), National Honors Society Historian.
Favorite Subjects:  AP Capstone program.
Teachers/Persons of Note:  Samantha Swaney; older sisters; Sydney Gaylor, Jordan Ginn, Sophie Mosely.
Family:  mother Amayana Davis; father Gregory Davis; two older sisters (HHS Class of 2006, Class of 2011).
Advice for Freshmen:  “There’s going to be a time when you don’t think you can juggle your school work and extracurriculars;  everything's going to get really stressful all at once.  You just need to prioritize and sit down and write down what you need to do and figure out what you should do first and realize you can get it all done in time.”


Salutatorian Sydney Gaylor
College/University:  Georgia Tech.
Intended Career Field:  NASA or SpaceX/commercial space flight.  
RCPS Schools Attended:  Lorraine Elementary, Gen. Ray Davis Middle, Heritage High.
Awards:  Rotary STAR Student HHS (top SAT score), Rotary Senior Award – Math, Superintendent’s Academic Award Scholar, Board Scholar, Georgia Scholar, Kerr Cup, AJC Cup, HHS Academy for Performing and Visual Arts top senior award, HHS Marching Band Drumline Cymbal Section Leader Award.
Activities:  Band Percussion, Model Arab League Political Committee, HHS newspaper assistant editor, Rosetta Society, Demuth Society (art history), Robotics Club FIRST LEGO league research, National Honors Society, Camp Juliette Lowe counselor, volunteer at the High Museum/Atlanta Symphony.
Favorite Subjects:  AP Capstone program.
Teachers/Persons of Note:  Samantha Swaney; older brother Ryan; Maya Davis, Jordan Ginn, Sophie Mosely.
Family:  mother Dawn Gaylor; Steve Gaylor; older brother Ryan Gaylor (HHS Class of 2017).
Advice for Freshmen:   “Make a to-do-list.  It’s important, if you find yourself feeling lost or not knowing what you want to do or just feeling overwhelmed, try to prioritize as best you can… today, if I only do one thing, I want to get this done. Or I want to talk to this one person I haven’t talked to in a while. Try to stay connected with the people who support you.” “Don’t only focus on school. Branch out a little bit.”