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Linsly Valedictorian Tolbert Knows Life is a Balancing Act

June 28, 2012
By SARAH HARMON - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Carolyn Jean Tolbert knows that it takes a great balancing act to succeed in school and for her it seems to come with ease.

Tolbert is The Linsly School's valedictorian for the Class of 2012, an accomplishment that was very meaningful to her since her grandmother was a high school valedictorian in 1942.

Tolbert is a member of the National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society and was named an Advanced Placement Scholar by the College Board. She served as a class officer for four years including class president and senior editor of the yearbook. She was president of Key Club and secretary/treasurer of SADD club.

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"At some point every student is forced to make sacrifices and miss certain activities," Tolbert said. "In an effort to maximize my ability to participate in a wide range of social and other activities, I would wake up early on the weekends to focus on my coursework."

Tolbert is a four-time gold medalist in the Latin National Exam, a member of the Classics Club and served as historian of the West Virginia Junior Classical League. She was an active member in community service through her participation in Support the Troops Club, Environmental Club, Invisible Children's Club and the Children's Museum Club at Linsly.

Tolbert is also a three-season award winning athlete. She received the John Zimmer Award given to the outstanding athlete of the year chosen by the student body. She was captain of Linsly's OVAC Championship soccer team, a multi-year captain of the girls' basketball and track teams and her achievements include earning the All-OVAC recognition and 11 varsity letters.

Tolbert advised incoming high school students to always push themselves to excel in all their activities.

"I think it is important to challenge yourself. In order to make the most out of your high school experience and leave a footprint, it is critical to stimulate and test your abilities constantly, recognizing that as long as you give a full effort you are a success," she said.

Along with academics, Tolbert also recognized the importance of making time for your family and other activities outside of school.

"For me, family is and always will be first. After that I focused on academics and then extracurricular activities. I believe time management is the key. I set priorities and then made a schedule. It is important to be disciplined in following the plan."

Tolbert as admitted into the honors program at Ohio State University and plans to pursue a degree in dentistry.

She is the daughter of William and Lisa Tolbert of Martins Ferry.

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