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Get to know Mountain View Valedictorian John Reynolds

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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:19 am | Updated: 10:22 am, Fri May 23, 2014.

John Reynolds, son of Kevin Reynolds and Marylee O’Connor, is graduating first in his class.

John has been a presence at Mountain View in his time here. He is a four-year varsity letterman and team captain in wrestling and a three year varsity letterman in football. He is a two time state placer in wrestling, placing fifth as a junior and fourth as a senior. Throughout the season he helped his team earn the section championship and the state runner-up title. John is also the announcer for the JV and freshman football teams, in addition to announcing the track invitational and the Powderpuff football game.

John also is very involved in the Mountain View community. As president of the Math Club he helped to create and run the annual Pi Day celebration for the last three years. John is a member of the National Honor Society and the Interact club and has participated in countless hours of volunteer work and peer tutoring. He served as President and is a volunteer coach for the Mountain Lion Wrestling Club. John also occasionally visits elementary schools to read storybooks to the young students.

John has been recognized as a National Merit Scholar, Scholar of the Year, 2nd Team all-southern Arizona wrestling by the Arizona Daily Star, and Valedictorian of the Mountain View Class of 2014.

John will be attending the United States Military Academy where he plans to study mathematics and will train to become an officer in the United States Army.

Marana Weekly News: How does if feel to be Valedictorian?

John Reynolds: I'm pretty excited to be valedictorian, when I was a freshman my math teacher and football coach David Class told me not to settle for being good and to strive to be the best and I'm glad that I am attaining that goal and I will continue to strive towards greatness as I go on to West Point in the fall.

MWN: Is there a theme or single event that sums up your four years at Mountain View?

Reynolds: As far as one event, I can't really think of one, but I will share this: when I got to Mountain View as a freshman, even though I thought and still do think it was the best school on earth, it was perceived locally as being a second or third tier high school in pretty much all aspects. Now, at the conclusion of my senior year, Mountain View is respected and regarded as a top caliber high school in southern Arizona in all aspects—academics, athletics, extracurriculars, and the fine arts—and that's something that I take a lot of pride in as a Mountain Lion. The ability that our school and community showed in successfully striving to be the best in everything makes me proud to have attended and represented the great school that is Mountain View High School. 

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