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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:01 am | Updated: 10:19 am, Fri May 23, 2014.

Richard Rigby, son of Douglas and Sidney Rigby, is graduating as valedictorian of Marana High School’s class of 2014.

Richard has participated in various clubs during high school including National Honors Society, Prom Committee, and Mu Alpha Theta. He served as an officer in Key Club and was the co-founder of the Ping Pong Club. Other extracurricular activities included Cross Country (2 Varsity Years), Tennis (4 Varsity Years, Captain, #1 on the team), Academic Decathlon, and he played double bass in orchestra. Richard was selected to represent Marana High School at Boys State the summer of his senior year, where he was voted one of the five state offices.

He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a part of his religion, Richard attended seminary every morning an hour and a half before school started. Through his church, he’s had the opportunity to participate in Boys Scouts, and is currently working on getting his Eagle Rank.

Richard plans to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah after a two-year mission, and intends to major in business or engineering.

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

Richard Rigby: It's really a huge honor to be able to represent my class as valedictorian. It was an ambitious goal I set for myself as a child, and actually achieving it was very satisfying for me, although I know I can't take any of the credit for my academic success. That falls on my family for supporting me since day one. I never would have gotten close without them. With being valedictorian, the expectations for me are higher; suddenly people think I know everything, and whenever I make a mistake or ask a question in class, someone always says, “Aren’t you supposed to be valedictorian or something?” so that’s been interesting.

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

Rigby: As for a theme, our senior class’ motto is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” But it’s tough to think of a single event to sum up four years filled with so many great memories and even greater people. If I had to pick one event, it would be the senior campout we had after our last day of school. The cliques were torn down, and everyone just got along with each other, even if they had never talked before that night.

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