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THOMASVILLE — There was still work to be done in the final week of high school, at least for Thomas Central High County salute Koda Copeland and valedictorian Karsyn Bush.

Copeland had one final Advanced Placement exam to tackle – AP Art History. And thanks to his speech, Bush had to go back and work on his.

“I was done,” she said, “and then they said ‘Koda is six pages, so you have to lengthen yours. “”

The two classmates and friends will speak to their high school classmates one last time this morning as Central’s Class of 2022 graduates.

Bush and Copeland are heading to the University of Georgia in the fall. Bush is considering a dual major in applied behavior analysis and psychology. Copeland will study biochemistry, with a minor in philosophy. He also plans to work on a second language over the summer, either Spanish or American Sign Language.

They have been classmates in a number of courses over the years, including AP Biology and AP Research as seniors.

Bush cited AP Statistics and AP Research as two of his favorite courses.

“At this school, I never had a bad math teacher, and that’s amazing,” she said. “The way my brain works, I need math teachers who can explain very, very well to answer all my questions. So I enjoyed all of my math classes. But Ms. AP statistics class ( Kelsey) Hanna this year was a lot of fun. We got to do a ton of experiments.

Copeland said he enjoyed his experience in AP Calculus AB/BC with Ms. Hanna.

“She’s so sweet and she’s been very tolerant of all my questions,” he said. “She was the only teacher who never complained about all my questions. She was amazing and she made class fun every day.

Bush and Copeland also expressed the high regard in which they hold Cole Donovan, who teaches AP Research, and how much they got out of that class.

“It’s not just because Mr. Donovan was teaching it,” Copeland said, “it’s also because it was the class that showed me what learning for fun was like, which you were interested in. I kind of feel in love with the learning process through this class because I got to study what interested me.

Bush, Copeland and the other handful of students in the class created their own individual research projects, conducting their own experiments and presenting their findings at the end.

“There were eight totally different projects going on, from brainstorming to the final 20-page document at the end,” Bush said. “That’s all that’s involved in research.”

Each of them was also exposed to something new along the way.

“Because of this class, I’m interested in more philosophers, in classical literature, than I ever would have been,” Bush said.

“My brain has always been wired for math and science,” Copeland said. “It was my first exposure to the humanities, so I did a project dedicated to the humanities, and that took me out of my comfort zone and that’s what got me in. in philosophy.”

Their articles were presented to teachers, prospective students in the class, and county school board members. His own research and findings could be something Bush can count on in a few years.

“One of them came up to me and said, ‘You can use your project as a master’s thesis,'” Bush said. “It suits me well.”

Bush also counted AP Music Theory as one of his favorites.

“They only let you take if you’re in the band or the choir,” she said. “I feel honored to have taken it. It was my favorite class of the day. I hated to leave that class. I really enjoyed it. It really opened my eyes and helped me understand how the music works and how it fits.

As graduation approached, Bush also reflected on a tough junior year for her.

“I’m sure when I grow up and have kids, I’ll say it’s going to pass so quickly,” she said. “I had a hard time junior year. It was just a tough year. High school didn’t go by very quickly for me. I was ready to graduate at the end of my freshman year. This year, I have made it a point not to wish for the days to end and the weeks to end, but to savor each day and go from day to day. It has helped me appreciate the time that I have was granted here.

Copeland, who was homeschooled until eighth grade, said his friends were keen to point out that he was always focused on the future.

“My whole talk is about that,” he said. “For me, I was forced to reflect on the significance of my four years here and their experience and how we have that shared experience. Time has really flown. It was crazy how much time I thought I had.

For now, Copeland is working this summer, saving money for school. Bush has volunteered every summer at a camp in Pelham and returns to work, while assisting in a dental office. She also has travel plans.

She’s heading to Chicago for the national FBLA contest, has a family trip to San Diego on the books, and will be heading to Atlanta for a majors event.

“I feel bad for asking for time off,” she said. “July is going to be stressful.”

Bush and Copeland will start this summer armed with a device they plan to use in college, with Bush getting his own thanks to his sister.

“I already have my coffee maker,” Copeland said.

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