Decatur alumnus and former valedictorian named valedictorian at University of the SouthShaifer Jones. Image provided to Decaturish
Decatur resident Shaifer Jones, who graduated as the valedictorian from Decatur High School in 2015, was recently named valedictorian of the 2019 graduating class of the University of the South, or Sewanee, according to a university press release.
Jones delivered his valedictory speech at the university’s commencement ceremony on May 12. Additionally, Jones was awarded a bachelor’s degree in biology (with honors) as well as a bachelor’s in Spanish, and he graduated summa cum laude.
He was awarded the A.T. Pickering Award for excellence in Spanish as well as the Harry C. Yeatman Award in Biology. He also was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership society.