Layne, Walker get top honors

Published 11:20 am Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The valedictorian and salutatorian are the graduates with the highest and second highest grade point averages in the senior class.


Winfield Layne, is the valedictorian of the Randolph-Henry High School senior class of 2020 with a GPA of 4.517.

Layne has completed the associate degree program at SVCC.

He is the son of Jill and Thomas Layne.

During his time at Randolph-Henry, Layne has been a member of the golf team, a cast member in the theatre program, a first baseman and designated hitter for the baseball team, where he earned All-District honors, the captain of the scholastic bowl team, the president of the Beta Club, and the leader of the Randolph-Henry chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Outside of school, Layne is an active member of his church, Madison Heights Baptist, where he enjoys going to camps, youth group, and volunteering in the community.

In the summer of 2019, he had the honor of attending the American Legion Boy’s State camp at Radford University.

After high school, he intends to further pursue his education at Virginia Tech where he plans to study engineering.

During his four years at Randolph-Henry, Layne said he has met many teachers, coaches, and administrators who have pushed him to not only be a better student, and competitor, but also a better person.

Layne said even though being named valedictorian is an honor, it reflects more on those who have helped him along the way and plans on taking the many lessons that he has learned at Randolph-Henry out into the world.


Elizabeth Walker is the salutatorian for the Class of 2020 at Randolph-Henry High School with a 4.48 GPA. She is the daughter of Stephen and Cindy Walker of Charlotte Court House.

This spring, Walker received her associate degree from Southside Virginia Community College. While at Randolph-Henry, she was on the cross-country team for two years, on crew for the spring play this year, on the scholastic bowl team for one year, played varsity tennis for four years and served as captain for two years.

Walker served as the historian/ reporter for BETA Club, class president freshman year, class secretary and SCA secretary junior year.

Outside of school, she attends Drakes Branch Baptist Church, where she is an active member in Young Life, and has had an Internship with Laine Insurance and Investment Advisory Business. This fall Walker will be attending Gardner-Webb University, in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where she plans to major in American Sign Language with a minor in interpretation.

During her time as a student at Randolph-Henry, Walker said the most profound thing she learned was that we are a family. She said the faculty and staff support you, love you and most importantly, want you to succeed.