Huff sisters named valedictorians at Southwest DeKalb High

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Gabrielle Noel Huff (left), Southwest DeKalb High School Class of 2019 magnet valedictorian and sister, Hannah Ciara Huff, Southwest DeKalb High School class of 2016 valedictorian


By Mackenzie N. Morgan

Last week, Gabrielle Huff, 18, turned in her final high school assignment—the 2019 Valedictorian speech she will give at the Southwest DeKalb High School graduation on Sunday, June 2, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

“I plan to thank my parents and hope to inspire my classmates to work hard and remind them that nothing good comes easy,” said Huff, who earned magnet valedictorian with a 4.32 GPA.

Gabrielle’s sister, Hannah Huff, now 21 and a veterinary science major at University of Georgia, gave a similar speech when she received class valedictorian for Southwest DeKalb in 2016.

“I was surprised, but I wasn’t surprised,” said Clementine “Cooky” Huff, the girls’ mother. “They always did what they were supposed to without being told and were independent from a young age.”

In addition to a rigorous academic course load filled with challenging classes, Huff maintained a tight schedule of extracurricular activities including part-time work at Chick-Fil-A, dancing for her school’s drill team and Beta Club among other things. Last fall, she was crowned Miss Southwest during the homecoming season.

“Both of our children’s schedules were packed with positive and productive things. Their father and I constantly reinforced positive habits and relationships by prioritizing their activities and forming relationships with the families of their friends,” said Mrs. Huff.

Mrs. Huff went on to attribute the girls’ daycare with introducing good habits from the time the girls could walk.

“Their father and I never had to tell them to do their homework. Every day after daycare, they would bring home a worksheet and announce they needed to do their homework. So while I would be in the kitchen cooking, that’s what they did,” said Mrs. Huff.

Gabrielle Huff plans to major in sports journalism in the fall at University of Georgia and aspires to attend law school and eventually become a sports agent.



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  • S

    May 31, 2019 at 9:29 am

    * Handclaps*

    Black excellence at its finest


    • S

      May 31, 2019 at 9:43 am

      * typo with the length

      Anyways..its always great to hear about young Black people..whether young/ old doing well in their lives. These girls could have listened to the negatives about the failures of that are often presented to us from birth but they didnt.They had great parents who seemed to remind them of their strengths, not any possible weaknesses they could have had. Otherwise, they could have believe in the stereotypes that are prevelant in our commmunity.

      I wish them well and hope that they continue to reach for the stars.


    • Cooky Huff

      May 31, 2019 at 11:57 am

      To God Be The Glory for the great things HE HAS DONE and continues to do through our daughters! Cooky Huff


  • Elfreda Berry

    May 31, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations to the entire Huff Family. When a family starts Early in a child’s life, when children enjoy everything, the results are what you see before us. Magnificent Job Young Women!


  • Cherron G

    May 31, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Congratulations ladies! Well done and what a great start to becoming successful adults.


  • ShaRon LovettOzuem

    June 1, 2019 at 6:17 am



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