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Opp duo named val, sal

Nick Hampton (left) and Justin Ferguson (right) were named Opp High School’s salutatorian and valedictorian, respectively. | Kendra Bolling/Star-News

For Opp’s Justin Ferguson and Nick Hampton, learning that they were the valedictorian and salutatorian was a culmination of 13 years of hard work.

“When I was growing up, my folks always taught me to work hard,” Hampton said. “And that’s what I’ve tried to do.”

Ferguson said making good grades is something his parents instilled in him.

“My parents always put it in me,” he said. “I’ve always tried to do my best. I felt blessed that I was gifted in this area.”

Ferguson will graduate with a 4.0, while Hampton will graduate with a 3.95 GPA.

Both boys were extremely excited about the news; however, Hampton said, “I think my parents were even more excited.”

Ferguson said his accomplishment proved hard work pays off.

“It’s just that I’ve been working hard to get this throughout high school,” he said. “My parents have pushed me, and the teachers have explained things thoroughly.”

Not only have they excelled in their studies, both were active in school activities and church ministries.

Both were members of the OHS Peer Helpers and Westview Baptist Church missions to New Orleans and Jacksonville.

Ferguson was also a Bobcat Ambassador, Bible Study Leader, member of the Beta Club, math club and played basketball at OHS.

Hampton is the student praise and worship leader at Westview, member of Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club and FFA.

On Thursday night, the boys will go their separate ways as OHS holds commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m.

After graduataion, Ferguson will attend Auburn University in the fall, but is undecided on his major, while Hampton will travel south to the University of Mobile to major in worship leadership.

Ferguson is the son of Scott and Jennifer Ferguson, and Hampton is the son of Chad and Cheryl Hampton.