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Dighton-Loretta Harmison

Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In Excellence

Loretta Harmison is not only a top graduating senior of Dighton High School, but she's also an avid elk hunter.

"It's a family tradition," Harmison said in a questionnaire provided to The Telegram. "We have been doing it for years."

Harmison has attended Dighton schools since she was in second grade. She previously had attended Theoni Elementary School until it closed. She was on the High Honor Roll all four years of high school with a 4.0 grade-point average.

Along with her good grades, Harmison also participated in band for four years, Scholar's Bowl for two years and also participated in a musical. Additionally, she took part in Future Farmers of America, forensics and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for one year.

Her favorite class in high school was art because she said she loves to draw with pencil. She said she disliked history the most, but she still may have taken away a valuable lesson from the class.

"I didn't learn anything in that class except how to teach myself," Harmison said.

Besides her pastime of hunting elk, she also enjoys going to the lake every year and participating in water sports such as skiing and wake boarding.

Looking back on high school, Harmison said her favorite memory was the rare times when her class would get along, citing the reason that a lot of girls cause a lot of drama. Even though they may have gotten under her skin sometimes, she hoped that her classmates would stay in touch as they move on from high school because she considers all her classmates great people that she will miss.

When asked about what advice she would give to incoming freshmen, she said that high school "fly bys" spend too much time on drama. She said that freshmen should enjoy these moments of being young and carefree because before they know it, those days will be gone and they'll be growing up and moving away.

Her future goals include getting her associate's degree in wildlife biology at Colby Community College before transferring to a university to pursue a degree in wildlife management.

"I love animals and working outside," Harmison said. "I just want to go out there and save the endangered species."

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