Valedictorian & Salutatorian - Class of 2020


Valedictorian ~ Owen Richardson

  • National Merit Scholarship finalist (with decision on award winners still pending)
  • IBM Watson Scholarship winner
  • All-State and Western States cellist
  • Level 10 gymnast who has competed in many State and Regional Championships
  • 3-time USA Gymnastics Academic All American
  • Earned the distinction of National AP Scholar by College Board
  • HSK Chinese proficiency test score qualifies for future scholarship and work in China

Owen will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall, but is still undecided on his major.


Salutatorian ~ Payton Parker

Payton will attend CSU in the fall. She was accepted into the Biomedical Sciences program and
plans to major in Microbiology and Infectious Disease. She was invited to participate in the
HURS program at CSU - Honors Undergraduate Research Scholar program.
Payton was awarded the Green and Gold Scholarship at CSU in addition to an Honors scholarship,
the Ascend Shcolarship and the Nancy L. Nixon Foundation Scholarship. She is a 2020 Boettcher
Scholar semi-finalist. 
Payton was selected for the 2020 Colorado Allstate Choir and participated in Jazz Choir at MHS
as well as other choirs for her 4 years at Mead.