Academically, Shane Garrett, the salutatorian of the Alvarado High School Class of 2007, is fairly similar to Jessica Woodard, the class’ valedictorian.

Garrett’s grades were nearly identical to Woodard’s, only lagging less than two-tenths of a point from the valedictorians’, he identifies Mrs. Jonni Dunn as one of his favorite teachers and was in several classes with Woodard.

Those courses included Dunn’s English classes for juniors and seniors and her humanities class.

However, Garrett went a step further, also taking literary genres with the Dunn, who he calls “probably one of the most brilliant people I know.”

“She always knew how to put it on a level for high schoolers to understand,” Garrett said, also praising three of his other teachers from his senior year, namely Gina Langley, coach Joe Rodriguez and Dennis Loofbourrow.

Garrett was very active in athletics and other organizations, participating in Future Farmers of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First United Methodist Church Youth and volunteering at All-Star Equestrian his senior year.

Garrett earned varsity letters in baseball and football, where he suited up for the Indians on the offensive line and at third base and designated hitter, respectively.

The son of Bill and Lee Garrett, Shane is the younger brother of Nick Garrett. He is the grandson of Harold Dan and Sarah Casstevens and Jim and Bettie Cypert.

Garrett is modest when speaking about himself, saying that, even with all he’s accomplished, he’s not certain how he feels about it.

“I guess I’m proud,” he says, adding “I’m not really sure how to explain it.

“I worked for four years to get it,” he adds.

Garrett will be attending Texas Tech University in the fall, which has awarded him the Honors Endowed Scholarship and an Agriculture Scholarship.

While he is unsure of his career path, he is considering pursuing “something in engineering,” he said. Of course, with the number of college credits he accumulated while in high school, he will have extra time to find out what he wants to do.

He’s always liked math and science, he says, adding that he took classes including Advanced Placement Chemistry, Physics and Calculus at AHS.

In his leaving, Garrett has this piece of advice for incoming high school freshman:

“Don’t worry too much about being cool or popular,” he says, “because if you’ll just be yourself, you’ll probably have more friends.”