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Meet Paw Paw’s top grads: Smith & Kerns

Paw Paw High School’s Class of 2024 celebrated their graduation with commencement ceremonies at the school on May 24. Top graduates for the class shared their achievements and plans for the future.

Valedictorian, Miah Smith

Miah Smith

Miah Elizabeth Smith, Valedictorian of Paw Paw High School, has lived in Paw Paw for 10 years. She is the daughter of Lloyd and Jaimie Smith, and the sister of William Smith. She has achieved many academic accomplishments including taking honors classes, being a class representative for student council, president of National Honor Society, the president of the senior class. Miah plays an avid role in her community. She has volunteered at multiple blood drives, worked at alumni dinners, participated in many PTO events, and volunteered as a teacher’s aide every day after she finished her classes. Miah is also an all-season athlete. She plays volleyball in the fall, cheers in the winter, and is a track and field athlete in the spring. This year, Miah was one of the captains of the volleyball team, she was cheer captain, and she represented Paw Paw Schools at the state track meet where she was one of the finalists for long jump. This coming fall Miah will attend West Virginia University to major in biology. After getting her degree she plans to go onto medical school at West Virginia University and become an Oncologist.


Salutatorian, Karynn Kerns

Karynn Denise Kerns

Karynn Denise Kerns, Salutatorian of Paw Paw High School, has attended Paw Paw Schools since Kindergarten.  She is an accomplished student and a decorated athlete.  During her high school years, she achieved athletic awards in volleyball such as “Most kills of 39”, All PVC Division 2, and “Most defensive points of 88”. She excelled academically and took advanced classes which allowed her time to attend Allegany College of Maryland full-time her senior year. Karynn has proven herself to be a leader, organized worker, and a person who shines in everything she does.