Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Midway High School Valedictorian Edward Sangyoon Kim is the son of Sung-Kun Kim and Sang-Nam Yi of Waco. Edward won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2016 Best of Category and 1st Grand Award in Biochemistry, earning him the Intel and Indo-U.S. Science & Technology Visit to India Award and a minor planet named in his honor from MIT. He is a Discovery Education & 3M Young Scientist Challenge Top Ten finalist, National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) national tournament qualifier, UIL State Outstanding Performer, National Merit Finalist, and class of 2017 Prom King. His leadership roles include president of National Honor Society, captain of Policy Debate, president of UIL academics, and president of Midway’s Peer-to-Peer Tutoring. Edward is an All-State violinist in the MHS Camerata Orchestra. He volunteers at the Mayborn Museum, Hewitt Public Library, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest, and Humane Society of Central Texas. Upon graduation, he plans to study chemistry/pre-med at Harvard.


Midway High School Salutatorian Robert Wayne Mathis is the son of Terry and Susan Mathis of Hewitt. Robert has earned recognitions as a member of the UIL One Act Play All-Star Cast (achieved at District, Bi-District, and Area levels), a Spirit of Midway two-year award-recipient, and a National Spanish Exam medalist (Bronze – Spanish I; Silver – Spanish II and III). His extensive leadership roles include Vice President of Panther Players, President of Songs for Seniors, Captain of Blue Crew, and Secretary of National Honor Society. He is a member of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and a cellist in the Camerata Orchestra. Robert plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in psychology.