Ben Bates will graduate as class valedictorian from Everest Collegiate High School in Clarkston. He spent three years on the varsity golf team and four on the varsity soccer team. He has participated in the drama program at Everest for the past four years. He was named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program and will be attending the Honors Engineering program at Texas A&M University this fall. He plans to be a petroleum engineer, working to develop energy resources in our country.