RIVERDALE - Thomas Reginald Warren Hudson has been named valedictorian and Tess Olivia Johnson has been named salutatorian for the Riverdale High School 2021 graduating class.
Thomas is the son of Travis and Jessica Hudson of Muscoda. He earned academic honors all four years of high school, will receive the Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board Academic Excellence Scholarship, and will hold a place in the Riverdale Academic Hall of Fame with a cumulative 3.923 GPA. His Laude score of 86.306 has earned him the Valedictorian honor and the highest Summa Cum Laude distinction.
Thomas participated in the library club, FBLA, Leo Club, Spanish Club, student council, CHOICES, bell choir, jazz band and pep band all four years of high school. He earned a place at state for FBLA in 2019 and 2021, a club of which he served as president. He also placed 1st at State Solo and Ensemble in bell choir. Thomas also held leadership positions in several other school groups. He served as co-president of the Spanish Club, treasurer of Student Council, and both president and vice president of Leo Club during his membership. He also served as vice president of the drama club. His group in the drama club qualified for the state competition in 2021.
Thomas also took part in forensics, National Honor Society, and R Club for three years each. Thomas was in FFA for one year and art club for two years. Taking all that into consideration, Thomas was in all but three of the clubs our school has to offer. He was a valued member in each and every one. Thomas served as the president of his class all four years of high school, leading them through many ups and downs, including the pandemic.
In addition to all of the groups Thomas took part in, he was also a part of the varsity basketball team all four years of high school, and participated in track and field for two years. He was a three-time letter winner for basketball and earned a letter in Track and Field.
Thomas plans to attend UW-Green Bay and major in accounting. He worked at Community First Bank for almost two years as a Student Customer Service Representative as part of the Youth Apprenticeship program. Thomas will continue his employment after graduation. He has made excellent choices to prepare himself well for his future.
Tess is the daughter of Craig and Lisa Johnson of Muscoda. She has been an active, involved student while maintaining a 3.885 GPA. Tess has earned a place in the Academic Hall of Fame and a Laude score of 77.7.
Tess participated in CHOICES, library club, R Club, Spanish Club, drama club, LEO Club and National Honor Society for four years. She served as treasurer of both the drama club and National Honor Society, president of the R Club, and co-president of the Spanish Club. She also held the roles of president and treasurer of the Forensics team and the Student Council. Tess was in the Bell Choir for two years, Pep Band and FBLA each for one year, and was a founding member of the Science Club. Outside of school clubs and events, Tess has been in dance for fifteen years and has served at Saint John the Baptist Church in various roles.
Sports have also been a huge part of Tess’ time in high school. She was a three sport athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball and softball all four years of high school. Tess has earned twelve varsity letters. She was a team captain in all three sports. In volleyball Tess earned All-State Honorable Mention, was voted First Team All-Conference two times, All-Conference Honorable Mention, the Players Award four times, and team MVP three times. She set the school record for the most digs in a season twice, reached the goal of 1000 digs, and received the Richland Medical Center Athlete of the Month award. In basketball, Tess earned First Team All-Conference three times, team MVP, offensive player of the team twice, most improved player award, Richland Medical Center Athlete of the Month twice, and scored over 1000 points. She was named the Richland Medical Center Athlete of the Year and will be a participant in the WBCA All Star Basketball Game this summer.Tess will be attending Loras College, majoring in Biology/Pre-Med and will be playing basketball. She plans to become a family physician. Tess has always set high expectations for herself and has prepared herself well for her next step.