Youngstrom Valedictorian at Truman State

Alaina Youngstrom at Brentwood Park during a softball practice when she was a senior at BHS in the fall of 2011. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Alaina Youngstrom at Brentwood Park during a softball practice when she was a senior at Brentwood High School in the fall of 2011. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

2012 BHS grad earns psychology degree

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Alaina Youngstrom is the valedictorian – again.

Alaina Youngstrom on graduation day at Truman State University last month. (Photo courtesy of the university)
Alaina Youngstrom on graduation day at Truman State University last month. (Photo courtesy of Truman State University)

Three-and-a-half years after graduating from Brentwood High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 2012, she was handed a diploma last month as a valedictorian of her class at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. The award goes to the student who has the highest rank in the class. She also graduated summa cum laude, “with highest distinction.”

Youngstrom earned a B.S. in psychology and a minor in sociology from the university, which has more than 6,000 students.

At Truman she was a member of the Society of Dance Arts for all four years and served on its executive board. She studied abroad for one semester in Northern Ireland on a Truman State University Foundation scholarship. She was also a Truman Leadership Scholar and participated in the Truman Leadership Program.

At BHS Youngstrom placed first in her class with scores of 32 on her ACT/SAT and a 4.1898 cumulative GPA. In high school she became fascinated by the material in psychology and sociology classes and began volunteering at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, which led her toward career interests in counseling and social work.

While at BHS she was in the National Honor Society and was a captain in both the Winter Color Guard and the varsity softball team.

Alaina Youngstrom practices with the Brentwood Drill Team as a junior in 2010. She was the squad's captain as a senior. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Alaina Youngstrom practices with the Winter Color Guard as a senior at BHS in November 2011. She was the squad’s captain. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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