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Fedelem named valedictorian at Lake Oconee Academy

May 28, 2021 - 00:00
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    Valedictorian Logan Fedelem speaks right before the ‘turning of the tassels’ by his fellow classmates.

Lake Oconee Academy’s 2021 valedictorian Logan Fedelem had a busy senior year.

Besides excelling in the classroom, Fedelem was a member of the Beta Club, Children’s Miracle Network, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Simultaneously, he ran cross country in the fall, and was a key contributor for the boy’s soccer team, who made it to the Final Four of the GHSA Class-A Public state playoffs this past season.

“It was a little difficult,” Fedelem said in reference to balancing so many responsibilities. “I had a tight schedule. Obviously, with soccer, we do that five times a week. Cross was the same thing - it was five times a week. So, it was a busy schedule and had a lot of late nights. It was a lot of, you know, running from this place and changing in a random bathroom. Then, running somewhere else.”

Despite his schedule being so hectic, Fedelem was also able to maintain impressive grade marks.

“It was a little exhausting,” he added. “There definitely was a little bit of senioritis over the last year, too, especially wanting to get through it. But, staying determined and staying strong to try and finish out as best I can was all I could do. I was pushing through, really.”

Fedelem said his driven attitude kept him humble, and it’s what got him through his last year-and-a-half of high school, which was seemingly difficult due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve gotten a lot closer with a bunch of the guys on the soccer team, obviously,” he admitted. “All my clubs, all my classes, I’ve got a lot of great friends here and we’ve had a lot of fun here. Just hanging out and spending more time together. I think because of COVID, we’ve kind of appreciated the time we did have a lot more”

Fedelem called the time he spent with friends “more enthusiastic” because the end to his junior year was when the virus shut down the country.

“We would go to a basketball game or go to a volleyball game,” he said. “Or, we would just go hang out because we missed that time last year. So, we had a really great time and I am going to miss it a lot more than I thought I would.”

Julie Brooker, Fedelem’s former soccer coach, told the Lake Oconee News that she is extremely proud of him.

“Logan really developed as a leader for our soccer team in his junior and senior season,” she said. “His work ethic, along with his intellect is what makes him special. He’s also extremely well versed—most people don’t realize he’s also a very talented musician, actor and artist. But in my opinion, Logan’s greatest asset is his strong Christian faith. It serves as the ‘why’ in everything in which he excels.”

Fedelem will enroll at Belmont University in the fall to study audio engineering.

“Nashville is a great city because they have a bunch of music production programs, which is what I am thinking of getting into,” Fedelem said.

Being born in Gainesville, Florida, his family moved to Greensboro when he was three.

“Even though I was born in Florida, I consider this my home,” Fedelem said of Lake Country. “...But yeah, it’s a lot more bittersweet than I thought it would be. I’ve always been looking forward to getting out on my own, my own life, my own things to do. But, this past year has been more fun, actually.”