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Small, Brickhill get top honors

The valedictorian and salutatorian are the graduates with the highest and second highest grade point averages in the senior class.


Morgan Small is the valedictorian of the Buckingham County High School senior class of 2020.

Morgan Small

Small was born in Williamsburg. Soon after, she moved to Cape Canaveral, Florida and resided there until she moved to Buckingham at 10 years old. Morgan was an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America, serving as chapter treasurer for two years. She won first place and third place at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in sales presentation and public speaking respectively. Morgan also competed on Buckingham’s scholastic bowl team. She played varsity for three years and served as team captain during her senior year. Additionally, she participated in Student Council Association, National Honors Society, and BETA Club. Morgan attended the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia and will graduate with an associate’s degree in general studies. During the summer of 2019, Morgan worked as an archival management intern at NASA Langley Research Center. She will work remotely this summer as a hypersonics technology intern. Morgan will be attending the University of Virginia School of Engineering in the fall and plans to become an aerospace engineer specializing in thermal-fluid dynamics with applications to hypersonics technology.


Nathan Brickhill is the salutatorian of the Buckingham County High School senior class of 2020.

Nathan Brickhill

Brickhill is a native of Buckingham County. He is the son of Cherie Brickhill and the grandson of Danny and Linda Elder of Buckingham. While a student at BCHS, Nathan attended the Governor’s School of Southside Virginia and participated in Boys’ State where he was his city’s sheriff. Nathan served as senior class president and was a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council Association, and Future Business Leaders of America, through which, he had the opportunity to represent Virginia in national competition. Nathan also served as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years. He competed on the varsity football and baseball teams for four years, where he also had the honor of being captain for two years. During his junior year, Nathan had the opportunity to compete on the school’s track and field team and earned a spot in the state finals. Nathan enjoys playing guitar, welding and carpentry.  He is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dillwyn. In the fall, Nathan will attend Hampden-Sydney College where he will play football for the Tigers and plans to major in applied mathematics.