Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Co Salutatorians


Kristen Barwick

Kristen Barwick has been named the Valedictorian of the Notre Dame Regional High School Class of 2020. Kristen is the daughter of Charles and LeeAnne Barwick and is a member of La Croix Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. Academically, Kristen is involved in FBLA, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She is also involved in Athletes Give Back, Peer Helpers, and Franciscan Leaders. She is also a student-athlete completing her final season on the varsity softball team. During her time as a Softball player she received many honors including Defensive Player of the Year in her sophomore and junior years; All-Conference, All-District, and All-Regional Teams her sophomore and junior years; and Scholar Athlete Nominee during her senior year. Kristen made two state final four appearances in softball placing second her sophomore year and third her freshman year. She also received other scholastic and service honors including JV Christian Service Award, National Spanish Exam Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Honorable Mention, FBLA State Qualifier, and Academic Letters all four years. After graduation Kristen plans to major in Biochemistry and minor in Spanish at Mizzou followed by the pursuit of a Masters and PhD to become an Infectious Disease Researcher.

Kristen acknowledges her parents, sister, teachers, coaches, Mr. Garner, and all of the people and friends who pushed me to become who she is today.


Jordyn Gunn Dunn

Jordyn Gunn Dunn has been named a Co-Salutatorian of the Notre Dame Regional High School Class of 2020. Jordyn is the daughter of Johnathan and Kris Dunn and is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jackson. Academically, Jordyn is involved in FBLA, National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honors Society. She is also involved in Women IN God’s Service, Pro-Life Club, Peer Helpers, and Franciscan Leadership Club. Jordyn has been recognized for Academic Excellence and on the Honor Roll since her freshman year along with receiving Student of the Year in Economics (2018) and Chemistry (2019). After graduation Jordyn plans to attend the University of Missouri – Columbia and major in Nursing after which she plans to attending Practitioner or Medical school.

She thanks her parents for always giving her support.

Nicholas Hux

Nicholas (Nick) Hux has been named a Co-Salutatorian of the Notre Dame Regional High School Class of 2020. Nick is the son of Jeff and Tara Hux and is a member of Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Sikeston. Nick is involved in several academic clubs including National Honor Society, Student Council, FBLA, Science Club and Friends of the Library. In addition to his academic club involvement, he is involved in service and mentorship clubs including Student Ambassadors, Peer Helpers, SADD, and Pro Life Club. Athletically, Nick finished his senior year as a Captain of the varsity swim team. During his time on the swim team, he garnered four state medals in swim including 8th place in the 100 free, 6th place in the 200 free, and 5th place in the 500 free and 4th place in the 200 free relay; the Swim High Point Award in 2017, 2018, 2019; and the Swim Leadership Award in 2019. He has received additional academic honors including the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, 2019 Pre-Calculus Student of the Year, 2017 Civics and English student of the year and earned four Math Field day medals. After graduation Nick plans to attend Florida State University to pursue an undergraduate mechanical engineering degree. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree he will be seeking a Master’s Degree or Medical School.

Nick would like to thank his parents most of all for everything they do for him and have taught him, Brother David for being so influential, all of the teachers and staff of Notre Dame, and my coaches Jason Cravens, Dan Rau, and Joe Graves for always keeping me focused.