Meet Kennett’s Val and Sal (alias India and Nina)

By Lloyd Jones

Nina Badger (left) and India Drummond are the salutatorian and valedictorian, respectively, for the Class of 2017 at Kennett High School. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)CONWAY — India Drummond and Nina Badger have packed a lot into their four years at Kennett High School.

The two friends are ready for their next adventure. But before that happens, four weeks from today, they will share center stage on their last day at KHS on Saturday, June 17.

India will be valedictorian and Nina salutatorian of Kennett’s Class of 2017 and will deliver the keynote speeches at graduation.

According to Principal Neal Moylan: “They’re two of the kindest young people I’ve ever met. They have been scholar-athletes in the truest sense with each playing multiple sports. They also understand the importance of giving back.

“What really pleases me is they embody scholars. They’re in (to learning) for knowledge’s sake and not just chasing grades. Our community should be very proud of India and Nina.”

The two, both 18, have known each other almost since birth.

India went to the White Mountain Waldorf School before coming to Kennett. Daughter of Terry Young and Alex Drummond of East Conway, she will attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., in February 2018. After that, she plans on attending grad school to study genetics research. Her sister, Eva, is a freshman at Kennett.

Nina, daughter of Rachel Vose and Angus Badger of Jackson, attended Jackson Grammar School through sixth grade, then Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, then KHS.

Brother, Malcolm, a 2015 KHS graduate, just completed his freshman year at George Washington University in Washington after a gap year in Denmark. Sister Helen is a freshman at KHS and younger brother, Willem, is in sixth grade in Jackson.

Nina will take a gap year in Belgium before heading to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 2018.

Both are members of the National Honor Society. Plus, Nina has been in the French Honor…

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