Putnam County Graduate Set for Bright Future

WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- "If nobody steps up, then society stagnates," Winfield High School Senior Corey Childress said.

Stepping up is just what Corey Childress is set to do. He'll trade in his Winfield Green for the Green of the University of Miami at Florida.

Corey has an interest in America's financial problems, so he spends part of his day at school in an on-line class studying economics offered by the University of Minnesota.

"You have to be very disciplined. I always put (a) laptop in (the) kitchen, no TV, no Facebook," Corey Childress said.

An aspiring mutual fund manager, Corey has his eyes set on Wall Street, where someday he may be watching our money.

That's something Winfield's Principal says is right up this valedictorian's alley.

"You learn to push yourself, when you don't feel well, learn to work with others, which is important in fund management and his academic background," Winfield Principal William Hughes said.

After school, there are more than academic hurdles to conquer as Corey runs on the General 4 by 400 relay team.

"He brings leadership, always here, works hard, that's his key," Coach David Bailey said. "He works hard."

Corey will complete his successful high school career with the valedictory speech at commencement exercises Monday night at the Winfield auditorium.

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