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Morristown valedictorian ready for all new experiences at Franklin College

Delaney Cornn had her hands in a little bit of everything at Morristown High School.

That worked so well, the Morristown High School valedictorian for the Class of 2022 will take a similar approach to her collegiate experience at Franklin College.

Cornn is leaning toward a career as a physical therapist or athletic trainer.

“I want to go through the (Franklin College) program and see everything,” she said. “They offer a ton of internships there. I can go to different places and experience different jobs.”

Cornn was actively involved in golf, basketball, softball and track and field during her time at Morristown and served as the president of the Student Council and National Honor Society.

Becoming valedictorian was not the primary goal of the daughter of Dande Ward and Omer Corrn, but she finds it pretty satisfying now that the process is over.

“Carrie (Cooper-Randolph) and I were the top two for a long time,” she said. “I was in my counselor’s office getting a copy of my transcript to apply for scholarships and when she printed it, it said No. 1 out of how many were in our class at the time.

“I looked at her and said, ‘Did I actually pass her?’ and she was like, ‘Yeah.’”



The title of valedictorian became official, according to Cornn, on the Tuesday after the school year was complete with Cooper-Randolph earning the salutatorian title.

“It’s kind of cool to brag about but it wasn’t really at the top of my goals,” she said. “I was gunning for scholarships, but I got a cool plaque with my name on it.”

With the valedictorian title came the responsibility of addressing the large crowd at the graduation ceremony.

“It was really (intimidating). You want to talk about yourself up there but I’m not the kind of person to talk about myself,” she said. “I kind of name picked a lot and said a lot of thank yous.”

Cornn plans to work throughout the summer before her Aug. 25 move-in date arrives and she officially becomes a freshman once again.

“All the times that I have gone to Franklin College for student days and schedule planning, everybody was super nice and super open about the student life there,” said Cornn. “They are very welcoming. I am excited for that portion of it. I’m not excited about trying to find my way around campus. Room numbers stress me out.”

Cornn will room with another small-town girl who graduated from Argos High School in northern Indiana, which will bring a sense of comfort while on campus.

“I will miss everybody, I will say that,” she said. “I am excited to see what adulthood has for me, what my career could be.

“And I am excited to explore everything.”

(This is the fifth in a 10-part series highlighting the Class of 2022 valedictorians and salutatorians from the five Shelby County high schools.)