Small town, school make big impact on Ferguson

Montevallo High School senior Abigail Heuton said the small community of her town has had a great impact on her life.

“I have made close friends and have loved being at a small school where it feels like a second home,” Heuton said. “I didn’t know moving to a small town in Alabama would have such a positive impact on my life.”

During her time at Montevallo, Heuton was elected as the junior mayor/president of the Montevallo Junior City Council, which she describes as one of her biggest accomplishments. She also represented MHS at Alabama Girls State and at Youth Leadership Shelby County.

Heuton said her English classes, especially AP literature, were some she really enjoyed.

“I had the opportunity to engage in discussions with my teacher and classmates,” Heuton said. “We always had fun debating and discussing books and papers. Without certain teachers it definitely wouldn’t have made the class as enjoyable.”

While Heuton admits she was disappointed and sad about missing many big moments during her senior year, she has tried to have a positive outlook on the whole experience.

“I have been able to stay in contact with people more because of zoom and social media and have also taken this time to slow down and rest,” Heuton said. “Hopefully, after all this is all over I will be able to get together with everyone and say our goodbyes in person.”

Heuton said one memory she will take away with her from high school is one involving her closest friends.

“After school one day me and two of my closest friends decided to hang out in the parking lot listening to music and teaching each other dance moves,” Heuton said. “While it sounds very cheesy, it was a lot of fun and I’m sure if anyone saw us they were very confused as to what we were doing.”

Heuton is still in the process of making her final decisions between going to Belmont University, Auburn or the option of taking a gap year after graduation.

Heuton is the daughter of Paul and Mary Ellen Heuton and sister to Sarah.