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Lyons, a native of Weirton who now lives in Colliers, will be graduating with an associate in science degree and will lead the class at ceremonies scheduled for 7 p.m. May 12 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.
She is a tutor on the Weirton campus, was named to Who’s Who and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honorary for two-year institutions. She plans to attend West Virginia University to study in its pharmacy program. She said she decided to enroll at Northern when she was laid off after working for eight years at the job she secured after high school.
The valedictorian is married to Jeff Lyons and the couple has a 4-year-old son, Zachary. She is the daughter of Tina and James Chafin. She said she has lived in four different states: West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and Michigan and graduated with high honors in 2005 from Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan. She returned to Weirton in 2006 and is a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Colliers.