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VALEDICTORIAN: ZACHARY IROVANDO Irovando will attend the University of South Florida in the fall. BREANNE WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER

Where are you going to college and what will your major be? I’m planning to go to the University of South Florida Tampa campus in the fall. Right now my plan is to double major in political science and history. What about college are you most excited for? An expanded opportunity to learn new things. When did you first realize you were going to be in the top two of your class? How did you react? Probably my sophomore year. At that point I had quite a bit of a lead on the next person and just with the trajectory of how many classes I knew I’d end up taking over the next three years I knew it was pretty likely that I was not going to be surpassed. What kind of work did you put in to get to this point?

I took a good number of both dual enrollment and AP classes, those certainly are things that take time to get a good grade in so there was a fair amount of work in that aspect. What advice would you give students who want to follow in your footsteps and be their school’s next valedictorian or salutatorian? There isn’t one correct way to do it. If someone wanted to be the valedictorian I think it would be very important for them to first figure out what works for them, what they’re best at. What’s something you wish you knew about high school ahead of time? I think one thing I wish I knew was that it’s more than just academics. What was your favorite moment of high school? Probably the prom we had in April. It was just a very nice culminating moment of high school.

How are you going to spend this summer? I’m going on a trip around Europe for about three weeks in June. From there when I get back I think I’m probably going to try to relax a little bit and get ready for college, but I don’t know what will happen. What’s the best thing one of your teachers has taught you while in high school? Just that you should try your best and everything and don’t slack off, but if you do fall a little bit below what you expect it’s not going to kill you in the end. What do you hope to do in life after college? After law school I’d like to become a lawyer and then eventually I think it would be pretty cool to be a judge just because I’ve always been so fascinated with the political process of judiciary and you know the judge is at the center of that.

SALUTATORIAN: ALIANET VALDES Valdes will attend the University of Florida in the fall. BREANNE WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER

Where are you going to college and what will your major be? University of Florida, journalism.

When did you first realize you were going to be in the top two of your class? How did you react? Actually not until ranking came out. As weird as that sounds I had no intention of being salutatorian...I’m grateful for it but I’m nervous about the speech. What kind of work did you put in to get to this point? I started dual enrolling the spring of junior year and then I’ve taken like 10 or 11 AP classes. I just work really hard, especially last minute. What advice would you give students who want to follow in your footsteps and be their school’s next valedictorian or salutatorian? It’s important to fill your schedule up with rigorous courses, but classes you’ll enjoy as well so you can excel in them. What’s something you wish you knew about high school ahead of time?

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You learn so many values and you figure out the kind of people you want to be around and who pushes you and who drops back. What was your favorite moment of high school? The football games and baseball games, the extracurricular stuff where my friends and I would go and enjoy each other’s company without having to worry about all the stress of the classes we were taking. How are you going to spend this summer? I’m vacationing, going to the Dominican Republic and then also to Cuba because I go every summer. I’m also going on a senior cruise. What’s the best thing one of your teachers has taught you while in high school? A lot of our teachers understood that it wasn’t necessarily about doing things perfectly but rather putting the effort in that mattered. What do you hope to do in life after college? I would love to do something with lifestyle or fashion...broadcast journalism would be a dream.

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VALEDICTORIAN: ANGELA CAO Cao will attend the University of Florida in the fall. BREANNE WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER

Where are you going to college and what will your major be? I’m going to UF and I’m probably going to major in biology. What about college are you most excited for? Meeting new people. I’m completely starting over so I guess it will be exciting to see new people and get out of my comfort zone. When did you first realize you were going to be in the top two of your class? How did you react? I think it was the second semester this year. I was really excited. I’m not really good at anything else, like sports-wise and stuff, so this is the only thing I’ve got going and I was like “Wow, I did it.” What kind of work did you put in to get to this point? I put a lot of work into school. I’m really good under pressure so I do

everything the night before. That gets me through school. What advice would you give students who want to follow in your footsteps and be their school’s next valedictorian or salutatorian? To try hard to not give up halfway — there’s a lot of times that I wanted to give up and throw in the towel because it’s so hard — but to just keep going. What’s something you wish you knew about high school ahead of time? The workload maybe? It was more than I thought. I wanted to try to do all these things and I just wasn’t expecting all work until I signed up for the classes. Be prepared to have to spend a lot of time working through your studies. What was your favorite moment of high school? Probably all the senior events this year like prom and Grad Bash. All of those events were a lot of fun.

How are you going to spend this summer? I’m going to New York for a week and then going to California because I have family over there and I’ll stay there for a while. It will be exciting. What’s the best thing one of your teachers has taught you while in high school? To enjoy nature. My AP Lit teacher told us not to grow up too fast to just enjoy nature and to live life as it is. What do you hope to do in life after college? I want to be a doctor and start my own family later in life. I like working with kids. That’s what I want to do when I get older. I want to move to California. I already have family over there. I like the weather and the environment over there so hopefully that works out.

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Steele will attend the University of Florida in the fall. BREANNE WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER

Where are you going to college and what will your major be? The University of Florida, biology pre-med. What about college are you most excited for? The “Dance Marathon.” They’re raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. When did you first realize you were going to be in the top two of your class? How did you react? I’ve always been high up in the class, so it’s always been said since freshman year that it’s going to be Angela and me. What kind of work did you put in to get to this point? All four years of high school I had a full schedule at the school which meant about four AP classes each year and just working super hard. What advice would you give students who want to follow in your footsteps and be their school’s next valedictorian or salutatorian? Take every opportunity possible just to have fun and don’t make your class ranking, your GPA such a big part of your life that you give up on other things. Still balance it out so you can have a social life, so you can be involved in clubs.

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about you. Someone may be jealous of you, but in the end you’re going to look back and laugh at all of those things that you cried over at one time. You’ll be fine with it because literally it does not matter. What was your favorite moment of high school? Sitting in the stands for the Crest and Durant football games when we threw the powder up in the air. How are you going to spend this summer? I have a mission trip the first week, then I’m going to state FFA convention the week after that, then my family is going to Hawaii for two weeks after that and then I start college. What’s the best thing one of your teachers has taught you while in high school? My 10th grade chemistry teacher told us that “high school is a game. Play so you can win.” What do you hope to do in life after college? Hopefully I’ll be headed to med school...after that I’ll hopefully be working with amazing kids in a pediatric cancer hospital.


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IB VALEDICTORIAN: KIMBERLY DO Kimberly Do will attend Georgia Tech in the fall. JUSTIN KLINE SPORTS/ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Where are you going to college and what will your major be? This fall, I will be attending Georgia Tech and I will be majoring in computer science. What about college are you most excited for? I’m really excited for the opportunities that will open up. Especially since here, I never actually took a computer science course since our high school doesn’t offer any. I’m really excited to actually get my hands dirty in the material at Georgia Tech. When did you first realize you were going to be in the top two of your class? How did you react? I didn’t really know until the end. I wasn’t really trying to be cognizant of my class placement. I just sort of did my own thing and, when it happened, I was like “Hey, that’s kind of cool!” What kind of work did you put in to get to this point? I think it took a lot of discipline and balancing my schedule. Having IB courses on top of dual enrollment and honors was really sort of difficult. Especially over the summer when I had other activities that I wanted to have fun with. What advice would you give students who want to follow in your footsteps and be their school’s next valedictorian or salutatorian? Definitely, as cheesy as the IB learner profile is, it’s necessary to be the principled, balanced, knowledgeable person and make the best of what you have, understand your limitations and try to put those into practice.

What’s something you wish you knew about high school ahead of time? I definitely wish I knew a little bit more about what senior year is like, especially with college apps. It’s really frightening and really stressful, extremely stressful, to have to juggle all my classes and then studying for exams in addition to figuring out what exactly college is. What was your favorite moment of high school? My favorite moment didn’t actually happen on school campus, but over the summer of my junior year I was one of 25 students who was selected to attend a summer camp at Apple. So being able to be one of those few students who was able to experience what it’s like in the Cupertino workplace at Apple was really exciting. How are you going to spend this summer? I was selected to be a Generation Google scholar, so I’ll be at a Google campus studying computer science. What’s the best thing one of your teachers has taught you while in high school? One of the most inspirational teachers I’ve ever had was Mr. H., Mr. Haczynski. I think that his central dogma to life is, although it’s important to study and be mindful of your surroundings, you need to just take a deep breath, relax and have a “mindful minute” every once in a while. What do you hope to do in life after college? I’d love to return to Apple and be a user interface designer. I think it would be a really incredible experience to return there and actually do something a little bit more worthwhile than what I did as a junior.

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VALEDICTORIAN: KASEN VAN FOSSEN Kasen Van Fossen will attend the University of Florida in the fall. JUSTIN KLINE SPORTS/ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Where are you going to college and what will your major be? University of Florida, mechanical engineering. What about college are you most excited for? Not being at home. When did you first realize you were going to be in the top two of your class? How did you react? I’ve been number one since, I think, the end of sophomore year. So I was stressing about it a little bit because I thought he (Zane Richardson) was going to beat me because he was taking a lot more classes than me over the last few years. But I was pretty happy.

What kind of work did you put in to get to this point? I took HCC (classes) before I even came into high school and I did STEM in middle school, so I had a few classes going into it.

How are you going to spend this summer? Just hanging out. Most of my friends are going to college over the summer so I’ll probably be back and forth to UCF with them.

What advice would you give students who want to follow in your footsteps and be their school’s next valedictorian or salutatorian? Community college. Take as much dual enrollment as you can.

What’s the best thing one of your teachers has taught you while in high school? Grades aren’t everything. It’s more important to be able to have a conversation with someone than it is to be able to get an A in a class. I learned that from Mr. Meredith.

What’s something you wish you knew about high school ahead of time? It’s not like movies. At all. It’s more work than middle school and I didn’t think it was gonna be. What was your favorite moment of high school? That’s a tough one...just hanging out in the lunchroom.

What do you hope to do in life after college? I want to make something. I want to make a company. I want to make something new, whatever that ends up being.

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