Fivay High School | Hudson
Taylor Forth | valedictorian
Parents: Gary and Michelle Forth
GPA: 3.98 Weighted: 4.53
Future School: University of Central Florida
Ideal Career: Civil engineer
Most influential/best teacher: Anthony Davis, math.
"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust the dots will somehow connect in the future."
Favorite book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Clubs/Extracurriculars: National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Social Inclusion Club, peer tutoring, SPCA volunteer, Pasco County Elderly Nutrition volunteer
If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? I would increase spending on the Advanced Placement and dual enrollment programs because high achieving students should have more opportunities to reach their highest potential.
Sage advice for the up and coming: You will never regret working hard, but you will always regret not working hard enough.
Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. I wish I would have gotten more involved in the community.
Emily Franco | salutatorian
Parents: Rafael and Jane Franco
GPA: 3.9 Weighted: 4.445
Future School: University of South Florida
Ideal Career: Physical therapy
Most influential/best teacher: Eric Johnson, social studies
Hardships overcome: Two knee surgeries in four years while trying to keep up with school and a busy schedule.
Favorite quote: "...finish strong. For yourself. For the world. For others. For the God who created you." From the book Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow.
Favorite book: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.
Clubs/Extracurriculars: National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, varsity soccer, competitive soccer, volunteer work. Employment with Beacon Woods East Homeowners' Association and the John Legg campaign.
If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? Science, technology, engineering and mathematics because that is where the future of education is headed.
Sage advice for the up and coming: Never give up. In the end, your hard work really pays off.
Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. There is nothing I wish I would have done during my tenure in high school. I was actively involved and happy with my accomplishments.