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2013 Fivay High School valedictorian and salutatorian

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.

Favorite quote:

"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."

Steve Jobs

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.

2013 Fivay High School valedictorian and salutatorian 03/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:57pm]
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