Anclote High School, Holiday
Valedictorian: Violetta Klepatski
Parents: Vera and Vitaliy Klepatski
GPA: 3.9 Weighted: 4.6136
Future School: University of South Florida, hopefully to go on to a graduate degree at MIT or other out-of-state university.
Ideal Career: Architecture.
Most influential/best teacher: Matt Kingsley.
Hardships overcome: Being an immigrant who has overcome financial hardships.
Favorite quote/best advice: "What other people think of you is none of your business."
Favorite book: Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne.
Clubs/Extracurriculars: I work at Home Depot as a kitchen and bath associate.
If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? The arts. Surprisingly, creativity is another way to measure intellect. If a student is not "book smart" why take away the area where he/she could prove themselves?
Sage advice for the up and coming: Prepare well for the future and have a plan B.
Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. While in dual enrollment (at Pasco-Hernando Community College,) I should have connected with my high school and built relationships with my class.
Salutatorian: Jelena Dopudj
Parents: Vesna Dopudj and Damir Dopudj.
GPA: 3.97 Weighted: 4.5952
Future School: University of South Florida
Ideal Career: Chemistry professor
Most influential/best teacher: Ryan Newell
Hardships overcome: Moved to America in 2001 from Serbia. Serbia was in a state of war at the time. I learned English, was very poor for a time and was bullied at school.
Favorite quote: "He who is never criticized does nothing." Aristotle
Favorite book: Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.
Clubs/Extracurriculars: Mu Alpha Theta (president), National Honor Society, employed at Publix supermarkets, freelance photography, volunteer at the public library, volleyball.
If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? The area that deserves the most attention is science; physical sciences in particular have little to no funding in public schools. Most students are unable to grasp the full concept of biology and chemistry without the labs that most public schools cannot afford.
Sage advice for the up and coming: The one thing that you can never be stripped of is your education. Pursue it!
Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. Had more fun.