As the top graduates of private high schools in Pinellas County for 2013 pause to savor their hard work and thank the people who helped them along, we present a snapshot of these valedictorians and salutatorians. To start the conversation, we asked them to consider these questions (zip through the accompanying photos to find their answers).
LEARNING: What is one thing you didn't expect to learn?
INFLUENCED BY: Who has influenced you most and why?
SHOUT-OUT: Is there is a teacher you want to thank?
BEST MEMORY: Do you have one?
MADE IT THROUGH: What was your toughest high school moment?
PASSION IN LIFE: What is yours?
WISHFUL FRIEND: Is there a famous person you'd like to know through Facebook?
Note: Some schools select valedictorians and salutatorians using factors in addition to grade point average. As a result, some salutatorians have higher GPAs than valedictorians.
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