Caleb Dinsmore | valedictorian
Parents: Jeffrey and Marilou Dinsmore
Future school: Taylor University
Ideal career: Become a coder/programmer for Google. I'm also considering going into video game development.
Most influential or best teacher: Doug Nightingale. He has helped prepare me for college academically, apologetically and spiritually. And he gave me some good laughs.
"When you hear hoofbeats, don't think zebras."
Hardships overcome: Having to move across the country in the middle of my high school career and adjusting to a new school was a bit difficult, but I'm glad I did.
Favorite book(s): The Harry Potter series.
Clubs/extracurriculars: Worked at Chick-fil-A and played bass for youth and Sunday morning worship bands.
If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? I don't believe the country needs to spend more on education; in fact, it should be spending less. The gross misappropriation of funds in the public educational system is egregious and frankly appalling.
Advice for the up and coming: Work hard. Though the one-size-fits-all educational system may not exactly cater to your skills necessarily, you can still succeed if you are diligent and cast laziness aside. Find ways to be motivated, and do your best to succeed no matter the circumstances.
Something you wish you had done in your tenure in high school: I would have liked to become involved in more extracurricular activities.
Lyndsea Smith salutatorian
Parent: Jere Smith.
Future school: Clearwater Christian College
Ideal career: General pediatric surgeon.
Most influential/best teacher: Crystal Kryder.
Hardships overcome: Graduating high school a year early.
Favorite book: The Bible.
Clubs/extracurriculars: Prayer group (president), hospital volunteer, Republican Party volunteer, vacation Bible school worker, short-term foreign missions, basketball, volleyball, archery. Job as a nanny for three boys.
If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you thing deserve the most attention? I feel that the science department should have a larger budget.
Sage advice for the up and coming: Work hard and never settle for less than you are capable of achieving.
Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. Participated in more clubs and worked harder in certain classes.