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Fivay High valedictorian Andrew Grayson and salutatorian Tricia Hitchings

Andrew Grayson plans to go to Florida State University and would like to study to become a pediatrician.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Andrew Grayson plans to go to Florida State University and would like to study to become a pediatrician.

Parents: Jennifer Kolodzieg and Daniel Strouse

GPA: 4.46 weighted

Future school: Florida State

Ideal career: Pediatrician

Most influential/best teacher: Barbara Booker, English professor at Pasco-Hernando Community College

Favorite quote:

"Life is 10 percent of what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it."

Charles Swindoll

Clubs/extracurricular: Job at McDonald's

How has the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education? If anything at all, it's taught me to do the best I can with what I've got.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Don't get discouraged. Just stick with it. It will pay off.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school: Learn to learn, not just for the grade.

Parents: Scott and Tracy Hitchings

GPA: 4.45 weighted

Future school: Florida Gulf Coast University

Ideal career: CPA

Most influential/best teacher: Susan Englert, gifted teacher at Palm Harbor Middle School, and Brianna Foley, music teacher at Garrison Jones Elementary School

Favorite book: 1984 by George Orwell

Favorite quote: "What might happen?" — Susan Englert

Clubs/extracurricular: Band, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda

How has the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education and your choices for the future? I changed my career path to have a more stable career financially.

Sage advice: Don't worry about what others think of you or what is considered "cool." Do what makes you happy.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school: I wish I got more involved with Fivay during my two last years of high school.

Graduation day Fivay High commencement will be at 7 p.m. June 1 at Word of Life Fellowship, 13247 Word of Life Drive, Hudson.

Fivay High valedictorian Andrew Grayson and salutatorian Tricia Hitchings 05/08/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:10pm]

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