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