Alexander Krischik was a world traveler before he arrived at Genesis Prep in his sophomore year. His father is a retired diplomat, so the recently crowned valedictorian grew up attending schools in Africa, France, Honduras, Ecuador, Argentina, the Bahamas and Maryland.
"They were all small schools," said Alexander, who plans to continue the "close-knit" trend at either Stetson University or University of Tampa. Enrollment is 5,000 or less at those schools, he said, "so you get to know the professors personally, and that's important because it is really their recommendations that get you into grad school."
Genesis Prep's salutatorian, Peter Sgroi, is headed to the University of South Florida, where he plans to study sports medicine.
"Sports has really been the foundation for everything I do and how I see things," Peter said. "It's really made a big impact on my life."
Genesis Preparatory School valedictorian: Alexander Krischik
GPA: 4.15 (weighted)
Future school: University of Tampa or Stetson University
Ideal career: One that gives me purpose.
Most inspirational person: My father, for endowing me with the morals and ethics that are my lantern on the shadowy path of life.
Best advice or quote: "Eat bitter to taste sweet." — Chinese proverb
Favorite place on campus: The forested path meandering behind the school, a place veiled by hallow harmony.
Favorite book: Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan.
Clubs/extracurriculars: The study of Chinese kung fu. Interact Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Role-playing Club, writing, drawing and being a rabble rouser.
If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I would put less emphasis on the FCAT tests or revamp them. Too much time is spent teaching to a test, and too many perfectly smart kids are held back due to a ridiculous question.
Genesis Preparatory School salutatorian: Peter Sgroi
GPA: 3.9 (weighted)
Future school: University of South Florida
Major: sports medicine
Ideal career: sports medicine
Most inspirational person: Muhammad Ali, because of what he endured inside and outside of the ring. He stood up for his beliefs without flinching. Easily he is the most well-rounded person I know of.
Best advice or quote: "It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." — Sylvester Stallone in the film Rocky Balboa
Favorite book: It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, by Lance Armstrong.
Clubs/extracurriculars: Interact Club, National Honor Society, Teen Court, Student Council, varsity basketball.