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Genesis Preparatory valedictorian Chelsea Bower; salutatorian Sarah Stone

One of Chelsea Bower’s college choices is the University of Central Florida.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

One of Chelsea Bower’s college choices is the University of Central Florida.

Genesis Preparatory

Valedictorian: Chelsea Bower

Parents: Kelly and William Bower.

GPA: 4.56.

Future school: University of Florida or the University of Central Florida.

Most influential or best teacher: Mrs. Lees.

Best advice or favorite quote: The Golden Rule, Treat others the way you want to be treated, was perhaps the earliest and most noteworthy quote my mother taught me.

Hardships overcome: Attending a private school as a child of a lower middle class single mother.

Favorite book: Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card.

Clubs, extracurricular activities: Interact Club, National Honor Society.

How would you improve your school or education in general? I would increase teachers' pay. For all the thousands of young minds they educate and nurture, they are severely underpaid.

How has the state of the economy impacted your education and perhaps, choices about your future? While I have interest in the arts, the current state of the economy drives me to find a more stable profession.

Sage advice for the up-and-coming? It's not really "sage" advice, but to all the young adults who don't like school — hang in there. You can make it and it feels amazing when you do.

One thing you wish you did in high school but didn't: I can't say I missed out on anything.

Salutatorian: Sarah Stone

Parents: Terry and Lisa Stone.

GPA: 4.28 weighted.

Future school: Florida State University because that's where my brother graduated from and I fell in love with the campus.

Ideal career: Teacher.

Most influential or best teacher: My senior English teacher, Ms. Cortes.

Favorite quote: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

Favorite book: Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand.

Clubs and extracurricular activities: Interact Club, Student Council (president), National Honor Society (vice president), varsity volleyball.

How would you improve your school or education in general? My school could be improved by more students enrolling. Then we could add more sports, clubs, classes, etc.

How has the state of the economy impacted your education and perhaps, choices about your future? The cuts in Florida's Bright Futures scholarship program have really hit our family, so I've been looking for any scholarship opportunity available.

Sage advice for the up-and-coming? Get all your college applications and tests (SAT/ACT) out of the way so you can enjoy your senior year.

Genesis Preparatory valedictorian Chelsea Bower; salutatorian Sarah Stone 04/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 5:40pm]
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