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Hudson High School's valedictorian and salutatorian

David Zimmardi does volunteer work for the Coastal Cleanup and Toys for Tots.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

David Zimmardi does volunteer work for the Coastal Cleanup and Toys for Tots.

Valedictorian: David Zimmardi

Parents: Helen and Frank Zimmardi

GPA: 4.28 weighted

Future school: University of Central Florida.

Ideal career: Undecided.

Most influential/best teacher: All of my teachers have had a positive impact on my life.

Favorite quote:

"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney

Hardships overcome: Stepping out of my sister's and my cousin's shadows to become my own person.

Favorite reads: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

Clubs/Extracurricular: Interact Club, Junior Achievement. Volunteer work for the Coastal Cleanup and Toys for Tots.

How has the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education? There are less available advanced classes and the competition for scholarships has significantly increased.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Strive for greatness.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school. I have no regrets; I accomplished each and every one of my goals.

Salutatorian: Spencer Casteel

Parents: Doug and Rose Casteel; Lori and Ben Miller.

GPA: 4.27 weighted

Future school: I am currently enrolled at Pasco Hernando Community College as a dual enrollment student. I plan on completing my associates of arts degree and transferring to the University of Florida.

Ideal career: Environmental engineer.

Most influential/best teacher: Mrs. Pamela Bellerose (business education) and Mrs. Michelle Williams (administrator).

Favorite quote: "All you can do is your best." My dad.

Favorite reads: A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith.

How has the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education and your choices for the future? It has made me reconsider my original career path to one that will provide a greater number of job opportunities.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Take advantage of all opportunities given you.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school. I wish I had begun taking dual enrollment classes sooner.

Hudson High commencement will be at 7 p.m. June 1 in the school gymnasium.

Hudson High commencement will be at 7 p.m. June 1 in the school gymnasium.

Hudson High School's valedictorian and salutatorian 04/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3:18pm]
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