Thursday, June 21, 2018
Education

J.W. Mitchell High School 2012 valedictorian and salutatorian

Valedictorian: Victoria League

Parents: David League, Terry League

GPA: 4.483 weighted

Future school: University of Central Florida

Ideal career: undecided

Most influential or best teacher: Social studies teacher Mr. Steve Burnes

Best advice: "Be smart." David League. Simple advice from my dad on making good decisions.

Favorite book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Clubs/extracurricular: Spanish Honor Society (president); competitive dancing with Dance Evolutions

How has the state of the economy impacted your education and your choice of future education? I have seen budget cuts affect my friends in the arts, but it has not affected me personally.

Sage advice: Take classes that interest you; you'll enjoy school much more.

One thing you wish you had done in high school: I am satisfied with my high school experience.

Salutatorian: Kristen Wegner

Parents: Matthew and Laura Wegner

GPA: 4.47 weighted

Future school: College of the Atlantic

Ideal career: Ideally? Dietitian and author.

Best advice: "What you do speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you say." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hardships overcome: My diagnosis with Type 1/juvenile diabetes in my junior year. Some days are hard; others are not.

Favorite book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Clubs/extracurricular: Pasco-Hernando Community College Brain Bowl, member of Tarpon Springs' Food Not Bombs group, employed as a certified nursing assistant with Madison Point Rehabilitation.

How has the state of the economy impacted your education and your choice of future education? I've been lucky enough to take advantage of the programs Pasco County offers — namely, Florida Virtual School, dual enrollment and advanced placement classes, so my education, I believe, has been unaffected thus far.

Sage advice: Reading anything and everything makes every subject easier. The stacks of books I've read are what prepared me for and gave me working knowledge for every subject.

One thing you wish you had done in high school: I wish I had found the time and will to get involved with more events and clubs while at Mitchell.

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AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

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