J.W. Mitchell High
Mitchell High School's 2009 graduation ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 30 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa.
Valedictorian: Steven Giordano
GPA: 4.5113 weighted.
Clubs/extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, Math Team, Brain Bowl.
Favorite place on campus: Mr. Braddy's science classroom. It is my home away from home, and chances are you can find me there during any time of day.
Favorite book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
Favorite musician or group: Journey.
Future school: University of Florida.
Major: Double major in computer engineering and economics with a minor in chemistry.
Ideal career: Computer systems analyst.
Most inspirational person: My parents, because without their support and inspiration for the last four years of high school, I would not have been able to come as far as I have.
If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I would like to see less emphasis on the FCAT. Many teachers base their whole year-long curriculum around getting their students to pass the test. They leave out many important details and lessons that the FCAT can't cover in annual testing sessions. Students are losing their grasp on the concept of actually learning material and forget it once the test is over.
Best advice or favorite quote: "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one." Bill Gates
Salutatorian: Jennifer Jochman
GPA: 4.4761 weighted
Clubs/extracurricular activities: International Thespian Society, French Club, French Honor Society, National Honor Society, Brain Bowl.
Favorite place on campus: The drama room. It's always filled with people I know and it holds most of my high school memories. During play rehearsals, I practically live there.
Favorite book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Favorite musician/group: The Killers.
Future school: University of Central Florida (Burnett Honors College)
Major: Forensic science
Ideal career: If not a medical examiner or an infectious disease specialist, then a stage manager or costume designer.
Most inspirational person: My mom, for being so supportive (and for driving me back and forth until I was almost 17).
If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I'd make sure schools always had enough money to support fine arts.
Best advice or favorite quote: "In order to succeed, your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure." Bill Cosby