Valedictorian: Zach Higgins
Parents: Ed Gorczyca and Jennifer Higgins
GPA: 4.61 weighted
Future school: University of Florida Honors College
Ideal career: Professor
Most influential/best teacher: Math teacher Patrick Connolly.
Best advice/quote: Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. Theodor Seuss Geisel
Favorite book: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson.
Clubs/extracurricular: National Honor Society, soccer.
How would you improve your school or education in general: I would place less emphasis on grades.
How has the economy impacted your education and/or choices about your future? I have to decide how much debt I am willing to incur in college and decide on a career path that will allow me to pay off that debt.
Sage advice for the up and coming: Try to balance learning, getting good grades and having fun.
One thing you wish you did in high school: I don't regret anything.
Salutatorian: Ally Webb
Parents: Carrie and Gary Webb
GPA: 4.4285 weighted
Future school: I chose the University of South Florida to stay close to home and because they have a brand new school of pharmacy.
Ideal career: Pharmacist
Most influential or best teacher: Math teacher Amy Smith
Best advice/favorite quote: "Treat others the way you want to be treated" was taught to me at a very young age and has stuck with me through high school.
Hardships overcome: Moving from Canada just before high school. I had to make new friends and adjust to a new school.
Favorite book: Anything written by Jodi Picoult.
Clubs/extracurricular activities: Interact, Key Club, National Honor Society, working part time at Publix.
How would you improve your school or education in general? I would offer more of a variety of Advanced Placement classes and more computers and technology in all classes.
How has the state of economy/budget cuts impacted your education and/or plans for the future? The cuts in the Bright Futures Scholarship programs has limited my choice of colleges.
Sage advice for the up and coming: Don't let yourself be brought down by "senioritis."
Name one thing you wish you did in high school: Played a sport.