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Land O'Lakes High valedictorian Zach Higgins, salutatorian: Ally Webb

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.

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Land O'Lakes High School's IB

valedictorians and salutatorian.

Land O'Lakes High valedictorian Zach Higgins, salutatorian: Ally Webb 05/17/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 3:14pm]
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