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Meet Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School's valedictorian, salutatorian

Valedictorian Christina Turn plans to major in biology/pre-medicine, which will help lead to her ideal career as a pediatric oncologist. Christina and salutatorian Alexandra Gonzalez are Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School’s first National Merit Finalists.

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Valedictorian Christina Turn plans to major in biology/pre-medicine, which will help lead to her ideal career as a pediatric oncologist. Christina and salutatorian Alexandra Gonzalez are Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School’s first National Merit Finalists.

Valedictorian: Christina Turn

GPA: 4.44 (weighted)

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Key Club, Peer Ministry, National Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Ninos Mission Club, Spanish Club, Science Olympiad, National Merit Finalist, Hillsborough County Ambassador Story Teller, playing piano, altar serving, singing, reading, experiments with "kitchen chemistry," volunteer at Metropolitan Ministries and Sutherland Place.

Favorite place on campus: I enjoy spending time in the chemistry and biology labs because we are always discovering something fascinating. I also enjoy the chapel where I spend time in prayer and reflection.

Favorite book: Tartuffe by Moliere.

Favorite musician or group: Daughtry or Nickelback.

Future school: Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University.

Major: Biology/pre-medicine.

Ideal career: Pediatric oncologist.

Most inspirational person/people: My parents. They have been my primary inspirations. They always work hard, but they always have time for their family. They have always been intelligent, caring, moral and family role models. I could never thank them enough for their love and support.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system: "I would ensure that activities related to service to others are stressed and applauded. By reaching out and helping others, we often discover the best qualities in ourselves.

Best advice/favorite quote:

Study and work hard and you'll be like a farmer 'out standing' in his field."

Leonard Gricoski (my grandpop)

Salutatorian: Alexandra Gonzalez

GPA: 4.38 (weighted)

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Student Government Association, Peer Ministry, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National Merit Scholar.

Favorite place on campus: The Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center. I have so many great memories and I've spent a lot of time there.

Favorite book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Future school: University of Florida.

Major: English.

Ideal career: Journalist or editor.

Most inspirational person/people: My father and stepfather. They have worked hard to get where they are. They constantly strive to do better and they put their family first.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system: I would have a lot more hands-on learning opportunities for students so they can learn through experience.

Best advice/favorite quote:

"If you don't like something — change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."

Mary Engelbreit

The graduation ceremony for Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School was held May 21.

Meet Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School's valedictorian, salutatorian 05/26/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 29, 2009 11:29am]
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