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Meet Grace Christian School's valedictorian, salutatorian

Salutatorian Desirae Billings is inspired by her late father, Ed Billings.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Salutatorian Desirae Billings is inspired by her late father, Ed Billings.

Valedictorian: Alyssa Adkins

GPA: 3.95

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Student Council (president), volleyball, Honors Club, yearbook, job in the bakery at Publix.

Favorite place on campus: Mrs. Nienhuis' classroom. I love to hang out with her and talk.

Favorite book: Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse.

Favorite musician or group: LeAnne Rimes.

Future school: Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Major: Education.

Ideal career: Special education teacher.

Most inspirational person: My mother. She has overcome many obstacles in life and has always kept a smile on her face.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system: I would like to see more parental involvement. If the parents are involved, the children will be more likely to enjoy school.

Best advice/favorite quote:

"Choose with your head and follow or respond with your heart." My grandmother, Ilse Wilcox

Salutatorian: Desirae Billings

GPA: 3.81

Clubs/extracurricular activities: This year I have had many obstacles in my life so I did not participate in much. I did work at Chik-fil-A in the mall and played basketball.

Favorite place on campus: The classroom. I like learning and I have had the most fun in class laughing and joking.

Future school: Pasco-Hernando Community College. Then, after I finish my associate's degree, University of South Florida.

Major: Childhood education.

Ideal career: Elementary school teacher.

Most inspirational person: My dad, Ed Billings. He strived to make my life the best it could be. He started with nothing and now we have a pretty decent life. May he rest in peace.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? If I could change anything, it would be the preparation for college. I think schools need to challenge their students more and push them to go higher. I think that the schools need to spend more time on that so students may be more prepared for college because college is challenging.

Best advice/favorite quote:

Do your best in everything and do not give up. My mom and dad

The Grace Christian School 2009 graduation ceremony will be at 7 p.m. June 4 at the school.

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