Valedictorian: Lauren Webb
GPA: 4.49 (weighted)
Future school: Emory University
Major: Political science/French
Ideal career: Lawyer
Most inspirational person: Voltaire. No matter how unpopular his beliefs were, he told the truth and refused to let others get away with anything else.
Best advice/quote: “Don't look for guarantees. And don't look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed to shore." Ray Bradbury from Fahrenheit 451
Favorite place on campus: Junior/senior lounge. I can lie in the booths.
Favorite book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Clubs and extracurricular activities: Student Government Association, Teen Court, cashier at Winn-Dixie, interviewer and quality control at Eastern Research
What is your impression of the school district's attempt to better prepare students for the workforce through career academies? I think it's important to increase awareness of these programs so that more students will be able to leave high school with a career in mind.
How would you improve your school or education in general? I think it needs to start by encouraging students as early as elementary school to try their best in school. Many kids come into high school without trying or planning because they never saw a reason to.
Any sage advice for the up and coming? Make your goal whatever you real dream is — even if you think you can't get it. At worst, you know you tried. At best, you get everything you ever hoped for.
Salutatorian: Katie Proctor
GPA: 4.3 (weighted)
Future school: University of West Florida
Major: Political science and history
Ideal career: Lawyer
Most inspirational person: Sandra Mullins, a teacher at Hudson High School and the sponsor of the Teen Court volunteer club. She grew up in times of adversity and inequality and she was active in fighting oppression. She has always stood up for what she believes and that is what she teaches. She encourages students like me to never give up, be innovative, selfless, enduring and to reach for our highest potential. William Arthur Ward once said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." Sandra Mullins is that teacher. She is a teacher, a feminist, a friend and an inspiration. The world is a better place because of Sandra Mullins and people like her.
Best advice/quote: “When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power." Hugh White
Favorite place on campus: The gym. I have spent a lot of time there and every moment has been fun. Exhausting at times, but fun, nevertheless.
Clubs and extracurricular activities: School sports: basketball, volleyball, softball, cross country, tennis. National Honor Society (president), Student Government Association (vice president), Teen Court, marching and concert band, Drama Club, Brain Bowl, volunteer for local food drives, Junior Achievement and Toys for Tots. Employee at the local Dairy Queen.
How would you improve your school or education in general? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I have no complaints about the education I received at Hudson High. I do not know how I could improve my school. It would take the entire student population to improve the school as a whole. If every student cared about their education and was there for an education and not because they have to be there, then I think the school would be nothing short of perfect.
Any sage advice for the up and coming? Don't procrastinate. Trust me, I work well under pressure and many times I did procrastinate, but it made my life much harder than it needed to be. I would have gotten a lot more sleep and had a lot more free weekends if I hadn't procrastinated.