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Meet Ridgewood High School's valedictorian, salutatorian

Ridgewood High valedictorian Andrew Stagner hits more than the books; he also hits opposing players on the football field.

MICHELE MILLER | Times\uFEFF

Ridgewood High valedictorian Andrew Stagner hits more than the books; he also hits opposing players on the football field.

Valedictorian: Andrew Stagner

GPA: 4.56 (weighted)

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Football, track and field, weight-lifting, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (president), peer mentor, Interact, student government (president).

Favorite place on campus: The football stadium. Four years of my life have been spent there; it's my home away from home.

Favorite book: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

Favorite musician or group: I like everything but opera.

Future school: The University of Central Florida.

Major: Aerospace engineering.

Ideal career: Engineer for NASA.

Most inspirational person: My mother. She has guided me on a path of success. She is tough at times, but overall, everything I am is because of her. I love you, Mom.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? More money for the Advanced Placement programs.

Best advice/favorite quote:

"Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." — Forrest Gump

Salutatorian: Tamara Bustard

GPA: 4.5 (weighted)

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Student government representative at Ridgewood (two years), student government at Pasco-Hernando Community College (secretary), Roots and Shoots Environmental Club (secretary), National Honor Society (president).

Favorite place on campus: The tennis courts because I love to play, and it is a good stress reliever.

Favorite book: Night by Elie Wiesel.

Favorite musician or group: Kate Voegele.

Future school: Saint Leo University.

Major: Veterinary medicine.

Ideal career: Veterinarian.

Most inspirational person: My mother, father and sister because they always support me in whatever I do. Whenever I think I can't do something, I think of them and anything is possible. They all have qualities that I hope to attain.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I would have the state look at the overall student, not just the FCAT scores, due to the fact that some people don't test well.

Best advice/favorite quote:

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not, then it's not the end." Unknown

The Ridgewood High School 2009 graduation ceremony is at 7 p.m. May 29 at the school.

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