Saturday, February 24, 2018
Education

Meet River Ridge High's valedictorian and salutatorian

Michelle Vanderhoof | Valedictorian

Parents: Rita and George Vanderhoof.

GPA: 4.71, weighted

Future School: University of South Florida

Ideal Career: Pharmacy

Most influential/best teacher: Julie Hallwas/AP Chemistry and physics and Mark Colen/ AP Calculus

Favorite quote

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."

Winston Churchill

Hardships overcome: Blood disorder called ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura)

Favorite book: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.

Clubs/Extracurriculars: Nation Honor Society (vice president), History Honor Society (president), English Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society. Works as a cashier at Publix.

If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you thing deserve the most attention? I would increase spending on textbooks because I prefer to have a textbook for each class at home, rather than just a class set and online textbooks. I feel a hard copy is more practical.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Never give up on your goals, because if you work hard enough you can achieve anything.

Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. I wish I had been in one of my school's musicals because I love to sing, I just never had the time for rehearsals.

Shannon McAmis | Salutatorian

Parents: Nancy and Stephen McAmis

GPA: 4.622 weighted

Future School: University of South Florida

Ideal Career: surgeon

Most influential/best teacher: Coach Mike DeGennaro and Coach Gary Allen

Favorite quote: "You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." Rev. William John Henry Boetcker.

Favorite book: Any Dr. Seuss book

Clubs/Extracurriculars: Girls weightlifting, track and field, Key Club, Interact Club, National Honor Society (treasurer), Science Honor Society (historian), History Honor Society, SPLASH Club (president).

If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you thing deserve the most attention? No amount of funding will ever have as big of an impact as the quality of the teacher.

Sage advice for the up and coming: If you want something work hard and don't give up even if you don't get it, the journey will be worth it.

Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. I wish I had been more involved in team sports.

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