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Meet the 2009 Wesley Chapel High valedictorian and salutatorian

Wesley Chapel valedictorian Rosie DeAngelo, who has danced for 15 years, plans to major in dance at New York University or Florida State University.

KERI WIGINTON | Times

Wesley Chapel valedictorian Rosie DeAngelo, who has danced for 15 years, plans to major in dance at New York University or Florida State University.

Valedictorian: Rosie DeAngelo

GPA: 4.45 (weighted)

Future school: New York University or Florida State University

Major: Dance

Ideal career: Professional modern/contemporary dancer

Clubs/extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, thespian, dancer for 15 years, work at Hollister

Favorite place on campus: Physics room of Mr. Charles Banyard. We’re always learning something new and interesting and he’s always willing to teach. Favorite book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

Favorite musician/group: Modest Mouse

Most inspirational person: My parents, my brother and my boyfriend, Nick DiGioia; they all make me want to be a better person.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? Raise the standards for each placement level to increase motivation in students and teachers. Offer a wider spectrum of courses, so that students can fully explore their career options.

Best advice/favorite quote: “No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

Salutatorian: Michelle Rooks

GPA: 4.43 (weighted)

Future school: Lee University, Cleveland, Ind.

Major: Music

Ideal career: Full-time wife and mother, part-time musician

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Student government (senior class president), School Advisory Council (chairperson), FISH Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, youth church worship, drama and dance team, vocal ensemble, swing dance, piano

Favorite place on campus: The art room because it has a relaxing and creative atmosphere.

Favorite book: The Bible

Favorite musician/group: Casting Crowns

Most inspirational person: My sister Valerie, because she is always encouraging me to challenge myself and to aim high.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I would institute an optional “nap time” for students during their lunch periods.

If you go

The Wesley Chapel High School 2009 graduation ceremony will be at 3 p.m. May 30 at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa.

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