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Meet the 2013 Pasco High valedictorian, salutatorian

T.J. Pyche | valedictorian

Parents: T.J. Pyche and Natalie Macey

GPA weighted: 4.67

Future school: University of Florida

Ideal career: School administrator

Most influential or best teacher: Ninth grade English teacher Janet Stevens

Favorite quote:

"When the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes — not that you won or lost— but how you played the game."

Grantland Rice

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Sage advice for the up and coming: Don't put the carriage before the horse. Enjoy every moment. Have fun. Stand up for something. Never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough.

Joseph Gilbert | salutatorian

Parents: Mona Gilbert and Chris Gilbert

GPA weighted: 4.52

Future school: Saint Leo University

Ideal career: Hospitality management/lodging manager

Most influential/best teacher: Centennial Middle School reading teacher Cindy Fettig

Best advice: "My former teacher and mentor, Cindy Fettig, always told me to never lose focus because my hard work would eventually pay off, which has proven to be true for me."

Hardships overcome: There were times that I was not able to manage my time as well as I wish I would have, but I still managed to complete everything as best as I could.

Favorite book: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Clubs/extracurriculars: National Honor Society, Interact Club, Dade City Little League volunteer

If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? I believe the arts deserve the most attention. Although I am not personally an art student and do not have a great deal of artistic ability, many other students do and they deserve to show it.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Engage in as many extracurricular activities as you can and try to lead your fellow classmates. Leadership is a quality that will get you far.

Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. I wish I had joined more clubs and worked to lead the ones I did join. If I had learned to manage time better, it would have been possible, but I still remained a very active member of every club I participated in.

Meet the 2013 Pasco High valedictorian, salutatorian 04/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:37pm]
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