Meet the Wiregrass Ranch valedictorians, salutatorian of 2013

Hannah Eder | co-valedictorian

Parents: Andrea and John Eder

GPA/weighted: 4.674

Future school: University of Florida

Ideal career: Orthodontist

Most influential/best teachers: Nicholas Cuviello (science) and coach Don Howard.

Favorite quote

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."

Albert Einstein

Clubs/extracurriculars: Mu Alpha Theta (president), Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society (leadership board), varsity soccer, varsity track, varsity cross country, Class of 2013 club, Youth Leadership Pasco.

Favorite book: The Shack by William Paul Young.

If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? Science; additional funding is needed because schools are unable to purchase lab equipment necessary to demonstrate fundamental processes in a visual manner.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Don't be afraid to ask questions, work hard and refrain from procrastination.

Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. I wish I hadn't stressed over small assignments, and had focused more on enjoying the journey of the high school experience.

Nikita Shah | co-valedictorian

Parents: Rupa Shah and Manjul Shah

GPA/weighted: 4.674

Future school: Harvard University

Ideal career: Doctor specializing in neuroscience

Most influential/best teacher: Social studies teacher Donald Howard

Favorite quotes:

"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."

Unknown

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."

Japanese proverb

Favorite book: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Hardships overcome: Becoming critically anemic, leading to many disappointments in my running career, but never giving up and pushing through to accomplish future running success.

Clubs/extracurriculars: Varsity cross country, varsity track and field, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society, Class of 2013 (senator).

If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? I would increase spending in the sciences to promote higher level thinking and the innovative ideas present in America's future.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Follow your dreams and work hard but always think logically about your future.

Emily Payne | salutatorian

Parents: Greg and Janet Payne

GPA/weighted: 4.666

Future school: undecided

Ideal career: Scientific research

Most influential/best teacher: Paula Berry, adviser for American Sign Language Club

Favorite quote: "Life is too important a thing to ever talk seriously about." Lord Darlington, in Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan.

Favorite book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

Clubs/extracurriculars: American Sign Language Club (president), Key Club (secretary), National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society, track, cross country, media center volunteer, National Merit Finalist.

If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? If I could increase spending in one area of education, it would be school media centers because fostering reading skills and a love for reading is crucial to success in school and the rest of life.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Make the most of each moment — high school goes faster than you would think.

Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. I wish I had participated in my school's drama program.

Wiregrass Ranch High commencement will be at 9 a.m. June 1 at the University of South Florida Sundome in Tampa.

Meet the Wiregrass Ranch valedictorians, salutatorian of 2013 04/27/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 8:41pm]

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