Hannah Eder | co-valedictorian
Parents: Andrea and John Eder
Future school: University of Florida
Ideal career: Orthodontist
Most influential/best teachers: Nicholas Cuviello (science) and coach Don Howard.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."
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
Future school: Harvard University
Ideal career: Doctor specializing in neuroscience
Most influential/best teacher: Social studies teacher Donald Howard
"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."
"Fall seven times, stand up eight."
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
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.