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Meet the Zephyrhills High valedictorian and salutatorian of 2013

Savana Wright | valedictorian

Parents: Jill and Robert Wright

Weighted GPA: 4.4

Future school: University of Florida

Ideal career: Undecided

Most influential/best teacher: Cecil James (science), Harold Dana (gifted), Joseph Gude (social studies), Tara Rio (language arts), Catherine Burgess (art)

Favorite quote/best advice:

"Money should be a factor, not the factor."

Grant Baldwin

Favorite book: Besides Harry Potter? Gone, by Michael Grant.

Clubs/extracurriculars: National Honor Society (president), National Art Honor Society (president), Odyssey of the Mind, Earth patrol, Girl Scouts, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Powder Puff, babysitting.

If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve the most attention? I would really love to see art programs receive more funding. Art, both visual and performance arts, give some (students) motivation to come to school. Also, creativity is a quality that is very valuable in the adult world.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Try your hardest in school, but don't let it consume you. It's important to have fun and enjoy your friends.

Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school. I've done everything I wanted to do! I can honestly say that.

Ashley Janelle Ramirez | salutatorian

Parents: Patricia Ramirez, Joe Ramirez

Weighted GPA: 4.34

Future school: University of South Florida

Ideal career: I am unsure about my future career choice, but I am leaning toward pediatric neurologist.

Most influential teacher: It's crazy, but the best teacher I have ever had the joy of being taught by was my fifth-grade teacher, Sharyl Robison, from Woodland Elementary.

Favorite quote: "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic: capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it." — Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.

Favorite cook: Identical, by Ellen Hopkins

Clubs/extracurriculars: I am a member of Odyssey of the Mind, Key Club, National Honor Society, Interact, French Honor Society, Earth Patrol, Girl Scouts. I tutor through a local program known as the Y-Achievers at my local YMCA.

If you could increase spending on education, what areas do you think deserve most attention and why? I believe funding for supplies in the classroom such as books, writing/coloring utensils, lab equipment, etc., should be increased. Many books in schools are falling apart and it's very hard to work on assignments when pages are missing or falling out in the process. Most books have to be taken to and from class every day and they barely survive. Also, many labs or experiments require certain equipment and most of the time classes are unable to perform or finish these labs because they lack the proper utensils. If funding were to be increased, I feel students would be able to experience the full potential books and equipment can provide.

Sage advice for the up and coming? Your freshman and sophomore years are the most important years of high school. Everything you do counts and determines how you end your high school career. Procrastination may get the best of you at times, but trust me, you can make it through it.

Name something you wish you had done during your tenure in high school: I kind of wish I had participated in a sport. Of course you always hear every athlete complaining about the rigorous workouts, but it always seems like they're having fun. I wouldn't have minded having fun with my friends while staying in shape.

Zephyrhills High commencement will be at 2 p.m. June 2 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa.

Zephyrhills High commencement will be at 2 p.m. June 2 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa.

Meet the Zephyrhills High valedictorian and salutatorian of 2013 05/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 2:12pm]
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