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Meet Wiregrass Ranch's Class of 2010 valedictorian and co-salutatorians

Taylor Flitt spends her school day taking dual enrollment classes at another campus — Pasco-Hernando Community College in Dade City. She’ll graduate with a high school diploma and an associate in arts degree.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Taylor Flitt spends her school day taking dual enrollment classes at another campus — Pasco-Hernando Community College in Dade City. She’ll graduate with a high school diploma and an associate in arts degree.

Wiregrass Ranch High

Valedictorian: Taylor Flitt

GPA: 4.51 (weighted)

Future school: University of Florida

Major: Chemistry

Ideal career: Create and start my own makeup company

Most inspirational person: Coco Chanel, because she worked through the tough times and ended up creating a name for herself in the fashion world by doing something really different and look what she turned into — a name that became recognized worldwide.

Best advice/quote: Rely on yourself because then nobody can let you down. Something it took me a while to figure out.

Hardships overcome: Focusing on my school work when there were so many things going wrong in my life. It was hard to do, but look what it got me.

Favorite place on campus: Outside, because it allowed you to feel you are not trapped inside all day long.

Favorite book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom.

Clubs and extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, swimming, softball, part-time job at Tijuana Flats in Wesley Chapel.

What is your impression of the school district's attempt to better prepare students for the workforce through career academies? There are so many opportunities that are made available to all students to help them get into a career of their choice and also experience something they would not be able to do without the program.

How would you improve your school or education in general? Coming from an out-of-state school with two semesters with different classes, I would suggest that classes be shortened to semester-long to allow students to adjust to the pace of college classes.

Any sage advice for the up and coming? Do what you can because that is all you can do.

Co-salutatorian: William Francisco Pujals

GPA: 4.5 (weighted)

Future school: University of Florida

Major: Architecture

Ideal career: Architectural engineer.

Most inspirational person: My parents, for guiding me in the right direction in life.

Best advice/quote: Live life to the fullest and take nothing for granted while having fun doing what you're doing.

Hardships overcome: The hardest thing I have ever been through is basically learning a new language and assimilating into a new culture at a young age.

Favorite place on campus: The library, because I love to read.

Favorite book: 1984, by George Orwell.

Clubs and extracurricular activities: Model U.N., Mu Alpha Theta.

What is your impression of the school district's attempt to better prepare students for the workforce through career academies? I think their efforts help educate students as to what they should prepare themselves for when they enter the work force and that, I think, is extremely beneficial.

Any sage advice for the up and coming? Work hard toward your goals and have fun doing it so that one day you will be in a position to make them come true.

Co-salutatorian: Sarah Wyper

GPA: 4.5 (weighted)

Future school: Florida State University.

Major: Aerospace engineering

Most inspirational person: Alice Paul, who went on a hunger strike to pressure Congress to grant women's suffrage. I find a tremendous amount of inspiration in how she would not back down; would not conform to what she thought was wrong.

Best advice/quote: "Sometimes life might seem restricting, but this is when you prove to yourself what you are made of." Lauren Wyper, my older sister.

Favorite place on campus: The art room because it's like The Breakfast Club.

Favorite book: 1984, by George Orwell.

Clubs and extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Model U.N..

What is your impression of the school district's attempt to better prepare students for the workforce through career academies? Career academies are giving students an edge, making them more competitive individuals in the real world.

How would you improve your school or education in general? I would like to see greater attention on exploration and application on what is learned in school and less focus on grades, which can detract from the lure of education and cause some students to shy away.

Any sage advice for the up and coming? Only with continuous effort can you attain your potential. Slacking is only cheating yourself.

Meet Wiregrass Ranch's Class of 2010 valedictorian and co-salutatorians 05/04/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 4:16pm]
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