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Meet Zephyrhills High's valedictorian and salutatorian

Zephyrhills High valedictorian Anthony Pritchard, 18, wants to major in aerospace engineering with hopes of becoming an astronaut.

KERI WIGINTON | Times

Zephyrhills High valedictorian Anthony Pritchard, 18, wants to major in aerospace engineering with hopes of becoming an astronaut.

Valedictorian: Anthony Pritchard

GPA: 4.45 (weighted)

Clubs/extracurricular activities: French Honor Society, National Honor Society, volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Favorite place on campus: The practice field because its football practice memories embody for me the persistent, enduring struggles and determination needed to succeed in school.

Favorite book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Favorite musician or group: Breaking Benjamin.

Future school: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Major: Aerospace engineering.

Ideal career: Astronaut.

Most inspirational person: Brett Favre is most inspirational to me, because of his genuine passion for his job, his incredible ability to lead and his unwavering positive attitude.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I would stress equality of opportunity before equality of results among students. Each person has a chance to get ahead. By not guaranteeing everyone success, students with a desire to succeed will put forth effort on their own account, not the school.

Best advice/favorite quote:

Whatever you do, always give 110 percent." Dave Pritchard, my father

Salutatorian: Carl Ferrante-Gennaro III

GPA: 4.39 (weighted)

Clubs and extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, French Honor Society, varsity baseball, member of United Church of God.

Favorite place on campus: The commons area, because you get time to enjoy your friends.

Favorite book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Future school: The University of South Florida.

Major: Civil and environmental engineering.

Ideal career: Start an engineering firm.

Most inspirational person: My parents. They are the reason I am who I am today.

Best advice/favorite quote:

Never under-estimate the value of a good education.

The Zephyrhills High School 2009 graduation ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. May 31 at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa.

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