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Pasco High School valedictorian Luke Richter; salutatorian Tori Larsen

Pasco High School

Valedictorian: Luke Richter

Parents: Frank and Patty Richter.

GPA: 4.7 Pasco-Hernando Community College: 4.0.

Future school: I have chosen to go to the University of Florida because of their extraordinary academics and the beautiful campus.

Ideal career: Computer systems analyst.

Most influential teacher: AP environmental teacher, Mr. Donald Charlick. He taught me so much and helped me to work hard while still making it fun.

Favorite quote: "I am not young enough to know everything." Oscar Wilde

Favorite book: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Science Club, Interact Club, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PHCC), Psi Beta National Psychology Honor Society (PHCC).

How would you improve your school/education? I would improve my school by offering more advanced placement courses.

How has the state of the economy impacted you education or your choices about the future? I had once wanted to work in the automobile industry. But the state of the economy has affected this choice and now I am going for something in the computer field.

Advice for the up-and-coming: Study. Period.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school: I wish I had been more involved in the band and music program because I have such a passion for music.

Salutatorian: Tori Larsen

Parents: Kjell and Linda Larsen.

GPA: 4.67 weighted.

Future school: The University of Florida because it will challenge me to do my best and also set a solid foundation for my future career.

Ideal career: Cardiovascular surgeon

Most influential or best teacher: Mr. Michael Pellegrino at Centennial Middle School.

Favorite quote: "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." — Ayn Rand

Favorite book: The Dark Elf Trilogy, by R.A. Salvatore.

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Interact Club, National Honor Society (president), Student Council (class treasurer), school and competitive soccer (East Pasco), cross country, track, weightlifting. Hostess at Beef 'O' Brady's, soccer referee

How would you improve your school or education in general? I believe that if my school had block schedules it would benefit both students and teachers. This would give teachers more time to explain difficult concepts all at once and allow students more than a day to explore these concepts before learning something new. A block schedule would be a great advantage to a class such as advanced placement calculus.

How has the state of the economy (budget cuts) impacted your education and, perhaps, choices about your future? In the beginning of the school year, I almost had to go through my science class without a textbook. My school did not have the money for new books in its budget. Luckily, my science teacher, Mr. Charlick, was willing to fight for us and we were able to buy a few new books and reuse some of the old ones. It always seems like no one wants to be in charge of paying for new textbooks even when they are absolutely necessary. Other than that, the economy has not held me down. I am still going to strive to fulfill my dreams no matter what economic setbacks come my way.

Sage advice for the up-and-coming? High school is important. It has the power to determine your future without you even realizing it. No matter how tough it gets, keep on going and stay strong. Just remember to be yourself and have fun!

One thing you wish you had done in high school but didn't? I wish I had joined more school clubs.

Pasco High School valedictorian Luke Richter; salutatorian Tori Larsen 04/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 5:41pm]
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