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Pasco High School valedictorians and salutatorians

Pasco High

Valedictorian: Timothy Dombrowski

Parents: George and Susan Dombrowski

GPA: 4.63 weighted

Future school: Saint Leo University

Ideal career: Teaching math at the collegiate level.

Most influential/best teacher: Math teacher Mrs. Carol Stout.

Favorite quote:

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Mignon Edwards, career specialist at Pasco High

Hardships overcome: Overcame financial difficulties by dual enrolling at Pasco-Hernando Community College and receiving an AA degree six months before high school graduation.

Clubs/Extracurricular: Varsity swim team, varsity tennis team, National Honor Society, Interact Club. Work at Dade City McDonald's for over two years.

How have the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education? The recent budget cuts made financial aid much more difficult to come by, so it was a relief when Saint Leo University offered me a full ride.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Work hard and always plan ahead.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school: I wish I had put more time and effort into swimming so that I could have broken our school record. I ended up a quarter of a second from doing so.

Co-salutatorian: Aaron Pingel

Parents: Karyn and Ryan Pingel

GPA: 4.56 weighted

Future school: University of South Florida

Ideal career: Radiologist

Most influential/best teacher: History teacher Mr. Adan Rivera.

Favorite quote:

"He who hesitates is lost."

Proverb often spoken by mom, Karyn Pingel.

Favorite book: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Clubs/Extracurricular: National Honor Society, Interact Club, Model U.N., Science Club, tennis, participate in numerous dog events such as dog shows and club activities.

How have the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education? The state of the economy is a large incentive to take dual enrollment classes. Other than that, it has not influenced my choices for college education.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Always put forth maximum effort into your classes to ensure success in the future.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school: Been more involved in school activities.

Co-salutatorian: Danielle Ryan

Parents: Kathy Ryan and Robert Ryan

GPA: 4.56 weighted

Future school: University of South Florida

Ideal Career: Anthropologist

Most influential teacher: Annette Doying, anthropology teacher at Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Favorite quote:

"If there really was more love in the world — love for everything, we really would all be at peace with ourselves and every living organism in the universe."

Danielle Ryan.

Hardships overcome: Bullying from numerous students.

Favorite book: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Clubs/Extracurricular: Science Club, Model U.N., National Honor Society, varsity basketball, poetry, work with a local woman taking care of her animals and assisting with editing papers for her business.

How have the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education? Some classes I would have liked to have taken were unavailable. As for the future of my education, I want to find solutions to problems such as those affected by budget cuts to education. I feel anthropology holds the key to many of these solutions.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Keep your head up high and smile to everyone.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school: I wasn't very into the high school thing, and I'm pretty proud of all my accomplishments. I would have liked to have gone to grad bash.

• Pasco High Commencement will be at 7:30 p.m. June 1 at Pasco High, W.F. Edwards Stadium, 36850 State Road 52, Dade City.

Pasco High School valedictorians and salutatorians 05/15/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:41pm]
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