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River Ridge High's valedictorian and salutatorian

Tyler Newman had to give up athletics in high school, but set and reached new goals.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Tyler Newman had to give up athletics in high school, but set and reached new goals.

Valedictorian: Tyler Newman

Parents: Timothy and Shelly Newman

GPA: 4.61 weighted

Future school: University of South Florida.

Ideal career: To become a successful meteorologist at a major news station.

Most influential/best teacher: My most influential teachers are Mr. Mark Colen (math) and Frau Andrea Newbolds (German). Both of these teachers have provided multiple years of guidance and education for which I am extremely grateful.

Favorite quote:

"Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile." Vince Lombardi

Hardships overcome: The summer of my sophomore year I was forced, due to a medical condition, to give up competitive sports, which were a part of my life since I was 4 years old. Despite this adversity, I was able to achieve new goals and aspirations.

Favorite reads: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Eagan.

Clubs/Extracurricular: German Honor Society (president), Interact Club (vice president), History Honor Society, The Purple Posse. Attended the Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders. Work at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club.

How has the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education and the future of education in the state of Florida? The recent and ongoing budget cuts cause me great concern for the Florida educational system. I fear that the excellent foundation that the student body and I have received at River Ridge will eventually come into jeopardy as teachers struggle to do so much for so little. It won't take long before these dedicated teachers and administrators begin to disappear from the educational system as they pursue other ways to support their families.

Sage advice for the up and coming: No matter how large the hurdles that you face in life, there will always be a way for you to overcome them. It is up to you, and only you, to figure out how.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school. I wish I had gotten to know more of the brilliant, innovative and caring members of the class of 2012.

Salutatorian: Daniel Reinhard

Parents: John and Rosemary Reinhard.

GPA: 4.5869 weighted

Future school: University of South Florida.

Ideal career: Pharmacist.

Most influential/best teacher: Mrs. Lisa Witfoth (Business Education)

Favorite quote: "Life is a garden. Dig it!"

Favorite reads: The Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan.

Clubs/Extracurricular: National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America.

How has the state of the economy and budget cuts impacted your education and your choices for the future? It hasn't impacted school or the future field of study, just increased costs.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Expect the best but prepare for the worst.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school. Can't think of one.

River Ridge High commencement will be at 6 p.m. June 1 in the high school gymnasium.

River Ridge High School commencement will be at 6 p.m. June 1 in the high school gymnasium.

River Ridge High's valedictorian and salutatorian 04/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:03pm]
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