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Sunlake High School's valedictorian, salutatorian

Van Tucker, 17, is valedictorian of Sunlake High School and plans to attend the University of Florida.

KERI WIGINTON | Times

Van Tucker, 17, is valedictorian of Sunlake High School and plans to attend the University of Florida.

Valedictorian: Van Thomas Tucker

GPA: 4.4565 weighted.

Clubs and extracurricular activities: Weight-lifting, football, Kmart employee, member of Shades of Twilight band.

Favorite place on campus: The girls locker room.

Favorite book: The Dirt, by Motley Crue.

Favorite musician or group: Tool, Opeth and Between the Buried and Me.

Future school: The University of Florida.

Most inspirational person: Cap'n Crunch because he gets me going in the morning.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I would have school start later in the day because waking up at 6:30 (a.m.) is brutal.

Best advice you've been given or a favorite quote:

"Dude, don't do that."

Salutatorian: Caitlin Ruddy

GPA: 4.3690 weighted.

Clubs and extracurricular activities: Drama Club, Thespians, National Honor Society, voice and piano lessons, community theater, church cantor, member of Life Teen band.

Favorite place on campus: I love to sing, so the chorus room is my favorite place. Since chorus is my last-period class, it's a great way to end those stressful test days.

Favorite book: Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer.

Favorite musician or group: Queen, Sara Bareilles, Norah Jones, Muse.

Future school: The University of Florida or Rollins College.

Major: Music/vocal performance

Ideal career: To perform in theater or opera.

Most inspirational person: Ms. Hughes, my middle school English and drama teacher. She was instrumental in inspiring my love for theater and the arts because of her creative teaching experiences and my first acting opportunities.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I would change the way budget cuts are affecting the arts in the Pasco education system, as well as all over. Music and theater programs are as vital to providing a good education as sports and academics. I would encourage more public awareness and support to keep these programs going.

The Sunlake High School graduation ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa.

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