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Sunlake High valedictorian, salutatorian share advice

Sunlake High School valedictorian | Taylor Rowand

GPA: 4.4125 (weighted)

Future school: University of Florida

Major: Telecommunications

Ideal career: Producer

Most inspirational person: Even though it is a cliche, the most inspirational person to me would be my mom because she has managed to work hard every day (sometimes with two jobs) and still be an involved, caring and understanding mother.

Best advice/quote: No one has ever really given me this advice but is something that I have often heard: Attitude is 90 percent of everything (this is something I have had to constantly work on).

Hardships overcome: I haven't had too many hardships. Except for self-inflicted ones, such as managing my time better. I have been fortunate that I have not had many obstacles in my life and that is something I truly appreciate.

Favorite place on campus: I really enjoy being in the yearbook classroom because we are given the freedom and responsibility that an adult has to deal with. It feels like a real office.

Favorite book: And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie.

Clubs and extracurricular activities: Odyssey of the Mind, Class of 2010 (secretary), Student Council, National Honor Society, yearbook staff and volunteering with many of the clubs as well as at Lake Myrtle Elementary School.

What is your impression of the school district's attempt to better prepare students for the workforce through career academies? My impression is that it is a great concept because by preparing kids for the future they are able to understand and care about possible careers they may have. They are really learning valuable information that will help them later in life.

How would you improve your school or education in general? I wouldn't improve too much about my school or education, but I do believe that students should be allowed more freedom to prove that they can be responsible. This is often how my AP classes are run and I believe that it really prepares kids for college when they will truly be in charge of their own education.

Any sage advice for the up and coming? The only advice I would give is to make sure that when you are figuring out the path you want to take (for career or for life), make sure it is really the path that you want and not what someone else wants for you. This way you will have a vested interest in your own future instead of allowing others to plan it for you and then having to meet their expectations instead of your own. You do your best when you are doing it for yourself and no one else.

Salutatorian Katherine "Katie" O'Shaughnessy

GPA: 4.3928 (weighted)

Future school: University of Florida

Major: Telecommunications

Ideal career: Television news producer

Most inspirational person: Recently I've been really inspired by the people from a television documentary called The Buried Life. They've inspired me to try new things and not live life on a set path. My parents are also a big source of inspiration.

Favorite book: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.

Clubs and extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, Leadership Club, varsity swim team (captain).

How would you improve your school or education in general? I think more teachers need to get involved in their teaching. Fortunately I've had mostly good teachers throughout my years but I know of some that act like they're just a babysitter. Also, get rid of the FCAT. Many teachers teach toward the test.

Any sage advice for the up and coming? Don't let yourself get senioritis.

Sunlake High valedictorian, salutatorian share advice

04/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:41pm]

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