Sunday, May 27, 2018
Education

Two at top to stay in state

Parents: Robert and Michelle Chauncey

GPA: 4.63 weighted

Future school: University of Florida

Ideal career: Attorney

Most influential or best teacher: Joe Raiti. (history/psychology)

Best advice: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. Philippians 2: 3.4

Hardships overcome: I have been blessed with loving and supportive parents and two wonderful older brothers, so I cannot complain.

Favorite book: The Bible.

Clubs/Extracurricular: Student body president, National Honor Society (president), Quill and Scroll (president), Interact Club, Mu Alpha Theta, peer mentor, School Advisory Council, Ram Raiders, varsity tennis. Volunteer at the HOPE Youth Ranch for foster children as an algebra and geometry tutor and as a small group leader in the children's wing of Generations Christian Church in Trinity.

How has the state of the economy impacted your education and your choice of future education? I feel that the cut of funding from the Bright Futures Program will limit the collegiate opportunities for many, and a vast amount of individuals who would otherwise be interested in the education field are being dissuaded due to the changes for those who hope to succeed, though I feel that there is still ample opportunity for them to do so.

Sage advice: Concentrate on what is important in life and understand that decisions you make now can impact the rest of your life.

One thing you wish you had done in high school: I wish I could have had the experience of going on a mission trip during my high school career.

Parents: Kenneth and Danielle Russ

GPA: 4.55 weighted

Future school: University of South Florida

Ideal career: Pharmacist

Most influential or best teacher: I can't just pick one. Mr. Joe Raiti (history/psychology) and Ms. Amy Stagner (math) are two of my favorite teachers. I would not be where I am without them.

Best advice: If you can dream it, you can do it. — Walt Disney

Favorite book: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Clubs/Extracurricular: Student body vice president, Spanish Club (president), National Honor Society (vice president), Interact, Mu Alpha Theta, peer mentor, dance team (captain), 13 years of dance outside of school.

How has the state of the economy impacted your education and your choice of future education? The budget cuts have greatly impacted my education decisions. I have decided to stay in Florida and go to public college because of them.

Sage advice: Be active, enjoy every moment, and it's never too late to succeed; have faith!

One thing you wish you had done in high school: I wish I would have been more involved starting in my freshman year and pursued more volunteer work out in the community.

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