Friday, June 22, 2018
Education

Vals and sals: Sunlake High School

Sunlake High School

Valedictorian: Evan Maggi

Parents: Joanne and Dave Maggi

GPA: 4.61 weighted

Future school: Undecided; University of Central Florida or the University of Florida.

Ideal Career: Novelist/short story writer

Most Influential or best teacher: English teacher Dr. Betty Chroninger

Favorite quote:

"Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural." Charlie Chaplin

Favorite book: White Noise by Don DeLillo

Clubs, Extracurricular Activities: JSA Debate (treasurer, president), student government (representative, treasurer, president), National Honor Society.

How has the state of the economy (budget cuts) impacted your education and, perhaps, choices about your future? I was still able to make the best of my high school education, but it has limited my choices for college.

Sage advice for the up and coming? Do your best, but never too much to not have fun.

Name one thing you wish you had done in high school. I wish I had been able to balance sports and academics. Playing football was a lot of fun.

Salutatorian: Jennifer Levengood

Parents: Jeff and Lisa Levengood

GPA: 4.5595 weighted

Future school: University of Florida

Ideal Career: International law

Most influential or best teacher: Though I have had many excellent teachers throughout my educational career, two teachers have taught me life lessons that I could not have learned in any other classroom. Mr. Kacy Kane taught the importance of succeeding to your highest potential, and Mrs. Kathleen Greaves encouraged me to always "fill in the negative space," and put my best effort into everything that I do.

Best advice: Mrs. Kim Dunn, my fifth-grade teacher, once told me that "everything happens for a reason." This advice has stuck with me for years and offered explanations when times got tough.

Hardships overcome: Unfortunately, I have met many hardships during my senior year concerning the apathetic members of our administration. It is a shame to me that upper-level students are required by the administration to fulfill district expectations, but are treated as if they do not matter. I found it most difficult to succeed when it seemed to many students and parents alike that more emphasis was put on petty issues than anything else. However, with the help of many outstanding teachers, I was able to overcome these obstacles and set personal goals beyond the realm of high school.

Favorite book: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Clubs/Extracurricular: Varsity tennis, National Honor Society (historian). volunteer work with Metropolitan Ministries and Relay for Life.

How has the state of the economy impacted your education and your choice of future education? Since Florida's governor, Rick Scott, has made various decisions to cut funding in all programs outside of the "STEM" majors, my choice to go into the field of law has not been as easy. I know that funding for this program will likely be cut, as will other humanities and liberal arts majors. This was a factor that drove me to choose the University of Florida as my future school because I know there is a strong alumni base that accounts for a large amount of funding for the programs. With such a prestigious history, I know that the budget cuts will not affect me as harshly as they may have if I were to choose a different university.

Sage advice: Do not ever be afraid to fight for what you believe in. There will always be obstacles to hinder you but to overcome them is to succeed.

One thing you wish you had done in high school: Perhaps I would have taken up soccer or cheerleading.

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