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Wesley Chapel High valedictorian, salutatorians: Nick Cox, Czarina Teano, Cody Reeves

Wesley Chapel High School valedictorian Nick Cox plans to attend the University of Florida. He wants to be a professor or teacher.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Wesley Chapel High School valedictorian Nick Cox plans to attend the University of Florida. He wants to be a professor or teacher.

Wesley Chapel High School

Valedictorian: Nick Cox

Parents: Julie Cox, Robert Cox

GPA: 4.52 weighted

Future school: The University of Florida because it's cheaper than going to a private school, and I will learn the same things anyway.

Ideal career: professor or teacher of any kind

Most influential/best teacher: science teacher Charles Banyard

Favorite book: Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

Clubs/extracurricular: I work as a busboy at Wasabi Japanese steak house, and I spend most of my time rock climbing.

How would you improve your school or education in general? A more science-based education for all schools and much more focus on specialization.

How has the state of the economy/budget cuts impacted your education and your choices about the future? I chose to attend the University of Florida over the University of Pennsylvania.

One thing you wish you had done in high school: Science Fair and academic extracurricular activities.

Sage advice for the up-and-coming: Take as many Advanced Placement classes as you can to save money for college.

Co-salutatorian: Cody Reeves

Parents: Gary and Julie Reeves

GPA: 4.5 weighted

Future school: The University of Florida because it's the perfect distance from home and ranked highest in the state for chemistry and physics.

Ideal career: chemistry researcher

Most influential/best teacher: Advanced Placement history teacher Rebecca Sadusky

Best advice/quote: "Do just once what others say you can't do and you will never pay attention to their limitations again." James Cook

Favorite book: The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.

Clubs/extracurricular: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Teen Court, tutoring

How has the state of the economy/budget cuts impacted your education and your choices about the future? There's more of an incentive to stay within the state.

Sage advice for the up-and-coming: Don't forgo the journey just to reach the destination.

One thing you wish you had done in high school: Just hang out with friends a little more.

Co-salutatorian: Czarina Teano

Parents: Joaquin Teano, Marie Teano

GPA: 4.5 weighted

Future school: University of Florida

Ideal career: pediatrician/neurologist

Most influential/best teacher: Brian Simmons (AP biology) and Sean Gaudet (drama)

Best advice/quote: "Do or do not. There is no try." Yoda

Hardships overcome: My family immigrated to this country when I was only 9. I was able to comprehend English, but speaking and communication was quite a challenge.

Favorite book: The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Clubs/extracurricular: National Honor Society (co-president), International Thespian Society, Mu Alpha Theta

How would you improve your school or education in general: Have more of a variety of courses offered for students to explore.

How has the state of the economy/budget cuts impacted your education and your choices about the future? Budget cuts with Bright Futures Scholarship program. I relied on the scholarship to help pay for my college tuition. Now I have to find another way to ease the cost of attending university.

Sage advice for the up-and-coming: Do what interests you most; never underestimate yourself.

One thing you wish you had done in high school: I have no regrets.

Wesley Chapel High valedictorian, salutatorians: Nick Cox, Czarina Teano, Cody Reeves 05/03/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:35pm]
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