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Wiregrass Ranch High School valedictorian, salutatorian

Monica Abdelmalak is valedictorian at Wiregrass Ranch High School and plans to attend the University of Florida in the fall. She’s a big fan of the Harry Potter series of books and intends to study premed and be a doctor or clinical researcher.

KERI WIGINTON | Times

Monica Abdelmalak is valedictorian at Wiregrass Ranch High School and plans to attend the University of Florida in the fall. She’s a big fan of the Harry Potter series of books and intends to study premed and be a doctor or clinical researcher.

Valedictorian: Monica Abdelmalak

GPA: 4.51 weighted

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Student Council (treasurer), National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Model U.N., French Honor Society, Thespians, tutoring. Job at Dunkin' Donuts.

Favorite place on campus: The Science Lab is always fun because I like using the lab equipment and doing hands-on work to reinforce the material.

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

Favorite musician/group: The Jonas Brothers.

Future school: University of Florida.

Major: Premed.

Ideal career: Doctor/clinical researcher. I want to make a difference in people's lives.

Most inspirational person: My parents. They work really hard to support me and my siblings and have sacrificed so much to get where they are today.

Best advice or quote:

I've always been told to stay true to myself. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? There should be grater emphasis on the reinforcement of basic reading and writing skills. The FCAT needs to be redesigned to effectively test grade-level status. Students should always be encouraged and supported to excel.

Salutatorian: Kimberly Papa

GPA: 4.42 weighted

Clubs/extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Thespians, Young Democrats of America (secretary), Multicultural Dance Club. Jobs: CVS Pharmacy and Kumon Learning Center.

Favorite place on campus: The media center because there are a ton of resources to utilize, and the staff is really knowledgeable.

Favorite book: Deception Point, by Dan Brown.

Favorite musician/group: The Dave Matthews Band.

Future school: University of Florida.

Most inspirational person: My mom, because she overcame so many obstacles despite having the odds against her. She is driven, strong and everything I admire in a woman. She is my hero.

If you could, what would you change about the Pasco County or Florida education system? I would gear high school more toward the SAT standardized test rather than the FCAT. This way Florida will be up to par with the rest of the country.

Best advice or quote: "Work hard, play harder."

The Wiregrass Ranch High School graduation ceremony is at noon on May 31 at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa.

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