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Wiregrass Ranch valedictorian Levi Davidson, salutatorian Fiona Chai

Will it be Cambridge or Gainesville for Levi Davidson? He’s considering Harvard and the University of Florida.

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Will it be Cambridge or Gainesville for Levi Davidson? He’s considering Harvard and the University of Florida.

Wiregrass Ranch High

Valedictorian: Levi Davidson

Parents: Jennifer and Brandon Traver

GPA: 4.57 weighted

Future school and why: Either Harvard for the experience or the University of Florida for the convenience.

Ideal career: Nuclear engineer.

Most influential or best teacher: Science teacher Nicholas Cuviello.

Best advice/quote: "The little things you do make up for the body of work that defines who you are." Soccer coach David Wilson

Favorite book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Clubs/extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, soccer team, Ping Pong Club, veterinary technician assistant at Seven Oaks Pet Hospital.

How would you improve your school or education in general? I would remove the silly classes from the more dedicated schedules such as art and physical education requirements and make 11th and 12th grades more career oriented in regards to classes.

How has the state of the economy/budget cuts impacted your education and the choices about your future? The only change that the economic downfall brought to me is that I had to get a job to pay for a car, movies, etc.

One thing you wish you had done in high school: I wish I had played tennis with more commitment.

Sage advice for the up and coming:

Honesty, hard word and kindness are always valuable traits. Anyone can be sarcastic and spiteful.

Salutatorian: Fiona Chai

Parents: Loretta Lau and Jeff Chai

GPA: 4.55 weighted

Future school and why: The University of Florida. I wanted to stay in-state for undergraduate schooling.

Ideal career: Plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

Most influential or best teacher: All my advanced placement teachers have done a really great job to prepare me for college.

Best advice/favorite quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Ghandi "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Clubs/extracurricular activities: Job as a martial arts instructor at John Prevatt Karate, second degree black belt, clarinet and piano, Key Club (vice president), Class of 2011 secretary, French Honor Society, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta.

How has the state of the economy/budget cuts impacted your education and/or your choice about the future? It has made me decide to stay in Florida for undergraduate studies so I can save money and go to a more prestigious medical school in the future.

Sage advice for the up and coming: Don't let your guard down because you always have competition; shoot for the best.

One thing you wish you did in high school: I wish I would have gotten the SAT out of the way earlier. It is really stressful to worry about it on top of college applications and such.

Wiregrass Ranch valedictorian Levi Davidson, salutatorian Fiona Chai 04/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 5:47pm]

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