Recognizing the county's top high school grads

May 28, 2006

The following is a list of valedictorians and salutatorians for county public schools for the 2005-2006 school year:

Aberdeen High

Valedictorian: Michelle McVey

Age: 18

Hometown: Aberdeen

College plan to attend: George Washington University

Major: International affairs

Career aspirations: CIA counterintelligence threat analyst

Favorite subject: Government

Least favorite subject: AP Spanish

Biggest issue teens face: Being responsible

Advice for incoming freshmen: Do your homework!

One trait key to becoming a valedictorian: Perseverance

Last CD purchased: Cartel

Last movie seen: Mission: Impossible III

Last book purchased: Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card

Favorite pastime: Sports

Salutatorian: Nichole Serino

Age: 18

Hometown: APG, Aberdeen

College plan to attend: University of Maryland

Major: Business

Career aspirations: Finance

Favorite subject: Art

Least favorite subject: Calculus

Biggest issue teens face: Peer pressure

Advice for incoming freshmen: Work hard and always do your best.

Last CD purchased: A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, by Panic at the Disco

Last movie seen: Last Holiday

Last book purchased: The Wedding, by Nicholas Sparks

Favorite pastime: Tennis

Bel Air High

Valedictorian: Kevin Gu

Age: 17

Hometown: Bel Air

College plan to attend: University of Maryland

Major: Criminology, criminal justice

Career aspirations: Corporate lawyer

Favorite subject: Calculus

Least favorite subject: Biology

Biggest issue teens face: Drugs

Advice for incoming freshmen: Don't be afraid. Take it slow and you'll adjust.

One trait key to becoming a valedictorian: Optimism

Last CD purchased: John Legend

Last movie seen: Mission: Impossible III

Last book purchased: Dracula

Favorite pastime: Card games

Note: Kevin earned a 5.0 grade point average for his senior year, which means he received a 100 percent on every assignment and test.

Co-salutatorian:

Michelle Peck

Age: 18

Hometown: Abingdon

College plan to attend: Grove City College

Major: Molecular biology

Career aspirations: Forensic scientist

Note: Michelle was awarded the Al Cesky Award

Favorite subject: Biology

Least favorite subject: English

Biggest issue teens face: Trying to conform to the standards of television and Hollywood

Advice for incoming freshmen: Work hard at everything you do.

Last CD purchased: New Way to be Human, by Switchfoot

Last movie seen: Inside Man

Last book purchased: A Dry White Season, by Andre Brink

Favorite pastime: Sports

Co-salutatorian: Megan Miller

Age: 18

Hometown: Bel Air

College plan to attend: Grove City College

Major: Accounting or pre-veterinarian

Career aspirations: Accountant or veterinarian

Favorite subject: Calculus

Least favorite subject: Spanish

Biggest issue teens face: Peer pressure

Advice for incoming freshmen: Don't get wrapped up in any of the drama going on around you.

Last CD purchased: Recovering the Satellites, by the Counting Crows

Last movie seen: Love Actually

Last book purchased: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling

Favorite pastime: Hanging out with friends

Co-salutatorian:

Jeremy Erdman

Age: 17

Hometown: Bel Air

College plan to attend: University of Maryland

Major: Finance

Career aspirations: Financial management

Favorite subject: Calculus

Least Favorite subject: History

Biggest issue teens face: Drug abuse

Advice for incoming freshmen: Set up a daily schedule, be organized and be punctual.

Last CD purchased: The Ever glow, by Mae

Last movie seen: Mission: Impossible III

Last book purchased: Great Expectations

Favorite pastime: Soccer

C. Milton Wright High

Valedictorian: Katie Stewart

Age: 17

Hometown: Bel Air

College plan to attend: Dickinson College

Major: Biology

Career aspirations: Environmental protection and conservation

Favorite subject: Environmental science

Least favorite subject: English

Biggest issue teens face: Acceptance of peers

Advice for incoming freshmen: Work your hardest but don't take it too seriously. Just have fun!

One trait key to becoming a valedictorian: Hard work

Last CD purchased: Closer, by Josh Groban

Last movie seen: Mean Girls

Last book purchased: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

Favorite pastime: Soccer or piano

Salutatorian:

Maggie Hennessy

Age: 18

Hometown: Bel Air

College plan to attend: North Carolina State University

Major: Environmental engineering

Career aspirations: Environmental adviser

Favorite subject: Chemistry

Least Favorite subject: U.S. History

Biggest issue teens face: Peer pressure

Advice for incoming freshmen: Know who you are and what you want to do and don't let anyone stop you.

Last CD purchased: Feels Like Today, by Rascal Flatts

Last movie seen: Failure to Launch

Last book purchased: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling

Favorite pastime: Spending time with friends

Edgewood High

Valedictorian: Alan Reed

Age: 18

Hometown: Edgewood

College plan to attend: University of Maryland

Major: undecided

Career aspirations: undecided

Favorite subject: Statistics

Least favorite subject: Spanish

Biggest issue teens face: Apathy

Advice for incoming freshmen: If you are going to procrastinate, you better get good at it.

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