Top students' parting thoughts

Valedictorians and salutatorians share plans, hopes

May 18, 2008|By Cassandra L. Fortin

As Harford County seniors completed their Advanced Placement exams, valedictorians and salutatorians were selected at most of the county high schools.

After four years of hard work and dedication, these academic leaders from most of the county high schools shared their future plans, advice, and reflections.

*Lauren Carter

School: Joppatowne.

College attending: University of Maryland, College Park School of Journalism.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Journalism.

What is the secret of your success? I have always realized the talents that I have been blessed with.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? Don't be scared to be who you are. Individuality is not a bad thing.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? I would try to emphasize societies' uniqueness, and the beauty we have on the inside, to people who fail to see it.

*Ashley Massey

School: Joppatowne.

College attending: North Carolina State University.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Chemical engineering.

What is the secret of your success? My main goal and purpose throughout high school has always been to go to a good school. I want to have the American Dream.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? Build relationships with your teachers.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? I would like to inspire people to reach their goals and not think that something they want is not attainable.

*Rebecca Antonoplos

School: Havre de Grace.

College attending: Boston University.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Medical research.

What is the secret of your success? Motivation.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? Get involved. If you aren't sure about something, try it anyway.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? World peace. I know that it sounds cliche, but there are too many wars going on, and I think it would be great if people could get along.

*Emily Hall

School: Havre de Grace.

College attending: Messiah College.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Athletic training.

What is the secret of your success? Time management. I make the best use of my time.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? Get involved. in everything you are interested in. You will meet people and have a lot of fun.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? I would get rid of prejudice.

*Emily Brown

School: North Harford.

College attending: Smith College.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Something art related.

What is the secret of your success? Hard work.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? Take the classes you are most interested in, you will have more fun.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? To help people appreciate the good things in the world.

*Samantha Dixon

School: North Harford.

College attending: Yale University.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Undecided.

What is the secret of your success? I wanted to be successful for myself, not because my parents told me to.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? Get involved in activities outside of school.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? World unity.

*Jennifer Kotowski

School: North Harford.

College attending: McDaniel College.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Doctor.

What is the secret of your success? Consistently completing everything.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? Don't procrastinate!

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? I would like to make health care available to everyone who needs it, whether they have the money to pay for it or not.

*McKenzie Hull

School: Fallston

College attending: Denison University.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Work for an international nonprofit organization.

What is the secret of your success? I always push myself to do my best.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? You should dedicate yourself to your studies. Get involved in school and help make it a better place.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? Motivate people to believe that they can make a difference, even though they don't believe.

*Travis Lear

School: Fallston.

College attending: St. Mary's College.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Undecided.

What is the secret of your success? Lots of hard work.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? If you are going to stop caring, don't do it until later in high school.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? I would take away the lust for power that most governments have. It leaves a lot of people behind.

*Melinda Gross

School: Bel Air.

College attending: James Madison University.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Physical therapy.

What is the secret of your success? I established a good basis for learning. I learned responsibility and hard work at home, at an early age.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? Get involved in anything and everything and actually be active in it.

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