On the 24th of June, Pawling High School’s Class of 2011 will be graduating. This year, the remarkable young lady who has earned the title of Valedictorian, with a GPA of 103.6, is Anna Hayes.
Anna’s workload is stunning. In her junior year, she took Advanced Placement classes (considered college-level courses) in Chemistry, U.S. History, and English Language. This past year she has taken AP Calculus, AP English Literature, AP Macroeconomics and AP Government – that’s a total of seven AP classes which could equate to as much as one full semester of college credit.
“I made sure I got all my work done on time,” Anna notes as the trick to her success, “so I wouldn’t get backed up with assignments.” She does, however, encounter obstacles that come with having a packed schedule, admitting, “Of course there were a few late nights when I stayed up late to write an essay, and plenty of study halls I spent quickly finishing up homework.” Just like any other busy high-schooler, Anna knows the ins and outs of time management and prioritizing.
In addition to all this, Anna has a job at the Book Cove in the village. She has also played soccer since the Seventh Grade, was a member of the Spanish and French Honor Society, and served as the Vice President of the National Honor Society.
Although it takes super studying skills and a wicked work ethic to achieve the highest grade point average out of the ninety-nine people in her class, Anna is more than just a good student. Her pastimes include hiking, swimming, biking, and camping. Although she isn’t a huge fan of TV, she loves reading and listening to music.
“In my free time,” she comments, “I usually hang out with my friends and we’ll go out to eat, watch a movie or just sit around and talk.”
Next year, this Valedictorian will be attending Binghamton University as an undecided major. Although Anna is interested in science right now, she has prudently decided “to take some classes and explore my options before deciding on a major.”
“I’m a little bit nervous to give my speech,” Anna admits. “I just hope that it will be memorable and give all the graduates something to think about.”
With a student as driven and hard working as Anna, it’s hard to believe her speech will be anything but memorable.
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