Graduation 2014: Incline High’s top-achievers excited for future
June 20, 2014
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline High School's seniors will experience another life milestone when they graduate this Thursday.
Of the 71 graduates, one will do so with the distinction of valedictorian (Misha Gehring) and another as salutatorian (Sarah Wright).
Graduation is at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 19, in the Incline High School gym at 499 Village Blvd.
Recently, the young adults asked to answer a few questions about their high school career and future plans. Read what they had to say below:
Misha Gehring, valedictorian
Post graduation plans? Brown University, with plans to take art classes at Rhode Island School of Design. Major: mechanical engineering.
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What are your feelings going into graduation? "It's bittersweet. I've been here, in Incline, for 18 years, and I've been with the same group of kids for about the same amount of time, so having to leave them is going to be tricky, but I'm excited. I'm looking forward to the future. I'm looking forward to new opportunities, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to come back here every break and appreciate what a beautiful place it is because it's home."
What is the most important lesson you learned throughout your high school career? "I would say it's balance. You can be a student who works hard and studies hard, but you can have a good social relationship with your friends. You can create that harmony and live life fully without having to make the decision where you choose one over the other."
What will you miss most about Incline High? "It would be the very personal and helpful relationships that I have with my teachers. They fostered my love of sciences, and they helped me decide what I was going to do. That personal relationship is very unique here, special."
What advice would you give to incoming freshman? "Keep an open mind. You never know what class is going to be the one that you figure out is the direction you want to go in life. Also, just see people around you; see the new friends that you can make that will teach you something interesting."
If you had the chance to do your high school career over, would you do anything differently? "I think I would have opened up a little bit earlier. I worked really, really hard my freshman, my sophomore and even the majority of my junior year, and I realized when you do that, there's the payoff, obviously — you have good grades — but there's more to a high school experience than just working hard. There's more in terms of building your personality and who you are as an individual than just those grades, and becoming that person, I wish I had focused on a little earlier."
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years? "I see myself building something. That is what I want to be doing. … I want to start something and have it flourish and develop into something I can be proud of whether that's a company, an architectural building, a piece of art."
Sarah Wright, salutatorian
Post graduation plans? Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. Planning on majoring in science, technology and international affairs.
What are your feelings going into graduation? "I'm definitely excited. It's been a long four years, and I've been looking forward to this moment for awhile, but at the same time our class has really gotten together a lot throughout the past couple weeks, so it's going to be tough. It's going to be weird not walking through these halls again, but I'm totally excited. I'm ready for summer, and I'm ready for the fall."
What is the most important lesson you learned throughout your high school career? "I've learned that you can work as hard as you want to work. I always thought my AP classes are going to be hard, playing sports and trying to handle all of this is going to be hard, but I've kind of realized that nothing is impossible. If you figure it out, if you know your own limits, nothing is out of reach."
What will you miss most about Incline High? "… I think what I'm going to miss is the community here and just the fact that everybody is here to support you, and you really can get involved in absolutely everything because it's so small."
What advice would you give to incoming freshman? "I would say try to have fun. I know that high school can be stressful, and my freshman year was definitely stressful even just showing up to the first day of sports practice. You don't know how good you are; how good everyone else is. I think just try to relax and know that everyone is going through the same exact thing … You don't really have to worry too much what other people think about you. I think that's something I could have used freshman year: Don't stress out too much. Don't worry. It'll be OK."
If you had the chance to do your high school career over, would you do anything differently? "I would have probably gotten to know some of my classmates better earlier on. This year I was involved in We the People, our AP government class, and that really brought me closer to a lot of my classmates, and I made friendships that I would never would have made before. … I just really got to know them this year and now we're all leaving."
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years? "I want to find my passion first. That's why I'm going to Georgetown. That's why I'm in the School of Foreign Service because I know that my passion has something to do with social studies and with the world and learning about culture. Hopefully, in 10 years, my goal is to have a positive impact on the world. I want to do something to change the world in a positive way."
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