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Graduation 2012: On the record with North Tahoe High’s top academic performers

Jenell Schwab
Sierra Sun
These eight top-performing students from North Tahoe High School are among the 2012 senior class that will graduate Friday. Commencement is set for 4 p.m. at Laker Stadium at North Tahoe High School. Front row, from left: Salutatorian Madison Ordway, Valedictorian Tannyr Pasvantis, Valedictorian Corinne Cushing, Valedictorian Nicole Phelan, Valedictorian Nikki Caravelli and Valedictorian Phoebe House. Back row from left: Valedictorian Mark Heisinger and Valedictorian Ryan Faye.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; North Tahoe High School seniors will graduate this Friday with a celebration designed by and for the students.

and#8220;This has been an amazing year at North Tahoe High School,and#8221; said Principal Joanna Mitchell. and#8220;The class of 2012 has done a great job of building our culture of support, respect and collaboration. They are a group of students with tremendous potential, and we look forward to all of their future accomplishments.and#8221;

North Tahoe High School has a unique selection process for choosing class valedictorians and salutatorians. All seniors with an academic weighted grade point average of 4.0 or above are recognized as a valedictorian. The highest ranking senior below a 4.0 is named salutatorian. This spring, seven students will graduate valedictorian.

All eight students were asked to answer a few questions; read what some of our future leaders had to say below.

What will you do after high school? After high school I plan on working my two summer jobs (Ice cream scooper and official nut-bagger) and spending plenty of time sleeping in. In the fall I will attend Williams College in Massachusetts, which I was accepted to under early decision. I am currently undecided but am considering a major in either music or English. I am extremely excited to play in a Williams Jazz Band, compete on Williams’ Division I alpine ski team alongside nationally acclaimed athletes, and to join the Chocolate Appreciation Society!

What was the last thing you learned? What is the most important thing? The last thing I learned regards perspective, which is more of a culmination of all I have learned in high school. I believe it is of the utmost importance to have a balanced perspective in order to make the best choices, take the best from the worst situations, and live to life to its potential. In addition to this, I think it is important to realize that nothing is as it seems; everything around us is merely the latest inception layered upon levels that go ever deeper. I like to think of this concept as the onion-cake-Shrek concept: If you take a snapshot of the universe, that snapshot involves the grand picture itself to the tiny particles of energy that constitute everything that is. And if you were to examine your own personality or that of anyone else’s, you would find layers upon layers of what constitutes a person’s character. Just like an onion, or a cake, or Shrek!

When you think about yourself at the age 40, what do you envision? When I picture a 40 year-old me, I raise my eyebrows and shake my head and#8212; because it seems impossible to me to guess how much I will change in the coming decades. Merely reflecting on the changes I’ve experienced in only a year blows my mind, but in five years? Twenty years? Certainly I have a few dreams, like to participate in the Olympics and find true love and stuff like that. But I have so many possibilities before me that when I look ahead, all I see is the brightness of the future!

What are you most curious about? Specifically, I am intrigued with astronomy, fascinated by the way people express themselves, and entirely captivated by the idea of college life. Of course, life in general never fails to amaze me, so I feel it is more accurate to say that I am most curious about life and living.

What is your first rule of high school survival? What tip would you give incoming freshman? My first rule: bright side up. I took up the challenge of optimism in the face of all that is negative in high school, and I would encourage any and all to take it up as well. To incoming freshmen: I dare you to enter those doors with an open mind, a courageous heart, and a willingness to learn all that you possibly can. High school holds as many doors as you can open.

What will you do after high school? I will be attending the University of California, Davis on a pre-med track with a biology major and psychology minor.

What was the last thing you learned? What is the most important thing? The last thing I learned was that you may think you have senioritis your junior year, but during senior spring it gets much worse. The most important thing I learned was to never miss any opportunity to do something.

When you think about yourself at the age 40, what do you envision? When I am 40, I hope to be an accomplished emergency room physician who has traveled the world and possibly lived in Bora Bora.

What are you most curious about? I am most curious about how living and traveling in different cultures can effect one’s outlook on life.

What is your first rule of high school survival? What tip would you give incoming freshman? The first rule of high school is that high school is what you make of it. To freshmen: your decisions and actions will directly impact your experience and how other people perceive you.

What will you do after high school? After high school, I plan on working over the summer as a lifeguard and then heading to the University of Utah in the fall.

What was the last thing you learned? What is the most important thing? The last thing I learned? I think that was the present perfect tense in Spanish. The most important thing I learned was how to finish homework in a timely and effective manner.

When you think about yourself at the age 40, what do you envision? At age 40, I picture myself as an old guy who skis a lot, with some sort of job in engineering (hopefully).

What are you most curious about? I am most curious about how people live after high school and college. Real life seems very difficult.

What is your first rule of high school survival? What tip would you give incoming freshman? and#8220;It’s not the trouble you get into, but how you get out of it.and#8221;

What will you do after high school? This August I’ll be going to Bregenz, Austria for a year through the Rotary Youth Exchange. I’ll be attending an Austrian high school.

What was the last thing you learned? What is the most important thing? The last thing I learned was how to find the volume of a revolving solid in calculus. The most important thing I learned was how to procrastinate effectively.

When you think about yourself at the age 40, what do you envision? At the age of 40, I see myself living in middle-class suburbia with a stable, 9-5 job and family of four.

What are you most curious about? I’m curious about why the giant eagles didn’t just drop the ring into Mt. Doom.

What is your first rule of high school survival? What tip would you give incoming freshman? The most important rule of high-school survival is to always use the lower fountain when filling up a bottle; the water pressure is greater, resulting in a much higher stream. And freshmen, shoot for the sky, if you miss you’ll land in the stars.

What will you do after high school? I heading off to Williams college where I plan to major in psychology.

What was the last thing you learned? What is the most important thing? The last and most important thing I learned is to find good qualities in everyone and everything around me.

When you think about yourself at the age 40, what do you envision? I see myself as a well-established clinical psychologist with a loving family.

What are you most curious about? I’m most curious about the human mind and how it reacts to its surroundings.

What is your first rule of high school survival? What tip would you give incoming freshman? My first and only rule is to never take anything too seriously. No matter what, we all survive high school.

What will you do after high school? After graduation, I will be attending New York University in New York City and studying International Relations.

What was the last thing you learned? What is the most important thing? This morning, I learned how to dissect a pig! The most important thing I’ve learned is to never take anything too seriously, and to find happiness in every situation. Having a positive outlook on life makes everything in life so much more enjoyable.

When you think about yourself at the age 40, what do you envision? At the age of 40, I hope to have established a successful job that earns me enough money to buy as many shoes as I want. I aspire to be affecting the world in a positive manner with my career and living a generally happy life.

What are you most curious about? I am most curious about the different cultures and societies that surround me, I love the human aspect of the world we live in.

What is your first rule of high school survival? What tip would you give incoming freshman? The first rule of high school survival is to enjoy yourself. Incoming freshman should remember that these four years are only what you make of them. As cliche as that sounds, it is only the truth. If you go in to this adventure with an optimistic outlook, you will have a positive experience.

What will you do after high school? After graduation, I will be attending Georgia Tech in Atlanta Georgia, studying Aerospace Engineering.

What was the last thing you learned? What is the most important thing? Most important thing I learned in high school and#8212; not to give up, those math problems are a pain sometimes, but its really gratifying when you finally get the right answer and can say to yourself that you did it. Most important thing I have learned in general and#8212; to always do what you think is right. Don’t let anyone else change your mind.

When you think about yourself at the age 40, what do you envision? By age 40, I hope to working on the next commercial shuttle, or working in law. I will drive a fast car, and have a big closet. (fingers crossed).

What are you most curious about? I am most curious about space and the ocean. They are the final two frontiers yet to be explored, thus why I want to make that happen with vessels capable to make it there.

What is your first rule of high school survival? What tip would you give incoming freshman? High School Survival 101and#8212; go into high school making the best of every moment, because even though it doesn’t seem like it, it ends quickly! Do everything you can that way you can look back with no regrets.

What will you do after high school? I will be attending the University of California, San Diego in the fall. As of right now I am planning on studying some kind of engineering, but it isn’t unusual for me to change my mind daily.

What was the last thing you learned? What is the most important thing? The last thing I learned: Procrastination is terrible. The most important thing I have learned in high school is to be yourself. Everyone will appreciate you that much more!

When you think about yourself at the age 40, what do you envision? It is hard for me to imagine myself at age 40, because I can’t even imagine what I will be doing next week. At age 40 I hope to be a successful women with her dream job, who has enough money to quit and travel the world for the rest of my life!

What are you most curious about? Recently, I heard of a study in which biomedical engineers are attempting to create prosthetics that can respond to brain signals exactly like a human’s natural limb. I am curious as to how the signals from the brain could be and#8220;caughtand#8221; fast enough to be used.

What is your first rule of high school survival? What tip would you give incoming freshman? If I could give one tip for High School it would be to work hard, because in the end it is worth it!


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