One girl is Senior Class President. The other is a dancer and thespian. Both of these high-achieving students not only maintain top grade-point averages, they also are engaged in the school community.
Here's a look at Dunedin High School valedictorian and salutatorian for 2013, based on a report from TBNWeekly.com. They are: Arleena Rupnaraine and Aubrey Wetzelberg, respectively.
Valedictorian Arleena Rupnaraine
- GPA: 4.8
- Activities: Senior Class President, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Key Club.
- College plans: University of South Florida on a full scholarship
- Arleena's tip: Don't slack off in high school; get involved "with everything."
Arleena moved from her home country of Guyana to Florida when she was 10 years old. Although the move intimidated Arleena, she was able to overcome her fears, make friends and excel at school. Those early lessons in resourcefulness and perseverance have served her well.
At Dunedin High School, Arleena has been on the cross country team, active in student government and risen to Class President in her senior year.
"I worked very hard since I didn't grow up in this country," she told TBNWeekly.com. "The whole reason my parents came over here was to give me and my siblings a future. I am humbled by the fact that I got it."
Salutatorian Aubrey Wetzelberg
- GPA: 4.6
- Activities: Teaches at Studio Dance Co., cheerleading, International Thespian Society, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society.
- College plans: Attend Georgetown University on several scholarships.
- Aubrey's tip: Keep an open mind and be open to helpful advice from teachers and administration.
Aubrey dances, acts and loves learning new languages. She also has been in a fast-track dual enrollment program at St. Petersburg College for promising students.
So it is quite an accomplishment for Aubrey to graduate from Dunedin High with a high GPA, while also earning her Associate of Arts Degree at St. Petersburg College.
Aubrey, who lives with her grandparents, her legal guardians, is not about to slow down either. She has ambitions to become a diplomat with the State Department.
Just how does Aubrey do it? What are her secrets?
She told TBNWeekly.com:
"I would go through everything I have to do during the week, and then on weekend, if I was busy one day, then I would spend all of Sunday doing homework, or all of Saturday doing homework to make sure I go everything done."