HUBER HEIGHTS — At 6 pm on Sunday, May 21, at the Wright State University Nutter Center, Rebecca Reese and Ashley Flohre will stand in front of their Wayne High School class of 2017 and speak for their graduation ceremony as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Both girls have attended and been very involved in extracurriculars at Wayne throughout their high school careers, and have an overwhelming amount of love for their school.
“I’ve had a lot of really great teachers and a lot of really difficult classes,” said Reese. “Wayne gives you so many opportunities because you can be in track and band and be valedictorian, and you get all of those different things combined so it makes you a person who can handle stress and have time management.”
Flohre agrees, adding that “There’s so much diversity here and you definitely learn how to talk to different people and learn how to cooperate with them. You can do so many different things at once here.”
To Flohre, achieving salutatorian is an amazing opportunity that puts her hard work into perspective.
“At St. Peter’s we never did class rankings or anything like that, so when I came here where there were class rankings, it was so shocking to actually see that,” she said.
To Reese, achieving valedictorian was a goal throughout high school that kept her motivated when taking difficult classes.
“It was that long-term goal that I had to look forward to all four years,” said Reese. “When I was taking AP Calculus or something and I was struggling, I was like ‘I can’t get a B! That’s my GPA!’ so it was just nice to have that to encourage me to keep on going.”
Reese and Flohre have some advice to those hoping to graduate as valedictorian or salutatorian. “Plan ahead!” said Reese. She recommends that students always consider the future and take harder classes earlier during high school to reduce stress during later years.
Flohre reminds them to always try their hardest and not get discouraged.
“No matter what, keep it up and don’t let one bad grade get you down,” said Flohre.
After graduation, both girls plan on attending Wright State University. Reese will be studying biochemistry and molecular biology. She wants to study personalized medicine and perform research related to Parkinson’s Disease or various cancers.
Flohre plans on majoring in behavior and neuroscience with the goal of becoming a pediatric psychiatrist.
Although they have different career paths planned, Reese and Flohre agree that their time at Wayne High School has been wonderful and very helpful in preparing them for the future.
Anna Brown is a student at Indiana University and a summer intern with the Huber Heights Courier. She can be reached at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.