Valedictorian Amelia Lyng shares her thoughts, views

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When another class of Whitehall High School graduates turn their tassels over this Friday at 6 p.m., Amelia Lyng will be representing the class as valedictorian. She spoke of her fondest memories of high school and gave a special shoutout to some of her teachers that helped her along the way.

Q: How did you find out you were valedictorian?

A: My principal went over the intercom on April 4th and said he was going to announce the top ten. Once he began announcing I sat in my English class and waited with anticipation for my name. Finally, I was announced last as the Valedictorian.

Q: What does it mean to you to be valedictorian?

A: This was a goal I set for myself after my 5th grade graduation. I was the top girl in the class that year and it inspired me to keep going. So being able to achieve that goal has been very rewarding.

Q: Can you speak about one of your most fond memories of high school?

A: I really struggle just picking one moment. I have enjoyed so many aspects of high school, especially the sports I participated in. I have become close friends with many of my teammates, so it really made each practice and game so special.

Q: What motivated you most in high school?

A: I am a very self-motivated person so setting goals and wanting to achieve them has driven me. I will have to say that knowing there were other students with close averages working towards the same goal was definitely motivating also.

Q: What is something that you think you will miss about high school? Do you have any regrets?

A: I will miss playing sports, my physics class (not for physics content but because of the unique conversations we had in that class), going to the art room every chance I can get throughout the day because I enjoy art but also because it is my mother’s classroom, and being able to be with my friends each day. I definitely don’t have any regrets.

Q: Tell me about the teachers that have impacted you during these four years. Do you have any special shoutouts?

A: I feel like I have been impacted in positive ways by all my teachers I have had these past four years. But I do have some that I would like to give a special thank you to. My mother, who has been my art teacher, has created a safe space for myself and my friends/classmates and instilled a love of art in me. Mr. Etu, who has been my physics and chemistry teacher, has always been real with me while also encouraging. Mrs. Wilson, who has been my physical education teacher, has been someone that is always approachable and willing to listen. Mr. Hunt, who has been my coach since I was in 7th grade has always looked out for his athletes and went above and beyond to encourage me to see my potential. I can’t thank you all enough for all you do.

Q: When it comes to the valedictorian speech, are you nervous at all? What were you thinking of talking about in the speech?

A: I am very nervous to say my valedictorian speech. I have spoken in front of large audiences before, but it still makes my heart race, plus the valedictorian speech is something people look forward to so I do not want to disappoint. I am thinking about talking about where we have come from, what we have achieved, and probably give some advice about our futures.

Q: How do you think high school has prepared you for college?

A: I have been lucky to have the opportunity to take several college classes in high school. My teachers have given us a look at what the rigor will be like in college and how to manage our time to be successful.

Q: Tell us more about your interest in political science. What are some aspects of political science you’re interested in?

A: I have always been interested in current events and different aspects of government, so I am really looking forward to studying this in depth. Specifically, I am looking forward to learning more about the American political system with a possible internship in Washington D.C.

Q: Will you be playing any soccer, basketball, or track while at college?

A: So far I don’t have a set plan to play a sport in college. I do absolutely love to play sports; I might go out for club or intramural.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to someone striving to be valedictorian, what would it be?

A: If I could give one piece of advice to someone striving to be valedictorian it would be to never give up, which seems pretty basic but true, nonetheless. The amount of things you have to focus on will get overwhelming at times, but the hard work will pay off in the end.