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Valedictorians of Wilson's Class of 2013


Name: Keep Nathanson

Neighborhood: Arnold Creek

Post-grad plans: Attending Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

Being a Wilson valedictorian is really special to me because I'm so incredibly proud to say that I went to Wilson High School. I think it's an amazing school and I know that it provided me with everything I wanted in a high school and more. Wilson had all of the resources and opportunities to get me to where I am right now, and overall going there was an awesome experience. Being a Wilson valedictorian is great because I did work really hard and Wilson provided lots of challenges, but really I'm way more proud to say I'm a Wilson High School graduate. I wouldn't change my high school experience at Wilson for the world, and I wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere else."

Name: Teddy Duchow-Pressley

Neighborhood: Collins View

Post-grad plans: Attending Oregon State University Honors College in Corvallis.

It's nice to be recognized for the hard work, but grade inflation has diluted the distinction to a certain extent. Nice, but not why I tried."

Name: Brenna Ori

Neighborhood: Maplewood

Post-grad plans: Attending Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., pre-med.

I am extremely proud to be a Wilson Valedictorian. Being a valedictorian represents all the hard work I did in high school and the payoff from that hard work. I had this goal from the time I was a freshman and am happy to have fulfilled my goal."

Name: Matan Horenstein

Neighborhood: Hayhurst

Post-grad plans: Studying abroad through the Israel Exprience program at Bar-Ilan University, then attending Yeshiva University in New York, N.Y.

It was an honor to be a valedictorian in high school. I am so privileged to be a part of a group of such amazing and intelligent students."

Name: Moriah Schwartz

Neighborhood: Ashcreek

Post-grad plans: Attending the University of Washington in Seattle, possibly majoring in science and studying abroad in Europe.

Learning has always been a passion of mine, and my education is something I place as a top priority in my life. I view education as a great privilege, an opportunity not available to everyone in other parts of the world. The idea of kids in other countries being so hungry to learn yet unable to receive much schooling motivates me to fully appreciate what I have and to work to the best of my ability. Even though I have always had high expectations for myself, I wasn't always striving for an A. I just focused on putting my best effort into what I did and taking advantage of the opportunities I was given. Being one of my school's valedictorians is a true honor, and the knowledge that I gave all I had the past four years is the greatest reward."

Name: Emma Fredgant

Neighborhood: Hayhurst

Post-grad-plans: Attending Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., probably majoring in English.

"I've always been someone who follows the beaten path with schoolwork — always turning things in, working hard to do well in several different subjects instead of excelling in a given few. It's nice to know that doing what I've done has some measure of success attached to it — you don't have to be a genius in one subject to be a worthwhile student. I'm honored to have reached this point and to be able to share the title with so many smart people."

Name: Gretchen Raguse

Neighborhood: Arnold Creek

Post-grad plans: Attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence, studying visual communication (graphic design).

It means a lot to me. It took a lot of time, effort, dedication and determination and it feels great to be recognized for this achievement."

Name: Jordan Metz

Neighborhood: Hayhurst

Post-grad plans: Attending the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in biology.

Being a Wilson High School valedictorian has given me incredible recognition for all the hard work I have accomplished over these past four years. I feel honored to be acknowledged with my peers."

Name: Katie Hampton-Wonder

Neighborhood: Ashcreek

Post-grad plans: Attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, majoring in biology or zoology.

Although this is the end of my high school career, it is just another step along the path of my education. I set high standards for myself and it is nice to be recognized for the work that I have done so far."

Name: Paige Kracke

Neighborhood: South Burlingame

Post-grad plans: Attending Tufts University in Medford, Mass., majoring in bioengineering.

During my time at Wilson I worked hard, studied and sometimes lost significant amounts of sleep to complete school assignments. In return I received a valedictorian certificate with my name written on it in a fancy font. However, much more important than the certificate or the title of valedictorian are the skills and study habits I learned along the way. I think that my high school experience has prepared me well for the hard work, studying, and occasional sleep deprivation that college will undoubtedly require."

Name: Magena Fura

Neighborhood: Bridlemile

Post-grad plans: Attending the University of Washington in Seattle, studying bioengineering.

Being a Wilson HS valedictorian is very cool. I'm honored to be recognized for all the work I've done in high school, and it's exciting to be part of a group of students who've worked really hard to get this far. However, I'm a bit disappointed with the system of choosing valedictorians, because it prefers kids who can get straight A's rather than recognizing those who take tough classes and get a B here and there. Being a valedictorian is a testament to hard work and dedication, but I think it could do a better job of seeing beyond simple letter grades."

Name: Zack Swafford

Neighborhood: Arnold Creek

Post-grad plans: Attending Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

It's certainly nice to be honored and recognized for my hard work these past four years — but the fact of the matter is that I didn't really do all of the work that I did to get good grades, I did it to learn stuff. So the fact that I am a valedictorian is nice, but it holds little real significance for me."

Name: Rebecca Reese

Neighborhood: Hayhurst

Post-grad plans: Attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif.

I'm proud to have accomplished something I worked toward for four years, and honored to be surrounded by so many other talented Wilson students."

Name: Clark Hollenberg

Neighborhood: Ashcreek

Post-grad plans: Attending Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., majoring in biology or physics.

Being a Wilson High School valedictorian to me means that I have learned how to excel at the game that is high school. I have recognized the importance of having a high GPA and done what is necessary to achieve it. However, it is very difficult to become a valedictorian simply by wanting to have good grades. I think that valedictorians are characterized by their need to do well at everything that they do, their intelligence, and their love for learning."