Weatherford Democrat

May 24, 2013

VALS & SALS: Brock's Wallace, Drillette top 2013 class


Weatherford Democrat

Valedictorian Taylor Wallace

GPA and class rank: 4.1, first

Extracurricular clubs/ activities: basketball, UIL Mathematics, National Honor Society.

How many in class? 64

Parents: Russell and Diane Wallace



Post-graduation plans

I plan on attending college and getting a degree in engineering (not sure which branch, civil or petroleum). Tuition is paid for the first year.



Post-college plans

I plan to eventually get my master’s and one day open my own engineering firm.



What will be your best memory of high school?

One of my best memories of high school is winning state in basketball all four years. It is an awesome accomplishment because very few people can say they have experienced that. Also I loved just spending time with friends and family.



To who or what do you feel you owe your academic success?

Definitely my parents. They have always encouraged me to do my best and to be successful. My teachers and coaches also have played a huge role in my academic success.



Anything especially interesting in your background, possibly obstacles such as family, moving around a lot, etc., that could have but did not prevent you from graduating at the top of your class?

No, I have a wonderful supportive family who always help me out if needed. I also have attended a great school (Brock) since the third grade.



Was graduating in the top two a goal of yours throughout high school or before?

I would have to say it was a goal throughout high school. I was valedictorian in eighth grade and I just wanted to carry that on to high school, as well.



What message do you have for your classmates as you move to the next phases of your lives?

Good luck with all your future endeavors.



What advice do you have for you schoolmates and younger students concerning their academics? What is something you can tell them that might help them in their studies and grades and help them achieve their goals and dreams?

Just to always do the best you can do and if you do that then anyone can be successful. That is all anyone can ask for.

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Salutatorian Abbey Drillette

GPA and class rank: 4.1, second

Extracurricular clubs/activities: volleyball, National Honor Society president, Student Council vice president, Student Health Advisory Committee, UIL debate and One-Act Play.

How many in class? 64

Parents: Scott and Amy Drillette



Post-graduation plans

Attend Texas A&M University and major in Chemistry.  



What are your post-college plans?

I plan to receive a professional degree in pharmacy, school not decided.



What will be your best memory of high school?

Winning state in volleyball or graduation itself.



To who or what do you feel you owe your academic success?

My parents always pushed me to strive for more so I pushed myself all throughout my classes. On top of that, Brock’s teachers are absolutely wonderful.



Anything especially interesting in your background, possibly obstacles such as family, moving around a lot, etc., that could have but did not prevent you from graduating at the top of your class?

My biggest problem was procrastination and that was something I can completely control, haha. As much as I want to say I got this against the odds, I’ve just grown up with a good situation.



Was graduating in the top two a goal of yours throughout high school or before?

It was a goal that I have had since before high school even started.



What message do you have for your classmates as you move to the next phases of your lives?

Just because you’re out of school, don’t stop learning. Go through the rest of your life keeping an open mind, ready to gain new knowledge. There is never a time to put a halt on that.



What advice do you have for your schoolmates and younger students concerning their academics? What is something you can tell them that might help them in their studies and grades and help them achieve their goals and dreams?

Pay attention in class. As hard as it is, try to avoid procrastination. It’s crazy how much easier school seems when you get stuff done on time. Lastly, persevere. It seems rough at times and you think you’ve hit “senioritis” like three years before you’re even a senior, but working hard in school is beyond worth it, especially when finding a decent college is involved.