Keeping her straight A’s for all of high school has become a motivation in itself for senior Lindsay Alexander, who views ending this streak as an unwelcome end to her efforts.

“My sophomore year, I realized I was halfway through and hadn’t made a B yet,” Alexander said. “At that point, I had to make all A’s. It seemed like a waste not to; like swimming halfway across a lake and then turning around because you think it’s too far.”

This drive and determination has lead Alexander to a top rank in class and leadership positions both inside and outside of the classroom. Besides playing for the girls’ lacrosse team in freshman and sophomore year and being a member of both the Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society, Alexander also holds the most senior leadership position as Editor-In-Chief of the Hi-Lights newspaper.

“I will remember many of my classes and teachers, but I’ll never be able to forget newspaper and Mrs. Burke,” Alexander said.

As EIC, her duties include leading the staff during deadlines, overseeing all aspects of production and writing the “Letter From the Editor” in each issue. Alexander attended Walsworth Publishing’s Camp Orlando over the summer and lead the newspaper staff to win Best All Around for the first time in Hi-Lights history.

Alexander won the title of Florida Student Journalist of the Year her senior year for her work in publications. She was the captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCA’s 2012-2013 Most Valuable Player and on the FCA Board her sophomore and junior year. She is also on the National Scholastic Press Association Honor Roll and is a Quill and Scroll International Honor Society Member.

After high school, Alexander plans to attend the University of Florida to study journalism.

By Renee Burke

I currently work as a Media Promotions Manager for OCPS. I taught at William R. Boone HS in Orlando for 22 years, and was JEA's 2015 H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year, the 2012 OCPS Teacher of the Year, 2011 FSPA Journalism Teacher of the Year, and a 2011 Gold Key recipient from CSPA. I advised the Legend yearbook and Hi-Lights newspaper for 20 and 21 years, respectively. Both publications earned CSPA Crown awards and NSPA Pacemakers.

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