For this graduating class, senior Janet Chen is one of 15 valedictorians. Chen is apart of HOSA, Math Club, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and Valencia’s honors program.

“[One of my biggest achievements was] going to Valencia and getting to complete my associate degree,” Chen said.

Chen has maintained a 5.1 weighted grade point average and 4.0 unweighted grade point average.

“[Keeping a 4.0 is important to me] because I can go further in my education and enter a prestigious university after I graduate. [My biggest motivator was] to be on stage [during] graduation,” Chen said.

Along with being valedictorian, Chen spends her time either working or doing homework at her family’s business, Bakery Plus.

Yet, Chen admits to procrastinating on her assignment until she felt the stress to finish them.

“It doesn’t get easier, but it’s worth it in the end to try your best and give it your best effort,” Chen said.

Chen plans to attend the University of Central Florida and complete a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences.

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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