[slideshow_deploy id=’61942′]Graduating with a 4.0 unweighted GPA, senior Kyle Walsh has learned how to balance multiple clubs, a social life and a rigorous academic course load which has lead him to be one of the 10 valedictorians.

“It feels good to be recognized for my hard work,” Walsh said.

Throughout high school, Walsh has taken 10 AP courses and earned six of the credits, been recognized as the AP Statistics student of the year and participated in Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Salsa Club, Criminal Justice magnet, Senior Class Council, Best Buddies, and Law Honor Society. Walsh is also the treasurer and an ambassador of Spanish Honor Society.

“[My biggest motivation was] the idea that if I applied myself, I could build a bright future for myself,” Walsh said.

Walsh’s academic career has kept him busy, but he reached his goal of  being accepted into the University of Florida.

“[It was] brutal and hard, but rewarding. Lots of long hours doing homework and studying but eventually you get where you want to be,” Walsh said.

Walsh also applied to the University of Central Florida and Florida State University, and was accepted into both, but he chose Florida.

“[I chose the University of Florida because it] has a lot of diversity of majors and I am not sure what I want to do yet; there are good programs for anything I decide to go into. I have also grown close to Florida weather and all the people I have met,” Walsh said.

Walsh feels prepared for college and is ready to accept the challenges he will face.

“[I am excited] for the college experience and having more freedom, but [I am scared] to figure out what I want to do and all the responsibility I will have,” Walsh said.

By Mackenzie Mock

I'm the Copy Editor of the newspaper at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, FL. I have been on staff for three years now and have won three All Florida awards for my sports writing. I am a senior and am planning on going to Bucknell University on a women's water polo scholarship. I enjoy working out, hanging out with friends and sleeping. I also have a tattoo of a lotus flower on my collarbone.

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