Laura Waldron has been named Stephenville High School’s Class of 2017 valedictorian. Waldron has a GPA of 104.679 and answered some questions about her future and time at SHS.

How do you feel about being the valedictorian of your graduating class?

It’s surreal. I’ve watched different students move from high school into the world for four years now, and it’s crazy to think that I am finally graduating. For me, becoming valedictorian was never my end goal, I simply pushed myself to do what I knew was my personal best.

What will you miss most about high school?

I honestly don’t think I’ll miss a lot from the general day to day drudgery that is high school; however, I know that I will miss band. The best friends I ever had I met in band, and that will be hard to leave behind.

What is your best memory from high school?

My best memories in high school all involved band. In band, I was constantly pushed out of my comfort zone, and it has really made a lasting impact on me. Being able to look back to my freshman year and seeing how far I’ve come and all that I’ve accomplished due to band is amazing.

Who has been a big inspiration to you through your high school years?

My parents have always been a big inspiration to me; they have always supported me through everything I have done. Another source of inspiration for me are the band directors: Mr. Childs, Mr. Nance and Mr. Wimberly. From each of them, I have learned so much, and they have pushed me farther than I ever thought possible.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be attending Tarleton State University in the fall to study English. I have been accepted into the Presidential Honors Program at Tarleton, and I plan on majoring in English and minoring in philosophy.

What is your career goal?

I do not have a career goal, but I don’t think I have to right now. For me, I want to continue to learn and grow as a person. I know that I want to continue to write, and I hope to one day find a career that doesn’t feel like work.

What are you looking forward to about the future?

I am looking forward to making a positive impact on the world - an impact that is felt outside the walls of the high school. The world is a scary place right now, and I want to be able to change that, even if my impact is small. I look forward to meeting new people and learning more about our world.