Lingleville High School has announced Kayla Alexis Derouineau as its class of 2015 valedictorian. She has a 4.0 GPA and took part in a Q&A with the E-T.

How does it feel being valedictorian of your graduating class?

I feel honored and extremely blessed to graduate as valedictorian of my class. It is rewarding to see all of my hard work pay off, but I know that without the support of my family, friends, teachers and the Upward Bound Program, I would not be the success I am today.

What will you miss most about high school?

I think I am going to miss the closeness of a small school the most. I am so used to knowing everyone around me and it will be strange to walk into a classroom and not have known my classmates for half of my life.

What is your best memory from high school?

My best memory would have to be competing in the San Angelo Ag Mechanics Show my junior year. Not only was I surrounded by good friends and a great atmosphere, but I was also able to represent my school well and receive the title of Reserve Grand Champion of my division. Coming from a 1A school and competing with such impressive projects from much larger schools was a little daunting, but I found it to be an exciting and rewarding experience.

What are your plans after high school graduation?

I will attend Tarleton State University for two years and then I will transfer to either Texas A&M University or Berry College in Georgia to finish my studies as I major in equine veterinary science. After college, I will work for an existing veterinary clinic, which has been my dream since I was a little girl.

What are you looking forward to about your future?

What I look forward to most are the adventures I will take and the people that I will meet along the way. I wonít lie, Iím scared of not knowing what is just around the corner for me, but it is also exciting. I honestly canít wait to see what my future holds.

What are your plans this summer?

I am going to be a part of the Upward Bound Bridge Program at Tarleton where I will take a summer class and intern at the Equine Center at the university. I am excited to get a head start on college and getting to work with horses. I couldnít ask for a better opportunity.