For Central High valedictorian Spencer Robinson, faith has been central to his past, present and future.
Robinson plans to attend Oklahoma Christian University and study Bible, along with Youth and Family Ministry.
“I want to be a minister because that’s what I’m really passionate about,” Robinson said.
Robinson has been a youth ministry intern at his church, The Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills.
The experience has given him the chance to put his faith in action through working around the church, going on hospital visits and helping out in the community.
“It’s been great to see how you make the connection from theology and doctrine to practice,” he said.
Salutatorian Joyce Lee is headed to the University of Texas at Austin where she will major in Plan II Honors, biology and business. The Plan II Honors program appealed to her because it allows students to pursue interests in various fields, with a foundation in the liberal arts.
“I’m interested in a lot of different things, in addition to my long term goal,” Lee said. “The only thing that really gave me that was Plan II Honors.”
Eventually, Lee plans to attend medical school to become either a practicing physician or work in health policy and ethics.
Traveling to her parents’ home country of South Korea and other parts of the world has shown Lee that countries approach medical care in different ways.
Both students had advice for teens entering high school.
Lee said she would encourage younger students to try a lot of different activities and courses to get a feel for what they like and to make the most of every opportunity.
“Look ahead because a lot of kids when they enter high school are just thinking about now, but it all goes so fast,” she said. “Look ahead because everything counts.”
Robinson said he would tell kids to focus on character.
“The most important thing is not what you achieve and what you do but what you become,” he said.
The rest of the top 10 seniors in Central’s Class of 2014, in alphabetical order:
Melissa Geffre will go to Drake University and plans to study actuarial science.
Chelsea Griffeth plans to attend Baylor University and major in business.
Corinne Johnigan will attend Texas A&M University and plans to major in psychology.
Caroline Kung plans to go to the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemical engineering.
Stephanie Nguyen will attend the University of Texas at Dallas and plans to study biology.
Simona Todorova plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in business.
Kevin Tran will go to the University of Texas at Dallas and plans to study mechanical engineering.
Annie Ung plans to go to the University of Texas at Austin where she will major in biomedical engineering.