Timber Creek High School valedictorian Angelique Dockendorf and salutatorian Spencer Rhoades both said that performing to the best of their ability was a key component in finishing at the top of the Class of 2015.
“Meet your own expectations, not those of others,” Dockendorf said. “Don’t be afraid to make big sacrifices because it can make a big impact.”
Rhoades said, “Get your work done because if you don’t you’re probably going to hate your life. If you’re dependable and get it done, you’ll have more self-respect and other people will respect you more.”
Dockendorf said that she learned to manage her time well so she could participate in other activities, her favorite was student council.
“It taught me how to get along in a group and brought me into contact with people I wouldn’t have otherwise known,” she said. “Now some of them are good friends.”
Rhoades said that volunteering with Special Olympics was his favorite annual school event.
“Not only was it a good opportunity for community service but the kids are so fun to interact with,” he said.
Rhoades also reached the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts and participated in National Honor Society, National Arts Honor Society and Earth Warriors.
Dockendorf plans to attend Baylor University and study biomedical engineering.
Rhoades will go to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, after he does two years of mission work with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The other members of Timber Creek’s top ten seniors, in alphabetical order:
A.J. Azer will attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in government and international relations.
Hannah Barnes plans to study special education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Hanna Dodd will go to Southern Methodist University and plans to study English and communications.
Kyle Everett plans to attend Texas A&M University and is undecided about his major.
Samantha McIntyre will attend Abilene Christian University and plans to study accounting.
Leonardo Piñero will study aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Andrew Richmond plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in physics.
Kylan Snyder will go to Texas A&M University and plans to study mechanical engineering.