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Profile on the Salutatorian: Looking beyond high school

As the class of 2007 anticipates graduation, the ceremony will represent the culmination of academic achievement throughout high school for senior Matthew Shattuck. As salutatorian, he has maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.23 and will address the school along side Valedictorian, Jaclyn Blackwell at graduation on May 24.

Lauber: What was your reaction when you found out you were salutatorian?

Shattuck: I wasn?t very surprised, but it?s nice to know that I?m getting rewarded for maintaining good grades.

Lauber: How do you feel about making a speech at graduation? Do you feel comfortable speaking in front of large audiences?

Shattuck: Speaking in front of people is no big deal for me. I just pretend that I?m having a conversation with someone else.

Lauber: What is your speech going to be on?

Shattuck: At this point, I don?t know. Come to graduation and find out.

Lauber: Where does your academic inspiration come from?

Shattuck: Academic inspiration: none. However, I get my hard work ethic from my parents. All I do is work until the work is done.

Lauber: What college are you attending and why?

Shattuck: I?m attending California State University of Fresno in the fall, because it is close to home and I don?t have to deal with the stress of moving away. My parents will still be there to support me when I have trouble and knowing that they?re behind me makes the entire experience less stressful.

Lauber: What high school achievement are you proudest of?

Shattuck: I?d have to say I?m proudest of winning the NSPA Online Pacemaker last year as Webmaster.

Lauber: Was it ever difficult to maintain your grades? Why?

Shattuck: I struggled in Jon Hall?s AP History class. That class was my only ?B? in high school. However, I can say I did my best, because every free moment I had was spent studying history.

Lauber: What was the hardest class you took? Why?

Shattuck: While my only ?B? came from AP History, my hardest class was (Greg) Stobbe?s junior honors English. His class was more than just an English class; it was a philosophy class. I really enjoyed that class, but he does grade very hard.

Lauber: Were you thinking about your GPA throughout high school in hopes of being valedictorian or salutatorian?

Shattuck: Maybe a little, but my primary goal was not to be the best in the class. My goal was to do the best that I can do.

Lauber: Were you disappointed that you were not valedictorian?

Shattuck: Not really.

Lauber: Is there a downside to being salutatorian?

Shattuck: None.

Lauber: What advice would you give to the rest of the high school?

Shattuck: Like I said in chapel, be sure to thank the people who give you your greatest opportunities. For more information check out Shattuck’s senior column Opportunity for thanks.

Lauber: What is your favorite high school memory?

Shattuck: Overall, I?d have to say the NSPA Online Pacemaker. This past year, I?m not sure, but jousting with Will Hierholzer at Field Day was pretty fun.

The graduation ceremony will begin at 7 P.M. in the Peoples Church sanctuary. For more information check out Kristina Palmer’s May 17, 2007, article, Profile on the Valedictorian: Striving for personal standards.

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