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Profile on the Salutatorian: Self-motivation pays off

Many appear inspired by awards, accolades or expectations. However, senior Ryan Martens accredits his 4.27 accumulative GPA to self-motivation. Due to an inner sense of responsibility and hard work, Martens will present the salutatorian speech at graduation, May 23.

Lichti: Has it been hard for you to keep good grades all of your high school career?

Martens: Maintaining a high GPA was never hard for me until this semester. My whole life I have been able to float through classes but this semester studying for all the AP tests (two English exams and one calculus exam), focusing on regular classes and single-handedly managing the hardcopy (of The Feather) was difficult. The end of this year is the hardest for any senior to to focus on; the work and commitment level has been very different.

Lichti: Who has been your academic inspiration for your success?

Martens: Actually, I am pretty self-motivated.

Lichti: What is your hardest class?

Martens: Calculus; it wasn’t too hard until the AP testing. It was not the caliber of the questions, but the amount of work.

Lichti: Even though your classes were never too taxing, have you had to deal with high expectations from parents and teachers?

Martens: I am not nervous, because my parents have high expectations and want me to succeed. I don’t really think any teachers care that much about it, because grades have always come easy for me.

Lichti: How do you feel about being awarded the title?

Martens: I am not nervous, because this award does not have much effect on my future. It’s cool to win, but because of the many other activities that I am involved in so I don’t focus on it too much.

Lichti: How did you balance your music and sports schedules with your grades?

Martens: The work ethic during sports is totally different. If you lose focus on one, you then lose focus on the other. I really had to concentrate on not slacking and staying committed to both. I played on the varsity soccer team for two years, the varsity golf team a year and I have played percussion since my freshman year. Despite these other time commitments, I had, and wanted, to stay focused on school as well.

Lichti: What do you think is your most significant accomplishment in high school?

Martens: Last year was my first year as Layout and Design Editor [of The Feather’s hardcopy] and I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just kind of made it up as I went and worked on the hardcopy the best that I could. I had a few people and Stobbe (Greg, adviser) edit it. At the end of the year, we actually won numerous awards, even though I hadn’t been tested as a hardcopy editor.

Lichti: How has the competition been between you and senior Brittany Lauber? Were you disappointed in getting salutatorian rather than valedictorian?

Martens: Ever since 7th grade there has been a rivalry between Brittany (Lauber) and I. We have kind of always competed for better grades and so it would be very cool to win salutatorian. I didn’t really care that I didn’t get valedictorian, because Brittany is a hard worker and deserves it.

Lichti: The winner must give a speech at graduation. How are you handling the prospect of a speech in front of your classmates and their families?

Martens: I want to keep it a surprise, because I don’t want to give it away. It is my moment to be on stage and surprise everyone.

Lichti: What are your plans for next year?

Martens: I just got accepted into the Biola University film school and I am really excited about that. I want to be in the movie industry but I don’t know which aspect I want to focus on: producing or editing.

Lichti: What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Martens: Don’t try too hard. School is a lot of work, but at the same time if you’re looking for it you can have a lot of fun. Don’t get bogged down by grades and the imminence of college life.

The graduation ceremony will begin at 7 P.M. in the Peoples Church sanctuary, May 23.

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    Laura CasugaMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    You rock, Yoko!

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    Logan RoodMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    That’s Kevin Thao’s hat! It is so good that Fresno Christian has a program like this!

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    Yoko KilbourneMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I can’t believe that the picture went online! FCHS Book Buddies are the BEST! I’m so proud of each one of them as they are becoming heroes to the Kindergarten and Elementary children at Pinedale Elementary School.

    The children so look forward to their high school Book Buddies. They jump up and down when they catch sight of their Buddies. I’m so glad that Principal Bennett asked me to go along.

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    Olyvia FranklinMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Mrs. Kilbourne is THE BEST! She’s super sweet and hilarious!

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    Morgan ChildsMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    This was so funny to watch while we were driving to Book Buddies! Go Brianna for getting such a great picture!

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    Brianna CarlsonMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Mrs. Kilbourne,

    This was hillarious! I appreciate how you are not only a helpful, cheerful secretary, but that you also are willing to hang out with us! Thanks!

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    Jordan BoudreauMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I remember this! Mrs. Kilbourne you rock!