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Q and A with Carey's top two
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H. Frank Carey High School’s 2013 salutatorian Alyssa Mayer, left, and valedictorian Sara Stiklickas earned GPAs of 101.12 and 101.31, respectively — separating them by a mere .19 of a point.

H. Frank Carey High School’s 2013 valedictorian Sara Stiklickas and salutatorian Alyssa Mayer have the honor of representing their graduating class as the two students who academically performed best throughout their high school careers.

Which accomplishments are you most proud of?

Stiklickas: Oh gosh. Well, I’m really proud of being valedictorian. I worked really hard for that. I’m proud of my accomplishments in my A.P. classes. I’ve been doing well and keeping my grades up throughout high school. I’ve been trying to stay away from slacking off toward the end of the year. Over the summer, I taught Italian to elementary school students.

Mayer: Well salutatorian, because I worked really and studied a lot, pretty nerdy.

What was your reaction when you were told you would be valedictorian/salutatorian?

Stiklickas: I was really happy. It was toward the beginning of 11th grade when I realized I could get that. So I was working really hard and when I found out that I had achieved that, it was really nice.

Mayer: I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, I worked hard but I didn’t think I was there.

What are your hobbies outside of school?

Stiklickas: I play golf. I play the clarinet. I like music a lot, I play around with a bunch of different instruments. I like doing things outdoors, like riding my bike. I like doing things indoors too.

Mayer: I love lacrosse. I play every season and outside of school, also.

What are your plans now?

Stiklickas: I’m going to MIT. I’m going to major in some kind of engineering. I’m thinking chemical or electrical but I’m not sure yet.

Mayer: I’m going to Fordham University and I want to major in biochemistry. I want to do genetic research.

What has been your biggest motivation to work so hard?

Stiklickas: I’ve been doing it for myself. I want to be at the top. I think I’ve always been that way. So, I’ve just been motivating myself to work hard and I just want to reach my full potential.

Mayer: I push myself more than anyone. My family always has my back.

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about being valedictorian/salutatorian?


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